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 […]

Despite Ovechkin’s comments, Maple Leafs building toward being team

TORONTO — “I mean how many times did they lose to Pittsburgh before they finally broke through?” Auston Matthews said, rhetorically, and really isn’t that the entire point here? All of this hand-wringing about the state of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The daily mini-drama around a team down two-thirds of its top line and incorporating […]

Raptors beat Magic old-fashioned way on throwback night

TORONTO — The theme was partying like it was 1995 — given it was the first of several planned ‘Raptors Rewind’ nights at Scotiabank Arena in recognition of the club’s 25th anniversary. Hence the dinosaur uniforms (“sexy” said Kyle Lowry, approvingly) and the purple-trimmed court. But for a moment it seemed like time had stood […]

With gas left in the tank, Marleau has no regrets about Leafs tenure

“I decide when I’m done.” —Lightning McQueen, Cars 3 TORONTO – They scripted things a little too perfectly, didn’t they? Sometime during that first Toronto Maple Leafs road trip in 2017, Patrick Marleau invited his new young teammates, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, to dinner and initiated a friendship with a couple of budding superstars […]