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Humpday happenings you may have missed


  1.  Nazem Kadri, who played for the 1st time since June 4th due to thumb injury, scored at 12:02 in OT and the Colorado Avalanche beat Tampa Bay 3-2. The Avalanche outshot the Lightning 11-3 in the extra period. Nathan MacKinnon scored on a 2nd-period power play and Andrew Cogliano tied it early in the 3rd for Colorado. Anthony Cirelli and Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning and Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 35 saves in their losing effort. Tampa faces a do-or-die Game 5 in Denver on Friday night.

NAZEM! KADRI! The @Avalanche take a 3-1 series lead! 😏 #StanleyCup — NHL (@NHL) June 23, 2022

  1. The 23-year-old power forward for the Winnipeg Jets, Pierre-Luc Dubois, has told the team that he plans to the explore the waters of unrestricted free-agency when he becomes eligible in 2024. Dubois at this moment is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights. If he signs a 1-year deal, he will be a restricted free agent again next summer.

Elliotte Friedman reporting Pierre Luc Dubois has told Winnipeg that at this time he plans to test Free Agency in 2024. Something to keep an eye on. #nhl #NHLJets #GoJetsGo #nhlplayoffs — NHL Trade Alert (@NHLTradeAlert) June 23, 2022

  1. The Florida Panthers have hired former Winnipeg Jets bench boss Paul Maurice to fill the vacancy left by head coach Andrew Brunette. The 55-year old is reportedly in the process of signing a 3-year deal.

Paul Maurice is the new coach of the Florida Panthers, agreeing on a deal Wednesday to take over a club coming off a season where it had the best record in the NHL and rewrote the franchise's record book — Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) June 23, 2022


  1. The Seattle Seahawks are rumored to still be very interested in acquiring Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield. They are reportedly willing to give him a contract extension. 27-year old Mayfield is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is due $18.9 million for the upcoming season.

I’m told the #Seahawks still have a high-level of interest in acquiring QB Baker Mayfield and behind-the-scenes are open to contractually extending him, per league source. I also know that the process of collecting information and insights into Mayfield is still ongoing. — IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) June 22, 2022

  1. Pittsburg Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addressed any rumors of the possibility of Antonio Brown returning to the team.

Tomlin said on the latest episode of “The Pivot” podcast “Y’all know that ain’t happening. In terms of putting a helmet on and running out of the tunnel and playing ball and stuff like that, man, you know he’s moved on, and we’ve moved on. We can sit around and chop that up like it’s a realistic conversation, but we know that’s not realistic.”
  1. To the delight of New England Patriots fans it was announced today that the beloved red throwback uniforms are back for the 2022 season.

Wait a minute, Doc. Are you telling me the red uniforms are back? — New England Patriots (@Patriots) June 22, 2022


  1. The Detroit Pistons traded forward Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers in return for a 2025 1st-round pick. Detroit is also getting the 36th overall pick in this year’s draft, a 2025 2nd-round pick, and the most desirable 2nd-round between Portland and the New Orleans Pelicans in 2026. The Blazers received the Pistons’ 46th pick in the upcoming draft on Thursday.

Detroit has traded Jerami Grant to Portland for 2025 first-round pick via Milwaukee, sources tell ESPN. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 22, 2022

  1. If Kyrie Irving makes the decision to leave the Brooklyn Nets it appears that the Los Angeles Lakers stand as the top team to take him. Irving is holding a $36.5-million player option for the 2022-23 season but has the option to decline it and become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Irving is reportedly undecided on what his future with the Nets looks like ahead of the fast approaching June 29 player option deadline. Due to cap space the Lakers do not have to ability to offer Irving anything in the ballpark of his player option salary for next season. The Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks have also expressed interest.

The Lakers are considered the “most significant threat” to land Kyrie Irving.. if it doesn’t work out in Brooklyn, per @wojespn 👀 — NBA Retweet (@RTNBA) June 22, 2022