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Jets’ Blake Wheeler: ‘Trump’s comments were ‘the last straw for a lot of guys’

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Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler discussed the hottest topic in the world of sports/politics and offered his thoughts on President Trump’s recent comments.

“Some of the language that [Trump] used referencing NFL players, I think that was the last straw for a lot of guys, whichever way they feel about it,” Wheeler told the media.

On Friday, Trump shocked many when he called for NFL owners to fire players who protest during the national anthem referring to a player that does so as a “son of a bitch”.

Trump continued his behavior over the weekend when he “took back” a White House “invitation” for the Golden State Warriors because Steph Curry said he didn’t want to go; however, the team had never received an official invitation.

Wheeler took issue with Trump.

“I think crossing over into the sports world, it hits home a little more,” Wheeler said.

“I think a lot of people, similar to my wife and I, it has been kind of a slow boil. The rhetoric over and over, he has just kind of gone a little too far too many times. It just felt right to take a stance.”

Wheeler was then asked about his position if teammates started kneeling during the anthem.

“I’m absolutely for the first amendment. I’m a big believer that that’s what makes America a special place is you’re allowed to stand up for what you believe in” Wheeler said.

“With just cause, if somebody were electing to do that, they would 100 percent have my support.

“Even if I don’t necessarily agree with why they do it it’s their right to feel that way. It’s their right to behave that way. If I didn’t agree with it, I would absolutely sit down and have a coffee and talk about it, try to understand why they feel that way, and maybe you become a little more sympathetic to different people.”

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Arizona Coyotes Moving to Central Division

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Following the announcement of Seattle as the NHL’s 32nd franchise on Tuesday, there is a shakeup happening in the league’s divisional alignment in the Western Conference to accommodate the addition of the brand new team.

It has been announced that the Arizona Coyotes will officially move from the Pacific Division to the Central Division beginning with the 2021-22 season to accommodate the arrival of Seattle, who will join the Pacific Division, giving the league 16 teams in each conference and eight in each division.

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Seattle Officially Announced as the NHL’s 32nd Team

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It’s official! The NHL’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to accept Seattle’s expansion bid as the 32nd team in the league, according to an official announcement from the league on Tuesday.

The investment group that applied for the expansion included Oak View Group (OVG), which includes Tod Leiweke, former COO of the NFL, Tim Leiweke, former CEO of both Anschutz Entertainment Group (which owns the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings franchise) along with Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment (owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs), and David Bonderman, a Seattle billionaire.

The group also received the benefit of full and public support from Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan throughout the process, and the announcement was considered a foregone conclusion once the group was armed with approval for a new arena.

This could also bode well for the potential return of an NBA franchise in Seattle, as a new arena will certainly re-ignite those efforts.

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Canucks’ Prospect Michael DiPietro Traded In OHL

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After being names to the Team Canada World Junior selection camp on Monday, Vancouver Canucks goaltending prospect has been traded by the Windsor Spitfires to the Ottawa 67’s in exchange that includes forward Egor Afanasyev and seven draft picks, according to the team’s official website.

DiPietro, 19, was selected 64th overall in the 2017 draft and is considered one of the top goaltending prospects in the league, and he owns a .920 save percentage through 21 games.

 

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