Here’s a surprise: The Houston Texans have traded Brock Osweiler, a 2017 sixth round pick and a 2018 second round pick to the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland has only given up a 2017 fourth round pick. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Texans made the so they could get rid of Osweiler’s $16 million salary and $10 million cap hit.
But recently the nature of the rhetoric has changed so much that the question is becoming not if, but when.And then the ultimate question. Will they be able to limit the number of new teams to just two?Sources close to the situation have indicated Las Vegas is a done deal, the only thing to be determined being which owner will be entitled to proclaim that he brought the first major league sports franchise to Sin City.And given how dead set against a team in the gambling haven the commissioner was 10 years ago, this move into another player friendly state tax free zone represents a considerable about face indeed.But people have been betting on hockey games for years and to pretend games couldn’t be fixed just as easily anywhere as in Vegas is pretty ridiculous, so that posturing has fallen by the wayside.A new team close to the newly renamed Arizona squad and California’s big three is all but assured, the only question being when and with which other city. Or should that be plural?With all the activity going on in the Seattle area in the last little bit it would be quite a stretch to imagine that much time and effort being spent by so many wealthy men being frittered away for nothing.At the moment there are no surefire plans to build a new rink, but that could change at any time with Vancouver billionaire Victor Coleman among many reportedly showing interest in putting an NHL team into the city.And Bettman hasn’t been visiting there to see if it really does rain a lot.It’s been 15 years since the NHL expanded and given there are 16 teams in the east and just 14 in the west, taking in two more teams would certainly seem to make a lot of sense, the same amount of sense it made when realignment was first announced.And expanding without the players getting their mitts on any of the money other than the increase in payrolls is surely tempting, at least to those owners who remember the hefty cheques they cashed for Columbus and Minnesota.Whereas before the commissioner balked at expansion, this is a sample of his more recent verbal footwork:”There’s a lot of interest.
These buses actually do fit through the Massey Tunnel, said Dan Savitsky, vice president of maintenance for Coast Mountain Bus Company. Sure there will be several people ducking if they sitting on the upper deck the first time they go through, but the buses were specifically selected because they do fit through the tunnel. They can accommodate more than 80 people with room for four people with mobility devices and have up to 83 per cent more seating than highway coaches..