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Each week, The Reporters put their thumbs out to the good and the bad in the world of sports. Authentic Nikola Jokic Jersey . This week they discuss Jason Collins ignoring homophobic slurs, Sam Tagesons big day with the San Jose Sharks, Alex Rodriguez in the news again, and Sidney Crosbys Hart Trophy case. Bruce Arthur, National Post My thumb is up to Jason Collins of the Brooklyn Nets. Remember Jason Collins? Big guy, sets screens, commits fouls, plays defence, and recently the first openly gay player in any of North Americas four major sports leagues. He never did much as a player; he still doesnt. And in his first 10 games since signing with Brooklyn, Collins hasnt been a distraction, hasnt created a media circus, and says that only one opposing player has thrown homophobic slurs his way. And how Collins reacted to that was important. He could have named names, damaged the guys reputation, and cost him a big league fine. Instead, in the manner of Jackie Robinson, Collins ignored the slurs. He just played, with dignity. By doing nothing Jason Collins showed that nameless idiot what mattered, and that it wasnt him. Steve Simmons, Sun Media My thumb is up to the San Jose Sharks, and not because theyre my pick to win the Stanley Cup. Well get to that in another show. This week the Sharks made the most meaningful transaction since the trade deadline. They signed 17-year-old Sam Tageson to a one-day contract, and turned one day into a lifetime of memories for many. Tageson was born with a debilitating heart condition that prevents strenuous activity. But against his doctors advice, he has never stopped playing hockey. The Sharks signed him to a one-day deal, had him practice with the team, dress with the club, hang around the players, and then skate out through that gigantic shark head and stand at the blue line for the national anthem. The crowd, the bench, the building, went crazy. For one night, there was crying in hockey and everybody loved it. Dave Naylor, TSN Radio 1050 My thumb is down to Alex Rodgriguez, who once again is embroiled in controversy, this time over supposed unpaid legal fees racked up while he was trying to defend himself from the season-long suspension. If you thought we could look forward to this baseball season to some respite from more A-Rod controversy, well, think again. Theres some disputing the legitimacy of this weeks reports, with suggestions that A-Rod fully intends to pay his bills. And since he has a net worth reported at more than 300 million, why wouldnt we give him the benefit of the doubt? Wait a minute … Alex Rodriguez? Benefit of the doubt? Oh, nevermind. Dave Hodge, TSN My thumb is up in agreement with Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, who thinks Sidney Crosby is due to win the Hart Trophy for the second time, though I will take issue with Bylsma when he says there is "no question" that Crosby is the NHLs most valuable player. I do think theres a question – Im not sure why when the Penguins captain is running away with the scoring race and has appeared in all of Pittsburghs 70 games to lead the Pens to a certain Metropolitan Division title, but NHL watchers seem to want to consider other candidates. One problem with that - theres no answer to the question: who else should win? The next time you want Crosby to be better, name someone who is. Authentic Tyler Lydon Jersey . This week they discuss Russias mens hockey team, the ineptitude of the IOC handling the Nicklas Backstrom situation, John Tortorellas many apologies, and Canadas strong showing in curling. Authentic Allen Iverson Jersey . 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One concern: last season, Kopitar generated a career-low 2.09 shots on goal per game, down from 3.11 just two seasons before, so that trend needs to reverse course if hes going to be pushing a point per game on a regular basis, but he remains a high-end option until proven otherwise. Riding alongside Kopitar, LW Dustin Brown has been a productive player in his own right, with 149 goals since 2007-2008 ranking 26th. What sets Brown apart, however is his propensity for hitting and his place near the top of the league in that category, year after year, makes him a low-end No. 1 or high-end No. 2 fantasy left winger. On the other wide, RW Justin Williams has moved beyond the injury problems that plagued him earlier in his career, playing every game in the last two seasons. Both Williams and Brown are among 17 players to have scored at least 140 points while posting a plus-35 rating over the last three seasons. That consistency makes Williams a fine No. 2 option on right wing. Also since 2007-2008, RW Jeff Carter has scored 191 goals, ranking sixth. His assist totals are relatively low (lowest of the Top 31 goal-scorers in that time), which limits his upside somewhat, but as a No. 2 option, Carter has the upside to challenge for a 40-goal season. Defencemen Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov are both high-quality options. Doughty has never been as productive as he was in his second season, when he scored 59 points and was plus-20, and yet he still ranks eighth among defencemen with 157 points over the last four seasons. Voynov has 45 points in 102 NHL games through his first two seasons, but came to the forefront with 13 points in 18 playoff gamees last season. Cheap Nike Nuggets Jerseys. Hes still more potential than proven, but his offensive game makes him a legit No. 2 option on defence. Coming off back surgery, G Jonathan Quick had the worst regular season of his career, posting a lowly .902 save percentage (after a .929 mark the year before), but he was once against stellar in the playoffs (.934 save percentage in 18 games), giving some hope that, when healthy, hell return to being an elite goaltender. Firmly entrenched as the starting goaltender for a Cup contender, Quick is an easy pick as a top five, maybe top three, goaltender. Value Plays: C Mike Richards hasnt scored in Los Angeles like he did in Philadelphia, and the 16:21 per game he played last season was his lowest since his rookie year, but hes a safe, reliable option as a No. 3 fantasy centre. Sleepers/Breakthrough: A lot of the prominent spots in the Kings lineup are locked up by veterans, so any breakthroughs may have to come with opportunities created by injuries. However, RW Matt Frattin, acquired from Toronto in the Jonathan Bernier deal, has 15 goals and 28 points in 82 NHL games, along with 23 goals and 35 points in 44 AHL games, so he has some offensive upside, maybe enough to be a 20-goal scorer, if he gets a chance in a top-six role at some point. D Jake Muzzin gets third pair minutes for the Kings, but was very effective last season, as one of eight defencemen to have at least 15 points and a plus-15 rating. Rookies: After a procuctive junior career, LW Tyler Toffoli made a smooth transition to the pros last season, scoring 28 goals and 51 points in the AHL, adding 11 points in 22 (regular season and playoff) games, giving the Kings a taste of what he might be able to do. If he gets regular playing time in a top-six role, Toffoli could score 20 goals and warrant a look in deeper, or most definitely keeper, leagues. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. 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