Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The Washington Nationals came to terms with first overall pick Stephen Strasaburg last night after months of heated negotiations between the organization and Strasburg's agent Scott Boras. The two parties agreed to a record breaking contract that would reportadly deal Strasburg 15.1 million dollars over the next four years, the largest amount for a rookie in the history of the league.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
- Just a few days before the NBA Draft, the Wizards traded their Number 5 Draft Pick, Etan Thomas, Oleksiy Pecherov, and Darius Songaila to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Randy Foye and Mike Miller.
- On draft day, the Wiz traded the rights to Jermaine Taylor, the 32nd overall pick, to the Rockets for $2.5 million cash.
- According to the Washington Post, players that interest the Wizards include Fabricio Oberto, Rasho Nesterovic, Channing Frye, Sean Marks, Jamaal Magloire, Chris Wilcox and Brian Skinner, big men that can provide 10-15 minutes of solid, off-the-bench play. Another player that I find endearing is Orlando backup center Marcin Gortat, who was money coming off the bench behind Dwight Howard (until the finals, of course).
Early in the creation of this blog, we had a few posts about the future of some current Caps and the direction in which they were headed. Well heres an new update on the Capitals.
- Donald Brashear, who was condidering a move to Russia, instead signed a 2 year, $2.8 million contract with the New York Rangers. The Rangers replaced their departing enforcer, Colton Orr, with our enforcer.
- Two former Capitals ditched the team for Russia: Viktor Kozlov signed with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League last month, and Sergei Federov left to play with his brother Fedor, signing a two year deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the same league as Kozlov.
- As previously posted, the Caps signed Mike Knuble, addressing their need for a scoring wing opposite of Ovechkin.
I personally would like to apologize for the lack of postings over the past few weeks, both SprtsBLGR 1 and 2 were away on vacation. However, we are now back and in full force. Expect plenty of posts in the upcoming days so we can make up for this lost time. Thanks
DCSprts BLGR 2
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The Washington Capitals made their first big move of free agency today by signing veteran right winger Mike Knuble. Knuble (36) played for the Philadelphia Flyers for the last four seasons where he was considered a consistent, gritty winger. Knuble scored 27 goals and recorded 20 assists last season with the Flyers.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The Washington Wizards and the Minnesota Timberwolves made news today by agreeing to a deal that sent t-wolves star guard Randy Foye to DC. The deal also included sending veteran forward Mike miller to play for the wiz next season. In return, the Wiz sent big men Oleksiy Pecherov, Etan Thomas and Darius Songalia along with their fifth pick to the T-Wolves. The wizards accomplished two goals in this move. 1st they added depth to their pg position in Foye and acquired another scorer to come off the bench in Mike Miller. 2nd they freed up some cap room by unloading Thomas and Songalia.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The Washington Capitals have resigned left winger Quintin Laing who played only one game with the team last season. Laing was sidelined for much of last season after tearing his spleen during the only game he played with the caps. However, Laing did recover in time to score two goals and record two assists for the Hershey Bears during the calder cup playoffs.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
In a move that didn't surprise anyone, the Washington Nationals selected 20 year old pitcher Stephen Strasburg today in the MLB entry draft. The Nationals are now in a unique position because Strasburg's agent Scott Boras is expected to demand a record breaking contract for the young pitcher. The Nationals may not be ready to shell out the type of cash Boras is expected to demand which means they will be forced to explore the possibility of a sign and trade deal with the young prospect.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
According to Sports Illustrated, there are rumors circulating that claim that trade talks between the Wiz and Phoenix Suns have been ongoing as of late. A few scenarios that have been flying around include:
- Antawn Jamison, Mike James and his expiring contract, and our number 5 draft pick for Stoudemire.
- Etan Thomas, Andray Blatche, Mike James and his expiring contract, and our number 5 pick for Stoudemire.
Friday, May 29, 2009
According to a report by the Philadelphia daily news, the Philadelphia 76er's have chosen Eddie Jordan to be their new head coach. Jordan, who coached the Wizards from 2003 to 2008, led the Wizards to four straight playoff appearances during his stint in D.C. Despite his success, Jordan was fired, and subsequently replaced by interim head coach Ed Tapscott, after starting the 2008 season with a dismal 1-10 record.
The Washington Redskins made a somewhat unexpected move today, Friday May 29th, by releasing veteran tackle Jon Jansen. 33 year old Jansen has played his entire NFL career with the 'Skins and was considered one of the most consistent players on the team over the past ten years. Since Being selected by the 'skins 37th overall in 1999 out of Michigan, Jansen's play has earned him a reputation as one of the NFL's elite lineman. The team leader was cut today, after a meeting with head coach Jim Zorn, team owner Daniel Snyder, and Redskins' vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato.
> Jansen waisted no time in searching for a new team, reportedly signing with the Detroit Lions just hours after being released by the Skins
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Spanish League runner up Real Madrid will be playing MLS team DC United this summer in an exhibition match. The August 9th meeting between the two teams will take place at Fedex Field instead of RFK stadium due to large attendance expectations. This will be the second meeting between United and Real Madrid in recent years. Their last meeting was in Seattle and resulted in a 1-1 tie.
While being questioned about the Steroids allegations against the Caps, Donald "The Enforcer" Brashear said that he "would highly doubt" the said reports. However, while talking about his future with the Capitals, Brashear said, "at my age and where I'm at, money is the most important." Throughout the season, Brashear had some offers from teams in Russia's KHL, and decided to wait for after the season to make any decision on the matter.
The outlook for Brashear isn't looking too good. The Caps wont overspend on him and he may be offered a lot more in Russia. Hopefully the Caps number one black player (get it) stays!
DCSports Blgr 2
According to an article by Frank Isola of the NY Daily news, former NY Knicks guard Stephon Marbury could find himself in a Wizards uniform. Marbury, who played under Wizards head coach Flip Saunders with the Minnesota Timberwolves, had reportedly been contacting Saunders on a daily basis during his playoff run with the Celtics this spring. The thought of the 6-2 point guard joining the team will undoubtedly spark mixed reactions from wizards faithful. While some would love to see the 12 year veteran who has averaged just over 19 points per game in the wizards backcourt, others cite "Starbury's" previous attitude problems and would prefer not to risk harming team chemistry with the addition.
Mike James, whom the Wizards acquired in the trade of Antonio Daniels, has picked up his player option for the 09-10 season, according to his agent, Bernie Lee. In 53 games for the Wiz, who are his tenth team in eight years, James averaged 9.6 points and 3.6 assists, and since he's only signed on for one more year he may be trade bait.
Here's an interesting fact: James was the first player to have not been drafted in the NBA yet still average over 20 ppg. As a spectator, I alway's liked his jumper, and I'd like to see what he does as a backup behind the (potentially) healthy Arenas.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
According to several reputable sources, including this Washington Post Article, Sergei Federov's prospects in DC aren't looking too good for Caps fans. Its a bittersweet ditching, however, as his leaving would clear up a significant amount of cap space to bolster the Defense, which is VERY MUCH needed. Its not a done deal, but dont expect to see Sergei Rockin the Red next season.
About a week ago, the Washington Wizards, who had a 17.7% chance of getting the first pick in this upcoming draft, dropped down to 5Th in the NBA lottery. Wizards fans everywhere were probably cringing in pain, and, of course, at losing the opportunity to get Blake Griffin, Oklahoma's superstar forward. However, recent history suggests that number five ain't too shabby, and number one wont get you a surefire stud.
Dating back to 2001, the first picks of the draft include:
Kwame Brown, Yao Ming, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Andrew Bogut, Andrea Bargnani, Greg Oden, and Derrick Rose.
The fifth picks of the same drafts were:
JasonRichardson,Nikita Tskitishvili, Dwayne Wade, Devin Harris, Raymond Felton, Sheldon Williams,
Jeff Green, and Kevin Love.
Number one has the clear advantage with Yao, LeBron, Dwight Howard, and Rose all proving to be worthy.
However, Kwame was a bust, Boguts been nothing special, and who the
heck is Bargnani? There are clear busts at five as well, but Dwyane Wade is a superstar, Devin
Harris is a stud, Felton, Green, and Love are all young and rising stars, and Richardson has been
a solid veteran for years.
So should the Wizards be weeping about dropping all the way to five? Negatory. they should
be embracing the fact that they are, in the Abraham Lincoln 5 spot, where plenty of potential lies.
According to Tampa Bay Online, A Florida man arrested yesterday for the possession of anabolic steroids told police that he had previously sold performance enhancing drugs to professional athletes of both The Washington Capitals and Washington Nationals. Personnel from both organizations have expressed statements denying any knowledge of the incident and underlining the organizations' intents to participate in the respective leagues' testing programs.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Your reading the first post of the new DCPROSPORTS blog! This blog will hopefully be updated frequently with up to date information on all of Washington D.C.'s major sports teams. It will feature links to various other local blogs and forums. Check back frequently for all the latest news on the Skins, Wizards, Caps, and even the Nationals.