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A Look Back at the Leafs Blueline

The Maple Leafs off season is in full swing and the action is expected to pick up with the draft and buyouts starting in two weeks. With a lot of people looking forward we wanted to take a look back at the defenseman of the 2013 season. Here is a breakdown of the Maple Leafs defense this season:

Dion Phaneuf

GP

Goals

Assists

Points

+/-

Hits

ATOI

Giveaways

Blocked Shots

48

9

19

28

-4

131

25:11

53

91

Dion Phaneuf is the workhorse on the backend, he matches up against opposing team’s top nights and is relied upon to quarterback the powerplay and the penalty kill.&nbs...

Couturier Regaining Lost Confidence Post-Trade Deadline

All 30 teams in the NHL know the type of talent Sean Couturier possesses.

Only one, the Philadelphia Flyers, have the fortune of saying that they are possession of his talent.

On the April 3 trade deadline, a handful of teams asked the Flyers about the 20-year-old Couturier. San Jose wanted him in exchange for Ryan Clowe and Ottawa wanted him for Ben Bishop.

The Flyers didn’t bite though, opting to hold onto Couturier rather than deal him for a potential rental forward with no goals or an unproven starting goaltender. They did, however, exercise the notion of trading him for a top, young defenseman or top line scorer.

Couturier was glad this deadline ended, especially for him trying to focus on his play rather than if he's going to get moved.

(Pictured: Sean Couturier celebrates with Jay Rosehill and Erik Gustafsson after setting up Rosehill's goal in the third. John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY)

NY Islanders Open 5 Game Road Trip With a Big Win in Toronto

NY Islanders Open 5 Game Road Trip With a Big Win in Toronto (Photo Credit: earth to ilyse)

Islanders Get Mowed Down By Leafs 5-3

The Islanders took on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night in both teams final game before the holiday break. With the loss to the Rangers on Thursday night, the Islanders were definitely lacking confidence and it showed.

The Isles faced a Maple Leafs team who are having a pretty good season so far. Even with some injury...

Keep Those #8 Blue and White Sweaters

For some reason, there is always a player on the Toronto Maple Leafs that suddenly becomes my guy. The player that I find myself defending to the fan base. I don't necessarily like the player, or think that the player is good, but somehow I always find myself pleading his case. The evolution of my guys has gone as follows: Todd Warriner to Aki Berg to Robert Reichel to Nik Antropov to Brian McCabe to Nik Antropov (again) and finally to Mike Komisarek. For the past two seasons, Komisarek has been the bane to Leafs fans existence. Every time he is on the ice many supporters cringe and expect the worst. Watching Komisarek for a season and a half (he missed half of 09-10 with a sho...

Why the Luke Schenn Contract is Important.

Both the mornings and evenings have begun to get cooler, and with that slight change in tempearture, hockey seems to be getting closer and closer to returning. The back half of August is upon us, and maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs’ most important player for both this and future seasons remains unsigned. 

Luke Schenn has developed into a cornerstone member of the Leafs. He is valuable on the ice, having led the league in hits by a defenceman last season with 251. As well as off the ice, being the longest serving Leaf (along with Kulemin and Grabovski) a strong character like Schenn’s is necessary in one of the youngest dressing rooms ...