Monday, September 30, 2013

{allcanada} Photo: Jarret Stoll arrives at Columbia Pictures screening of 'Captain Phillips', on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif.


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Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman John-Michael Liles has cleared waivers and has been assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

The 32-year-old was placed on waivers by the Leafs on Sunday and cleared Monday. He has three years remaining on a four-year deal worth a $3.875-million average annual value.

Liles' demotion clears $925,000 off the Leafs' salary cap obligations, leaving the team with just under $66,000 left below the $64.3 million salary cap, according to

An Indianapolis native, Liles scored two goals and nine assists in 32 games with the Leafs in 2012-13. In 621 career NHL games with the Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche, Liles has 77 goals and 236 assists.

Liles scored a goal and added a primary assist against the Detroit Red Wings in the Leafs' final exhibition game on Saturday night.

In addition to Liles, the Leafs have also assigned forwards Trevor Smith and Troy Bodie, defenceman T.J. Brennan and Korbinian Holzer and goaltender Drew MacIntyre to the Marlies after they cleared waivers on Monday. They also sent Jamie Devane, Jerry D'Amigo, Andrew MacWilliam, Josh Leivo, Spencer Abbott, David Broll, Stuart Percy and Greg McKegg to the Marlies, leaving 22 players on the roster.

The deadline to set NHL rosters is 5 pm et Monday with all teams needing to get their payrolls under the $64.3-million salary cap.

For the Leafs, their total cap obligations must be below that number including the currently-suspended David Clarkson and Frazer McLaren – who is currently nursing a broken finger.

A corresponding move is expected once rosters are finalized with McLaren expected to be placed on the long-term injured reserve. Once that move is made the Leafs will be left with only 11 active forwards on their roster and will need to recall a player from the Marlie prior to the Leafs' season opener in Montreal on Tuesday night.

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{allcanada} Report: Maple Leafs, Kessel discussing extension

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Phil Kessel could get the contract he is seeking before the Toronto Maple Leafs open the 2013-14 season Tuesday night. reported Monday that negotiations on a contract extension between Kessel's agent and the Maple Leafs were taking place ahead of Tuesday's regular-season opener against the Montreal Canadiens.

The 26-year-old forward is now in the final season of a contract that pays him $5.4 million per year.'s Chris Johnston reported Monday that Kessel could make as much as $8 million per season for eight years in a new deal.

Kessel led the Maple Leafs with 52 points (20 goals, 32 assists) in 48 games last season. He had four goals in seven games in Toronto's first-round loss to the Boston Bruins in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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{allcanada} Wynne: Pan Am 2015 expenses 'unacceptable'

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TORONTO — It is "unacceptable" for highly paid executives with Toronto's 2015 Pan Am Games organizing committee to bill Ontario taxpayers for things such as a cup of tea, even if it was allowed, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday.

"It's ridiculous, okay," Wynne told reporters. "I'm just going to say it's ridiculous. It is the kind of entitlement that is unacceptable."

The Progressive Conservatives demanded an auditor general's investigation after documents obtained by the Toronto Sun showed Pan Am CEO Ian Troop, who is paid $477,000 a year, billed taxpayers for a 91-cent parking ticket.

The committee's senior vice-president, Allen Vansen, billed taxpayers more than $27,000 to move from Vancouver to Toronto, including $110 to transfer a pet.

It's "outrageous" that such well-paid executives were doing exactly what others did at agencies like eHealth Ontario and the Ornge air ambulance service, said Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak.

"Premier, you said that you would not follow the same pattern of behaviour or the culture of entitlement of the (former premier) Dalton McGuinty Liberals," Hudak said in the legislature.

"When I think about that kind of gross waste and arrogance, it makes me wonder what is different about Kathleen Wynne. It sounds like the same tune the Liberals have been playing for 10 years."

Wynne agreed some of the Pan Am expenses were out of line, and said the government had already ordered officials to tighten and clarify the rules.

"The rules that were put in place allowed this kind of entitlement. It's unacceptable and those are the wrong rules, they shouldn't be there," she said.

"It's absolutely appropriate for people to be outraged by that kind of decision. Should be people expensing tea and coffee? No, they should not, and the rules will change."

However, the New Democrats said they worry the Liberals never learned anything from past expense abuses like the $1-billion eHealth scandal in 2009 that saw well-paid health care consultants nickel-and-diming taxpayers for muffins and coffee.

"We've seen the same kind of scandals with eHealth, the exact same kind of scandal with the Ornge air ambulance, where these folks at the very top are expensing not only things like coffee and tea and muffins, but trips all over the world," said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

"The Liberal government from time to time says they're going to crack down or change the rules, but every time we turn around it's the same old story."

The Pan Am executives also billed taxpayers for expensive hotel rooms and dinners as they travelled to Guadalajara, London, Glasgow, Miami, Jamaica and St. Kitts.

The committee's senior vice-president Louise Lutgens rented a car in Guadalajara for $1,830 and also billed $9.92 for laundry and another $45 for a cover for her BlackBerry, the Sun reported. CFO Barb Anderson, who is paid $307,000 a year, twice billed taxpayers $1.89 for coffee. Troop also expensed $8,561.19 for a Mexican hotel and cocktail party.

The Conservatives demanded the Pan Am executives repay "the taxpayer money they've squandered" before the Games even start.

"What I worry about is if this is how they've started out, and there's still two years to go before the Pan Am Games, how deep is this culture of entitlement," wondered Hudak. "If we don't actually stop this in its tracks now, how bad are the abuses going to be?"

Pan Am 2015 chairman David Peterson said in a release Monday night that Troop and his team are reviewing the policy on expenses.

"TO2015 followed all the approved policies around expenses and travel," Peterson said, adding "I do understand people can interpret these expenses in different ways."

"We remain committed to transparency and openness," he said.

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{allcanada} Rihanna Congratulates Drake for His "Excellent Work" on Nothing Was the Same Album

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Drake's latest work is Rihanna-approved.

The Barbadian beauty, who was once romantically linked to the rapper and was also featured on the song "Take Care" from his last album with the same name, shared with her Instagram and Twitter followers today that she is a big fan of Drizzy's new album, Nothing Was the Same, by giving the celeb props for his project.

"Congratulations @champagnepapi Excellent work!! #NWTS," RiRi wrote with a photo of the album cover.

But Rihanna hinted that she was a fan of what Drake was coming up with before the album even dropped.

Drake, Album Cover

In early August, the pop star took to Twitter to gush over the rapper's latest single, "Hold On, We're Going Home," and even tweeted her favorite lyrics to the then-newly released track.

"I got my eyes on you," she wrote. "Cuz you're a good girl and you know it!"

When one fan wrote more lyrics to the song, she immediately responded with, "My new fave record, period."

Drake released his third studio album last week, and explained to E! News that "it's emotional, but I think I also found a balance in the production—as far as not to make it so down."

He continued to tell us, "I feel like 'Take Care' had real ballads, real down moments, and I feel like on this album, I try to push everything together to make it strong. It's great. It's one of my favorite pieces. It's concise. I'm really proud of the writing on there. And 40 [Noah Shebib] outworked me on the production, he's amazing. It's good, I'm excited."

Just remember: Be careful when Drake-ing and driving, folks. (You too, Rihanna.)

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Season series: The Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers didn't meet during the 2012-13 season because the Jets were still part of the Eastern Conference and there was no cross-conference play in the abbreviated 48-game campaign. Their last matchup dates all the way back to Feb. 27, 2012, when a four-goal third period rallied the Oilers to a 5-3 win at MTS Centre. Taylor Hall had the game-winner.

Big story: The Jets were reborn in Winnipeg two seasons ago, and now they're officially back where they belong in the Western Conference, part of the new Central Division. The Oilers, meanwhile, have shifted over to the Pacific and hope the time is now for an impressive collection of young talent to take the next step toward a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs under first-year coach Dallas Eakins.

Team Scope:

Jets: Like its opponent to open the season, Winnipeg is looking to end a postseason drought. The Jets have missed the playoffs each of their first two seasons since relocating from Atlanta, and the franchise as a whole has made it there just once in 13 seasons.

The preseason returns weren't very promising, as the team won once in eight games. However, a couple important pieces in the team's future acquitted themselves well. Rookies Mark Scheifele, a forward who has 11 games of NHL experience over the past two seasons, and Jacob Trouba, a defenseman and the No. 9 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, are expected to play key roles going forward.

"I have to say that I have liked both," coach Claude Noel told the Winnipeg Free Press. "They bring some good things to our group and they certainly look like they can play here."

Oilers: Although banged up in some areas, Edmonton made it through the preseason winning five of seven games before getting blanked 4-0 by the Dallas Stars in Friday's finale.

Among the key offseason acquisitions for the Oilers were forward David Perron, who came over from the St. Louis Blues in a trade for Magnus Paajarvi, and defenseman Andrew Ference, signed as a free agent. Ference, a 13-year veteran who won the Stanley Cup in 2011 with the Boston Bruins, was named the team's new captain on Saturday.

"Andrew is everything you look for in a captain," Eakins said. "You start rattling off words like, compete, honest, commitment, a guy that can communicate. Everything you talk about a leader, that's what this young man is. The biggest thing for me, is his ability to unite this organization. He's the most important person in this organization."

Injury report: Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien left Friday's final preseason game against the Boston Bruins with an apparent leg injury, but is probable. Defenseman Zach Bogosian (undisclosed) is practicing and expected to be in the lineup. … Edmonton forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) is still recovering from offseason surgery and likely out until November. Forwards Sam Gagner (jaw) and Steve McIntyre (knee) and defenseman Corey Potter (back) are on injured reserve. Perron (illness) and defenseman Denis Grebeshkov (groin) are day-to-day.

team stats
GP Record Home Away L10 G/G GA/G PP% PK% PIM/G S/G S/A FO%
0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0

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