Archive for January, 2012

Maple Leafs Must Find Their Identity

January 3rd, 2012 2 Comments

With his team marred in a 3-5-2 funk, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke cannot be happy with (according to his current collection of $65,429,140 worth of players. As much as December looked to be the make it or break month for the Maple Leafs, January will be equally important as the Buds will play at home in nine of their next ten games. The Maple Leafs currently own a less than stellar 8-5-4 record at Home, where they have been tentative and at times uptight. A 7-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on November 5th and a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Capitals on November 19th account for the Maple Leafs biggest disappointments on Home ice this season, while the Buds 2-0 shutout victory over the Montreal Canadiens way back on October 6th may


Philippe Dupuis Put On Waivers, Komisarek and Brown Close To Return

January 2nd, 2012 4 Comments

With his club struggling to earn points and question marks about the overall toughness on his team, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager placed forward Philippe Dupuis on waivers on Monday and got the good news that both Mike Brown and Mike Komisarek are on the mend. With Dupuis on waivers (he’ll be sent down to the Marlies should he clear), recent call up Darryl Boyce will likely assume Dupuis’ meager minutes. Signed as a free agent, Dupuis did little while in the Blue and White, posting zero points in 30 games and failing to bring a measure of improvement to the Maple Leafs penalty kill, which is ranked 30th in a 30 team league. Toronto went a paltry 4-6-3 in December, resulting in the teams slide in the Eastern Conference standings from playoff team to tenth in the East. The

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