Why Leafs don’t have to choose between Sparks, McElhinney just yet

TORONTO – The beauty, Mike Babcock says, is the Toronto Maple Leafs don’t have to make any decisions on their backup goaltending right now. The truth is they probably don’t have to make a final determination for another month or more. While the battle for the backup position has appeared to get more complicated after […]

Blackhawks G Crawford doubtful for opener

8:46 AM ET ESPN News Services The Chicago Blackhawks could go into their season opener without their longtime goaltender in net, as Corey Crawford continues to recover from a concussion. Coach Joel Quenneville said Monday that it “might be stretching it” for Crawford to play in the Oct. 4 opener against the Ottawa Senators. Crawford […]

Estrada somber in what could be final game with Blue Jays

TORONTO — John Gibbons made his way out of the Toronto Blue Jays dugout a little slower than usual, signalling to the bullpen to bring in the lefty. On the mound, Marco Estrada looked down at the ball in his hand. His teammates gathered silently around him, offering encouraging pats on the back with their […]

Burning Questions for the Central Division

Do you have questions about your favourite team after the puck dropped for the preseason? For teams that are already playoff-bound, the preseason doesn’t really answer questions. If you’re cheering for a bottom-feeder, the preseason suddenly becomes must-watch hockey as you try to figure out who’s making the team. Related: Burning Questions for the Atlantic […]