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Brian Burke Deals Luca Caputi To Ducks

January 3rd, 2012 No Comments

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has pulled the trigger on another deal with the Anaheim Ducks. This time Burke has sent Luca Caputi to Anaheim for former second round (35th overall) pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Nicolas Deschamps. Injuries and a lack of fit with the Maple Leafs organization have conspired to deflate whatever opportunities Caputi might have had with the Maple Leafs of late. Known as a gritty player with some marginal scoring punch, Caputi has been a victim of the Maple Leafs strong depth at the AHL level, forcing him to watch countless players get their shot with the big club while he continued to tough it out with the Marlies. Truth be told, Caputi has been out of the loop for quite some time, having last played for the big club for a

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Philippe Dupuis Put On Waivers, Komisarek and Brown Close To Return

January 2nd, 2012 4 Comments

With his club struggling to earn points and question marks about the overall toughness on his team, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager placed forward Philippe Dupuis on waivers on Monday and got the good news that both Mike Brown and Mike Komisarek are on the mend. With Dupuis on waivers (he’ll be sent down to the Marlies should he clear), recent call up Darryl Boyce will likely assume Dupuis’ meager minutes. Signed as a free agent, Dupuis did little while in the Blue and White, posting zero points in 30 games and failing to bring a measure of improvement to the Maple Leafs penalty kill, which is ranked 30th in a 30 team league. Toronto went a paltry 4-6-3 in December, resulting in the teams slide in the Eastern Conference standings from playoff team to tenth in the East. The

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Five Things The Maple Leafs Must Do To Be Successful In 2012

December 31st, 2011 3 Comments

Just shy of 40 games into the 2011-12 season and the Toronto Maple Leafs are exactly where many pundits thought they would be. For some, it was in a playoff position—which the Maple Leafs are. For others, it was fighting for a playoff spot—which after tonight’s tilt against the Winnipeg Jets, might just be where the Maple Leafs are. Either way, as good as the Maple Leafs have been, what it amounts to are results that are just a little north of mediocre. Case and point, the average NHL team has earned about 41 points. Through 37 games, the Maple Leafs have earned 41 points! So, what will it take for the Maple Leafs to have a successful 2012? For some, a successful season will only be so should the Maple Leafs make the playoffs. For others, a successful season

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Toronto Maple Leafs: The Biggest Concerns Heading Into 2012

December 28th, 2011 3 Comments

With just two games to go in the 2011 schedule for our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs there is a lot to be thankful for and yet, there is a lot of concern growing. First, a look at what the Leafs Nation is thankful for. After 36 games played the Maple Leafs currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings, good enough for a playoff spot. Now, sixth place is hardly epic, but it is a great improvement upon seasons past, which is why we are all so grateful. Keep in mind, there is only nine points separating first and eighth in the Eastern Conference standings, with just three points separating sixth from tenth. Make no mistake about it, it is officially crunch time, and the Maple Leafs know it. Phil Kessel continues to dominate the score sheets, posting

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Kadri’s Time To Shine Is Now

December 21st, 2011 No Comments

November’s AHL player of the month and former first round draft choice of the Toronto Maple Leafs (seventh overall) Nazem Kadri has been called up by the big club and is expected to be in the lineup when the Maple Leafs play host to the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night. Kadri, who has been called up by the Maple Leafs numerous times amongst great hype in the past only to quickly fizzle out, has been given yet another opportunity to shine. With Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul supplying most of the Maple Leafs offense this season, there is plenty of room for a player of Kadri’s considerable offensive talent—the question is, will Kadri showcase his talents this time around or simply fall short of expectations for the umpteenth time? The road to the NHL has not been easy for Kadri. Injuries,

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Maple Leafs Need To Get Serious About Their Penalty Kill

December 11th, 2011 1 Comment

Over the past three seasons, the Toronto Maple Leafs have emerged with the 29th, 30th and 30th ranked penalty kills, respectively. The 2011-12 season has brought the same poor results for the Maple Leafs as, through 29 games the Blue and White own the 29th ranked penalty kill. The Maple Leafs penalty kill hit an all-time low when they gave up four power play goals to the Washington Capitals on Friday night. The Leafs would lose the game by a final tally of 4-2 and a little more confidence along the way. An early season injury to the defensive minded Colby Armstrong and number one goaltender James Reimer for over a month hampered the Maple Leafs’ penalty kill early on in the season. That said, plenty of blame for the Maple Leafs abysmal PK has to go to the current

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