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

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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

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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

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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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Toronto Maple Leafs: Kessel Set To Sign Huge Deal, Leafs Vs. Canadiens

October 1st, 2013 No Comments

With the clock ticking down on tonight’s opening game against the hated Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Maple Leafs look poised to make a significant signing Tuesday as they are expected to announce a monster contract in the range of eight years/$64 million for sniper Phil Kessel. At an estimated $8 million per season, Kessel recieved a healthy $2.6 million raise on the $5.4 million he will earn this season. While the contract is hardly a suprise, the term and monies have many in the hockey world wondering if the Leafs will get enough bang for their buck from Kessel. Kessel’s estimated $8 million salary will put him right with Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos— who both earn $8 million per, which qualifies them both in the top ten in salary amongst NHL players. In Kessel, the

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Vincent Lecavalier: Are the Toronto Maple Leafs A Good Fit?

June 27th, 2013 No Comments

With news hitting the airwaves that Vincent Lecavalier will be bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning there is plenty of speculation as to where the veteran forward will land once he hits unrestricted free agency on July, 5th. Originally drafted first overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Lecavalier, 33, had seven years remaining on his deal that (according to capgeek.com) would pay him an average of $7.73 million per season. As a result of the buyout, the Lightning will knock Lecavalier’s contract off the books, but will still be on the hook for two-thirds of the contracts value— around $2 million per year for the next 15 years. With Lecavalier bought out, he will now become a unrestricted free agent on July, 5th, freeing him up to sign wherever he wishes. In an effort to keep Lecavalier in

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