Archive for October, 2010

Mike Komisarek: Will He Be Moved?

October 17th, 2010 No Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke snagged 6’4”, 243 pound defenseman Mike Komisarek away from the Montreal Canadiens two summers ago, it was widely felt that Burke did so in an effort to bring in more physicality and provide his lineup with a defensive specialist. Heck, there was plenty of talk about selecting the abrasive Komisarek as the Maple Leafs new captain last season—a debate that quickly ended when Dion Phaneuf was acquired from the Calgary Flames. The 2009-10 season was all but a waste of time for Komisarek. Injury riddled and disconnected from the club, Komisarek was but a footnote last season, playing in just 34 games, registering four assists and finishing with a plus/minus rating of -9. Healthy and motivated to show Burke that the $4.5 million he will earn for the next three seasons is

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Toronto Maple Leafs Leading the NHL: An Act Of God?

October 16th, 2010 1 Comment

I, like many Toronto Maple Leaf fans woke up this morning only to realize that, for the first time in a VERY long time, my beloved Maple Leafs were sitting atop the NHL standings with a prefect 4-0 record. Normally, at this time of year we Maple Leaf fans are already cutting the eye slots out of our paper bags, preparing ourselves for what has become a Toronto tradition—watching our professional sports teams inescapable plunge towards mediocrity and failure. This time, the 2010-11 season looks to be different, this time the Maple Leafs look poised to not only be a playoff team, but perhaps, with a little luck and consistency, a contender for Lord Stanley’s Cup? Ok, so, admittedly, calling the Maple Leafs a Stanley Cup contender may be taking things a bit far, that said, I, like a lot

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Seven Secrets of the Toronto Maple Leafs Early Success

October 15th, 2010 No Comments

Hockey fans around the NHL are asking where this Leafs team that’s begun the season with four straight wins and remains undefeated came from, while wondering along with opposing teams coaches, how they’re doing what they’re doing.There are seven secrets that are out of the bag now and have come to light, that are all leading to the success that this Leafs team is having.The same can be said of third line centre Tim Brent who after six years of bouncing around in the AHL has burst onto the scene here in Toronto. This trait is contagious on a team, especially when there is a degree of success attached to it, as is obviously the case here. Secondly they are getting balanced scoring. When head coach Ron Wilson decided to play new comer Kris Versteeg with Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel

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Toronto Maple Leafs Beat Pittsburgh Penguins: Quieting Critics With Wins

October 13th, 2010 1 Comment

Heading into the 2010-11 season many NHL pundits predicted a much better season for the Toronto Maple Leafs. That said, as much as the experts saw the Maple Leafs improving, nobody saw the Buds roaring out to a 3-0 start to the season. Last night the Maple Leafs outclassed the Pittsburgh Penguins, outlasting the Pens by a final score of 4-3, which gave the Maple Leafs a 3-0 record on the season (the first time they have started the season 3-0 since 1999-2000) and sole possession of first place overall in the NHL standings (which has to have been just as long). Given how poorly the Leafs have played in the past few seasons (finishing 29th in 2009-10, 24th in 2008-09 and 24th in 2007-08) it’s really no surprise that the Maple Leafs are emerging as a much improved team;

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James Wisniewski Suspended, Punishment Laughable…

October 12th, 2010 No Comments

The NHL has issued a suspension of two games to New York Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski for making an obscene gesture towards New York Rangers ultra-pest Sean Avery during Monday nights game between the Islanders and Rangers. Now, as much as I do not support Wisniewski’s actions, given the fact that he gave the gesture to Sean Avery (who is a complete idiot at the best of times) one has to believe that the NHL may have given Wisniewski a little leeway. Where the suspension becomes laughable is when you consider the actions of Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Cammalleri, who, while provoked by New York Islanders rookie forward Nino Niederreiter during pre-season action, should have received a much longer suspension than just one game for taking a swing at Niederreiter’s face with his stick. So, in a nutshell, the NHL

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Nazem Kadri: Learning The Hard Way

October 12th, 2010 No Comments

After an off-season filled with lots of fitness and a meal plan that added nearly 15 pounds of muscle to his smallish frame, Nazem Kadri probably felt that he had as good a chance as anyone to make the Toronto Maple Leafs roster heading into training camp. A sub-par rookie camp, followed by a questionable pre-season which saw the young centre criticized for his play away from the puck led to Kadri’s demotion to the Maple Leafs AHL affiliate, Toronto Marlies, where it was felt the talented, offensive minded youngster could learn the defensive nuances needed for him to be successful in the NHL. While it’s still early in the season, Kadri looks to be struggling again and, as such, he is paying the price—again! In only his first game as a member of the 2010-11 addition of the Marlies

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