Chicago Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman has been suspended without pay for the next 10 games for a second violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Freeman, 31, played four seasons in Indianapolis before he signed a three-year deal with Chicago in 2016. Freeman is under contract through 2018 and scheduled to earn $3.5 million, but he is out of guaranteed money.
According to coach Barry Trotz, the bar for Ovechkin is most always set at 50, while the man himself knows all he needs is the chance to reach those loft expectations.
”I’m a goal-scorer, and my job is to score goals,” Ovechkin said before the season started. ”The more goals, more points I’m gonna get is gonna be much better.”
Just five games into the 2017-18 season, Ovechkin is almost 20% of the way to that goal, having begun the season with a goal bonanza, racking up an NHL-leading nine goals and 10 points. He earned First Star of the Week honors after scoring three goals on opening night for the Caps and the following four-goal performance in their second game, making him the fourth player in league history to open the season with back-to-back hat tricks. Singular tallies came against Pittsburgh and New Jersey, again putting Ovechkin in the history books alongside Mike Bossy, Mario Lemieux and Patrick Marleau as the only players to score nine times in the first five games of a season.
“The way he’s able to create space for himself, to jump in holes and his release is second to none,” Capitals forward T.J. Oshie told the Washington Post. “Am I surprised on O’s production? I don’t think so. Am I impressed? Very.”