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Leafs/Rangers Preview

The Toronto Maple Leafs (4-0-1) look to remain undefeated in regulation tonight against the New York Rangers (1-2-1) at the Air Canada Center in what should be a spirited affair. Some of the storylines heading into tonight's game include Sean Avery (surprise, surprise), Kris Versteeg and Dion Phaneuf. Let's start with the super pest, Avery. It was only six days ago the 30-year-old agitator was attempting to get under Mike Komisarek's skin. Surprisingly, Avery only received a two-minute minor and no disciplinary action was taken. My personal opinion aside, Avery should anticipate a whole lot of weight flying his way. However, it's important the Leafs don't get too caught up in his antic...

Leafs 'Open For Business'

In an interview conducted by the FAN 590, Brian Burke revealed the Toronto Maple Leafs are "open for business" regarding trade negotiations. Although Burke didn't reveal specifics, one would assume the Leafs are in the market for a big center. To be fair, Tyler Bozak and Mikhail Grabovski provide decent production down the middle, but neither are an adequate choice for a number one center in the long-term. So get your trading caps on because the Internet is going to be flooded with trade proposals, most of which completely ridiculous. With rumors afloat that the Leafs are interested in Brad Richards, who is a pending unrestricted free agent, Burke declined to comment when asked if he w...

Is Schenn Komisarek's Kryptonite?

Upon drafting defensive stalwart Luke Schenn fifth-overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs had hoped they obtained a young defender capable of anchoring the blueline for years to come. Advertised to deliver menacing hits and possess exceptional defensive awareness, it didn't take long for Schenn to crack the Leafs' roster. As an 18-year-old defenseman he donned the Blue and White for 70 games, rarely looking out of place---a rarity for young defensemen in the NHL. He had fans salivating for more, but he regressed in his second campaign, enduring the dreaded sophomore slump. With plenty of questions surrounding the Leafs' defense heading into the 2010-11 season,...

3-0, Better BeLeaf It

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Leafs have won 3 games, and before you laugh, realize what month it is. Yes people, it's October and the Leafs have won three games, six points, which ever way you want to look at it. So what have we learned these past three games: * Plan the parade jokes have officially passed Justin Bieber in popularity. One of them is lame and annoying. I'm Just sayin' *The Rocket Richard Trohpy will officially be named the Abandoned Thrasher MacArthur Trophy at the end of the season. *There's a better chance that Phil Kessel passes on a two on one than Nazem Kadri gets recalled given that Tim "Who The @#$%" Brent has two goals already. *Ron Wilson will stop a...

Game #1 MTL @ TOR Game Preview

October 7th 2010, the beginning of the 2010-2011 NHL Regular Season. The Toronto Maple Leafs will once again host the Montreal Canadiens for the season opener. The Leafs are looking to get off to a better start than the one they got off to last season (winless in October.) a victory in their first game of the season would go along way to help them do that. After questions yesterday about Carey Price not being able to start tonight due to being sick have been answered, he will start. Here are the Lineups for tonight's Season Opener; Maple Leafs: Kris Versteeg - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel Nikolai Kulemin - Mikhail Grabovski - Clarke MacArthur Fredrik Sjostrom - Tim Brent - C...

Turning Over A New Leaf

The much anticipated Leafs' 2010-2011 season is finally upon us. The Leafs and Habs will write another chapter in their storied rivalry tonight. I can't think of a better way to start the season than here in Toronto, instead of somewhere in Turkey or Belgium or wherever it is that Gary Bettman sent a few of the teams for their season openers. Nothing says thank you to your fans more than having their team start their season in another part of the world. Hurricanes fans won't even go to the games in Ralleigh, let alone Europe. But anyways that's getting off topic. Back to the Leafs now. Yes, finally fans will get a chance to see this very hyped team in regular season action tonight. ...

Player Projections + Opening Night Preview

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...