Jets need better goaltending before taking next step

The Winnipeg Jets have a lot of things going for them right now. They have one of the best, young offensive talents in the league in second-year forward Patrik Laine. They have a budding star in 24-year-old center Mark Scheifele, and one of the better point-producers lately in the league, right-wing Blake Wheeler. On the back end, Dustin Byfuglien is an established defensive presence, and 22-year-old blue liner Jacob Trouba has shown lots of promise.

But in the NHL, it’s difficult to win, and nearly impossible to get anywhere near the Stanley Cup, with subpar goaltending, an area which has long been an Achilles heel in Winnipeg. And if the Jets can’t plug their leaky crease, Winnipeg will likely once again find itself on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.

Personally, I don’t want to give up hope. Hopefully, this isn’t the last we see of him in an NHL arena. He’s someone seemingly everyone can enjoy watching, and I learned that as well as anyone. You see, there’s no reason for Hossa to be one of my favorite players to watch in recent NHL history. In fact, growing up a Penguins fan, I have plenty of reasons to dislike him, including the way he left the Penguins for the team that defeated them in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, the Detroit Red Wings — even citing that he felt he had better of a chance to win the Cup in Detroit. Once he signed with the Red Wings, I assumed I would go on silently hoping he’d never win a Stanley Cup.

But all it took was that one play, seven games into his stretch in Detroit, to remember everything about what makes Hossa such a wholly unique player, and one worth rooting for even as he demolishes your favorite team.

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Jason Williams suffers non-contact right knee injury in Big3 debut

The debut game of the Big3 league saw a fan favorite go down with a scary injury.

Next season’s games will mark the first MLB games played in Puerto Rico since 2010. MLB games were also played there in 2001, 2003 and 2004.

It is a dream come true for me to play in Puerto Rico, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor said in a release. When the Montreal Expos played in Puerto Rico, I remember going to those games and thinking to myself, ‘I would love to be here playing in front of my country and people.’ Now that we have the opportunity next April, it is a dream realized for me.

Cleveland currently holds a 1 1/2-game lead over the Twins in the AL Central. Both teams are filled with young, entertaining players, which should keep them competitive again next season.

The 2017 NBA Draft has come and gone, so now basketball fans finally get a chance to relax, take a break and — oh right, free agency!

Once the clock hits midnight on July 1, NBA free agency officially begins. This year’s class is not particularly deep, but there are some big names and potential game-changers depending on individual team needs.

The names at the top of this list are likely to stay put, though free agency has taught us nothing is ever guaranteed. Here’s our rankings of the top free agents with a breakdown of where each player may land.

(Sporting News’ Sean Deveney contributed to this list. Any players or rankings you like, praise him. Any players or rankings you hate come from Sporting News’ Jordan Greer.)

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