The Toronto Maple Leafs announced their 2013 preseason schedule today.
As per the team press release:
The Leafs will play their eight-game preseason schedule over 14 days, starting in London, Ontario on Sunday, September 15 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Home-and-home series will take place against the Senators, Sabres and Red Wings, and a second meeting with the Flyers will be played at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs’ preseason schedule concludes on Saturday, September 28 when they host the Red Wings at 7 p.m.
The home-and-home series with the Detroit Red Wings will be a sneak peak of what is sure to be the ne...
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 ...
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...
The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired centre Dave Bolland from the Chicago Blackhawks for a second-round draft pick and two fourth-round draft picks (one in 2014).
Bolland isn't the first-line centre the Leafs covet, but the 27-year-old played tough minutes on the Blackhawks, with only 46.1 per cent of his faceoffs coming in the offensive zone and ranking third among forwards in Corsi QoC (quality of competition) last season. He's a defensive centre that should solidify the Leafs' third line in terms of shutdown ability, especially with Jay McClement on the fourth line.
Bolland, who has a $3.375-million cap hit before hitting free agency next summer, isn't grea...
The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected C Frederik Gauthier 21st overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Gauthier is 6-foot-5 and weighs a whopping 215 pounds at 18 years old. He produced 22 goals and 60 points in 62 games for the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL. He was ranked 18th overall on the ISS' final draft rankings.
Corey Pronman, prospects writer for ESPN and Hockey Prospectus, wrote on Twitter that Gauthier is a "very good defensive center. Took all the tough assignments and draws. Big man who skates very well for his size. He’s not a tremendous offensive player, but Gauthier can make plays with the puck. Has 2nd line potential scoring-wise."
Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis got the NHL off-season going on Sunday with one of the first big trades of summer 2013. The trade market is just one way the Maple Leafs plan to improve this summer with a free agent crop that is also full of appealing players set to open up.
With July 5 only eight days away, it's time to look at who the Maple Leafs are likely to consider as free agent options when the signing period begins.
Ribeiro is a 33-year-old NHL veteran who, with more than 600 points in 785 career regular season games, knows how to produce. Not onl...
If Paul Stastny is being shopped at the NHL Entry Draft on Sunday, general manager Dave Nonis must do everything in his power to acquire the 27-year-old.
With breaking news of Vincent Lecavalier being bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning, some wonder if the Leafs should throw all their eggs in that basket. While Lecavalier is productive, notching 81 points in his last 103 games, he’s 33 years old and will likely have upwards of 10 teams interested in his services. Is Nonis prepared to enter a bidding war and potentially give out a long-term contract for an aging player? He has made it clear that his vision for the Leafs is to import young players that can make an impact now b...
The least-known players on the Toronto Maple Leafs' roster created one of the biggest issues in 2013, an issue that will continue until a resolution is found this summer.
Randy Carlyle has been criticized time and time again for the way he has distributed ice time since joining the Toronto Maple Leafs as head coach. Perhaps no more than how he has utilized the abilities of Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren, two players who are known for one thing and one thing only: their fists.
Dave Nonis, Maple Leafs GM, has been able to negotiate a new contract with one of the two upcoming free agents; Colton Orr re-upped with the team f...
Darren Dreger, who is a second cousin of Dave Nonis by the way, wrote on Twitter yesterday that Dion Phaneuf may be available on the trade market.
Some may view this as good news if they're of the opinion that Phaneuf is one-dimensional and is only good for hits. Those people would be wrong, and here's why:
Phaneuf did indeed have an inconsistent 2012-13 campaign, but he also played the toughest minutes of his career, and more so than any other defenseman in the NHL. According to behindthenet.ca, Phaneuf's Corsi QoC (quality of competition) rating was a ridiculous 3.175 at even-strength. To put that in perspective, the player with the second toughest mi...
Dave Nonis has made his first big splash as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs… by relinquishing assets on a non-issue.
When training camp kicks off in Toronto it will be James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier battling for the starting goaltender’s role. Ben Scrivens and Matt Frattin will report to the Los Angeles Kings, who also acquired a second-round pick in either 2014 or 2015 in the deal.
The decision is an odd one from the Leafs’ perspective, as Reimer is coming off a season in which he recorded a .924 save percentage in 33 games played, with a .923 SV% in seven playoff games. The 25-year-old has a career .915 SV% in 105 games, while Bernier, who tu...