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Triche's 23 leads Syracuse over Bloomsburg 103-60

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Triche's 23 leads Syracuse over Bloomsburg 103-60

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Brandon Triche had 23 points and seven assists, James Southerland added 17 points and No. 9 Syracuse beat Bloomsburg 103-60 in an exhibition game Sunday.

The Huskies, who lost 87-65 to Towson in an exhibition Thursday, stayed close against the Orange at the outset. Nasir Jones hit a 3-pointer from the wing and followed with a runner in the lane to move Bloomsburg within 15-12 less than 6 minutes into the game.

Syracuse stretched the lead to 22-12 as Southerland and Triche combined to score 13 points in a 16-5 surge, but Bloomsburg was within 26-20 on Nnamdi Njoku's 3-pointer from the wing at 8:57.

That was it for the Huskies in the half as Syracuse closed with a 34-4 run to make it 60-24.

Michael Carter-Williams had 15 points and eight assists with two turnovers, C.J. Fair had 12 points and freshman Jerami Grant had 11 points. Redshirt freshman guard Trevor Cooney, back after a tonsillectomy, played 23 minutes and scored six points, hitting 2 of 5 from long range.

Dontahe Jordan had 14 points, Lorenzo Christmas 13 and Wes Lyons 12 to lead Bloomsburg.

Orange coach Jim Boeheim said he planned to play nine players all season, and he didn't waver in this one as nine players logged double-digit minutes.

Bloomsburg, whose tallest starter was 6-foot-6, had trouble making any kind of penetration against the bigger Orange. Syracuse forced 16 turnovers in the opening half, committed only five and took 13 more shots, hitting 25 of 37 (67.6 percent).

Syracuse, which beat Pace 99-63 on Thursday night, opens its season Friday at San Diego State and returns home to face Wagner nine days later.

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GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson

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GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson

DALLAS—The Caps are “really close” to signing star defenseman John Carlson to a long-term extension, GM Brian MacLellan said Friday night.

“We’re getting closer,” MacLellan said following the first round of the NHL Draft. “Hopefully we can get it done here over the next few days. We’re really close.”

Earlier in the day, the Caps cleared significant space under the salary cap ceiling by trading Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to Colorado for a second round draft pick (47th overall). 

That space will now be used to lock up Carlson, who could become the best defenseman on the open market if he were to reach it.

MacLellan met with Carlson’s agent, Rick Curran, here on Thursday night.

MacLellan did not divulge any figures, but it’s expected that Carlson’s new contract could come in at eight years and $8 million per—or perhaps a bit more. 

He earned $4 million last season.

Carlson had a career year in 2017-18 and was critical during the Caps' run to the Stanley Cup. He led all defensemen in the regular season with 68 points (15 goals, 53 assists). The 28-year-old also skated a career-high 24:47 per game.

MacLellan has long said that re-signing Carlson was the Caps’ top priority this offseason. And now it looks like that could happen within days, assuming the talks do not hit any snags.

“We’re going to do our best to sign John,” MacLellan said. “We’ve said it all along. We waited until the end of the year. We’ve had discussions. We’re close and hopefully we can close the deal here over the next 24 hours.”

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Capitals go to the WHL again, select defenseman Alex Alexeyev with first-round pick

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Capitals go to the WHL again, select defenseman Alex Alexeyev with first-round pick

The last time the Washington Capitals had a first-round draft pick, they selected a WHL defenseman. They did not go off script on Friday.

With the last pick of the first round, selecting for the first time as defending Stanley Cup champions, the Capitals selected Alexander Alexeyev, a left-shooting, two-way defenseman from St. Petersburg.

Alexeyev, 18, certainly boasts NHL size at 6' 4", 196 pounds. He currently plays for Red Deer in the WHL, a junior league that has become a major pipeline for the Capitals. In his second season with Red Deer, he tallied 37 points in 45 games.

The NHL Central Scouting's rankings list Alexeyev as the 22nd best North American skater of the draft. TSN projects him to be a top-four, two-way defenseman.

Analyst Craig Button described Alexeyev as a "Smart, effective defenceman who moves the puck, plays with a calm and doesn't make things complicated for himself."

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