Canadiens deal Simon Bourque to Jets for two players, draft picks

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired right winger Joel Armia, goaltender Steve Mason and a pair of draft picks from the Winnipeg Jets for prospect Simon Bourque.
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The draft picks were a seventh-round selection in 2019 and a fourth-rounder in 2020.

She did it. It was absolutely spectacular … I thought it was a great thing. She grew up on a farm in Iowa. Her father brought her home a beat-up trumpet when she was a little girl. It was very unusual in her day for a brass player to be a woman. But she was very good. And she said that what made it possible for her was the blind auditions, where you audition in front of these concert makers or professionals, but you do it behind a screen so no one can see if you’re male, female or anything else. She said that made it possible for her to make the trumpet section of the St. Louis Symphony. Now, she’s the leader of it… I thought that was really a direct result of the poor Roseanne fiasco.

Roseanne Barr (to CNN’s Larry King, 2006): After I sang The Star-Spangled Banner so badly, after my tragic singing accident, after that, you know, all my stuff kind of like really got even more full blown and, you know, I got stage fright and, you know, I couldn’t do standup anymore and let alone sing and all the other things.

They swiped Manu Ginobili from under the noses of the rest of the league, using the 57th pick to draft him in 1999, after nine second-rounders who never even appeared in an NBA game, and landed Tony Parker with the final first-round pick of the 2001 draft, after the Luca Sbisa Jersey likes of Joe Forte, Jeryl Sasser and Brandon Armstrong.

We’re so accustomed to the Spurs, as a franchise, keeping one step ahead of the other 29 teams that it’s almost unnerving to witness San Antonio in its current state — boxed in, blindsided by an obstinate star and staving off desperation.

Kawhi Leonard, having sat for most of last season with a quad injury that the team felt did not require such tender treatment, has made clear that he wants out of San Antonio, and the Spurs have accepted that fact.

But finding a decent offer for Leonard has already proven thorny. The Spurs entered this process hoping to avoid trading Leonard within the Western Womens Jarran Reed Jersey Conference, but according to executives around the league, Leonard’s camp has made it clear that he wants to be in Los Angeles, and he has the leverage of hitting free agency next summer. That has left the hands of Gregg Popovich, R.C. Buford and the Spurs brass tied.

San Antonio has engaged in talks with Boston, and the Celtics would appear to be a natural trading partner — they’re a championship contender, in the East and loaded with young assets (Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, two potential 2019 lottery picks).