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UNTUCKit × MLB

UNTUCKit, one of the fastest-growing retail brands in North America, announced today its first-ever product collaboration with Major League Baseball.

The UNTUCKit MLB Signature Series features the logo of one of eight individual MLB teams stitched into the sail of a classic UNTUCKit best-selling, wrinkle-free shirt. Team logos available include the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and Atlanta Braves.

Beginning on Opening Day, baseball fans can support their favorite team in style when they pick up an MLB Signature Series shirt from UNTUCKit’s stores or website, on MLBShop.com or select team club houses.

The partnership is another step towards UNTUCKit’s growing presence in the sports industry. Last year, New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and NASCAR driver Chase Elliott were each introduced as athlete ambassadors and investors in the brand. In addition to building their roster of athletes, UNTUCKit has strategically increased marketing and advertising across sports television, radio and arenas across the country.

“We’re excited about this partnership with the MLB, our first with a major sports league, given the natural affinity between our customers and the sports industry. We’ve taken a few of our best-selling shirt styles and added a fun, exclusive element we know customers will be excited about—an ode to their favorite baseball teams—to wear at the next game,” says UNTUCKit co-Founder and CEO Aaron Sanandres.

About UNTUCKit

Created in 2011, UNTUCKit has given men a seamless way to look sharp and feel casual by creating shirts designed specifically to be worn untucked. UNTUCKit solves the problem millions of men struggle with every day with their perfectly contoured hemlines and more than 50 tailored fit options. Through the last 8 years, the brand has expanded to offering 13 product categories—ranging from T-shirts and polos to sports jackets and pants—in addition to a wide selection of shirts, dresses and blazers for women. UNTUCKit is dedicated to creating an unmatched shopping experience, with more than 50 physical retail locations across the U.S. and Canada. For more information visit UNTUCKit.com.

Dallas Stars Acquire Jamie Oleksiak From Penguins

By Reid Urban

The Dallas Stars have decided to bring back a familiar name.

The Stars have reacquired Jamie Oleksiak from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick. This news also comes with the latest announcement from the Stars that Marc Methot will undergo season-ending left knee surgery, so Oleksiak is likely to take Methot’s place in the lineup

What’s interesting about this trade is that the fourth-round pick Dallas is sending back was the same one that Pittsburgh sent to Dallas to acquire Oleksiak last season.

It seems certain that Oleksiak will be in the lineup for the Stars on Wednesday when they play the Buffalo Sabres.

Canucks Place Brendan Leipsic On Waivers

By Reid Urban

The Vancouver Canucks have placed forward Brendan Leipsic on waivers today. Leipsic did not play in their most recent game and will most likely be sent to the minors if he clears waivers.

Unfortunately, Leipsic has not made an impact so far this season on head coach Travis Green and the rest of the Canucks coaching staff. He came over from the Vegas Golden Knights last season, but hasn’t put up the numbers they expected out of him. He’s had limited minutes and when he has played, he has only five points to show for it. The move was made in anticipation of Jay Beagle finally coming back into the lineup, while the Canucks also felt that they needed to see some development in Adam Gaudette.

Leipsic could potentially go to another team, as two offensive talents recently swapped teams via waivers. However, there doesn’t seem to be as much interest in Leipsic. If that’s the case, the Utica Comets, the AHL affiliate of the Canucks, could be getting a huge boost in their offensive lineup. Through 188 career regular season AHL games, he has 159 points. However, his last stint in the AHL came during the 2016-17 season. We’ll see if he can turn it around at the AHL, assuming he is not claimed before he clears waivers.

Calgary Flames Recall Andrew Mangiapane

By Reid Urban

Andrew Mangiapane is getting another chance to prove himself at the NHL level.

Today, the Calgary Flames announced that they have recalled the forward from their AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat.

Mangiapane is currently playing in his third year down in Stockton. He is averaging around a point-per-game so far this season and has seven goals and seven assists in 13 games so far this season. Last season up with Calgary, he played in 10 games for them while at the AHL level, he had 21 goals and 25 assists, good for 46 points in a total of 39 games played.

The Flames will look to extend their four-game home point streak against the Los Angeles Kings tonight, while the Stockton Heat will kick off a six-game home stand against the Ontario Reign.

Trevor Lewis Out With Broken Foot

By Reid Urban

The injuries keep continuing to pile up for the Los Angeles Kings and today, they lost another player to a long-term injury.

Forward Trevor Lewis broke his foot in morning skate on Friday and is out on a week-to-week basis. This news comes on the heels of the team recalling goalie Cole Kehler to replace Peter Budaj, who is battling an illness. Kehler will back up Petersen tonight and perhaps the next few games.

Losing Lewis is a big blow for the Kings. Despite his lackluster offensive numbers on the season, he is a big key forward for them. He averages around 14 minutes a night and he is regularly on the penalty kill. His stats this season were also in the positive, despite him only having three points in 17 games. He is still very reliable and in tough situations, interim head coach Willie Desjardins has put him out there.

In his absence, newcomer Carl Hagelin will most likely pick up the penalty kill minutes. However, it’s still unclear who might get the increased opportunity up front, as Hagelin may not be the immediate answer beyond the penalty kill.

Hopefully, Lewis can recover and get back onto this team before any more damage can be done. However, his injury and the recent trade of Tanner Pearson may either be bad news or it could allow younger and more excited rookies to get into the lineup and produce.

Kings Trade Tanner Pearson to Pittsburgh

By Reid Urban

Tanner Pearson has had his struggles this season but it looks like those struggles may have cost him his tenure in Los Angeles.

On Wednesday, the day after the Los Angeles Kings lost 5-1 to the Maple Leafs, the Kings traded Pearson to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Carl Hagelin. Pittsburgh is expected to retain about 6.25% of Hagelin’s contract, which amounts to $250K.

While the Kings certainly get rid of a player who hasn’t done much for them this season, they do get a speedy forward, who should be an upgrade over what Pearson brought.

General Manager Rob Blake said about the trade, “Our team is obviously not in a position that we are comfortable with in terms of how we are playing. This is a change to our line-up that gives us an additional amount of speed. With Carl Hagelin his number one asset is speed and getting to holes, and we think he will play a big role on the penalty kill for us going forward.”

In addition to that trade, the Kings have also recalled Matt Luff from the Ontario Reign.

Hagelin is likely to get his first action with the Kings on Friday when they play in Chicago.

Stars Acquire Taylor Fedun From Sabres

By Reid Urban

The Dallas Stars have gone out on the trade market to get some defensive depth.

Today, the team announced that it has acquired defenseman Taylor Fedun from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a conditional 2020 seventh-round pick.

That pick will only happen if Fedun plays 25 or more games with Dallas this season. So far, he’s only played nine games and all with Buffalo’s AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. He has five assists with them. As for right now, he will remain at the AHL level, having been assigned to the AHL Texas Stars.

For the past five seasons, he’s bounced around a lot at the NHL level, having played in 46 games between the Oilers, Sharks, Canucks, and Sabres. His overall numbers are two goals and 13 assists, while averaging 14:08 per night on the ice. He’s also in the final deal of a two-year, two-way deal that pays him the league minimum at $650K at the NHL level and $300K in the AHL.

This move was necessary for Dallas, since they needed depth at the back end. They’ve had multiple injuries to players like Connor Carrick, John Klingberg, Stephen Johns, and Marc Methot. With that, it’s very likely that Fedun could be called upon if the injuries continue to mount.

Grant A Gift Receives Donation From Sale of Vegas Golden Knights Themed 2018 Ford Mustang GT

Grant A Gift Autism Foundation received $250,000 from the sale of a customized Ford Mustang GT themed after the Vegas Golden Knights (VGK) hockey team at Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Las Vegas auction.

The 2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe was donated by Las Vegas auto dealership, Gaudin Motor Company, and wrapped in a black and good vinyl design, the official colors of VGK.

Each year, Barrett-Jackson auctions off vehicles to help local and national charity organizations. During the auction, the VGK wrapped Mustang GT sold to a private owner for $250,000. Barrett-Jackson donated 100 percent of the sale proceeds to Grant A Gift Foundation.

Gaudin Motor Company’s Gary Ackerman; VGK players Brad Hunt and Brayden McNabb and Grant A Gift Foundation representatives were all on hand to celebrate.

“We are extremely grateful to Gaudin Motor Company, Barrett-Jackson and of course the donor for supporting Grant A Gift,” says Terri Janison, President and CEO. “This generous and significant donation will help us provide necessary services, access and support to the children living with autism and their families.”

Gaudin Motor Company and its owners, the Ackermans are long-standing advocates of Grant A Gift Autism Foundation and autism awareness.

This past summer, Grant A Gift, in conjunction with the UNLV Medicine Ackerman Autism Center, celebrated the grand opening of the Speech Therapy and Early Start Denver Suite expansion to the Ackerman Autism Center.

For more information in Grant a Gift, click here.

Golden Knights Sign Shea Theodore to Seven-Year Contract

By Reid Urban

Looks like the stand-off between restricted free agent defenseman Shea Theodore and the Vegas Golden Knights looks to be over.

Late last night, both sides ended the stand-off by agreeing to a seven-year contract extension worth $36.4 million. It is only a flat structure contract with no salary fluctuation or bonuses, meaning that he will not be guaranteed any money. However, there is a modified No-Trade Clause in the final two years.

Theodore now looks to be set to join the Golden Knights at training camp and is expected to be ready for the regular season.

The annual value for the new contract is $5.2 million, which is lower than Theodore would like. He was hoping for an annual salary close to what Josh Morrissey of the Winnipeg Jets or Darnell Nurse of the Edmonton Oilers have. However, those deals only carried two years each while Theodore gets a long-term deal in Vegas.

A while ago, we would’ve thought that the Golden Knights and Theodore would part ways at one point over this standoff, so this move comes as a bit of a surprise. However, with Theodore finally in camp for the Golden Knights, it’s just another big piece that the Golden Knights wanted to keep in order to make another run towards the Stanley Cup.

OLYMPICS x LIVE STREAM

The Winter Olympics in South Korea may be 14 time zones removed from the Eastern Time Zone of the US — but 43% of Americans say they plan to watch NBC’s live streaming content during the Games, with only 48% saying they did not have such plans.

A big chunk of the country — 63% — say they will watch at least some coverage of the Games, which begin Friday, February 8.  That is double those who said “no” (31%) to watching any coverage.

“That is a healthy number of people turning to devices other than television,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute.   “You might call this the breakthrough year for streaming coverage making a big impact.”