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When is the 2021 NHL trade deadline? Date, time, top targets

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When is the 2021 NHL trade deadline? Date, time, top targets

The 2021 NHL season has been different, to say the least, but there’s at least one constant happening — the trade deadline. Yet despite the normalcy of the annual event, this year it could be anything but.

With approximately a month left in the season, teams are quickly deciding if they’re a Stanley Cup contender or a Stanley Cup pretender, buying or selling depending on their answer. While more than 30 trades went through before the 3 p.m. ET deadline last February, there’s a good chance the number of deals this April won’t be anywhere close to that high.

With teams only playing in a 7-8 team division — and every game being a potential four-point swing — a number of teams are on the cusp of a postseason berth. General managers must also take into consideration protection lists with the upcoming expansion draft (July 21) while their capologists try to figure out how a move will impact the salary cap.

Then, there are the quarantines.

There’s a number of elements that could sway swapping players in 2021. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the 2021 NHL trade deadline:

When is the 2021 NHL trade deadline?

  • Date: Monday, April 12
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET

The NHL’s trade window closes at 3 p.m. ET, but swapping may be announced afterward as long as the NHL is in the loop.

How can the salary cap impact the 2021 NHL trade deadline?

If you’re a fan of the NHL, you’ve heard all about this year’s flat $81.5 million salary cap due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That has created a kerfuffle for front offices as they try to figure out nightly rosters. According to CapFriendly, 19 teams will have less than $1 million of cap space next season — 10 teams have no space — which impacts how quickly a GM will pull the trigger.

“There’s so much unknown because of the cap,” New York Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello said, per The Associated Press’ Stephen Whyno. “The cap is going to be flat next year. So any contract that you take on that is more than one year is going to disrupt whatever you’re doing next year and will put you in worse shape. So that complicates the matter without the cap increases, but it’s the same for everyone.”

Of course, there are the one-year rental guys, such as Taylor Hall, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer; however, teams will need to make sure they have room for his remaining daily cap hit of $2,275,862 as of April 6 ( per CapFriendly ). But having a guy who is only signed for the remainder of 2021 leaves room for the future.

“A lot of teams are in the same situation we’re in where they literally have no cap space or very, very little — not enough to add a player without subtracting,” said Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois during his midseason chat with reporters. “The teams that are kind of on the bubble, I don’t know how what’s ultimately going to guide their decisions. Are they going to try to add? Are they going to sell? Will there be more teams just standing pat? I don’t know, but it’s going to be interesting to find out.”

And then there are a few teams, such as the Flames, that have socked away some money — $416,000, according to Flames Nation’s Ryan Pike — by sending guys down and calling them back up from the taxi squad.

Will quarantine rules affect trades?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, players are required to quarantine for a specific number of days after traveling to their new city.

In the United States, the number of days is on a state-by-state basis. Brendan Lemieux, who was sent west from the Rangers to the Kings on March 27, was on the NHL’s COVID Protocol list from March 29 to April 4 and was able to practice with his new team for the first time on Monday.

Missing a new guy for a few days isn’t too bad, but a cross-border swap — or even a provincial one — is a little bit more of an issue. Any players who are sent north to one of the seven Canadian teams must follow a federally mandated quarantine for seven days. (It was 14 days, but was recently shortened to seven).

In addition, any player who is sent from one province to another and it’s not a short car ride (e.g. Jimmy Vesey’s drive from Toronto to Ottawa when he was picked off waivers by the Canucks) will need to quarantine (e.g., Travis Boyd, who was also a waiver pick-up by Vancouver).

That creates a bigger impact on a roster than on American teams. Plus, let’s not forget you’re trading with guys with whom you’re competing, for at least one season, for a playoff spot.

Who are the top targets at the NHL trade deadline?

The top trade targets seem to shift on a daily basis as teams add to the win-loss column. For now, two guys are definites to be sent packing from their current locale: Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri. Both have been healthy scratches — Hall for the Sabres game on April 6 (to start) and Palmieri, who hasn’t played since April 2.

There have been some rumblings north of the border that Sam Bennett, Derek Ryan and netminder David Rittich could be moved out of Calgary. Leafs GM Kyle Dubas said in mid-March that he was willing to trade a top prospect to acquire a player who could bolster his team’s 2021 Stanley Cup chances.

TSN’s Trade Bait board is littered with guys who will be UFAs — including top defenseman David Savard, who currently plays for the Blue Jackets. Needless to say, rental guys could be the main focus for a number of teams.

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Why are Jake Paul and Ben Askren fighting? A callout lured ex-MMA champion out of retirement

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Why are Jake Paul and Ben Askren fighting? A callout lured ex-MMA champion out of retirement

Jake Paul will look to improve his boxing record to 3-0 on April 17 when he steps into the ring with former MMA champion Ben Askren on Triller’s Fight Club.

Paul started his pro boxing career in January 2020 with a first-round knockout against fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib. He followed that with a knockout of former NBA player Nate Robinson in November on the undercard of Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones. This will be the first time that Paul steps into the ring with a former fighter.

Askren is a two-time Division I wrestling national champion who became a champion at Bellator and ONE Championship before finishing his mixed martial arts career in the UFC. He amassed a record of 19-2 before retiring from the sport in November 2018.

How did a fight between a YouTuber and a former MMA champion happen?

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Why are Jake Paul and Jake Paul fighting?

Before and after his second-round knockout over former NBA player Nate Robinson last November, Jake Paul called out several MMA fighters to step into a boxing ring with him. Among them were Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, Dillon Danis, Jorge Masvidal and Ben Askren. Although some suggested they’d take the fight on social media, only the recently retired Askren made it clear that he’d be more than willing to meet the YouTube celebrity for a fight. 

“Boxing, that seems kind of easy,” Askren told Submission Radio about the possibility of stepping into the ring following hip surgery. “Like, I’m sure I could do that. Like, there’s no shots, there’s no slams, there’s not leg locks. I dunno, that seems relatively safe to me.”

Askren wasn’t impressed with Paul’s knockout of Robinson and stated that he’s sure he’d fare much better than Robinson and AnEsonGib, a YouTuber that Paul stopped in the first round last January.

“It’s hard to say when you’re going against someone who’s that bad,” Askren said. “I watched the highlights, Nate Robinson, good god. I mean, honestly, it looked like he’d never been boxing before. For someone who’s such an elite athlete – I mean, this guy’s a very elite athlete, he was a great basketball player – he couldn’t box worth a damn.

“Obviously I’m someone who is a high-level fighter, who has a large following, who was maybe not known for his stand-up. I think that’s probably what he’s thinking.”

After a bit of back and forth on social media, it was announced that Paul would return to the ring in April for a fight on Triller against Askren in an eight-round cruiserweight bout. 

Since the fight was announced, the two have ramped up their rivalry on social media with Paul dragging Askren’s wife into the feud. The feud heated up at a March press conference where words were exchanged and it nearly became physical during the staredown. 

Both have made promises to knock out the other but only one will come out victorious on April 17. 

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ESPN’s Holly Rowe speaks French and English in WNBA Draft interview; Twitter reacts

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ESPN reporter Holly Rowe received many a “tres bien” from her confrères in media for conducting a bilingual interview with WNBA Draft pick Iliana Rupert, a France international, on Thursday night.

Rupert was chosen 12th overall by the Las Vegas Aces. With the draft being a virtual event for the second year in a row because of COVID-19, Rowe conducted the post-selection interview in an ESPN studio while Rupert was on camera remotely.

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Rowe began the interview with “Bonsoir,” or “Good evening,” and asked Rupert in French whether she spoke English. Rupert responded in the affirmative and the interview proceeded in English.

“It’s always been one of my dreams and it’s amazing being recognized,” Rupert said. “I’m really happy to [represent] my country and I’m just excited to finally start this journey.”

After two more questions and responses in English, Rowe switched back to French for the interview’s conclusion, telling Rupert “Bienvenue,” or “Welcome,” to the WNBA. She also gave her regards to Rupert’s family.

Rowe’s media colleagues were quick with the compliments.

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‘It shows how exciting we can be!’ – Saka says Arsenal have real chance of winning Europa League after Slavia rout

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'It shows how exciting we can be!' - Saka says Arsenal have real chance of winning Europa League after Slavia rout

Bukayo Saka says Arsenal have a real chance of winning the Europa League after their rout of Slavia Prague, and claims their latest performance “shows everyone how exciting we can be”.

Arsenal bounced back from a disappointing 1-1 draw against Slavia in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Emirates Stadium by picking up a comprehensive 4-0 victory in the Czech Republic on Thursday night.

Saka was among the scorers as the Gunners booked a last-four clash with Villarreal, and he is confident they can now go all the way in the competition after flexing their attacking muscles at the Sinobo Stadium.

What’s been said?

“It was fantastic from start to finish. We did it for all the fans, they all deserve it for all the support they give us. We are really happy to progress,” the Arsenal winger told BT Sport.

“We showed real character. The first one was disallowed, Emile deserved a goal, we kept going and got the first one again. We pretty much killed the game in the first half.

“In the first leg we played well but weren’t clinical, credit to the manager and coaching staff, the way we set up, pressed, they couldn’t get out.

“It shows everyone how exciting we can be, when we play like this it is so amazing to be involved in. We have a chance of going to the final and winning this competition, it is up to us. We look forward to the next opponent.”

Arsenal put Slavia to the sword

The Gunners went at their Czech opponents right from the first whistle in the second leg clash, and found themselves in front after just 18 minutes when Nicolas Pepe dinked the ball into the net after being teed up by Emile Smith Rowe.

Alexandre Lacazette then doubled the visitors’ account from the penalty spot after Saka was fouled in the box, and the teenager got his goal moments later when he cut in from the right-wing before firing the ball low past the goalkeeper at his near post.

Lacazette added extra gloss to the final scoreline with a trademark finish 13 minutes from time as Arsenal progressed to the semi-finals 5-1 on aggregate.

What’s next?

Arsenal will now turn their attention back to the Premier League, with a home fixture against Fulham scheduled to take place on Sunday.

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