The Mavs released Michael Finley just before the amnesty deadline tonight, formally ending his 9 year career as a Maverick. The luxury tax saved by waiving Fin makes smart business sense but was a hard thing for the Mavs to pull the trigger on. Finley became a cornerstone as the Mavericks improved from 19 wins in 1998-99 to 60 wins and a berth in the Western Conference finals in 2002-03. Doug Christie is expected to be signed next week to take Finley's place.
The Kansas City Royals lost their 16th game in a row on Monday, making it the third longest losing streak ever in MLB behind only the 75 Tigers who dropped 19 straight, and the 88 Orioles who lost an amazing 21 games in a row.
The Dallas Stars signed C Jason Arnott to a one-year qualifying offer on Monday. Arnott will man the Stars second line. Just 30 years old, he appeared in 73 games with the Stars in 2003-04, registering 21 goals and 36 assists.