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NHL Entry Draft: Why Reward Failure?

April 12th, 2016 1 Comment

With the 2016 NHL Entry Draft just a few weeks away, many fans and NHL executives have been dreading the possibility of the Edmonton Oilers landing the first overall pick for the third time in six years. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly recently stated that there will be more discussions within the NHL offices with regards to making additional changes to be implemented should Edmonton land the coveted first overall pick. While many fans will applaud the Leagues efforts to review the Draft process, it would seem to me that, unless the NHL is willing to make significant changes to the Draft, we run the risk of finding ourselves in the same situation sooner rather than later. In a recent episode of Sportsnet’s Tim and Sid show, Daly went on the record about Edmonton winning the lottery. “I think there’s

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Toronto Maple Leafs Extend John-Michael Liles

January 25th, 2012 2 Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that they have signed veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles to a four-year, $15.5 million contract. The contract averages out to $3.875 million per season, which is a pay cut from his current salary which pays him $4.2 million this season. At 31 years of age, Liles’ new contract looks to be on-point for his combination of veteran leadership and abilities. Through 34 games, Liles has four goals and 17 assists for a total of 21 points. Over 557 career NHL games, Liles has scored 72 goals (including 35 power play markers), adding 224 assists for a total of 296 points. Originally drafted in the fifth round (159th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Liles was acquired via trade from the Colorado Avalanche over the summer for the nominal price of a second round draft

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Power Outage: Toronto Maple Leafs Power Play Still A Work In Progress

October 17th, 2011 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs entered Monday nights action against the Colorado Avalanche sporting a perfect 3-0 record. Some sloppy play and opportune scoring from the Avalanche resulted in the Maple Leafs first blemish on their 2011-12 season as the Buds were downed by a final score of 3-2 in overtime. The loss wasn’t all bad. Phil Kessel continued his excellent start to the season, snapping the puck past former Maple Leafs net minder J.S. Giguere just 19 seconds into the second period for his sixth goal of the season. Colorado responded with two goals of their own before the end of the second, including a power play marker from Milan Hedjuk off a bad penalty from Tyler Bozak. The line of Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin were buzzing around Giguere all night, but had trouble lighting the lamp.

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Colorado Avalanche: Keys To Victory

October 17th, 2011 No Comments

Former Colorado Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles and the Toronto Maple Leafs will play host to the Avalanche tonight in what will surely be a close contest. It will mark the first time Liles will face his old team since being acquired from the Avalanche this summer. Liles has looked good early on, notching one assist and bringing an element of veteran leadership and offensive flare to the Maple Leafs roster. Despite a lot of pre-season predictions saying the Avalanche would struggle this season, the Avs have started the season with a 4-1 record. The Avs are a perfect 4-0 on the road thus far, their only loss coming at home to the Detroit Red Wings. Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been leading the Avs winning streak, posting a 3-1 record to go along with a stingy 2.17 goals against average

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Toronto Maple Leafs Aquire John-Michael Liles From Colorado

June 24th, 2011 No Comments

Known for making deals at the draft, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke pulled the trigger on a deal that will see 30 year-old defenseman John-Michael Liles traded from the Colorado Avalanche in return for the Maple Leafs (via Boston) 2012 second-round draft pick. Liles was rumored to be headed to Toronto at last seasons trade deadline but the deal never came to fruition. Known as a power play specialist and a tremendous passer, Liles will likely fit into the Maple Leafs top two defensive pairings, replacing the role, skill set and minutes (he averaged 22:00 per game last season) that departed long time Maple Leaf Tomas Kaberle filled. Originally drafted in the fifth round (159th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Liles registered six goals and 40 assists for a total of 46 points last season. Through

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Are The Toronto Maple Leafs Playoff Bound?

February 17th, 2011 No Comments

Heading into Thursday nights action the Toronto Maple Leafs sit in eleventh place in the Eastern Conference, a mere six points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. With a record of 25-27-6 the Maple Leafs don’t really look like a playoff team, but as the rise of the New Jersey Devils (8-1-1 in their past ten) and close to unbeatable for the better part of a month now, anything can happen. The question is, with three teams to pass, can the Maple Leafs get hot enough to capture the final playoff spot in the East? The obvious answer is, probably not, but as the saying goes, “stranger things have happened.” Last season the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference earned a total of 88 points (both the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens hit the 88 point mark), the

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