Obviously no contracts can be signed until July 1, and technically there is to be no discussion of contract terms, but the window is open for discussions to begin. T.J. Oshie re-signing with the Washington Capitals on Friday already removed one of the big-ticket players from the market. Shattenkirk is probably the top free agent available on the market and headlines a weak group of defensemen.
Steve Mason Age: 29 Height: 6-4 Weight: 217 Last team: Philadelphia Flyers 2016-17 cap hit: $4.1 million Scouting report Selected with the 69th overall pick in 2006 by Columbus, Mason spent his first five seasons in the NHL with the Blue Jackets before being traded to the Flyers in 2012-13. Mason took the league by storm in his rookie season and took over the No. 1 job in Columbus. He posted a 33-20-7 record with a 2.29 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and 10 shutouts. He won the Calder Trophy and was a Vezina Trophy finalist. However, Mason never regained his rookie success with the Blue Jackets. Over his next three seasons, he had a 3.16 GAA and .897 save percentage. Columbus traded
The retired Army colonel sings it in 71 seconds. The 19-year-old who has been performing it since she was a precocious fourth-grader shoots for under 90. The violinist scrapes it out in exactly a minute and a half. And the maitre d’ famous for bursting into song in downtown power restaurants is a reliable 68-second guy when it comes to singing the national anthem before Nationals games a few times a year. “The timing is everything,” Paul Reosti said Sunday as he tugged his bow tie into shape and ran through arpeggios in the ladies’ locker room where anthem singers prepare. “It’s a very precise operation.” Baseball may be a game without a clock, but when it comes to the pregame ritual of local