Little movement draws big attention at trade deadline

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James Reimer and the rest of the Leafs have the rest of the year to right the season

By the time they reach Grade 2 children begin to develop a mature outlook toward money, community and private property.

Their friendships deepen. They grasp the difference between writing for marks in school and for pleasure. Seven-year-olds understand the distinction between asking a question and reciting a fact. By Grade 2 children are forming lifelong patterns and points of view.

Not one of these children, not one the world over, was alive on a ...

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Let’s Lose The Whole American/Canadian Angle

When LA winger Dustin Brown’s name hit the rumour mill, all eyes were raised toward Brian Burke.

Brown seems perfect. He hits, he scores, he plays bigger than his six-feet.

Most important, he’s from Ithaca, New York.

He’s American.

Buffalo-born and bred Jim Kelley remains a towering figure in hockey journalism, a business that has yet to produce a successor for a reporter who filed a story on his last day on earth, Nov 30, 2010.

He loved Canadians and this country but sometimes shuddered at our provincialism.

“Hockey is Canada’s gift to the ...

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Gardiner hits the post, won’t hit the road.

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Keep an eye on this guy. He's staying.

Let’s say you heard a 21-year-old puck-moving defenceman was on the trading block.

Drop dead talent. Tied for the team lead in plus minus. Fourth on the team in ice time with over 21 minutes per contest and trending up.  Points leader among NHL rookie defencemen.

What would you give up to land such a player? Congratulations, Leaf fans. You are the only team that doesn’t have to covet Jake Gardiner.

Gardiner is on track to be the best Leaf defenceman since Borje Salming left ...

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The scoop business: why insiders have to be outsiders.

Does this man look eager to give away confidential information?

I spent 25 years in the print media. The last six came as a sports columnist for the Toronto Sun.

The Sun was built on three pillars: sports stories, crime stories and stories that serviced a loony right-wing ideology.

It was a great place to work, full of smart, wonderful people. You might not agree with Peter Worthington’s stance on the military but he sure loved his Blue Jays.

I also worked at the National Post, another newspaper staffed by iconoclastic, brilliant, ambitious ...

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Why superstars are usually a bargain. Honest!

This is what you get for three inconsequential players, $15 million and three first-rounders. Just sayin'.

Who should the Maple Leafs be willing to trade to land a franchise player?

Anyone.

Ok, anyone except for Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and Jake Gardiner.

By anyone, I mean anyone  else.

Package the rest however you like but spare those three because each has the chance to someday be as impactful a player as anyone you are likely to get.

So would you deal James Reimer, Matt Frattin, Nazem Kadri or the superb Joffrey Lupul. Got to give ...

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Sundin takes his place among the stars

Mats Sundin acknowledges the crowd moments before his number 13 was raised to the rafters at Air Canada Centre.

They put him where they should have, sandwiched between Borje Salming, the gold standard for Swedes and George Armstrong, the tireless plugger pulled from the nickel belt.

Mats Sundin is now the subject of a covert understanding among newly-minted Maple Leafs. Henry Ford said the Model T came in any color you would want –as long as it was black. New players, and there may be a few more after last night’s ...

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Sundin spanned the gap between goodness and greatness.

Mats Sundin acknowledges the crowd at a Leafs home game.

Up close or in private the chasm between the good and the great is not a theory.

It is a daily fact and it thrived in Toronto over 13 seasons.

Mats Sundin’s greatness, evident to all, was felt most keenly up close. His presence, titanic to those closest to him, sometimes dissipated by the time it reached the fan.

The less you know of Mats Sundin, the more you may be prone to doubt him and the underlying arguments against his standing as ...

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Jeff Carter, Scott Gomez. Two contracts, one catastrophe.

What happens when you tell a smart man that Jeff Carter has the worst contract in the NHL.

A word, if I might, about bad contracts.

First, let’s start with the mother of them all.

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The Scott Gomez contract isn’t a catastrophic error by Montreal Canadiens’ GM Pierre Gauthier just because Gomez hasn’t scored in 362 days, which, you know is getting pretty close to a year.

The Gomez contract is financial strychnine because Scott Gomez will make $7.3 million when he is 33 and 34 years old.

Gomez is going to retire after ...

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Colts defeat Delta Force, make Leafs watch.

Mike Cornelissen and Edgar Grisnic.

Graham MacDonald lugged his hockey bag into Dressing Room 2 of the Canlan Ice Sports rink at York University.

Before him sat a training table with tape, water, spots drinks and coolers. Hanging in a stall was a white Maple Leafs jersey bearing his name and number.

“Finally made it,” he grinned.

True enough. For one night MacDonald, a Scarborough sales rep whose company makes air filters and his hockey buddies on the Colts, Adrian ‘Rat’ Ruegsesser and Harry Ojanen – who bears some a passing resemblance to ...

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Why more than ever the Leafs need to listen to my Uncle Leonard

My Uncle Leonard would be very, very unhappy.

My Uncle Leonard was a tough guy. So was his son, Randy.

Randy got in a bar fight over money. He had the guy pinned against the wall. When the guy said he would pay, Randy let him down. The guy took a swing at Randy and while he did not connect, Randy found himsel on the floor looking up.

Standing over him was my Uncle Leonard. “Get in the truck,” he said.

Randy immediately forgot about the guy he was fighting. The two drove ...

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