Toronto Raptors coach Sergio Scariolo is excited to see who from the bench will be able to make the most of the opportunity over the next few games before the All-Star break.
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Nick Foligno is leaving his family back in Columbus to join Toronto and will have to isolate for seven days before getting on the ice for the Maple Leafs. He will miss at least five games. Taylor Hall hopped in his car to drive from Buffalo to Boston and expected to be in the Bruins lineup less than 48 hours after they acquired him. Quarantine requirements are making the trade deadline drastically different for teams around the NHL this year. Within the league's own protocols, U.S. teams — especially those getting players from nearby rivals — have a sizable advantage over their Canadian counterparts, and it could make a difference down the road in trying to develop chemistry for the playoffs. Even for defenceman Mike Reilly, who was traded from Ottawa to Boston late Sunday, it’s like any other trade deadline where he can play immediately. “Just pack everything up here, and I believe I get to avoid the quarantine, which is nice,” he said. Getting Hall and Reilly now and Lazar as soon as he's healthy wasn't the Bruins' only thought process on deadline day. But they'll gladly accept those guys not needing to sit out a week like Foligno, Edmonton addition Dmitry Kulikov or Montreal acquisition Erik Gustafsson. “It’s a nice added benefit associated with what the challenging environment we’re all dealing with,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said. “Those guys were all motivated to do it, which speaks to the fact that they want to get here and get acclimated and play and play meaningful games.” Foligno — and Eric Staal when he went from the Sabres to the Montreal Canadiens — weren't so fortunate. Staal was the first player to benefit from Canada reducing its quarantine time from two weeks to one, though he still missed three games. Toronto traded a first and two fourth-round picks to land Foligno but won't be able to insert him into the lineup until April 21 at Winnipeg, at the earliest. “There’s a little bit of a lull here with the seven days that’s coming," Foligno said. “But I’m really looking forward to just getting there and getting acquainted with everything and then hitting the ground running and helping any way I can." Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas said if the quarantine were still 14 days “that really would have put us, all the Canadian teams, all seven teams in a more difficult spot." Seven days made it doable. Don't feel too bad for the North Division-leading Maple Leafs, though: They'll gave goaltender David Rittich available Tuesday night after acquiring him from Calgary. The opponent? The Flames, and Rittich could be in net against his old team. Edmonton will likely not have Kulikov in the lineup for the next two weeks because of rescheduling quirks that have the Oilers playing four games in six days before some time off. Contrast that with Pittsburgh being able to fly Jeff Carter in privately to get him on the ice now and Washington plugging Anthony Mantha in Tuesday. STAYING PUT Not everyone on the trade block got traded. Philadelphia's Scott Laughton and Los Angeles' Alex Iafallo signed the kind of contract extensions Buffalo is hoping to finalize with goaltender Linus Ullmark. Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher woke up Monday morning unsure if he'd be signing Laughton long term or trading the forward having a career year to any one of a number of teams interest in renting him for a playoff push. Fletcher ultimately re-signed Laughton to a $15 million, five-year contract and hope he “Certainly there was a lot of interest in Scott Laughton, but we value him highly and we’re happy with the deal and very happy with Scott,” Fletcher said. “The versatility he brings, the energy, he moves around your lineup, he contributes offence, he can kill penalties.” Iafallo's camp and the Kings went down to the wire before he signed a $16 million, four-year extension that kept him in L.A. GM Rob Blake said the team was “100% committed” to getting the deal done and not trading him. CAP GAINS Detroit and San Jose didn't just sell off their own players at the deadline — they picked up draft picks by using salary-cap space to facilitate trades between other teams. The Red Wings got a fourth-round pick from Tampa Bay — GM Steve Yzerman's old team — for taking 25% of former Columbus defenceman David Savard's salary, while the Sharks added a fourth-rounder from Toronto to make the the Foligno deal happen and a fifth-rounder from Vegas to get Mattias Janmark to the Golden Knights. Yzerman said colleagues asked about Detroit's willingness to take on salary in exchange for a pick. He said, “We have a lot of cap space so it wasn’t that big of a deal for us to do it.” "It’s part of what you do in this position," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said. "When you’re in this phase where you’re trying to replenish and reset your team, (cap space is) something that you have and you should use. We tried to share that with a bunch of teams out there, and I know there was a group of teams that were trying to do the same thing." Wilson didn't have any problem giving archrival Vegas a boost this year. “If we didn’t do it, five other teams would’ve done it and it’s what’s best for us: acquiring a draft pick for doing that,” Wilson said. "I would rather we get that pick than some of our fellow rivals." FREE PLAYERS It cost the defending Western Conference-champion Dallas Stars nothing to add a veteran defenceman on trade deadline day. They claimed pending free agent Sami Vatanen off waivers from New Jersey, and Ottawa plucked defenceman Victor Mete off waivers from nearby Montreal. The Stars are a handful of points back of the final playoff spot in the Central and hope to get goalie Ben Bishop back soon. Getting Vatanen for nothing was an opportunity they couldn't pass up. “We’re a pretty banged up group right now and not sure of our injury situation, and to be able to pick up a player of Sami’s attributes and not cost you a draft pick was important,” GM Jim Nill said. “It’s something that worked out well for us.” BUSY BLACKHAWKS Chicago was one of the busiest teams on deadline day, making four trades. Beyond sending Janmark to Vegas, the Blackhawks traded Carl Soderberg to NHL-leading Colorado and got Adam Gaudette from Vancouver for Matthew Highmore. They also got intriguing young forward Henrik Borgstrom in a trade last week with Florida. ___ AP Hockey Writers John Wawrow and Larry Lage, Sports Writers Greg Beacham and Will Graves and freelance reporter Denis Gorman contributed. ___ Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press
VANCOUVER — For forward Tanner Pearson, the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak sweeping through the Vancouver Canucks hit home as his teammates' loved ones began to fall ill. Players knew there was a risk they'd pick up this virus this season, he said. What they didn't expect was to see their partners and children get sick. “That’s when it really, really started to suck," said Pearson, who has remained off the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list throughout the outbreak. "I think guys were pretty confident in themselves to get over it, but when it starts hitting wives and kids and pregnant wives, that’s when it really becomes more than hockey. That’s when it scares you a bit.” Twenty-two Canucks players and four members of the coaching staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since March 30. One additional player has been deemed a close contact. The team has said a variant of the virus is involved and genomic sequencing is being done to determine which specific variant. Eight Canucks games were postponed between March 31 and April 14. The outbreak has begun to wane in recent days, with defenceman Travis Hamonic being removed from the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list on Monday. Eighteen Canucks players remain on the list. A player on the protocol list has not necessarily tested positive. Players who are in self-isolation after travelling or who've been in close contact with someone who tested positive, for example, are also on the list. The list does not include team staff or players not on the active roster, including those on the taxi squad. The league allowed Vancouver to reopen its facilities Monday and general manager Jim Benning said 10 players took advantage of the opportunity to get back on the ice. “Some guys feel really good and they’re ready to go. Other guys are still feeling some residual effects of the COVID," he said. Coach Travis Green is "feeling better every day," Benning added. "Hopefully he’s ready to go too as we get going.” The Canucks are set to host the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. It will be Vancouver's first game since March 24. It's been even longer since Pearson played. The 28-year-old left-winger has been out of the lineup since injuring his leg in a bout with the Ottawa Senators on March 17. Pearson said Monday that he's returned to skating and is feeling better. “I’m excited to hopefully play again soon, to see the guys, not just through a group text or whatnot," he said. "I want to play. It’s way better to sit in an apartment all day and waiting to get the OK.” Vancouver faces a gruelling end to the season with 19 games in 30 days, including six sets of back-to-backs. “It’s not going to be easy but in this season with all the things you’ve got to deal with COVID and stuff, it is what it is," Benning said. Some new faces will bolster the Canucks lineup during the final stretch. Benning dealt forward Adam Gaudette — the first player to test positive for COVID-19 during the outbreak — to the Chicago Blackhawks ahead of the NHL's trade deadline Monday. In exchange, Vancouver received centre Matthew Highmore. The GM said the Canucks had expected Gaudette to take another step this season, but hadn't seen the desired amount of progress. “I think it was the right time for him to get a fresh start," Benning said. "I think it was just the right time for both parties to move on.” Vancouver also made some changes on the blue-line, dealing veteran defenceman Jordie Benn to the Winnipeg Jets for a sixth-round pick in this year's draft and acquiring defenceman Madison Bowey from Chicago. The Canucks also swapped their fourth-round pick in this year's draft for the Blackhawks' fifth rounder. Benning believes the Canucks will have a full team ready to play come Friday. “First and foremost, it’s about getting healthy, getting back on the ice, getting back in game shape. Once we start playing games, we play a lot of games in a short period of time," he said. “I’m hoping we can win our share of games here so that we can make it competitive going down the stretch.” This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021. Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press
Aaron Hicks, who spent his first three seasons with the Twins, opted to sit out of their game against Toronto on Monday after Daunte Wright's death in Minnesota.
BRIGHTON, England — Everton failed to keep the pressure on local rival Liverpool in the race for European qualification, letting two points slip in a lacklustre 0-0 draw at Brighton on Monday. Without top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin because of a hamstring injury, Everton managed just one shot on target — that coming in the 71st minute — at Amex Stadium. A late chance fell to substitute Alex Iwobi, who blazed over when free just inside the area. The result left Everton on a four-game winless run and in eighth place, four points behind sixth-place Liverpool and seven behind West Ham in fourth. In the battle to avoid relegation, Brighton climbed above Burnley into 15th place and is now seven points clear of third-to-last Fulham. The south-coast team has 33 points from 31 games for the third straight season. Everton has been impressive on the road this season, with 29 points from its 14 away fixtures and its previous 10 away league matches featuring seven wins and only one loss. But the Toffees struggled to impose themselves against a Brighton team who kept possession well, with centre midfielder Yves Bissouma the most accomplished player on the field. Brighton lacked a cutting edge, though, with Leandro Trossard having a shot deflected just wide and Bissouma's ambitious overhead kick looping onto the roof of the net. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
One underwhelming liquidation sale and a blockbuster trade help determine the winners and losers on deadline day.
CALGARY — The Calgary Flames jettisoned the highest draft pick in team history when Sam Bennett was dealt to the Florida Panthers on Monday. The 24-year-old forward and a sixth-round draft pick in 2022 went to the Panthers, with a second-round pick next year and Swedish prospect Emil Heineman going to Calgary. Calgary drafted Bennett fourth overall in 2014 mere weeks after Brad Treliving was hired as Flames general manager. "He's a real good kid, but you also have to make business decisions," Treliving said on a media conference call Monday. "Sam worked hard here. That was never the issue, but I think he's going to embrace a fresh start and we wish him all the best." Heineman was a second-round pick of the Panthers last year. The 19-year-old winger has seven goals and six assists in 43 games this season for Leksand in the Swedish Elite League. Bennett was the second player to leave Calgary in the hours before Monday's trade deadline. Treliving also dealt goaltender David Rittich to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a second-round pick. Calgary (17-21-3) was six points out of the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division with 15 games remaining heading into Monday night's play. "We felt we got real good return, but we're not throwing the towel in on the year," Treliving said. "I'm not about to do autopsies on the corpse here. We've got lots of hockey left to go. "We felt if we were going to make these moves, those moves wouldn't be available to us beyond today. "I wouldn't necessarily define it as you're just buying, you're just selling. I had a hand in both pools here today. This is what transpired." Bennett, who is headed for restricted free agency this summer, would likely have been exposed in the expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken. The six-foot-one, 195-pound forward compiled 67 goals and 73 assists in 402 games for the Flames, and had four goals and eight assists in 38 games this year. Bennett had five goals and three assists in 10 playoff games for the Flames last summer. His agent indicated in January that Bennett was unhappy with his situation in Calgary. Bennett recently said he was happier since the Flames hired head coach Darryl Sutter in early March. "We dealt with the issue earlier in the year," Treliving said. "I've got a good relationship with Sam, think a lot of young man. We had a long discussion today. "I think if you could do things over in life, I know I've probably got a few re-dos out there. Probably everybody does. It probably could have been handled a little bit differently. I don't put that on Sam." Bennett played both centre and wing for the Flames, but wasn't able to garner sustained time among Calgary's top six forwards over seven seasons. His most productive season was his second with 18 goals and 18 assists in 77 games. Rittich is headed for unrestricted free agency after this season. Treliving expected the 28-year-old Czech to put himself on the market. When the Flames signed Jacob Markstrom to a six-year, $36-million contract last October, Rittich became the clear backup after two seasons as a tandem with first Mike Smith and then Cam Talbot. "Good goalie, but happy with the return," Treliving said. "The draft capital doesn't mean a lot right now, but I think it's going to become much more valuable with each day that goes by as we get into the summer with the pending expansion draft, I think those picks are going to become much more valuable." This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021. Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press
Sam Allardyce has spearheaded a number of unlikely, late-season escape acts in the Premier League down the years. Leading West Bromwich Albion to safety this season would be his biggest triumph yet. It's improbable but certainly not out of the question after the team's second big win in little over a week, 3-0 over Southampton on Monday. Make that eight goals in two games for next-to-last West Brom, which was coming off a scarcely believable 5-2 victory at Chelsea at the start of April. It's a huge turnaround for a side which, until this recent flurry of goals, was the lowest scorer in the league with just 20 from its first 29 games. From appearing virtually certain of going down, West Brom suddenly has a fighting chance of staying up given the gap to Newcastle, which occupies the spot above the bottom three, is eight points with seven games remaining. “It’s not a big chance," said the 66-year-old Allardyce, who has never been relegated from England's top division in a managerial career spanning three decades. “Just a hope that we keep winning and the other teams lose. That’s all we can do.” The fixture schedule certainly isn't on the side of the man known as “Big Sam,” with games still to come against Leicester, Liverpool and West Ham — teams fighting for Champions League qualification — as well as trips to Arsenal and Leeds. No team will be scrapping harder than West Brom, though. Certainly Southampton, whose players possibly had one eye on Sunday's FA Cup semifinal against Leicester at Wembley Stadium, couldn't cope with Allardyce's team. Matheus Pereira, from the penalty spot, and Matt Phillips scored in a four-minute span from the 32nd and Callum Robinson added a third in the 69th. Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl called it a “non-performance” from his players. “If we play like this, we have no chance on Sunday,” he said. “When the first duel was lost, you could see we weren’t sharp enough to compete with a team like West Brom." CLOSER TO SAFETY Brighton is inching closer to safety, with a 0-0 draw against Everton moving the south-coast team seven points clear of the relegation zone. Everton was toothless without England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who was missing because of a hamstring problem, and its best chance fell in the 90th minute to Alex Iwobi, who blazed a shot over the crossbar when free just inside the area. Everton's ambitions of qualifying for a European competition next season are fading, with Carlo Ancelotti's team in eighth place — six points off fifth-place Chelsea. Everton has a game in hand over all the teams higher in the standings, however. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Steve Douglas, The Associated Press