A sought after free agent signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. That was not a typo. After spending the season with the Xinjiang Tigers in China, veteran forward Kenyon Martin has signed with the Clippers for one year at the pro-rated mid-level exception of $2.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The 34-year-old is expected to add size and depth to a Clippers bench that already includes Sixth Man of the Year candidate Mo Williams, Randy Foye and Mo Evans, but Martin will immediately come into the rotation as the top big ahead of Evans and Ryan Gomez. Martin averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 boards per game with Denver last season and had received interest from Miami, San Antonio, New York, Atlanta and the cross-town Lakers.
You guys and gals love lists of top plays, dunks, teams, arenas, players, coaches, breakfast cereals (I prefer Cinamon Toast Crunch) and any other form of comparison. So for all you pucheads out there, here’s FanFeedr’s incredibly subjective (but awesome) NHL Top Goal Power Poll for the 2011-2012 season. Comment on how great this list is or how it’s incredibly flawed and much better goals were missed. Either way, here’s the list.
1) Eller’s Spin-O-Rama
Montreal forward Lars Eller already had a hat trick against Winnipeg when he was held near the Jets’ net and awarded a penalty shot. What happened next is only what I consider the goal of the year, no big deal. It was his fourth goal of the night, doubling his total for the entire season!
2) Malkin’s Amazing Effort
Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin had to do a whole lot to get this goal against Colorado. He first banged an Avs player into the boards to get his team possession. Then he got the puck back on a pass, put the puck between the feet of defenseman Gabriel Landeskog and then did a nifty deke move to push the puck past the goaltender. Just spectacular!
3) Doughty Beats The Clock
There have been other buzzer-beating goals in the NHL this season, but Kings defenseman Drew Doughty beat the clock from his knees. There were 0.3 seconds left when Doughty rushed in from the left wing on a rebound, dropped to one knee and rifled it past Columbis goalie Curtis Sanford.
4) Bobby Ryan Schools The Islanders Shorthanded
Anaheim forward Bobby Ryan was on the penalty killing unit when he went up the ice with temmate Corey Perry. Perry slid Ryan the puck, and Ryan did the rest. He maneuvered around two New York players and completely deked out Isles goalie Evgeni Nabokov for the shorthanded tally.
5) Ribiero Preys On Predators
Veteran Stars forward Mike Ribiero was on a two-on-two in the Nashville zone when both Preds defenders tried to pry the puck from Ribiero’s stick. Ribiero then went around both players and put a backhand past world class goalie Pekka Rinne. Take a look.