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James Reimer: Goalie Of The Future or Mirage?

January 24th, 2011 No Comments

The recent announcement that the Toronto Maple Leafs will be carrying three goaltenders on their upcoming road trip has the Leafs Nation thinking two-fold. First, given the fact that three goaltenders is a crowd, will veteran goaltender J.S. Giguere be moved? And second, if J.S. Giguere is not in the Leafs’ future plans, where do James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson fit into the equation? Last week Giguere told reporters that he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause if the Maple Leafs brass asked him to, leading to speculation that he may be on the move before the trade deadline expires. Injuries and a mediocre season in which Giguere has posted a 9-8-3 record to go along with his .900 save percentage and 2.71 goals against average may be enough of a roadblock for contending teams to stay clear


Toronto Maple Leafs—How Will Brian Burke Fix This Mess?

January 20th, 2011 13 Comments

Fresh off  a 7-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs pulled a 180 degree turn, thumping the Anaheim Ducks by a final score of 5-2 in Toronto Thursday night. The Maple Leafs will salvage some respect in bouncing back so well, but the teams penchant for Jeckyl and Hide results has the Leafs Nation and team management wondering just what they have at the end of the day? Numerous players have shown flashes of brilliance, followed by lengthy cold spells, while others have proven to be better than expected. Case in point, a year ago just about every Maple Leaf fan was willing to sell off Mikhail Grabovski for a case of Budweiser and a bowl of pretzels. Now, given his strong performance on the season in which he has already amassed 35


The Los Angeles Kings Need Offense—Do The Toronto Maple Leafs Have The Answer?

January 19th, 2011 2 Comments

After reading all the pre-season fodder and a fast start to the 2010-11 season, the Los Angeles Kings look to be struggling to find their way. Like most struggling teams, many fans have started to suggest that the Kings need to make a trade, and we are not talking about adding a depth player. Regarded as having one of the better stockpiles of young talent, the Kings’ could easily put together a deal involving a number of their prospects, a few of which, all 29 other clubs would love to have. Brayden Schenn is a highly coveted prospect, but with his strong showing at the world juniors and pedigree it is hard to imagine the Kings letting Schenn go. The issue for the Kings is this—if they are going to make a strong playoff push and/or run, they will need


NHL Trade Rumors: Which Toronto Maple Leafs Will Go?

January 18th, 2011 3 Comments

With the trade deadline fast approaching (we are just 41 Days away) every NHL general manager is eyeballing their counterparts’ rosters in order to determine if one or more of their assets could be had. Cap restrictions and no-trade clauses make it very difficult for GM’s to pull off the blockbuster trades we were used to seeing prior to the collective bargaining agreement, often leaving NHL fans wanting more. This year will likely prove to be no different from last year and the year before that, which is to say, few high profile players will be moved, leaving NHL fans to be satisfied with lesser deals that are void of “Gucci” names and often come with a return of draft picks or prospects. Looking for the Maple Leafs to be buyers this trade deadline? Don’t be doing any NHL Betting


Dion Phaneuf: Void Of Impact?

January 16th, 2011 2 Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager Brian Burke pulled off the blockbuster, seven-player deal that netted him Dion Phaneuf (amongst others) late last season, it was thought that—given the fact that Burke had brought in the best player in the deal (Phaneuf)—that the Maple Leafs had won the trade. Clearly, shortsighted predictions can nip you in the butt in the long term, but when you look at the overall records of both the Calgary Flames and the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as the seven players’ (some of which have been traded for parts) output, the trade seems to be a wash. At least at this point. Upon his anointment as team captain for the Maple Leafs, many felt that Phaneuf, like so many other captains before him, would be exposed to adversity, scrutiny and—to some extent—unfair expectations predicated by both


James Reimer Sent To Marlies

January 15th, 2011 No Comments

After a quick audition as the Toronto Maple Leafs number one netminder, Brian Burke has opted to send James Reimer back to further develop with the Leafs AHL affiliate, Toronto Marlies. Reimer, who had his first bad game against the Phoenix Coyotes on the tail end of a long road trip, leaves the Leafs with a tremendous .933 save percentage and sparkling 2.26 goals against average. Comparatively, Jonas Gustavsson has a paltry .896 save percentage and 3.13 GAA, while J.S. Giguere has also struggled at times this season, posting a .894 save percentage and 2.80 GAA. Complicating matters was the fact that if either Gustavsson or Giguere were sent down they would have to clear waivers once they re-entered. As much as both Giguere and Gustavsson have struggled this season, there would likely be an NHL team that would pick