James Reimer To Sit Against New York Rangers

October 27th, 2011 No Comments

In what is quickly becoming an issue of concern for the Toronto Maple Leafs, starting goaltender James Reimer will be out of the lineup Thursday night against the New York Rangers and possibly longer as he was placed on the Injured Reserved list today. Reimer suffered an apparent whiplash-like injury earlier in the week when one of the Montreal Canadiens forwards collided with Reimer’s head. Always looking to be quiet on these subjects, the Maple Leafs have not called Reimer’s symptoms a concussion, but there is the suspicion that Reimer may very well be suffering from just that—a concussion. Reimer practiced Wednesday and by all accounts looked ready to go for Thursday nights action, but is said to have felt poorly after practice, which caused Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson to err on the side of caution, keeping Reimer

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All Hands On Deck: James Reimer, Tim Connolly, Tyler Bozak Expected In Lineup Against New York Rangers

October 26th, 2011 1 Comment
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to get a trio of injured players back into the lineup Thursday night when they prepare to do battle against the New York Rangers in New York. Goaltender James Reimer is expected to be back in the lineup after recovering from whip-lash like symptoms, Tyler Bozak is ready to go after injuring his foot while Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke’s prized off-season signing Tim Connolly looks to be ready for game action, recovering from an upper body injury he sustained falling into the boards during training camp. For Connolly, it will be his first regular season action with the Maple Leafs. His arrival has been a long time coming and with his arrival comes great expectations that he will give Toronto what it has been missing since Mats Sundin left—a true number one

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Toronto Maple Leafs Looking For Change?

October 26th, 2011 No Comments
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A few weeks ago we speculated that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke was seeking a trading partner. At the time, the Leafs were undefeated, but the feeling was that with so much depth at the centre and defense positions that Burke would attempt to address his need for a shutdown forward and/or another top-six forward. Mike Komisarek, Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak, Cody Franson and even Carl Gunnarsson have all been the subject of a number of early season trade rumors, but up to now nothing has emerged as more than fodder. While there is no more concrete evidence that Burke is seeking a trading partner today than there was ten days ago, the recent play of the Maple Leafs (two bad loses in their past three games) and the news that off-season signing Tim Connolly is close to

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Dion Phaneuf Looking Like An All-Star Early On

October 23rd, 2011 2 Comments
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After a quick start to his NHL career which saw him come runner up for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year (2005-06), being selected as a Norris Trophy finalist as the NHL’s top defenseman (2006-07) two All-Star selections (2007 and 2008) and a slew of International accomplishments, Dion Phaneuf slowly fell out of favor with the Calgary Flames, ultimately leading to him being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. At the time of the trade Phaneuf was involved in a number of controversies surrounding both his on and off ice life. On the ice, Phaneuf had to endure a number of criticisms including accusations of laziness, rumors of turmoil in the dressing room and even allegations of drug use off the ice. With so much scandal surrounding Phaneuf a trade out of Calgary looked to

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Maple Leafs Beat Canadiens—Lose James Reimer In The Process

October 23rd, 2011 No Comments
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Anytime the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens meet you know there is going to be fireworks. Saturday nights tilt between did not disappoint as both teams played on the edge and brought their “A” games to the table. Early on in the first period Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer was struck in the head when Brian Gionta nailed him, causing Reimer’s mask to fall off. Reimer was visibly shaken on the play, but the Ref neglected to call the play, which brings the question why as plays are supposed to be blown dead after the goaltender loses his mask, but I digress. Reimer continued his work throughout the first period, but failed to show up for the second with whip-lash like symptoms as a result of the hit from Gionta. According the Leaf doctors, Reimer was not feeling quite

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Ron Wilson Needs To Manage His Troops Better

October 21st, 2011 7 Comments
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Fresh off the heals of an embarrassing  6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins, it’s easy to throw mud at the entire Toronto Maple Leafs lineup. As much as “the players play and the coaches coach”, there can be a tendency to blame the Coach for a loss from time-to-time which, in this case, may be the appropriate response for Thursday nights debacle. Sure, the players are responsible for their fare share of the carnage, but when you look at the lineup decisions Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson made, he prepared the Maple Leafs for a gunfight by bringing a knife, and we all know how that usually goes! Let’s examine the facts, shall we? Wilson had to deal with two of his forwards (Colby Armstrong and Clarke MacArthur) having to sit out of the lineup due to injury

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