It’s highly unusual for the backup goaltender to take the podium on a game day.
It’s also highly unusual for a winning goaltender to get yanked mid-game due to poor performance while his team is leading.
But here we are.
Or, rather, here is Jack Campbell.
Fittingly the Toronto Maple Leafs No. 1 netminder tried to take his mind off hockey Sunday in Washington, D.C., by checking out the No. 1 film at the box office, Uncharted (his review: “Solid”).
Campbell himselfis in uncharted territory as he rides the roller coaster that is a full 82 games in the white-hot Toronto market — without the seatbelt that is contract security.
And his play is sliding off the rails.
“It’s a mental block kinda thing going on right now that he’s got to work his way through, but he’ll get there,” said coach Sheldon Keefe, ahead of Monday’s game against the Washington Capitals.
“We think there’s a good goalie there that will find a level of consistency, and that’s what we continue to work through here now.”
The 30-year-old’s freefall is precipitous, from deserved All-Star Game invitee and backbone of his club’s pre-Christmas success to a .887 save percentage and a loosened grip on the starter’s gig since Jan. 1.
“It’s simple. I’m the same goalie I was to start year as far as strategy and talent, things like that,” Campbell said. “Just relax and having some fun and not beat myself up too much. So, I’m still working. You know, it’s a process. But I have great people in my life, great teammates, and I’ll snap out of it.
“It’s just having fun and chilling out a little bit. That’s it.”
Sensing Campbell had become a liability Saturday in Detroit, as the Red Wings threw four pucks past the starter within the first 5:21 of the third period, Keefe felt he had no choice but to put in Petr Mrazek late to secure the win.
Just as he’d done last month against New Jersey, Mrazek secured the two points in relief. He’ll hold the net Monday.
Keefe made a point to speak with Mrazek post-game, acknowledging he put him in a difficult spot by calling on him so late and cold. Keefe says he leaves goalie coach Steve Briere to talk over the rough outing with Campbell.
Campbell likens the veteran Mrazek’s “laid-back demeanour” to that of former Leaf Frederik Andersen. Both are quick to share information. Both are supportive.
Neither is as emotional as Campbell, whose recent struggles appear to be a direct cause of the pressure he’s exerting on himself.
“I mean, it’s not really my game,” Campbell said. “I’m the same goalie. It’s just having fun and chilling a little bit.”
Campbell’s work in the first half of his contract season was so stellar, it was unsustainable. (Fun fact: His 2021-22 save percentage and career save percentage are now and identical .917.) But his drop-off has to be a concern, particularly with the injury-prone Mrazek (8-4-0, .894) not exactly stealing the crease and running with it himself.
“Jack had earned all the attention and the accolades that were coming with his play. You have to be prepared for it to come the other way. Maybe you don’t want to have such extremes,” Keefe said.
“Knowing this was going to be Petr’s start today, there’s more time for Jack to clear his head and get back to work.”
Goaltending ranked below a top-four defenceman and a top-six winger on the Maple Leafs’ wish list ahead of the March 21 trade deadline, but if the saves don’t show up, one must wonder if priorities shift.
Captain John Tavares cast a vote of confidence for Toronto’s shaky tandem in the wake of Saturday’s 10-7 gong show.
“Ninety-nine per cent of the games, those two guys give us a great chance to win,” Tavares said.
“So, just flush it. Get back to work, as they both do really well. Trust who they are.”
One-Timers: Toronto is dealing with a flu bug, so its lineup will not be set until after warmups. “It seems like we’ve gotten through the worst of it but hoping it stays that way,” Keefe said…. Ilya Samsonov will start in goal for the Capitals. Defenceman Justin Schultz (upper body) is a game-time decision, while Dmitry Orlov (personal reasons) is expected to play…. Tavares is expected to play but admits he is still recovering with illness…. Interestingly, Auston Matthews — named NHL’s First Star of the Week — took reps in the bumper position of Toronto’s power-play Monday morning. Despite lighting the lamp 10 times in Detroit Saturday, the Leafs were held without a power-play goal.
Tom Brady retires from NFL, insisting this time it's for good – CBC Sports
Tom Brady, who won a record seven Super Bowls for New England and Tampa, has announced his retirement.
Brady — the most successful quarterback in NFL history, and one of the greatest athletes in team sports — posted the announcement on social media Wednesday morning, a brief video lasting just under one minute.
“Good morning guys. I’ll get to the point right away,” Brady says as the message begins. “I’m retiring. For good.”
He briefly retired after the 2021 season, but wound up coming back for one more year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He retires at age 45, the owner of numerous passing records in an unprecedented 23-year career.
A year ago when he retired, it was in the form of a long Instagram post. But about six weeks later, he decided to come back for one more run. The Buccaneers — with whom he won a Super Bowl two seasons ago — made the playoffs again this season, losing in their playoff opener. And at the time, it begged the question about whether Brady would play again.
Only a couple weeks later, he has given the answer.
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“I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning, I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first,” Brady says in the video. “I won’t be long-winded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year.
“I really thank you guys so much, to every single one of you for supporting me. My family, my friends, teammates, my competitors. I could go on forever. There’s too many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. Love you all.”
Brady is the NFL’s career leader in yards passing (89,214) and touchdowns (649). He’s the only player to win more than five Super Bowls and has been MVP of the game five times.
Famously underrated coming into the NFL — he was picked 199th in the 2000 draft by the Patriots, behind six other quarterbacks, three kickers and a punter — Brady certainly wasn’t expected to become synonymous with greatness. He played in one game as a rookie, completing one of three passes for six yards.
The next year, it all changed.
Brady took over as the Patriots’ starter, the team beat the St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl that capped the 2001 season, and he and New England coach Bill Belichick were well on their way to becoming the most successful coach-QB duo in football history.
More Super Bowl wins came after the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The Patriots returned to football’s mountaintop for a fourth time in Brady’s era a decade later to cap the 2014 season, the start of three more titles in a span of five years.
In 2020, he joined the Buccaneers and won his seventh Super Bowl. He spent his last three years with Tampa Bay, getting them to the playoffs in each of those seasons.
3-time NFL MVP
“I think I’ve been on the record dozens of times saying there’s no quarterback I’d rather have than Tom Brady, and I still feel that way,” Belichick said in 2021 — shortly before Tampa Bay, with Brady, came to New England and beat the Patriots in a game dubbed “The Return.” “I was very lucky to have Tom as the quarterback, to coach him, and he was as good as any coach could ever ask for.”
Brady has won three NFL MVP awards, been a first-team All-Pro three times and selected to the Pro Bowl 15 times.
Brady and supermodel Gisele Bundchen finalized their divorce this past fall, during the Bucs’ season. It ended a 13-year marriage between two superstars who respectively reached the pinnacles of football and fashion.
It was announced last year that when Brady retires from playing, he would join Fox Sports as a television analyst in a 10-year, $375 million US deal.
Beauvillier embracing new challenge following trade to Canucks – NHL.com
VANCOUVER — Anthony Beauvillier likes the timing of his trade to the Vancouver Canucks because he’s not the only one looking to start over.
After being acquired from the New York Islanders for Bo Horvat on Monday, the 25-year-old forward joins a team that has a new coach in Rick Tocchet, who was hired Jan. 22 with assistant coach Adam Foote and defensive consultant Sergei Gonchar; is still trying to establish a new culture under general manager Patrik Allvin, who was hired Jan. 26, 2022; and now needs a new captain to replace Horvat.
“Honestly, I think [the] timing is perfect,” Beauvillier said Tuesday. “Having a new coach and new coaches, I feel like it can start a new page for everyone. Having the chance to start from scratch with everyone, it’s exciting. I feel like everyone wants to do good and everyone wants to play good for the new coaches and staff with the changes they made, so it’s definitely exciting.”
That doesn’t make it easy, however, for Beauvillier, especially having to say goodbye to close friend Mathew Barzal, who he met at a hockey camp in 2012 and roomed with at Canada’s Under-18 camp in 2015 before each was selected by the Islanders in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft (Barzal 16th; Beauvillier 28th).
Barzal, who is from the Vancouver area (Coquitlam, British Columbia), even joked that Beauvillier can have his old room back home.
“It’s been a [heck] of a ride with him and he’s going to stay one of my best friends forever,” Beauvillier said. “It’s very emotional and sad to leave these guys, but at the same time, [you] don’t want to beat yourself up too much because there’s something exciting ahead.”
Vancouver also received forward Aatu Raty and a conditional first-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft that becomes a first-round pick in 2024 if it ends up in the top 12, for Horvat.
For Allvin, it was the start of a promise to get younger, and Raty, who’s scored two goals in 12 NHL games as a 20-year-old rookie this season after being a second-round pick (No. 52) in the 2021 NHL Draft, was an important part of that.
“We felt strongly here that Raty was a key piece in this deal, along with the first-round pick,” Allvin said.
There may be more moves coming for the Canucks (20-26-3), who are sixth in the Pacific Division, 14 points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card from the Western Conference, and on pace to miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a third straight season and the seventh time in the past eight.
“We’re definitely sitting in the bottom of the standings, so we need to improve our team,” Allvin said. “As we said when we got here, we’re trying to get younger, and this might be the start. We’ve got what, five weeks to the (March 3) trading deadline? So, I would assume that more calls will come along here.”
Vancouver has three players who can become unrestricted free agents after the season: defensemen Luke Schenn and Kyle Burroughs, and goalie Collin Delia. Allvin said a decision on Schenn won’t be easy, partly because of his leadership.
“I have a lot of respect for Luke Schenn as a person and what he brings in terms of winning habits,” Allvin said. “So, that’s definitely a hard one for us, but we also understand that he’s UFA. We’ll see if there is another deal to be made or what our decision will be here over the next couple of weeks.”
Even with forward Ilya Mikheyev out for the season after having ACL surgery earlier this week, Allvin still has a glut of wings with term left on their contracts who could be traded by the Canucks to shed salary.
The list includes Brock Boeser, who has two more seasons left on a contract with an average annual value of $6.65 million, Conor Garland, who has three left ($4.95 million AAV), and Beauvillier ($4.15 million AAV), who can become a UFA after next season.
Allvin was asked if trading from that depth could address other needs.
“It could,” he said.
Replacing Horvat’s team-high 31 goals this season, including 11 on the power play, won’t be easy. Neither will be replacing his work in the face-off circle, where he leads the NHL in face-offs taken over the past five seasons (7,317), winning 55.3 percent, which ranks eighth among the 38 players with at least 4,000 face-offs.
Allvin does, however, have two players in mind to replace Horvat as captain.
“It’s hard to move your captain away,” Allvin said. “There is a lot of younger players, in particular [Elias] Pettersson and Quinn Hughes, that have shown they’re capable of being leaders of this team. We’ll sit down as a staff and talk about it here over the next couple of days. … I do think that Pettersson and Quinn Hughes have shown they’re capable of taking over this team.”
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