Montreal teacher Saiswari Virahsammy is giving out random love notes to strangers on the street, but she never expected to get a response from comedian and avid jogger Kevin Hart — the man she credits with inspiring her to start running.
#KeepBeingAwesome is a pay-it-forward project the professional Indian dancer started last October.
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The good karma paid off Tuesday when Virahsammy was at Hart’s Just For Laughs comedy show.
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A little while ago, when Virahsammy was struggling to finish a 5-kilometre run, she pictured Hart encouraging her and was eventually able to complete the course.
“I wanted to tell him about the story, but figured it might be hard to get to him, ” the 29-year-old told Global News.
“So, I wrote him one of my #KeepBeingAwesome notes. When the show was done, I was able to hand in hand give it to him.”
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When you hand in hand give a #KeepBeingAwesome note to @kevinhart4real because one day, during a 5k jog, the only way I could finish it was to picture him encouraging me and jogging beside me, and I did. #KeepBeingAwesome
The note reads: “Hey Kevin, I started jogging a year ago, and to be honest, coming from a girl that couldn’t run, it was a huge thing for me. Eventually I was able to do 5-km jogs. Then, I did them every day.”
“ I remember one day, I was having a hard time finishing the job, and I imagined you encouraging me to finish, and I did.”
“So, thank you for what you do to the community. Keep being awesome, Kevin. You’re my brother. I honestly look to you for true encouragement. I love what you do. Keep going.”
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@kevinhart4real just read my #KeepBeingAwesome note on his snapchat 🙈 Man, he’s great 💜💜💜 #SpreadTheLove #TheLittleActionsCount
Much to Virahsammy ‘s surprise, Hart read the entire note on his SnapChat.
After, Hart continues: “With that being said, that makes me smile, man.”
“Fans are the best. I do it for you guys. S—; like that warms my heart.”
WATCH BELOW: Kevin Hart responds to Virahsammy’s note on SnapChat
Virahsammy started the project when her temple was celebrating the birth of their Guru, Sai Baba.
“All the youths had decided to do something that would spread love in different ways,” she told Global News.
“I thought it would make people smile knowing that someone noticed something they did that was pretty neat.”
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Virahsammy admitted it took a lot of courage to give her first note, but said she now sees it as a way to “notice the beauty in the world.”
“I didn’t want people to thank me, I just wanted them to feel appreciated,” she said.
“As strangers, I think it’s OK for us to compliment each other and encourage each other. We are all worthy of love, right?”
“So while we are sharing this world together, why not tell each other what we appreciate from one another?”
Virahsammy is a high school teacher with the Lester B. Pearson School Board, teaching French as a second language; she’s also a Bollywood teacher at UQAM.
She said #KeepBeingAwesome has done much more than put a smile on strangers’ faces – it’s also helped her overcome her own battles.
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“It helped me spread genuine love around me rather than being caught in negative emotions. Those notes really helped me to see all the beauty that is in people around me and in this world that was created to be appreciated,” she said.
“We have one beautiful life to live, why not keep being awesome by loving one another with our differences?”
Virahsammy is now heading to Honduras to teach English and introduce Indian dance.
“Wherever I decide to be in this world, I want to keep spreading love in the best way that I can,” she said.
TORONTO – People craving a jolt of caffeine in the Philippines may soon be able to order a double-double at their local Tim Hortons.
Restaurant Brands International, the multinational owner and operator of Tim Hortons and Burger King, said Thursday it has partnered with a group of investors to establish a master franchise joint venture company to sell the fast-food chain’s coffee and doughnuts in the Southeast Asian country.
RBI chose the Philippines for its first stop in Southeast Asia because the country has a strong economy and a fast-growing quick-service market, said CEO Daniel Schwartz.
The Philippines also boasts “a population that has an affinity for coffee and baked goods,” Schwartz added, including those of Tim Hortons’s, the company determined after months of market research.
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RBI didn’t say how many shops it plans to open in the Philippines. But chief financial officer Joshua Kobza said, “We aim to be a leader in the market.”
Kobza hinted Tim Hortons would aim to match the level of some of its rivals in the local market – many of which boast hundreds of restaurants in the country, he said.
The stores will serve many of the same staples as Canadian locations, like Timbits and iced capps, as well as some surprises, he added.
“You’ll have a mix of the kind of products that we know and love here in Canada and some new products.”
But details about any new offerings likely won’t be divulged until the first Philippines location opens, which Kobza and Schwartz said will open as soon as possible.
RBI views Tim Hortons’s expansion to the Philippines as a gateway into other markets within the sub-region and other parts of the continent, noted Schwartz.
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Since Tim Hortons and Burger King merged into RBI in late 2014, the company’s been focused on taking the master franchise joint venture model that’s proved successful for Burger King and applying it to help Tim Hortons grow globally.
“We think it’s a great opportunity,” Schwartz said.
More international expansion announcements are expected from the company in the future, but all Schwartz will say is, “Stay tuned.”
The restaurant chain has 4,438 restaurants, not including its 411 limited-service kiosks, as of March 31, 2016, the company’s latest quarterly report said.
According to Tim Hortons’s 2015 annual report (when it had 25 fewer locations), the majority of those stores are in Canada, with 14.7 per cent in the U.S. and 2.6 per cent in the Middle East.
A seven-year-old girl is dead after an elephant at a Moroccan zoo hurled a rock at her head.
The girl, whose name hasn’t been released, was standing outside the animal enclosure with her family when an elephant picked up the stone and threw it over the fence, the zoo said in a statement on their website.
She was then taken to hospital, where she died a few hours later.
“It’s with great sadness that the Rabat Zoo confirms the accidental death of a little girl after an elephant threw a stone at her,” the zoo wrote on 桑拿会所.
C’est avec beaucoup de tristresse que le zoo de Rabat annonce le décès accidentel d’une petite fille victime d’un jet de pierre (1/2)
— Rabatzoo (@Rabatzoo) July 27, 2016
In the statement, the zoo defended itself saying the fence and ditch surrounding the enclosure were up to international standards.
It also points out that the incident is rare and unpredictable. It also references two other recent events that occurred worldwide: the death of a toddler after an alligator pulled him underwater in Disney World in Orlando and the death of a gorilla after a child fell into its enclosure in Cincinnati.
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Video from directly after the incident shows a group of people huddled around the girl, trying to comfort her before she was taken to hospital.
It also shows what appears to be the rock that hit her, which is roughly the size of a cantaloupe.
The Morocco World News reports that the zoo has opened an investigation into the incident, also noting that this is the first tragedy in the zoo’s four-year history.
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump says he was using sarcasm when he prodded Russia to unearth Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. But Democrats aren’t likely to let the Republican presidential nominee’s extraordinary comments simply fade away.
“Of course I’m being sarcastic,” Trump said Thursday on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” a day after his remarks at a news conference ignited fierce debate over hacking and his urging of a global adversary to meddle in American politics.
Trump’s invitation to Russia to find and reveal emails by his rival for the White House came on the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
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It also all but overshadowed an embarrassing leak of different hacked emails, these from the Democratic National Committee, showing that party staffers supported Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders when they were publicly promising to remain neutral during the primary campaign.
Trump’s insistence that his invitation to Russia wasn’t serious was backed up by his campaign chairman. “He was making a sarcastic point,” Paul Manafort said Wednesday on Fox News’ “The Kelly File.”
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Democrats and some Republicans quickly condemned Trump’s remarks.
The Clinton campaign called Trump’s statement the “first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against a political opponent.”
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At the convention, Leon Panetta, former CIA director and defence secretary, said Trump is “asking a U.S. adversary to engage in hacking or intelligence efforts against the United States of America to affect an election.”
Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, warned of “serious consequences” if Russia interfered in the election. And Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said bluntly: “Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug. Putin should stay out of this election.”
The reality TV star turned presidential contender detonated the controversy Wednesday when he said, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”
Trump was referencing emails on Clinton’s private server that she said she deleted, saying they were private, before turning other messages over to the State Department.
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The Justice Department declined to prosecute Clinton over her email practices. But FBI Director James Comey called her “extremely careless” in handling classified information as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.
The Associated Press, which discovered the basement server’s existence in March 2015, previously reported that it was connected to the internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers. The FBI concluded it was possible hackers broke into her server but found no direct evidence.
A Trump campaign communications adviser, Jason Miller, said on 桑拿会所 that Trump never urged or invited Russia to hack Clinton’s emails. Instead, he said, Trump was “clearly saying” that if Russia or anyone else already had Clinton’s deleted emails they should share them with the FBI.
3/7 To be clear, Mr. Trump did not call on, or invite, Russia or anyone else to hack Hillary Clinton’s e-mails today.
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) July 27, 2016
Trump never mentioned the FBI in his comments.
The flap over Clinton’s emails came after Obama identified Russia as almost certainly responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee in a different case.
WikiLeaks published on its website last week more than 19,000 internal emails stolen from the DNC earlier this year. The head of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, resigned over the disclosures.
Obama traditionally avoids commenting on active FBI investigations, but told NBC News on Tuesday that outside experts have blamed Russia for the leak. Obama also appeared to embrace the notion that President Vladimir Putin might have been responsible because of what he described as Trump’s affinity for Putin. Trump said he has no relationship with Putin.
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Trump cast doubt on whether Russia was behind that hack. He said blaming Russia was deflecting attention from the embarrassing material in the emails.
“Russia has no respect for our country, if it is Russia,” Trump said. “It could be China. It could be someone sitting in his bedroom. It’s probably not Russia. Nobody knows if it’s Russia.”
In Moscow on Wednesday, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Russia would never interfere in another country’s election.
Associated Press writers Bradley Klapper, Ted Bridis and Chad Day in Washington, Jonathan Lemire in New York and Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow contributed to this report.
One of the victims of the so-called ‘Balaclava rapist’, Larry Takahashi, is outraged over his release.
Takahashi was known for breaking into homes and sexually assaulting women while wearing a ski mask. Edmonton Police said at the time that it was likely he assaulted over 100 women before being arrested in 1983.
In 1984, he faced 70 charges involving 22 women but was only convicted of 14 charges, including four counts of rape, sexual assault with a weapon, and six counts of disguise with intent.
He was given three life sentences.
But now, the parole board won’t say when he’s being released or where he’s planning to live, citing privacy concerns.
One of Takahashi’s victims, ‘Jane’ (we are protecting her identity), says she wasn’t even told about his release, she found out from Global News coverage.
“I go to bed and I wake up with a knife at my temple,” she said. “Threatening to cut my face.”
Jane was only 18 when she was raped in her own home 36 years ago, while her family was sleeping nearby.
“He just kept threatening and saying he hated to cut up my beautiful face,” she said. He put me in front of the mirror and stared at me. [He] undressed me. Did what rapists do.”
“Finally, after being there for a long period of time, I started to cry quietly and he said ‘what’s the matter?’. And I said ‘I’m cold’. And he covered me up with a blanket and kissed me on the forehead and he left.”
She said she went into the bathroom and ate a bar of soap. “Because he made me do things and my mouth was dirty,” she said.
Jane said the policy of protecting offenders like Takahashi has to change.
“You lost your rights,” she said. “As far as I’m concerned your life should be done.”
-With files from Rumina Daya and Jill Slattery
Mount Saint Vincent University has changed a clause that forbade some students who signed a wellness agreement from telling other students in residence about their “personal issues.”
As Global News first reported in May, student Brody Stuart-Verner was asked to sign the agreement during the 2015-2016 school year, after confiding to a residence life staff member that he’d been having suicidal thoughts.
He “will not discuss or engage in conversations with residence students regarding personal issues, namely the student’s self-destructive thoughts,” the second clause read.
Breaking the agreement would result in his lease being terminated.
[email protected] @ 6: @MSVU_Halifax student discusses agreement forbidding him telling others about feeling suicidal. pic.twitter长沙桑拿/zvZGqSq6Np
— Steve Silva (@SteveCSilva) May 16, 2016
“I was in such a fragile state that I felt like they had my best interests in mind. I felt like I should sign it, go along with it, I didn’t really feel like I had any leeway, I just wanted to get better,” said Stuart-Verner in May, adding that he had major depression.
He called the agreement “absolutely absurd.”
A day after the original story, the university said it would review and modify the agreement. A spokesperson also apologized that Stuart-Verner felt isolated.
In a statement to Global News, Paula Barry Mercer, associate vice-president of student experience, said that mental health experts, the university’s students’ union, and Stuart-Verner were a few of the people who gave input on changing the agreement.
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There is no longer a confidentiality requirement in the agreement.
The biggest change is to the second clause, which now states the student should: “utilize the appropriate supports […] to avoid causing potential distress to other residence students (the university understands that some resident students may not have the emotional maturity to assist others who are experiencing mental health issues).”
“In my view, ‘potential distress’ is very hard to define. It’s a very vague term,” said Stuart-Verner over Skype from Charlottetown, adding he’s concerned with how the university could use the clause.
He said he only told two other students, one of whom was living in residence, about feeling suicidal.
Stuart-Verner, who doesn’t plan to live in residence for the upcoming school year, said he asked the university how many people complained about him, but didn’t get that information.
“There are many people who know me at the Mount that know that I wasn’t causing distress to anyone… and that leads me to believe that there were no students,” he said.
The university did not have a spokesperson available for an interview.
“We are grateful for the input of Brody, our Students’ Union leadership and other Mount community members throughout this review process. It is our sincere commitment to ensure the best possible supports for all Mount students,” said Barry Mercer in the statement.
She also said that, of the six agreements that were signed by students at the university in the past three years, three had the same second clause Stuart-Verner took issue with.
“I do feel like this story has helped make these wellness agreements a lot more transparent and visible to everyone, and I feel like that’s very important,” said Stuart-Verner, adding that he’s grateful the university included him in changing the original clause.
Stuart-Verner says he no longer has suicidal thoughts.
Less than seven months after their wedding, actress Keshia Knight Pulliam’s husband is calling it quits.
Former NFL player Edgerton Hartwell II filed a divorce complaint Monday in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta.
The complaint says the two married on Jan. 2 and recently separated. The three-page document offers no details or reason for the split, saying only that “the marriage is irretrievably broken and there is no possibility of reconciling.”
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The news of the divorce came after The Cosby Show alum announced she was pregnant by posting a photo to Instagram with the caption, “Surprise!!! We have a new addition coming soon… Tune into #KandidlyKeshia this week for the details!!”
“Right now, the only thing I want is a paternity test for the baby,” Hartwell told TheYBF长沙桑拿 via his rep.
The Cosby Show star said she was blindsided by the divorce papers her husband filed and claims that he cheated on her, but she’d decided to give him another chance.
“I love who he pretended to be,” she said during an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “When he said he wanted our marriage, he wanted our family – I believed him. That’s why I gave him this one last chance, only for him to pull the rug from under me and blindside me.”
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Pulliam revealed that she is expecting a girl and conducted the interview without her wedding ring on, while saying that she’s not interested in staying married.
“I have no desire to continue to be married him. That’s why I’m doing this one interview and I’m done. I’m not going to continue to revisit and regurgitate, but I’m also not going to allow people to tell blatant lies about me,” she said.
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Hartwell and Pulliam married New Year’s Eve and were married in the actress’s home, according to her podcast, Kandidly Keisha.
“It was my dream,” Pulliam said. “We did it literally in our living room in our home. We invited people. They had no clue they were coming to a wedding.”
The 37-year-old Pulliam played daughter Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show and also played Miranda Payne on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.
According to the NFL’s website, 38-year-old Hartwell was a linebacker in the NFL, including four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and two with the Atlanta Falcons.
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A former Pennsylvania beauty queen who faked having leukemia to benefit from fundraisers has been sentenced to two to four years in prison.
WJAC-TV reports a judge sentenced 24-year-old Brandi Weaver-Gates on Tuesday after she pleaded guilty in June to several theft-related charges. She told the judge she faked the illness to get more attention from her family.
Weaver-Gates has been jailed since her arrest in August 2015, and that time will be credited toward her sentence.
Authorities believe she conned at least 165 people into donating nearly $30,000 through a “Bingo for Brandi” event in April and other fundraisers since August 2013.
Citing court documents, the news station reported she participated in a 5 kilometre race in 2015 which led to a dramatic finish.
Apparently the cancer-faker told her family and friends that she had a bone marrow biopsy just before the start of the race and used a scooter as the crowd cheered her on to complete the “Colour Run” event.
However, just before riding across the finish line, WJAC-TV reported Weaver-Gates insisted she would walk across the finish line. A supporter, who happened to be a quadruple amputee, helped the woman across the finish line.
During a court appearance in June, the cancer-faker told the judge that “she got too scared to stop (the scam). I didn’t have the courage,” WJAC-TV reported.
Weaver-Gates is a former Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International pageant winner.
Last year, the Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International organization denounced Weaver-Gates and demanded the woman return her crown and sash “upon her release from being detained.”
“We at Butler’s Beauties are saddened to hear of the news of Miss Brandy Weaver-Gates. We were also led to believe that she was dealing with this horrible disease and stood by her as she struggled being a beauty queen and a cancer patient,” the organization said in a statement. “Butler’s Beauties believes that with a crown and sash you can accomplish many great things as a role model, spokesmodel and community leader as a beauty pageant queen.
“When you deceive the public and take people’s money that is under the pretense of fraud, we will not tolerate those actions. Our hearts go out to those affected by cancer and to those who were taken advantage of by Miss Weaver-Gates,” the organization said.
According to the Centre Daily Times, Weaver-Gates’ public defender apologized on behalf of his client through a statement issued during an August 2015 court appearance.
“Although Brandi’s incarcerated, she feels free,” the newspaper quoted the statement as saying. “She’s liberated from the lies she’s been living. She’s truly sorry. She asks for forgiveness, although she understands many won’t find it in their hearts to do so.”
Weaver-Gates was ordered to repay the money and spend five years on probation upon her release from prison.
–The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Officials with Public Works and Government Services Canada say all 80,000 federal public servants who have encountered problems with the Phoenix payroll system will see those problems sorted by the end of October.
Deputy Minister of Public Works and Government Services Marie Lemay provided a detailed update on Thursday as the government struggled to fix the beleaguered program.
The update comes within 24 hours of pay-day for federal public servants. Tens of thousands of them are still facing issues, including missing money, late deposits and in some cases, a complete lack of any payment at all.
WATCH: Marie Lemay, Deputy Minister of Public Works and Government Services, said Thursday that the work to rectify an issue that has left 80,000 public employees without pay could cost the government as much as $20 million.
The people who have had no pay at all remain the first priority, said Lemay. Around 500 received their pay on Wednesday, she said, but there are still several hundred more who are being processed. Most can expect to be paid on Aug. 10.
Strangely, 60 people who reported they had not been paid were not in the government’s system at all. Lemay would not speculate if they were trying to scam Ottawa.
The second priority group is the people whose pay is at risk of disruption, including those going on maternity leave, long-term disability leave, or retiring. They will see their files handled within four to six weeks, the deputy minister promised.
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Finally, the third priority group will have to wait the longest. Those owed overtime or who have seen their employment terminated will be processed by the end of September, while people who have been overpaid, been on planned leave without pay, are owed deductions or benefits, or who have been promoted will have their files handled by the end of October.
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Officials have blamed the ongoing problems on a steep learning curve for the new Phoenix system, launched in February, and on an existing backlog of case files that were already in the queue when the IBM-created program came online.
On Wednesday, Public Services Minister Judy Foote and Lemay visited one of two call centres that are currently dealing with the debacle.
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More call centres are expected to be set up in Toronto, Montreal, Shawinigan and Winnipeg to help handle the volume of calls. These call centres are essentially in charge of triage, Lemay said, and files that require further intervention are referred to administrators with higher security clearance.
“We still have a steep hill to climb,” she said. “If you have pay problems, please contact us… We can’t fix a situation that we’re not aware of.”
The cost of the emergency call centres will total around $15 to $20 million, Lemay added. That’s in addition to the over $180 million spent on the Phoenix system to begin with, and Lemay acknowledged that the cost of emergency measures could increase.
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The government is also moving forward on a claims process for employees who want to seek compensation from Ottawa for penalties they incurred as a result of the Phoenix issues. This could include penalties for missed mortgage payments or student loans. Public servants are begin told to keep careful track of all their expenses.
On Thursday afternoon, the House of Commons government operations committee (OGGO) is expected to hold an emergency meeting to hear from some of the same officials about the Phoenix meltdown. The public can watch the proceedings live.
The Liberals approved the meeting earlier in the week after the Opposition parties called for more transparency on the issue.
The Edmonton Oilers won’t commit to who will be the team’s next captain, not publicly at least, but fans can expect there to be one at the start of the upcoming season.
“We’ll have a captain,” Todd McLellan said Wednesday at the annual Mark Spector Celebrity Golf Classic.
Edmonton didn’t have a captain last season, instead several players were assistant captains.
When pressed if Connor McDavid will be the next player to wear a ‘C’ McLellan simply repeated his answer, accompanied with a laugh.
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The Oilers bench boss discussed several other topics surrounding the team, including the trade in June that saw star winger Taylor Hall get moved to New Jersey for young defenceman Adam Larsson.
McLellan said he was in full support of the deal.
“We had to make some changes to our hockey club and Taylor was the price we had to pay to get a defenceman,” McLellan said. “Losing a player of his quality, doesn’t matter if you’re the Edmonton Oilers or the Pittsburgh Penguins, he’s a hard guy to replace.”
“He had been the fabric of the Oilers organization for many years. He gave us everything he possibly had to try to lead the team towards success and we will miss him.”
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McLellan isn’t making any predictions about the points Larsson will put up, but the Oilers’ coach believes the 23-year-old will be a d-man who faces the opponents top forwards and will log heavy minutes.
“He doesn’t get as much attention as maybe some others do and that’s okay by us. He’ll quietly come in and do his thing. We think he can play 20, 22 minutes a night against the top level competition,” McLellan said.
“Is he going to be a (Kris) Letang type player where he puts up 70 points? We don’t expect him to do that. We think he can be a little more like Marc Édouard Vlasic and play very good minutes against the other teams top players and play consistently.”
There was speculation, perhaps a belief, that Nail Yakupov would be traded this off season. The former first overall pick hasn’t been so far. McLellan is open to the idea of Yakupov returning to the team and giving him a chance to be an important asset.
“I believe in giving people opportunities to recover, to bring their game. I know Yak has worked extremely hard. He’s done some things he hasn’t in the past throughout the summer, training in different areas,” McLellan said.
“When he comes back, if that’t he case, I want him to have success.”