Archive for February 22nd, 2008

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Vilma Seeks Jet Out of Town

Jets Rumors & News

According to Rich Cimini of the Daily News, Jonathan Vilma’s days with the Jets are numbered.

The popular linebacker, whose star has dimmed in two seasons under Eric Mangini, has received permission from the Jets to shop himself for a potential trade, the Daily News has learned. It doesn’t mean a trade is a certainty, but it’s a tacit acknowledgement from both sides that Vilma and Mangini’s 3-4 scheme aren’t a match.

That might be overstating matters a bit. Vilma had been a valuable asset and leader under Mangini, despite his obvious discomfort with the coach’s schemes. In reality, it was the stellar play of rookie David Harris, a more prototypical 3-4 linebacker, in Vilma’s stead that probably sealed the former Pro Bowler’s fate.

It might be a bit difficult for fans to say goodbye to Vilma, however, the news isn’t exactly shocking. Just this past December, user Barbella discussed the very topic in our online forum.

Cimini mentions the Jaguars and Saints as possible suitors for the …

Five More Years For Huntsy

Islanders Rumors & News


The New York Islanders and forward Trent Hunter have agreed to a five-year extension worth $10 million.

The 27-year-old right winger has eight goals and 32 points this season with the Islanders and 20 goals and 35 points last in 2006-07.

Mets Rumors & News

The strength of the bullpen in 2006 is what carried the Mets to 1 out away from the World Series. The weakness of the Mets bullpen is what spelled their demise in 2007. The bullpen will determine the Mets fate in 2008.

Lets see who we know is going to be in the Mets bullpen for the upcoming season:

Billy Wagner-Lock

Aaron Heilman-Lock

Pedro Feliciano-Lock

Scott Schoeneweis-Lock

Duaner Sanchez flourished in New York in 2006 boasting a 5-1 record and a 2.60 ERA. But then, one fateful night when Sanchez decided to paint the town orange and blue, he hopped into a cab. I’m sorry, I need a moment to collect myself.  Sanchez injured his shoulder in an accident ending his season abruptly. Sanchez rehabbed and came back to the Mets lazy and out of shape. He injured his shoulder yet again, ending his 2007 season before it even started. Nevertheless, reports coming out of Port St. Lucie have stated Sanchez has looked excellent, with his velocity being higher than expected. I think it’s safe to assume …

Photo: Clemens Was At Canseco’s BBQ

Yankees Rumors & News


The 1998 party at Jose Canseco’s house in Miami may have started out as a gathering of friends and family. It has turned into an event worthy of congressional testimony and a source of “evidence.”

There is a photo of Roger Clemens at Canseco’s house during the June 1998 party, according to the New York Daily News — a photo that would contradict Clemens’ sworn testimony that he never attended the party.

Rangers Ratings Top Knicks

Knicks Rumors & NewsRangers Rumors & News

Yes, the Rangers currently sit 6 games over .500. Yes, their record currently puts them in position for a playoff berth. Yes, a trip to the postseason would mark the team’s third straight playoff appearance since emerging from a seven-year pre-lockout drought. Yes, the team’s 116-80-30 record in the regular season during that span has given Ranger fans a reason to cheer again, and made hockey relevant in this city again. And finally, yes, the New York Knicks are 72-146 during that same three-year span.

But hockey is hockey, and basketball is basketball. In the mid-90s, both franchises were Championship-caliber, though only the Rangers brought home a title. And yet even during those glory days, the audience for hockey was miniscule.

Yesterday on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show, host Mike Francesa noted that during the days of his popular mid-90s program Live from the Play-by-Play, the network ran a 55-minute post-game show following Knicks games because the demand for advertising was so high. Their …

A Six Pack

Islanders Rumors & News

“Hello, is it me your looking for?” This musical line is from Lionel Ritchie’s hit song “Hello”. While watching the Islanders last night, that line came to mind. Islanders fans have been waiting a very long time to see their team put together a streak of winning hockey like they have the past 6 games.

Coming off another come from behind victory Wednesday night, it was plain to see the Islanders were physically tired last night. Last night’s game would not have been very attractive for a casual fan. The game was very sluggish with a lot of neutral zone play but the Islanders kept plugging away and broke through when Miroslav Satan put the puck past Lightning goalie Kari Ramo for the only goal of the game. Rick DiPietro had to make 32 saves and recorded his 3rd shutout of the season. The Islanders stretched their winning streak to 6 games and are 1 point out of reaching 6th place.

While the game was not anything to write home about, there was one important event …

Before April Yankees Must Answer Questions

Yankees Rumors & News

The New York Yankees are in a period of transition. For the first time in 12 years they will be led by a new manager and this off-season we saw them use a little bit of fiscal restraint, opting to go with young and unproven talent over the big name veteran.

One thing that has not changed are expectations. This year as always the Yankees and their fans expect a championship. New manager Joe Girardi even dons number 27 on his back as a constant reminder of what they are working towards.

Before the team starts thinking about October or even April there are some key issues they must address.

The most pressing issue at hand is how to use 22-year-old Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain made 19 appearances out of the Yankees’ bullpen at the end of last season after being groomed as a starter his entire professional career. At the time the plan was that come 2008 he would go back into the rotation, …

Hot Stove: Rangers Trade Rumors

Rangers Rumors & News

As the NHL trade deadline on Tuesday draws closer and closer rumors are flying as to whom the Rangers might be bringing aboard and shipping out.

The most recent rumor has been that the Rangers are targeting Dan Boyle of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Boyle is in the final year of his contract and it is likely that any deal he signs will be worth about $6 million per season, which means he would probably only be a rental for the Rangers. Boyle also has a no-trade clause in his contract, although according to the NY Post, he is willing to waive that in order to become a Ranger.

However Tampa Bay’s preference seems to be that they would like to hold on to him, but salary cap restrictions mean they might not be able to afford him next season. If they can move Brad Richards, who makes $7.8 million over the next three years, expect Boyle to stay …

Would deal for DeAngelo Hall be a good idea?

Giants Rumors & News

Would you give up the Giants’ No. 1 pick in this April’s draft for DeAngelo Hall? According to the Star Ledger’s Mike Garafolo GM Jerry Reese would.

Hall, you might recall, is the Atlanta cornerback who had a well-publicized run-in with then-coach Bobby Petrino before Petrino bailed on the Falcons. Hall was fined and benched for his actions.

The 24-year-old Hall is regarded as one of the league’s best corners. Having him on the team, along with Aaron Ross and Corey Webster, would give the Giants a young, talented trio of cornerbacks.

Bringing in Hall, though, seems risky to me. Granted, Petrino turned out to be a jerk, but Hall’s difficult 2007 scares me.

The Giants’ 2007 run to a Super Bowl championship (still sounds amazing, doesn’t it?) was built in large part because Tom Coughlin and his team finally came together and believed in each other.

A move like this also seems like a departure for Reese, who built the 2007 Giants with the help of a brilliant draft.

I know the Giants need …

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