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What the Bolland Acquisition Means for Grabovski

This past Sunday at the 2013 NHL draft the Maple Leafs made a trade for Centre Dave Bolland, who is fresh off his second Stanley Cup championship. The trade addressed a key need for the Maple Leafs, a centre with size and physicality who has proven to be a clutch performer. Bolland may have only had 6 points in the playoffs but 3 of those came in the last 3 games of the Stanley Cup Final. Perhaps the acquisition has no greater effect than on current Maple Leafs centre Mikhail Grabovski.

Under Coach Randy Carlyle, Grabovski saw some hard defensive minutes and not a whole lot of quality offensive situations. With Dave Bolland slotted in for the third line defensive role this frees up ...

Dave Bolland Trade: What it Means for the Maple Leafs

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

You may not have known who Dave Bolland was a few weeks ago but you probably found out about him shortly after he scored the game winning goal in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final this month.

Now he's a Toronto Maple Leaf.

The Leafs made another big splash in the trade market during the NHL Entry Draft on Sunday when they acquired Bolland from the Chicago Blackhawks for three draft picks including a second round pick this year.

Bolland, 27, doesn't have the biggest frame but plays with a ton of grit. As TCL's Ron Guillet notes here, Bolland plays mostly "tough, defensive minutes." However he stil...

McClement Gives Best Performance in Game 5

With their backs against the wall after a heartbreaking overtime loss on home ice, the Toronto Maple Leafs had to come into Boston and steal one from the Bruins in Game 5, and that’s exactly what they did. James Reimer stood on his head in Game 5 and was the biggest reason for the Leafs being able to schedule another game at the ACC, but lost in the hype and excitement of Game 5 was Jay McClement’s best performance as a member of the blue and white.

After the catastrophe that was the late season 2011-12 collapse, Toronto fans were hopeful that there would be a big shakeup or move heading into free agency. All Brian Burke did that first week of July was pick up Jay McClem...

Islanders vs. Maple Leafs 1/24/13: Isles Begin 5-Game Road Trip in Toronto

The New York Islanders kick off their first road trip of the season tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. It will be the first of three meetings between the two teams during the shortened 48-game season.

With healthy head coach Jack Capuano back behind the bench, the Isles came out on Monday afternoon with confidence and agility. They look to keep the momentum going tonight and pick up another two points. (Photo Credit: gbalogh/Flickr)

Deadline Decisions: Forwards

The Red Wings have achieved one of their two deadline goals with the acquisition of Kyle Quincey from Tampa Bay. Quincey gives the Red Wings 8 NHL-ready defensemen, a second point man for the 2nd power play unit and some more abrasiveness on the back end. 

The Wings still seek some additional depth up front. At different times, the Red Wings' desires have been stated to be a scoring winger to flesh out the top-six or a gritty, defensive forward to provide a physical presence on the 3rd or 4th line. The Wings' performance in their two games since losing Pavel Datsyuk to injury cannot be encouraging. Detroit has looked disengaged at times and has trouble maintaining offen...

Flyers Leafs Preview; Pronger Visits

After suffering another disappointing shootout loss at the hands of the lowly New York Islanders, the Philadelphia Flyers (30-16-7) will try to get back on track tonight when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs (28-20-6).

The Flyers put forth a solid effort in the shutout loss to the Islanders generating tons of scoring chances only to be rejected 45 times by the stellar goaltending of Evgeni Nabokov.

The loss was the team’s third consecutive, marking the first time that has happened this season.

Red Wings and Maple Leafs prepare for Original Six showdown

It's the only time this season these Original Six teams will be facing each other, and right now Detroit currently has the bragging rights after a victory at Joe Louis Arena last March. 

The Red Wings survived their last game against the Dallas stars with a 5-4 victory, while the Maple Leafs dominated against Winnipeg in a 4-0 victory that saw goals from Phil Kessel, Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Tim Connolly. 

Detroit is fighting to get the top spot in the Central division right now, and are only a single point behind the Blackhawks. The Leafs on the other hand are in the middle of their division, but are closely chasing the Senators. So what could mak...

Why the Luke Schenn Contract is Important.

Both the mornings and evenings have begun to get cooler, and with that slight change in tempearture, hockey seems to be getting closer and closer to returning. The back half of August is upon us, and maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs’ most important player for both this and future seasons remains unsigned. 

Luke Schenn has developed into a cornerstone member of the Leafs. He is valuable on the ice, having led the league in hits by a defenceman last season with 251. As well as off the ice, being the longest serving Leaf (along with Kulemin and Grabovski) a strong character like Schenn’s is necessary in one of the youngest dressing rooms ...