Local Sports Archives for 2020-02

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen voids remaining three years of his contract

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has voided the last three years of his current contract with the team.  Griffen exercised a clause in his contract allowing him to opt out if he had six sacks while playing 57 percent of the defensive snaps in 2019.  


Griffen had until February 25th to exercise the option, but apparently has already chosen to do so.  This move will make him an unrestricted free agent and free up $13 million in cap space for the cap strapped Minnesota Vikings.  The team will take on $800,000 in dead money from the deal.  


It is possible Griffen could return to the Vikings but with a restructed deal worth less money.  

Northern State announces Harlem Globetrotters coming to Aberdeen

The Harlem Globetrotters “Pushing the Limits” World Tour travels to Aberdeen in just under two months; scheduled for April 1 at 7 p.m. in the Barnett Center’s Wachs Arena. Northern State Athletics is proud to announce a one-of-a-kind ticket promotion in conjunction with the Wolves final home basketball games of the regular season.


For each Harlem Globetrotters ticket purchase from February 18-20, the purchasers will receive an entry to win four free tickets to the Wolves final weekend of the regular season versus UMary and Minot State. Tickets must be purchased in the Barnett Center main office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to be eligible for entry. The winner will be announced Friday, February 21 on the Northern State Athletics Facebook Page.


Both courtside and general admission tickets are available and priced at $66.50 and $33.50, respectively. Checks should be made payable to the NSU Foundation. NSU faculty, staff, and students will also receive a $10.00 discount per general admission ticket. In addition to the main show, a Magic Pass Pre-Show Event will be offered. This event begins 90 minutes prior to show time and ends 60 minutes prior to show time. Customers must purchase a Magic Pass ticket, for $19.00, in addition to their game ticket. No group discounts will be offered for the Magic Passes.


The Northern State men’s and women’s basketball teams close out their regular season home schedule at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday versus the Marauders and 4 and 6 p.m. on Saturday against the Beavers.

Wild trade left wing Zucker to Pittsburgh

The Minnesota Wild have made a move before the NHL trade deadline.  The Wild sent forward Jason Zucker to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for 25-year-old left wing Alex Galchenyuk, defenseman Calen Addison and a conditional first round pick in 2020.  Galchenyuk is a Milwaukee Wisconsin native and has tallied 17 points in 45 games for the Penguins while Addison is a 19-year-old native of Brandon Manitoba and has recorded 43 points in 39 games for the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League this season.  If Pittsburgh fails to make the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs they will not be obligated to send their first round pick to Minnesota this upcoming draft. 

Twins land Kenta Maeda in three team deal with LA Dodgers and Boston Red Sox

The Minnesota Twins are part of a three team deal including star pitchers and MVP players.  The principle teams in the trade are the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers.  The Red Sox have sent 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts to the Dodgers along with left handed starter David Price.  In exchange, Los Angeles will get outfielder Alex Verdugo from Boston.  The Twins are involved by getting right handed starter Kenta Maeda from Los Angeles and will send pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston.  Maeda started 37 games last year for LA and went 10-8 in those starts with a  4.04 ERA and 153.2 innings pitched. 

Timberwolves part of a 12 person trade, largest in NBA since 2000

The Timberwolves are reportedly part of a huge four team deal that will completely reshape the roster.  This is reportedly the largest trade in the NBA since 2000, involving 12 players. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojanorowski, the Houston Rockets receive forwards Robert Covington and Jordan Bell from Minnesota and the Golden State Warriors 2024 second round draft pick.  The Atlanta Hawks receive center’s Clint Capela and Nene from Houston.  The Timberwolves receive from Denver guard Malik Beasley, forwards Juancho Hernangomez, and Jared Vanderbilt and from Atlanta guard Evan Turner and Atlanta’s first round draft pick, via the Nets.  Denver receives from Minnesota guard Shabazz Napier, forward Keita Bates-Diop and Noah Vonleh and from Houston guard Gerald Green and the Rockets first round pick.