Archive for July 4th, 2007

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

A-Rod A-OK

Yankees Rumors & News

According to the AP, A-Rod’s strained hammy is fine. He’ll be in the lineup tonight, hitting cleanup, and playing third. So that’s that.

Zubrus Signs Deal With the Devils

Devils Rumors & News

According to The Fourth Period, the Devils have agreed to terms with free agent forward Dainius Zubrus, signing the former Sabre to a six-year, $20.4 million contract. Zubrus is the third free agent center that Buffalo has lost in the first three days of free agency. Daniel Briere signed a lucrative deal with the Flyers while Chris Drury left for the greener pastures in New York.

Well, six years at 20 million is certainly “fiscally responsible” compared to the seven years and 51.5 million that the Rangers handed to Scott Gomez. Of course, Dainius Zubrus is not Scott Gomez.

Ewing Has Magic Touch

Knicks Rumors & News

Rashard Lewis isn’t the only free agent the Knicks lost to the Orlando Magic today. Patrick Ewing was hired as an assistant coach on Stan Van Gundy’s bench. Ewing will mentor emerging star Dwight Howard, much as he did Yao Ming in Houston.

With the departure of Phil Ford from Isiah Thomas’s staff last month, there had been speculation that Ewing could return to the Knicks.

Artest Coming Home?

Knicks Rumors & News

So much for liking his roster, and standing pat this offseason. Now that Isiah Thomas has Zach Randolph safely in the fold and Steve Francis safely out of town, multiple sources are reporting today that Zeke isn’t remotely done reshaping his roster..yet again.

According to the Daily News’ Frank Isola, Isiah had been conversing with Rashard Lewis and is taking a look at free agent Morris Peterson as well. Isola also reports that Thomas could have an interest in acquiring troubled NY-native Ron Artest from Sacramento.

Well it appears Zeke lost out on Lewis, as the free agent forward has signed with the Orlando Magic to the tune of somewhere between $75 million and $85 million over five seasons. The Knicks would have had to work out a sign-and-trade with Seattle in order to fit Lewis on the cap-strapped roster.

Ron Artest, however, is very much still in play, and Isola isn’t the only one stoking that flame. Via the New York Post’s Marc Berman:

Thomas had …

Yanks & Mets Interested in Conine

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The Sun-Sentinel is reporting the Mets and Yankees both have interest in Reds outfielder/first baseman Jeff Conine. Conine is currently batting .276 with six home runs and twenty-four RBIs in a limited role with the Reds. Rumors are circulating that he will be one of the many players dealt this summer in what most expect to be a fire sale in Cincinnati. Conine is a career .286 hitter, and while he really has no power, Conine could find a role on the Mets. As far as the Yankees go, I’m not so sure.

On the Mets, Conine would be a cheap option to give Carlos Delgado a break at first base (looking at his slump, a few days off might not be a bad idea), and help out an outfield that hasn’t had a break due to injuries. Aside from that, down the stretch you can never have too many bats on the bench, especially in the National League.

I’m not sure how Conine would fit on the Yankees. …

Blake Wore Out L.I. Welcome

Islanders Rumors & News

An interesting tidbit via ESPN The Magazine’s E.J. Hradek:

It will be interesting to see how [Jason] Blake fits into the Leafs’ dressing room. Several sources on Long Island say the goal-scoring winger had worn out his welcome. With a new long-term deal in Toronto, Blake gets a fresh start.

This is the first I’ve heard that Blake wasn’t wanted on Long Island. If that was the case, one has to wonder why they didn’t dump the 40-goal scorer at the trade deadline as the Oilers did with Ryan Smyth. Instead they find themselves without a paddle and you-know-where.

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