Friday, November 27

John Tavares

Tavares, Leafs ready to ‘chase Stanley Cup as Phase 4 begins on Sunday
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Tavares, Leafs ready to ‘chase Stanley Cup as Phase 4 begins on Sunday

John Tavares figured he would spend part of the day on Sunday deciding which last-minute items to jam into his luggage with the Maple Leafs heading into the bubble.The Leafs captain is planning for a long stay in the secure zone, and knows what he would love to bring out of it: The Stanley Cup.Tavares isn’t taking the chance to not only play hockey in the midst of the coronavirus global pandemic, but to try to win the Cup, for granted. Neither are his Leafs teammates.“In the big picture, we’re fortunate to be back playing and have the opportunity to compete for the Stanley Cup,” Tavares said on Saturday after the Leafs had their last pre-bubble practice at the Ford Performance Centre.“We know what a lot of people are going through, what the world’s going through, society, and to ...
Extended break gave Leafs captain Tavares chance to get his body right
Hockey, John Tavares, Maple Leafs, NHL, Sheldon Keefe, Toronto Maple Leafs

Extended break gave Leafs captain Tavares chance to get his body right

John Tavares didn’t like his overall consistency during the 2019-20 regular season.The Maple Leafs captain figured his play mirrored what unfolded with the team as a whole.“I had some really good stretches of hockey and then I felt at times I wasn’t as wasn’t as consistent as I’d like to be and I think that coincides with kind of the way things went for us as a team,” Tavares said on Friday.Tavares might not have met his personal standard, but he wasn’t exactly a drag on the Leafs. The 29-year-old centre had 60 points in 63 games and the Leafs were eighth in the Eastern Conference (in points percentage) when the NHL went on pause on March 12.“Last summer, coming off a really good year, a busy year, I had the oblique (issue) lingering for a long time and just didn’t have the type ...