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Kadri deserves shot on top line

 

Nazem Kadri has finally made his mark on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

With Randy Carlyle proclaiming he is “trying to get Kadri more ice-time,” it could be a matter of time before Tyler Bozak is slotted as the third-line centre with Kadri in-between Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel.

But let’s make one thing clear: Kadri is likely not a first-line centre. Is the potential there? Sure, but he’s probably more effective on the second-line. But alas, the Leafs have an abundance of holes to address, and a top line centre is one of them.

Unfortunately for general manager Dave Nonis, it’s not as simple going out into the trade market and grabb...

Leafs Require Clear Direction

With news of Brian Burke’s dismissal fully digested, the watchful gaze of the hockey world turn on newly-appointed general manager Dave Nonis and the direction of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Since his hiring in 2008, Burke had opted for a fast-track rebuild in an attempt to stockpile prospects and draft picks while competing for the playoffs every season. Evidently, his plan was foiled by missing the post-season four years in a row, and the Leafs don’t have an elite batch of prospects to show for it.

I’d be amiss, however, not to acknowledge the decent core and (to a lesser extent) prospect pool Burke has managed to assemble.

Nazem Kadri, Morgan Rielly and...

Wilson on the Leafs' Radar?

There is no credible hockey insider linking Colin Wilson to the Toronto Maple Leafs. This article is purely speculative based on tweets from Paul Hendrick, of Leafs TV and mapleleafs.com.

To put it simply, here are Hendrick’s tweets in succession:

“Brian burke is back talking with pred gm david poile before going back to leaf draft table.#tmltalk”

“Schenn to flyers for jvr...leafs not done yet.#tmltalk”

When asked if the potential trade could go down today, which was Saturday at the time of the tweet, Hendrick replied, “Quite possibly.”

It’s possible the trade turned cold. It’s also possible the general ma...

A Win on the Road in the Hangar

The Habs once again went to the Air Canada Center to take on the Maple Leafs. Carey Price returned to take his place in the nets to face Jonas Gustafsson for the Leafs. Second game against his former team for Tomas Kaberle. The Habs healthy scratches are Petteri Nokelainen and Yannick Webber, so once again 11 forwards and 7 defensemen dressed for the Habs.

The first period was played mostly in the Montreal end of the ice however not a lot of shots. The first shot from the Habs came at nearly the halfway ppoint of the first on a short-handed breakaway by Lars Eller and it was stopped by Gustafsson. The period featured nice flow and passes. The first goal was a bizarre bounce when ple...

Kessel and Lupul Split, is it Time for Bigger Changes?

The Mix Up

On the “breaking news” that Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel had been split up to balance out the line up, it might be time to consider that this team needs more than a little spark to reach the post season dance. The Toronto Maple Leafs have failed to qualify for the playoffs since the 2003-04 season. Fans have been tortured with “quick fixes” which have been just as effective as get rich quick schemes. With Brian Burke at the helm, this team has undergone a large, quick, and incredibly effective thus far rebuild, although you’ll never get Brian Burke to call it that.

When Phil Kessel was acquired, Leaf fans cringed at the loss of two first roun...

Game Day: Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. Montreal Canadiens

Game DayToronto Maple Leafs Vs. Montreal CanadiensBell Centre

Montreal, Quebec

I have decided not to bring up the last Habs’ game, actually I have decided not to bring up any games this season.  Let just say the season starts tonight.

Whatever anyone else has to say or whatever anyone else thinks, the biggest rivalry in hockey anywhere in the world is taking place tonight in Montreal.  The Leafs are coming off their first regulation loss and are looking for their second win against the Habs this season. 

Yes, the Leafs started last season much the same way but we can all agree that this team is different and the optimism flowing on the sidewalks of Yo...

What To Expect: Tim Connolly

The acquisition of Tim Connolly to the Toronto Maple Leafs' top-six unit will, on the surface, add depth to the team's forward ranks. But the hopes of playoff hockey in Toronto could well rest on the shoulders of the injury-prone centerman next season.

Not because Connolly is capable of vaulting the Leafs to new heights single-handedly---because he cannot---but his role as a stop-gap to centers Nazem Kadri and Joe Colborne will play a pivotal role in the Leafs' short-term succ...