Tom Renney has Plan A and Plan B and maybe even a Plan C in his Hockey Canada office and admits he has no clue whether NHL players will be participating in the Olympic Games next year in Korea.
Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun
The hard-hitting, award-winning sports columnist joined the Sun in 1987 after stints with the Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun. Knows every sport inside out. Has covered 12 Olympic Games and half a dozen Super Bowls as well. Very opinionated. Has just completed a book on former NHLer Mike Danton, who was incarcerated after hiring a hitman to kill his agent, David Frost. Lives in Thornhill.
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This is not the way Jose Bautista wants to say goodbye. With a whimper and not a bang.
When Jonas Valanciunas crashed hard to the court at the American Airlines Arena in Miami two Saturdays ago, with him went any real chance the Raptors would have to seriously compete against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The words came out of Masai Ujiri’s mouth in the hallway just outside the Raptors dressing room, loudly and proudly and with a sense of basketball satisfaction.
John Gibbons looked like he ready to fight. He didn’t seem to care who. He didn’t seem to care how.
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has made history again.
Jonathan Toews is nobody’s fool. He knows what everyone is saying right now. He knows he’s being pointed at.
There was a face-off with 38 seconds to play and Steven Stamkos stood on the bench waiting for his name to be called.
There was a joke in and around the Maple Leafs front office in 1992 that Cliff Fletcher still likes to laugh about.
On the day after the historic signing, a man in a Montreal Alouettes T-shirt is walking along the cordoned off strip of Sainte-Catherine St., known as Le Village Gai.
When Joffrey Lupul was drafted in 2002, he walked to the stage at the Air Canada Centre, put on an Anaheim jersey and shook hands with all the right people.
It now seems like a moment in time.
It now seems like a moment in time. Three months and four days ago.
We The Woeful.
Dwane Casey is a fine man running out of time.
DeMar DeRozan grabbed a piece of chalk and wrote an expletive on the chalkboard.
The meeting was called for early Sunday, the morning after the NHL regular season had ended. At first, Dave Nonis thought nothing of it — he thought it would be a continuation of his Saturday conversation with Brendan Shanahan. At first, he figured it would be business as usual.
Begin with this premise: Dwane Casey has nothing against James Johnson.
It was the sage Paul Reinhart, now father to a flock of budding NHL players, who once explained the key to playoff hockey in real-estate terms.
Not since Bobby Hull, in a very different National Hockey League, has anyone managed to accomplish what Alexander Ovechkin has done three times with the Washington Capitals.