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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.

Kessel, Booth tussle at practice

- March 27th, 2015

Frustrations boiled over at Maple Leafs practice on Friday at the MasterCard Centre.
Forwards Phil Kessel and David Booth tangled along the boards during a power-play drill, grasping each other in a bear hug until teammates moved in to break them up before punches could be thrown.
Given the way the Leafs’ regular season has gone, it’s kind of surprising this kind of thing didn’t happen earlier. The Leafs long have been out of playoff contention and will take a seven-game losing streak into a home game Saturday against the Ottawa Senators.
Forwards Trevor Smith and Zach Sill, who have been nursing injuries, practised.
Nazem Kadri was between Joffrey Lupul and Booth on a line. Kadri’s four-game suspension has ended and he will be back in the lineup on Saturday.
Sam Carrick, who scored his first NHL goal in a 4-1 loss against the Florida Panthers on Thursday, was absent for personal reasons.
The Leafs recalled defenceman T.J. Brennan from the Toronto Marlies and sent defenceman Andrew MacWilliam and forward Greg McKegg to the farm club. Brennan was paired with Tim Erixon.
Meanwhile, the Leafs will have a signing of a different sort to announce on Saturday.
The club will ink 11-year-old Garrett Gamble to a one-day contract. Garrett, a native of Duck Lake, Sask., has Morquio Syndrome, and had contacted the Make-a-Wish Foundation with the hope of dropping the puck at a Leafs game.
That will happen on Saturday, as the Leafs have flown in Garrett and his family. The youngster also will attend the morning skate.

NHL “always been a dream” of Soshnikov

- March 21st, 2015

Nikita Soshnikov is willing to put in the time to possibly become a full-time player with the Maple Leafs one day.
“(The) NHL has always been a dream of mine,” Soshnikov told in Moscow. “Now my dream is within reach. I know that (with) a two-way contract, (I) probably will have to make (my) way through the farm club but I’m ready for it.”
For the 21-year-old Soshnikov, the location of the Marlies in Toronto in crucial. He knows Leafs management will be able to watch him closely and “this means that everything will depend on me.”
Soshnikov signed a three-year entry level contract with the Leafs on Friday. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward played in 57 games for Moscow Oblast Atlant of the Kontinental Hockey League this season, recording 32 points (14 goals and 18 assists). Soshnikov led the team with 14 goals at even-strength and had 22 penalty minutes. His 32 points were the third-highest total among KHL players under the age of 23.

Canada gets USA in 2016 world junior opener

- March 9th, 2015

Canada’s defence of the gold medal at the 2016 world junior championship will begin against one of its arch-rivals.
The International Ice Hockey Federation announced on Monday the schedule for the tournament in Helsinki, revealing that Canada will clash with the United States on Dec. 26.
Canada, which beat Russia in the gold-medal game in Toronto in January after going five years without winning the event, will play Denmark on Dec. 28, Switzerland on Dec. 29 and Sweden on Dec. 31.
Canada is in Group A. Its games will be played at the Helsinki Ice Hall.
Host Finland is joined in Group B by Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Belarus. Group B games will be contested at the Hartwall Arena.
Six players from Canada’s championship squad are eligible to play in the 2016 world junior. One of them is Connor McDavid, and by the time Boxing Day rolls around, he probably will be on his way to making a strong case to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie. In short, he won’t be in Finland.
Others who can come back are defenceman Joe Hicketts and forwards Brayden Point, Jake Virtanen, Lawson Crouse and Robby Fabbri.
The U.S. will be looking to get back on track after finishing fifth this past winter. Jack Eichel is eligible to return, but like McDavid, should be entrenched solidly in the NHL with an eye to winning the Calder.
Eichel aside, others who are eligible to return for the U.S. are goalie Brandon Halverson, defencemen Noah Hanifin, Ryan Collins, Zach Werenski and Brandon Carlo and forwards Nick Schmaltz, Sonny Milano, Alex Tuch, Dylan Larkin and Auston Matthews.
The gold-medal game in the 2016 tournament will be played on Jan. 5.

Kadri late for meeting, Horachek sends him home

- March 8th, 2015

Never a dull moment with the Maple Leafs, eh?
Centre Nazem Kadri was not on the ice for a rare Sunday practice at the MasterCard Centre and interim head coach Peter Horachek didn’t have a problem explaining why.
“He missed a meeting, so I sent him home,” Horachek said. “He showed up, but not when I was doing it.”
Will Kadri be in the lineup tomorrow night when the New York Islanders visit the Air Canada Centre?
“He is available if I want him,” Horachek said.
Horachek confirmed what he had hinted at on Saturday night, that defenceman Stephane Robidas is done for the season. Robidas will have surgery on his left shoulder, possibly as early as Wednesday.
“We decided it would be better for him to have the surgery since it is a long recovery in order for him to be available for training camp next year,” Horachek said. “We felt it would be better for him to get it done. He has some tears in his labrum and his rotator cuff. We don’t want this to be a recurring thing.”
Jonathan Bernier, who allowed three goals on 17 shots in the first period of an eventual 6-1 loss against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night, will be back in goal to start against the Islanders, Horachek said.

Kessel’s passion needs to be shown on the ice

- March 3rd, 2015

Let the Maple Leafs — or in this case, Phil Kessel — take their frustrations out on the media. Fine.
We should remember what the players almost always say when they’re asked about which way management should go via trades, free agency, other moves, etc.
“The players just play,” usually is the answer, or some variation of it.
Then go do it. Go demonstrate, starting on Tuesday night in Florida against the Panthers, that you’re capable.
Give a damn as much on the ice as you apparently do off the ice.
The tweet that appeared on TSN regarding Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and Phaneuf’s wife, Elisha Cuthbert, was reprehensible. Period.
Players and the organization should be upset about it, none more than Phaneuf and Lupul.
If that was Kessel’s way of defending Phaneuf regarding that tweet, no problem.
Fact is, though, Phaneuf has been captain of a team — and paid quite handsomely for it — that is headed for another April which will be marked by tee times and fishing trips.
Phaneuf was named captain in June 2010. Since then, the Leafs have appeared in seven playoff games.
Should the collective failures in the ensuing years all fall at the feet of Phaneuf? No. Last we checked, hockey is a team game. Kessel, Lupul, Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri and every other Leaf who has been part of unsuccessful teams must share in it.
But Phaneuf is the captain. So yes, he will get more attention than other players. That’s part of the territory that comes with that letter on the front of the sweater.
If Kessel wants to get behind his captain that badly, then show it during games. Start backchecking with authority. Use that quickness and talent that most players would kill for to become a responsible player all over the ice.
Put something behind the words.