Rangers’ Chris Kreider fined $5K for beating Cody Eakin with helmet

Chris Kreider may have got revenge for his teammate, but it’s going to cost him big.

The New York Rangers forward has been fined $5,000 for ripping the helmet off Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin and beating him in the head with it during Tuesday’s loss at Madison Square Garden.

The NHL Department of Player safety announced Wednesday that Kreider received the maximum fine allowable under the CBA.

Eakin was suspended five games in December for laying out Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist with a high and dirty blow. Kreider was eager for retribution and checked Eakin at 1:52 of the second period Tuesday. During the fight, Kreider pulled Eakin’s helmet off and struck him repeatedly with it.

Both players received a five-minute fighting major and Kreider dodged being ejected for using equipment as a weapon.

Edmonton will play San Jose in the first round of the playoffs, ending an 11-year postseason drought that dated to its loss in the Stanley Cup Final in 2006. Take McDavid away, and the Oilers would be back in the basement of the NHL. Sure, his supporting cast, led by forwards Leon Draisaitl and Jordan Eberle and goalie Cam Talbot, is solid, but those players just don’t measure up with the sidekicks other candidates have.

Crosby is McDavid’s closest competitor for the Hart, but we’ve seen the Penguins hum without Crosby before. The Oilers without McDavid would be a mess.

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Jared Allen’s patience is tested by his caddy

Every time a golfer hits the links, they take their best friend along for the ride: their caddy. The trust and bond between these two must be so great for them to succeed as a team, and with that in mind, I figured it would be the quickest ticket to friendship with living legend Jared Allen. I joined Mr. Allen (as he hated to be called) for an 18-hole jaunt around the Edgewood Tahoe golf course during the American Century Championship in hopes of proving that I’m a man worthy of holding his [golf] balls, as well as his heart.

Conner, an All-American at Pitt, fulfilled his dream of making it to the NFL when he was drafted 105th overall by the Steelers. But that accomplishment pales in comparison to what Connor did in 2016. He beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

He tore his MCL during Pitt’s first game of the season, and during the rehab process, doctors discovered a lump in Conner’s chest. It was diagnosed as Hodgkin’s in December 2015. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is treatable, but it can be deadly. Conner underwent treatment, and by May 2016, he was cancer-free.

Just four months later, Conner was back on the field for the Panthers. In Pitt’s first game of the season, he scored two touchdowns. He finished his final season at Pitt with 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Only two can follow in Dak Prescott’s and Joey Bosa’s footsteps and win the Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year awards, though.

This isn’t a list of each team’s best rookie, but rather a look at the most likely award winner from the draft class of 2017. No offensive lineman has ever won the AP’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award. There’s more diversity on the defensive side where linebacker is the most common recipient, but every standard position from tackle to safety has earned the honor at least once.

Here’s a look at the rookies on each team likely to make a big splash on the field and with voters this season.

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