31 Thoughts: Maple Leafs not sweating goaltending situation

• Leafs likely to start Kaskisuo on Saturday• Breaking down Kovalchuk’s healthy scratch• Stars’ stars brushing off criticism About two hours apart, Jamie Benn and Jim Montgomery listened to the same question. “I’m not with your team every day,” they were told. “What would you say to those of us who think this sounds like […]

Allegations of Astros’ sign-stealing raise key questions for MLB

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — In the summer of 2011, ESPN The Magazine ran a story detailing a convoluted sign-stealing plot allegedly hatched by the Toronto Blue Jays involving the now-infamous ‘Man in White’ parked in centre field. The sources cited were four unnamed relievers from an undisclosed team who reported seeing a gentleman seated in Rogers […]

Sportsnet announces Don Cherry to immediately step down from HNIC

Hockey analyst Don Cherry will immediately step down from his role with Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet announced on Monday. The news comes one day after Sportsnet issued an apology for comments Cherry made during Saturday night’s Hockey Night broadcast. During Coach’s Corner, Cherry singled out new immigrants for not wearing poppies to honour Canadian […]

How Sidney Crosby reshaped the NHL in his image

Watching Jack Hughes with the NTDP at the USA Hockey Arena, I found myself shaking my head and asking myself, How did he do that? This was the question I’ve contemplated about Crosby across the arc of his entire career. Young players like Hughes might be fairly familiar with Crosby’s games in Stanley Cup runs […]

Lowry, Ibaka injuries magnify Raptors’ depth concerns

NEW ORLEANS – It was with a certain amount of hard won confidence that Nick Nurse could say that he felt he knew that the character of his team — headed into the crucible of both the highest-profile and most challenging road trip of the season — would shine through, regardless of circumstance. “You know […]

Frederik Andersen buying Maple Leafs time to get shaky act together

TORONTO – Want to scare the bejesus out of any card-carrying member of Leafs Nation? Here’s a frightening exercise: Imagine the Toronto Maple Leafs but without Frederik Andersen. Since getting pulled and embarrassed during Toronto’s 7-2 shellacking on Oct. 10 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, the great Dane has settled all the way down, posting […]