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The Carolina Hurricanes will have a new leader for the 2017-18 season, as general manager Ron Francis expects to name a new captain at the conclusion of training camp, according to Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer.

It will mark the sixth captain since the Hurricanes arrived in Raleigh in 1997.

Eric Staal is the longest-serving captain in Hurricanes history, an honor he held from 2010-16, when he was traded to the New York Rangers.

While Francis, who captained the Hurricanes from 1999-2004, did not reveal who will get the “C,” candidates could include Justin Faulk, Victor Rask, Jordan Staal, and Jeff Skinner, all of whom served as alternate captains last season.


The managerial status quo will remain intact for the Pittsburgh Pirates, at least for the time being.

Pittsburgh announced new four-year extensions for general manager Neal Huntington and bench boss Clint Hurdle, keeping them with the club through the 2021 season.

Huntington joined the Pirates at the end of the 2007 season that saw the Pirates post a 68-94 record. Things got worse before they got better, as the team bottomed out in 2010, going 57-105 before a gradual upswing.

The 48-year-old Huntington expressed gratitude to the organization following the announcement, but also acknowledged that while the Pirates have winning records under his tenure, a World Series win is the ultimate goal.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to work for and with such a quality group of professionals,” Huntington said. “We recognize that we have unfinished business. We remain committed to doing everything in our power to accomplish our organizational goals and to return a World Series Championship to Pittsburgh.”

The Pirates brought in Hurdle after the ill-fated 2010 campaign and the team started improving almost immediately, culminating in three consecutive postseason appearances from 2013-2015. Since Hurdle arrived, the franchise has gone 575-534-1 in the regular season, as the team broke its dubious 20-year streak of losing records.

Hurdle’s extension should come as no surprise to Pirates fans, as a report in June suggested it was in the works and would be signed before the end of the season.

Righting the ship was evidently enough for the Pirates to express confidence despite a pair of rocky seasons.

Before signing on as Pirates skipper, Hurdle managed the Colorado Rockies for eight seasons, including the team’s one and only World Series appearance in 2007.


Despite missing the playoffs in three of the last five seasons, the Philadelphia Flyers are not in rebuild mode – if you ask general manager Ron Hextall, anyway.

Yes, the Flyers did pick with the second overall selection in this year’s draft, but that was mostly due to a stroke of good luck, as the Flyers were a competitive team that finished only seven points short of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. A result that Hextall feels is a strong indication of the direction his club is going.

“You’re not rebuilding when you’re competitive,” Hextall said, according to Sam Carchidi of “A rebuild, to me, is when you go to the bottom and you pick high, high, high – and essentially, you’re not trying that hard to win. That’s not in our DNA. We want to win. We want to win as many games as possible.”

“We’re not going to go to the bottom of the league and pick first overall for four or five years. That’s no way to build culture. Our vision was to stay competitive, and build, and get younger – and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

Landing Nolan Patrick with the second overall pick obviously goes a long way to ensuring that vision come to fruition, but, Hextall realizes that at the end of the day, execution on the ice is all that matters.

“I can sit here and tell you 85 points, 105 points, but it really doesn’t mean anything,” said Hextall. “What’s (important) is when our team starts the season and we go do it. Do we expect to make the playoffs? Of course we expect to make the playoffs.”

” … I’m comfortable saying we expect to make the playoffs because our team on paper is good enough to make the playoffs.”

The Flyers drop the puck on their 2017-18 season Oct. 4 in San Jose.


Rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes proved every bit as dynamic as advertised during the preseason, making Kansas City Chiefs fans contemplate whether he should take over starting duties from veteran Alex Smith. The Chiefs’ front office, however, isn’t having it.

Just weeks after head coach Andy Reid said there will be no quarterback controversy, general manager Brett Veach did the same Saturday.

“Coach made a statement a few days back, there’s no gray area: Alex is our quarterback,” Veach said. “Alex is so far advanced from the mental side of things in regards to his ability to read coverages, to shift to better plays, and really play the chess game. He’s so far ahead of what Pat is. I don’t think it’s even close right now.”

The Chiefs remain adamant that Smith won’t have to hand over the keys to the offense just yet, but admitted they’re impressed with Mahomes’ early work.

“The development he has made and the strides he has taken in those departments has exceeded our expectations to this point,” Veach said. “So we’re excited where we are, and again, the longer that Alex and Pat are together, the better we will be.”


As he sat beside a contrite Danny Duffy on Tuesday afternoon and fielded questions about the left-hander’s recent arrest for driving under the influence, Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore offered insight into some of the ways his club attempts to steer players away from potentially harmful decisions.

Asked about new educational protocols put in place following the death of former Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, who was killed in a January car crash after he lost his control of his Jeep Wrangler in his native Dominican Republic, Moore told reporters the team not only attempts to educate its players about the consequences of using drugs and alcohol, but also about the effects of pornography, which, he contended, can lead to violence against women.

“We’ve done a lot of leadership stuff with our players,” Moore said, via Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. “(We’re) very transparent about things that happen in our game, not only with drugs and alcohol. We talk about pornography, and the effects of what that does to the minds of players and the distractions, and how that leads to abuse of – domestic abuse – to abuse of women. How it impacts relationships – we talk about a lot of things. And I don’t mind sharing with you.”

These protocols were put in place to “protect” the Royals’ players from the “different ills of society,” Moore said, adding that he thinks his club should “constantly look at ways to help improve the character” of its players.

“These guys grow up playing the game that they love to play,” Moore explained. “They have the freedom and the choices of manhood. But oftentimes, they don’t have those responsibilities. Because we don’t allow them to have those responsibilities. We do a lot for them, because we want them to compete every single day at the highest level against the best of the best. And we want to protect them from different ills of society, so they can go out there and do what we love to do and celebrate what they do on the field.

“So do I think we should constantly look at ways to help improve the character and help mold and shape our players? I do.”

The Pittsburgh Penguins are actively looking for someone to play behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

With Jay McClement – a training camp invite – and Carter Rowney as the most viable options on the depth chart below the superstar pair, general manager Jim Rutherford remains involved in trade talks for a third-line center, according to Jason Mackey of the Post-Gazette.

He won’t, however, rush to make a move.

“We’ll continue to work on it,” Rutherford said. “There’s a few options there. We’ll see what happens here in the next little while. But, again, it’s what I said all along. If there’s somebody that we feel fits what we’re looking for, we’ll do it. If not, we’re going to wait until that time comes.”

The Penguins have holes to fill at the position thanks to the departures of Matt Cullen (Minnesota) and Nick Bonino (Nashville) in free agency.

NFL: Preseason-Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys

John Lynch would like to clarify his stance on protests during the national anthem.

Speaking on the subject earlier in the week, the San Francisco 49ers general manager stated that players have the right to protest racial injustice in America and that he’ll “always respect people’s rights.” However, he also characterized the practice as “divisive,” giving rise to the perception he wouldn’t tolerate players sitting for the national anthem.

“If I could take one thing back, I would have changed that word,” Lynch said Friday on KNBR radio, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “Because of the negative connotation. But I was really trying to make the point that our game should be a beacon for what can be.”

Lynch had previously explained he sees football as a unifier of people of various ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds and pointed to a scene during Thursday night’s preseason game in Philadelphia in which a white player put his arm around a black teammate who stood with a raised right fist.

“When I saw that picture of Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins, I think that’s exactly what I was speaking to and what I think is so great about football, of how I think our society can be and how it should be – of people coming together,” Lynch said.

“When you’re talking to your 10-year-old and you’re trying to explain what’s going on (in Charlottesville) – it’s sad, it’s disgusting, it’s unbelievable that these things still exist. So I want to go a step further (and say) not only do I respect, but I understand the motivations of these players that are trying to do something about it. I want to be very clear with that, that’s where my heart is.”