Senators acquire Alex Burrows from Canucks for prospect Dahlen

“He’s a goal-scorer, he’s good around the net, he’s sure-handed, he’s got a good nose for the net and he’ll pay the price to get there.”Burrows was part of Vancouver’s run to the 2011 final and scored the overtime goal in Game 7 of the first-round series that beat the Chicago Blackhawks.His one regret is he leaves the West Coast with unfinished business.“It’s difficult because our ultimate goal was to win a Stanley Cup and I almost feel I failed at that challenge,” said Burrows. “He’s got a total buy-in from his hockey club.“The way he’s handled his team all year, I think they’re looking really strong.” I like their team. ET. “I wish them the best of luck, but now I’ve got to move on and start focusing on my next challenge and that’s to help the Senators with a Stanley Cup.”The Canucks, meanwhile, were pleased to get the 19-year-old Dahlen, who was selected 42nd overall by Ottawa at the 2016 NHL draft.The forward has impressed at the international level, registering six points in seven games for Sweden at the 2017 world junior championship and leading his country in scoring with five points in five games at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka under-17 tournament.“He’s a player we’ve had our eye on,” said Benning, who could also move forward Jannik Hansen and goalie Ryan Miller before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline at 3 p.m. “We just felt it was time to add another piece, and in Alex Burrows, I can tell you, we’re ecstatic to have added that piece.”Burrows, who turns 36 in April, played 822 regular-season games with the Canucks, posting 193 goals, 191 assists and 1,066 penalty minutes.“I wanted to go to a team that was a good fit for me hockey-wise, but at the same time family-wise,” said Burrows, who has three young children. Their window is just opening right now.”The undrafted free agent who fought his way from the third-tier ECHL to eventually star on Vancouver’s top line has 19 goals and 15 assists in 70 playoff games.“It’s been a hard day,” said Canucks general manager Jim Benning. His best year came in 2009-10 when he scored 35 goals and added 32 assists.“They are a big part of my career, I’m going to miss them,” said Burrows. “It’s a little sad, it stinks, I wish I could have kept playing and pushed for that Stanley Cup. He’s given us everything that he’s had.”Set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, there are reports the native of Pincourt, Que., could sign a two-year extension with the Senators as early as Tuesday.“I think we’ll be able to announce something tomorrow,” said Dorion.Burrows had four straight seasons of at least 25 goals from 2008-09 to 2011-12 playing largely with Henrik and Daniel Sedin. “I really believe that if everybody pushes in the right direction and believes they can get there, that’s how you accomplish some big things.”In Ottawa he will be reunited with Senators assistant coach Marc Crawford — Burrows’ first bench boss with the Canucks — and head coach Guy Boucher, who he played for at the 2012 world championships.Burrows said he spoke with Boucher on the phone Sunday before the trade was completed.“He’s a really intense coach, really passionate about the game, really detail oriented,” said Burrows. “There wasn’t really a perfect situation, but I think Ottawa was pretty close to perfect for me.“It’s a Canadian city, Canadian market. I’ll try to bring some passion to the game, some intensity,” said Burrows. With the Vancouver Canucks fading fast from playoff contention, Alexandre Burrows insisted he would only agree to waive his no-trade clause for the right fit.He found a suitor in the Ottawa Senators.Primed for a post-season push, Ottawa acquired the veteran winger from Vancouver on Monday for prospect Jonathan Dahlen in a deal that brings a skilled pest with plenty of playoff experience to the nation’s capital. It’s the end of a chapter.”Burrows’ days as an offensive catalyst are behind him — he has nine goals and 11 assists in 55 games this season — but he will provide sandpaper to a Senators team pressuring the Montreal Canadiens for top spot in the Atlantic Division.“I’ll try to bring some leadership. “We had to do something like this,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said prior to his team’s game against the Lightning in Tampa, Fla. I really believe they have a shot at winning. “Alex Burrows has been the heart and soul of our franchise for a long time.

Human rights groups praise IOC’s revised Olympics contract

Paris and Los Angeles are the only two candidates left in the race, with the IOC to elect the winner in September.“Time after time, Olympic hosts have gotten away with abusing workers building stadiums, and with crushing critics and media who try to report about abuses,” Minky Worden, director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch (HRW), said in a statement.“The right to host the Olympics needs to come with the responsibility not to abuse basic human rights.”With the cost, disruption and domestic politics deterring some Western cities from even bidding, as well as a desire by sports bosses to leverage interest in developing countries, the focus on rights is only likely to become more intense.The IOC move is aimed at cities dealing with any human rights or labor issues before they are elected as hosts.A Russian city and Qatar’s Doha are seen as potential early candidates for the 2028 Summer Games. A new contract for future Olympic Games hosts that makes the protection of human rights a core requirement earned praise from rights groups on Tuesday who say preparations of major sports events lead to rights violations.The International Olympic Committee has now made a specific reference to the protection of human rights in its revised host city contract, sent out to the 2024 summer Olympic bid cities. Both countries have been accused of human rights violations for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games and the 2022 soccer World Cup respectively.The IOC said in its new contract the “the host city … (must) protect and respect human rights and ensure any violation of human rights is remedied in a manner consistent with international agreements, laws and regulations applicable in the host country”.Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, which is part of the Sports and Rights Alliance (SRA) along with HRW, said the move could help “break the cycle of human rights abuses, and this example from the IOC should be applied to all such events”.Preparations for the Beijing 2008 Olympics saw forced evictions to make way for venues while China’s human rights record remained a topic throughout the seven-year process to the start of the Games.Contractors building projects for Sochi 2014, which cost $51 billion, were accused of abusing the rights migrant workers, withholding pay and threatening them while the overall budget ballooned into the biggest in the history of the Games.Qatar, hosts of the 2022 soccer World Cup, has been also accused of human and labor rights violations over for the past years as thousands of foreign workers are brought in to build the country’s stadiums for the tournament.The Gulf Arab kingdom denies exploiting workers and says it is implementing labor reforms.“We are pleased that the SRA has welcomed the changes to the host city contract as ‘an important step by the IOC’,” an IOC spokesman said.

New Argos head coach Marc Trestman says Ricky Ray is his starting QB

Popp spent 21 seasons as Montreal’s GM, leading
the franchise to eight Grey Cup appearances and three titles.He also earned a Grey Cup ring in 1995 as the Baltimore Stallions’ GM. 24 and head coach Scott Milanovich resigned three days later to become the
quarterbacks coach with the NFL’s
Jacksonville Jaguars, leaving assistant GM Spencer Zimmerman to guide the Argos
once CFL free agency opened Feb. But
the 52-year-old native of Elkin, N.C.,
proved ineffective as a head coach, posting a 22-36 regular-season record and
1-4 playoff mark in four separate stints on Montreal’s sidelines.Popp was
removed as Als coach
last September before being let go as GM in November.Changes were expected this off-season in Toronto. 14. When healthy, the
six-foot-three, 210-pound Ray remains a pinpoint passer – his 67.97 per cent
completion average is the best in league history – and he’s won three CFL
championships, the last being in 2012 when the Argos claimed the historic
100th Grey Cup game at Rogers Centre.But Ray has started just 11 games the last two years.Willy, 30, completed 77 of 113 passes (68.1 per cent) for 681 yards with
three TDs and an
interception in four starts with Toronto. “He’s excited to play and he’ll
come in here as the starting quarterback.“There will be no competition and he and I will decide whether he’s capable
of doing that as we move along. Marc Trestman
wasted no time making his first official decision as head coach of the Toronto
named veteran Ricky Ray as his starting quarterback Tuesday, moments after he
and new general manager Jim Popp were
unveiled by the CFL club at BMO Field. “But there’s no competition starting out, Ricky Ray is going to be our
quarterback until he shows us he can’t be.”In Popp and
the rebuilding Argos get two proven CFL commodities. Trestman
said he spoke at length with Ray last week and not only was the 37-year-old
returning for a 15th CFL
season – and sixth with Toronto – but he was back as the Argos’ starting
quarterback.“I haven’t seen Drew Willy play at all … but I’ve seen Ricky Ray play and I
know he’s a Hall of Fame quarterback who has won championships,” Trestman said. I had a chance to
talk with (Willy) and I am very very impressed with him as a person.”Trestman’s
declaration was certainly bold given Ray has missed 36 regular-season games
since arriving in Toronto prior to the 2012 season. But the six-foot-three, 213-pound New
Jersey native couldn’t stop the club’s nosedive as it lost 11 of its final 12
regular-season contests to finish last in the East Division.Trestman
enjoyed tremendous success the last time he teamed up with a veteran CFL
quarterback. Drew Willy understands that. Expectations were high as
the franchise had new ownership – Bell and Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment
chairman Larry Tanenbaum –
and relocated to BMO Field.But after a solid 4-2 start, the Argos’ season quickly unravelled. Ray was
sidelined by three separate injuries and Toronto allowed a CFL-high 586 points while posting a dismal 2-7
home record.General manager Jim Barker was fired Jan. With Anthony Calvillo –
pro football’s all-time passing leader – directing Trestman’s offence in Montreal, the Alouettes posted a 59-31 regular-season record
from 2008 to 2012, appearing in three Grey Cups and winning two.“Ricky has also said if it doesn’t work out that he’s the starter, he’ll be
the best backup we could possibly have from an emotional and mental standpoint,”
said. Ray had been pondering his future this
off-season after losing the starting job to Drew Willy, who was acquired late
last season from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Darling Evans, Robert Vokey joining Canadian Golf Hall of Fame

His son Ted, a member of the Hall’s
selection committee, reminisced about the old days.“Judy was undoubtedly my father’s favourite and most respected pupil/student
of the game,” Fletcher said.“I remember my father remarking on her courage, her determination, her work
ethic and everything she brought to the game from a competitive point of view.”“I just have all these vivid memories of Judy coming to the practice tee at
Royal Montreal, my father standing there for hours and hours with her. I’ll be happy to help, I always
support the Canadian golfers,’”
said. “I hadn’t talked to Bob in five years, he knew my face, he knew my name
and I think that told me right then that … Bob works in California, he has for a
long time, but he paid attention to Canadians, he loves Canada, he pays
attention to Canadian golfers.”Vokey, 77,
was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2008, and spoke about never considering
quitting his job.“I believe right now [the cancer] is in my rear-view mirror,” Vokey said.“My biggest motivation was I had the desire, I loved working with the best
players in the world, I continued to want to learn and I continually wanted to
train other people.”Darling Evans and Vokey will
be inducted during ceremonies to be held later this year. Darling Evans be inducted under the player category while Vokey will be inducted as a builder.“Sandra [Post, the chair of the Hall of Fame’s selection committee] called me
Sunday morning. Born in Montreal
and raised in Verdun, Que., he has become one of the world’s foremost wedge
designers and trusted short-game adviser to many of the game’s top golfers.Vokey has
designed wedges for many top players including Seve Ballesteros, Lee Trevino, Bernhard Langer, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Davis Love III, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott,
Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and
Rory McIlroy, as
well as Canadians Mike Weir, Ian Leggatt,
Graham DeLaet and
Brad Fritsch.Fritsch
recounted meeting Vokey during
Monday qualifying for the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic in 2001.“It was the first Monday qualifier I’ve ever tried, I was fresh out of
college and on the range I was looking up and down at all the players that six
months ago I just dreamed of watching on TV. Thinking back to my
days when I was caddying for my dad, I never ever believed this was
possible.”With their inductions, the Montreal duo will become the 78th and 79th members
of the Hall.During her amateur career, Darling Evans was a dominant force in Quebec and
Canadian women’s
amateur golf, with several provincial and national titles. Bob Vokey was in
Toronto for a golf seminar three years ago, and while driving along Highway 403,
which slices through suburban Oakville, he
spotted the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.“I said to myself, ‘Wow that would really be something,’” Vokey said. “I’m an old guy, but I woke up today … and I’m
giddy like a little five or six year old, it’s unbelievable. I was having my coffee, I almost fell on the floor. “I feel very,
very privileged to be amongst all these other distinguished members.”The late Pat Fletcher, the last Canadian to have won the Canadian Open,
mentored and coached Darling Evans. I call it a dream come true.”

Vokey, a
club maker famous for his Titleist
Vokey Wedges used by players around the world, and
Quebec golfer Judy Darling Evans, are headed into the Canadian Golf Hall of
Fame. “It was like a dream then. And she
would stay there for hours and hours after the lessons.”Vokey’s name
has become synonymous with excellence in golf craftsmanship. She also played for
Canada at the 1959 and 1963 Commonwealth Games.The 79-year-old Darling Evans was at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens,
Fla., last weekend, walking along following Canadian Graham DeLaet, when Post called to give her the good
news.“I shed a few tears, I can tell you that,” Darling Evans said. I never figured I’d be there,”
introduced himself and asked how he could help.“We worked a little bit with him, I played the tournament and was very
appreciative of his help,” Fritsch
said.Five years later, Fritsch was
playing his next PGA Tour event, the Canadian Open, and bumped into Vokey in the McDonald’s just outside Glen
Abbey.“He hopped right up, ran over to me, said, ‘Brad, congratulations for
qualifying for this event, anything you need? I’m
tickled,” Vokey said
on a conference call Tuesday.

Let Barcelona players slam officials – Madrid’s focus is on the field: Zidane

Seeking its first league
title since 2012, Madrid still has a game in hand, at Celta Vigo.Two-time defending champion Barcelona stayed close by defeating Atletico Madrid 2-1 with a late winner by Lionel
Messi at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on Sunday. He posted stories mentioning refereeing mistakes that went against
Barcelona and others that favoured Madrid.Villarreal president Fernando Roig also
complained after the match, saying he didn’t like that the officiating crew left
the stadium carrying Real Madrid bags with small gifts such as key chains, pins
and pens.“Anybody can say what they want. “I have
nothing to say about it,” he said Tuesday. And I’m behind them.”Zidane’s
comments came a day before both teams play important matches in a tight race for
the Spanish league title.After a controversial penalty awarded to Madrid in the team’s 3-2 win over
Villarreal on Sunday, Pique hinted on social media that Madrid was being
benefited. The team will try to win its fifth in a row in the league when it hosts
relegation-threatened Sporting Gijon on
Wednesday. “I won’t get into what a player or a
club president said. Zinedine Zidane is only worried about the soccer.The Real Madrid coach praised his players for respecting match officials
after Barcelona defender Gerard Pique criticized them, saying he keeps his team
focused on the game.“I don’t talk about the referees and neither do my players,” Zidane said Tuesday. Nobody can stop people from saying what they want. Others can worry about the referees. “We respect the referees. We achieve our success on the field,” Zidane said. The players are only focused on
what they have to do on the field. What
matters to me are my players, and they are an example, they are respectful and
professional. “You already know my opinion and I’m
not going to change it.”Luis Enrique has defended referees in the past, saying they have a difficult
job and that players should help by not criticizing them.Madrid’s controversial win on Sunday left the club one point ahead of
Barcelona going into its home game against 12th-place Las Palmas on Wednesday. It’s always been like this in Madrid.”Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said Monday that the criticism against Madrid was
expected from someone such as Pique, who is constantly on social media
expressing his opinions.Barcelona coach Luis Enrique tried to stay away from the controversy. I
have a spectacular locker room in that sense. “The message I have is that I’m very proud of my players because they are
very respectful of match officials.

Canadian rookie Lance Stroll remains confident despite spinning out during Formula One debut

It’s early days and things happen in testing like this,” said Stroll, whose billionaire father Lawrence is one of Canada’s richest men.“Unexpected events always come up and you just have to deal with them. The car is very complex, there’s not a lot of room for error,” he added.“I was actually really confident, really happy in the car on the few laps I did … there’s still plenty of running ahead,” said Stroll, who had tested privately last year using older cars.Stroll has come into Formula One after winning the European Formula Three title last year with 14 race victories. Lance Stroll’s official Formula One test debut with Williams lasted 12 laps on Tuesday before the Canadian rookie spun off and damaged the car, forcing Williams to shut up shop before lunchtime.Brazilian veteran Felipe Massa had managed 103 laps on Monday’s opening day in the same car.“It was the second run, just getting to grips with the car. Kind of no grip and I just lost the car,” Stroll, 18, told reporters. We will be able to recover the program in the coming days,” he said.Stroll, who will be the youngest and least experienced driver on the Formula One starting grid when the season starts in Melbourne on March 26, said the mishap had not dented his confidence.He appeared tense, however, with a large crowd of media surrounding him in the team hospitality area.“It is what it is. “I went through the gravel with a little spin and drove back to the garage and apparently we broke a little winglet on the front wing and we only have one. So that’s a bit unfortunate and it ended our day.”Head of performance engineering Rob Smedley explained that, while the accident was no big deal, some composite parts had to be sent back to the factory in England for fixing and they would have to wait until Wednesday to run again.“We’re doing the utmost we can now to get back out on track at the earliest opportunity tomorrow.

Ottawa Senators add winger Viktor Stalberg to aid in playoff push

He figures to slot into Ottawa’s bottom-six forward contingent alongside Burrows, who cost the club Swedish prospect Jonathan Dahlen. The Senators are chasing down the Montreal Canadiens for top spot in the Atlantic division. They sit four points back with two games in hand entering play on Tuesday.Burrows, who has nine goals this season, is expected to join the club in Ottawa on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Swede has scored nine goals this season, including a pair shorthanded. The Ottawa Senators added another piece for their playoff push, picking up speedy winger Viktor Stalberg from the Carolina Hurricanes for a third round pick on Tuesday afternoon.Stalberg brings the Senators a bit more depth on the wing, joining 35-year-old Alexandre Burrows, who was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. Currently in Florida, Stalberg is due to meet up with the team for their game against Colorado on Thursday.

Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson out for season with knee injury

4. It’s obviously disappointing to be off the field for both Canada and Seattle for this upcoming season, but this will hopefully give me the best chance to be back to where I want to be for both club and country looking ahead to next season, and onward towards 2019 and 2020.“Unlike my previous surgery, I have the benefit of time for this recovery, and will aim to be back to full speed by this time next year.”Matheson injured the same knee prior to the 2015 World Cup but still made the Canadian roster. 15 Denmark in Portugal. “I think that’s something Diana would talk to at this point. Matheson, who has won 191 caps for Canada, was scheduled for surgery on Wednesday.“Earlier (in February) an MRI revealed I had re-torn my previously repaired ACL,” Matheson said in a statement. Coach John Herdman said at the time that keeping her out was “precautionary” and that team medical staff was assessing her.When Matheson was subsequently not included on the Algarve Cup roster, Herdman would not provide details on the injury.“I can’t confirm it,” he said. The recovery time was longer than expected but she recovered to play in the 2012 Olympics, scoring the stoppage-time goal that beat France in the bronze-medal match.The extent of Matheson’s most recent injury has been unclear in recent weeks.She was called up to a January national team camp but did not see action in the so-called Olympic celebration match against Mexico on Feb. Goalkeeper Erin McLeod is currently working her way back from knee surgery that kept her out of the Rio Olympics.The fourth-ranked Canadian women open defence of their Algarve Cup title on Wednesday against No. “After careful consideration, and consultations with doctors and staff, I’m moving ahead with surgery to repair it. All I can say is that she won’t be selected in the Algarve squad and then we’ll assess after Algarve where she’s at.”Seattle also did not shed any light, saying only: “Diana is currently under the care of Canada Soccer, and we expect her to be at pre-season training which begins (March 10) in Seattle.”A request for more information from Matheson was subsequently made to the Canadian Soccer Association. The injury was finally detailed in Seattle’s release Tuesday.“I’m so disappointed for Diana — when she told me my heart sank for her,” Seattle head coach and GM Laura Harvey said in a statement. She was an unused substitute for the first four games before starting the quarter-final loss against England.Matheson had knee surgery to repair torn cartilage in her right knee in November 2011. Veteran Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson is facing another lengthy absence due to a knee injury.Seattle Reign FC, who acquired Matheson in a January trade with the Washington Spirit, said the 32-year-old from Oakville, Ont., will miss the 2017 NWSL season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee while training with the Canadian national team. “She will be missed this season, but we have built a roster that has huge depth, so the group coming into pre-season will be pushing to show who can step up.”Matheson isn’t the only Canadian international to have suffered multiple knee injuries.

Another year, another lifeless crawl toward the NHL trade deadline

Winnipeg isn’t expected to do much. Five of the seven Canadian teams have made moves already, with only the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets still on the sidelines. Edmonton had targeted a face-off man, but both Hanzal and Brian Boyle (to Toronto) have already been scooped up. But the Atlantic Division is a jumble of mediocrity compared with the Metropolitan, so if the Leafs can finish second or third, not only would they be in the playoffs, they’d have a reasonable chance of actually winning a round.To give up a future second-rounder for Boyle – a player they might be able to sign in the off-season anyway – is an inexpensive investment given the possible upside of the move.Remember: In a two-month playoff marathon, nothing is ever guaranteed, which is why hordes of hockey fans will still sneak a peek at their TV sets Wednesday to see how the rest of the auction plays out.It is, after all, what Canadians do, an annual rite of approaching spring. And yet Gaborik, who cost the Kings Matt Frattin plus draft choices that turned into Dominic Turgeon and Travis Dermott, scored 14 goals in 26 playoff games to help the Kings win their second Stanley Cup in three years.The hope of pulling off that sort of transaction is why every GM keeps his iPhone charged on deadline day – and maybe has a backup on hand, just in case. Louis Blues in a complex deal for draft choices that was summed up by one tweet this way: “If Shattenkirk solves the Riddle of the Five Wizards or slays 50 per cent of the magic dragons, the 2019 second-round pick becomes a potion.”Yes, it was that complicated.Essentially, St. EST. Operationally, this is a prudent strategy, ensuring a team doesn’t run out of time or, in the old days, gets a trade gummed up by a malfunctioning fax machine.Read more: How this year’s NHL stories are shaping up, halfway through the regular seasonRelated: Is Brent Burns the NHL’s most valuable player?Eric Duhatschek: Canadian teams lead the wheeling and dealing as NHL trade deadline loomsThe Washington Capitals arguably took the top remaining player off the board Monday night, acquiring defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk from the St. More and more, the annual NHL trade deadline plays out like the movie Groundhog Day, producing the same numbing, repetitive storyline.Just about all of the league’s general managers have figured out it’s smart to avoid the last-minute shopping rush, which means most of the deals that really matter get done ahead of the cutoff, Wednesday at 3 p.m. Louis landed a 2017 first-round pick, a conditional second-rounder plus prospect Zach Sanford for Shattenkirk, who is currently fourth among NHL defencemen in scoring and potentially the Blues’ power-play quarterback going forward.One day earlier, the first-place team in the Western Conference, the Minnesota Wild, acquired centre Martin Hanzal from the rebuilding Arizona Coyotes. If you also factor in the Sunday trade that saw Ben Bishop land with the Los Angeles Kings, it means the top available rentals at each position – defence, forward and goal – are already off the market, leaving the remaining shoppers to poke around for bargains, like at some Boxing Day clearance sale.As always, the heaviest sighs were coming from Canada’s two competing sports networks, TSN and Rogers Sportsnet, who will be on the air early Wednesday morning to chronicle where the remaining trade pieces might fall.After the Ottawa Senators picked up forward Viktor Stalberg from the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers acquired defenceman Brendan Smith from the Red Wings Tuesday, Detroit’s Thomas Vanek may be the best available rental remaining on the market. He might be able to launch a comedy career out of this, a Borat for the 21st-century puck crowd. If the Oilers can get a better backup goalie, that might be their top move.Of course, the lesson of 35-plus years of trade-deadline madness is that only a handful of transactions ever really pay off in the end.Hands up everyone who predicted that Marian Gaborik going from Columbus to Los Angeles would be the key move of the 2014 trade deadline. Who knows? It really is that thin.Thank goodness Rogers added a world-class eccentric, former NHL goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, to its broadcast team to lighten the mood and make the hours pass more quickly. Pittsburgh looks deep, too, but it has been two decades since an NHL team successfully defended a Stanley Cup championship.In making a sneaky-smart move to land Boyle, Toronto’s management team proved they aren’t just adept at this rebuilding exercise, they can also read the standings.The Leafs have done a fine job of minimizing expectations this season, thus allowing their rookie class to develop while facing little genuine pressure. TSN will counter with the Letterkenny dudes.None of which really matters to the principal players in this auction, the 30 NHL GMs – some buying, some selling, most just holding their cards close to their vests. Bryzgalov is intelligent, speaks his mind and is genuinely funny. Sometimes, a small investment can pay big dividends.The other fact of life in the current age of NHL parity is you really never know what may happen once the playoffs start.Washington is loaded again, but the Capitals ran away with the regular-season title last year and still stumbled out in the second round.

Galchenyuk plays hero again as Canadiens beat Blue Jackets in OT

31.Newly-acquired defenceman Jordie Benn made his Canadiens debut. Columbus hit four pucks off the iron, including Zach Werenski’s shot off the crossbar 19 seconds into the contest.In the first intermission, the Canadiens announced they had traded forward David Desharnais to the Edmonton Oilers for defenceman Brandon Davidson.Desharnais played 435 regular-season games with Montreal since joining the Canadiens organization in 2008.The 25-year-old Davidson, who was drafted by the Oilers in the sixth round in 2010, has five goals and eight assists in 91 career games with Edmonton.Desharnais was a healthy scratch against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.The NHL trade deadline is Wednesday at 3 p.m. Alex Galchenyuk scored in overtime and Carey Price made 26 saves for the shutout as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 on Tuesday to extend their winning streak to three games.Price now has three shutouts for Montreal (35-21-8) this season. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29-of-30 shots for the Blue Jackets (39-16-6), who saw their two-game winning streak snapped.Max Pacioretty looked to have scored the winner 1:11 in overtime after a beautiful pass by Andrei Markov along the boards sent the Habs captain in all alone on Bobrovsky. The Canadiens have not won a game in regulation since Jan. The 29-year-old was traded to Montreal from the Dallas Stars on Monday for defenceman Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft.The game was fast-paced and exciting despite the lack of goals.A couple of early power plays gave Montreal all the momentum, but the home team failed to capitalize.Luck was on Montreal’s side as the Jackets beat Price on several occasions but couldn’t beat his posts. He’s the 36th player in Canadiens history to reach that milestone.Montreal’s three consecutive wins have all come in overtime. ET. The puck crossed the line on Pacioretty’s rebound, but the play was whistled dead and a lengthy video review did not overturn the call.With Seth Jones in the box for holding, Galchenyuk scored the overtime winner – for the second game in a row – on the power play with a slap shot from the point that soared into the roof of the net at 3:53 of the extra period.Shea Weber and Pacioretty got assists on the game winner. The point was Pacioretty’s 400th in the NHL. He got the start after Al Montoya led the Canadiens to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory in New Jersey on Monday.

Oilers end six-game road trip with win over the Blues

Louis has lost four straight games under coach Mike Yeo after starting 7-1-0. Paul Stastny scored for St. Louis dropped its fourth straight coming off a six-game winning streak.Letestu converted a pass from Connor McDavid with the two-man advantage to score the deciding goal, his 13th of the season, in the opening minute of the second period.St. … Louis as the Blues lost their first game since trading defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk to the Washington Capitals on Monday night.Jake Allen stopped 23 of 25 shots and St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.Ryan Nugent-Hopkins assisted on both goals for the Oilers, who finished their six-game road trip with a 3-3 record.Talbot, making his league-best 57th start of the season, snapped a two-game losing streak. Louis opened the scoring on its first power play of the game when Stastny deflected Alex Pietrangelo’s shot past Talbot for his 16th goal of the season.Lucic tied the game when he fired a shot off Blues defenceman Joel Edmundson’s stick and underneath the glove of Allen for his 14th tally.NOTES: St. Oilers’ Connor McDavid has an assist in four consecutive games.UP NEXTBlues: At Winnipeg on Friday night to start a three-game road trip.Oilers: Host Detroit on Saturday to start an eight-game homestand. … Newly acquired Blues C Zach Sanford was in attendance after being acquired in a trade for Shattenkirk. Milan Lucic and Mark Letestu scored and Cam Talbot made 25 saves to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the St.

NHL trade deadline day: Kings add Jarome Iginla from Avalanche

In signing with Colorado, Iginla honestly believed the Avalanche could be a contender in the three-year term he signed for. I would really appreciate it. Streit, 39, is a pending unrestricted free agent. “For us in Colorado, there’s no question they have a lot of great young guys and they’ll turn it around quickly, but I don’t have that same time, so I really appreciate the chance to play in some meaningful competitive games and I can’t wait to continue with the Kings.L.A. 1 goalie rental, Ben Bishop, from the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier in the week. Red Wings send Thomas Vanek to PanthersIt took until just after noon for the first trade of the day to occur as the NHL’s 3 p.m. He turns 25 in April, so there may still be an upside there.Of all the players placed on waivers Tuesday to free up roster spots for teams, the only one to move was Joseph Cramarossa, picked up by the Vancouver Canucks from the Anaheim Ducks organization.Habs add King from KingsMontreal then jumped in and added Dwight King from the Los Angeles Kings. From there, he signed with the Boston Bruins and played 12 playoffs games for them before they too lost out. Energy-wise and skating-wise, that doesn’t feel bad. Los Angeles won the 2012 Stanley Cup as an eighth seed after just scraping into the playoffs that season. The Kings won Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014, but are currently one point outside of the playoff picture in the Western Conference, with 19 games remaining on their schedule.On the plus side, the Kings just got all-star goaltender Jonathan Quick back in the line-up last Saturday after a 59-game injury absence and then picked up the No. Louis Blues in the chase for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.“It’s been a down year for myself so far,” said Iginla, “but I actually feel pretty good. McIlraith is a former first-round pick, 10th overall in the 2010 draft, a 6-foot-5 monster from Winnipeg who’d only played 37 NHL games in his first four professional seasons. Iginla still plays with an edge, someone who can give a boost to a team with a dwindling margin of error heading into the home stretch. It didn’t happen – and the GM in Colorado, Joe Sakic, a friend and a linemate on Canada’s 2002 gold-medal winning men’s hockey team, accommodated his request to find a good home for him for the final six weeks of the season and beyond.Iginla is averaging 14 minutes and 44 seconds of playing time this season, the lowest of his NHL career, but scored 29 goals only two years ago.“I believe I can still produce,” said Iginla. is an interesting team and destination given the other quality beyond scoring that Iginla could add to any team would have been his experience. Part of it is, at 39, it’s no different than when you’re 22, you go through some slumps and you have to work on the confidence and relaxing and just playing hard and not thinking about anything else. It’s been more a battle of finding the rhythm and the groove. With files from Associated Press But Iginla, four months shy of his 40th birthday, still has a lethal shot; and if he can regain his scoring touch, he might be just the commodity that helps push the Kings into the playoffs. He’s signed through next season at a salary-cap hit of $5 million. Read more: How this year’s NHL stories are shaping up, halfway through the regular seasonRelated: Is Brent Burns the NHL’s most valuable player?Eric Duhatschek: Another year, another lifeless crawl toward the NHL trade deadlineAnd after that, who knows? Three years ago, Vanek was also on the move at the trade deadline, joining Montreal for its playoff run, where he contributed 10 points in 17 post-season games. The Kings have oodles of experience, so they don’t really need any extra help there. “I go by how I feel. King is a 6-foot-4, 232-pound winger from Meadow Lake, Sask., who arrived full time in the NHL in the second half of the 2011-12 season, just in time to contribute to the first of the Kings two Stanley Cup championships. They may believe lightning can strike twice.As a coach, Sutter generally works well with veteran players. Still, it’s potentially a good fit, partly because of Sutter’s confidence in Iginla, partly because he’s a popular player among his peers. I realize, over all the years, how many good things have to come together and how fortunate the people that win it are. The deal clears more cap space for the Lightning, who already traded goaltender Ben Bishop and pending free agent centre Brian Boyle.In Filppula, the Flyers add depth down the middle. I’d love to do that – and I still think it’s possible.” Lightning trade Filppula, picks to Flyers for StreitThe Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenceman Mark Streit from the Philadelphia Flyers for centre Valtteri Filppula and two draft picks.Philadelphia receives a 2017 fourth-round pick and conditional seventh-round pick in the trade. In January, as he passed through Calgary to face his long-time team, the Flames, Jarome Iginla confirmed what most of us had long suspected: That he was prepared to accept a trade out of Colorado in order to pursue one more crack at a Stanley Cup.Iginla got his wish – sort of – early Wednesday afternoon, agreeing to waive his no-trade contract in order to rejoin his former coach, Darryl Sutter, with the Los Angeles Kings. King has size and plays a hard physical game, but he is not the answer to the Canadiens’ offensive woes, having scored just 44 goals in 285 NHL games heading into this season. A year ago, the Kings rescued Vincent Lecavalier out of the Philadelphia Flyers press box and got serviceable work from the former Stanley Cup champion, at a time when no one else in the NHL thought Lecavalier could play anymore. EST trade deadline approaches, the Florida Panthers adding Thomas Vanek from the Detroit Red Wings for a third-round pick and defenceman Dylan McIlraith. This time of year, the games are the most fun to play. So they have stabilized their goaltending position, but were looking for additional offence. “I can’t wait,” said Iginla, in an interview with TSN. We’ll see what happens. Among active NHL players, Iginla is second in career goal-scoring behind the Florida Panthers’ Jaromir Jagr, but has just eight goals this season – four on the power play – playing on a Colorado team that never got untracked and is currently 30th out of 30 teams. Iginla will surely be energized by the move and the chance to join a veteran, playoff-tested team. The teams announced the deal Wednesday afternoon shortly before the trade deadline. You throw everything out there and just go over it.”After spending his first 16 teams with the Flames, Iginla was dealt to Pittsburgh at the 2013 NHL trading deadline, where he played 15 playoff games on a Penguins’ team that lost out in the Eastern Conference final. “I hope to go there and help out and be a pleasant surprise. I know there are questions about whether I can or cannot, but I believe I can help out and produce and be effective.”Of potentially trying to chase a Stanley Cup, a la Raymond Bourque, in what could be his NHL hurrah, Iginla told me in January: “Absolutely, it’s still the dream – and I think it’s still possible. I would love it. The veteran puck mover with power-play experience has five goals and 16 assists in 49 games this season.Filppula, 32, has seven goals and 27 assists this season. The Kings are six points behind third-place Calgary in the Pacific Division standings, but are only one back of the St. The Kings got Iginla essentially for free – a conditional fourth-round 2018 draft choice, with Colorado agreeing to pick up one half of his remaining $5.3 million salary-cap charge.

Golf’s governing bodies propose new rules to simplify the sport

Modern rules would more easily identify where to drop, and players would only have to hold the ball above the ground without it touching anything. That indicates how the book was taken apart and put back together.“Probably a bit more than 10 went away,” Pagel said. With what’s happened in the last couple of years, with some rulings and high-profile things that have happened at crucial stages in tournaments, people who look at that and might want to get into the game say, ‘You know what? The goal was to get the ball back in play quickly. It’s too complicated.’ “Making them more modern to move with the times is good.”Depending on the six-month public comment period, the proposal would be finalized in 2018 and become effective in 2019.One of the proposed rules would penalize caddies who stand behind their players until right before the shot, to help them with alignment. Players would have only three minutes to search for a lost ball instead of five minutes.“It is important that the Rules continue to evolve and remain in tune with the way the modern game is played,” said David Rickman, executive director of governance for the R&A. The result figures to be the most comprehensive overhaul since the first set of rules was published in 1744. But when a player goes to set up to the ball, that challenge is the player’s.”Another significant proposal, which got McIlroy’s attention, was how to drop. “But we have been careful not to change the game’s longstanding principles and character.”While the Rules of Golf would only be 24 rules, that’s not to suggest 10 rules were simply eliminated. But in this case, the Rules of Golf actually shrunk.The proposal, which now faces six months of public feedback, reduces the number of rules from 34 to 24.In many cases, penalties have been rescinded. Under the proposed rules, it wouldn’t be a penalty.“The primary objective was, ‘How do we make the rules easier to understand and easier to apply around the world,” said Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s senior director of rules and amateur status. “I think what you’ll see is that part of this process is to evaluate all the outcomes and identify outcomes that are more reasonable and common-sense based.”Rory McIlroy has been informed of the changes and liked what he heard.“I think golf’s emphasis on the rules can sometimes turn people away from it,” McIlroy said. Under the proposal, they can still use it.Players who touched the line of their putts or the putting green in pointing out a target faced a two-shot penalty. The recommendation is at least 1 inch above the ground or grass. Golf’s two governing bodies released a draft of modern rules Wednesday aimed at bringing common sense to what can be a complicated sport.The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the U.S. If the modern rules are adopted, caddies would have move as soon as their players take their stances.“This is one we stepped back and said, ‘Aligning yourself is just fundamental to playing the game,“’ Pagel said. Players no longer will be assessed a one-shot penalty if their golf ball accidentally moves, if their club touches the ground while in a hazard or even if a putt strikes a flagstick that is not being tended.Remember when Jeff Maggert’s shot from a fairway bunker caromed off the lip and hit him in the chest? The modern rule has no penalty, provided they are not improving the condition of the putt.Several proposed rules were geared toward improving the pace of play, such as encouraging players to hit their shot when ready. That is most prominent on the LPGA Tour. That cost him a two-shot penalty in the 2003 Masters. “To modernize and make it simple is a good thing. Currently, players have to stand upright and hold the ball at shoulder height and arm’s length from their bodies.Among other proposed rules:Instead of only being allowed to repair pitch marks or old hole plugs on the greens, players now can fix just about anything, including spike marks and heel prints.Players were disqualified if they used a club that was damaged in anger. Golf Association spent more than five years trying to simplify the Rules of Golf without stripping the centuries-old game of its traditions and fundamentals of fair play. “It’s not that caddies can no longer help the player.

Hertl’s late goal leads Sharks past Maple Leafs 3-1

So it’s a great pickup.”Patrick Marleau started the winning play when he skated in alone on three defenders. Hansen is a speedy winger who adds depth for San Jose.“Anytime you’re a team that’s adding pieces like that and guys that can come in and help, it’s encouraging and it’s a confidence booster for us,” Dillon said. “He gives the pass and I just shoot and score.”Brenden Dillon also scored and Joe Pavelski added an empty-netter off Joe Thornton’s 999th career assist to help the first-place Sharks snap a three-game home losing streak to remain five points ahead of second-place Edmonton in the Pacific Division. He’s a guy that fits in our lineup and I think this team, this organization, is in win-now mode. The San Jose Sharks got just what they wanted Tuesday night: a late win to maintain their cushion in the Pacific Division and a key player to provide a boost for their playoff push.Tomas Hertl scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:24 remaining and the Sharks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs for the ninth straight time, 3-1 on Tuesday night. F Brian Boyle made his debut for the Leafs, a day after being acquired in a trade from Tampa Bay.UP NEXTMaple Leafs: Visit Los Angeles on Thursday.Sharks: Host Vancouver on Thursday. “We have to be better for him. “We put ourselves in a good position to get this, and obviously Hansen will come in and do well.”Rookie Auston Matthews scored his 31st goal for the Maple Leafs to start a crucial three-game California swing. Marleau fed Hertl, who then beat Frederik Andersen with a quick shot to the short side for his eighth goal of the season.“I wasn’t sure if it was in, but Patty made a great play to hold the puck and free guys in the O-zone,” Hertl said. “He’s a guy that’s very difficult to play against as someone who is on the ice. Martin Jones made 20 saves.But the Sharks were just as excited about their new addition. “We were close to getting a point at least and having a chance to win it. A lot of times they’re getting in front of him and creating odd-man situations down low and he’s coming up big for us.”The Leafs then used their top-ranked power play to strike first in the second. … Tough last play there. The trade deadline in Wednesday.“He’s going to help us,” forward Logan Couture said. Toronto has a one-point lead over Florida and the Islanders for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.Andersen made 34 saves but couldn’t come up with the key one late.“It’s a tough way to end a game,” he said. Josh Leivo then slid the loose puck to Matthews in the slot, and he beat Jones to make it 1-0.The Sharks tied it later in the period when Kevin Labanc set up Dillon for a slap shot from the top of the circle to beat Andersen.NOTES: Sharks coach Peter DeBoer won his 300th game as an NHL coach. He’s got speed. … Marner returned to the lineup after missing five games with an apparent right shoulder injury. You hate to see it happen.”The Sharks had the better of the chances in a scoreless first period, but Andersen stopped all 13 shots he faced, including Joel Ward all alone from in close on a power play.“He’s been great for us,” Matthews said. San Jose made news off the ice as well, announcing a trade during the second intermission to acquire forward Jannik Hansen from Vancouver for prospect Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional draft pick. With Justin Braun in the box, Toronto capitalized on a missed hip check by Brent Burns on a zone entry by William Nylander.

Canadian rookie Lance Stroll goes off track for second day in a row of F1 testing

Bottas’ lap time was more than two seconds quicker than the 1:22.00 Lewis Hamilton posted while winning pole position on the same track at last year’s Spanish Grand Prix.The F1 season opens March 26 in Australia. There did not appear to be much damage to the vehicle.“We’ve spun just before lunch,” the Williams team reported on twitter. Stroll is set to make is Canadian Grand Prix debut on June 11. Canadian rookie Lance Stroll has gone off the track for a second day in a row of Formula One pre-season testing.The Mont-Tremblant, Que., native appeared to lose control of his Williams car on turn 3 in the final seconds of the morning session at the Catalunya track on Wednesday.Television replays showed the 18-year-old climbing out of the cockpit with his car stuck in the sand to check out the damage. A crane arrived to take the car away a few minutes later. “The team will assess the damage when the car gets back.”The day before, Stroll saw his day ended after 12 laps after a spinout on turn 9 that left him with a damaged front wing.The latest mishap ended what had been a strong session for Stroll, who got to test different set-ups and put in his first work on soft tires, which his veteran teammate Felipe Massa said suit the car best.He got onto the track 82 minutes into the session and had the sixth best time of the day at one minute 22.351 seconds when he went off the track.Former Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, now with Mercedes, led the session at 1:19.705 ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Joylon Palmer’s Renault.If the tests indicate what will be seen once the season begins, new rules brought in by the sport’s governing body FIA should make for faster cars.