Lesley Tedeschi

I've been a fan of sports all my life. Football is always the most exciting time of year, and I am a lifelong Broncos fan. Playing fantasy sports over the last decade has broadened my knowledge to not just my home teams and players, but all teams throughout the league. At the start of any fantasy season, my one goal is total domination!

Orioles Name Kevin Gausman Opening Day Starter

Lesley Tedeschi Mar 27th 3:26 PM EDT.

The Baltimore Orioles announced on Monday that right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman will get the start on opening day. This is big news in Baltimore as they have gone with Chris Tillman for the last four years. Tillman has been dealing with a sore right shoulder, so the choice to go with Gausman was easy for the Orioles to make.

Gausman is excited to have the opportunity to kick off the season in the starter position and wants to get the team off to a great start. Knowing that Tillman wasn't 100%, Gausman thought his chances for getting the start would improve. Being with the Orioles for the past four seasons, Gausman is no stranger to how the team works and isn't nervous to get the start.

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Henrik Lundqvist Returns This Weekend

Lesley Tedeschi Mar 22nd 3:21 PM EDT.

During the New York Rangers upcoming weekend getaway to California, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will be in the net for two out of three games. Lundqvist has missed the last seven games due to a hip injury.

This season the Rangers have used Antti Raanta, Lundqvist's back-up quite a bit. Raanta is quite possibly the future for the Rangers, and has gone 2-2-2 in this streak of games he has played. The Rangers know that if an emergency arises that they can put Lundqvist in the net for all three games.

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Aaron Ekblad Returns to Ice

Lesley Tedeschi Mar 21st 3:26 PM EDT.

The Florida Panthers will have defenseman Aaron Ekblad back on the ice for Tuesday night's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ekblad suffered a concussion back on March 11th that has kept him out of the last four games the Panthers played. Ekblad has been on the ice over the past week leading up to today and has felt more comfortable each day. Missing time is tough for most players, and Ekblad is no different. He is glad the injury is in his rear view mirror and that he can take the ice and help his team.

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Evgeni Malkin Out Again

Lesley Tedeschi Mar 20th 3:38 PM EDT.

Evgeni Malkin will be missing his third straight game in a row on Tuesday. The Pittsburgh Penguins are set to take on the Buffalo Sabres, and Malkin will not be traveling with the team.

Malkin sustained an upper-body injury last Wednesday against the Flyers, and hasn't been on the ice since.

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Rick Porcello Named Starter for Opening Day

Lesley Tedeschi Mar 15th 5:34 PM EDT.

The Boston Red Sox already know how they want to start the season, and who they want to start it. Rick Porcello has been named the starting pitcher for opening day, which for the Red Sox is April 3rd at Fenway.

Porcello is the reigning Cy Young winner for the American League, and according to manager John Farrell has always been the number one choice to start the season. This will be the first time in Porcello's career that he is the starting pitcher on opening day, and even his fellow teammates are backing the decision. David Price and Chris Sale fully back Porcello opening the season, and think he is deserving given the leader he has become for the team.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Out

Lesley Tedeschi Mar 11th 12:57 PM EST.

The San Antonio Spurs have announced that they will be without forward LaMarcus Aldridge indefinitely. Aldridge is set to undergo more testing to see how serious his heart condition is. As of now he has been diagnosed with a minor heart arrhythmia.

There is no question that the Spurs are making sure that Aldridge is healthy and that it is safe for him to continue playing.

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What's Next for Brandon Marshall

Lesley Tedeschi Mar 3rd 2:53 PM EST.

As of Friday, the New York Jets released veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall. The Jets have been working at cutting big names and paychecks during the offseason. Long time Jet Nick Mangold was released alongside Darelle Revis and kicker Nick Folk.

Marshall is no stranger to being released and signing with a new team, however after 11 seasons in the NFL is now the time to make a move off the field?

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Jonathan Ericsson Out Until May

Lesley Tedeschi Feb 12th 4:25 PM EST.

The Detroit Red Wings have placed Jonathan Ericsson on injured reserve after he fractured his wrist the other night.

Ericsson will undergo surgery sometime this coming week and is expected to miss at least the next 12 weeks. The Red Wings are hoping that Ericsson will be back on the ice as the team tries to extend their season chasing the Stanley Cup, but they know they will have to start the journey without him. Ericsson is usually matched up against his opponents top line, and he will be missed.

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Patrik Laine Skates with Team

Lesley Tedeschi Jan 20th 2:25 PM EST.

Updating news from the other day, Patrik Laine was back on the ice practicing with his team. He wore a yellow non-contact jersey on Friday while skating with the rest of the Jets.

This is the type of progress the team was hoping for out of Laine. He is moving along in the concussion protocol swiftly. The real test will be once he is back on the ice in full contact practice.

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Semyon Varlamov Out 2 Weeks

Lesley Tedeschi Jan 19th 1:47 PM EST.

Semyon Varlamov sustained a groin injury during Tuesday night's game, and will miss at least the next two weeks.

The Colorado Avalanche goalie has already missed time this season with a groin issue, and clearly he needs more time to heal. Varlamov will hopefully only miss two weeks on the ice, which includes the All-Star break. The Avalanche were treating him as day to day, but after Tuesday night they know he needs a longer amount of time off the ice.

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