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The Denver Broncos‘ reported acquisition of quarterback Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens surprised many, including 2018 starting signal-caller Case Keenum.

Keenum says he received a call from John Elway prior to the reported move, and the 31-year-old feels let down by the general manager’s decision.

“I was definitely shocked, it was a surprise for us and I think probably for the first day or so that’s kind of what it was,” Keenum said alongside his wife, Kimberly, on the “Sports Spectrum Podcast” on Thursday. “But for us, we’re definitely disappointed, it’s not something we wanted to happen. I know that everybody’s doing their job and John feels like that was a chance for him to help the Broncos out.”

Trading Keenum would leave Denver with $3 million in dead cap space while cutting him would cost $10 million in dead money. He’s unsure of what the future has in store, although it was reported that the Broncos will attempt to trade him.

“You know, really, it’s really open-ended right now,” Keenum said. “We don’t know what’s going to happen, there’s still a lot up in the air; this is really fresh. So a lot of these emotions that we’re talking about are still kind of going on, still happening. So who knows what’s going to be in store? I don’t for sure, God does. But we’ll be ready for whatever God has in store for us next.”

The Broncos signed Keenum to a two-year, $36-million contract last offseason after struggling to find an answer at quarterback in 2016 and 2017. He completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 3,890 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions in 2018, leading Denver to a 6-10 record.


NHL: Preseason-Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild traded forward Charlie Coyle to the Boston Bruins for forward Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2019, the teams announced Wednesday.

The pick will become a fourth-rounder if the Bruins advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Coyle has recorded 28 points in 60 games this season while averaging over 17 minutes per contest. The 26-year-old will slot in behind Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci down the middle of the ice and will provide the Bruins with some offensive depth for the stretch run.

The seven-year veteran is under contract until 2020 at a cap hit of $3.2 million.

Donato has struggled to carve out a role with Boston this season. The 22-year-old made a name for himself after scoring five goals in five games last year for the United States at the PyeongChang Olympics but has bounced between the Bruins and AHL Providence during the 2018-19 campaign. Donato has recorded nine points in 34 games in the NHL this season while chipping in 12 points in 18 contests in the minors.

Arizona Coyotes v Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks have traded forward Sam Gagner to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Ryan Spooner, the team announced.

Gagner, 29, will rejoin the team that drafted him with the sixth overall selection in 2007. The London, Ontario native played his best hockey in Edmonton, reaching the 40-point mark in each of his first five seasons with the club.

The 5-foot-11 winger has spent the majority of the campaign on loan with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL and is in the second of a three-year contract with Vancouver. His deal has an annual cap hit of $3.15 million.

Gagner won’t have to wait long for his chance in Edmonton, as the team announced that defenseman Matt Benning has been placed on injured reserve. The move clears a roster spot for Gagner to join the lineup against the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Spooner, 27, was acquired by Edmonton on Nov. 16 from the New York Rangers. It’s been a trying season for the centerman, who’s tallied three goals and five points through 41 games between the two clubs this year.

The Ottawa, Ontario product is in the first of a two-year contract with an annual cap hit of $4 million.

The move marks the second trade for the Oilers in less than 24 hours after the team sent Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers for Anthony Stolarz in a goaltender swap.


The Edmonton Oilers traded goaltender Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers for netminder Anthony Stolarz, the clubs announced Friday night.

It’s a trade that gives the Oilers a bit more wiggle room under the salary cap, as they gain a pro-rated $3.4 million in cap space for the rest of the season, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

That’ll allow them to activate defenseman Andrej Sekera off injured reserve when they’re ready to do so.

As part of his modified no-trade clause, Talbot had a 10-team list outlining the clubs he’d be willing to accept a trade to, according to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun. The Flyers were not on the list, meaning Talbot had to waive his no-trade clause for the deal to materialize, LeBrun added.

Once Talbot plays for the Flyers, they’ll set an NHL record by using eight goaltenders in a single campaign, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Talbot, 31, spent four seasons with the Oilers, who acquired him from the New York Rangers at the 2015 draft. He’s a pending unrestricted free agent carrying a cap hit of about $4.17 million.

Stolarz, 25, played 19 games with the Flyers over the last three years. He’s a pending restricted free agent with a $761,250 cap hit.


Denver Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders appears enthusiastic about general manager John Elway’s reported trade to acquire Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco for a fourth-round pick.

“Big move by Elway,” Sanders wrote via text to Mike Klis of 9NEWS. “Veteran leader who has won the big game. We also have money to spend to in free agency as well. Looking forward to seeing more pieces put into place.”

“I like it,” Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. added. “Hopefully we get more pieces around him.”

Denver has had four different starting quarterbacks in the three seasons since Peyton Manning retired, going 20-28 in that span. The Broncos signed quarterback Case Keenum to a two-year, $36-million contract in 2018 after shuffling through starts from Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler in 2017. Siemian and Lynch split starter’s duties in 2016.

Keenum had 3,890 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions during the 2018 campaign.

Flacco, who lost the starting job in Baltimore to rookie Lamar Jackson this past season, has three years remaining on his existing deal and will earn $18.5 million in base salary in 2019 unless his contract is reworked. He threw for 2,465 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2018.

The 34-year-old was the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII in February 2013, leading the Ravens to a championship win over the San Francisco 49ers.


Russell Martin doesn’t officially turn 36 years old until Friday, but the veteran catcher has already received his favorite present.

“It’s like one of the best birthday gifts I’ve ever had,” Martin said of rejoining the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times.

Martin began his career as a member of the Dodgers in 2006 when he stormed onto the scene with a .282/.355/.436 slash line to go along with 10 homers and 10 steals over 121 games. A 17th-round pick in the 2002 MLB Draft, Martin went on to win the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger at catcher in the following season, making back-to-back All-Star games.

After injury troubles and a pair of disappointing seasons, the Dodgers non-tendered Martin following the 2010 campaign, resulting in the backstop signing a contract with the New York Yankees.

He then spent a pair of seasons each with the Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates before the Toronto Blue Jays signed him to a five-year, $82-million contract. With one season remaining on that deal, Toronto traded Martin back to the Dodgers earlier this winter for minor-leaguers Ronny Brito and Andrew Sopko.

“I have to pinch myself to realize that I’m back here,” Martin added. “Because I wish I never would have left.”

Martin will reunite with some of his former teammates, including ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw, whose major-league debut was caught by Martin on May 25, 2008 – a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The veteran catcher is likely to split time behind the plate with Austin Barnes as the Dodgers deal with the loss of Yasmani Grandal via free agency.



Like everyone who follows the NBA, D’Angelo Russell watched as the Los Angeles Lakers reportedly offered Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma in their pursuit of New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis before the Feb. 7 trade deadline.

“I can’t imagine what (rumors) they’re trying to block out,” Russell told B/R Mag’s Leo Sepkowitz about the Lakers’ young core, who could also be offered in trade talks during the coming offseason.

Russell is happy to avoid that sort of scenario, having been traded from the Lakers to the Brooklyn Nets in June 2017, prior to the heightened stakes that came along when LeBron James signed in Los Angeles last summer. Otherwise, Russell imagines his name would be dangled among the trade bait, too.

“If (the Lakers) didn’t let me go then, they were gonna let me go now, and I’d be going through what they’re going through. Best thing that happened in my career,” he added.

Now in Year 4 of his NBA career, Russell is averaging career bests in both points (20) and assists (6.6), and recently earned his first All-Star Game selection in place of injured Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo.

As the focal point of the Nets’ offense, Russell’s also led the team to a 29-29 record and the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, his old Lakers squad boasts a 28-29 record but sits 10th in the tough Western Conference with 25 games to play.