By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., May 3, 2019 Bumped into Nikita Soshnikov over at the Coca-Cola Coliseum on Thursday (as you might have surmised from this story about Egor Korshkov). Sosh looked good. He’s working out on his own, starting to get ready for next year. He figures he’s going back to the KHL – maybe St. Petersburg -- after things didn’t work out for him in the NHL. There was real hype – and hope – for him. He remembers it, and believed it and in himself. He was terrific his first call-up (two goals, three assists in 11 games) at the end of the 2015-16 season. “I had a lot of ice time, I had a lot of confidence,” he said. “It’s all confidence. The coach trusts you. You feel good. You’re going to play. But injuries. You have to find a way to stay healthy.” A concussion and a neck injury cost him playing time in Toronto. He was traded to St. Louis. He suffered a concussion in … [Read more...] about Mailbag: Whatever happened to Nikita Soshnikov?
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By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Wed., May 1, 2019 Brad Marchand’s true colours are showing through, huh? Gonna guess a fair bit of Leaf Nation is rooting for the Columbus Blue Jackets at the moment. Or maybe you should be with the Marlies, who signed Egor Korshkov (though his name is Yegor on hockeydb.com), for their playoff run. Game 1 vs. Cleveland (Columbus’s top farm team) is tonight. Korshkov, whose Leaf contract kicks in July 1 and runs two years, will stand out because he’s actually big. Six-foot-four. We’ll see what kind of pro he is, if he can skate, etc. His numbers in the KHL don’t exactly scream: “Prospect.” Injured most of this year, he had five points in 19 games, and 65 points in 119 career games with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He had a terrific 2016 World Juniors, with eight points in seven games, losing the gold medal game to Kasperi Kapanen’s Finland. He was drafted by the Leafs that summer, already 19. … [Read more...] about Leafs forwards make the grade: Marner is the key
By Dave Feschuk Sports Columnist Sun., April 28, 2019 The instinct always seems correct. Talent wins in pro sports — especially the flow games like basketball and hockey where a chess master like Bill Belichick can’t consistently win by outwitting. And since talent never seems to come cheap, it only makes sense that talent gets paid — handsomely, if need be. So when you think about the individual decisions to sign the Maple Leafs’ top players, it’s tough to assail any one of them as completely out of touch. William Nylander’s contract is the easy target. But with a cap hit of $6.9 million (all figures U.S.) in the years to come — with a seven-goal season in the rear-view — this might not be the ideal moment to analyze the deal’s merits. Ontario’s premier promised Buck-a-Beer. Surely one of Ontario’s premier right wingers will eventually see fit to produce at a rate beyond A Million-Bucks-a-Goal. … [Read more...] about Why the Leafs have to win salary showdown with Marner