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MONTREAL – Carey Price is inching closer and closer to getting back to work.


On Wednesday morning, the 29-year-old netminder skated alongside the rest of his teammates for a second straight day as the Canadiens held a rare practice at the Bell Centre in conjunction with having their annual team photo taken at center ice.


The four-time All-Star, who has been battling a severe case of the flu that has already forced him to miss the first three games of the regular season, says his health has vastly improved with antibiotics and rest under the supervision of Dr. David Mulder – so much so that he isn’t ruling out a possible return to the lineup on Thursday night against the Arizona Coyotes.


“I just had a flu. It lasted a little bit longer than I expected, but I feel fine now. I’d like to [play on Thursday night]. I’ll see how I feel [on Thursday] and take it from there,” said Price, who admits to having lost seven or eight pounds since falling ill. “It’s getting close, [though]. I think, like I said, it was day by day. Everybody’s probably had the flu before, so you kind of know that it takes a couple of days to get your energy back, especially playing sports.”


Even though Carey Price Jersey was in fine form at practice on Wednesday, head coach Michel Therrien says the Canadiens aren’t getting ahead of themselves when it comes to Price’s playing status. But, things are headed in the right direction, insisted the veteran bench boss.


“He had a really good day. As the days go on, the better he feels. One thing is certain. First thing on Thursday, we’re going to re-evaluate the situation,” explained Therrien, who is clearly eager to see his starter back between the pipes sooner rather than later. “I can tell you that he’s excited to play. I’m also excited to see him play and the fans are, too. Right now, though, this was his first really good day, which is very encouraging.”


Price’s progress certainly isn’t lost on his teammates, who, like Therrien, are very much looking forward to welcoming him back into the fold with six games coming up over the next 10 days.


“He’s our heart and soul, our rock. It was nice to see him back out there,” said Nathan Beaulieu Jersey, before expanding upon the way in which Price really is a player whose impact extends far beyond the Canadiens’ goal crease. “He moves the puck so well. He gets the puck behind the net and he’s not just rimming it.


He’s like a third defenseman for us there, so we just kind of peel off and get open for him. He shuts down breakdowns in D zones, so even if pucks are rimmed offensively, he’ll get out of the net and grab them. It’s a huge part of our defense. Killing penalties, you can dish it back to him and he’ll fire it all the way down. He’s such a big presence offensively.”


That doesn’t mean that Al Montoya hasn’t turned his fair share of heads in Price’s absence, though. The 31-year-old Chicago native has stepped up to the plate and been a dependable soldier time and again in the early going this year, particularly in his 36-save shutout victory performance over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the home opener on Thursday night. Price himself has definitely been impressed by Montoya’s body of work so far in a Custom Canadiens Jersey uniform.


“He’s a veteran guy. He’s not rattled or shaken by anything. It’s nice to have that in our room. He’s a really easy guy to get along with and he’s playing great hockey. It takes a lot of pressure off of me. It’s been great,” praised Carey Price Winter Classic Jersey, who also had plenty of good things to say about the rest of his teammates, too. “I thought, especially last night, they did a great job. We’re playing with a lot more confidence it seems this year. I’m definitely looking forward to getting back in there with the team.”


When Price does finally get the green light, Therrien confirmed that the plan remains to give him approximately 60 starts over the course of the 2016-17 campaign, give or take a few here and there, of course, depending on the circumstances. Seeing Price return to active duty, however, is the primary focus for now. 


“When Carey’s ready to play, he’ll play,” concluded Therrien. “It’s very simple.”

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BROSSARD – The wait is finally over. Carey Price will be back between the pipes on Thursday night against the Arizona Coyotes at the Bell Centre.


The Canadiens’ starter recently came down with a severe flu that caused him to lose seven to eight pounds, but now he’s ready to return to active duty.


It will mark Price’s first regular-season start since November 25, 2015 against the New York Rangers. That’s when he suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee and was forced to miss the remainder of the season.


Before watching from the sidelines last year, the Custom Canadiens Jersey No. 31 was enjoying an outstanding start to the season, posting 10 wins – including two shutouts – in 12 games, along with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage.


Head coach Michel Therrien, who admitted on Wednesday that he’s looking forward to seeing the veteran netminder back in goal, would surely like to see him pick up where he left off before falling ill.


Three weeks ago, Carey Price Jersey helped to pace Team Canada to the World Cup of Hockey title in Toronto.

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MONTREAL — Here’s a numerical look at the Custom Canadiens Jersey game against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.


330 — Number of days since Carey Price Jersey last suited up for the Habs in a regular season contest, on November 25 at Madison Square Garden. Price got the green light from the team’s medical staff on Thursday morning to make his first start of the 2016-17 season against the Coyotes.


86 — Number of games since Alexei Emelin Jersey last found the back of the net. Prior to opening the scoring on Thursday night, Emelin’s last tally had come on March 17, 2015 against the Florida Panthers.


3:42 — Number of minutes it took the Canadiens to quadruple their lead in the second, as Torrey Mitchell, Shea Weber, and Alex Galchenyuk Jersey scored consecutive goals at the start of the middle frame.


1 — Number of Habs whose goal celebrations incorporated a dab, as Galchenyuk pulled off the popular dance move on his way back to fist-bumping at the Canadiens bench.


8 — Number of career goals Weber has scored against the Coyotes, leading the Habs in that category. The All-Star defenseman added to that tally on Thursday, with his first in a Canadiens uniform.


6 — Number of Habs who are averaging at least one point per game early into the season — a group comprised of Galchenyuk, Weber, David Desharnais, Jeff Petry, Max Pacioretty Jersey, and Brendan Gallagher Jersey.


1 — Number of times the Montreal Canadiens Winter Classic Jersey have outshot their opponents this season, achieving the feat for the first time on Thursday night. The Habs had previously been outshot 36-32, 38-24, and 31-24 by the Penguins, Senators, and Sabres respectively to start the season.

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The Canadiens Winter Classic Jersey welcome the Arizona Coyotes to the Bell Centre on Thursday night.


On Tuesday, Michel Therrien’s troops posted a convincing 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the home opener. Al Montoya made 36 saves in the win, while David Desharnais scored twice and Max Pacioretty picked up a goal and an assist.


Alexander Radulov Jersey also scored his first goal in a Canadiens uniform.


All players were present and accounted for at practice on Wednesday, including Carey Price, who left the door open to possibly make his return against the Coyotes. Head coach Michel Therrien will confirm his starter following the morning skate based on the health status of the Canadiens’ No. 31. 


The Canadiens aren’t expected to make any lineup changes.


For their part, the Coyotes will go with Louis Domingue between the pipes. It will mark his first start of the year. Mike Smith is out with a lower-body injury.


Domingue came on to replace Smith on Tuesday. He gave up three goals on 11 shots in a 7-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators.


The Quebec native actually made his first career NHL start in Montreal on February 1, 2015.


Alex Goligoski (3a) and Jordan Martinook (2g-1a) lead the Coyotes with three points each.


The Custom Canadiens Jersey lost both of their matchups with the Coyotes last season.

Vandermeer’s View: Halftime J.J. Watt,Jadeveon Clowney and Hopkins Jersey reflections

During the bye is a great time to reflect Deandre Hopkins Jersey on where the team is and where it might go. We all know the Texans are 5-0 at home and have yet to get the job done on the road. But this is the best situation Bill O’Brien has had with the Texans to this point of the season.


Among the Jadeveon Clowney Jersey Cheap AFC division leaders, the Texans have had the toughest schedule as their opponents are a combined 10 games over .500. Pittsburgh is next followed by Denver and New England. The Broncos and Patriots have played a schedule with opponents’ total record well below .500. The Texans have the best record of all the teams the Patriots have defeated.


What does that all mean? Not much. Because it’s all about what happens from here. All three Texans head coaches I have worked with told me similar things about the second half. Basically this is where you make your run or start getting ready for the next campaign.


It’s a boost to be at 5-3 because it gives Houston Jadeveon Clowney Jersey a tiny cushion in the division. But let’s not get carried away with records. You could say that it’s a plus that the Texans play only two teams in the next two months who are currently over .500. Yet it hardly means you’re a lock to win at Indy, beat a never-say-die San Diego team at home or even complete a sweep at Tennessee on New Year’s Day.


The departure of Norv Turner as offensive coordinator of the Vikings should serve as a big reminder of how fast things can change. The Texans were overwhelmed at Minnesota. It was almost a condensed version of the Atlanta game last season. Yet the Vikings are suddenly mortal with two consecutive losses. The second half version of the Texans in 2015 was unrecognizable compared to the way they looked in Miami and Atlanta. Breaking news: the NFL is unpredictable.


Houston has yet to put together the kind of streak they had last season when they won four straight on their way to a 7-2 finish. O’Brien knows that his young, developing offense has to gel if we wants to construct a winning streak. And he also knows the defense, as well as it has done in the absence of J.J. Watt Jersey, has to start forcing more turnovers to help the cause.


The fact that O’Brien’s teams are 11-5 after the midway point shows that the staff and squad made adjustments and found a way to be at their best during the money half of the season. Here’s hoping the trend continues.

Three keys for Texans Jadeveon Clowney and Deandre Hopkins Jersey offense

The Texans Jerseys offense made progress through the first eight games of the season, ending with a 20-13 win over Detroit that included two touchdown drives and two field goal drives. Heading into the bye week, the self-scouting has begun. Here’s what the Texans hope to do better in the second half of the 2016 season.Protect the football.The Texans committed 13 turnovers, consisting of nine interceptions and four fumbles, through the first eight games of the season.


“There’s a lot of things to improve on,” offensive coordinator George Godsey said. “The biggest thing right now is turning the ball over. We’re turning the ball over at least one time each game this season, so that’s going to be a stress when the guys come back. They understand that and maybe we can help them with some things too.”Improve in the passing game.While the Deandre Hopkins Jersey run game has steadily progressed, the Texans passing game has struggled. Houston averages just 199.3 passing yards per game through the first half of the season.


“It seems like just from a break down standpoint whether it’s a protection, a decision, a throw, a drop ball, we just got to be more consistent in that area,” Godsey said.Stick with the run game. (114 yards per game)With the return of left tackle Duane Brown Jersey, the run game gained some much-needed consistency for the offense. The Texans average 114 yards rushing per game. Not only does it control time of possession, running the ball effectively allows for more options in the passing game.


“We have to be able to run the ball for four quarters because that helps the play action, helps Brock (Osweiler) with the comfort level and having everything at our disposal. Boots, screens, run actions and just straight drop back pass. That’ll help the Deandre Hopkins Jersey Cheap whole offensive unit as we go forward.”Following the bye, the Texans will head to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars on Sunday, Nov. 13. Kickoff is set for noon CT.


The Texans offense made progress through the first eight games of the season, ending with a 20-13 win over Detroit that included two touchdown drives and two field goal drives. Heading into the bye week, the self-scouting has begun.


Here’s what the Texans hope to do better in the second half of the 2016 season.


1. Protect the football.
The Texans committed 13 turnovers, consisting of nine interceptions and four fumbles, through the first eight games of the season.


“There’s a lot of things to improve on,” offensive coordinator George Godsey said Tuesday. “The biggest thing right now is turning the ball over. We’re turning the ball over at least one time each game this season, so that’s going to be a stress when the guys come back. They understand that and maybe we can help them with some things too.”


2. Improve in the passing game.
While the run game has steadily progressed, the Texans Jadeveon Clowney Jersey passing game has struggled. Houston averages just 199.3 passing yards per game through the first half of the season. It’s a collective effort to improve the passing game, according to Godsey.
 
“It seems like just from a break down standpoint whether it’s a protection, a decision, a throw, a drop ball, we just got to be more consistent in that area,” Godsey said.



3. Stick with the run game.
With the return of left tackle Duane Brown, the run game gained some much-needed consistency for the offense. Through the first half of the season, the Texans average 114 yards rushing per game. Lamar Millercurrently ranks fourth in the NFL and second in the AFC with 637 yards rushing on 153 carries.


Not only does it control time of possession, running the ball effectively allows for more options in the passing game.
 
“We have to be able to run the ball for four quarters because that helps the play action, helps Brock Osweiler Jersey with the comfort level and having everything at our disposal. Boots, screens, run actions and just straight drop back pass. That’ll help the whole offensive unit as we go forward.”
 

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MONTREAL — Two B.C. boys are already looking right back at home on the East Coast.


Carey Price Jersey showed no signs of rust in his first NHL game since November 25, while Shea Weber’s slapper earned him a second standing ovation in as many home games.


And the two Team Canada teammates only had praise for each other.


“Carey was good as always. He made some key saves at key times. We know what we’re going to get with him,” underlined the night’s first star, who so far is averaging a point per game with Montreal. “He’s a great player and a great competitor, and he gives us a chance to win every night.”


As true as that may be, Weber and four other Habs still chipped in to find the back of the net — even making it 4-0 at one point — to help ease Carey Price Winter Classic Jersey back into action following an 11-month absence.


“He’s going to do this enough for us, so we wanted to give him a break,” cracked Shea Weber Jersey, who blasted home the night’s third goal with an absolute bomb which has become his trademark. “He had been off for a little while, and he’s just going to get better from here.”
Joking or not, the gesture did not go unappreciated.


“I thought we were skating well and moving the puck, but it’s always a bonus to put up a five-spot,” acknowledged Price, who made 27 saves in the effort. “It’s always good to see your teammates score and have success.”


“It was awesome [to score five]. It was a great team game,” added Weber. “They got some momentum back in the second, but we did a good job to regroup between periods, and played better in the third.”


For all the talk of Custom Montreal Canadiens Jersey goals however, it was actually a punishing check on Tobias Rieder that got fans’ and teammates’ jaws alike to literally drop.


“He’s a big man, and he’s really good at sizing guys up,” continued Price on Weber, who finished the night with three hits. “I’m sure you’ll be seeing that all season.”


But if bone-crushing checks brought lingering health concerns back to anyone’s mind, the 29-year-old netminder was quick to nix them postgame.


“I felt fine. I wasn’t going to go Tomas Plekanec Jersey if I didn’t feel 100 percent,” stressed Price. “It’s nice to get back into the routine, and get the feel of the regular season again.”

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BROSSARD — The Canadiens held an optional skate Friday morning at the Bell Sports Complex before flying out to Boston ahead of Saturday’s game against the Bruins.


ALEX THE GREAT


Five players participated in the optional skate, namely Alex Galchenyuk Jersey, Daniel Carr, Mikhail Sergachev, Greg Pateryn Jersey, and Al Montoya.


That Galchenyuk was at practice on a travel day the morning after an impressive performance is on-brand for the 22-year-old center, who notably dedicated his summer to a rigorous training routine.
“I wanted to work on a couple of things and take some shots. It’s still early in the season and I was feeling it. I woke up early and wanted to go on the ice,” explained Galchenyuk matter-of-factly, just over 12 hours after scoring his first of the season.


The decision did not come as a surprise to his head coach.


“He wants to improve every day. He wants to improve every game, and that’s what we’ve seen from him so far, since the beginning of the year,” acknowledged Michel Therrien during his post-practice presser.


And with great work ethic comes great responsibility, as it turns out.


“He’s still a young man even though he’s been in the NHL for a few years now. But with the role we’ve given him this year right from the get-go, we trust him and believe he’s ready for the challenge,” underlined Therrien of the Milwaukee, WI native, who has been centering a line with Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher Jersey through the first four games of the campaign. “It’s demanding to be a number one centerman at such a young age.”


SAME BEGINNING, DIFFERENT ENDING


Maturity like Galchenyuk’s, as the Habs tell it, is part of the reason this year’s strong start is different from that of a year ago.


Despite having not yet dropped a decision in regulation, the team insists the 3-0-1 debut has little in common with last year’s 9-0-0 start-gone-sour.


“I think we’ve only missed one point [in the standings], so we’re a confident group right now. We know there are still some things we can work on, but we’re happy with the start,” said Galchenyuk. “We’ve moved so far on from last year, that as a group we don’t even remember what it was like. We’re focused on what we can do this year. Obviously we were happy with how we started last year at the time, but this year we’re hungrier because we saw what happened. We know we’ve got to keep pushing.”


Part of that shift has come from the outside, for a team that has come back with a new look following a busy offseason.


“There are six new guys here, including Al Montoya. That’s 30 percent of our team [that has changed], but the thing I like about this group is that we understand it’s still early,” shared Therrien. “When we practice, there’s a purpose — we want to get Custom Canadiens Jersey better. I like the business mentality of our group, and the chemistry around the team is great. They’re a fun group to work with, and when it’s time to work, we work.”


NEW, OLD RIVALS


So many new faces in the Habs dressing room also means there will be a number of first-timers partaking in one of the NHL’s most storied rivalries on Saturday.


“Any time we play the Bruins, it’s special,” added the Habs bench boss. “Tomorrow, 30 percent of our players will get to experience the rivalry for the first time. We’ll need to be ready, because it will be a good one.”


While Therrien has yet to announce his lineup in Boston, one Hab in particular would love to soak in the experience as just the latest part of an already special NHL debut.


“Last year I played against London, which was a big rivalry [with Windsor in the OHL]. It was a fast game, but I think this game will be a lot faster, obviously. I’m just looking forward to it,” acknowledged Sergachev, who filed the best game of his young NHL career on Thursday, according to his head coach.
“Yesterday, I saw a young player who is beginning to look more comfortable on the ice. He wasn’t playing on his heels. It was his best game so far, and we’ll continue taking things a day at time with him.”


REDMOND ON THE MEND


One Hab who will definitely not be in the lineup is defenseman Zach Redmond Jersey, who it was announced yesterday would be sidelined for six weeks with a broken foot.


Therrien shared a brief update on the 28-year-old blue-liner’s status following practice.


“He injured himself about a week ago,” confirmed Therrien. “He felt some pain in his foot, but continued to practice. The medical staff decided to take a closer look and found a slight fracture.”

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After two convincing wins on home ice, the Custom Canadiens Jersey will try to wrap up their week in style on Saturday night in Boston.


On Thursday night, Carey Price Jersey returned to active duty and backstopped the Canadiens to a 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Price made 27 saves in his first start since November 25, 2015.


Michel Therrien’s troops led the Coyotes 4-0 by the time the game was a period-and-a-half old on goals from Alexei Emelin Jersey, Torrey Mitchell Jersey, Shea Weber Jersey and Alex Galchenyuk Jersey.


For his part, Weber also picked up an assist on the Canadiens’ fifth goal of the night by Artturi Lehkonen, and went on to earn first-star honors.


On defense, Greg Pateryn Jersey draws back into the lineup in place of Mikhail Sergachev.


Carey Price will get the start in goal, while Anton Khudobin will be between the pipes for the Bruins


The Bruins, meanwhile, have also enjoyed a strong start to the season, having won three of their first four games.


Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winner with 1:15 remaining in regulation time in a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. It marked Bergeron’s first outing of the year after missing the first three contests due to injury.


Last season, the Montreal Canadiens Winter Classic Jersey won three of their five meetings against the Bruins.

Arms lift Blue Jays jerseys in strong 2016 campaign

TORONTO — The Custom Blue Jays Jersey went into this season with a “World Series or bust!” mentality, and they almost got there, but who could have predicted that their star-studded lineup would ultimately be the main culprit as they fell short?


Toronto entered this season with a core of players from last year’s American League East division title run, but there was still plenty of uncertainty about the pitching staff. Would the starters be good enough? Did the bullpen have enough reliable options?


There were a lot of questions before Opening Day, but none of them surrounded the everyday lineup. With a batting order that included Josh Donaldson Jersey, Jose Bautista Jersey, Edwin Encarnacion Jersey, Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin Jersey, this team was expected to score early and often, just like it did a year ago.


Things didn’t go exactly as planned. Toronto still had its moments at the plate, but this year’s run to the postseason focused squarely on the pitching staff. The Blue Jays caught everyone off-guard by piecing together the best starting rotation in the American League, but in the end, there wasn’t quite enough offense to go all the way.


Here’s a look at what went right and wrong following Toronto’s second consecutive appearance in the AL Championship Series:


Defining moment: The Blue Jays entered September with a two-game lead over Boston in the AL East, and the expectation was another division title. That quickly changed over the coming weeks, as Toronto’s lineup went into a deep slumber, and the ensuing 11-16 record in September had the club in serious danger of missing the postseason. The defining moment came during the final regular-season series of the year in Boston, when the Blue Jays had to win their final two games to clinch a Wild Card spot.


The Blue Jays bounced back from a potentially devastating loss in the series opener to take the final two games. Lefty J.A. Happ Jersey allowed just two runs over 6 1/3 innings on Saturday, Aaron Sanchez surrendered one run over seven innings in Game 162 on Sunday, and Toronto celebrated clinching home-field advantage over Baltimore for the AL Wild Card game, which proved to be pivotal just a couple of days later.


What went right: It seems kind of funny now, but Toronto originally was expected to win in spite of its starting rotation, not because of it. The hope surrounding this starting five was that it would be good enough to keep the Blue Jays in a lot of ballgames, and then the offense could take care of the rest.


In the end, this team won 89 games because of its rotation, which turned out to be one of the best in baseball. Toronto starters led MLB in Aaron Sanchez Jersey innings (995 1/3); led the AL in WHIP (1.22), opponents’ batting average (.236) and ERA (3.64); came in fourth in the AL in strikeouts (842); and they allowed the second fewest home runs (119) in the Junior Circuit.


Toronto finished the year with the oldest (in average age) roster of any team in baseball. This was a team filled with mostly veterans, but injuries did not have much of an impact during the regular season. Yes, Bautista, Kevin Pillar, Tulowitzki, Devon Travis and Marco Estrada hit the disabled list at various times, but the injuries did not come in bunches and were manageable for the most part.


The biggest success story was that the Blue Jays got through the entire season using just seven starters.
Michael Saunders Jersey struggled in the second half, but he helped carry the team at times prior to the All-Star Break, hitting .298 with 16 homers and 42 RBIs.


The mid-season additions of Joaquin Benoit and Jason Grilli solved a lot of the issues Toronto had been experiencing in the bullpen, while Rule 5 pick Joe Biagini became a saving grace for manager John Gibbons.


Travis returned from left shoulder surgery in late May and established himself as a plus hitter and reliable leadoff man until his injury problems returned during the Ryan Goins Jersey postseason. Martin faded late in the year, but he still finished with 20 home runs and a .733 OPS while providing plus defense behind the plate.


What went wrong: On paper, Toronto’s offense in 2016 looked relatively strong, based on 759 runs, which ranked fifth in the AL. But that only tells part of the story. The Blue Jays averaged 4.7 runs per game, which was down from 5.5 in 2015, and they scored the fewest of any team in the AL during September.


Sure, the expectations were high and possibly even unrealistic going into the season, but this club was still expected to do a lot more with its Josh Thole Jersey bats. Toronto also grounded into an MLB-high 153 double plays in 2016, which was the third most in franchise history.


Chris Colabello was suspended for 80 games in April after testing positive for a banned substance, and he never recovered. Last year, Colabello and Justin Smoak combined to hit 33 home runs with 113 RBIs as a platoon at first base, but this year Toronto was forced to play Encarnacion every day at the position while using a rotating cast in the designated hitter spot. The loss of one slugger went a long way in weakening the bottom half of the order.


Drew Storen was expected to become an elite eighth-inning reliever for the Blue Jays, but his stint was brief and unsuccessful. Toronto continuously gave Storen opportunities to pitch in high-leverage situations, but he posted a 6.21 ERA and was designated for Marcus Stroman Jersey assignment by the end of July. The only good news was that he was used to acquire Benoit, who became a key contributor.


Toronto finished the year with a 21-25 record in one-run games. The winning percentage drastically improved a lot over the course of the season, but some early struggles from the bullpen dragged this number down. The Blue Jays finished 12th in the AL with 4.11 ERA from their relievers.
Franklin Morales was supposed to be the second lefty out of the bullpen, but in the end, he only made five appearances because of a shoulder issue, while earning $2 million.


Biggest surprise: The decision to move Sanchez into the starting rotation turned out to be an overwhelming success. At the Kevin Pillar Jersey start of Spring Training, the Blue Jays considered using him out of the bullpen or perhaps even beginning his year in the Minors to work on his secondary pitches. He broke camp with the team, though, and ended up becoming an All-Star while leading the AL with a 3.00 ERA and tossing 203 2/3 innings combined during the regular season and postseason. There have always been high expectations for Sanchez, but very few people could have predicted he would make just a quick and flawless adjustment to becoming a full-time starter.


Pitcher of the Year: Happ’s three-year, $36 million deal raised a few eyebrows, but it ended up being one of the best free-agent bargains over the last several years. He set career highs in wins (20), innings pitched (195) and had his lowest ERA since 2009 (3.18). Sanchez is a worthy pick here as well, but Happ tossed a few more innings and won multiple big games for this team down the stretch.


Rookie of the Year: Biagini was not even expected to make the team out of Spring Training, let alone become an important piece in the Joe Carter Jersey bullpen. The Rule 5 pick started out the season as a long reliever, but he quickly moved into a setup role and never looked back. He did fatigue a little bit down the stretch, but the quirky reliever tossed a lot of quality innings and helped keep things afloat when the bullpen struggled early. There’s a strong possibility that Biagini will transition to a starter’s role next season.