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Free agent frenzy begins for NHL, NBA

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It is somewhat fitting that the National hockey League’s free agent frenzy begins on Canada Day.
Hockey is, after all, what Canada is best known for when it comes to sports.
Since the draft, teams have been making trades to dump salaries, hoping to make a splash by signing players to contracts they will end up dumping in two or three or four years.
For a lot of teams, their future success may very well be decided in the coming days and weeks.
Contenders may just find that special player that pushes them over the hump to eventually become Stanley Cup champions. Other teams may be looking to continue building towards the future, while other teams just try to stay competitive.
The only guarantee is that owners will over spend on players who are not worth the big money they will be making, causing fans all over the world to shake their heads at the idiocy.
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Speaking of big money, have you seen some of the contracts being signed in the National Basketball Association?
If you thought NHL contracts were nuts, you ain’t seen nothing like the NBA.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, two of the best players in the league, both signed with the Brooklyn Nets, reportedly for four years.
In that time, Durant will be making $164 million and Irving will take home $142 million.
That’s more than $300 million for two players. TWO.
And those aren’t even the richest contracts handed out since the NBA’s free agency began, June 30.
Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors will make $190 million over the next four years. And, of course, Kawhi Leonard has the option of resigning with the Toronto Raptors for a maximum of $190 million over five years.
Forget hockey, teach your kid to dunk and hit three-pointers from 50 feet out.
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Wow.
There are some BAD baseball teams in the Majors this season.
As many as four teams are on pace to lose more than 100 games this season, and, yes, that includes the Toronto Blue Jays. And a fifth team (Miami) is on pace to record 99 losses.
Toronto is on pace for 60 wins, while Kansas City is on its way to 56 wins and Detroit in on pace for 55.
The lowly Baltimore Orioles may not even crack the 50-win plateau, as they are on pace to win just 47 games, the same number of victories they had all of last season.
How is that even possible? Teams usually show at least some improvement over the course of two seasons, but 47 wins in back-to-back years?
You have to feel sorry for Oriole fans.
Meanwhile there are four teams on pace to win more than 100 games this season, the Yankees, Minnesota, Houston and Los Angeles.
Anyone who says there is parity in Major League Baseball is living in a dream world.

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Doug Zywina
REPORTER