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Opening Night Liveblog: Habs-Leafs, Flyers-Bruins

Hockey's back! And TCL is right here with you to take it all in. It's opening night, and we'll be right here with you every step of the way. Join us as we cover the Montreal Canadiens at the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as the Philadelphia Flyers at Boston. Just enter your comments and follow along in the discussion below, or click here to open the widget in a new window!

 

 

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Thank You Notes

Two days left until the real games start, where has the time gone?  I know a lot of you thought I was gone forever, but I’m not the Atlanta Thrashers or playoff hockey in Toronto. To be honest though, I’m just more of a regular season guy, like Alex Ovechkin. 

Now with that said, there’s just a few thank you notes I’d like to hand out before we get started.

The first person I want to thank is Stephen Marche, who wrote an article last week suggesting that Toronto is the worst sports city in the WORLD. One of the main criteria was that fans in Toronto show up in masses to support mediocre teams. The fact is that Toronto fans are ignoring strateg...

Where do the Sabres Stand Vs. the Rest of the East?

It seems there are about three tiers of teams in the Eastern Conference.  Which grouping do the Sabres belong in?  Not an easy question, but given Lindy Ruff's steady hand, and the recent bolstering of the roster they should be expected to be in the serious contenders group.  Let's look at how the Sabres stack up against the top tier teams in the east.

Best place to start is with the defending conference and world champion Boston Bruins.  These teams are similarly built: good defense corps , solid group of forwards with the real star being the goaltender.  On paper the Sabres have closed the gap by significantly upgrading the defense and adding skill...

Time for Ben?

 

Ben Holmstrom is one of the few Philadelphia Flyers prospects that looked ready for a taste of the NHL based on his performance at development camp this week.  Quite frankly, he may have looked that way because he’s already had a taste. 

Because of his stellar versatility and blue collar work ethic, Holmstrom was one of the few Adirondack Phantoms that was afforded a call-up to Philadelphia last season.  An excellent faceoff man and penalty-killer, Holmstrom has honed the skills necessary to receive a shot at a roster position come October.  Furthermore, the reconfiguration that the franchise has seen in the offseason thus far may bode well for...

Flyers Trade Darroll Powe to Minnesota

The Philadelphia Flyers shocked many again Monday afternoon by trading popular forward Darroll Powe to the Minnesota Wild. Powe was not a goal scoring player exactly, but he was affordable and did exactly what he was paid to do every single game.

Every team needs guys that are going to be counted on for their penalty killing more than anything. Star players help to kill off penalties as well, but it’s not always practical for them to total up so much ice time killing penalties when they are needed for an offensively heavy role. Powe was that guy for the Flyers. Powe was a ball of energy for the Flyers. He skated hard and hit harder. You could not deny that Powe gave 110 percen...