The relationship between governments, taxpayers and sports teams is unusual and complex at the best of times. But when the economy is struggling and public finances are under pressure, the situation gets trickier.
By Wayne Scanlan OTTAWA — Has the NHL gone back to its pre-lockout style of officiating games, when defencemen could hold up forwards at will and clutching and grabbing was tolerated, if not expected? It depends who you talk to about the issue. But this much is clear: There are demonstrably fewer power plays in [...]
By Wayne Scanlan OTTAWA — Jim O’Brien must have picked up windburn having so many Ottawa Senators prospects sail past him to the NHL. Quietly, for this is a very quiet young man, O’Brien has settled in to be a steady performer as Ottawa’s third-line centre, helping fill the gap left by Jesse Winchester’s concussion. [...]
The only consolation for the Ottawa Senators — and it’s small consolation, indeed — is that the Toronto Maple Leafs can’t catch them in the standings when the Battle of Ontario resumes tonight at Scotiabank Place.
By Wayne Scanlan To the average hockey fan, the New York Islanders evoke a certain image: Eccentric management operating a losing team out of an ancient arena. From within, John Tavares holds a different view, having staked out a loyalist position. Tavares, the 21-year-old face of this long-troubled franchise, sees a promising young team with [...]