Archive for December, 2010

Is Jacques Martin A Jack Adams Trophy Candidate?

December 6th, 2010 No Comments

With the Toronto Maple Leafs off to a questionable start to the season many Leaf fans are calling for head coach Ron Wilson to be fired. The Maple Leafs offense is in a funk, the special teams are amongst the leagues worst and the players compete levels are being questioned, night-in, night-out. In Montreal the atmosphere is completely different. The Canadiens currently sit third overall in the Eastern Conference with an impressive record of 17-8-2. There were plenty of question marks for the Habs heading into the season, the biggest of which had to be weather or not goaltender Carey Price would be able to rise to the challenge of being the number one goalie in Montreal, a challenge he has answered with MVP-like numbers. While many Canadien fans have been quick to jump on the Price bandwagon, one cannot

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Keith Aulie Emerging As A Bright Spot For Toronto Maple Leafs

December 5th, 2010 No Comments

At 6’5”, 217 pounds, very few people will ever accuse Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Keith Aulie of being invisible. Yet, that’s exactly what Aulie has been in his eight game stint with the Maple Leafs—and we mean that in a good way! Originally drafted in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames, Aulie came to the Maple Leafs as part of the Dion Phaneuf trade. Many saw Aulie as a decent prospect who, with a little seasoning, might just make a decent stay-at-home defenseman someday. Well, at just 21 years of age, Aulie is taking full advantage of his early season call up (which coincided with Phaneuf’s injury), quickly making a name for himself, playing confident, disciplined hockey and looking NHL ready. Through eight games Aulie has been a consistent presence on

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NHL Trade Rumors: Can Brian Burke Pull One Off?

December 5th, 2010 1 Comment

Ever get into a fight with an Irishman? How about a drunken Irishman? Well, I have, and I can tell you from experience, regardless of the outcome of the fight one thing is for certain, that Irishman will never admit that he was wrong not matter how much you beat him! Such is the case with Toronto Maple Leafs Irish general manager Brian Burke. Fact is, it doesn’t matter how hard the Leafs Nation goes after him for making the Phil Kessel trade, he will never admit that it was a bad move and odds are he will remain loyal to Kessel to a fault. Recently, I threw an article out there designed to spark some debate over Phil Kessel’s value on the trade market. Needless to say the answers I got in return ranged from well thought out to

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Toronto Maple Leafs Breaking News: Phil Kessel To Centre Top Line

December 4th, 2010 No Comments

In a move that wreaks of desperation, the Toronto Maple Leafs will start Phil Kessel at centre tonight when they face the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre. Kessel, who volunteered for the move, has spent his entire career as a winger, so I am not so sure the move is going to pay off. The good news is Kessel is humming along with a 60 percent success rate in the face off circle, That said, he has only taken ten face offs on the season, so it’s really not a relevant stat. Listed at 6’0”, 202 pounds, Kessel should be alright in the size department, but I just cannot see how a player who often shy’s away from contact is going to compete down the middle on a nightly basis. In another move, rookie forward Nazem Kadri has been

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Free NHL Picks

December 3rd, 2010 No Comments

Free NHL Picks For Dec. 4th The Slap Shot is kicking off a new segment in which Mark and The Puck Monster along with a few other random pickers will square off in a Hockey Night In Canada Pick’em Pool. We encourage you to play along by leaving your picks in the comment section. If your picks are good enough, you will be invited to be a part of our pick’em team…that is until you start to suck! While Mark will openly admit he isn’t an expert with picking games, we’re sure he is better than most. Although, who needs an expert with Proline Hockey Picks. Their betting software has a very impressive accuracy percentage. Each week we will give out a sample of their software. Proline Hockey Picks Free Pick:  Take the Bruins [table id=2 /] PROLINE HOCKEY PICKS

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Loss To Edmonton Oilers Is Alarming

December 2nd, 2010 1 Comment

They say winning is a process, a process that has no time limit and rarely comes easy—such is the case for our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. Thursday night the Maple Leafs took on the rebuilding Edmonton Oilers in a game that was supposed to see the Buds emerge victorious, sadly, it didn’t turn out that way as the Maple Leafs took it on the chin by a final score of 5-0—on home ice no less! The Oilers, who entered the game tied with the Maple Leafs with 20 points on the season, overtook the Leafs with tonight’s win and now sit two points ahead of the Blue and White—a feat thought all but impossible at the beginning of the season. Remember all the high-praise for Brian Burke over the summer? Remember all the excitement surrounding the new acquisitions? Man, how

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