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Wednesday Afternoon Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, - ... The focus should be on repairing the problems and focusing on the playoffs. This is too important a time of year. Babcock’s not walking away, but is anyone else wondering if this marriage is in trouble? - I think Vancouver is going to look at finding a youngish defenceman, maybe somebody in his early to mid-20s. Troy Stecher’s in that range, and he’s made real good strides. Quinn Hughes is younger, Alexander Edler and Chris Tanev older. Think...
Tags: Toronto, Los Angeles, Sport, Vancouver, NHL, Babcock, Steven, Gary Bettman, Tampa Bay, Mclellan, Elliotte Friedman, Todd McLellan, Alexander Edler, Chris Tanev, NHLPA, Rob Blake

Blue Jays begin search for talent to pair with Guerrero Jr.

TORONTO (AP) — The Blue Jays are certain they want slugging prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to be at the center of their youth movement and rebuild. As for who’s on the field around Guerrero when Toronto is ready to push for the playoffs again, that’s what the team hopes to start figuring out this season. […]
Tags: News, Sports, Toronto, Ap, Blue Jays, Guerrero, Guerrero Jr, Vladimir Guerrero Jr

Did you know MLB Opening Day was today in Tokyo? Ichiro, Mariners top A’s

TOKYO — Ichiro drew all the cheers. Most everyone else on the Seattle Mariners did all the hitting. A crowd that came to salute Ichiro Suzuki in his homeland saw Domingo Santana deliver the biggest hit at the Tokyo Dome, a grand slam that sent Seattle over the Oakland Athletics 9-7 on Wednesday in the Major League Baseball opener. Batting ninth and knowing he’d get two plate appearances, Ichiro popped up and worked a walk. The 45-year-old star took his spot in right field to begin the bottom of ...
Tags: Japan, Sports, Toronto, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Tokyo, Oakland Athletics, Athletics, North America, Oakland, Seattle, Major League Baseball, Beckham, Mariners

The Annual NHLPA Player Poll

TORONTO (March 20, 2019) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) has revealed its 2018-19 NHLPA Player Poll results today. Visit 2018-19 to view the full results, including the top-five answers for each question. From the preseason through January, NHL players on each of the 31 clubs were once again anonymously surveyed on over 20 questions during their annual NHLPA team meetings. A total of more than 500 players took part in the player poll. Th...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, NHL, NHLPA

Predators Blank Stumbling Maple Leafs – Rinne Gets Shutout

NASHVILLE — Pekka Rinne shut out Toronto for the second time this season and Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds and Filip Forsberg scored goals to give the Nashville Predators a 3-0 win over the slumping Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. Nashville won its third straight and Toronto lost for the fourth time in five games. Rinne made 22 saves and Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen made 17 stops. Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne stops a shot by Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (AP Ph...
Tags: Boston, Toronto, Sport, Nashville, Philadelphia, Defence, Hockey, NHL, Pittsburgh, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators, Winnipeg, Brian Boyle, Rinne

NHL Short Notes

TUESDAY’S RESULTS Home Team in Caps Boston 5, NY ISLANDERS 0 Detroit 3, NY RANGERS 2 Montreal 3, PHILADELPHIA 1 CAROLINA 3, Pittsburgh 2 (SO) Washington 4, NEW JERSEY 1 ST. LOUIS 7, Edmonton 2 NASHVILLE 3, Toronto 0 Colorado 3, MINNESOTA 1 DALLAS 4, Florida 2 CALGARY 4, Columbus 2 Continue reading "NHL Short Notes"
Tags: Florida, Minnesota, Colorado, Toronto, Sport, New Jersey, Dallas, Nashville, Philadelphia, NHL, Montreal, St Louis, Detroit, Columbus, Calgary, Edmonton

Rinne, Preds blank reeling Maple Leafs 3-0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne shut out Toronto for the second time this season and Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds and Filip Forsberg scored goals to give the Nashville Predators a 3-0 win over the slumping Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. Nashville won its third straight and Toronto lost for the fourth time in five […]
Tags: News, Sports, Toronto, Nashville, Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators, Tenn AP, Pekka Rinne, Filip Forsberg, Brian Boyle Wayne Simmonds, Rinne Preds

The 50 Goal Season

On Mar. 18, 1945, in the final game of the 1944-45 season, Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one season. In honor of that NHL record-setting accomplishment (one of many for The Rocket) we have pulled this great piece from the THW Archives. Written by former THW contributor Mike Moore and originally published on Jan. 9, 2011.   The Rocket did it first. I don’t believe in astrology, so pardon me when I borrow the expre...
Tags: Boston, Toronto, Sport, Chicago, Canada, Rocket, Detroit Red Wings, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Archives, Richard, Hall of Fame, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens

Austin Watson Reinstated

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 18, 2019) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has been returned to available status and has entered the follow-up care phase of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Program. Watson’s care continues to be administered pursuant to the NHL/NHLPA SABH Program.
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Nashville, NHL NHLPA, National Hockey League NHL, Austin Watson, National Hockey League Players Association NHLPA

Pistons resting Blake Griffin vs Cavs for playoff push

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Detroit Pistons will rest star forward Blake Griffin for at least one game this week to keep him as fresh as possible for their final postseason push. Griffin will sit out Monday’s game against the Cavaliers after scoring 25 points in 33 minutes in Sunday’s win over Toronto. Coach Dwane Casey […]
Tags: News, Sports, Toronto, Ap, Cleveland, Detroit Pistons, Griffin, Cavs, Cavaliers, Dwane Casey, Blake Griffin

When Toronto’s Backup Goalie Speaks

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet, So, after getting blown out by a very good Belleville squad on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday in prime time, their fourth consecutive soft effort before a partisan crowd, one could see how a spurt of raw Garret Sparks honesty could rankle those with more seniority. “We need more emotion from everybody. We need people to get angry. We need people to step up and get mad and take it personally,” said the backup goalie, after appearing in all three of the week...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Canada, Sparks, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Fred, Belleville, John Tavares, Morgan Rielly, Garret Sparks, Luke Fox, Leafs Nation, Jake Gardiner Travis Dermott Kasperi Kapanen

Penguins Make March a Month of Milestones

Evgeni Malkin has been the talk of the town in Pittsburgh since reaching the 1,000-point marker with two assists in a 5-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Mar. 12. Evgeni Malkin was honored before today's game for his impressive 1,000 point milestone. Geno, It has been our pleasure watching you play all these years. The quest for another 1,000 starts now.#Ma1Kin — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 16, 2019 However, Malkin is just one of seven Pittsburgh ...
Tags: Usa, Washington, Toronto, Sport, Gm, Dallas, Nashville, Penguin, Detroit Red Wings, Penguins, Buffalo, Hockey, NHL, Johnson, North Carolina, San Jose Sharks

Islanders’ Cizikas Enjoying a Career Season

One of the most important things any hockey team can have is depth. Even if you field elite players on your first two lines, a team is only as good as its weakest link. In order to truly contend for a Stanley Cup, a squad must be solid on all four lines.  Related: Copp Critical to Jets’ Fourth Line Success One of the best fourth lines in hockey belongs to the New York Islanders. When it comes to the Islanders’ fourth unit, it’s wingers Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin that get the majority of ...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Hockey, NHL, New York Islanders, Pdo, Martin, Islanders, Barry Trotz, Matt Martin, Clutterbuck, Trotz, Cal Clutterbuck, Anders Lee, Copp, Casey Cizikas

Sabres Beat Blues – Reinhart Gets Shootout Winner

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sam Reinhart scored the deciding goal in the shootout to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night. After Jack Eichel and Tyler Bozak traded goals to open the shootout session, Reinhart scored on Buffalo’s final attempt when he got just enough on his wrist shot to get it past Jake Allen, who got a piece of it with his glove. Ryan O’Reilly then had a chance to extend the shootout against his former team, but his backhand chance hit the crossbar....
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Blues, Buffalo, Hockey, NHL, St Louis, Edmonton, Reinhart, Buffalo Sabres, Ryan O Reilly, Reilly, Matt Hunwick, Vladimir Tarasenko, Sabres, St Louis Blues

Toronto Maple Leafs Musings: Bracco is NHL Ready, Sandin’s in Brannstrom Territory, Liljegren’s Strong Stretch, and Playing a Heavier Style

In this week’s Leafs Musings, we will cover Jeremy Bracco’s NHL readiness, Rasmus Sandin’s rapid progression, and the type of ‘heaviness’ the Leafs need to incorporate into their lineup. We also have a few extra notes on Timothy Liljegren, Michael Carcone and Adam Brooks. Let’s get right to it. Jeremy Bracco Is NHL Ready When […] The post Toronto Maple Leafs Musings: Bracco is NHL Ready, Sandin’s in Brannstrom Territory, Liljegren’s Strong Stretch, and Playing a Heavier Style appeared first on M...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Analysis, NHL, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Bracco, Jeremy Bracco, Leafs News, Sandin, Adam Brooks, Liljegren, Rasmus Sandin, Brannstrom Territory Liljegren, Timothy Liljegren Michael Carcone

LeBron James has last shot blocked as Lakers are swept by lowly Knicks

New York Knicks’ DeAndre Jordan, left, dunks the ball over Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) New York Knicks’ Kevin Knox, top, scores during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dunks during the first h...
Tags: New York, Sports, Toronto, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Lebron James, Detroit, Duke, Los Angeles Lakers, Rajon Rondo, New York Knicks, James, Lakers, Flint, Knicks

NHL Rumors: Canucks, Lightning, Maple Leafs, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are updates on the Vancouver Canucks, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Steve Yzerman, the Toronto organization and their coaches and Pete DeBoer and the Sharks. Loui Eriksson Gone After July 1? We reported the other day that after being a healthy scratch from the Canucks lineup, the team might look at options to move Loui Eriksson. The issue for Eriksson is his salary and lack of production. Iain MacIntyre wrote on Twitter that the Vancouver Canucks owe the forwa...
Tags: Usa, Toronto, Sport, Gm, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Seattle, Smith, Detroit, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Pacific Division

Harper returns as DH, 2 days after bruising ankle

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper was back in the Philadelphia Phillies’ lineup as the designated hitter Sunday, two days after taking a 96-mph pitch on the right ankle. Harper was hitting third against a New York Yankees split squad. Harper was struck by a fastball from Toronto rookie Trent Thornton on Friday. The slugger […]
Tags: News, Sports, Toronto, Ap, Harper, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Clearwater Fla, Bryce Harper, Trent Thornton

Maple Leafs Gardiner & Brown: Will They Be Back in Blue & White?

If Scott Wheeler of The Athletic is correct, the answer to whether Jake Gardiner or Connor Brown will be with the Toronto Maple Leafs next season is a solid “no.” Jim Parsons, in his most recent The Hockey Writers’ podcast, interviewed Wheeler and what he had to say about Maple Leafs’ salary cap next season woes was interesting. Wheeler reported that, although the Maple Leafs would like to keep both players, they will be forced to make some difficult salary-cap decisions that will result in thes...
Tags: Usa, Minnesota, Toronto, Sport, Wheeler, Hockey, Jim Parsons, White, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Lou Lamoriello, Brown, Parsons

NHL Short Notes

SATURDAY’S RESULTS Home Team in Caps St. Louis 5, PITTSBURGH 1 DETROIT 2, NY Islanders 1 Florida 4, LOS ANGELES 3 BOSTON 2, Columbus 1 (OT) Chicago 2, MONTREAL 0 OTTAWA 6, Toronto 2 TAMPA BAY 6, Washington 3 CAROLINA 4, Buffalo 2 WINNIPEG 2, Calgary 1 MINNESOTA 5, NY Rangers 2 Edmonton 3, ARIZONA 2 (OT) Nashville 4, SAN JOSE 2 Continue reading "NHL Short Notes"
Tags: Florida, Minnesota, Washington, Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles, Sport, Arizona, San Jose, Buffalo, NHL, Montreal, Detroit, Columbus, Calgary, Edmonton

Senators Upset Maple Leafs – Paajarvi Scores 2 Goals

OTTAWA — Magnus Paajarvi scored two goals to lead the last-place Ottawa Senators to a 6-2 win over the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Cody Ceci, Brian Gibbons, Anthony Duclair and Oscar Lindberg also scored for Ottawa (25-41-6). Anders Nilsson made 35 saves. Morgan Rielly and John Tavares scored for the Leafs (43-24-5), who have lost three of their past four games. Garret Sparks stopped 38 shots. Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Garret Sparks makes save as Ottawa Senators left wi...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Ottawa, Gibbons, Sparks, Nilsson, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Bobby Ryan, John Tavares, Tavares, Oscar Lindberg, Morgan Rielly

Last-place Ottawa Senators upset provincial rival Toronto Maple Leafs

OTTAWA — The best thing the Toronto Maple Leafs can say about this week is that it's over.The Leafs lost 6-2 to the last-place Ottawa Senators on Saturday night, concluding a week that saw Toronto lose three of four while giving up 23 goals.With just 10 games remaining in the regular season, the Leafs know they must improve. "A little adversity is not a bad thing," said Toronto defenceman Morgan Rielly, whose team fell four points behind the Boston Bruins for second in the Atlantic Division...
Tags: News, Toronto, Atlantic, NHL, Smith, Ottawa, Gibbons, Sparks, Nilsson, Boston Bruins, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Bobby Ryan, John Tavares, Tavares

Tonight’s Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - Who will be coaching in the NHL next? Alain Vigneault? Joel Quenneville? Sheldon Keefe? Dallas Eakins? Darryl Sutter? Maybe Eakins in Anaheim. Maybe Keefe in Ottawa. Maybe Vigneault somewhere else — maybe in Ontario? There should be lots of interest in him. - Buffalo will miss the playoffs for the eighth straight year, the fourth straight with Jack Eichel on board. Can’t believe Phil Housley will be back next season to coach the Sabres. Carolin...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Philadelphia, Buffalo, NHL, Ottawa, Ontario, Joel Quenneville, Jack Eichel, Andersen, Vigneault, Alain Vigneault, Darryl Sutter, Frederik Andersen, Eakins, Sheldon Keefe

Maple Leafs Learn Valuable Lesson

Trailing 5-2 in the latter stages of the second period to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Toronto Maple Leafs looked destined for a third straight home loss Friday night. Then, something changed. Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin notched two goals in quick succession, cutting the deficit to 5-4 heading into the intermission. Although neither goal will make the “plays of the week,” they were the turning point of the game. During the second intermission, Muzzin shared some words of wisdom with TSN’s Mark ...
Tags: Boston, Office, Toronto, Sport, Chicago, Hockey, Tampa, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Flyers, Bruins, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Maple Leafs, TSN

Maple Leafs, Bruins Set on Collision Course

Call it destiny. Or call it a recurring nightmare. Your name for it completely depends on what side of the puck you’re sitting on – the Boston Bruins or the Toronto Maple Leafs. Either way, it looks as though both teams will likely be staring each other down once again when the Stanley Cup playoffs kick off in just over a month. While there’s still time for things to change, it seems fitting that the Bruins and Maple Leafs hold down the second and third spots, respectively, in the Atlantic Divis...
Tags: Usa, Toronto, Sport, Hockey, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Bruins, Patrice Bergeron, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Atlantic Division, Milan Lucic, Andersen, James Reimer

Topics Of Interest

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, - Mark Stone signed for $76 million over eight years in Las Vegas ($9.5M per), and about the very first thing an agent I’d called about an entirely different subject said was, “That’s about $95 million in New York with the taxes.” Don’t the Rangers know it. That is not only what New York franchises have to contend with in trying to compete for players with the Golden Knights, Lightning, Panthers, Stars and Predators — the five NHL teams oper...
Tags: New York, Toronto, Sport, Rangers, Las Vegas, NHL, Edmonton, Don, Islanders, Sabres, William Nylander, Leon Draisaitl, Michael Dal Colle, Larry Brooks, Casey Mittelstadt, New York Post Mark Stone

League Wide Notes

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe, - No decision yet who will be GM of the expansion Seattle franchise. But league-wide rumors have it down to a three-man short list, Mark Hunter, Ron Hextall and Kelly McCrimmon. Hunter, with a sharp eye for draft talent, resigned as assistant GM in Toronto last spring when Kyle Dubas was named GM. Hextall was canned this season as the Flyers GM. McCrimmon, brother of former Bruins defenseman Brad McCrimmon, joined the expansion Vegas franchise a...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Gm, Seattle, Columbus, Vegas, Boston Globe, Bruins, Rick Nash, Blue Jackets, Kyle Dubas, McCrimmon, Kevin Paul Dupont, Brad McCrimmon, GM Hextall, Mark Hunter Ron Hextall

Breaking Down the Maple Leafs’ Defensive Woes

About halfway through Friday night’s back-and-forth affair between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers, TSN play-by-play man Gord Miller summed up my thoughts perfectly: “Not sure if it’s a winning recipe in the playoffs, but it’s sure fun to watch.” There were so many goals in the second period (seven, to be exact), that I’m not entirely sure what the exact score was when he said it. 5-2 Flyers, perhaps? Maybe 5-3? Regardless, the Maple Leafs overcame a three-goal deficit to win the...
Tags: Usa, Toronto, Sport, Kings, Hockey, NHL, Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, Miller, Boston Bruins, Flyers, Bruins, Auston Matthews

NHL Short Notes

FRIDAY’S RESULTS Home Team in Caps TORONTO 7, Philadelphia 6 COLUMBUS 3, Carolina 0 Vegas 2, DALLAS 1 Anaheim 5, COLORADO 3 CALGARY 5, NY Rangers 1 New Jersey 3, VANCOUVER 2 (SO) Continue reading "NHL Short Notes"
Tags: Colorado, Toronto, Sport, New Jersey, Dallas, Philadelphia, Vancouver, NHL, Columbus, Calgary, Vegas, Anaheim, Carolina, NY Rangers

Maple Leafs Rally From 3-Goal Deficit to Beat Flyers

TORONTO — Auston Matthews scored with five minutes left in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-6 on Friday night. A one-handed pass from William Nylander in front found the the Leafs centre, who buried his 33rd goal of the season to snap a 5-5 tie inside a raucous Scotiabank Arena. Matthews added his 34th — matching his jersey number — with 2:39 to go on a rebound off the rush. Former Leaf James van Riemsdyk scored his...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Chicago, Atlantic, Philadelphia, Hockey, Tampa, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh, Scotiabank, Boston Bruins, Elliott, Philadelphia Flyers, Flyers

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