NBA trade deadline recap
Despite the many big stars rumored to be on the block — Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, and Blake Griffin — yesterday's NBA trade deadline didn't feature any particularly exciting deals. SI.com has grades for all the swaps that did happen, though.
The Blackhawks visit the White House
With three Stanley Cup championships in the past six years, the Blackhawks and President Barack Obama are well acquainted. They made their latest post-championship trip to the White House yesterday, and the commander-in-chief had jokes:
P.K. Subban on the trade block?
After coach Michel Therrien criticized him for a turnover that cost the Habs in overtime on Wednesday, P.K. Subban now finds himself the subject of trade speculation. The Habs' superstar has 44 points in 58 games this season and his $9 million cap hit is the highest of any defenseman in the NHL (he makes $7 million this season, and $11 million during the next two). While it seems unlikely Montreal will move him, if things heat up, he'd be the biggest name in play at the trade deadline (Feb. 29).
This was a bad sequence for Danny Green
One punishing hit
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Trade talk is the inevitable byproduct when a season goes off the rails the way this one has in Montreal. But have things gotten to the point that the Canadiens would actually consider trading P.K. Subban?
That's the chatter according to TVA reporter Louis Jean.
It seems inevitable that some sort of shakeup is coming for the Habs, a team that has dropped three straight games and 23 of its last 31. Most expect that coach Michel Therrien will ultimately pay the price for Montreal’s slide. But Subban apparently came into play on Wednesday night after he was blamed by Therrien for causing the team's latest loss.
The two have had a complicated relationship since Therrien returned to Montreal for his second stint in 2012, with the coach once saying that he wanted to make P.K. a better person as well as a better player. It’s possible the two finally have reached a breaking point.
Still, it almost defies belief that GM Marc Bergevin would side with the coach over Subban. The 26-year-old blueliner is the team's leading scorer, most consistent performer and arguably the most iconic player the franchise has dressed since the departure of Patrick Roy. He’s a favorite of team owner Geoff Molson, who reportedly played a large role in the negotiations that led to Subban’s current eight-year, $72 million contract. And he's a lion in the community, revered for his charitable works and accessibility.
We can never say never when it comes to trade speculation. Wayne Gretzky was traded once. So was another high risk/high reward defenseman named Paul Coffey, and he was dealt at the exact same age Subban is now.
But is this really an option the team is exploring or just an idle bit of gossip?
Either way, the lead-up to the Feb. 29 trade deadline just got a whole lot more interesting.
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller has retired, the team announced Friday.
Miller played all 11 of seasons in the NFL with the Steelers, making the Pro Bowl twice. He won Super Bowls with the team after the 2005 and 2008 seasons.
The Steelers selected Miller in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft. He appeared in 168 regular season games, starting 167 of them. Miller also started in all 15 of his playoff appearances.
A fan favorite, Miller retires as the Steelers all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns by a tight end. He recorded 592 catches for 6.569 yards and 45 scores in his career.
In Miller’s final season, he played in 15 games, catching 60 passes for 535 yards and two touchdowns. The Steelers finished last season 10–6, losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos in the divisional round of the playoffs.