Trading van Riemsdyk means Maple Leafs would lose scoring punch

TORONTO – This is the counter-argument for anyone who believes the Toronto Maple Leafs would be better served by trading James van Riemsdyk at the deadline rather than risking lose him for nothing in the summer. Even with all of the offensive talent in the Leafs lineup, van Riemsdyk was the only player to break through during a tight 1-0 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. We have seen that often this season, not to mention the five played before it. The big left-winger now sits at 25 goals – putting him on pace for a career-best 33. There likely isn’t enough cap space available to meet his demands… Read More

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Maple Leafs’ Andersen makes 40 saves in shutout win over Panthers

TORONTO — Frederik Andersen made 40 saves and James van Riemsdyk had the lone goal as the Toronto Maple Leafs shut out the Florida Panthers 1-0 on Tuesday. The shutout marked Andersen’s career-best fifth of the season. The 28-year-old has reached the 30-win mark for the third time in his career. Toronto (37-20-5) has won 11 of 12 and improved to 14-4-2 since Jan. 4. The Panthers (26-25-6) have dropped back-to-back games after opening their five-game road trip with three straight wins. Florida entered the night six points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Florida threatened in the third with goaltender Roberto Luongo pulled for an extra… Read More

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Denver council approves $115 million DIA janitorial contract

The Denver City Council on Tuesday approved the awarding of a new $115 million janitorial services contract at DIA to a longtime provider whose performance had been questioned by losing bidders. Councilman Kevin Flynn held the contract back a week on Feb. 12, saying he was seeking answers from Denver International Airport officials. On Tuesday, he said that although he still had concerns, his questions were answered. The council approved the maximum five-year contract with San Antonio-based ISS Facility Services in a block vote. DIA officials have defended the selection of ISS against protest letters submitted by at least two losing bidders, saying the new contract includes stricter benchmarks for… Read More

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HOAs could not ban big dogs under bill before Colorado legislature

Colorado’s House of Representatives is gearing up for a dog fight as it tackles a bill to prohibit community associations from banning dogs based on their size or breed. “People with big dogs are having a hard time finding a place to live,” said Rep. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver/Arapahoe, explaining why he drafted the legislation, scheduled for a floor debate Wednesday. The bill summary, only two sentences long, “invalidates any covenant that prohibits the keeping of certain types of dogs based solely on a breed, weight, or size classification.” Community rules on nuisance barking, the disposal of waste and the number of dogs allowed per household would remain valid. Municipal rules… Read More

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