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?
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By Damien Cox Sports Columnist Fri., May 3, 2019 What was already confusing is only more so today. And that’s probably the way it has to be right now with women’s professional hockey in North America. There have been many rumours and much speculation, and certainly a great deal of backroom fighting and disagreement, about what the future should look like. To get beyond that, many of the top players have banded together in what they are touting as an act of solidarity to protect the female hockey industry and its future. It’s admirable, particularly for those of us who have applauded the growth of the women’s game and would very much like to see professional women’s hockey become a viable business. But does this new strategy make any sense? Saying “it is time” for a sustainable league, 200 of the best players have said they won’t play at all until they get “the resources that professional hockey demands and … [Read more...] about Women’s hockey end game might not benefit from a boycott
Mon., April 29, 2019 So for the rest of the week, I’m going to grade the 2018-19 Maple Leafs in this blog, starting at the top: General manager Kyle Dubas. (Tuesday: Mike Babcock) Before I get to that, I want to tell you a little tale about the last time the Maple Leafs hired a rookie general manager, when things didn’t end well. That rookie GM was John Ferguson Jr., who came with a reputation of being a great talent spotter and of course came from a famous hockey family. It was a rocky ride for the young GM, just 36 when he started in 2003. He was certainly a better GM by the end of his tenure than the beginning. MLSE was a different monster then, more concerned about profit and a few (actually budgeted) playoff dates rather than winning and long playoff runs. The hockey world was different then. With no salary cap, the Leafs could simply buy a winner. Article Continued Below Along the way, Ferguson made mistakes (Should I mention Tuukka Rask for Andrew … [Read more...] about Grading Kyle Dubas after his first year as Leafs GM