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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.

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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An extension for Liles: what does it all mean?

I know what you’re thinking.

The Leafs have signed defenceman John-Michael Liles to a reported four-year contract extension that will pay him $3.85 million per year.  In doing so, the team will lock Liles up until he is 35.

Nice move. Liles has been instrumental in lifting the Leafs power play from the never regions of the league stats to its current fifth overall standing.

Lost to concussion for over a month, Liles should be back soon. His four goals and 17 assists this season pro rate into a 10 goal, 42-point season […]

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Marlies take Bulldogs outside

It is part of our national character that about the time we are prodded into going outside in winter we begin heckling those who remain indoors.

And so the Toronto Marlies, Hamilton Bulldogs and 20,655 people who visited Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, many for the first time, have a message.


The AHL’s Outdoor Classic was just that; an event positioned somewhere between novelty act and intense Canadiana. That the Marlies beat the Bulldogs 7-2 was nice for the visitors but really, you just had to be there.

“That was awesome,” said Marlie […]

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King’s story is a Canadian fable.


Marlies Jerry D'Amigo and Korbinian Holzer clown around at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Marlies and Hamilton Bulldogs meet Saturday at 1 p.m. in the AHL Outdoor Classic.

You had to take a physical when you immigrated to Canada in the mid 1960s and so it was that only hours after setting foot here Helena King was telling her husband Sam she was pregnant.

Helena was shocked. Sam was too.  The two had just arrived, two children in tow, from Edinburgh. Sam has said more once that had they known another child […]

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Looking At The Alumni Rosters

One-time Maple Leafs greats Wendel Clark, Curtis Joseph and Doug Gilmour as well longtime Canadiens star Guy Carbonneau are some of the luminaries who will play the Leafs/Canadiens alumni game Friday night at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Puck drop is 7:30.


Coaches: Johnny Bower, Ron Ellis.

Players: Wendel Clark, Dan Daoust, Bill Derlago, Doug Gilmour, Curtis Joseph, Derek King, Kris King, Nick Kypreos, Gary Leeman, Brad May, Bob McGill, Jeff O’Neill, Mark Osbourne, Steve Thomas, Rick Vaive, Rob Zettler.


Coaches: Yvan Cournoyer, Rejean Houle, Guy Lafleur.

Players: Steve Begin, Patrice Brisebois, Guy Carbonneau, Mathieu Dandenault, […]

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Marlies Back Outdoors


They came from Arnold Park in Binghamton, New York, Valois Park in Montreal and countless backyard rinks in between.

Safe then to say that when the Toronto Marlies arrived at Ivor Wynne Stadium to practice for the AHL Outdoor Classic against the Hamilton Bulldogs it felt a bit like coming home.

The outdoor game, the first convened in Ontario, will be played Saturday. Puck drop is 1 p.m.

After conducting a brisk hour-long practice, Marlies coach Dallas Eakins was sitting in the stadium dressing room, an enclosure where you seem to be putting […]

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Ulmer Asks: Will A Trade Help The Leafs?

Brian Burke

Ryan Miller is one Gloomy Gus but if he is right, the Maple Leafs season may not be headed for a happy ending. See the video here

It’s Miller’s contention that no deal can shake the formaldehyde out of the Buffalo Sabres. What’s worth noting here is that the Sabres beat the Leafs in their last meeting and sit six points behind Toronto.

With 37 games to play, that’s far from insurmountable and it sets a mind to wondering: if no trade would save the Buffalo Sabres, can one salvage the […]

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Some New Year Thoughts


When you work for a hockey team that hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since 1967, you don’t throw a lot of stones.

It seems especially foolhardy to criticize the Montreal Canadiens, historically the most successful of all NHL teams.

But Quebec politicians and cultural sticklers have eviscerated the Canadians over the hiring of unilingual coach Randy Cunneyworth. Since then, the owner and the general manager have backpedalled furiously.

Faced with a mob, the Canadiens’ management put a gun against their own temples.
The problem with blending culture and a ruthless competetiveness is that you […]

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