Archive for January, 2011

The Los Angeles Kings Need Offense—Do The Toronto Maple Leafs Have The Answer?

January 19th, 2011 2 Comments

After reading all the pre-season fodder and a fast start to the 2010-11 season, the Los Angeles Kings look to be struggling to find their way. Like most struggling teams, many fans have started to suggest that the Kings need to make a trade, and we are not talking about adding a depth player. Regarded as having one of the better stockpiles of young talent, the Kings’ could easily put together a deal involving a number of their prospects, a few of which, all 29 other clubs would love to have. Brayden Schenn is a highly coveted prospect, but with his strong showing at the world juniors and pedigree it is hard to imagine the Kings letting Schenn go. The issue for the Kings is this—if they are going to make a strong playoff push and/or run, they will need

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NHL Trade Rumors: Which Toronto Maple Leafs Will Go?

January 18th, 2011 3 Comments

With the trade deadline fast approaching (we are just 41 Days away) every NHL general manager is eyeballing their counterparts’ rosters in order to determine if one or more of their assets could be had. Cap restrictions and no-trade clauses make it very difficult for GM’s to pull off the blockbuster trades we were used to seeing prior to the collective bargaining agreement, often leaving NHL fans wanting more. This year will likely prove to be no different from last year and the year before that, which is to say, few high profile players will be moved, leaving NHL fans to be satisfied with lesser deals that are void of “Gucci” names and often come with a return of draft picks or prospects. Looking for the Maple Leafs to be buyers this trade deadline? Don’t be doing any NHL Betting

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Dion Phaneuf: Void Of Impact?

January 16th, 2011 2 Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager Brian Burke pulled off the blockbuster, seven-player deal that netted him Dion Phaneuf (amongst others) late last season, it was thought that—given the fact that Burke had brought in the best player in the deal (Phaneuf)—that the Maple Leafs had won the trade. Clearly, shortsighted predictions can nip you in the butt in the long term, but when you look at the overall records of both the Calgary Flames and the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as the seven players’ (some of which have been traded for parts) output, the trade seems to be a wash. At least at this point. Upon his anointment as team captain for the Maple Leafs, many felt that Phaneuf, like so many other captains before him, would be exposed to adversity, scrutiny and—to some extent—unfair expectations predicated by both

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James Reimer Sent To Marlies

January 15th, 2011 No Comments

After a quick audition as the Toronto Maple Leafs number one netminder, Brian Burke has opted to send James Reimer back to further develop with the Leafs AHL affiliate, Toronto Marlies. Reimer, who had his first bad game against the Phoenix Coyotes on the tail end of a long road trip, leaves the Leafs with a tremendous .933 save percentage and sparkling 2.26 goals against average. Comparatively, Jonas Gustavsson has a paltry .896 save percentage and 3.13 GAA, while J.S. Giguere has also struggled at times this season, posting a .894 save percentage and 2.80 GAA. Complicating matters was the fact that if either Gustavsson or Giguere were sent down they would have to clear waivers once they re-entered. As much as both Giguere and Gustavsson have struggled this season, there would likely be an NHL team that would pick

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Patience, Development, Key For Toronto Maple Leafs

January 14th, 2011 No Comments

Heading into last night’s tilt with the Phoenix Coyotes, the Toronto Maple Leafs were riding a four-game win streak, something that has been about as prominent as Oprah Winfrey saying no to seconds at the buffet! The Leafs’ second unit of Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur is a key contributor to the Leafs’ recent success, as is rookie goaltender James Reimer, who had been playing for the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies until his recent callup. After a quick start to the season in which the Maple Leafs won their first four games, the Leafs fell off the rails, losing 11 out of their next 12 games before finally beating the Nashville Predators on November 16. It was the first win in a month for the Leafs, a freefall that killed any chance of the Maple Leafs

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Ron Wilson Wins 600th Game As An NHL Coach

January 12th, 2011 No Comments

Heading into Tuesday nights tilt between the Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks Ron Wilson had the opportunity to do what only six other NHL coaches had done before him, win his 600th game as an NHL coach. The irony of having a shot to win number 600 in front of the fans (and many of his ex-players) that witnessed 206 of Wilson’s wins was well documented, surely number 600 would be sweet, winning it in San Jose (the city and team that dismissed Wilson) would be the icing on the cake. Through two periods the Maple Leafs had been shut down. Trailing 1-0, Phil Kessel (who was named to the all-star team yesterday) notched his 19th of the season, tying the game at ones. Calrke MacArthur scored on the power play, giving the Maple Leafs a 2-1 before

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