If the Toronto Maple Leafs wish to avoid another eight-game losing streak to open its regular season, it's vital the players don't let last season's collapse linger in the back of their minds---that's especially important for Mike Komisarek considering the Leafs open the season against the Montreal Canadiens.
Luckily for the Leafs, the odds seem to be in their favor with Michael Cammalleri out of the line-up due to a one-game suspension, as well as Andrei Markov, who continues to nurse his right knee. It also helps the Leafs have several new faces in the opening night line-up, including Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and Jean-Sebastien Giguere. That said, the Canadiens have plenty of firep...
The Toronto Maple Leafs had a game to forget tonight.
This is not exactly the most enjoyable game to share my postgame thoughts, but here we go:
- Although Luca Caputi has been impressive in the pre-season, he caused the first goal after a poor attempt to clear the puck from the defensive zone. The extra 15 pounds of muscle he added has been noticeable, especially when he drives the net, but he has to utilize that strenght in his own end as well.
- The Leafs’ defence was far too soft tonight. Tomas Kaberle left Jiri Hudler all alone in front of the net on the second goal and did little to clear the front of the net. To be fair, the goal was a direct result of Jussi Rynnas’ poor ...
Take a deep breath Toronto, Kadri showed vital signs in last night's game. That's right, the 19 year old Leafs' first round pick in 2009 is still alive and well. Last night he scored a goal, two actually, and he piled on an assist to bring himself to three points on the night. Pretty impressive if you ask me. Not all rookies are going to be instant stars. I'd hate to imagine what Steven Stamkos would have gone through during his underwhelming rookie season had he been a Leaf. But he turned out just fine if you ask me.
But I'm not going to scold you Leafs Nation, because I'm not devoid of reality like some members of the Toronto media that think a thick mustache is still in style. T...
I will be doing two player-a-days today. Tomorrow I will be writing a blog on the Kadri-Kessel-Bozak line that I have been waiting to see all preseason. I truly believe this will save Kadri's pre-season.
One of the "major" college signings Burke made towards the end of the 2008-09 season, Christian Hanson will be taking up the 4th line center position of this Leafs team.
Although Burke hoped for Hanson to be in a much better position, as he hoped he would turn out to be a top 6 winger, he can't be upset with the type of player he has become. This past off-season Christian Hanson knew what role he was going to play this season, and he got bigger, and stronger.
The Leafs new Tie Domi, the guy that teammates and management love. The guy that Leaf fans enjoy watching, mainly because they know he is physical and will likely fight that game. That guy is Colton Orr.
Last Season Colton Orr played in all 82 games last season, notching 4 goals and 2 assists for a total of 6 points. That also includes a whopping 236 PIMs and a decent -4 rating.
Just from that you can clearly tell what Colton was brought in to do.... fight. At 1 million per year it's a bargain for the type of impact Orr has on the team. Opposing players will be less likely to take a run at Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak or Kris Versteeg, why? They know in the back of their mind that Colton O...
This season the Leafs will try and end their playoff drought, and this seems to be the year to do it.
We have focused on the Leafs main components of their team, Defense, Goaltending, Forwards, Management and The Marlies. Throughout this we broke down and tried to find the Leafs weakness for this upcoming season. Turns out (This is a shocker) that the Leafs forwards will be the teams weakness.
In order to make the playoffs this upcoming season the Leafs need to play a defensive game, and feed off their defensive strengths. I'm just going to throw this out there but, why not get rid of Keith Acton, and see if Hitchcock is willing to leave the Blue Jackets to take a coaching job in Tor...
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The Cuts have been announced,
Jussai Rynnas, Ben Scrivens, Keith Aulie, Brennan, Juraj Mikus, Jerry D'amigo, Bayden Irwin, Marcel Mueller, Greg Scott, Robert Slaney, and Korbian Holzer have all been sent back to the AHL. (Just those group of guys make the Marlies look scary.)
Jesse Blacker, Sam Carrick, Andrew Crescenzi, and Brad Ross have been returned to their Junior clubs.
Wayne Primeau was released from his PTO (Pro Tryout)
I'm Back, after about a week and half away from blogging.
I will finish off "The Future" segment tomorrow and will a...
Now that I'm back from my summer vacation in beautiful Florida, it's time to gear up for the start of the NHL season with only a month left to go. There's a positive vibe around the city and Leaf fans seem to be pretty excited. For the first time in years the team as an identity and a direction. Fans around the city are debating the expectations for this team; some expect the playoffs and some expect the Bruins to have another lottery pick. Team projections have been beaten to death already, but the team is made up of players, so I'm going to do my best to give some projections for the main individual players on the Leafs. I'm going to leave goaltenders Giguere and Gustavsson out because...