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The Art of Sprinting

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first_imgI am sure you have heard someone say “track is easy to coach.  You just line them up and see which one gets to the finish line first.”  In essence, that is the goal.  However, there is a way to teach an athlete how to get there quicker even if it is only 100 meters.The winner of a 100 m, or any short sprint, is the runner who slows down the least.  Even though it appears that some runners pick up speed toward the end of a race, what they are actually doing is not slowing down as much as their competitors are.  No one can run full out from start to finish–not even Olympic champion Bolt.I use to run the 400 m in high school.  (440 yard dash back then)  I tried to run it between 52 and 53 seconds.  It would be real simple to say I will run the first 200 in 26 seconds and the second 200 in 26 seconds.  Simple, right?  It is really difficult to do this.  Your body naturally will slow down if you start out too fast and try to run the same speed all the way through.  A more realistic approach would be a 25/27 split to reach the 52 second time.  Remember, you will slow down any time, but try not to slow down as much as your opponent.last_img read more

One word describes it: Nichols has phenomenal 2016 season

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first_imgMike Nichols (center) won his career sixth IMCA Sunoco Stock Car national championship in 2016. He is pictured with Speedway Motors President Clay Smith at left and IMCA President Brett Root at right. Speedway Motors is title sponsor of IMCA Weekly Racing. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)HARLAN, Iowa – Mike Nichols described his month of June as phenomenal.The same adjective can be applied to his entire season.Nichols won all 15 of his June starts and 54 times in all en route to his career sixth IMCA Sunoco Stock Car national championship.He joined 2016 Hobby Stock king Shannon Anderson as the first drivers to win six national titles in the same division during the modern era of IMCA. Nichols also matched the single season wins rec­ord Nate Coopman established in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts two years ago.“We started the season with 11 straight wins but our June was just phenomenal,” said Nichols, from Harlan, Iowa. “You can plan and prepare as much as you can but a month like that defies the law of averages. Our whole season defied the law of averages.”He finished outside the top five in just three of 66 starts at a dozen different tracks in four states.Along with the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region crown, Nichols won Crawford County Speed­way, Lexington Raceway, Shelby County Speedway and U.S. 30 Speedway track championships.Nichols posted double figure wins at all four speed plants, collecting 13 checkers at U.S. 30, a dozen at Crawford County and 10 at both Lexington and Shelby County.“When my wife Anita and I talked about it at the beginning of the season, we wanted to support our local tracks. Our other goal was to have fun,” said Nichols, the all-time leader in the division with 428 feature wins and 31 local track titles. “We went from racing three nights a week to four and I was very comfortable in the car. I was sharper mentally and I’m in better shape physically than I have been in a long time.”While seat time and the quality of his competition have always been factors in Nichols’ improve­ment as a driver, he also shared credit for his 2016 success with the racing gods and luck.“We had a lot of luck this season, whether it happened in the heat race or at the end of a feature and I was able to limp across the finish line,” said Nichols. “I think I’ve always been lucky but we used up about 10 years’ worth of luck this year.”Also the national champion in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2014, he put the latest celebration on hold until track championship bonus points were tabulated.“We knew we had the accolades and achievements. We weren’t sure about bonus points,” Nich­ols said. “We realized in mid-August that we could still not win the national championship but we enjoyed the respect of the people we raced with and that had a real impact on me.”Starts: 66Wins: 54Additional Top Fives: 9 HIS CREW: Wife Anita, Justin Gessert and Paul Zimmerman co-crew chiefs, Mike Diercks, Stan Nichols, Tuffy Zimmerman, Brian Dotzler, Josh Nielsen, Chris Gaul, Mike Onnen, Axl Peterson, Sterling Sorensen, Steve Nichols, Lon Lefeber Luke Cochran and Justin Clark. HIS SPONSORS: B&B Chassis of Belle Plaine, Minn.; Moser Engineering of Portland, Ind.; Stephenville Starter of Stephenville, Texas; Bassett Wheels of Burlington, Wis.; Schoenfeld Headers of Van Buren, Ark.; The Joie of Seating of Concord, N.C.; Dynamic Drivelines of Des Moines; Performance Bodies of Cedar Falls; Bilstein/Jim Hiland of Mooresville, N.C.; Eibach Springs of Corona, Calif.; JE Pistons of Cypress, Ca­lif.; EQ Cylinder Heads of North Las Vegas, Nev.; Comp Cams of Memphis, Tenn.; Quick Car Racing Prod­ucts of Lebanon, Tenn.;  Mi Casa, Dotz’s DJ Service, Petersen Motors, Archi’s BBQ, The Lounge and the Rust Family, all of Harlan; Pizza Ranch of Denison and Harlan; KS Engineering of Albert Lea, Minn.; West­ern Carriers of WaKeeney, Kan.; Koch Farms of Cambridge, Neb.; Champion Oil of Clinton, Mo.; Dirt De­fender of Red Oak, Texas; FX Suspension of Phillips, Neb.; VP Heartland Fuels of Manhattan, Kan; VDL Fuel Systems of Theodore, Ala.; Racelogic Chassis School of Fort Smith, Ark.; and Home Pride Motorsports of Omaha, Neb.last_img read more

Mr. Ronald Dale “Ron” Ollman

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first_imgMr. Ronald Dale “Ron” Ollman, age 70, of Sunman, Indiana, entered this life on March 2, 1948, in Milan, Indiana. He was the son of the late, Curtis and Francis (Goodpaster) Ollman. He was raised in Aurora, Indiana where he attended school. Ron was inducted into the United States Army on November 1, 1966, serving during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on August 13, 1975. Ron was united in marriage on September 9, 1968, to the late, Sharon Rae Cochran and they shared 44 years of marriage together. Ron was employed as a security guard in 1999 for Grand Victoria in Rising Sun, Indiana. Ron will be remembered for his love of building, collecting tools and building computers.Ron is survived by his daughters, Terri Harris of Aurora, Indiana, Penny Lane Anderson and her husband, Brent of Des Moines, Iowa and Kelly J. Oberting and her husband, Matthew of Moores Hill, Indiana; his sons, Richard D. Ollman and his wife, Lynette of Hebron, Kentucky and Brian D. Ollman of Winchester, Kentucky; his grandchildren, Caitlin Harris, Melanie Harris, Lydia Anderson, Zachary Anderson, Robert Ante III, Lilie Ante, Silas Oberting, Alexis Oberting and Lucas Oberting; his sister, Gloria Cole and her husband, Ralph of Rising Sun, Indiana and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Francis (Goodpaster) Ollman; his brothers, Curtis, Darrel and Gary Ollman and his sisters, Francis McDave and Roberta Ollman.Ron donated his body to medical science for the greater good of humanity.Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Stop appointing Foy, urges Mourinho

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first_img Fabian Delph struck Aston Villa’s only goal eight minutes from time to put a big dent in Chelsea’s title hopes. The deft flick from the impressive midfielder was soon forgotten, however, as Mourinho took centre stage in injury time moments after Foy had dismissed Ramires for a sliding tackle on Karim El Ahmadi. Press Association Mourinho revealed the fact that Foy was to officiate the game had been regularly discussed at Cobham ever since the officials were announced. “The players were speaking about it during the week,” Mourinho added. “They have a reason. “I never care who the ref is. I don’t want to know. But during the week the players were speaking about the situation and I think from now on the next time we have Mr Foy I have to work my people in a different way.” Mourinho did not want to say whether he thought the decision to send off Ramires or Willian was correct in case he was charged by the Football Association (FA). The FA could take a dim view of Mourinho’s claim that “problems” regularly occur when Foy officiates Chelsea games though. The Chelsea manager is also facing an FA charge for entering the field of play. Rule E3 states managers must not leave their technical area as Mourinho did during the match. Although in fairness to Mourinho, he was not the only one who did so. Paul Lambert entered the pitch, as did a number of coaches, and Agbonlahor, who had been substituted. If the FA decides Mourinho or anyone else who entered the pitch has broken the law, it can fine him between £8,000 and £12,000. If anyone involved is found to have used abusive or insulting language he can be hit with a two-match touchline ban. Jose Mourinho has called on the Premier League to stop sending Chris Foy to Chelsea games after the referee dismissed two more Blues players – and their manager – in an ill-tempered clash at Villa Park on Saturday. The Chelsea manager came on to the pitch as a melee ensued involving players from both teams. The Portuguese claimed he was only attempting to cool tempers, and to ask Foy why he had not sent off Gabriel Agbonlahor for accosting Ramires, but the referee was not interested and he dismissed the Chelsea manager. Mourinho then asked to speak to Foy in the referee’s room, but he did not want to speak to the Chelsea boss. Mourinho, clearly annoyed at Foy for dismissing Ramires, and Willian for two bookings earlier in the match, tried his best to bite his lip in his post-match press conference, but he eventually relented in another media briefing minutes later. “Maybe it’s helpful that the (Premier League referees’) committee doesn’t send him (Foy) to our matches,” the Chelsea manager said. “I don’t have the right to request (that). It’s just I think they have to analyse the situation and see if every time he has Chelsea – or not every time – but many times he has Chelsea and problems are there, I think maybe it would be a good decision.” Although he was not manager then, Mourinho recalled Chelsea’s defeat to QPR in 2011 when Foy dismissed Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba. “The last time I remember something similar was in a match at QPR’s stadium,” Mourinho said. When informed that it was Foy who took charge of that match, Mourinho said: “I didn’t know (that). It’s a coincidence.” last_img read more

Linden’s $178M synthetic track is just reward for the athletes – Former National champion Butcher

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first_imgBy Joe Chapman in New YorkCONSIDERED one of Linden’s greatest athletes, Bruce Butcher, a former National high jump champion is of the opinion that the construction of the first ever 400m synthetic track (valued $178M), at the Bayrock ground in Wismar is timely and deserving.The Florida-based Butcher began his career competing at the National Schools Championships in 1983. He revealed; “As a former Mackenzie High School, Linden and former National athlete, I have been watching those things that have been going on in Guyana for the past few years with the youngsters. We have been churning out a lot of athletes from this area here.“So, this 400m international synthetic track is a good initiative to help boost track and field in Linden. It is a great step going forward.”The glorious days of track and field achievements on grass tracks by Mackenzie/Linden athletes can be traced back to the time when Leyland ‘Flash’ Blair burst onto the scene as a National sprint champion, along with Learie Bonnet, to be followed by many others including Aubrey ‘Skinny’ Wilson, Lionel Perry, Elton Jefford, Desmond Hector, Bruce Butcher, Compton Caesar and Daniel Williams to name a few. On the distaff side the names of Lorraine Jordan, Paula Haynes, Roxanne Sills, Juliet Fredericks, Nyota Peters, Marian Burnette and Chantoba Bright easily come to mind.Knowing the fact that recently two of Linden’s best young athletes have secured scholarships, namely Chantoba Bright and Daniel Williams to US colleges, Butcher pointed out; “There are places that have those things like a synthetic track, and who are not necessarily churning out such brilliant athletes, and, as Linden continues to reign supreme at the National Schools Track and Field, Swimming and Cycling championships it clearly means that we have talent here in Linden.”Butcher went down memory lane; “The same back field right in Watooka Primary School we used to have our own sports. I learned to jump on that back field doing the scissors and I realised that I was good at it before I even went to high school. Guys who were at high school would say to my older brothers how revealing it would be to see what will happen as soon as I got to high school.”Touching on the new facility now taking shape in Linden, Butcher noted; “That is exciting, these youngsters are seeing track and field on television, in my time we didn’t see track and field on television like that. They are seeing how it is supposed to be.They are actually getting to go to the CARIFTA Games and stuff like that. My first time travelling was when I went to French Guiana and I actually saw a mat (jumping mat), I jumped six inches farther.”The former standout athlete said that Guyana is now playing catch up on athletics but noted it was still commendable.“So, actually having to have the opportunity to work on a track like this every day is going to be a great improvement. I watch what is going on in Jamaica and they are churning out great Caribbean athletes. We have the talent, but we just need the opportunities, and we need a good track which is number one priority.”He re-emphasised; “Having a track in Linden is going to be something great for track and field. It basically boils down to having facilities.”Reminiscing on how it was in his time Butcher remembers: “I was talking about going to CARIFTA trials and they didn’t even have a mat. They had to go over to Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and bring a couple of mattresses to put down there. And I still had to make the qualifying height.So, with facilities, you now are no longer at a disadvantage and these guys learning to work on a real track every day is going to be great for sprints, or even high jump, they need to have these things in place.”The ongoing construction of Linden’s first 400m synthetic track is being done by the contracting company Builders Hardware and General Supplies, and completion is anticipated for year end.Construction began last year and is divided into four phases, already completed are the first and second phases.In Phase One, the works done were the activation of the project team, site identification, ensuring technical supervision/consultancy, confirmation of project management plans.In Phase Two, the job was the technical inspections, cadastral surveys, soil tests, drawings, awarding of construction entailed contracts.Currently the work is at Phase Three which includes having the activation of ground work: building retaining wall, concrete base, drainage system and asphalting.When this is completed the fourth and final phase will see the laying of the synthetic surface, line markings for the eight-lane track and completion of works.It was reported that the track will also have accommodation to carry out field events while in the middle will be a football field.last_img read more

Two men will stand trial for USC students’ deaths

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first_imgFollow Camille on Twitter @camilleshoosh A Los Angeles judge ruled on Monday that two men will stand trial for the murder of two USC graduate students, Ying Wu and Ming Qu, who were killed in an apparent robbery in April 2012.Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus said there was significant evidence connecting Bryan Barnes and Javier Bolden to the slaying for them to stand trial.The Chinese international graduate students, both 23 years old, were shot dead while sitting in a parked BMW off campus near the intersection of 27th Street and Raymond Avenue.Both students’ phones were stolen in the crime. Prosecutors said that Barnes sold one phone to a store and the other phone was found at the residence where he was arrested.Barnes and Bolden will stand trial for first-degree murder and could face potential capital punishment. They were charged last May in connection with the case and pleaded not guilty at their arraignment in July.Investigators on this case also connected Barnes and Bolden to another shooting, and Bolden to one more additional shooting. They will stand trial in connection to those crimes as well.Qu and Wu’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university seeking unspecified damages. The suit claims that the university misled them about the safety of the neighborhood surrounding campus. The case was dismissed in February for insufficient legal arguments.Barnes’ and Bolden’s arraignment has been set for Nov. 7.last_img read more

Diego Simeone Extends Atletico Contract

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first_imgAtletico Madrid Head Coach Diego Simeone has extended his contract with the capital club until 2019, according to a report by Spanish radio station Cadena SER.The 47-year-old Argentinian had shortened his contract from 2020 to 2018 after his side’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last year.But Cadena SER reported yesterday that he had “reached an agreement with Atletico to extend his contract by an extra year”, without giving further details. Since cutting the length of his contract, Simeone has repeatedly stated his desire to stay at Atletico, who he has led to three major trophies including the 2014 La Liga title.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar out 10 weeks with foot injury

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first_img USMNT tops Panama, gets first win under new coach Gregg Berhalter Neymar’s 10-week absence would see him miss at least 14 matches, and potentially more if PSG progresses in the Coupe de France or reaches the last eight in Europe.32 – Neymar has scored 32 goals in 33 games in Ligue 1 with Paris, becoming the fastest player to reach this tally in the French top-flight in the last 45 seasons. Monster. pic.twitter.com/5mYzGfQwxY— OptaJean (@OptaJean) January 19, 2019A PSG statement said the club had gathered a group of “world-renowned medical experts” in order to come to the conclusion after an in-depth review of the problem.”After detailed analysis by the specialists, a consensus was reached of a conservative treatment of Neymar Jr.’s injury to the fifth right metatarsal,” it read.”Informed of this recommendation, Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian international striker agreed with this protocol. As a result, Neymar Jr. is expected to return to the field within 10 weeks.”Paris Saint-Germain sends its strongest support and encouragement to Neymar Jr to overcome this injury, with the courage and determination that the player has always shown.” USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter reacts to young squad’s victory over Panama Neymar will be sidelined 10 weeks with a foot injury, keeping him out of both legs of the Champions League last-16 matchup against Manchester United.Paris Saint-Germain has confirmed the length of time the world’s most expensive footballer will miss after he hobbled out of the Coupe de France clash last week with Strasbourg.center_img The club announced Wednesday that “conservative treatment of the injury to the fifth right metatarsal” will keep Neymar out until mid-April, adding to PSG’s injury woes as Marco Verratti remains out.The news comes as a major blow to Thomas Tuchel’s team, which will now be without its talisman for both legs of the key clash with United, which begins Feb. 12 at Old Trafford. Related News Neymar, 26, suffered a similar foot injury last February that kept him out of the remainder of the 2017-18 season, including the second leg of the Champions League loss to eventual winners Real Madrid.He recovered in time to play for Brazil at the World Cup but was unable to inspire his country — widely tipped for success — to a sixth title.Neymar has suffered with occasional groin strains this season, yet he still has netted 13 goals in as many Ligue 1 appearances. He has scored five in the Champions League, and a further two in domestic cup competitions.stay strong pic.twitter.com/wEHhdeTPIz— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) January 24, 2019last_img read more

Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger still discussing ‘significant’ contract extension

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first_img“It’s probably his last contract as an NFL player, so it’s significant. It’s significant for us,” Colbert said. “We’re in a different dynamic from a financial standpoint as far as the cap because we don’t have a couple of players with us before. So we have to make sure it all makes sense. It has to make sense for both sides, and we’re comfortable at some point we hope it does.”Roethlisberger, who turned 37 earlier this month, had 5,129 yards passing, 34 touchdowns and 16 interceptions last season while completing 67 percent of his passes. However, he set a career high in attempts and those 16 picks tied for the second-worst mark of his career. Pittsburgh is in no rush to re-sign Ben Roethlisberger.While speaking at the NFL owners meetings, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed discussions with the veteran quarterback are “still ongoing” but acknowledged the prospective deal is a notable one. Johnny Manziel helps lead comeback in AAF debut Giants owner: Odell Beckham Jr. trade left grandsons cryingcenter_img Related News The drama involving departed wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell can’t be overlooked, either, though Colbert expressed confidence in Roethlisberger’s ability to guide his teammates despite his leadership style being questioned.”I think Ben is very comfortable in who he is, what he’s doing and what he can still do,” Colbert said. “Each and every year, he’s out trying to prove who he is. He’ll have no agenda other than trying to win a Super Bowl. You can’t dictate what someone will say when they are with you and when they leave. But we feel very comfortable in knowing that Ben Roethlisberger is our quarterback and is our leader.”Ben is an unquestionable top quarterback in this league. He’s a Hall of Fame quarterback. He’s won Super Bowls. I know he’s comfortable with that, he’s comfortable with that. And we’re always going to support him in that role.”last_img read more

NHL rumors 2019: Could a Maple Leafs return be in the cards for Jake Gardiner?

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first_imgLast week, TSN’s Brian Hayes and Mike Johnston examined reasons why Gardiner is still unsigned. Hayes believes the 28-year-old would fill a top-four role on most teams. While Gardiner was hampered by a back injury last season, Hayes doubts it’s affecting his efforts to get a new contract.Johnston cites rumors claiming Gardiner hopes to return to the Leafs once they get restricted free agent winger Mitch Marner under contract. He also suggested the Montreal Canadiens as a good destination. Hayes wondered if the rearguard might accept a one-year contract in hopes of bolstering his stock for next summer’s UFA market.If Jake Gardiner’s time with the Toronto Maple Leafs is really over, then he will be deeply missed. I will always remember his playoff goal against the Boston Bruins back in 2013. pic.twitter.com/ZSV8pKz4wq— The Leafs IMO (@TheLeafsIMO) April 25, 2019Gardiner has his defensive issues but there’s no denying his offensive skills. Despite last season’s injury he still managed 30 points in 62 contests. He’s also only a year removed from a career-high 52-point performance in 2017-18. If he’s fully recovered he could exceed 40 points again this season.Teams in need of skilled left-side blueline depth, like the Canadiens, have likely made inquiries. NJ.com’s Chris Ryan thinks Gardiner would be a fine addition to the New Jersey Devils’ blueline corps.Gardiner could be holding out in hopes of returning to the Leafs. Their limited salary-cap space, however, makes that difficult to pull off. Still, Toronto’s GM Kyle Dubas has done a fine job juggling his limited cap space this summer. Once Marner’s re-signed, perhaps Dubas will find a way to bring Gardiner back on an affordable one-year deal.Could the Wild move Parise?The last several seasons were difficult for Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise. Various injuries, including back surgery in 2017, sidelined him for various periods. The Wild, meanwhile, earned a reputation as postseason underachievers. Undergoing a roster rebuild under now-former GM Paul Fenton, they missed the playoffs last season.In a recent in-depth piece on Parise, The Athletic’s Michael Russo reported he still loves Minnesota but admitted, “the hockey part has been difficult.” Russo also cited sources saying Fenton looked into trading the 35-year-old left wing before the GM was fired on Tuesday.NHL free agency 2019: Complete list of all 31 teams’ UFA, RFA playersGiven the Wild’s ongoing roster overhaul, it’s understandable Fenton considered all options. However, it remains to be seen if his predecessor will follow-up on moving the alternate captain.It’s unlikely Parise will attract much interest at this stage in his career. His contract is the biggest stumbling block. He’s got six years remaining on his 13-year deal with an annual average value of $7.53 million and a full no-movement clause. The Wild would have to absorb a healthy chunk of that cap hit plus toss in a promising youngster or a quality draft pick to facilitate a trade.We’ve seen several examples this summer of teams moving players with supposedly untradeable contracts. Those deals, however, involved players with four years or less remaining on their respective deals. Drumming up interest in a 35-year-old winger with six years left on his contract is another matter.Will Puljujarvi stick with the Oilers?A month ago, it seemed Jesse Puljujarvi’s days with the Edmonton Oilers were over.Selected fourth overall in the 2016 NHL draft, the 21-year-old winger struggled to play up to expectations. Unhappy over the Oilers’ handling of his development, Puljujarvi requested a trade through his agent prior to last month’s draft. If they didn’t acquiesce, the youngster indicated he could play in Europe this season.A restricted free agent coming off his entry-level contract, Puljujarvi doesn’t have much leverage. Threatening to stay in Europe was his only viable option to force a trade.Puljujarvi’s demand made him a fixture in this summer’s trade-rumor mill. Last week, the Edmonton Journal’s David Staples believed addressing the winger’s request was GM Ken Holland’s last major off-season challenge. Holland indicated he’s open to anything that will improve the Oilers. Looking into the future: NHL Draft 2020 prospect rankingsStaples, however, no longer feels a Puljujarvi trade is a certainty. It appears the “trade me or I’ll stay in Europe” tactic has backfired as Holland refused to bow to pressure. That’s led to the young forward’s agent suggesting his client could be amenable to returning to the Oilers. Holland could still trade Puljujarvi before the season opens in October. According to Staples, however, the Oilers GM isn’t impressed with the offers he’s received. That could ensure Puljujarvi returns for another season in Edmonton. Still no contract for GardinerNearly a month into this summer’s NHL unrestricted free agent market, most of the best players are already signed. A notable exception, however, is Jake Gardiner.The former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman remains the best player still available on the open market.  His status continues to be a topic of discussion among pundits during the dog days of summer.last_img read more