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Hall could be traded by Sabres; GM 'open to anything and everything' – NHL.com

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BUFFALO — Taylor Hall could be traded by the Buffalo Sabres prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on April 12, general manager Kevyn Adams said Wednesday.

The 29-year-old forward can become an unrestricted free agent after this season. He signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Sabres on Oct. 11, 2020.

“We’re open to anything and everything,” Adams said. “My job is to do anything and everything to make this franchise move in the right direction. I have a very good relationship with (Hall’s agent) Darren Ferris and Taylor. Open lines of communication and obviously days are moving forward here, so there will be a lot of conversations around that.”

Hall has scored 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 28 games for Buffalo this season, including six points (one goal, five assists) on the power play. Selected by the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, Hall won the Hart Trophy voted as the NHL most valuable player in 2017-18, after he scored an NHL career-high 93 points (39 goals, 54 assists) in 76 games with the New Jersey Devils.

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The Sabres, who have lost straight games (0-10-2) and are last in the NHL with a 6-18-4 record, fired Ralph Krueger as coach Wednesday and replaced him with assistant Don Granato. Buffalo has not qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2011.

“Obviously where we are in the standings lends to the fact I’ll be getting phone calls or have been getting phone calls on players,” Adams said. “Conversations every day. A lot of conversations. Absolutely, this is my job to make sure not only that I’m proactive but listen as well and [am] doing everything I can to move this thing forward.”

Any potential trade will require Hall’s approval because of a no-move clause in his contract. He said this month he had interest in re-signing with the Sabres, but that was before the firing of Krueger, who played a key role in Hall’s decision to sign with Buffalo. Hall and Krueger were together for three seasons with the Oilers, when Krueger was an assistant (2010-11, 2011-12) and coach (2012-13).

“I’m open to anything,” Hall said March 4. “It’s not like I’ve had an amazing statistical year by any means so far this year. So just in saying that, I’ve enjoyed my time here, I’ve really liked the guys, the coaching staff, the way we’re treated as players. And like we said from the start, my agent and myself, we’re open to anything. 

“I was never treating this as just a one-year thing. I was always coming into it open-minded. We’ll have to see what happens here, if there’s interest on their side, but, yeah, of course I’m interested.”

Adams said he has had discussions with Ferris since signing Hall, and those discussions have continued.

“We openly in the beginning when [signing Hall] happened … talked about what would we do moving forward and concepts,” Adams said. “So we’ve had open dialogue back then. Darren and I have been in touch recently and we’ve had conversations both ways, so we’ll see where this goes.”

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Alouettes trade for QB Trevor Harris – CFL.ca

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MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes announced on Sunday that the team has acquired veteran quarterback Trevor Harris from the Edmonton Elks in exchange for American defensive end Antonio Simmons.

In six games this season, Harris completed 135 of 192 passes, collecting 1,568 yards, adding six majors.

Harris (six-foot-three, 212 pounds) is in his ninth season in the CFL after playing in Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton. In 139 career games, he completed 1990 passes for 23,750 yards, adding 126 touchdown passes. The 35-year-old quarterback has hoisted the Grey Cup twice (2012, Toronto; 2016, Ottawa). The Waldo, OH native was selected on the East Division All-Star Team in 2016. The former Edinboro University Fighting Scots suited up for the Jacksonvile Jaguars in 2010 and the Buffalo Bills in 2011.

“Trevor is a veteran who knows the league well and what it takes to win”, said Montreal Alouettes General Manager Danny Maciocia. “We are pleased to have been able to complete this transaction. We are confident that Trevor will work well with our quarterbacks. We thank Antonio for his services and wish him well.”

In 23 career games with the Alouettes, Simmons made 52 defensive tackles, five quarterback sacks and forced a fumble.

Simmons is currently in his second CFL season and joins the Elks after originally signing with Montreal in May of 2019.

The Georgia Tech product played all 18 regular season games for the Als in 2019, recording 45 defensive tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble. In five games this season, Simmons has registered seven defensive tackles and two sacks.

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Simmons played four years (2014-17) at Georgia Tech, collecting 83 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and seven quarterback sacks. He spent time in 2018 with both the Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Flames D Andersson fined $5K for roughing Oilers F Yamamoto – TSN

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Calgary Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson has been fined $5,000 for roughing Edmonton Oilers forward Kailer Yamamoto.

Andersson was fined the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the Players’ Association.

The money goes to the players’ emergency assistance fund.

Andersson was assessed minor penalties for both roughing and elbowing at 14:33 of the first period Saturday in Edmonton.

The Flames lost their season-opener 5-2 to the Oilers.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 17, 2021.

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Report: Maple Leafs to ease up on dress code restrictions for game days – Sportsnet.ca

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are apparently planning to loosen up on dress code restrictions for players on game day.

Players are required to wear jackets, ties and dress pants to and from the arena, as outlined in the CBA, however, teams can ease up on the mandate if they choose.

The Arizona Coyotes were the only team that opted to do so entering the season, but the Maple Leafs now plan to follow suit, according to Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun.

The decision comes just a few days after ESPN published an article on Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews, who has shown a flair for unique fashion while away from the arena, discussing his displeasure with the NHL’s strict dress code.

“I don’t mind wearing a suit, but it gets old pretty quick,” Matthews said. “I think it’d be fun to wear different things and be able to express yourself, similar to what the NBA does or even the NFL a little bit.”

The 24-year-old Matthews, who led the NHL with 41 goals in 52 games last season, missed the first three games of the season while recovering from wrist surgery and is expected to make his 2021-22 debut Monday night against the New York Rangers on Sportsnet.

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