July 1, 2008 |
Billy King has not been around the 76ers for nearly seven months, but on the groundwork he laid, Ed Stefanski will try to obtain an impact player for the Sixers as the negotiating period with NBA free agents gets under way. Teams were able to begin talking with free agents and their representatives at 12:01 this morning. Stefanski promised he would not be on anyone's doorstep at that time, but the general manager acknowledged that today would be a busy one, with more than $11 million available to spend on his No. 1 target - a big man who can rebound, score, and defend in the low post.
February 29, 2008 |
Now, the free-agent speculation ends and the deal-making begins. If you've been monitoring the rumors on the Internet, your head should be spinning faster than Linda Blair's in The Exorcist. In the last month, you could have read that the Eagles are going to sign New England cornerback Asante Samuel, New England wide receiver Dont? Stallworth, and New York Giants safety Gibril Wilson; trade quarterback Donovan McNabb and/or cornerback Lito Sheppard; and acquire Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald or Detroit receiver Roy Williams.
December 30, 2007 |
PORTLAND, Ore. - The 76ers traded one of their most popular players for the chance to clear more salary-cap space, signaling the first bold move by president and general manager Ed Stefanski. Fifth-year swingman Kyle Korver was sent to the Utah Jazz yesterday for guard Gordan Giricek and a future first-round draft choice. Even Stefanski, speaking by conference call, couldn't spin this move into anything more than a cap-clearing measure. The Sixers will save approximately $15 million in this deal.
February 25, 2007 |
Most seasons, the Flyers are buyers at the NHL trade deadline. But other than the acquisition of Vladimir Malakhov in 2004, most trade deadline deals under former general manager Bob Clarke didn't result in a long playoff run. Tuesday marks this year's deadline, the earliest it's been since before 1980. This year, the Flyers figure to be sellers - not buyers - given they're going nowhere fast. They already have more than $22 million in salary cap space for next season, and if they were to lose a player, such as Geoff Sanderson, whose contract carries over, they'd have even more cap room for 2007-08.
February 22, 2007 |
Peyton Manning has agreed to restructure his contract with the Indianapolis Colts to save the team nearly $8 million in salary-cap space, the Associated Press reported. The Super Bowl MVP was to receive a $10 million roster bonus during the off-season, but by converting the money into a regular signing bonus, the Colts can prorate that amount over the remaining four years of his deal. That saves Indianapolis space under the $109 million salary cap. Meanwhile, running back Dominic Rhodes' initial court appearance on a drunken-driving charge was postponed to Monday after Marion County, Ind., prosecutors did not receive paperwork from the arresting officer.
October 4, 2006 |
Devils leading scorer Brian Gionta and four other veterans signed with New Jersey yesterday after the NHL gave the team $3.5 million in salary-cap relief by placing veteran forward Alexander Mogilny on the long-term injury exception list. Defensemen Paul Martin and Dave Hale, backup goaltender Scott Clemmensen and center Erik Rasmussen signed 1-year contracts as the Devils finalized their roster without violating the league's $44 million salary cap. General manager Lou Lamoriello removed $7.1 million from the cap in the past 3 days by trading defenseman Vladimir Malakhov ($3.6 million)
March 11, 2006 |
The NFL's free-agent period started at 12:01 a.m. today. Honest, it really did. Proof is at the NovaCare Complex this morning in the form of a 313-pound man the Eagles would literally like to make the centerpiece of their offensive line. If things go as planned, unrestricted free agent LeCharles Bentley will be holding up an Eagles jersey for a photo opportunity by the end of the weekend after signing a lucrative long-term deal with the team. He is likely to get a signing bonus between $10 million and $12 million.
March 9, 2006 |
The Flyers waived Turner Stevenson yesterday as they attempted to clear more salary-cap space heading into today's 3 p.m. trade deadline. The waiving of the right winger, who will turn 34 in May, will likely add roughly $262,000 in space to the $2 million the Flyers have now that Keith Primeau's salary is no longer included. If Stevenson is claimed, his entire salary of nearly $1.26 million will be erased under the cap, but that is not likely given his injuries this season and the remainder of his contract.
March 1, 2006 |
As an athlete trained to plow through adversity, Keith Primeau refused to accept what just about everyone else involved with the Flyers knew for weeks - that his season had been ended by his latest concussion. The 34-year-old center and consummate team captain had been told by a wave of physicians that they would not clear him to return because the next blow to his head could affect him for the rest of his life. Even when Derian Hatcher was named to replace him as captain on Jan. 29, a clear signal that he was through for the season, Primeau kept hoping against hope.
October 21, 2005 |
The Colorado Avalanche, which lost Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote to free agency this past offseason, declined to pick up next season's options for Joe Sakic and Rob Blake, the Denver Post reported. The move is meant to free up cap space and could make each player an unrestricted free agent. Both signed 5-year deals with the Avalanche in 2001 with a team option for a sixth season. The Post reported that the Avs will save roughly $700,000 in cap space for this season by declining the option; team payroll numbers are based on combined averages of a player's length of contract.