By Neil Davidson The Canadian Press Tues., Jan. 29, 2019 The Giovinco sweepstakes are well under way with Toronto FC, which has turned down an offer from a Middle Eastern club for the mercurial Italian, negotiating with its star striker’s agent over a new contract. The MLS club has already made its own offer in a bid to retain Sebastian Giovinco, whose existing contract expires at the end of the season. Given the 32-year-old Giovinco is MLS royalty — he topped the league in salary at $7.115 million (U.S.) last season — the numbers are big. But not as big as before, apparently, and the Giovinco camp is not happy. “They don’t like it,” Toronto president Bill Manning said in an interview Tuesday evening. “Ali (GM Ali Curtis) and myself and Andrea (Giovinco agent Andrea D’Amico) have talked. Right now, we haven’t progressed, I would say, (to) where we are comfortable.” Talks are ongoing daily. It seems both … [Read more...] about Toronto FC and Sebastian Giovinco want to stay together. But at what price?
World cup sweepstake
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Tues., Jan. 15, 2019 If the Stanley Cup playoffs were to start now, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets would all be 16 wins away from becoming the first Canadian team since 1993 to capture the chalice. Meanwhile, Vancouver and Edmonton would have just missed. And fans in Ottawa would be rooting to lose one more: the draft lottery, because the Colorado Avalanche own the Senators’ first-round pick and top prospect Jack Hughes looks like a franchise-type player. This is the week when most teams across the NHL hold mid-season meetings. Professional and amateur scouts weigh in, situations are assessed and general managers start to refine their plans heading toward the Feb. 25 trade deadline. Who will sell? Who will buy? What are the prices? For the first time in a while, there appears to be a reasonable split of buyers (who think they have a shot at the playoffs) and sellers (already … [Read more...] about Free trade advice for Canada’s Stanley Cup contenders and pretenders