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10 Bold Predictions for the 2021 MLB Season

By Andrew Bezio 1.) Trevor Bauer signs with the New York Mets. The two sides will finally come to an agreement on a 4yr/$146M contract with an opt-out after the second year. That breaks down to an AAV of $36.5M, just topping the AAV the Yankees gave Gerrit Cole ($36M). 2.) The Texas Rangers will finish with the worst record in MLB. There were many options for me to choose from here: Miami, Kansas City, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, or Colorado….but

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Early Trophy Predictions: Stanley Cup

By Chris Nosek Last, but certainly not least, everyone wants to know, who’s going to take home the hardest trophy to win in all of sports – the Stanley Cup? Obviously this is a season in which anything can happen at any time and any player could miss a game with little to no notice. Universally, no one is hoping for any game – especially a playoff series deciding game – to have any of the best players miss out

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Early Trophy Predictions: Presidents Trophy

By Chris Nosek After the season was cut short last year, it was decided that the first place Bruins should be awarded the Presidents’ Trophy for having the most accumulated points over the season. This was the third straight season Boston hit at least 100 points for the season. So, having finished in the top 5 in points for each of the past 5 seasons, will the Bruins be able to take the regular season title again? With the realigned

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New Faces for NOLA?

By Shawn Dennis Going into the 2020-2021 season, the New Orleans Pelicans had much higher expectations in comparison to last season. When the Bubble came, Alvin Gentry couldn’t get his team to make the playoffs, as they ended with a disappointing 2-6 record and fired Gentry in the process. Moving Jrue Holiday to the Bucks in the offseason to provide Lonzo Ball with more minutes, as well as getting Steven Adams and Eric Bledsoe in return, was arguably the best

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What is the best Hornets lineup?

By Shawn Dennis Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets has been getting the most media coverage since he first bought the team in 2010. This is in large part due to the fact that the man who said he’d beat the owner in a game of 1v1 has a son that’s on the roster (LaMelo Ball.) Perhaps MJ giving the injury-ridden Gordon Hayward a max deal worth $128 million over four years might have something to do with it as well.  The

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Beal needs to be a Wizard elsewhere

By Shawn Dennis Whenever your wife gets into your work affairs, you know something isn’t right. After coming off another game with 40-plus points and scoring 24 of those in the third quarter against the Pelicans on Wednesday night, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards lost once again.  Beal’s wife Kamiah Adams-Beal had this to say in defense of her husbands performance in spite of another loss: Sick of it — Kamiah Adams-Beal (@KamiahAdams) January 28, 2021 A reporter asked

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Early Trophy Predictions: Hart Trophy

By Chris Nosek Last season, Leon Draisaitl walked away with the Hart Trophy after posting 110 points for the Edmonton Oilers. Who will be deemed the most valuable to their team for the 2020-21 season? Vegas Favorites: Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, and Auston Matthews are the favorites in Vegas and rightly so – they will all likely be high up on the scoring list when the season is over. All three are poised to have fantastic seasons and help get

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Early Trophy Predictions: Vezina Trophy

By Chris Nosek It was determined last season (as I mentioned on Puck Off many times) that Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets was the best goaltender in the National Hockey League – he even beat out Boston’s Tuukka Rask (and Dillon’s favorite, Andrei Vasilevskiy) for the Vezina Trophy. After starting in 52 games last season for Winnipeg, it’s clear the Jets will look to ride their netminder during the course of the shortened season as well, but will he

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Early Trophy Predictions: Selke Trophy

By Chris Nosek Named after the former Montreal and Detroit general manager, this award is granted to the forward who plays the defensive aspect of their game the best. Only 5 players have taken the award home at least 3 times, with only Montreal’s Bob Gainey and Boston’s Patrice Bergeron having taken it home 4 times.  Elite Options: Patrice Bergeron, Ryan O’Reilly, and Sean Couturier are going to be on the list for most people. O’Reilly won the award in

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