Archive for the ‘Trade Rumors’ Category

Brian Burke Needs A Power Forward

December 3rd, 2011 8 Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke joined the organization he promised to put together a tough, rugged team that would compete in the trenches. Thus far, Burke has delivered in the win column, but his team hardly resembles a team that brings pugnacity, truculence and testosterone on a daily basis. Prior to the start of the 2011-12 season we discussed the Maple Leafs shortcomings. What emerged was a resounding call for more rugged players—especially those that could own the front of the net and control the boards. Now, players like that are tough to come by. Look around at the NHL rosters and you’ll find physical players are at a premium, especially those that can light the lamp. A quick look at the Blue and White’s roster reveals that Colby Armstrong and Mike Brown are probably the Maple

read more...

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 Capgeek.com 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

read more...

Toronto Maple Leafs Look Like A MASH Unit

November 18th, 2011 No Comments

Heading into Thursday night’s tilt against the Nashville Predators the Toronto Maple Leafs were already dealing with an assortment of injuries to goaltender James Reimer and forwards Colby Armstrong, Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur. Given the injuries to those four players and the importance of the roles each of those players has with the team, nobody was surprised when the Buds took it on the chin by a final score of 4-1 Thursday night. Going forward, it would appear as if the Maple Leafs will be hard-pressed to rack up the Wins as news has now surfaced that defenseman Mike Komisarek and forward Matthew Lombardi will be out for up to three weeks after succumbing to injuries against the Preds. Both Komisarek and Lombardi left Thursday’s game with what are being called “upper-body injuries.” Nothing is written in stone, but

read more...

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

read more...

Oh Canada! How Are The Canadian Teams Doing Thus Far?

November 8th, 2011 2 Comments

Prior to the start of the 2011-12 season many “experts” had the Vancouver Canucks as Stanley Cup favorites with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators being hard-pressed to make the playoffs. While it is still very early in the season, Canada’s teams look to be holding their own in the NHL standings with Toronto currently sitting in second spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Edmonton Oilers currently occupy third spot in the Western Conference. Both Toronto and Edmonton can be referred to as early season surprises, but the bigger surprise may be the absence of the Canucks from a playoff spot as they currently sit 10th in the Western Conference. Toronto is getting it done with their potent offense which is currently ranked third overall at 3.14 goals per game, while Edmonton

read more...

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

read more...
Page 5 of 23« First...«34567»1020...Last »