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Toronto Maple Leafs Look Like A MASH Unit

November 18th, 2011 No Comments

Heading into Thursday night’s tilt against the Nashville Predators the Toronto Maple Leafs were already dealing with an assortment of injuries to goaltender James Reimer and forwards Colby Armstrong, Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur. Given the injuries to those four players and the importance of the roles each of those players has with the team, nobody was surprised when the Buds took it on the chin by a final score of 4-1 Thursday night. Going forward, it would appear as if the Maple Leafs will be hard-pressed to rack up the Wins as news has now surfaced that defenseman Mike Komisarek and forward Matthew Lombardi will be out for up to three weeks after succumbing to injuries against the Preds. Both Komisarek and Lombardi left Thursday’s game with what are being called “upper-body injuries.” Nothing is written in stone, but

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Injuries Could Derail Maple Leafs

November 16th, 2011 2 Comments

In a season that has already seen the Toronto Maple Leafs have to endure long-term injuries to starting goaltender James Reimer and forwards Tim Connolly and Colby Armstrong, the announcement that both Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur were injured during last nights 3-2 shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes has more than a few fans of the Blue and White concerned. MacArthur left Tuesday night’s tilt after the second period with what is being reported as an upper-body injury, while Grabovski left the ice late in the third period after a collision at centre. While there is no word on either players’ status for Thursday nights game against the Nashville Predators, one has to think if Grabovski and MacArthur (two thirds of the Maple Leafs second unit) are out of the lineup they’ll be hard-pressed to earn the win. In

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Do The Toronto Maple Leafs Need A Goaltender?

November 9th, 2011 10 Comments

Fresh off an embarrassing 5-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending picture is murkier than ever. Maple Leafs starting goaltender James Reimer has been out with concussion-like symptoms since October 22nd, while both Jonas Gustavsson (4-4-0, 3.78 goals against average, .878 save percentage) and Ben Scrivens (1-1-0, 4.07 goals against average, .867 save percentage) have been inadequate in relief. Reimer’s absence from the lineup, combined with the struggles of both Gustavsson and Scrivens has the Leafs Nation nervous about the Maple Leafs goaltending, both now and for the foreseeable future. First, nobody knows when Reimer will return. One thing we have learned from concussions (or concussion-like) symptoms is that they are relatively unpredictable, especially where setting a return date for players is concerned- just ask Sidney Crosby! Second, if both Gustavsson and Scrivens continue

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Cody Franson: Is He A Good Fit With Edmonton Oilers?

October 28th, 2011 No Comments

The Edmonton Oilers have announced that defenseman Ryan Whitney will be out of the lineup with a sprained knee. The injury is expected to keep Whitney out for three weeks. Whitney had already been out of the Edmonton lineup for four games this season with a ankle injury. A pillar on the Edmonton power play and their best puck-moving defenseman, the loss of Whitney will hit the Oilers hard, which may all but erase their impressive 5-2-2 start to the season. With the Oilers off to a great start there is every reason to believe that Edmonton may look to acquire a defenseman to fill the void of losing Whitney. According to capgeek.com, the Oilers currently have a payroll of $60,442,838, which leaves them with $3,857,162 in cap room. While Edmonton is not known for spending right up to the

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James Reimer To Sit Against New York Rangers

October 27th, 2011 No Comments

In what is quickly becoming an issue of concern for the Toronto Maple Leafs, starting goaltender James Reimer will be out of the lineup Thursday night against the New York Rangers and possibly longer as he was placed on the Injured Reserved list today. Reimer suffered an apparent whiplash-like injury earlier in the week when one of the Montreal Canadiens forwards collided with Reimer’s head. Always looking to be quiet on these subjects, the Maple Leafs have not called Reimer’s symptoms a concussion, but there is the suspicion that Reimer may very well be suffering from just that—a concussion. Reimer practiced Wednesday and by all accounts looked ready to go for Thursday nights action, but is said to have felt poorly after practice, which caused Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson to err on the side of caution, keeping Reimer

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All Hands On Deck: James Reimer, Tim Connolly, Tyler Bozak Expected In Lineup Against New York Rangers

October 26th, 2011 1 Comment

The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to get a trio of injured players back into the lineup Thursday night when they prepare to do battle against the New York Rangers in New York. Goaltender James Reimer is expected to be back in the lineup after recovering from whip-lash like symptoms, Tyler Bozak is ready to go after injuring his foot while Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke’s prized off-season signing Tim Connolly looks to be ready for game action, recovering from an upper body injury he sustained falling into the boards during training camp. For Connolly, it will be his first regular season action with the Maple Leafs. His arrival has been a long time coming and with his arrival comes great expectations that he will give Toronto what it has been missing since Mats Sundin left—a true number one

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