Matthew Lombardi

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Olli Olli Oxen Free

Olli Jokinen and the Calgary Flames have had an interesting past three years to say the least.

Trading for him.

Trading him away in a bizarre situation.

Re-signing him five months later.

It's been odd. But now, he is the Flames leading scorer and has a contract expiring. What do you do with him?

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...

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....

Could Lombardi Make an Early Return?

July 3rd 2011: “The Leafs acquired defenceman Cody Franson and forward Matthew Lombardi from Nashville for defenceman Brett Lebda and forward Robert Slaney. The trade also includes a conditional fourth round pick in the 2013 draft.”

Brian Burke accepted Nashville’s so-called salary dump of Matthew Lombardi in order to acquire Cody Franson. More important than that, he was able to relieve the Leafs of Brett Lebda, the constant accident waiting to happen.

Since the day of the trade, I’ve been told by Predators fans not to expect to ever see Lombardi playing in a Leafs uniform and that his career is likely over. Burke must have known this was the mo...