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Maple Leafs rookies Auston Matthews (left) and Connor Brown wheel around at practice in preparation for another Battle of Ontario at the Air Canada Centre tonight. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun)

Brown will slide into Marner's spot

From a low priority pre-season sidebar of “will he make the team?” to a mid-season media maelstrom of “will he miss any games?”, it’s easy to see how vital Mitch Marner has become to the Maple Leafs’ hope to play beyond mid-April.

Gustav Nyquist #14 of the Detroit Red Wings tries to get around the stick of Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers during the second period at Joe Louis Arena on January 22, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Nyquist gets six games for spearing

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has been suspended for six games for high-sticking Minnesota Wild defenceman Jared Spurgeon during a game last weekend.

Hockey Canada head Tom Renney has several plans in place -- with or without NHL players -- for Canada's coaches and roster at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea next February. (David Bloom/Postmedia Network)

Uneasy wait for Olympics decision

Tom Renney has Plan A and Plan B and maybe even a Plan C in his Hockey Canada office and admits he has no clue whether NHL players will be participating in the Olympic Games next year in Korea.

Brandon Wheat Kings player Meyer Nell (middle) tries to score on Calgary Hitmen goalie Kyle Dumba during WHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Jan. 29, 2017. (Leah Hennel/Postmedia Network)

Judge orders CHL to open books

Canadian Hockey League teams are offside in withholding detailed financial records that are being sought be players seeking a minimum wage from them, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Dave Dawson/ The Packet & Times The Start Talking Cup began three years ago to help hockey players start talking about mental health issues. It’s expanded to include off-ice workshops for both players and parents. On Tuesday night, members of the North Central Predators minor midget team met at the Rama MASK and received tips and coping strategies from Canadian Mental Health Association youth workers and former AAA players drafted by the Barrie Colts: Kyle Heitzner, right, and Christian Taylor, left.

Start Talking Cup shines a light on mental health

Hockey players, from an early age, are taught the nuances of skating, how to shoot hard and accurately, how to dish out a body check and how to take a hit. They are schooled about the value of hard work, the importance of obeying their coaches and the merit of proper nutrition and exercise.

Stars centre Devin Shore (17) scores a goal against Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen while Leafs defencemen Connor Carrick (8) and Jake Gardiner (51) defend during first period NHL action in Dallas on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (LM Otero/AP Photo)

Leafs defence plays soft in loss

Soft D in the Big D. That’s all that was required for the Maple Leafs to go down hard in their first game following the National Hockey League all-star break.

Fans pose in front of a "Hockeywood" sign at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo)

The good, the bad and the ugly

A group of scribes had just finished gulping down some fine Mexican chow in downtown Los Angeles Saturday night and were just leaving the establishment when a patron waved hello.

Leafs' Martin Marincin and Senators' Derick Brassard battle in front of Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen during first period NHL action in Toronto on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

Leafs struggles at home continue

Costly penalties, late tying goals against, shootout losses and home defeats ... such are the chains holding the Maple Leafs back from making real noise in the NHL standings.

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