It’s finally 2020, the year we’ve all been excited to enter for one reason or another, and traditionally we make resolutions for the year ahead. Sometimes they’re as simple as trying to be more courteous while walking down the street or it could be bigger, such as quitting smoking or not clipping your toenails on the streetcar, Dave.
Over the New Years break I took a trip to Toronto and a tour of the Scotiabank Arena was on the list. We stopped by the Leafs dressing room and I was able to see their New Years resolution board – no photos were allowed in the room but I did jot down a few of the key resolutions:
Mitch Marner – Keep up his Rogaine treatments on his face so he can one day grow a beard for the playoffs.
Frederik Andersen – Remain the best dressed Maple Leaf in the locker room.
Auston Matthews – Score his first hat trick on home ice.
John Tavares – Now that he’s a dad, he needs to eat a proper adult breakfast of regular shredded wheat, rather than the crazy frosted mini-wheats of his youth.
William Nylander – Continue to drive the internet (and Freddie) crazy with wacky outfits, even though he would one day like to just come to work in a plain grey suit.
Cody Ceci – Not be noticeable for like, one game. Please.
Brendan Shanahan – Work up the courage to ask the MLSE board to replace the ice making equipment. It was nostalgic to use the stuff from Maple Leafs Gardens, but maybe it’s time to buy something built this century.
Ilya Mikheyev – Start a sock puppet Instagram account rating soups at Toronto restaurants.
Do you have anything you’re working on this year?
This is my first FTB in a month, so bear with me here, things could be old.
Mackinaw Stats takes an off beat look at the Leafs season so far.
Dubas did good.
The Leafs are really enjoying being able to call players up again.
The Sharks also have a new coach who’s using players in new ways.
Now tell is what colour the sky is Sheldon?
Finally there’s a lot of good hockey to watch if you haven’t returned to work yet.
This morning the World Juniors quarter finals happen:
6:30AM – Russia vs Switzerland
9:00 AM – Canada vs Slovakia
11:30 AM – USA vs Finland
2PM – Sweden vs Czech Republic
Then at 8PM the Maple Leafs take on the Winnipeg Jets* in Winnipeg. Hopefully they aren’t too cramped up after the long bus ride in Fargo.
Happy New Year everyone, and enjoy your day!
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How to Spot a Trustworthy Online Casino in Canada
Spotting a trustworthy online casino isn’t hard once you know what to look for, but until then, you better hold off on signing up or making a deposit. This quick guide on how to find a reputable online casino will cover five different factors you can evaluate to determine whether or not a casino is trustworthy. While you could just use a site like the trusted source WikiHow that lists the best online casinos Canada, it does help to be able to evaluate the trustworthiness of casinos on your own. Likewise, you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet. Casino review sites are a great resource, but it doesn’t hurt to also do a little digging of your own. Without further delay, here’s a quick and easy guide on how to spot a trustworthy online casino.
Checking for Proper Licensing and Regulation
One of the first things you should do when assessing the trustworthiness of the best online casinos Canada is to check for proper licensing and regulation. Reputable online casinos are licensed by recognized regulatory bodies such as the Malta Gaming Authority, the UK Gambling Commission, or the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority. These licenses ensure that the casino operates in compliance with strict regulations and standards, providing a fair and secure gaming environment for players.
Never play at a casino that does not have a license or whose license is unverifiable. The easiest way to verify a license is to head to the licensor’s website and cross-check their registry with the name of the casino you’re looking at. If a license does appear in the registry, always double-check the names and domain names associated with the license. Some scam sites use domains that look similar to real casinos and act as if they are operating under their license. When in doubt, head to the URL listed on the license you find in the registry to be sure that you’re at the right site.
Evaluating the Casino’s Security Measures
Examining the Casino’s Game Selection
Game selection is another important factor to consider when choosing from the best online casinos Canada. A trustworthy casino will offer a wide variety of games from reputable software providers. Look for popular titles from well-known developers such as Microgaming, NetEnt, and Playtech. Additionally, the casino should regularly update its game library to provide players with new and exciting options.
Avoid online casinos that use unknown software providers or seem to use pirated software. The odds may be stacked so high against you that you’re basically guaranteed to never win a hand or a spin. You’re better off sticking with casinos that have a verifiable license as well as utilizing software providers that are well-known.
Verifying the Casino’s Customer Support
Good customer support is essential for a positive online casino experience. A trustworthy casino will have a responsive and knowledgeable support team available to assist you with any queries or concerns. Look for casinos that offer multiple support channels, such as live chat, email, and telephone. Additionally, check for the casino’s operating hours to ensure that support is available when you need it. You should also try and give their customer support a test run. By simply asking their 24/7 Live Chat simple questions about the site, you can get a feel for their response time and overall knowledge. Sites with poor customer service will often take a long time to connect to an agent and be unable to answer even the simplest of queries.
Looking for Fair and Transparent Bonus Terms
Bonuses and promotions are a common feature of online casinos, but it’s important to carefully review the terms and conditions associated with these offers. A trustworthy casino will have fair and transparent bonus terms, clearly outlining the wagering requirements, maximum bet limits, and any other conditions that apply. Avoid casinos that have overly restrictive or confusing bonus terms, as this may indicate a lack of transparency.
In conclusion, when looking for a trustworthy online casino, it’s important to consider factors such as proper licensing and regulation, security measures, game selection, customer support, and bonus terms. By taking the time to evaluate these aspects, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable gaming experience. Remember to always gamble responsibly and set limits for yourself to avoid any potential issues.
Canadiens acquire Tanner Pearson, trade Casey DeSmith to Canucks
A third-round pick in 2025 also goes to Montreal in the deal completed Tuesday.
Pearson hasn’t played since suffering a broken hand last November during a game in Montreal.
Pearson, 31, had one goal and four assists in 14 games last season.
In 590 career games with the Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings, Pearson has 133 goals and 139 assists for 272 points.
The Kings picked the Barrie Colts product in the first round (30th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
Pearson is in the final year of a three-year contract with a cap hit of $3.25 million.
DeSmith, 32, has been with the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2017-18. He was acquired by the Canadians in a three-team deal also involving the San Jose Sharks last month.
DeSmith was 15-16-4 with a 3.17 goals-against average and .905 save percentage last season.
In 134 career games, the undrafted DeSmith is 58-44-15 with a 2.81 GAA and .912 save percentage.
DeSmith is on the final year of a two-year deal with a cap hit of $1.8 million.
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