Matthews is one of the 3 best players in the league. If you aren't going to pay him then I don't know what the point is. You don't squeeze the superstar so you can put a $3 million guy on the 3rd line. I think this is actually a steal for the Leafs, he probably could've asked/gotten $15+ million. They traded the max term for the lower AAV. Leafs get more flexibility, Matthews gets to hit the market again at 29 years old.I’m all for the top players getting big money, but I’m not sure how they are going to ice a full roster.
It’s not ideal for the Leafs - longer term would have been nice - but it will do. It’s manageable and the flexibility is very helpful. It’s an excellent deal for Matthews - win winMatthews is one of the 3 best players in the league. If you aren't going to pay him then I don't know what the point is. You don't squeeze the superstar so you can put a $3 million guy on the 3rd line. I think this is actually a steal for the Leafs, he probably could've asked/gotten $15+ million. They traded the max term for the lower AAV. Leafs get more flexibility, Matthews gets to hit the market again at 29 years old.
They're also in pretty good shape overall. The extension kicks in next season when the cap is projected to rise to $87.5 million. Even if we go conservative and it only goes up another $1 million, the Leafs will have about $30 -$35 million to spend to fill out 8-9 roster spots. That is not bargain hunting. The elephant in the room is that one of those roster spots is Nylander but all signs seem to point to him leaving. Beyond next season, 2 years from now Marner is up but that is aligned with Tavares expiring so it seems simple enough to re-allocate Tavares' money to Marner.
Babcock might not make it to the pre-season with CBJ. Spittin Chiclets reporting that Babcock demanded to see Boone Jenner (the captain) phone so he could through the photos and see what kind of a person Jenner was.Babcock is an asshole, always has been. Obviously knows his way around the rink but I wouldn’t want to touch him. I suppose everyone is entitled to grow as a person and atone for mistakes but from everything I’ve heard, fuck that guy.
When I was 21 years old, I fell in love at Fenway Park.
I didn’t meet my husband in the stands or the beer line or during a shared smile over “Sweet Caroline.” Instead, we fell in love in the press box.
In the summer of 2005, I was a 21-year-old intern in the Globe sports department, and Chris Snow was the 23-year-old, newly minted Red Sox beat writer. We first met at the White Horse Tavern on Brighton Avenue in Allston, where my fellow Globe intern and roommate for the summer, Adam Kilgore, introduced us. It wasn’t long before Chris started driving me to Fenway. Adam noted subtly, “Snow has never offered me a ride to work.”
Last month — 16 years, two kids, and one terminal diagnosis later — we went back. We walked the hallways, hugged writer friends, and stood in front of the cameras instead of next to them. I pointed out the media dining room to Cohen, 10, and Willa, 7, telling them their dad and I had some of our first “dates” there in between filing pregame stories and first pitch.
When Chris was 16 years old, his first job was selling lemonade during Red Sox games. When he was a student at Syracuse, he moved home for two straight summers to intern at the Globe, spending countless nights in the Fenway press box writing sidebars.
When he was 23, the universe brought us together there, as if writing on deadline weren’t stressful enough without all the butterflies of having your future spouse typing at the next keyboard. And the day after he turned 40, 14 months after he was supposed to die, he walked onto the Fenway Park pitcher’s mound to throw a first pitch with the good hand he has left.
What a sad, sad story.Not even a year before Chris was diagnosed, his dad, Bob Snow, a former Somerville schools assistant superintendent, died of the same disease. He has also lost two uncles to ALS, David Snow and Brad Snow, as well as Brad’s son, Matt, who was only 28 when he died. Bob, David, and Brad all died within 9 months of diagnosis, Matt within 18 months.
Just sharing that I am also an organ donor and I would ask that everyone consider becoming one if you are not already.Calgary Asst GM (and former Globe hockey beat writer) Chris Snow has been battling ALS for several years now. Sadly he suffered a cardiac event a day or so ago and his wife Kelsie is confirming that he will not wake up from the medical incident, and that organ donations are being arranged. Terrible news.