With the National Hockey League trade deadline approaching, Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski continues to be amid trade rumours.
The NHL’s first star of the week is a pending unrestricted free agent and could garner significant interest should he decided to test the free agent waters. But that’s not stopping teams from around the league to inquire on his availability for the current season. The 28-year-old (birthday is tomorrow, which means he’s going to light up the Pittsburgh Penguins) is on-pace for 28 goals and 56 points, almost identical to last season’s production, in five less games.
With the rumour mill churning and the Toronto Maple Leafs actively seeking a top-six forward, general manager Brian Burke could soon pull the trigger with the trade deadline looming.
As the All-Star weekend wraps up, trade speculation reaches its peek with what’s sure to be a few weeks of absurd trade rumours (Jeff Carter and the Columbus Blue Jackets’ first-round draft pick for Luke Schenn and Mikhail Grabovski is my personal favorite).
Burke has publicly stated his desire to acquire a top-six forward that can add some size and strength to the line-up. The problem, it seems, is such players aren’t acquired at will. Burke had expressed his prefer...
Josh Rimer, from NHL Home Ice on SiriusXM Radio, tweeted this yesterday: “From what I'm told Gardiner might have a real short stay in minors as Leafs could be making a trade in next 24-48 hrs.”
I don’t normally place much stock in sources outside of Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, because any jackass can fabricate rumours if there’s a logical basis, but Rimer, as far as the “Twitterverse” is concerned, is a legitimate source. Rimer later emphasized that a trade “could” happen, and nothing is set in stone.
We know general manager Brian Burke is working the phones right now. It’s mid-January---when he typical...
As the end of January approaches, so too does a trade from Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke to bolster his team and elude the madness of the trade deadline.
Burke has stated publicly that he has at least one trade on the burner and he's in conversations with one or more teams. If he pulls the trigger on any deal, however, it will have to a) add size to the top-six unit, and b) upgrade the Leafs for this season as they make a push for the post-season. The only exception, Burke said hypothetically, would be to trade "a 22-year-old for another 22-year-old who plays a different position" in order to fill a need---like, for example, a lack of size in the top-...
TheCheckingLine.com - The Toronto Maple Leafs handed Winnipeg their second loss in as many days on Thursday night as the Jets faced off against the Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.
The Jets came out with some energy in the first period, but that was quickly countered by the Leafs as they generated some quality scoring chances. Just 4:49 into the opening frame, Phill Kessel jumped on a nice pass from Joffrey Lupul to put Toronto up 1-0.
Toronto continued to up the pressure in the first, but Chris Mason stood strong between the pipes. Prior to tonight, Mason had won his last four starts.
The Anaheim Ducks are prepared for a roster overhaul, and its three star players in Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are available for the right price, according to Ducks general manager Bob Murray.
The news is a minor surprise as the Ducks are two points removed from being the worst team in the National Hockey League. Moreover, Ryan was available barely a month ago before Murray removed him from the trade market and instead hired head coach Bruce Boudreau in hopes of providing his club with a spark.
"I thought they'd figure out when we changed coaches that time was running, the clock...
After receiving a concussion attempting to watch the premiere of HBO's 24/7 last night, I decided to take a closer look at the NHL's concussion protocol that we got a glimpse of in last night's show.
The following procedures are taken when a player suffers a blow to the head.
After receiving a blow to the head, the team's medical staff will immediately check on the player. The player is asked to give an answer to specific questions. For example, one of the questions usually asked is, "Who's your Daddy?" If the player answers "Dion Phaneuf," then that player is done for the night and is sent to the locke...
Recently, I reviewed "The Lives of Conn Smythe" for The Checking Line, a biography on the former Leafs owner by Kelly McParland, writer and editor for the National Post. I had the opportunity to ask McParland some questions regarding the book, which reveal even more facts about Smythe, which hockey fans should find intriguing. If you haven't had the chance to pick up the book, you're doing yourself a disservice as a hockey fan.
The following are Mr. McParland's answers:
How did this project materialize? What made you decide to write a biography on Smythe?
I happened to come across an autobiography he wrote with Scott Young just bef...
The Toronto Maple Leafs franchise has been revered in the National Hockey League since its inception in 1917. The team that dons the blue and white and is named after a World War I fighting unit, the Maple Leaf Regiment, was built through the ages because of one particular Canadian icon that aided its development.
This icon, who was essential for the growth of Leafs and the NHL, was Conn Smythe.
Kelly McParland (National Post, TCL), writer, editor and columnist at the National Post, has offered hockey fans a truly remarkable book on the man who essentially built the Leafs we know and love, or hate, today. The Lives of Conn Smythe effortlessly shifts through the many chapters i...
The Toronto Maple Leafs' 5-2-1 start to the National Hockey League 2011-12 regular season has been somewhat deceptive.
That's not to say the Leafs, who are the youngest team in the NHL, have not deserved its 11 points in the standings, but the wins have accumulated despite the team's sluggish opening periods and mediocre team defense.
That said, the youthful Leafs have displayed plenty of vigour which has allowed them to escape with points in the standings---and you can't ask for more from a young team, really.
Nonetheless, it's difficult to gauge whether the Leafs are for real or on the verge of struggling with con...