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Analyzing the Canadiens' Changes and Chances

The Montreal Canadiens have historically been the flagship franchise of the National Hockey League. Over the years the Canadiens have amassed a record 24 Stanley Cups, and those responsible for all those Championships have been rightfully honoured - you can find the names of 61 people associated with the club in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Despite all of that success over the years, somewhere along the line that tradition of winning went away. While the prospect of adding number 25 excited many of the Habs faithful in 2010, the fact remains that “Les Glorieux” haven't been able to win it all in two decades. In an attempt to change that, the Canadien...

Habs Add Toughness on July 1st, Still Looking For Skill

 


The name of the game for the Montreal Canadiens this July 1st was 'toughness'. After years of being called too small, too weak and too soft, new General Manager Marc Bergevin decided to add some grit to his line-up via the unrestricted free agency pool, and the result was unexpected to say the least.  The biggest signing of the day, at the very least in terms of dollars and years, was through former New York Rangers tough guy Brandon Prust. The 28-year-old London, Ontario native winger signed a four-year deal with the Habs worth $10 million (an average salary of $2.5M a year). Prust had 5 goals and 17 points in 82 games with the Rangers last year, in...

Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to regain the momentum they had at the beginning of the season when they led the Eastern Conference and the NHL in wins and points.  They have since gone 5-5-0 in their last ten and will face a red-hot Coyotes team who have won five of their last seven, and last season beat them 5-1 in their only meeting of the season.

Toronto is still tied for 2nd place in the NHL in terms of wins, and continue to score almost three goals per game. They've also won two-thirds of the games in which they have trailed first. For their part, Phoenix has outscored their opponents 21-14 on the road and have not been beaten by the Leafs since October of 20...

The Key to the Leafs' Season

On Monday, September 19th, the Toronto Maple Leafs will take to the ice for the first time in five months. The pre season opener will see the Leafs hosting the Ottawa Senators at the Air Canada Centre. Regardless of the result that night, Leaf fans will finally have that hockey itch scratched. With the summer of longing ending, it is being repeatedly said that if Reimer can continue his strong play, and if the second line plays as well as last season than the Leafs will reach the playoffs. As stated before, I believe the Leafs will end their playoff drought this season, and although the fans are right about Reimer and the second line, the key to the season is whether the special teams can...

What if Everything Goes Wrong?

The hockey yearbooks have hit the stands and prognosticators everywhere are making their predictions for the upcoming season. It's also the time when the fans of all teams assume this is the season that their team will take that next step.

Fans on Twitter and around the Internet are vehement that this season the playoff drought will end for the Toronto Maple Leafs. I personally agree. Although, I do not agree with the fans that say the Leafs will make the Eastern Conference Final; it kind of proves the "plan the parade" argument.

For this article though, I'd like to look at the opposite end of the spectrum and speculate how everything can go off the ra...

Colby Armstrong: Mr. Impact

When the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Colby Armstrong last season ($9 million over three years) many "experts" felt that they overpaid for the gritty, third line winger. On a team developing a new identity, Burke brought in a player who he felt was a necessary component to a winning team. A former Pittsburgh first round pick (21st in 2001), Armstrong was someone who was influential in the rise of the Penguins and the type of player the Leafs desperately lacked for quite some time. 

 

Armstrong's Impact 

The Leafs finished the 2010-2011 regular season with a 37-34-11 record, missing the playoffs yet again. The Leafs inability to consis...

If Lombardi is Healthy, it's Time to Cut Bozak Loose

Early yesterday morning Leaf fans were informed of the positive news that Matthew Lombardi is planning on attending training camp. Seeing as I've been excited since his acquisition, I quickly posted on Twitter that this meant there would be no place for Tyler Bozak.

If Lombardi is healthy, he will slide into the third line centre position between Armstrong and Kadri. That line will be able to provide the Leafs with plenty of offensive support, as well as checking strength (mostly through Armstrong and Lombardi). Depth at the centre ice position, something that the Leafs have been glaringly lacking, will be a welcome strength now that Lombardi seems to be on the mend....