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Is Ray Emery Brian Burke’s Answer Between The Pipes?

February 20th, 2012 15 Comments

There has been a lot of talk lately about the future of both of the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltenders. Jonas Gustavsson is an unrestricted free agent this summer which brings into question whether or not Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will attempt to re-sign the Swedish goaltender, while James Reimer’s future with the Toronto Maple Leafs has been slightly compromised due to injuries and some sub-par numbers this season. Brought over from Sweden via free agency, Gustavsson has amassed a record of 38-40-12 through 97 career starts, including a 16-12-1 record this season. Gustavsson’s rookie season saw his post a 16-15-9 record, but he struggled in his second season, amassing a paltry 6-13-2 record. A heart ailment and the death of both of his parents were key factors in Gustavsson’s struggles. That and a change in goaltending style that


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 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


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


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


Toronto Maple Leafs Youngsters Making Headway

September 22nd, 2011 2 Comments

We are only a few games into the 2011-12 NHL pre-season, but already there are a few youngsters that are starting to impress the Toronto Maple Leafs brass and fans. Forward Matt Frattin had two goals on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers, defenseman Jake Gardiner looks very close to being NHL ready, while big body goaltender Ben Scrivens hasn’t looked out of place. With a little seasoning at the AHL level with the Toronto Marlies it appears as if both Frattin and Gardiner will be with the big club at some point this season, while Scrivens may need a full season with the Marlies before he gets consideration with the big club. Gardiner’s smooth skating, hockey sense, ability to move the puck and uncanny calm and collected style of play have many fans and teammates throwing praise at the


Is Luke Schenn Trade bait?

July 6th, 2011 No Comments

When you look at the Toronto Maple Leafs defense corps there appears to be a logjam, not only at the NHL level, but on the farm as well. Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has assembled a defense which includes team captain Dion Phaneuf, Carl Gunnarsson, Keith Aulie, Mike Komisarek and the newly acquired John-Michael Liles and Cody Franson. Knocking on the door are a pair of youngsters, who, in many people’s minds, are not far off from being NHL ready. Originally taken in the first round (17th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Jake Gardiner came over from the Anaheim Ducks in the Francois Beauchemin deal. Known as a smooth skating, offensive defenseman with a high hockey IQ, Gardiner has the ability to be a top defenseman one day. While it is still very early, Gardiner is

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