Suns, Mavs look towards title with trades

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Shaquille O'Neal

Sizzling Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has recently been offered a deal he won’t refuse: $8 million for a one-year “franchise tag” contract. The 5-11 Ravens believe that by securing Suggs, they will eventually be able to keep him on a long-term basis. The team is trying to create a stacked defence, but where is the concern for its lacklustre offence?

Will Shaquille O’Neal make his presence felt with the Phoenix Suns? The hulking centre made his first start as a Sun last night versus the Los Angeles Lakers, and is now comparing himself to Terrell Owens and wise “old guys” from karate movies with his new team. Shaq Fu seems like a natural fit in the desert.

It seems the NHL might be expanding its rulebook for next season with talks about changing goaltender equipment and the shootout format at the general managers meetings Tuesday in Naples, FL.

Many believe the goalies’ pad size is excessive, giving them an advantage. There have even been talks about reducing the equipment back down to the original attire: sweater and jersey, possibly a baseball glove, stick and a thin mask face mask. That should solve the problem easily.

On the heels of the Mitchell Report and subsequent Congressional hearings on steroids, the excitement that typically accompanies the opening of Major League Baseball’s spring training sessions has been substituted by feelings of uneasiness and paranoia among some of the players.

“Right now, the game is in a very not-trusting situation with our public, with our fans,” Yankee third baseman and All-Star Alex Rodriguez said Wednesday. “My name has come up and will probably come up again in the future.”

Mats Sundin

Barry Bonds is on the lookout for work. The home run king was let go by the San Francisco Giants and has yet to be picked up by a team. Bonds’ agent, Jeff Borris, has been trying to shop his aging client around, but may have trouble landing a deal, as Bonds is currently facing a federal indictment on multiple counts of perjury and obstruction of justice.

The Dallas Mavericks pulled the trigger on a major trade, acquiring point guard Jason Kidd in an attempt to make a move in the crowded Western Conference. The reality is, in the wake of the Shaq deal in Phoenix, and the Lakers’ acquisition of Pau Gasol, the move may only prevent the Mavs from slipping out of playoff contention.

As the NHL trade deadline approaches, Maple Leafs fans abroad are collectively holding their breath in anticipation of the possibility of a Mats Sundin trade. While the veteran centre has made it clear he has no intention of waiving his no-trade clause, speculation persists about possible deals with Anaheim, Detroit, New Jersey and Calgary.

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