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NHL News: Loose Pucks, Trade activity heating up, Scoring, Playoff races are wide open, February 28 schedule

LOOSE PUCKS
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (26 saves) registered his League-leading 33rd win of the season (33-11-3 in 47 GP) to eclipse his career high of 32 from 2015-16 (32-26-6 in 67 GP) . . . Devils forward Travis Zajac (1-1—2) extended his point streak to five games (3-5—8) . . . Forwards Filip Forsberg (NSH), Jonathan Toews (CHI) and Johnny Gaudreau (CGY) were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 26 . . . Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning has been suspended for two games for interference against Penguins forward Jake Guentzel . . . The Devils and Wild each hosted special events as part of Hockey Is For Everyone month . . . Renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris unveiled portraits of legends Johnny Bower and FrankMahovlich as part of the NHL Centennial Celebration.

TRADE ACTIVITY HEATS UP WITH DEADLINE APPROACHING
After a pair of high-profile deals on Sunday, the trade market continued to heat up as the hours count down to the NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET:

* The Capitals acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and goaltender Pheonix Copley from the Blues in exchange for forwards Zach Sanford and Brad Malone, as well as a first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and a conditional pick(s).

* The Maple Leafs acquired forward Brian Boyle from the Lightning in exchange for forward Byron Froese and a conditional second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

* The Senators acquired forward Alexandre Burrows from the Canucks in exchange for forward prospect Jonathan Dahlen.

* The Canadiens acquired defenseman Jordie Benn from the Stars in exchange for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

* The Coyotes acquired forward Teemu Pulkkinen from the Wild in exchange for future considerations.

Follow the NHL.com Trade Tracker for a list of the latest transactions. In addition, documents chronicling the history of the NHL Trade Deadline are available via the League’s Media site.

SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Washington @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., SN1, SNO, SNP, TVAS, MSG, CSN-DC+
Nashville @ Buffalo, 7 p.m., MSG-B, FS-TN
Colorado @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m., NBCSN, CSN-PH
Arizona @ Boston, 7 p.m., NESN, FS-A PLUS
Carolina @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, FS-CR
Columbus @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., SNE, RDS, FS-O
Edmonton @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., FS-MW, SNW
Minnesota @ Winnipeg, 8 p.m., TSN3, FS-N
Pittsburgh @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., FS-SW, ROOT
Los Angeles @ Calgary, 9 p.m., SN1 , FS-W
Detroit @ Vancouver, 10 p.m., SNP, FS-D
Toronto @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CA, SNO
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SCORING, PLAYOFF RACES WIDE OPEN AS FINAL QUARTER BEGINS
The 2016-17 NHL season enters its final quarter during tonight’s 12-game slate. A look at the wide-open scoring and playoff races through 920 of 1,230 games (74.8%):

* The race for the Art Ross Trophy is wide open, with Oilers captain Connor McDavid (21-50—71 in 63 GP) leading a group of nine players separated by only 10 points. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who has played in only 54 games this season, ranks second with 34-33—67 followed closely by Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (27-38—65 in 61 GP) – who is 11 points shy of breaking his own single-season franchise record for points by a defenseman – and Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (24-41—65 in 62 GP), last season’s scoring leader.

* A group of five 30-goal scorers are frontrunners for the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, with Crosby leading the way at 34 goals. Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty ranks second with 31, and a three-way tie for third place is shared by Kings forward JeffCarter (61 GP) along with rookies Patrik Laine (55 GP) and Auston Matthews (61 GP). Laine and Matthews are the first pair of top-two picks from an NHL Draft to each record 30 goals the following season.

* Laine and Matthews also share the rookie scoring lead with 30-24—54 apiece as they vie for the Calder Trophy. Laine has already set a Jets/Thrashers franchise record for goals by a rookie and tallied the second-most points by a rookie in club history behind Dany Heatley (26-41—67 in 2001-02; 82 GP). Matthews, meanwhile, needs five goals to break Wendel Clark’s single-season record for goals by a Maple Leafs rookie and 13 points to become the highest-scoring rookie in club history.

* First place in each of the League’s four divisions is within reach for a number of teams, with no division leader owning more than a five-point lead on the next-closest club:

Atlantic Division
The Canadiens (34-21-8, 76 points) hold a four-point lead on the Senators (33-22-6, 72 points), with two other clubs within seven points of the top spot.

Metropolitan Division
The reigning Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals (41-13-7, 89 points) own a five-point lead for the first spot in their division, with teams Nos. 2-4 separated by only two points.

Central Division
The Wild (40-14-6, 86 points) and Blackhawks (39-18-5, 83 points) are separated by only three points in the race for first place.

Pacific Division
The Sharks (36-18-7, 79 points) hold a five-point lead on the Ducks (32-21-10, 74 points) and Oilers (33-22-8, 74 points), who share second place – four points ahead of the Flames (33-26-4, 70 points).

* The Wild Card race in each conference is equally close: in the Eastern Conference, only one point separates the owner of the second Wild Card spot and the first team outside the playoff picture; in the Western Conference, only two points separate the first non-playoff team from the club holding the final Wild Card position.

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NHL scores, recaps from Monday, February 27, 2017: Kucherov gets natural hat trick, Pacioretty gets into 30-goal club

MONDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Montreal 4, NEW JERSEY 3 (OT)
TAMPA BAY 5, Ottawa 1
MINNESOTA 5, Los Angeles 4 (OT)

KUCHEROV POWERS LIGHTNING WITH RARE NATURAL HAT TRICK
Nikita Kucherov (3-1—4) scored three consecutive power-play goals in the second period to register his second NHL hat trick and power the Lightning to a 6-1-2 record in their last nine games.

* Elias notes that Kucherov tallied the 10th natural hat trick in franchise history and the first with all three goals scored via the power play. The last player from any team to score a natural hat trick with three power-play goals was Taylor Hall on Feb. 19, 2011 vs. ATL (w/ EDM).

* Kucherov, who matched a franchise record for power-play goals in a game, paces the Lightning with 26-32—58 this season (54 GP) including 5-4—9 in his last three games.

WILD RALLY TO CONCLUDE EIGHT-GAME HOMESTAND WITH WIN
The Wild scored four tying goals – including one off the stick of newcomer Ryan White (1-1—2) – and Mikael Granlund netted the winner just 12 seconds into overtime as Minnesota concluded its season-high eight-game homestand with a 5-2-1 record.

* Elias notes that Minnesota overcame four separate one-goal deficits to win for the third time in franchise history. The other instances each were 5-4 shootout victories against the Blues (April 4, 2006 and Feb. 11, 2011).

* Elias adds that the Wild (40-14-6, 86 points), who registered their 40th win in their 60th contest of the season, required the fewest games to reach the 40-win mark in the franchise’s 17-year history, shattering the previous mark of 71 games set in 2006-07.

PACIORETTY ECLIPSES 30-GOAL MARK IN COMEBACK WIN
The Canadiens faced a pair of two-goal deficits before Max Pacioretty (2-0—2) tied the game with 51.8 seconds remaining in regulation to set the stage for Alex Galchenyuk’s overtime winner as Montreal regained a four-point lead atop the Atlantic Division.

* Pacioretty scored his 30th and 31st goals of the season to move into second in the League (behind Sidney Crosby: 34) and reach the 30-goal mark for the fifth time in nine NHL seasons. Elias notes that Pacioretty became just the fifth player in franchise history to record at least four consecutive 30-goal campaigns and the first to do so since the 1980s.

Alexander Radulov (1-3—4) registered the first four-point game of his NHL career, while fellow offseason acquisition Shea Weber tallied two assists. Radulov (15-31—46) and Weber (14-22—36) rank second and third, respectively, in team scoring behind Pacioretty (31-24—55).

 

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2017 NFL Draft order of selection including compensatory picks

ROUND ONE 1- 1- 1 Cleveland 1- 2- 2 San Francisco 1- 3- 3 Chicago 1- 4- 4 Jacksonville 1- 5- 5 Tennessee from Los Angeles Rams 1- 6- 6 New York Jets 1- 7- 7 Los Angles Chargers 1- 8- 8 Carolina 1- 9- 9 Cincinnati 1-10-10 Buffalo 1-11-11 New Orleans 1-12-12 Cleveland from Philadelphia 1-13-13 Arizona 1-14-14 Indianapolis or Philadelphia from Minnesota 1-15-15 Indianapolis or Philadelphia from Minnesota 1-16-16 Baltimore 1-17-17 Washington 1-18-18 Tennessee 1-19-19 Tampa Bay 1-20-20 Denver 1-21-21 Detroit 1-22-22 Miami 1-23-23 New York Giants 1-24-24 Oakland 1-25-25 Houston 1-26-26 Seattle 1-27-27 Kansas City 1-28-28 Dallas 1-29-29 Green Bay 1-30-30 Pittsburgh 1-31-31 Atlanta 1-32-32 New England

 

ROUND 2 2- 1-33 Cleveland 2- 2-34 San Francisco 2- 3-35 Jacksonville 2- 4-36 Chicago 2- 5-37 Los Angeles Rams 2- 6-38 Los Angles Chargers 2- 7-39 New York Jets 2- 8-40 Carolina 2- 9-41 Cincinnati 2-10-42 New Orleans 2-11-43 Philadelphia 2-12-44 Buffalo 2-13-45 Arizona 2-14-46 Indianapolis or Minnesota 2-15-47 Indianapolis or Minnesota 2-16-48 Baltimore 2-17-49 Washington 2-18-50 Tampa Bay 2-19-51 Denver 2-20-52 Cleveland from Tennessee 2-21-53 Detroit 2-22-54 Miami 2-23-55 New York Giants 2-24-56 Oakland 2-25-57 Houston 2-26-58 Seattle 2-27-59 Kansas City 2-28-60 Dallas 2-29-61 Green Bay 2-30-62 Pittsburgh 2-31-63 Atlanta 2-32-64 New England

 

ROUND 3 3- 1- 65 Cleveland 3- 2- 66 San Francisco 3- 3- 67 Chicago 3- 4- 68 Jacksonville 3- 5- 69 Los Angeles Rams 3- 6- 70 New York Jets 3- 7- 71 Los Angles Chargers 3- 8- 72 Carolina 3- 9- 73 Cincinnati 3-10- 74 Philadelphia 3-11- 75 Buffalo 3-12- 76 New Orleans 3-13- 77 Arizona 3-14- 78 Indianapolis or Minnesota 3-15- 79 Indianapolis or Minnesota 3-16- 80 Baltimore 3-17- 81 Washington 3-18- 82 Denver 3-19- 83 Tennessee 3-20- 84 Tampa Bay 3-21- 85 Detroit 3-22- 86 Minnesota from Miami 3-23- 87 New York Giants 3-24- 88 Oakland 3-25- 89 Houston 3-26- 90 Seattle 3-27- 91 Kansas City 3-28- 92 Dallas 3-29- 93 Green Bay 3-30- 94 Pittsburgh 3-31- 95 Atlanta 3-32- 96 New England 3-33- 97 Miami (Compensatory Selection) 3-34- 98 Carolina (Compensatory Selection) 3-35- 99 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection) 3-36-100 Tennessee from Los Angeles Rams (Compensatory Selection) 3-37-101 Denver (Compensatory Selection) 3-38-102 Seattle (Compensatory Selection) 3-39-103 New England from Cleveland (Compensatory Selection) 3-40-104 Kansas City (Compensatory Selection) 3-41-105 Pittsburgh (Compensatory Selection) 3-42-106 Seattle (Compensatory Selection) 3-43-107 New York Jets (Compensatory Selection)

 

ROUND 4 4- 1-108 Cleveland 4- 2-109 San Francisco 4- 3-110 Jacksonville 4- 4-111 Chicago 4- 5-112 Los Angeles Rams 4- 6-113 Los Angles Chargers 4- 7-114 Washington from New York Jets 4- 8-115 Carolina 4- 9-116 Cincinnati 4-10-117 Chicago from Buffalo 4-11-118 New Orleans 4-12-119 Philadelphia 4-13-120 Arizona 4-14-121 Indianapolis or Minnesota 4-15-122 Indianapolis or Minnesota 4-16-123 Baltimore 4-17-124 Washington 4-18-125 Tennessee 4-19-126 Tampa Bay 4-20-127 Denver 4-21-128 Detroit 4-22-129 Minnesota from Miami 4-23-130 Oakland 4-24-131 Houston 4-25- Choice Forfeited – New England from Seattle 4-26-132 Kansas City 4-27-133 Dallas 4-28-134 Green Bay 4-29-135 Pittsburgh 4-30-136 Atlanta 4-31-137 New England 4-32-138 Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection) 4-33-139 Philadelphia from Cleveland (Compensatory Selection) 4-34-140 New York Giants 4-35-141 Los Angeles Rams (Compensatory Selection) 4-36-142 Cleveland (Compensatory Selection) 4-37-143 San Francisco (Compensatory Selection) 4-38-144 Indianapolis (Compensatory Selection)

 

ROUND 5 5- 1-145 Cleveland 5- 2-146 San Francisco 5- 3-147 Chicago 5- 4-148 Jacksonville 5- 5-149 Los Angeles Rams 5- 6-150 New York Jets 5- 7-151 Los Angles Chargers 5- 8-152 Carolina 5- 9-153 Cincinnati 5-10-154 Washington from New Orleans 5-11-155 Philadelphia 5-12-156 Buffalo 5-13-157 Arizona 5-14-158 Indianapolis or Minnesota 5-15-159 Indianapolis or Minnesota 5-16-160 Baltimore 5-17-161 San Francisco from Washington 5-18-162 Tampa Bay 5-19-163 New England from Denver 5-20-164 Tennessee 5-21-165 Detroit 5-22-166 Miami 5-23-167 New York Giants 5-24-168 Oakland 5-25-169 Houston 5-26- Seattle – Choice Forfeited 5-27-170 Kansas City 5-28-171 Buffalo from Dallas 5-29-172 Green Bay 5-30-173 Pittsburgh 5-31-174 Atlanta 5-32-175 Cleveland from New England 5-33-176 Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection) 5-34-177 Denver (Compensatory Selection) 5-35-178 Miami (Compensatory Selection) 5-36-179 Arizona (Compensatory Selection) 5-37-180 Kansas City (Compensatory Selection) 5-38-181 Cleveland (Compensatory Selection) 5-39-182 Green Bay (Compensatory Selection) 5-40-183 New England (Compensatory Selection) 5-41-184 Miami (Compensatory Selection)

 

ROUND 6 6- 1-185 Cleveland 6- 2-186 San Francisco 6- 3-187 Jacksonville 6- 4-188 Houston from Chicago 6- 5-189 Los Angeles Rams 6- 6-190 Los Angles Chargers 6- 7-191 New York Jets 6- 8-192 Carolina 6- 9-193 Cincinnati 6-10-194 Philadelphia 6-11-195 Buffalo 6-12-196 New Orleans 6-13-197 Arizona 6-14-198 Indianapolis or Minnesota 6-15-199 Indianapolis or Minnesota 6-16-200 Baltimore 6-17-201 Washington 6-18-202 San Francisco from Denver 6-19-203 Denver from Tennessee 6-20-204 Tampa Bay 6-21-205 Detroit 6-22-206 Miami 6-23-207 New York Giants 6-24-208 Oakland 6-25-209 Washington from Houston 6-26-210 Seattle 6-27- Kansas City – Choice Forfeited 6-28-211 Dallas 6-29-212 Green Bay 6-30-213 Pittsburgh 6-31-214 Tennessee from Atlanta 6-32-215 Detroit from New England 6-33-216 Kansas City (Compensatory Selection) 6-34-217 Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection) 6-35-218 Kansas City (Compensatory Selection)

 

ROUND 7 7- 1-219 San Francisco from Cleveland 7- 2-220 Washington from San Francisco 7- 3-221 Chicago 7- 4-222 Jacksonville 7- 5-223 Los Angeles Rams 7- 6-224 New York Jets 7- 7-225 Los Angles Chargers 7- 8-226 Seattle from Carolina 7- 9-227 Cincinnati 7-10-228 Dallas from Buffalo 7-11-229 New Orleans 7-12-230 Philadelphia 7-13-231 Arizona 7-14-232 Carolina from Indianapolis through Cleveland or Minnesota 7-15-233 Carolina from Indianapolis through Cleveland or Minnesota 7-16-234 Los Angeles Rams from Baltimore 7-17-235 Washington 7-18-236 Tennessee 7-19-237 Tampa Bay 7-20-238 Denver 7-21-239 New England from Detroit 7-22-240 Miami 7-23-241 New York Giants 7-24-242 Oakland 7-25-243 Houston 7-26-244 Oakland from Seattle 7-27-245 Kansas City 7-28-246 Dallas 7-29-247 Green Bay 7-30-248 Pittsburgh 7-31-249 Atlanta 7-32-250 Detroit from New England 7-33-251 Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection) 7-34-252 Denver (Compensatory Selection) 7-35-253 Denver (Compensatory Selection)

 

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NFL announces that 16 clubs to have 32 Compensatory picks in upcoming Draft

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2017 NFL Draft have been awarded to 16 teams, the NFL announced recently.

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.  The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council.  Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory selections to the number of clubs then in the League (32).  This year, four clubs: the Los Angeles Rams (one pick), the Green Bay Packers (one pick), the Pittsburgh Steelers (two picks), and the Arizona Cardinals (three picks) qualified for compensatory selections under the net loss formula, but will not receive those picks because the final numerical values of the CFAs who were lost by those clubs ranked 33rd through 39th among the final numerical values of all compensatory selections.  Each of those four clubs will receive compensatory selections for other CFAs lost whose final numerical values ranked within the top 32.

Compensatory picks may be traded this year.  A rule change approved by clubs in 2015 permits compensatory draft picks to be traded beginning in 2017.

The following 2017 compensatory draft picks have been determined by the NFL Management Council for the 2017 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 27-29 in Philadelphia: ​

Round Round Choice/ 

Overall Selection

Team
3 33-97 Miami
3 34-98 Carolina
3 35-99 Baltimore
3 36-100 Los Angeles Rams
3 37-101 Denver
3 38-102 Seattle
3 39-103 Cleveland
3 40-104 Kansas City
3 41-105 Pittsburgh
3 42-106 Seattle
3 43-107 New York Jets
4 32-138 Cincinnati
4 33-139 Cleveland
4 35-141* Los Angeles Rams
4 36-142 Cleveland
4 37-143 San Francisco
4 38-144 Indianapolis
5 33-176 Cincinnati
5 34-177 Denver
5 35-178 Miami
5 36-179 Arizona
5 37-180 Kansas City
5 38-181 Cleveland
5 39-182 Green Bay
5 40-183 New England
5 41-184 Miami
6 33-216 Kansas City
6 34-217 Cincinnati
6 35-218 Kansas City
7 33-251 Cincinnati
7 34-252 Denver
7 35-253 Denver​

 

 

* As the result of League discipline, the New York Giants’ original selection in Round 4 (4-23-130) has been relegated to selection 4-34-140.  Because that pick is a regular selection, it does not appear on the above list of compensatory draft selections.

The compensatory free agents lost and signed in 2016 by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2017 Draft:

ARIZONA Lost: Johnson, Rashad; Larsen, Ted; Massie, Bobby; Sowell, Bradley; Weatherspoon, Sean; White, Corey
Gained: Branch, Tyvon; Mathis, Evan
BALTIMORE Lost: Osemele, Kelechi; Schaub, Matt; Upshaw, Courtney
Gained: Watson, Benjamin; Weddle, Eric
CAROLINA Lost: Norman, Josh; Nortman, Brad
Gained: Gradkowski, Gino
CINCINNATI Lost: Jones, Marvin; Lamur, Emmanuel; Nelson, Reggie; Sanu, Mohamed; Smith, Andre
Gained:
CLEVELAND Lost: Bademosi, Johnson; Benjamin, Travis; Gipson, Tashaun; Mack, Alex; Robertson, Craig; Schwartz, Mitchell
Gained: Davis, Demario
DENVER Lost: Bruton, David; Davis, Vernon; Harris, Ryan; Jackson, Malik; Mathis, Evan; Osweiler, Brock; Trevathan, Danny
Gained: Crick, Jared; Okung, Russell; Stephenson, Donald
GREEN BAY Lost: Hayward, Casey; Tolzien, Scott
Gained:
INDIANAPOLIS Lost: Fleener, Coby; Freeman, Jerrell; Lowery, Dwight
Gained: Robinson, Patrick; Tolzien, Scott
KANSAS CITY Lost: Allen, Jeff; Branch, Tyvon; Daniel, Chase; Smith, Sean; Stephenson, Donald
Gained: Schwartz, Mitchell
LOS ANGELES RAMS Lost: Fairley, Nick; Jenkins, Janoris; McLeod, Rodney
Gained:
MIAMI Lost: Matthews, Rishard; Miller, Lamar; Shelby, Derrick; Sheppard, Kelvin; Vernon, Olivier
Gained: Abdul-Quddus; Isa, Branch, Andre
NEW ENGLAND Lost: Hicks, Akiem; Wilson, Tavon
Gained: McClellin, Shea
NEW YORK JETS Lost: Davis, Demario; Harrison, Damon; Ivory, Chris
Gained: Forte, Matt; McLendon, Steve
PITTSBURGH Lost: Beachum, Kelvin; Blake, Antwon; Johnson, Will; McLendon, Steve; Spence, Sean
Gained: Green, Ladarius; Harris, Ryan
SAN FRANCISCO Lost: Boone, Alex
Gained:
SEATTLE Lost: Irvin, Bruce; Mebane, Brandon; Okung, Russell; Sweezy, J.R.
Gained: Sowell, Bradley; Webb, J’Marcus


2017 NFL COMPENSATORY DRAFT PICKS

Cincinnati 4
Cleveland 4
Denver 4
Kansas City 4
Miami 3
Los Angeles Rams 2
Seattle 2
Arizona 1
Baltimore 1
Carolina 1
Green Bay 1
Indianapolis 1
New England 1
New York Jets 1
Pittsburgh 1
San Francisco 1
TOTAL 32


SUMMARY OF COMPENSATORY DRAFT PICKS, 1994-2017

Baltimore 48
Green Bay 38
Dallas 37
New England 34
Los Angeles Rams 33
Pittsburgh 32
Philadelphia 30
San Francisco 30
Tennessee 30
Seattle 29
Buffalo 28
Cincinnati 28
Kansas City 23
New York Giants 23
Indianapolis 22
Detroit 21
Denver 20
Miami 20
Arizona 19
Jacksonville 19
Los Angeles Chargers 19
Atlanta 18
Tampa Bay 18
Carolina 17
Chicago 17
Minnesota 17
Oakland 17
New York Jets 14
Cleveland 13
Houston 12
Washington 12
New Orleans 10
TOTAL 748​ 


 

 

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Red Sox to retire David Ortiz’ s number 34 on Friday, June 23

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The Red Sox recently announced that 10-time All-Star David Ortiz’s number 34 will be retired on Friday, June 23, in pregame ceremonies preceding the Red Sox-Angels game at Fenway Park. The club announced plans to retire his number before his final regular season game in 2016 as a tribute to his exceptional career in a Red Sox uniform.

The number 34 will be the 11th on the right field facade of Fenway Park, joining Bobby Doerr’s #1; Joe Cronin’s #4; Johnny Pesky’s #6; Carl Yastrzemski’s #8; Ted Williams’ #9; Jim Rice’s #14; Wade Boggs’ #26; Carlton Fisk’s #27; Pedro Martinez’s #45; and Jackie Robinson’s #42, which is retired throughout Major League Baseball.

Known as the greatest clutch hitter in Red Sox history, Ortiz is the franchise’s all-time leader with 10 walk-off home runs in the regular season. He recorded an additional seven walk-off hits with Boston, as his 17 game-ending RBI rank first in franchise history since RBI became an official statistic in 1920 (source: Elias Sports Bureau). The 2016 season was Ortiz’s 10th with at least 100 RBI, passing Ted Williams for the most such seasons in Red Sox history. He is one of only five players to record as many as 10 seasons with at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI for a single team, joining Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Hank Aaron, and Albert Pujols.

A champion of charitable initiatives, Ortiz won the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award, Major League Baseball’s highest honor for those who best represent the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field. He created the David Ortiz Children’s Fund to provide critical pediatric services in New England and in his native Dominican Republic. In Boston, he has provided his time and other resources to Mass General Hospital for Children, donating tickets to patients from the hospital as part of his “Papi’s Pals” program.

After signing with the Red Sox as a free agent on January 22, 2003, Ortiz became just the seventh player to appear in at least 14 consecutive seasons for the Red Sox (2003-16), along with Carl Yastrzemski (23), Dwight Evans (19), Tim Wakefield (17), Jim Rice (16), Jason Varitek (15), and Ted Williams (15). Ortiz is Boston’s only three-time World Champion in the post-World War I era, having led the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004, 2007, and 2013.

Ortiz hit 483 home runs with the Red Sox, a total that trails only Ted Williams (521) on the franchise’s all-time list. He also ranks among all-time club leaders in RBI (3rd; 1,530), hits (6th; 2,079), doubles (3rd; 524), extra-base hits (3rd; 1,023), runs scored (5th; 1,204), walks (4th; 1,133), total bases (5th; 4,084), times on base (4th; 3,241), and games played (5th; 1,953). Among players with at least 3,000 plate appearances for the Red Sox, Ortiz ranks fourth in slugging percentage (.570) and OPS (.956), having hit .290 with a .386 on-base percentage with Boston.

In 2016 Ortiz batted .315 (169-for-537) and led the major leagues in doubles (48), extra-base hits (87), slugging percentage (.620), and OPS (1.021), also pacing the Red Sox in home runs (38), RBI (127), walks (80), and on-base percentage (.401). He set major league records for most homers, RBI, doubles, and extra-base hits in a final season, and also set single-season records in each of those categories for a player age 40 or older (source: Elias Sports Bureau). The 2016 season was Ortiz’s 10th with at least 100 RBI, passing Ted Williams for the most such seasons in Red Sox history. He is one of only five players to record as many as 10 seasons with at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI for a single team, joining Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Hank Aaron, and Albert Pujols.

Named MVP of the 2004 ALCS and of the 2013 World Series, Ortiz is the Red Sox’ career leader in postseason games (76), runs (51), hits (80), doubles (19), home runs (17), extra-base hits (38), RBI (57), total bases (154), and walks (59). He won Games 4 and 5 of the 2004 ALCS with walk-off hits in Boston’s historic comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the best-of-seven series versus New York, and in 2013 he provided the signature moment of the Red Sox’ postseason by hitting a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning of a 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the ALCS. Among major leaguers with at least 50 plate appearances in the Fall Classic, Ortiz owns the best-ever World Series batting average (.455), on-base percentage (.576), and slugging percentage (.795).

Originally signed by the Seattle Mariners as an international free agent in November 1992, Ortiz compiled a lifetime .286 batting average (2,472-for-8,640) in 2,408 games, totaling 1,768 RBI, 1,419 runs scored, a .380 on-base percentage, a .552 slugging percentage, and a .931 OPS. His 541 home runs rank 17th in major league history, while he also ranks in the top 10 all-time in doubles (10th; 632) and extra-base hits (T-8th; 1,192). Ortiz is one of just four players with at least 500 career homers and three World Series championships, along with Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Reggie Jackson.

Among designated hitters, Ortiz is the all-time major league leader in games (2,029), hits (2,191), doubles (557), home runs (485), extra-base hits (1,060), total bases (4,239), and RBI (1,569). He earned the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award a record eight times (2003-07, 2011, 2013, 2016), and his seven Silver Slugger Awards as DH (2004-07, 2011, 2013, 2016) are the most ever at the position. He also twice earned the American League’s Hank Aaron Award (2005, 2016), given annually to the top offensive performer in each league.

 

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