One of Jack Zduriencik's biggest goals this offseason was to lock up young pitching ace Felix Hernandez to a contract extension and the Seattle Mariners appear to have pulled that off Monday, according to an ESPN report. Though no contract terms were reported, ESPN analyst Keith Law says a source with direct knowledge of the talks tells him a multi-year deal is now in place, pending a physical by Hernandez. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) Comment
The Vinny Lecavalier trade rumors seemingly never end, and the latest one fittingly included the Rangers, whom the Lightning plays tonight at Madison Square Garden. The Ottawa Sun reported Sunday that Rangers GM Glen Sather contacted Tampa Bay GM Brian Lawton in an effort to spark trade talks for Lecavalier. That report, according to Lawton, is "completely false." Lawton said Monday that he hasn't even spoken to Sather in weeks. "He hasn't contacted me to inquire about that," Lawton said. "That absolutely did not happen." (St. Petersburg Times) Comment
New Jersey's Martin Brodeur makes a first period save against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Devils 4-0. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Minnesota goalie Josh Harding exchanges punches with Steve Ott after the Dallas center gets a little too close to the net.
- SI Vault: More St. Louis Cardinals
- 1983 -- Cardinal infielder Ozzie Smith becomes the game's first $1 million shortstop as the 'Wizard of Ahs' inks a 3-year pact with St. Louis.
- 1997 -- Ivan Rodriguez signs the richest one-year deal in baseball history. Avoiding salary arbitration, the All-star backstop agrees to a contract worth $6.65 million to play with the rangers.
- 1998 -- Los Angeles Lakers' broadcaster Chick Hearn announces his 3,000th consecutive game. Hearn last missed a broadcast on November 20, 1965.
- 2006 -- After an 80-day departure, Theo Epstein returns to the Red Sox in a yet-to-be named capacity. The youngest general manager in baseball history, who assembled a World Champion team in 2004, left Boston on Halloween Day citing the position was not "the right fit".