Archive for October, 2011

Dion Phaneuf Looking Like An All-Star Early On

October 23rd, 2011 2 Comments

After a quick start to his NHL career which saw him come runner up for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year (2005-06), being selected as a Norris Trophy finalist as the NHL’s top defenseman (2006-07) two All-Star selections (2007 and 2008) and a slew of International accomplishments, Dion Phaneuf slowly fell out of favor with the Calgary Flames, ultimately leading to him being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. At the time of the trade Phaneuf was involved in a number of controversies surrounding both his on and off ice life. On the ice, Phaneuf had to endure a number of criticisms including accusations of laziness, rumors of turmoil in the dressing room and even allegations of drug use off the ice. With so much scandal surrounding Phaneuf a trade out of Calgary looked to

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Maple Leafs Beat Canadiens—Lose James Reimer In The Process

October 23rd, 2011 No Comments

Anytime the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens meet you know there is going to be fireworks. Saturday nights tilt between did not disappoint as both teams played on the edge and brought their “A” games to the table. Early on in the first period Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer was struck in the head when Brian Gionta nailed him, causing Reimer’s mask to fall off. Reimer was visibly shaken on the play, but the Ref neglected to call the play, which brings the question why as plays are supposed to be blown dead after the goaltender loses his mask, but I digress. Reimer continued his work throughout the first period, but failed to show up for the second with whip-lash like symptoms as a result of the hit from Gionta. According the Leaf doctors, Reimer was not feeling quite

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Ron Wilson Needs To Manage His Troops Better

October 21st, 2011 7 Comments

Fresh off the heals of an embarrassing  6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins, it’s easy to throw mud at the entire Toronto Maple Leafs lineup. As much as “the players play and the coaches coach”, there can be a tendency to blame the Coach for a loss from time-to-time which, in this case, may be the appropriate response for Thursday nights debacle. Sure, the players are responsible for their fare share of the carnage, but when you look at the lineup decisions Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson made, he prepared the Maple Leafs for a gunfight by bringing a knife, and we all know how that usually goes! Let’s examine the facts, shall we? Wilson had to deal with two of his forwards (Colby Armstrong and Clarke MacArthur) having to sit out of the lineup due to injury

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Toronto Maple Leafs Ego Bruised—Downed 6-2 To Boston

October 20th, 2011 No Comments

It what can only be termed as a good ‘ol fashioned butt-whopping, the Toronto Maple Leafs were schooled by the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins by a final score of 6-2 on Thursday night, bringing the Buds record to 4-1-1 on the season. There was lots of talk about a Stanley Cup letdown for the Bruins heading into Thursday nights tilt, but given the way the Bruins seemingly manhandled the Maple Leafs all night, nothing is/was further from the truth. Colby Armstrong was out of the lineup for the Maple Leafs and it showed as the Buds had trouble containing some of the Bruins bigger/more physical players. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara had a big night, netting three points, including a power play goal in the first period. Clarke MacArthur was also out of the lineup, which forced Maple leafs

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Colby Armstrong Injured, Nazem Kadri Back With The Maple Leafs

October 20th, 2011 No Comments

According to reports, The Toronto Maple Leafs will call forward Nazem Kadri up from their AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies when the Maple Leafs play the Boston bruins tonight in order to off-set the loss of the injured Colby Armstrong. The news comes off the heals of a “lower body injury” that Armstrong sustained in the first period of the Maple Leafs 4-3 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night at the Air Canada Center. Armstrong left Wednesday nights game favoring his left leg and was seen to be on crutches during the second intermission. Armstrong will be left behind as the Leafs travel to Boston to take on the Defending Stanley Cup Champions Boston Bruins. Yesterday, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke announced that Kadri was being sent down to the Marlies for what was thought to

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Toronto Maple Leafs “Jettison” Winnipeg In A Shootout

October 19th, 2011 No Comments

For the first time in 15 years the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets rekindled their rivalry in front of a sellout crowd in Toronto. The Leafs and Jets played to a 3-3 tie way back in 1996, with Dave Andreychuk scoring two goals and Doug Gilmour adding another, while former Maple Leaf Mike Eastwood (who also had 2 goals) and Keith Tkachuk tallied the goals for the Jets. A lot has changed since that night. The Jets and the Maple Leafs both play in fancy new arenas, both teams employ a number of young players and neither team looks like a Stanley Cup contender—Ok, that has stayed the same! The Maple Leafs came into Wednesday nights contest with a 3-0-1 record—good enough for fifth overall in the Eastern Conference, while the Jets came in with a 1-3-0 record—ranking them

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