Archive for October, 2011

What Are Canada’s Chances At A Stanley Cup This Season?

October 4th, 2011 No Comments

With the pre-season officially in the books, the regular season is just hours away from commencing, giving Canada back it’s favorite drug- Hockey! For some NHL teams the playoffs looks to be all but a sure thing, including the likes of the Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference, followed by the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference. For others, a playoff birth will be hard fought, if not impossible, which will likely cause many Canadians to hit the pharmacy or the local liquor store on more than a few occasions! For Canadian hockey fans there is plenty to be excited about. The Winnipeg Jets are officially back, while the Toronto Maple Leafs looked poised to make the jump to the playoffs…or not!

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Toronto Maple Leafs make Final Cuts: Jake Gardiner Makes The Team

October 3rd, 2011 No Comments

Heading into training camp it was expected that the biggest battle for playing time would be up front, while on the back end, the top six defensemen had all but been decided. A strong training camp and injuries to a few keys forwards (mainly Tim Connolly and Nazem Kadri) have led to rookie forward Matt Frattin making the opening day roster while, in what many perceive as a surprise, Keith Aulie (who played very well last season but not so great in training camp) was sent down to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate (Toronto Marlies) in favor of keeping Jake Gardiner, who had an impressive training camp as well. Given the way Gardiner played in training camp nobody is all that shocked that he managed to make the club, but the demotion of Aulie is a bit of a

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