Hard luck Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri will have to endure another set back as he gets set to join the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League. Kadri, 21, was expected to play a major role with the big club this season, but was derailed in training camp when he injured his knee on September 27th against the Ottawa Senators. There were reports out there suggesting that Kadri was close to 100 percent, but it appears as if, as good as his knee is, the Maple leafs have opted to give the young forward a stint in the AHL to bring his conditioning up and see some much needed game action. Known for his defensive woes early on in the 2010-11 season, Kadri’s game improved dramatically towards the end of the season, giving fans and management hope that
On paper the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars doesn’t look too bad. First of all, Columbus managed to out-shoot Dallas by a margin of 24-11 in the first two periods and 40-18 overall. Second, the Blue Jackets outhit the Stars by a margin of 32-20 and third Columbus did manage to capitalize on one of their five power play opportunities, but when you consider the Blue Jackets are now a combined 0-5-1 on the season, it’s time to start panicking, isn’t it? Long time captain of the Dallas Stars Mike Modano tweeted (@9modano) “Rick Nash please ask for a trade..!” after the Stars victory, leaving many NHL fans wondering if Modano is right—maybe Nash should ask for a trade out of Columbus? This summer, Columbus Blue Jackets Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager
Prior to the 2011-12 NHL season commencing had Toronto Maple Leafs fans been told they would start the season with a 3-0-1 record 99 percent of them would have taken it. Monday nights overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche revealed a few flaws in the Maple Leafs lineup, but nothing earth shattering and nothing that cannot be fixed. One area of concern is the Maple Leafs power play which is stumbling along at a 9.5 percent success rate through the Buds’ first four games. A lack of consistency amongst the power play units and an inability to get the puck through to the oppositions net has hurt the Maple Leafs power play, as has the teams inability to mount sustainable pressure down low. The past two games Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson has used a combination of Dion Phaneuf,
The Toronto Maple Leafs entered Monday nights action against the Colorado Avalanche sporting a perfect 3-0 record. Some sloppy play and opportune scoring from the Avalanche resulted in the Maple Leafs first blemish on their 2011-12 season as the Buds were downed by a final score of 3-2 in overtime. The loss wasn’t all bad. Phil Kessel continued his excellent start to the season, snapping the puck past former Maple Leafs net minder J.S. Giguere just 19 seconds into the second period for his sixth goal of the season. Colorado responded with two goals of their own before the end of the second, including a power play marker from Milan Hedjuk off a bad penalty from Tyler Bozak. The line of Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin were buzzing around Giguere all night, but had trouble lighting the lamp.
To say Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel has been dominating through his first three games of the 2011-12 season might be a bit of a stretch, but nobody can argue with his numbers (five goals, three assists, eight points, plus +7 rating). Given his substantial totals Kessel should receive NHL Player of The Week honors; serving notice that, despite all the laughter at his being selected last overall at the NHL All-Star Draft last winter, that Kessel is ready to shut a few mouths this season. Kessel has long been admired for his finishing ability, putting together three consecutive 30-plus goal scoring seasons in a row with totals of 36 (2008-09), 30 (2009-10) and 32 (2010-11). That’s 98 goals over the past three seasons, which puts Kessel right up there with the NHL’s best. Some of the players Kessel
Former Colorado Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles and the Toronto Maple Leafs will play host to the Avalanche tonight in what will surely be a close contest. It will mark the first time Liles will face his old team since being acquired from the Avalanche this summer. Liles has looked good early on, notching one assist and bringing an element of veteran leadership and offensive flare to the Maple Leafs roster. Despite a lot of pre-season predictions saying the Avalanche would struggle this season, the Avs have started the season with a 4-1 record. The Avs are a perfect 4-0 on the road thus far, their only loss coming at home to the Detroit Red Wings. Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been leading the Avs winning streak, posting a 3-1 record to go along with a stingy 2.17 goals against average