Quick Shifts: Tyson Barrie’s asking price not so outrageous

A quick mix of the things we gleaned from the week of hockey, serious and less so, and rolling four lines deep. 1. The Toronto Maple Leafs’ shiny new toy, Tyson Barrie, is reportedly searching for $8 million annually on his next contract. That ask is far from outrageous when you consider the 27-year-old ranks […]

How close did the Blue Jackets come to offer-sheeting Mitch Marner?

The longer Mitchell Marner remains unsigned, the more questions are floated into the hockey universe about whether Toronto’s biggest restricted free agent might be presented with an offer sheet. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek discussed the latest — including last Friday’s on-air comments by Sportsnet’s Joey Vendetta indicating a looming offer sheet that could […]

Thunder trade Westbrook to Rockets for Paul, draft picks

LAS VEGAS — Russell Westbrook and James Harden are together again, and Chris Paul is leaving Houston to make that reunion happen. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Paul in a swapping of top point guards. The Thunder also are getting […]

Maple Leafs quietly grooming Frederik Andersen’s successor

Joseph Woll has never played a pro hockey game and wasn’t going to see a second of NHL action. And yet, the touted Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending prospect travelled, practised and trained with the big club for the final five weeks of the season, including the seven-game playoff series with Boston, riding the highs and […]

What they’re saying about Kawhi Leonard leaving the Raptors

The news sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world late Friday night into the wee hours of Saturday morning when, those who were still awake, learned that Kawhi Leonard had decided to take his talents to the Los Angeles Clippers — and he’d recruited Paul George to come with him. It’s a stunning series of events […]

Remember the Year of Kawhi as a perfect sports fable

The truth and beauty of sport is that it all comes around again, that it is an endlessly repeated cycle of wins and losses, heroes and goats, triumphs and heartbreaks. Pick your signature moment, your historic signpost, your achievement that will never be duplicated, and you’ll find at least a comparable one out there somewhere. […]