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The 2011 CFL season marks Terry Koshan's fourth year on the Argonauts beat after several years covering the Maple Leafs, though he has kept a finger in that pie during the past few winters. Koshan has been working in the Sun sports department since September 1996. He has covered various sporting events, among them kick-boxing in Vaughan (where he was told to sit no closer than 10 rows to the ring, lest he be splashed by flying blood) the world junior hockey championship (watching Jonathan Toews' shootout tricks against the U.S. in Sweden in 2007 was a treat) and the Maple Leafs in St. John's, Nfld. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Master of Arts in journalism, Koshan lives in Georgetown, Ont.

Birth of son put Clarkson in proper mindset

- September 26th, 2014

David Clarkson’s path back to respectability begins in Buffalo on Friday night.
“I can be better,” Clarkson said on Friday morning. “I know I can be. I have had a pretty good career so far and I have to get back to what I was doing.”
Clarkson had missed the Maple Leafs’ first four exhibition games with a lower-body injury.
His terrible 2013-14 season, his first with the Leafs after signing a seven-year, $36.75-million US contract, can’t be dissected any more than it has been. Clarkson doesn’t have to be reminded that he had just five goals and six assists in 60 games and was not a physical presence. He missed 22 games because of suspensions and injuries.
The birth of his son Colton on April 23 helped steer him in the right direction mentally.
“I was pretty down,” Clarkson said. “When you have a baby boy it picks you up. One of the proudest moments … it gave me a jump-start to get going again. It makes you realize what life is about.
“I have very supportive family and friends. I learned how close I am with them. Things are written or said, true or not, and it is hard to swallow.”

Leafs make first cuts; lineup for tonight

- September 22nd, 2014

The Maple Leafs have made their first round of cuts at training camp, with 10 players getting the bad news on Monday morning.
The Leafs sent seven players to the Toronto Marlies, including forwards Stefan Della Rovere, Brett Findlay, Spencer Machacek, Ryan Rupert, Francis Wathier and Patrick Watling, and defenceman Matt Finn.
Forwards Matt Rupert (London) and Carter Verhaeghe (Niagara) and defenceman Cody Donaghey (Quebec) have been returned to their respective junior teams.
With the cuts, the Leafs are down to 54 players in camp, including 32 forwards, 16 defencemen and six goaltenders.
The Leafs open their pre-season on Monday night in London against the Philadelphia Flyers. Toronto’s lines are expected to be as follows: David Booth-Nazem Kadri-Josh Leivo; Daniel Winnik-Peter Holland-Matt Frattin; Kyle McLaren-Sam Carrick-Troy Bodie; and Carter Ashton-Petri Kontiola-Tyler Biggs. Defence pairs include Stuart Percy and Petter Granberg; Morgan Rielly and Tom Nilsson; and Brendan Mikkelson and Korbinian Holzer.
Christopher Gibson and Cal Heeter will share the goaltending duties.
For the Flyers, veterans expected to play include goalie Steve Mason, defencemen Michael Del Zotto and Nick Schultz, and forwards Sean Couturier, Michael Raffl, Matt Read, Zac Rinaldo and Wayne Simmonds.

Leafs’ 64-player training camp roster

- September 17th, 2014

The 64-player roster for Maple Leafs training camp, which starts on Thursday with medicals at the MasterCard Centre:

Goaltenders (6)
Jonathan Bernier, Antoine Bibeau, Christopher Gibson, Cal Heeter, James Reimer, Garret Sparks

Defencemen (18)
Cody Donaghey, Matt Finn, Cody Franson, Jake Gardiner, Petter Granberg, Korbinian Holzer, Eric Knodel, Viktor Loov, Andrew MacWilliam, Kevin Marshall, Brendan Mikkelson, Tom Nilsson, Stuart Percy, Dion Phaneuf, Roman Polak, Morgan Rielly, Stephane Robidas, Henrik Tallinder

Forwards (40)
Spencer Abbott, Carter Ashton, Tyler Biggs, Troy Bodie, David Booth, Tyler Bozak, David Broll, Connor Brown, Sam Carrick, David Clarkson, Stefan Della Rovere, Jamie Devane, Brett Findlay, Matt Frattin, Frederik Gauthier, Peter Holland, Nazem Kadri, Phil Kessel, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Brandon Kozun, Josh Leivo, Joffrey Lupul, Spencer Machacek, Greg McKegg, Frazer McLaren, Carson McMillan, William Nylander, Colton Orr, Brad Ross, Matt Rupert, Ryan Rupert, Mike Santorelli, Trevor Smith, James van Riemsdyk, Carter Verhaeghe, Francis Wathier, Patrick Watling, Daniel Winnik, Brady Vail

Gauthier hurt, but expects to be okay

- August 7th, 2014

SHERBROOKE, Que. — Frederik Gauthier missed the last 40 minutes of Canada’s exhibition game on Thursday but doesn’t think he’s any serious trouble.
The Maple Leafs’ first-round pick in 2013 experienced soreness after absorbing a hit against Russia in a game Canada won 6-3. It’s believed he was favouring his ribs.
“I’m sore a bit,” Gauthier said. “I didn’t want to take any chances, just stopped there. Feel okay. We’ll see. Going to check in with the doctor tomorrow just to be sure. It’s going to be okay.”
Gauthier was part of Canada’s team last winter in Sweden and if he makes the national junior team again for the 2015 tournament in Montreal and Toronto, the expectation is he will centre the fourth line.
There has been an improvement in his skating — Gauthier said he is more stable on his skates — and he was second in faceoff-winning percentage for Canada last year, as well as serving as a dependable penalty killer.
“It’s a matter of him being consistent,” Canada coach Benoit Groulx said. “He has to use his big body to go on the forecheck, to create offensive chances, to be tough to play against in the corners and in front of the net, and not be happy with being just a defensive player at this level.”

Nurse: Dubas a “smart hockey mind”

- August 4th, 2014

BROSSARD, Que. — Put Darnell Nurse in the category of those who think the Maple Leafs made a solid hire in Kyle Dubas.
Nurse, an Edmonton Oilers first-round pick in 2013, spent the past three seasons defending the blue line for Dubas with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Leafs president Brendan Shanahan put some dents in the conventional hockey box when he hired the 28-year-old Dubas — who had been the Greyhounds’ general manager for three years — as assistant general manager in July. Nurse sees only positives in Dubas’ future in Toronto.
“He’s an unbelievable hockey mind,” Nurse said on Monday after practice at Canada’s world junior summer camp at the Bell Sports Complex. “I was really lucky to be part of his program for the past three years. He really changed the culture.”
Dubas will have a hand in changing the culture in Toronto, certainly behind the scenes. The Leafs had little use for analytics, something Shanahan came to quickly realize. Dubas, as has been well-documented, recognized the value of using advanced statistics to arrive at a more complete evaluation of not only his team but other players in the Ontario Hockey League.
Whether a similar approach helps lead to success for the Leafs remains to be seen. It won’t hurt.
“The analytics side was more for the coaching staff,” Nurse said. “They would show us some of the advanced stats at certain points in the season. But he is just such a smart hockey mind and knows how to use it, when to present it to us.
“We’re just hockey players. We go out there and try to skate up and down the ice and sometimes you throw some of those stats in our face, you can get kind of confused. He definitely used it to the best of his ability, but it was not something that made or broke our team.”