Tuesday, 13 Apr 2021

NHL trade deadline approaches: Which teams could be buyers, sellers?

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Oil Prices Edge Lower Amid The Iran Nuclear Talks

Oil prices were moving lower in European trade on Wednesday as talks to revive a nuclear deal with Iran opened the possibility of an easing of sanctions on its oil exports.

The downside was capped by prospects for stronger global growth amid steady progress with coronavirus vaccinations and additional government stimulus.

Brent crude futures for June settlement eased 0.2 percent to $62.60 per barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures for May delivery were down 0.4 percent at $59.11.

Iran said talks in Vienna on Tuesday aimed at restoring its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers had been “constructive” and they will continue to discuss ways to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that former U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned in May 2018.

“The talks in Vienna were constructive … our next meeting will be on Friday,” Abbas Araghchi, who is leading the Iranian delegation in Vienna, told Press TV.

Economic optimism prevails after data showed U.S. job openings rose to a two-year high in February and hiring picked up.

Final PMI numbers from Europe were in focus this morning, with the Eurozone’s services PMI increasing from 45.7 to 49.6 in March. That was up from a preliminary reading of 48.8.

The IHS Markit/CIPS composite Purchasing Managers’ Index for U.K. – measuring Britain’s huge services sector and its manufacturers – rose to 56.4 in March from 49.6 in February.

U.S. crude oil stockpiles fell in the most recent week, while fuel inventories rose, media reports said, citing the API data. Official data is due to be released later in the day.

From ‘Redlegs’ to ‘Red Scare’ to ‘Twilight Zone’: Strange trip of the Cincinnati Reds’ nickname

The Cincinnati Reds announced on April 9, 1953, a few days before the first game of the season, that it had changed the team’s name from the Reds to the Redlegs. The team issued no explanation why it made the decision. But an Associated Press story said it had dropped the “Reds” name to dissociate it from communism and the Red Scare hysteria. 

Cincinnati general manager Gabe Paul later said the team “wanted to be certain we wouldn’t be confused with the Russian Reds.” 

The Russians, after all, had Nikita Khrushchev, Georgy Malenkov, and Vyacheslav Molotov. The Reds had Ted Kluszewski, Bob Borkowski, Harry Perkowski, Fred Baczewski, Joe Szekely, and Andy Seminick.

The Soviet Union spread communism through Eastern Europe immediately after World War II and then it expanded to Eastern Asia, where communist North Korea and democratically ruled South Korea were at war until July 27, 1953.

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Honda CB650R, CBR650R launched

The much-awaited Honda CB650R naked bike and the updated CBR650R have been launched in India. Honda has priced the CB650R at ₹8.67 lakh, while the faired CBR650R is now priced at ₹ 8.88 lakh (both ex-showroom, Haryana).

The CBR650R gets small revisions to its fairing design, but the biggest update comes in the move from a Showa dual-bending-valve suspension fork to a Showa Separate Function Big Piston Fork.

2021 India-spec CBR650R now produces 84hp and 57.5Nm, which is 10hp and 6.5Nm less than the international model. Another difference is that the 2021 CBR650R has gained one kilo of kerb weight, taking the total to 211kg.

The naked CB650R has entered our market for the first time and this bike brings in gorgeous neo-retro styling. The naked bike weighs 206kg and has a little more ground clearance (148mm vs 132mm), but beyond that, most of the technical details are similar on both bikes.

Both bikes get traction control, a slip/assist clutch, LED lighting all around and dual-channel ABS.

The CBR650R has no direct rivals in India, but the naked CB650R will go up against the Triumph Trident 660, which is due to be launched on April 6. However, at these prices, the two Hondas will also go up against the likes of the more powerful and better equipped Kawasaki Z900 (Rs 8.19 lakh, ex-showroom, India) and the Triumph Street Triple R (Rs 8.84 lakh, ex-showroom, India).

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NHL trade deadline approaches: Which teams could be buyers, sellers?

NHL trade activity has been limited this season because of the stagnant salary cap and the requirement that traded players quarantine first before suiting up for their new team.

But it could pick up with the April 12 trade deadline quickly approaching. 

Contenders will get their last shot this season to improve their teams for a playoff run, and bottom-rung teams will be able to load up on prospects and draft picks to aid their rebuilding programs.

Plus it's another opportunity for teams to get their rosters in shape before the Seattle Kraken's expansion draft July 21.

A look at teams that could be active:

Sellers

Buffalo Sabres: Though they're playing better since ending an 18-game winless streak, they'll try to get something for their pending unrestricted free agents. Even with his down year, Taylor Hall should get a nice return. Defenseman Brandon Montour could draw interest. 

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