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from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Second thoughts? Heck, yeah, Tim Stapleton has had a gazillion of them.
But when a guy’s phone is silent 10 days into NHL free agency, it can be a sign. And so as much as he wanted to stay in Winnipeg with the Jets, the lukewarm response he got after becoming an unrestricted free agent—and the league’s continuing fixation with size—meant the 5-9 forward had to begin looking elsewhere for work.
Elsewhere, in Stapleton’s case, is Dinamo-Minsk in the KHL.
“Last year in Winnipeg was the absolute best for me,” said Stapleton Wednesday when he was reached on a golf course near his home in Chicago. “It was by far my favourite year in my career. I’ve played in Europe, I’ve done a lot of things and been all over the minors, but the fans in Winnipeg and the support, the guys on the team… it’s sad for me.
“It wasn’t an easy decision. I even woke up today thinking, ‘Man, what did I do?’ But it’s just something that made sense, especially turning 30 (next week). I’ve got to look out for life after hockey.”
Johnson received two for roughing while Evander Kane receive a double minor for roughing.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
From the ‘A’ to Zug, everyone was pulling for Tim Stapleton last night.
The Maple Leafs. The Marlies. His family in suburban Chicago. An aunt and uncle from New York who drove to Uniondale.
The Leafs farm team’s leading scorer received his big break Wednesday when an upper body injury shelved centre John Mitchell. And one night later, Stapleton delivered the 5-4 shootout winner against the Islanders.
“To have that kind of finish in my first NHL game is definitely something I’ll remember,” said Stapleton, who was moved from centre to right wing on a line with Dominic Moore and Jason Blake. “A lot of good things happened playing with those guys , but I was a minus-2 and that’s the part of my game I’m trying to work on.”
continued and watch his shootout goal below…