In a year when Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, and Aaron Gordon are being courted by tanking teams, the Wolves should know better than to join the fray. They need to win now with what they’ve got.
Backstrom went down before the Chicago Blackhawks series in last year’s playoffs and Darcy Kuemper put forth a valiant effort, but ultimately looked overwhelmed. He or Johan Gustafsson is going to have to step it up big time in Backstrom’s absence.
Love has expressed his dissatisfaction with the Timberwolves organization in the past, but with David Khan out and Flip Saunders in, the team is in better hands and has the personnel necessary to win a championship in the near future.
In order to alleviate the pressure placed on Trevor Plouffe, a 2004 first-rounder, and Miguel Sano, a blue-chip prospect, Mauer could move to third part-time and allow Chris Parmelee and Chris Colabello to play first base as well.
With his quickness, physicality, and nose for the net, Zucker looks like a promising player. However, the emergence of Justin Fontaine coupled with the departure of last year' linemates may leave Zucker on the outside looking in this season.
Everyone on this team, from the starters to the last guy on the bench, has something unique to offer and he will have to execute his role well night-in and night-out for this team to make the postseason for the first time since the Kevin Garnett era.
Twins fans appear to have turned on Trevor Plouffe and Chris Parmelee, two first round picks, and have not been pleased with Pedro Florimon's hitting, but it would be unwise for Minnesota to give up on them so soon.
The Baltimore Orioles had 14 losing seasons in Camden Yards and the fortune of the Pittsburgh Pirates did not change when the Steel City built PNC Park. The Twins do not want to follow in their footsteps.
Grand Theft Auto has always pushed the limits, whether it is how the game is played or what actually takes place in it, and is always looking to make a breakthrough. What about bringing GTA to the Paris of the Midwest?
Backstrom signed a three-year, $10.25 million contract to stay in St. Paul, but was injured last season due to overuse and the Wild need to sign a goaltender that can split starts with him this season.
Deduno's fastball tails either left or right--the problem is nobody, including him, knows where it is going to go. When he tries to control it, it leaves the strike zone. When he just lets it fly, it is really hard to hit.
Kyle Gibson was on track to join the Twins shortly after his three-year stint at the University of Missouri, but he has been derailed by injury and has yet to be called up despite putting up promising numbers this year.