Archive for February 28th, 2007

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Say Hello to February Baseball

Mets Rumors & News

Mets Spring Training kicks into high gear in Port St. Lucie today, as lefty Oliver Perez will take the mound against the ALCS Champion Tigers in the first game of the Grapefruit League season. Righty Chad Durbin will get the start for Detroit.

SNY will air the game live at 1pm, and will replay the contest at 6:30 tonight.

Isles Acquire Smyth

Islanders Rumors & News

Well, no one can say the Islanders aren’t going for it…


Unable to reach a long-term deal with their captain, the Edmonton Oilers instead traded Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders for prospects Ryan O’Marra and Robert Nilsson and the Islanders’ first-round pick in 2007.

The two-year, $7 million US contract Smyth signed in 2005 expires after this season, when he will be eligible for unrestricted free agency.

It remains possible, therefore, that Smyth could re-sign with the Oilers in the summer – assuming today’s trade didn’t sour his thoughts on the prospect of a return.

And, of course, the Oilers would still have to meet his asking price.

Smyth has been a cornerstone of the Oilers franchise since Edmonton selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 1994 draft.

Rangers Deal Another: Dupuis to Atlanta

Rangers Rumors & News

The Rangers have made another minor deal, trading Pascal Dupuis to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Alex Bourret, a 20-year-old right winger. Bourret was picked 16th overall in the first round of the 2005 draft. He’s recorded 11 goals and 21 assists in 45 games for Chicago of the AHL this season.

Given what the Rangers gave up here, Bourret sounds like a bit of a steal. Here’s the low-down on the prospect via Atlanta’s official site:

SCOUTING REPORT: NHL’s Central Scouting Service: “Very good skater. Strong on skates, showing balance, agility and speed … Quick off mark, and changes direction swiftly … Twists and turns to get open … Carries puck with poise and confidence, and can go end-to-end … Smart and creative, plays give-and-go very well … Hangs onto puck, pulling opponents towards him … Adept at making short passes in tight quarters … Goes hard to net, and posseses very good shot … Speed and tenacious fore-checking causes turnovers and scoring chances for his …

Crawford Done For Season

Knicks Rumors & News

WFAN is reporting that Knicks guard Jamal Crawford will miss the rest of the season with a right ankle stress fracture. Surgery is likely. More to follow.


Monday, Jamal Crawford hit a late 3-pointer to give the New York Knicks a win over the Miami Heat.

Tuesday, the team learned he will likely require season-ending surgery on a stress fracture in his right ankle, though the team said it’s possible he could return if the Knicks make the playoffs.

“It’s very disappointing, honestly,” Crawford told reporters on Tuesday. “You never expect anything like this to happen. I guess it’s just part of life.”

Crawford told reporters that surgery is “not definite, but a strong possibility.” He also said he was told there were “no other options” to repair the fracture. He said he had been feeling pain in his ankle for a few weeks and had X-rays after Monday’s game and an MRI and CT scan on Tuesday.

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