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Toskala Deserves Benefit of the Doubt... For now

As I was carefully selecting the sharpest and jaggiest stones for the public sacrifice of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Vesa Toskala, I thought of something. Pre-season. Yup, that’s right. It was just pre-season. The reaction the 32-year-old has garnered throughout Leaf Nation might suggest otherwise, but yes, these games were basically meaningless—except for a select few. So drop your barbaric weapons, take a Valium and give the once-praised Toskala the benefit of the doubt—for now. I’m aware that Jonas Gustavsson—who is clearly the reincarnation of Jesus Christ— and Joey Macdonald have both proven to be more reliable in their respective stints, but this job has been Toska...

Will The 'Frat Boys' Make The Leafs?

While the pre-season may be a warm-up session for the veterans players of the Toronto Maple Leafs, it is a period of turmoil for youngsters like Viktor Stalberg, Tyler Bozak and Christian Hanson. The trio of collegiate hockey players are no doubt anxiously awaiting their fate with the Buds. And with the regular season set to debut on October 1st, they will be informed soon. While it is conceivable to assume that atleast one of them will find a spot on the roster, is it unrealistic to expect all three to make the big club? Perhaps, but judging from the individual performances from some of the Leafs’ players this training camp, I’d say the chance of that happening has gone upward....

Leafs Keep Rolling

The Leafs continued to impress this evening at home against the Flyers, stealing the game in overtime after completing a comeback late in the third. Tonight some of the veterans decided that they were not going to be upstaged by the young guns again, with two goals coming from Hagman, one from Stajan, one from Ponikarovsky, and the other from Beauchemin. Hagman’s first was an absolute beauty, pretty much undressed every Flyer on the ice. The Leafs truculence movement also continued this evening with fighting majors being handed out to Exelby, Komisarek, Orr, and Stempniak…yes you read that last name correctly. The Leafs were able to overcome a 4-2 deficit and a two-goal...

Leafs vs. Flyers Post-Game Thoughts

The Toronto Maple Leafs are now riding a three-game winning streak after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime on Saturday night by a score of 5-4. Yes, it’s pre-season, but who cares? It’s hockey, and we’re winning. Enough said. Here’s some random thoughts about the game: * Jason Allison, do not quit your day job. For every play he executes, he manages about triple the amount in turnovers. One turnover in particular could have easily cost the Leafs the game. Allison was skating in the neutral zone, with absolute zero speed, and failed to keep control of the puck after an outlet pass from Mike Komisarek (who has been exceptional on the blueline thus far), so he attem...

And With The 1st Overall Pick, The Boston Bruins Select...

Ok so that has happened yet, but it sure seemed real in my dream. It's a nightmare that will be shared by many Leaf fans for the next couple of years, and there's no doubt that if the Leafs stumble out of the gate, it will put some bags under Brian Burke's eyes. Could it happen? Sure. Am I worried? Not just yet. I'm confident that the Leafs have a much better team than they have had in recent years, a team that I am confident will not finish in the bottom ten in the league. However, I’m going to make it clear that at the moment I am indifferent about this trade. I’ve heard both arguments, one side arguing that there is no guarantee that you would even get a ‘Kessel’ cali...

Kessel to Leafs (Update: 5yrs/27M)

Just got off the phone with a source (and by phone I mean internet, and by source I mean TSN). Kessel to Leafs is pretty much done. Interesting... Now the Leafs have at least one good forward. Update: The drama surrounding Phil Kessel has finally come to an end as the Boston Bruins have traded their disgruntled sniper to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a 1st and a 2nd round pick in 2010, and a 1st round pick in 2011 pending a trade call which is currently underway. Kessel and the Maple Leafs then quickly agreed to terms on a new five-year, $27 million deal. Annnnd Eklund is wrong yet again reporting the deal was NOT taking place.

Truculence Breeds Satisfaction

The Toronto Maple Leafs may not win a lot of games this season, but the opposition won’t be leaving the rinks with a full set of teeth. A team that Brian Burke envisioned as truculent, belligerent and pugnacious hit the ice last night in a no holds barred match-up. There were five fights by the end of the game; the Leafs winning three of them. Surprisingly, pugilist Colton Orr didn’t drop the gloves once, but he used his body a few times to deliver some big hits. Garnet Exelby, Francois Beauchemin, Phil Oreskovic and a number of others also didn’t shy away from the rough stuff. The Bruins may have won 3-2, but the Leafs proved to be a tough customer and were never “picking thei...