The case for signing Kevin Shattenkirk is more complicated now than it might have been had his Capitals tenure gone more smoothly, but he’s both the top defenseman and overall player — by far — in a thin unrestricted free agent class, so count on a robust market when the NHL opens for business July 1.
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At 28, Shattenkirk should have plenty of productive years ahead of him. His 56 points in 80 games, split between St. Louis and Washington, were a career high and ranked fourth among defensemen, behind only Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns (76 points) and finalists Victor Hedman (72) and Erik Karlsson (71).
We probably should pay a lot more attention to the regular season because there is nothing more nerve-wracking then Stanley Cup overtime hockey, Barkley said, talking about how NBA players root for Seth Jones because Jones’ dad played 11 seasons in the association. It’s the craziest thing you ever going to see. That’s one reason why I love the sport.
Barkley, an Inside the NBA fixture on TNT, made headlines earlier in the playoffs when he admitted to sneaking into the back of the studio during broadcasts to watch hockey. He said that’s around the time when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman invited him to a game — Hey, I got nothing to do, so … — and so here he was, to the delight of many.
You know, obviously I’m not breaking earth-shattering news, the NBA playoffs have not been very good, he said. The best thing about my job is when I’m in work for two straight months, like the NHL playoffs, I’m in a room with 20 televisions. I watch pretty much every single hockey game.
It’s not been a lot of fun broadcasting games this year.
Limited Mens Kevin Byard Jersey Shortly after the Predators scored the first goal of the game, Barkley reappeared, waving a rally towel on the jumbrotron to encourage an already boisterous crowd to get playoff loud, as they do indiscriminately in Nashville.