Trevor Story’s deal with Red Sox nearly fell apart over COVID-19 vaccination status, per report — The Denver Post

The completion of Trevor Story’s deal to join the Red Sox apparently hit a snag this week and was nearly in jeopardy of falling apart due to his COVID-19 vaccination status. According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Thursday, there were concerns that the agreement with Story – a six-year, $140 million contract…

Trevor Story’s deal with Red Sox nearly fell apart over COVID-19 vaccination status, per report — The Denver Post


TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (40-18-5 – 85 Points) vs.
NEW JERSEY DEVILS (23-36-5 – 51 Points)
1 2 3 FINAL
NEW JERSEY 0 2 0 2
TORONTO 0 2 1 3

  • Ilya Mikheyev scored shorthanded for Toronto at 12:30 of the second period. Mikheyev recorded his
    13th goal of the season.
  • Mitch Marner scored for the Maple Leafs at 14:54 of the second period. Marner posted his 27th goal
    of the season. Marner has recorded seven points (4G, 3A) through his last four games.
  • Pierre Engvall scored shorthanded for Toronto at 15:18 of third period. Engvall posted his 11th goal
    of the season.
  • Alexander Kerfoot posted the primary assist on Mikheyev’s shorthanded goal. Kerfoot registered his
    35th assist of the season.
  • Auston Matthews recorded the primary assist on Marner’s goal. Matthews posted his 34th assist of
    the season. Matthews has posted 12 points (9G, 3A) through his last seven games.
  • Michael Bunting registered the secondary assist on Marner’s goal. Bunting recorded his 29th assist
    of the season. Bunting has recorded an assist in back-to-back games.
  • Petr Mrázek stopped 20 of 22 shots in tonight’s win.
  • The Maple Leafs were 0-for-3 on the power play and 1-for-4 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Ilya Mikheyev scored his third shorthanded goal of the season and fourth of his NHL career.
  • Pierre Engvall scored his first shorthanded goal of the season and second of his NHL career.
  • With Engvall’s shorthanded goal, Toronto improved to a league-leading 10 shorthanded goals on the
    OF NOTE…
  • With his 27th goal of the season scored during tonight’s game, Mitch Marner set a new career-high
    in goals.
  • With his assist on Marner’s second period goal, Auston Matthews tied a career-high in points with
    his 80th of the season (46G, 34A).
  • Per NHL Stats, Auston Matthews became the eighth player to record multiple 80-point seasons with
    Toronto, and first since Phil Kessel posted his second in 2013-14 (also 2011-12).
  • Colin Blackwell tied a season-high four hits during tonight’s game.
  • Mark Giordano and Colin Blackwell made their debut with the Maple Leafs during tonight’s game.
  • TJ Brodie was on the ice for a team-high 22 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Jason Spezza finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 69.23 percent
    (9 for, 4 against).
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    NEW JERSEY 3 (3) 11 (6) 8 (6) 22 (15)
    TORONTO 11 (11) 11 (10) 9 (5) 31 (26)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    NEW JERSEY 11 (11) 22 (16) 18 (13) 51 (40)
    TORONTO 21 (21) 16 (13) 14 (9) 51 (43)
  • The Maple Leafs are 23-7-2 at home this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 78-41-20-9 in 148 games against the New Jersey Devils and 50-17-5-4 in
    76 games played in Toronto.
  • Toronto is 22-9-2 against the Eastern Conference this season and 13-4-2 against the Metropolitan
    Division this season.
  • Toronto is 13-13-3 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 11-7-0 when tied after one period and 7-3-2 when tied after two periods.
  • Toronto is 24-12-4 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 8-3-0 in Wednesday games.
    Shots 4 (Spezza, Bunting, Nylander)
    Shot Attempts 6 (Bunting, Nylander)
    Face-off Wins 13 (Matthews, Tavares)
    Face-off Win Percentage 76% (Tavares – 13 won, 4 lost)
    Hits 4 (Blackwell, Lyubushkin)
    Blocked Shots 2 (Kerfoot, Marner, Matthews, Liljegren, Rielly,
    Giordano, Brodie)
    Takeaways 2 (Matthews)
    TOI 23:10 (Marner)
    Power Play TOI 4:27 (Matthews)
    Shorthanded TOI 3:18 (Brodie)
    Shifts 27 (Marner, Brodie)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 69.23% (Spezza – 9 for, 4 against)
    March 26 Leafs at Montreal Bell Centre 7:00 pm ET
    March 27 Leafs vs. Florida Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    March 29 Leafs at Boston TD Garden 7:00 pm ET
    March 31 Leafs vs. Winnipeg Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    April 2 Leafs at Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center 7:00 pm ET
    April 4 Leafs at Tampa Bay Amalie Arena 7:30 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution. Please consult official NHL game sheets (links
    above) to confirm no statistical changes were made.
    For Maple Leafs notes, transcripts, audio clips and media guides, please visit
    On Petr Mrázek’s play tonight:

    “I thought he looked really good. I thought he looked calm and confident. Tough game you know you only
    get a few shots in that first period, not a lot of work and the couple of shots he got were tough saves
    there. Then all of a sudden in the second period things turned and there were a lot more really good looks
    for them that I thought he looked good, that was a great step for him.”
    On Mark Giordano’s comfort level in his debut:
    “You talk about his comfort level, my comfort level was high. When he was out there and the puck was on
    his stick things seemed to settle down and you could just tell he’s a veteran. He knows how to play.
    Despite coming in new teammates, new city, new system, all those kind of things he’s just confident and
    moving pucks, defending, getting in people’s way so I really liked his play tonight.


WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON (27-25-4-4 – 62 Points) vs.
TORONTO MARLIES (29-22-3-1 – 62 Points)





Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: D. O’Connor (9) PP (J. Rikola)
Goaltender: L. Domingue (28/34) L            

Toronto: J. Ho-Sang (13) (N. Robertson, K. Rubīns), J. Kopacka (N. Robertson, M. Hollowell), N. Robertson (5) PP (A. Suomela, J. Ho-Sang), B. McMann (16) (B. Seney), J. Ho-Sang (14) PP (N. Robertson), B. McMann (17) PP (B. Seney, J. Duszak)
Goaltender: K. Petruzzelli (32/33) W   


  • Josh Ho-Sang scored at 18:29 of the first period and on the power play at 3:01 of the third period. He also had the secondary assist on Robertson’s second’s period goal. His second goal of the game was his sixth power play goal. He has 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) in 33 games this season.
  • Jack Kopacka scored the game-winning goal at 6:30 of the second period. This was his first career game-winning goal. He set a new season-high in points (9-7-16).
  • Nick Robertson scored on the power play at 14:11 of the second period. He also recorded the primary assists on Ho-Sang’s first period goal, Kopacka’s second period goal and the lone assist on Ho-Sang’s third period power play goal. This is his first career AHL four-point game. He has 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in 12 games this season.
  • Bobby McMann scored at 15:42 of the second period and on the power play at 12:49 of the third period. This was his second two-goal game of the season.
  • Kristiāns Rubīns had the secondary assist on Ho-Sang’s first period goal. He has 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) in 44 games with the Marlies this season.
  • Mac Hollowell registered the secondary assist on Kopacka’s second period goal. He has 20 points (5 goals, 15 assists) in 35 games this season.
  • Antti Suomela picked up the primary assist on Robertson’s second period goal. He has 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) in 37 games this season.
  • Brett Seney had the lone assist on McMann’s second period goal and the primary assist on McMann’s third period power play goal. He has points (2-5-7) through his last six games. Seney has 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) in 46 games this season, setting a new season-high for points.
  • Joseph Duszak recorded the secondary assist on McMann’s third period power play goal. This was his 20th power play assist. He has 43 points (7 goals, 36 assists) in 45 games this season.
  • Keith Petruzzelli stopped 32 of 33 shots he faced. This was his third win in his third career AHL start. Through his three starts, he has stopped 94 of 100 shots. Petruzzelli has a 0.940 save percentage and 1.96 goals against average.


  • Toronto went 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 3-for-5 on the power play. Toronto is 22-10-1-0 when scoring on the power play and 14-7-2-1 when allowing a goal on the penalty kill. This was Toronto’s second game this season recording three power play goals.
  • Toronto had a 34-33 edge in shots in all situations. Josh Ho-Sang and Bobby McMann led the Marlies with five shots on goal. Toronto is 10-4-1-0 when outshooting their opponents.
  • The Marlies are 7-6-1-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and finish the regular season 1-2-1-0 against the Penguins. Toronto was outscored by WB/Scranton 14-10 through four games.

Scoring first                            22-7-1-1
Leading after 1                         15-4-2-1
Leading after 2                        22-4-2-1
At home                                   15-12-2-1
Wednesday                              5-6-0-1
MARLIES LEADERS *Amongst active players

Goals               21 
(J. Anderson)
Assists            36 (J. Duszak)
Points              46 (B. Seney)
PPG                 7 (J. Anderson)
Shots               132 (A. Steeves)
+/-                    +14 (B. Seney)
PIMS                89 (R. Clune)



On the back-to-back games:
[Yesterday] five-on-five in the first period it felt pretty even. The power play goal being the first goal maybe didn’t indicate how the five-on-five game was playing out. Today was kind of similar in the first period as it was a bit of a slow start for both teams. Towards the end of the first we had three maybe a fourth shift in a row where we finally had the ice tilted and got to our game, found our energy, found our legs, that carried over into the second and then throughout the rest of the game. The process today of building our momentum and finding it was better.


On bouncing back from last night’s loss:

Yesterday we were very disappointed in ourselves as a collective team and the only way to get out of that is to get back to basics and work hard and pull off a team win like we did today. We’re happy with that. We got a tough schedule coming up this weekend, we’re going to have to do that a couple times. It was good to get back on the right foot.


On the success of the power play:

I think everybody keeping it simple and knowing their job and doing their job really well. Everybody’s not caring who’s scoring the goals or who’s getting the points or whatever, we just want to put the puck in the back of the net and make a difference in the game. I think that’s translated into a lot of success for us.

*All times Eastern Standard Time

March 25 at Rochester – 7:05 p.m.
March 26 vs. Bridgeport – 4:00 p.m.
March 29 at Abbotsford – 7:00 p.m. (PDT)
March 30 at Abbotsford – 7:00 p.m. (PDT)
April 1 at Manitoba – 7:00 p.m. (MT)