Casual Friday | The Wanderer Sports

Did you miss out on the week’s sports action? If you haven’t received your weekly sports fix, The Wanderer Online has it ready for you, in its rapidly-dissolving sports pill, Casual Friday.

NHL

Teemu Selanne is back.  The 42-year-old Finish winger signed a one-year extension with the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.  He scored 26 goals along with 40 assists last season.

Forwards Alexander Semin and Shane Doan remain the biggest unsigned free agents.  Doan, who last year led the Phoenix Coyotes to the western conference finals[1], has over ten teams interested and apparently hasn’t ruled out any of his suitors as of yet.  The 35-year-old Canadian is looking for more than a one year contract, which has caused some teams, including the Vancouver Canucks, to balk.  He scored 22 goals and 28 assists last year for the Coyotes.

And then there’s Alex Semin.  The Russian sniper had come under a lot of fire during his tenure in Washington, most notably for such things as defensive consistency, durability, commitment and this.  He still possesses one of the most vicious wrist shots in the league, however, and would be a perfect complimentary player to a team with an established playmaker.  A team like the Penguins for example, who missed out on the Zach Parise sweepstakes and have the cap room available following the Jordan Staal trade, might be interested.

NBA

Who’s ready for more Dwight Howard talk?  As the drama drags on only one thing is certain:  by the start of the year nobody is going to like Dwight Howard, if indeed there are people who still like Dwight Howard now.  The Brooklyn Nets, who long seemed the front-runner to land the 26-year-old, re-signed center Brook Lopez[2] to a max contract and appear ready to go to war with a core three of Lopez, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams.

So who does that leave for Dwight?  The two biggest front-runners seem to be the Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets, with the Rockets aggressively pursuing a trade for the 6′ 11″ big man. Rockets GM Darryl Morey will reportedly amnesty forward Luis Scola to clear cap space, but there is still a high degree of risk for any trades involving Howard, who becomes a free agent next summer (Who’s excited to do this all over again?!).

Blake Griffin re-upped his contract to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers for five more years, and then, as you would expect with the Los Angeles Clippers, re-injured the same knee he sprained in the playoffs during a Team USA scrimmage.

The biggest non-free agency storyline has been a debate on whether or not the 2012 USA Olympic Basketball team would beat the 1992 Dream Team if the two faced off.  When asked the question, Larry Bird responded:  “They probably could.  I haven’t played in twenty years and we’re all old now.”  I love the use of the word “probably” here.  As for Michael Jordan?  He just laughed, as he should, because he’s Michael Jordan.

MLB
The National League trounced the American League in the 2012 All-Star Game, with former Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera earning the player of the game nod. A day earlier, Prince Fielder claimed the Home Run Derby, ahead of MLB home runs leader Jose Bautista.
With the second half set to begin, you can prep yourself by checking out The Wand’s three-part series on the top 10 storylines to come, starting here.

[1] Not a typo.

[2] Career 17.4/7.5/1.6 (PTS/REB/BLKS)

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