January 03 2013 11:24PM
The KHL played its first hockey games of 2013 with a light, 3-game schedule. The playoff race is heating up big time.
January 03 2013 03:29PM
As published by James Mirtle at the Globe's website yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs have 13 players signed for $41.5M for the 2013-14 season. General belief is that the cap should fall around $60M, so that gives the Leafs plenty of space going forward in efforts to sign some good hockey players.
Whether or not the Leafs actually spend the money on good hockey players, well that's another discussion. One of the ideas that's been discussed to help teams at the top end of the chart comply with the smaller cap is an amnesty buyout that counts against the players' share of hockey-related revenue but not the salary cap. Now, it seems, there's the possibility of two amnesty buyouts per team.
So how does this help Toronto? Well, not all that much, since the Leafs don't have a lot of players signed on long deals, as I'll show below. The main reason this helps the Leafs is that if there are two amnesty buyouts, it could lead to a much bigger pool of free agents. Remember, just because hockey players are overpaid, don't mean they're bad.
Who are Toronto's buyout candidates? Well…
December 31 2012 02:57PM
Since the Toronto Maple Leafs have played their last game, the Toronto Blue Jays stockpiled top talent in their offseason, the Toronto Argonauts won the Grey Cup, the Toronto Raptors had a winning tear without their former first overall pick, and Toronto FC fired a bunch of people.
Fortunately, 2012 was still a big year for Leafs news, and I've sort of pinpointed, using top posts on this site as a measuring stick, the Top Ten Toronto Maple Leaf stories of the past year. There's still a few hours left for something to happen, but I'll be sure to include that in 2013's list if it's a memorable-enough event.
December 31 2012 10:23AM
Kovalchuk vs. Chara, Malkin's Magnitogorsk kills it, Ovechkin and Radulov go RRRAAAAWWWWRRRR! and more.
December 30 2012 09:00AM
We're now in the thick of the holiday season and there's no NHL hockey, but there's still lots to talk about. The league made a new CBA offer this week, the World Juniors and Spengler Cup are on, and the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to butcher the handling of their top young players.