Archive for March, 2011

Brian Burke Endorses Ron Wilson As Head Coach: Good Move or Bad Move?

March 31st, 2011 4 Comments

The Globe and Mail is reporting that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has given Maple Leafs’ head coach Ron Wilson a vote of confidence by stating that Wilson will be back behind the bench for the 2011-12 season. “I said back in the fall, we would not consider a change, even when all the hounds were baying,” Burke told The Globe. “I feel the same way now. Ron is coaching this team next year.” Burke’s comments did not come without its fair share of criticism from the Leafs Nation, many of whom feel that Wilson has overstayed his welcome with the Blue and White. The Leafs Nation’s main point of contention seems to be Wilson’s inability to elevate the Buds special teams to “respectable” as, under Wilson’s guidance, the Maple Leafs power play and penalty kill have been

read more...

Five Reasons The Toronto Maple Leafs Make The Playoffs In 2011-12

March 30th, 2011 3 Comments

With their impressive 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres last night the Toronto Maple Leafs are now just five points behind the Sabres for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With a game in hand on the Maple Leafs it appears as if the Sabres’ lead is safe, which means there will likely be no playoffs for the Blue and White…again! While it appears as if Maple Leafs fans will be left disappointed by their teams inability to make the playoffs this season, there are a number of reasons to believe that this team will make the playoffs in 2011-12. Let’s take a look at five reasons your beloved Toronto Maple Leafs will make the playoffs next season. Better Goaltending: Through 32 games played (30 stars) rookie goaltender James Reimer has registered a 18-8-4 record to

read more...

Ten Reasons The Toronto Maple Leafs Will Not Be making The Playoffs

March 28th, 2011 No Comments

For the fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs, it appears as if their beloved Buds will be on the outside looking in when the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Playoffs roll around. While a few key players stand out, there is plenty of blame to go around when it comes to determining why the Blue and White will be missing the playoffs…again! Let’s take a look at the top 10 reasons the Maple Leafs will not be playing in this years playoffs… Poor Goaltending: When the 2010-11 season began just about every Maple Leaf fan felt it was only a matter of time until Jonas “The Monster” Gustavsson would overtake J.S. Giguere as the Blue and White’s number one goaltender. Instead, Gustavsson struggled all season long while Giguere was equally inept on more nights than not. If not for the spirited efforts

read more...

Toronto Maple Leafs: Which Player Is This Season’s MVP?

March 26th, 2011 1 Comment

With the 2010-11 season winding down it appears as if our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs will be hard pressed to make the playoffs. For the fans of the Blue and White, the fact that the team is not making the playoffs is hardly out of the ordinary, what is different this season is that there appears to be a number of players that deserve being mentioned as the teams’ Most Valuable Player. Prior to the first puck drop in October most Leaf fans were looking for Dion Phaneuf, Jonas Gustavsson or Phil Kessel to be the team MVP’s. Hard luck, inconsistent efforts and ailments have conspired to eliminate all three from the conversation, although Phaneuf has been lights out of late. A quick look at the points leaders shows Phil Kessel as the teams goal scoring leader (29) and points

read more...

Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins: Will Anyone Fight Zdeno Chara?

March 24th, 2011 No Comments

The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins will meet for the sixth and final time in what should be an entertaining tilt in Boston. The Canadiens currently sit three points behind the hated Bruins in the Eastern Conference’s Northeast Division standings where the “Big Bad Bruins” currently sit in first place. With Boston holding two games in hand, finishing first overall in the Northeast looks to be a bit of a pipe dream for the Canadiens, but you just know that the Canadiens are going to put as much heat as they possibly can on the Bruins, especially in light of what happened in the last meeting between these two clubs at Montreal’s Bell Centre. For those of you that do not remember (as if that’s really possible), coming off a previous game in which both teams had engaged in a

read more...

Matt Cooke: Where Does The NHL Go From Here?

March 24th, 2011 No Comments

By now we have all seen the Matt Cooke hit on New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. The NHL responded by handing out a minimum 14-game suspension (10 regular season games followed by up to seven games in the first round of the playoffs) to Cooke for what is widely regarded as one of the ugliest hits in all of hockey—the head shot. Cooke intentionally caught McDonagh in the head with an elbow. Try as he might to excuse his actions or suggest that the incident was an accident, the video shows Cooke intentionally targeted McDonagh’s head. Cooke’s undisciplined actions could have cost McDonagh his career or worse yet, his mobility or even his life. While the suspension seems to be to the liking of many hockey fans, players and management types, there are still questions as to why it

read more...
Page 1 of 41234»