Carlyle Looking For Better Effort From Maple Leafs Troops

October 17th, 2013 No Comments

Coming off a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild, and escaping with a 6-1 record to start the season, you’d think Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle would be satisfied with his teams effort. Anyone that watched the tilt between the Leafs and Wild knows the Maple Leafs were outplayed for the majority of the game— a fact that did not escape Carlyle. Toronto was out shot 37-14 against the Wild, on Home ice no less. Poor defensive plays led to a number of giveaways and, without a superb performance from goaltender James Reimer, the game could have easily been a barn-burner with the Wild emerging victorious. Needless to say, for the Maple Leafs to beat the Hurricanes, they will have to put in a better overall effort, which includes cleaning up the defense and getting a more concerted


Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. Nashville Predators: Game day

October 10th, 2013 No Comments

After starting the season 3-0 and scoring 12 goals in the process, the Toronto Maple Leafs will look to get back on track as they get set to face the Nashville Predators Thursday night in Nashville. Held to just one goal on 28 shots against the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night, the Maple Leafs will be looking to unload against the always tough to beat Pekka Rinne, who is expected to get the start between the pipes for Nashville. Toronto should counter with Jonathan Bernier, who, despite the loss on Tuesday night, was excellent against the Avalanche. The Predators enter the game with a 1-2 record, while the Maple Leafs sit at 3-1. Both teams have excellent goaltending, both teams have question marks on defense. Rookie defenseman Seth Jones has been holding his own with one assist and a plus+1 rating


Jake Gardiner— Are The Edmonton Oilers Interested?

October 9th, 2013 6 Comments

Fresh off their first defeat of the season (a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night), rumors surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs trading defenseman Jake Gardiner appear to be heating up. Trusted TSN hockey expert Bob McKenzie bandied around the idea of Toronto exploring their options where Gardiner is concerned but, like many in the hockey world, questioned Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager Dave Nonis’ willingness to pull the trigger on a deal for the talented, often careless, defenseman. Like many young defensemen, Gardiner has struggled to find his way in his own end. That said, his offensive prowess has many GM’s drooling, which is why it appears as if several teams have contacted Nonis about Gardiner’s availability. Originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round (17th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Gardiner came to


Maple Leafs Look To Go 4-0 Against Avalanche

October 8th, 2013 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche will put a pair of undefeated records on the line Tuesday night as they get set to play at the Air Canada Centre. Tuesday nights tilt will also mark the first time Hockey Hall Of Famer Patrick Roy will be behind the bench against the Leafs. Thus far, Roy has been entertaining behind the bench, bringing the same passion and fire he brought to the rink. Both the Maple Leafs and Avalanche play an open style of hockey, which should see both teams score their fair share of goals. Mason Raymond, James van Riemsdyk and David Bolland lead the way for the Maple Leafs with two goals apiece, while P.A. Parenteau and Jamie McGinn lead the way for the Avs with two goals each. Between the pipes, Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle


Toronto Maple Leafs Have Room To Improve

October 3rd, 2013 No Comments

While we are just two games into the 2012-13 NHL 82-game season, the fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs have to be happy with what they have seen thus far. An opening night win in Montreal against the Canadiens, followed by a win in Philadelphia against the Flyers, have the Blue and White at the top of the NHL standings as the first team to earn a 2-0 record. Solid performances from both James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier will complicate head coach Randy Carlyle’s decision as to which goaltender will start Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre against the Ottawa Senators. Needless to say, having to choose between two good goaltenders can hardly be called a “problem”, rather, it is a nice decision for coach Carlyle to have to make. Up front the usual suspects have been contributing for


Did The Maple Leafs Get Good Value In the Phil Kessel Deal?

October 1st, 2013 No Comments

TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting the the Toronto Maple Leafs appear to have signed talented sniper Phil Kessel to a monster 8-year deal (the longest allowed under the terms of the new CBA) believed to be in the $64 million range. AT $8 million per season, Kessel would rank in the top ten in salary, putting him alongside Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos and ahead of the likes of Evgeni Malkin ($7.5 million) and Rick Nash ($7.8 million). While there will be plenty of fans protesting the Maple Leafs latest signing, it should be noted that few players have Kessel’s scoring ability. Kessel, who ranked 13th in goals scored in 2012-13, 7th in 2011-12, 19th in 2010-11 is amongst the best snipers in the NHL. In fact, Kessel’s 89 goals over the past three seasons puts

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