Seeking to add more veteran experience to a young team, the Blues have signed free-agent forwards Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner to one-year contracts.
Arnott, 36, and Langenbrunner, 35, will each make $2.5 million in 2011-12, with potential bonuses that could increase the value of their contracts to $2.8 million individually. Arnott and Langenbrunner each bring experience and leadership capabilities to the Blues. Both have Stanley Cups on their resume and both have previously been NHL captains.
Langenbrunner won two Cups, with Dallas in 1999 and New Jersey in 2003. He was the Devils’ captain from 2007-11 and he also captained Team USA at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Arnott won a Cup with New Jersey in 2000 and he later wore the “C” for the Nashville Predators from 2007-10.
Aside from their similarities, there are connections. The two were teammates in New Jersey last season before Arnott was dealt to Washington and Langenbrunner to Dallas.
Also, on March 19, 2003, during Langenbrunner’s first stint with Dallas, he was traded to New Jersey for Arnott in a deal that involved other players. The general manager who made that trade was Armstrong, who was the GM in Dallas before taking over the same role in St. Louis last season.
The signings sent excitement through the Blues’ organization. “Arnott, a big body that can play in the middle,” said Blues coach Davis Payne, who was only permitted to talk about Arnott at the time. ”His ability to shoot the puck and contribute offensively, he’ll be a big, physical body to lean on people. That’s something that we value very high.”
Blues captain candidate David Backes believed both Arnott and Langenbrunner would be good fits. “Those two, along with Scott Nichol, besides bringing the average age up, Jamie and Jason are guys that have won Stanley Cups and guys who have been in the playoffs year after year,” Backes said. ”With the young group of guys that we have, it’ll be great that they’re going to be able to guide us toward that promised land that we’re trying to get to.”
Backes played with Langenbrunner with Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. “He’s got a calm presence, but with that calm presence comes that work ethic that’s unmatched,” Backes said. ”He’s a guy that has achieved a lot of his success from outworking his opponents. That’s kind of the blue-collar mentality that the Blues have had and have to continue to have to be successful. He’ll bring a lot to the table. He had a lot of words of wisdom at the Olympics and those words of wisdom are still holding true every time we step on the ice.”
Backes admitted some surprise with the additions. “You sat there after July 1 going, ‘Well the Blues are kind of sitting on their hands … maybe it’s the ownership thing, maybe we’re just going to go with the team we had last year, and if we stay healthy, we’re still going to be a force to be reckon with,’” he said. “But now there are three more pieces to the puzzle.
“And you have to add the veteran defenseman, Kent Huskins, too, he’s won a Stanley Cup, and a guy that’s going to bring a lot of familiarity with the playoffs. And again, keep us calm, keep us consistent over the year and make sure we’re playing in April, May and June.”
Langenbrunner split his time last season between the New Jersey Devils and Dallas Stars, where he played in 70 games, tallying nine goals, 23 assists and 32 points. The No. 35 overall pick in the 1993 NHL entry draft, the 6-1, 205-pound Langenbrunner has put up career totals of 1,035 games played, with 237 goals, 401 assists and 638 points.
Arnott also begin last season with the Devils before joining the Washington Capitals. Between the two stops he played in 73 games, chipping in 17 goals, 14 assists and 31 points. The No. 7 overall pick from the 1993 entry draft, the 6-3, 220-pound Arnott has career totals of 1,172 games played, with 400 goals, 504 assists and 904 points.
Take me to St. Louis! These guys are definitely going to have a huge impact on the Blues teams. I expect to see the Blues lead their division and even make a huge run in the playoffs.
The New World of Sports Betting in the United States
Earlier this year a monumental breakthrough was achieved when the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, known as PASPA, allowing each state in the nation to decide if it wants to allows legal sports betting or not.
That led the nation, and all of the states, on a new path, with a lot of lucrative opportunities in an industry that has operated underground for decades.
With casinos and eSports thriving, sports betting adds a brand new element to the gambling industry and presents one of the richest outlets for businesses, the government, and the nation.
There will likely be a boost in employment rates, a growth spike in business, and an influx of money that no longer has to be hidden from the eyes of the government.
As of now, a number of states have already started their journey, and another, Utah, has decided not to act on the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of sports betting, opting to maintain their stance on forbidding sports betting, at least for the time being.
As the world of sports, eSports, and gambling embark on this industry shifting journey, let’s take a deeper look at what has been going down so far, and what is in store for the sports betting industry, thanks to an info graphic from NJGames.org.
The info graphic will take a look into the impact that sports betting legalization is expected to make on the nation’s economy.
The info graphic takes into account that the United States’ gambling industry already generates around $28 billion. The legalization of ports betting legalization is expected to increase tat number dramatically.
Additionally, sports betting operations will also result in a higher number of jobs, and the info graphic will provide you with an estimated number of both direct and indirect jobs that will open with the introduction of sports betting.
As the fantasy football season is ready to kick off for many of you, we should start seeing a lot of changes to the sports betting landscape and it will be interesting to see just how companies in fantasy sports navigate through the implementation of these changes.
The future of the sports betting industry seems bright, and there seems to be quite the trickle down effect that will have an immediate benefit to numerous industries.
Whether you’re ready or not, legalized sports betting is on the way, if it hasn’t arrived in your state already, and big things are on the horizon.
Capitals owner Ted Leonsis Pays for 200 Employees to go to Stanley Cup Final Games
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is celebrating the team’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final for the 1st time in 20 years in a special way.
The employees were chosen based off how closely they work with the Capitals, as well as seniority, and they received an email last week from a senior VP that had the subject line: “Let’s go to Vegas.”
The selected employees received tickets to Games 1 & 2.
“It’s truly amazing and out of this world,” Omar Castro, a guest relations manager, said.
“I never expected an owner of the company to do this. We get to share in this with them. … He’s thinking of us as part of a family, as part of the experience. There’s no reason for him to do it. All I can say is a big thanks to Ted and his family for the opportunity, and for truly making this into something memorable for all of us here in the company.”
Not only did Leonsis provide tickets, but he also organized two chartered flights and is putting the employees up at the Excalibur.
How Will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018?
How will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018? That is tough to answer. Last season, it was a turbulent season for the Dallas Cowboys. In 2017, the Cowboys finished with a record of 9-7 which placed them second in the nFC East. However they did not make the playoffs. RB Ezekiel Elliott missed five games due to his domestic violence suspension. When he returned, he was a very productive member of the team.
Entering the 2018 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys are looking to return to the playoffs and ultimately looking to go to the Super Bowl. To start the 2018 campaign, the Dallas Cowboys had to go through Free Agency. During the Free agency period, the Cowboys signed six players which include Joe Thomas of the Green Bay Packers and Allen Herns of the Jacksonville Jaguars. OG/C Joe Looney re-signed a 2-year contract with the Cowboys while LS L. P. Ladouceur resigned with Dallas for a 1-year deal.
For the players that have departed, a total of 15 players have left the Cowboys. Since their departure from the Dallas Cowboys, some players have either signed with other teams, looking for work, or retired from the NFL. Here is the breakdown:
QB Kellen Moore, TE James Hannah, and Jason Witten retired from the National Football League. WR Bryce Butler, OT Benson Mayowa, and CB Bene Benwikere all signed with the Arizona Cardinals. FB Keith Smith, OLB/MLB Kyle Wilber and WR Ryan Switzer all signed with the Oakland Raiders. OG Johnathan Cooper signed with the San Francisco 49ers, OLB/MLB Anthony Hitchens signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, and CB Orlando Scandrick signed with the division rival Washington Redskins. As for players looking for work, that honor goes to RB Alfred Morris and WR Dez Bryant.
Once Free Agency had finally concluded, it was time for the 2018 National Football League Draft. This years Draft will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It is the first draft to be done in a NFL stadium. For the Dallas Cowboys draft board, the Cowboys will have eight picks this year. During the draft, 6 out of eight players were offensive players. Also during the draft, the Cowboys traded their pick to the Los Angeles Rams for WR Travon Austin.
With the players the Dallas Cowboys wanted to draft now on the Dallas Cowboys roster, it’s time to take a look at the 2018 Dallas Cowboys regular season schedule. This season, the Cowboys will start the 2018 season on the road against the Carolina Panthers on September 9. The Cowboys first division test comes in the second week when the New York Giants come to AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys bye week comes during week eight. After the thanksgiving game against the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys will have another Thursday Night Football game. This time it’s at home against the New Orleans Saints. The Dallas Cowboy regular season finale will be on November 30, 2018 at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants.
So after breaking down the 2018 offseason and upcoming schedule, I believe it will be a tough season but I believe that the Cowboys will do better in 2018.
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