Despite the Toronto Maple Leafs’ recent winning ways, the fact still remains, the team needs help on defence.
The Leafs are averaging over 33 shots against per game. As well, being a young team, they are prone to turnovers. The Leafs need an extra defenceman, to help bail them out when they do turn over the puck, to help get the puck out of the zone, and to clear the crease when necessary.
Personally, I think the best trade candidate to help on defence would be Chris Tanev, from the Vancouver Canucks.
Just looking at his statistics, Tanev was on the plus side of the plus/minus stat last season. He posted a plus 3 in 53 games, on a Canucks team that finished in second last in the NHL. He has finished on the plus side of that stat in three of his last four seasons, not counting this season.
Tanev is also a right handed shot, which is what the team has reportedly been looking for. Not to mention, Tanev was born in Toronto, so it would look good to the fan base to have another local person on the roster.
Yes, Tanev doesn’t score a lot. He has two goals this season, and his career high is six goals, set following the 2013-14 season. However, the Leafs have enough defencemen who can score, including Jake Gardiner, Morgan Rielly and Nikita Zaitsev, so acquiring a low scoring defenceman shouldn’t be a problem.
Tanev’s name did pop up in trade rumours over the summer, so the Canucks are obviously at least interested in seeing what they could get in return for the Canadian defenceman.
Yes, I am aware that I am just another Leaf fan speculating at this point, as there is no indication the Leafs and Canucks are talking about a trade. But, the main point I’m trying to make is, Tanev might be the best fit for what the Maple Leafs need.
With the Maple Leafs looking to make another push for a playoff run this season, I think adding a defenceman like Chris Tanev would be a smart decision.
SCUGOG: Members of Port Perry's Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 419, and the Scugog community are in mourning, following the death of Legion Branch President Dave Durham.
Mr. Durham passed away, on Wednesday, November 8th, at the age of 69 years.
“Dave was an associate life member of Port Perry Royal Canadian legion, with 48 years [of] service. He was very dedicated to the branch and to the veterans. He was friendly and enjoyed listening to the veterans stories,” Barb Doupe, from the Port Perry legion branch, said in an email to The Standard. “Dave was proud to be part of the banner program and to see the veterans banners hanging in Port Perry. Dave was, presently, president of Royal Canadian legion, branch 419, Port Perry. This was Dave’s second term as president of branch 419. He was the first associate legion member to become a branch president and zone commander.
Dave was proud of his two girls and grandchildren. Also faithful to his little dog.”
Carol Cochrane, one of Mr. Durham’s daughters, described her father as someone who worked really hard.
“He dedicated his life to the legion and to the [veterans]. It was very near and dear to his heart. Remembrance Day ceremonies were always very special to him, and the Scugog banner program,” she said. “He was loved by many, had lots of friends [and] family.”
Mrs. Cochrane added that Christmas with her father were always very special.
“He always made everyone feel important in his home, [and] had lots of stories from old times,” she said.
Scugog Mayor, Tom Rowett, said Mr. Durham was a “quiet” person, but also a “great spokesperson for the legion.”
“Dave was a great liaison. I know, I was always welcome when I would come into the legion for events. He made sure that I always felt welcome,” Mayor Rowett said. “I thought of that when I first walked into the legion on Remembrance Day, I thought ‘I miss Dave.’ He will be remembered for sure.”
Mayor Rowett said his condolences go out to Mr. Durham’s family and friends.
“I’ve had the great opportunity of working closely with him, with Remembrance Day events, and Canada Day events, and significant events of remembrance. He’s a fantastic gentleman and definitely showed an exemplary display of supporting our veteran community. He will be sadly missed.”
There was a Legion Service for Mr. Durham at Wagg Funeral Home in Port Perry, on Sunday, November 12th.
Should Remembrance Day be a national holiday?
That is a question that has been asked and debated in Canada for many years. And, just as it has proven to have caused a lot of debate for members of parliament, it has also proven a topic this writer has had to spend a large amount of time thinking about before writing this column. However, I have come to the conclusion that it should be a holiday in every province in Canada.
Currently, only Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Manitoba do not recognize Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday. Just on that fact, it must be working for the other provinces and territories recognizing it as a holiday, for many years.
For some background on this issue, in 2014, an NDP MP introduced a private member’s bill seeking to make Remembrance Day a country wide statutory holiday. However, that bill later died.
Changing Remembrance Day to a statutory holiday has been opposed by the Royal Canadian Legion, who are concerned the move would make the day just another holiday, and thus there would be far less people going to ceremonies at cenotaphs. While I understand this concern, and it was something I weighed heavily while thinking about this, I don’t think making it a holiday would cause a large drop off in ceremony attendance.
From going to Remembrance Day ceremonies the last couple of years, I have seen a lot of people in attendance that are there to remember, honour and recognize a member of their family who fought for our country. I think a lot of families have someone who fought in one war or another, who would still end up going to ceremonies on Remembrance Day because of that.
Noting the growing nature of families honouring family members, through the veteran banner programs in Scugog and Uxbridge, recognizing those who fought for our country, seems to be something ingrained in the Canadian culture, and is not something that would go away quickly because the official recognition day is changed into a holiday.
Another possible issue, debated on this topic in the past, is how this would impact young students.
Under the current circumstances, schools hold Remembrance Day ceremonies, usually the day of, unless, as it does this year, it falls on a weekend, and then students get to listen to stories from the war, and are taught to remember those who fought for our country, in the school setting. I don’t think this would change much if it was made a holiday either.
Just like a lot of schools are doing this year, because the day falls on a Saturday, Remembrance Day ceremonies could be held at schools on the day before. This would also put the onus on parents to educate their kids about their own family history, and bring them to a local Remembrance Day ceremony.
By coming out to ceremonies in local municipalities on their own initiative, this year is the perfect time for people to illustrate the significant importance of Remembrance day, proving to those who are concerned about possible negative impacts of making it a holiday that it's importance will not be minimized.
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