Is It Time For The Maple Leafs To Give Up On Joffrey Lupul?

November 27th, 2013 3 Comments

With news hitting the airways that Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward Joffrey Lupul will be out of the lineup with a grade two groin strain, it appears as if, once again, the Maple Leafs will be without one of their best forwards for an undetermined amount of time (probably 3-10 days). When Lupul is in the lineup he is one of Toronto’s most productive players, registering 118 points in 132 games played with the Maple Leafs, or just under a point per game. As great as those numbers are, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis has a tough decision to make— does he continue to run with Lupul despite his penchant (or bad luck) for getting injured, or does he finally pull the plug on what has become a very unreliable player. When Lupul is on his game he is

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What’s Wrong With The Toronto Maple Leafs?

November 26th, 2013 No Comments

Fresh off of an embarrassing 6-0 loss to a Columbus Blue Jacket lineup that was without the services of defenseman James Wisniewski and forwards Nathan Horton, Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle has to be concerned with his teams lack of effort and the overall inconsistency with which the Blue and White seem to be approaching opponents. While Toronto still sits fourth overall in the Eastern Conference standings, they have amassed a paltry 4-5-1 record in their past ten games, scoring a pathetic 18 goals over that span, nine of which came in games against the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders in which the Leafs scored a total of four and five goals, respectively. To say the Maple Leafs are struggling offensively would be an understatement. Sure, the Maple Leafs were without the

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Has James Reimer Surpassed Jonathan Bernier As Toronto’s Starter?

November 25th, 2013 1 Comment

Heading into the 2013-14 season, one of the more interesting debates for the Toronto Maple Leafs management team and fans was which netminder (James Reimer or Jonathan Bernier) would emerge as the number one starter for the Blue and White. Despite posting a 19-8-5 record, a respectable 2.46 goals against average and an impressive 0.924 save percentage during the shortened 2012-13 NHL season, there were still doubts whether or not Reimer could get the job done in the playoffs. Reimer followed up his decent regular season work with an up and down playoff series against the Boston Bruins, emerging with a 3-4 record, 0.923 save percentage and a 2.88 goals against average. With many questioning Reimer’s ability to handle the puck, control rebounds and his penchant for giving up bad goals aimed at a perceived weak glove hand, Toronto Maple

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Does A Trade For Brayden Schenn Makes Sense For The Maple Leafs?

November 19th, 2013 No Comments

According to sources, the Philadelphia Flyers have quietly informed NHL teams that, in the right deal, Brayden Schenn would be available. The obvious question for fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs is— would a move for Schenn makes sense for the Maple Leafs and general manager Dave Nonis? Originally drafted in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, Schenn established himself as a dominate player in the Western Hockey League and on the International Hockey scene. Schenn had a cup of coffee with the Kings before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in a deal which saw the Kings’  trade defenseman Jack Johnson and forwards Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn and a 1st round draft pick to the Flyers for forwards Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. Richards and Carter ended up being

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Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. New York Islanders: Game Day

November 19th, 2013 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders will face-off at the Air Canada Center where, through 20 games, Toronto has registered a 7-2-0 Home record. Heading into tonight’s tilt, both teams have their fair share of injuries to deal with. For the Islanders, they will be without the services of Thomas Vanek (upper body), Evgeni Nabokov (groin), Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) and Brian Strait (upper body). Comparatively, the Maple Leafs will be without the services of Tyler Bozak (lower body), Dave Bolland (ankle) and Mark Fraser (lower body). Maple Leafs’ sniper Phil Kessel has the flu. Kessel will dress for tonight’s game, but he will not be at 100 percent. The Leafs will also be without Nazem Kadri, who will be serving the third game of his three game suspension. In order to off-set their shortcomings down the middle, Toronto

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Toronto Maple Leafs Look To Harpoon Buffalo Sabres

November 15th, 2013 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres will play game one of back-to-back games Friday night. Toronto will enter the game with their top three centres out of the lineup thanks to injuries to David Bolland (ankle) and Tyler Bozak (lower body) and a questionable hit on Minnesota Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom, which resulted in the suspension of Nazem Kadri for three games. As a result of Toronto’s slim pickings down the middle, Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle will have to be creative. James Van Riemsdyk looks to be Carlyle’s first line centre, with Jay McClement jumping up to second line duty from the fourth line and recent call-up Jerred Smithson assuming third line duty. Friday night’s game will mark the return of interim Head Coach Ted Nolan to the Sabres. Nolan, who posted a 73-72-19 record with Buffalo

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