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Blues lose F Robby Fabbri for season with torn ACL

Blues forward Robby Fabbri, one of St. Louis’ leaders in goals with 11, will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee, the team announced Sunday.

The injury comes as the Blues, who fired coach Ken Hitchcock last week, are two points outside the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Worse, they open a five-game trip Monday against the Flyers and play 15 of their next 20 on the road, where they are 8-13-1 this season.

The Blues recalled forwards Kenny Agostino and Magnus Paajarvi from Chicago of the AHL to help replace Fabbri, who was tied for fifth on the team in goals though he hadn’t scored since having a hat trick Dec. 28 against the Flyers, a run of 16 games.

The Blues said Fabbri is expected to be ready for the start of training camp next season.

Babcock is widely regarded as the best coach in the league, yet he has never been named Coach of the Year. That may change this year.

Babcock spent much of his coaching career leading insanely good Red Wings teams; now he’s leading one of the NHL’s youngest teams into the playoffs.

Not many expected young stars Matthews, Marner and Nylander to be contributing so much this early. Babcock has them playing like vets.

Alexander Radulov, RW ( Signed with Stars ) — The Stars continued their bold offseason overhaul, inking Radulov, the top available UFA forward, to a five-year, $31.25 million contract ($6.25M AAV). Radulov, 30, is not short on talent, scoring 18 goals and 54 points in his first season in North America since leaving the NHL on sour terms in 2012. That doesn’t seem to scare Dallas, which has added a starting goalie in Ben Bishop, a top-four defenseman in Marc Methot and bolstered its center depth with the weekend signing of the underrated Martin Hanzal. All four players are on the wrong side of 30 and come with caveats, but the Stars look vastly different after a disappointing year.

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The Cardinals drafted Grambling State’s Chad Williams in the third round this year.

This situation would look more stable if John Brown returns to form. After a breakout year in 2015 (65 catches, 1,003 yards, seven touchdowns), Brown was hampered by hamstring injuries due to a sickle cell issue last season, ending up with just 39 catches and two touchdowns. Michael Floyd fell out of favor in the offense before a DUI arrest led to his release. J.J. Nelson showed flashes of promise but is still unproven as a starting receiver.

The Cardinals drafted Grambling State’s Chad Williams in the third round this year. So far, he’s drawing rave reviews from Fitzgerald.

“He’s extremely explosive,” Fitzgerald said, via Revenge of the Birds. “He reminds me of Anquan Boldin in terms of the strength of his hands. Once [the football] touches his hands, it doesn’t move.”

But full practices haven’t even started yet, so it’s too early to tell how much of a role Williams will have as a rookie.

There is some promise among this group but also a lot of risk — especially if Brown’s sickle cell problems flare up again.

“In the first three quarters they’re releasing five (receivers) outside and believing in their offensive line to stop us up front,” Freeney said. “Five sacks later they realize, ‘You know what? We’ve got to give Tom time no matter what.’

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While the defense did founder, Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has taken Cheap Chelsea Jerseys the bulk of the blame for Atlanta’s loss with highly questionable play calls that failed miserably in the fourth quarter. Freeney, though, refused to scapegoat Shanahan for the defeat and pointed out that “it’s easy for people to say these things when they’re not under the most extreme pressure situations.”