“I think David Clarkson made a mistake and now we pay for it,” said then-Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle after Clarkson leapt off the team’s bench in his third exhibition game with the club. The Clarkson experience in Toronto was doomed to fail even before the 30-year-old rushed to the defence of Phil Kessel that September night in the fall of 2013.
Anthopoulos sees no risk in Santana
As Johan Santana was packing his bags to prepare for the two-and-a-half-hour trek from Fort Myers to Dunedin, general manager Alex Anthopoulos was explaining the rationale for giving the oft-injured veteran another chance. “No-risk deal for us,” said Anthopoulos.
Leafs ship Clarkson to Columbus for Horton
The Toronto Maple Leafs sent David Clarkson and his US$5.25-million cap hit for five more seasons to the Columbus Blue Jackets for injured winger Nathan Horton, who has a similar salary and term but could cost nothing on the cap while on long-term injured reserve.
Free agency the key in MLS labour talks
There are many issues at stake in the current CBA talks between MLS owners and the MLS Players Union, including the league's paltry salary cap and minimum player salary, but these are not the most contentious issue, though. The hill that the players are willing to die on is free agency.
BPL Notebook: Another chance for Falcao
With Robin van Persie on the shelf for a month, Radamel Falcao will be given another chance to produce for Louis van Gaal's Manchester United. Whether or not the opportunity is warranted is irrelevant, as Falcao will be key to United's critical month of March.
Leafs take down Flyers after Clarkson trade
In their first game without the traded David Clarkson, the Toronto Maple Leafs got a stellar performance from Jonathan Bernier to beat the Philadelphia Flyers. Bernier stopped 47 of the 49 shots he faced in the 3-2 victory Thursday night at Air Canada Centre that came mere hours after the Leafs dealt Clarkson.
Jays sign Santana to minor-league deal
The Toronto Blue Jays have signed two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana to a minor-league contract with an invite to major-league spring training. Santana, 35, has not appeared in a major-league game since 2012 due to a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder.
Jays to find out if Santana has anything left
When the opportunity presents itself to sign a former two-time American League Cy Young Award winner, a three-time ERA leader, a three-time FIP leader and a thrower of a no-hitter, hey, why not? As TSN Radio 1050's Scott MacArthur writes, signing Johan Santana is a no risk, possibility-for-reward signing for both parties.
Leafs acquire Brennan from Blackhawks
The Toronto Maple Leafs have reacquired defenceman T.J. Brennan. Toronto sent forward Spencer Abbott to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Brennan, who spent the 2013-14 season in the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.
Jays OF Saunders suffers freak knee injury
A freak accident has cost the Blue Jays the services of outfielder Michael Saunders likely until the all-star break. Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos said the 28-year-old Canadian was shagging balls Wednesday at the club's training complex when he stepped on a sprinkler head indentation and injured his left knee.
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