NEWARK, N.J. The Los Angeles Kings last trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1993 is more remembered for Marty McSorleys illegal stick, the one Montreal coach Jacques Demers called for a stick measurement on in Game 2 of that series. After an official ruling against the Kings, a Canadiens power-play goal and a momentum swing later, Montreal won the Cup in five games.
But the Kings, who are looking to erase that moment in this Final, can breathe easy: New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer wont be pulling a Demers on them.
DeBoer was asked Friday if hed ever asked for a stick measure. DeBoer had, as Kitchener Rangers (OHL) coach in the 2005 postseason. And based on how that turned out, he wont do it again.
Mike Richards would remember it; he was my captain in Kitchener, DeBoer said. We (and now Anaheim Ducks forward) Corey Perry had all been together with the World Junior team. I found out, probably unethically, that (Perrys) stick was illegal at Christmas. So when we played London in playoffs, I had (Richards) call Corey for an illegal stick. We got the call. But we didnt score on the 5 on 3, they scored shorthanded and we lost the series. It backfired. Didnt work.
DeBoer can laugh about it now. He can also assure everyone he wont think about doing that again.
They changed the rule to make the bigger curves more legal since then, he said. You have to have a boomerang, basically, to be called for that now. Its not even an option.
The White Sox signing Yasmani Grandal broke suddenly and unexpectedly.
It wasn’t a big surprise that the White Sox would go after him, but the timing and the fact that the White Sox broke the news on their own (a la the Jose Quintana trade) caught people off guard.
Once the dust settled, the White Sox were in the national spotlight as far as the baseball world was concerned.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan got Ken Williams on the record before the White Sox had conference calls on the signing. Williams makes it sound like it’s go-time for the South Siders.
Passan also gave a look at a potential White Sox lineup for 2020 once prospects Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal eventually join. We also made our own.
The Athletic’s Jayson Stark was impressed with how early the signing was. White Sox fans will enjoy that after going through the long, drawn out Manny Machado/Bryce Harper sagas last offseason.
Here are some Grandal stats that should get White Sox fans fired up about his addition (if they weren’t already).
Finally, is it time to talk playoffs? Long way to go, but the White Sox offseason is off to a notable start.
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The Bears are throwing it back to the past this weekend at Soldier Field.
The Bears will rock 1960s throwback helmets Sunday when they take on the New York Giants. The helmet is navy blue and features a white "C" logo and gray facemask, whereas the current helmet has an orange "C" and white facemask.
A look at the throwback lid:
The Bears donned those helmets from 1962-72 during the playing days of Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, now Hall of Famers. They won the 1963 NFL Championship along the way.
“I think a lot of Bears fans remember the ‘60s, especially the ’63 championship team winning at Wrigley against the Giants with those ‘Cs’ on our helmet,” Bears chairman George H. McCaskey said. “And of course Butkus and Sayers and all the great memories they provided. That small change I think means a lot to people.”
As 2019 is the Bears' 100th season as a franchise, they've been honoring a different decade at each home game. The Bears have also installed seven-foot tall bobbleheads around Chicago each week featuring players from that week's celebratory decade.
Unsurprisingly, this week's game will celebrate the 1960s, with Butkus and Sayers represented in life-size bobblehead form:
The Bears will give out bobbleheads of Butkus and Sayers to the first 20,000 fans who arrive at Sunday's game.
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