Archive for November, 2011

Is Bobby Ryan On The Block?

November 29th, 2011 4 Comments

Rumors are swirling that Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray is looking to make changes in Anaheim. Marred in a seven game losing streak, the Ducks are in grave danger of missing the playoffs, which, for a team that according to Capgeek.com carries a $60,681,263 payroll and has attendance issues, is simply out of the question. Veteran forward Teemu Selanne leads the Ducks in scoring this season with eight goals and 14 assists. Teammates Corey Perry (ten goals, eight assists), Ryan Getzlaf (four goals, 12 assists), Cam Fowler (two goals, ten assists), Saku Koivu (four goals, seven assists) and Bobby Ryan (seven goals, four assists) round out the Ducks’ top-six scorers. Combined, Selanne, Perry, Getzlaf, Fowler, Koivu and Ryan own a plus/minus rating of minus-42, with Getzlaf and Perry leading the way at minus-13 each. While the questionable goaltending of

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December Will Decide Season For Toronto Maple Leafs

November 29th, 2011 1 Comment

With a 14-8-2 record to start the season the Toronto Maple Leafs have surprised many. Front and centre has been Phil Kessel, who leads the NHL in goals (16) and points (31), while rounding out what many perceived to be a one-trick style of game. Also in the mix as Toronto’s MVP has been Joffrey Lupul. He too has been lights out on more nights than not, registering 11 goals and 18 assists through 24 games played, good enough for 29 points, which gives Lupul a share of second overall in the scoring race. On defense, Dion Phaneuf has looked like a player worthy of an all-star conversation, while veteran John-Michael Liles has brought an element of leadership and offensive flare to a lineup that was in desperate need of some depth. Despite plenty of criticism for his horrible defensive

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Toronto Maple Leafs Defeat Lame Ducks

November 28th, 2011 4 Comments

Heading into Sunday nights tilt against the Anaheim Ducks there was a lot of talk about the return of Joffrey Lupul and Jake Gardiner, the two players Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke received from the Ducks in the Francois Beauchemin deal. While Gardiner never really got a taste with the Ducks organization, Lupul watched as numerous players moved up the Ducks depth chart while injuries and a lack of belief in the former Anaheim first round (seventh overall) pick conspired to put Lupul on the back burner in Anaheim. As the saying goes, “one mans garbage is another mans treasure” and Lupul and Gardiner have been just that for the Maple Leafs, treasure. Heading into Sunday nights action Lupul had 11 goals and 27 points through 23 games, while Gardiner has slowly established himself as a legitimate top-four

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Game Day: Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. Dallas Stars

November 25th, 2011 No Comments

Several members of the Toronto Maple Leafs were in attendance when the Dallas Cowboys gutted out a 20-19 win over the Miami Dolphins in Dallas yesterday. Watching the game, it appeared as if a few of the players were caught taking pictures of the legendary Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and who could blame them, right? The Maple Leafs were in town awaiting Friday nights match with the Dallas Stars, who, not unlike the Leafs, have gotten off to a surprisingly great start to the 2011-12 season. Toronto enters tonight’s tilt with a record of 12-8-2 while the Stars have been equally good at 13-8-0. That said, both teams have struggled of late, with Toronto going 4-5-1 in their past ten, while Dallas owns a 5-5-0 record in their past ten games. These two teams last met November 22nd of 2010, with

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Buffalo Sabres Come Up Small Against The Boston Bruins

November 24th, 2011 No Comments

Buffalo Sabres fans were up in arms after their starting goaltender Ryan Miller collided with Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic a little more than a week ago. The result was Miller being put on the injured list with a concussion. After the incident Sabres fans and players alike were embarrassed by the teams lack of response to what many felt was a despicable act predicated by Lucic. Despite a call for action by the good people of Buffalo, NHL chief disciplinarian Brendan Shannahan rightly deemed the incident unworthy of a suspension, which once again caused Sabres fans to protest loudly. Whether you agreed with Shannahan’s decision or not, one thing was clear, everybody agreed that the Buffalo Sabres’ players did next to nothing in response to the collision, which had Sabres fans shaking their heads, while rival NHL players and fans

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Despite His Critics, Ron Wilson Has Toronto Maple Leafs On Right Track

November 21st, 2011 10 Comments

Anytime a head coach of an NHL team enters a season in the final year of his contract there are bound to be a ton of “soon to be fired” rumors surrounding his name. Such is the case with respect to Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson as he entered the 2011-12 season in the final year of the four year deal he signed back in June of 2008. Since signing with the Maple Leafs, Wilson has led the Buds to three very disappointing seasons, finishing with a 34-35-13 record in 2008-09, followed by a 30-38-14 finish in 2009-10 and a moderately improved 37-34-11 finish in 2010-11. Overall, Wilson led his troops to a 101-110-38 record over his first three seasons with the club which, given the lack of overall talent on the Maple Leafs’ roster, is not far

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