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Simmons’ Sunday column peppered with hockey talk

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons talks about Brian Burke's snub by Team USA, the inevitability of Mike Babcock being appointed Team Canada's coach for the 2014 Olympics, Jonathan Quick's second consecutive strong playoff performance and the Pittsburgh Penguins' "model" in a Sunday column jam-packed with observations about multiple sports, but it's the following paragraph that caught my eye (and it's been chopped up for easier reading):

Have to figure the Sens will say goodbye to Sergei Gonchar, but this team isn’t one and done. They have $22 million in cap space and with the MVW (most valuable walrus) Paul MacLean coaching, they are well positioned going forward.


One really late second guess of Randy Carlyle: He didn’t play Leo Komarov enough in Game 7 against the Bruins. Komarov plays a smart and basic game with the Leafs. He gets the puck off the boards in his own zone, deep in the offensive zone. He played only 1:12 of the final 26 minutes against Boston. Komarov can help when protecting a lead.

Kings’ Rob Scuderi may be 34 years old, but as a free agent he plays the kind of game on defence that will attract all kinds of interest in July.


Free-agent winger David Clarkson wants it known: Pat Morris is his agent, not Wade Arnott, as was reported here last Sunday. Morris and Arnott, for the record, both work for Newport Sports. The Clarkson camp, by the way, is expecting a significant offer from the New Jersey Devils along with those from about 20 other NHL teams.


Can we now, and forever, put away this Joe Thornton playoff choker label? Look up the numbers. This isn’t Boston anymore. Thornton has 79 playoff points in 87 games with San Jose.

Simmons continues at length.

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