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Joffrey Lupul Has Found A Home In Toronto

November 2nd, 2011 No Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke pulled the trigger on a deal that sent Francois Beauchemin to the Anaheim Ducks for defensive prospect Jake Gardiner, a conditional fourth round draft pick and Joffrey Lupul, Gardiner was expected to be the jewel of the trade for the Maple Leafs. As it turns out, Gardiner’s play early on this season has been gold and surprisingly, so has Lupul’s. Originally drafted seventh overall by the Ducks at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Lupul, has a history of injury woes. He missed 24 games in the 2010-11 season due to back surgery, which was part of the reason the Ducks gave up on the young sniper so early. Lupul went on to play 28 games with the Maple Leafs last season, registering nine goals (two of which were power play markers) and

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Jonas Gustavsson: Is The Monster Back?

November 1st, 2011 1 Comment

Heading into the 2011-12 season, plenty of questions surrounded Toronto Maple Leafs backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson. Having fought through a change in his goaltending style from stand up to butterfly goaltender, two heart ailments and the death of both of his parents, Gustavsson can be excused for his 22-28-11 record over his first two seasons with the Maple Leafs. Gustavsson went 16-15-9 in his first season with the Buds. His 2.87 goals against average and .902 save percentage stand as his career best, at least thus far. Gus followed his 2009-10 season up with a trying 2010-11 season in which he posted a 6-13-2 record to go along with a paltry 3.29 goals against average and .890 save percentage. In his first start of the 2011-12 season Gustavsson got shelled for six goals on 46 shots, which equated to a

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Ugly Stats Still Haunt Toronto Maple Leafs

October 31st, 2011 2 Comments

On the surface, when you consider the Maple Leafs are 7-3-1 on the season there is little to complain about. Sniper Phil Kessel is off to a hot start, Dion Phaneuf looks to be back as a dominating force on the blueline and Joffrey Lupul looks to be a nice surprise early on. As good as the Maple Leafs have been through 11 games, there are a few statistics that continue to haunt the Blue and White. In 2010-11 the Maple Leafs owned the 27th ranked penalty kill with a success rate of 77.4 percent. As bad as their PK was last season, things are actually worse this season as the Blue and White are currently sporting a 72.3 percent success rate on the PK, five points worse than 2010-11’s success rate. While Toronto has employed an aggressive forecheck on

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Brian Burke’s Moves Paying Dividends

October 30th, 2011 1 Comment

The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins by a final score of 4-3 Saturday night, solidifying their place atop the Northeast Division. The Maple Leafs 7-2-1 record through ten games gives them 15 points, good enough for third overall in the standings. While it is only ten games into the 2011-12 season, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has a lot to brag about, much of which can be attributed to the many moves he has made over his tenure with the Blue and White. Burke’s rebuild started with the much maligned acquisition of Phil Kessel from the Boston Bruins which saw two first round draft choices (2010, 2011) and a second rounder (2011) exchanged for the sniper. While it is still early to award either franchise a winner in the trade it appears as if both clubs are

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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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