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The New York Islanders made a surprise move, re-uniting a pair of linemates with big free agent contracts. Senquez Golson Jersey . Numbers Game looks into the Islanders getting Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin. The Islanders Get: C Mikhail Grabovski and LW Nikolai Kulemin. Grabovski, 30, has been a productive centre, scoring 160 points in 261 games over the past four seasons, which ranks 98th among NHL forwards. While that alone is a decent indication of Grabovskis ability to contribute as a second-line centre, hes put up terrific relative possession numbers in four of the last five seasons, the only exception being in 2012-2013 with the Toronto Maple Leafs, when he was effectively buried in a defensive role. That led to his being bought out by the Maple Leafs in one of the more ridiculous decisions in the history of NHL contract buyouts. One year after he was bought out by the Maple Leafs and could only drum up enough interest to secure a one-year, $3-million deal as a free agent, Grabovski signed for four years and $20-million with the Isles. Going to the Islanders should offer Grabovski an opportunity to get favourable matchups, with zone starts tilted towards the offensive zone and softer opposition while opponents send their best at John Tavares line and the Islanders put Frans Nielsens line out for the toughest defensive assignments. Grabovski has scored 20 or more goals three times and topped 50 points twice. His career points per game of 0.59 works out to 48 points over an 82-game schedule, so maybe something around a 50-point season is the best-case scenario, but if Grabovski can put up between 40 and 50 points with typically strong possession stats over the course of his contract, he will be a solid addition for the Islanders. Grabovskis departure from Washington leaves a hole at second-line centre, one that still needs to be filled, unless Marcus Johansson or Evgeny Kuznetsov fit into that spot. Kulemin is a 27-year-old winger who scored 30 goals and 57 points riding shotgun with Grabovski for the Maple Leafs in 2010-2011, but has failed to generate much offence since, scoring 23 goals and 71 points in 188 games. But, to be fair, Kulemin has been stuck in a defensive role for the past couple seasons, with primarily defensive zone starts against quality opposition. While Kulemin hasnt scored a bunch in the NHL, particularly recently, hes produced enough to believe that there is more offence to be uncovered. He has 11 points in 20 games for Russia at the past two World Championships and 38 points in 36 KHL games while playing alongside Evgeni Malkin, so its not like Kulemin cant find his way around the offensive zone, but he likely needs a centre that will be the creator offensively. With the expectation that Kulemin will skate with Grabovski, he too should benefit from more offensive zone starts and favourable matchups. Maybe that results in Kulemin scoring 35-to-40 points (that 57-point season in 2010-2011 sure appears to be an aberration) and if that comes with solid two-way play then, even at his lofty price, Kulemin can be a worthy acquisition for the Isles. Toronto didnt seem to be in position to pay Kulemin, and they shouldnt have, based on how he was being used. Wingers that are deployed like Kulemin dont tend to get paid. Kulemins contract also runs for four years, paying him $16.75-million, which is a lot given his recent production, but if he gets more of an offensive opportunity, Kulemin has a decent shot at producing enough offensively to justify that price, which is fair for a second-line winger. All in all, this is an aggressive move by the Islanders and suddenly gives them terrific depth up front. So much that they likely need to find room on the wing for young guns like Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome, but its an enviable problem to have so much talent that some of your centres need to find room to play on the wing. Their defence can still get better, but these signings put the Islanders into the mix among playoff contenders for next season. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Sean Davis Steelers Jersey .J. -- The New York Giants have agreed to terms keeping linebacker Jon Beason on the roster. Ernie Stautner Jersey . -- Team after team passed on Andre Ellington in the draft. http://www.steelersauthenticonline.com/Youth-Reggie-White-Elite-Jersey/ . The NBA began to issue punishments last season for flopping, the art of exaggerating contact to deceive referees into calling a foul, but only retroactively. If a player is determined to have flopped after a postgame review, he is given a warning for the first offence and a $5,000 fine for the second.SAN DIEGO - Felix Hernandez put a giant exclamation point on a rousing weekend for the Seattle Mariners. Hernandez tied his career high with 13 strikeouts and the Mariners completed a three-game sweep with a 6-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. "I felt like he was throwing the ball as good as weve seen this year for a good portion of the game," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "He kind of had to grind through it the last couple of innings." Hernandez (5-4) allowed one run and six hits without a walk as the Mariners won their fifth straight. They held a commanding advantage over San Diego in runs (14-2) and hits (32-14) while striking out 35 Padres batters in the series. "I dont like to give credit to the opposing pitchers, but these guys threw well this weekend," Padres manager Bud Black said. The Mariners have allowed two runs or less in their last seven games. They held the Padres to six hits or fewer in each of the three games. "Its an amazing starting (staff)," Seattle catcher Miguel Olivo said. "We just need to put some runs on the board and weve been doing it and winning games." Hernandez, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, kept up the stingy pace. He gave up three singles in the seventh for San Diegos only run, but struck out seven of nine batters during one stretch from the second through the fourth. "Weve been doing a great job, and not just the pitchers," Hernandez said. "Weve been busting it and working hard." The right-hander did not walk a batter as he snapped a two-start skid. Hernandez improved his interleague record to 11-4 with a 2.75 earned-run average in 20 career starts. "Hes been doing great," Olivo said. "He was very consistent with the changeup and the slider. He throws good every day, but (Sunday) he was more consistent." Hernandez also struck out 13 last Aug. 10 against Oakland. He has fanned 10 or more batters 11 times in his career. "He was good, no doubt about it," Black said. "He had all his weapons and when you stake him a lead, I think he gets strongeer. Ryan Shazier Steelers Jersey. Hes a front-runner." Seattle starting pitchers have gone at least seven innings in nine straight starts and in 14-of-17 games this month. In the last seven games, the starters have allowed only four earned runs. "Its been outstanding the way these guys have passed the torch to the next guy for the next start to keep it going," Wedge said. "Their focus and preparation have been outstanding." Carlos Peguero and Brendan Ryan each had a two-run double to pace a Mariners offence that came into the game with ALs lowest batting average and the second-fewest runs in the majors. "I feel like it was one of our better games in regards to getting good at-bats," Wedge said. "We left a lot of runners on early but it kept the heat on." San Diego has lost four of five on its eight-game homestand. During that stretch, the Padres have scored five runs on 29 hits with 52 strikeouts. The loss dropped San Diegos home record to 8-18, worst in the NL. The Padres have lost 14-of-17 to Seattle at Petco Park. Tim Stauffer (0-3) gave up three runs and a season-high 10 hits, including Pegueros two-run double in the third, over six innings. The damage could have been worse, but Stauffer stranded nine runners in the first five innings. Corey Luebke started the seventh and gave up consecutive singles to Adam Kennedy and Olivo. Ryan then greeted reliever Luke Gregerson with a one-out double to drive in two runs and give Seattle a 5-0 lead. Olivo had three of Seattles 15 hits and scored three runs. Franklin Gutierrez added an RBI single in the ninth. San Diegos only run came after a leadoff single by Chase Headley in the seventh. With one out, Cameron Maybin singled and Chris Denorfias two-out singled scored Headley. NOTES: Hernandez became the fourth pitcher in Mariners history to strike out at least 13 without issuing a walk. The last to do it was Randy Johnson in 1997. ... Hernandez has allowed two earned runs or less in nine of his 11 starts. ... San Diego batters have struck out 391 times, tops in the majors. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '
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