By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., May 10, 2019 How about those Toronto Marlies. Undefeated – a perfect 7-0 – through two rounds of the AHL Calder Cup playoffs. Raises an interesting question. Is the success of the Marlies raising expectations for the Maple Leafs? Is it realistic that the players starring for the Marlies will eventually star for the Maple Leafs? And how long is “eventually?” There is no question the Marlies are buoyed by some real solid veterans who don’t get a great deal of the spotlight. Chris Mueller, an 11-year AHL veteran, has never gotten a sniff at the NHL level. But Mueller is the perfect centre for Jeremy Bracco, the 22-year-old whose gone from playoff healthy scratch last year to star scorer this year. Article Continued Below Vincent LoVerde, an eight-year AHLer at 30, is a calming influence on the blue line, and surely a help to Rasmus Sandin, 19, and Timothy Liljegren, who just turned 20. Other … [Read more...] about Mailbag: Kadri is more vulnerable to a trade than Nylander
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By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Mon., May 6, 2019 Let me start today with a correction. Last week I answered a question by saying that the Patrick Marleau’s contract could not be bought out since he signed it when he was over 35. That’s not true. It can be bought out, it’s just that the cap hit will remain with the team. So, kind of, there’s no point. But maybe there is. Credit here to a faithful reader, Dave B, who patiently corrected me. I’ll let him explain. “Hi Kevin. Thanks for answering my question last week about getting another team to buyout Marleau. I have a follow-up comment about it. In your answer, you said that Marleau's contract can't be bought out because it was signed when he was over the age of 35. According to capfriendly.com, a 35+ contract can be bought out, but the team receives no cap relief from the buyout. They would only save 1/3 of the salary remaining on the contract, with the rest payable over … [Read more...] about Dubas Mailbag: Can the Leafs trade Patrick Marleau?
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Sun., May 5, 2019 Yeesh. I hope you all can get through this before the 3:30 p.m. game time because there’s some good stuff in here and I wouldn’t want you to miss any of it. So enjoy and try to enjoy the game. Maybe it’ll be fun. And there’s gonna be another one on Tuesday, regardless. - Q: Good day Doug and happy birthday month. Being a year or two older than you, I'm going to use your cue and go for a birthday season leading up to my next special day. Article Continued Below Since you will have lots of basketball questions, and since in your earlier life you covered lots of track action, I will throw another current issue at you for your comments. As you know, Castor Semenya has just lost her case allowing her to run without some sort of treatment to artificially lower her natural testosterone levels. I think this was the wrong decision for several reasons. Firstly, I cannot understand the … [Read more...] about Semenya to Millar to the Raptors; all in the weekend mail
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By David Lochead For Star Halifax Mon., April 29, 2019 HALIFAX—The Halifax Mooseheads are off to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League final, meaning the cash registers will keep ringing for downtown bars and restaurants. The team’s playoff run will see them skate directly into the Memorial Cup starting next month in Halifax. It was official after the team’s 2-1 overtime win against the Drummondville Voltigeurs in Game 6 on Sunday afternoon at Scotiabank Centre. Halifax took the best-of-seven series in six games and advanced to the QMJHL President Cup final against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, which opens Thursday in the Quebec city. This lengthy playoff run — one many thought would be out of reach after the Mooseheads lost the first two games in the opening round to the underdog Quebec Remparts — is great news for bars, restaurants and stores in the downtown core. “It’s great to reward the fans with this type of run and … [Read more...] about ‘Playoff fever’ for the Halifax Mooseheads and how it’s helping downtown businesses