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Leafs To Break NHL Record?

The Leafs laid another egg tonight...on the score sheet that is. Yes the Leafs were shutout yet again this evening. It was their fifth time being shutout this season, only 22 games in. It could easily have been 6 had it not been for Phil Kessel's shorthanded goal late in last night's game against the Sabres. Given that the Leafs have already been shutout 5 times this season and came close in a few more, are they a contender to break the NHL record for most times shutout in a single season? To find the record, you have to go all the way back to the 1928-1929 NHL season. In that season, the Chicago Blackhawks were shutout 20 times. While the record is still a long shot for the Leafs ...

Desperate Times...

The decision to call-up Nazem Kadri from the American Hockey League may provide short-term stability on offence, but it speaks volumes of the state of peril of the Toronto Maple Leafs. I can't help but cringe at Brian Burke's reasoning for the call-up: “I think in an ideal world, if we would have won a few of the last games, we probably would have given him a little bit longer but he has made the adjustments we’ve asked him to, he’s cut down his turnovers. He’s drawing penalties almost every night by getting hauled down. He’s been responsible and he’s been good offensively so he’s made a lot of the transformations that we needed him to make. In an ideal world, maybe anoth...

Question Period - Leafs Edition

The Toronto Maple Leafs continue its descent to the Eastern Conference basement. Now one loss shy from matching its eight-game losing steak of last season, which resulted in a 29th place finish, the Leafs are a carcass for the hockey world to tear apart. Fire this guy, trade this guy, call-up this guy, demote this guy or put this guy on a different line... we've heard it all from the analysts. Now I want to hear what the Leafs' faithful have to say about their team's free-fall in the standings. So, without further ado, here's 10 questions for you all: 1) Should Ron Wilson get fired? Explain. 2) Is it time for Nazem Kadri to play for the Leafs? Or should he remain in the American ...

Leafs Distress Calls

After another humiliating loss last night, the Leafs have decided to open an emergency call center so that people can cope with the pain. Here are some of the calls from today. Call 1 Operator: Leafs Distress Call Center, state your emergency, Caller: Hi, I'm having really bad chest pains after last night's loss. Operator: Look, maybe you just need to relax, you can't get too emotional over a game, especially one you have no control over. Caller: I know, I just feel like maybe its my fault and I just get really stressed out. Operator: That's the problem with people in Toronto, they think that somehow the Leafs woes are on them at the end of the day, just try to understand it's not...

Phaneuf Injury Limits Options

The Toronto Maple Leafs continue its downward spiral to the National Hockey League basement after a frustrating loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight---not to mention increasing the likelihood that they may relinquish another top-five draft pick to the Boston Bruins. No, I'm not heading to the nearest bunker yelling that the sky is falling (although I may just welcome the idea) but after losing six-straight games, it's time to at least be concerned. And I don't care about the four-game winning streak because clearly the Leafs were playing above its capabilities. To be fair, the goaltending and defense have upgraded considerably compared to previous seasons, but the offense has been down...