Sports: Sights and Sounds #1

The last few days have had sports fans glued to news headlines. Of course, with the end of the NHL lockout, everyone is talking about the start of the season – right? Wrong. Sure, there’s a lot of excitement surrounding the return of the National Hockey League season. But it’s not the only story that has stolen headlines in the sporting world.

Tomas Holmstrom – although not official yet – is expected to announce his retirement prior to the start of the shortened season. The long-time Detroit Red Wing pest will hang them up after playing his entire 15-year career with the Wings. The 39-year-old has been invited to the Red Wings camp according to Rotoworld.com, but there is no indication of whether or not Wings GM Ken Holland would even sign the free agent. The Swedish forward has always been an annoyance to opponents on the Detroit powerplay and in front of the net.

Photo: Todd Korol/Reuters file photo

Photo: Todd Korol/Reuters file photo

In Washington, Redskins’ fans are taking deep breaths after finding out that QB Robert Griffin III should be ready for the start of next season. RG3 had reconstructive surgery on his right knee today after reinjuring the knee in the Redskins’ 24-14 playoff loss last Sunday to the Seattle Seahawks. Doctor James Andrews repaired Griffin’s LCL and reconstructed his ACL. This marks the second ACL reconstruction the quarterback has had on his right knee in just over three years. Griffin tore his ACL in 2009 while playing for Baylor – a tear that required surgery. According to an interview with the Associated Press, Andrews said there is reason to be optimistic. He said because of “Robert’s high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season.” Keep your head up Redskins’ fans – you may still have an elite QB.

Photo by Harry E. Walker / MCT

Photo by Harry E. Walker / MCT

All this hiring and firing of coaches and general managers in the NFL, MLS, and NBA has been a big part of sports news over the last few weeks. But possibly the most surprising job loss might have come this morning out of the NHL. Reports surfaced early today that the Toronto Maple Leafs had relieved team president and general manager Brian Burke of his duties with the franchise. In an afternoon press conference Tom Anselmi, president of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, said that the team had decided to go in a different direction. He said it was a decision that had been talked about for a while and that no specific incident was the reason for the firing. The team appointed Dave Nonis to the position of general manager and will keep Burke on as a senior advisor. For more information on the firing, check out Justin Piercy has to say on CBC Sports: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2013/01/09/sp-nhl-brian-burke-toronto-maple-leafs.html

Photo by Richard Wolowicz / Getty Images

Photo by Richard Wolowicz / Getty Images

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