Posts Tagged ‘Maple Leafs

11
Nov
08

Toronto Is In Calgary tonight…

and I am lucky enough to go! Toronto is finally in Western Canada for the first time in 3 years, and facing Calgary for the first time in 2 years.

I paid a pretty penny for these tickets, so once again hopefully I see a good game, but once again I have my reservations. Toronto is coming off a huge 6-3 rout of the hated Habs, while the Flames are coming off their own rout, except it was them who got manhandled by the Hawks. For this reason, I’m not expecting a win from the Blue and White. The Flames will probably want to come out flying in order to get passed their showing on Sunday, meanwhile the Leafs will probably come out flat-footed after their huge win.

The only saving grace for the Leafs could be this single fact. Toronto is 3rd in the league averaging 35.2 shots per game,  while Kipper’s SV% is 0.888. So the Maple Leafs should score at least 4 goals tonight, and since the Flames average 2.94 Goals Per Game, this should be a win for Toronto.

Depends what school of thought you belong to I guess.

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25
Oct
08

Big Night In The NHL Tonight

Gotta love Saturday nights. 15 games, 30 teams, all ready for action. Couple things to really look forward to however, and we’ll start in the East.

The team everyone loves to hate, and hates to love gets a big addition tonight. The big off-season signing, Jeff Finger finally makes his Maple Leafs debut tonight. Finger’s signing was a shocker, as Fletcher threw a lot of money at the Free Agent even though he’s really only in his second season, and was a healthy scratch at times during the play-offs last year. Ron Wilson and Fletch still contend that Finger is worth the 3.5 million per year. The Leafs also sent Jiri Tlustly down to the Marlies, which would probably mean that the Leafs will get at least 43 shots tonight, since Blake will be in the line-up.

Philly looks for their second win of the season, but if they want to win they’ll have to allow less goals which shouldn’t be too difficult since they are playing the Devils, but then again, it’ll be tougher to score too. Meanwhile Marty looks to inch closer to Roy’s records.

Personally, I think the match-up to look for in the East has to be the New York Rangers facing the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers are off to an unbelievable start, and the Penguins… well, they’re the Pens. Anytime that you get Crosby, Malkin, J. Staal on the ice facing Gomez, Drury, Zherdev, and Naslund, there’s going to be one helleva game.

In the West, the high flying Red Wings are set to face the young Blackhawks in what should be a great Divisional Match-Up. I am torn on this one, but I gotta say, I hope the Hawks come flying out of the gates, and Toews puts up 4 goals, all of which are assisted by Keith and Campbell. That would get me up in the standings in my pool at work. Regardless, should be a good, high-paced game.

Other than that, another Divisional Match-up in the Northwest as the Kid Line and their Oilers take on the surprising Canucks tonight. Gillis’ weird made up team (honestly, what the hell?) are having a slow start to the season after ripping it up in the pre-season are looking to rebound, meanwhile the Oiler squad look are also looking to rebound after a couple losses. Oilers should take this hands down, but then again, anything can happen…

So one game is already underway, and hopefully the next 14 get off without any starting goalies tripping over rugs… Legace, idiot.

23
Oct
08

Schenn Sticking in T.O?

Kind of a slow newsday today, unless you want to hear more about Sundin and his maybe, maybe not dance again. But I don’t, and I really don’t want to even write about it, so I’ll have to write some other Maple Leafs stuff, because well, when in doubt, someone will care about Toronto.

So Luke Schenn. Lukey Luke. The Human Eraser. Should he stay, or should he go? I am torn on this one, completely, utterly torn. Part of me thinks that he should go down, but only because of contract purposes. If he stays, his contract obviously kicks in, meaning his entry-level will expire by the time he is 22, making him a RFA, and thus allowing him to reach UFA by the time he is like 25. If he goes back to Kelowna, well at least that buys the Leafs one more year, and let’s face it, Leafs aren’t going to win anytime soon.

Now, the other part. Luke’s development would be much greater if he stayed with the big club this season. He could go back to Kelowna and play 30 minutes per game, albeit against far inferior talent. Or he can stay in the Big Leagues, play 22 minutes per game against the best of the best. The biggest positive about Schenn going back to the WHL, would be his eligibility to play in the World Junior Tournament as a top-two defencemen.

So, as you see, I am completely torn and have no idea what should be done with a player of his calibre at such a young age. I just hope whatever desicion the Silver Fox and Ron Wilson come to, is the best desicion for Luke.

19
Apr
08

Brunnstrom Going To Leafs?

According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Fabian Brunnstrom is leaning towards joining the Maple Leafs after Vancouver GM Dave Nonis was fired. Apparently Brunnstrom, the 23 year-old Swede, is trying to choose between a couple of teams, but has narrowed it down to two; the Red Wings and the Leafs.

Brunnstrom is thinking that the Red Wings are just too deep up front for him to get decent ice time, but with the Leafs appearing to be heading towards a rebuild, the Leafs would be capable of giving Brunnstrom more opportunity to play.

Brunnstrom is an offensively gifted forward with a decent scoring touch. A speedy skater with soft hands and good technical skills. He combines speed and stickhandling in an impressive way. Hockey sense is pretty good and he is also strong physically with a good attitude. (Elite Prospects)

03
Apr
08

Leafs With Chance To Spoil!! (yawn)

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Bye Bye… I heard the Country Club serves a killer cheeseburger! 

I was hoping to write a deep, meaningful post today… but there is nothing to really write about. The only thing that seems to really be going on today in the hockey world is that the Leafs could nearly spoil the Senators play-off hopes… but hell. I’m a Leaf fan… and I could care less!

Even if the Sens make it into the post-season, they aren’t making it out of the first round, so who cares. The Leafs should be on the golf course already, and letting the Marlies play against the Sens and Habs this week.

So that is all I am going to say today, because I just don’t care about what is going to transpire in the hockey world today!

02
Apr
08

Sundin’s Career Over?

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Well not yet, but it may be. Mats Sundin, one of the most beloved Maple Leaf Captains of all time, has announced that his season is over due to his groin tear.

The question for everyone now, is whether or not Sundin’s career with the Leafs is over… He has made no secret that his decision will be made over the off season, and it will be a year-to-year decision.  Sundin has also said that he has not ruled out playing for another team, and that things may depend on what kind of direction the Blue and White are going to be taking.

Word is that Cliff Fletcher, the Leafs interim GM, has already approached Sundin about signing a contract extension, this coming a mere month after trying to convince to waive his no-trade clause.

So… is Mats done as a Maple Leaf? Personally… I think so, and that pains me…

27
Mar
08

More Quick Updates (03-27-08)

Luongo Has Left The Building

Much to the dismay of Vancouver fans… very selfish Vancouver fans, Luongo has skipped town to go be with his wife. It is uncertain if he will be ready to return in time to play Minnesota, but most fans are hopeful. Luongo’s wife has been stuck in a wheel-chair for the last couple of months due to complications, she left Vancouver in order to be with her family in case something happened while Luongo was on the road. My best wishes to Roberto and his wife.

Big Names Return To Lineup

Sid the Kid will return to the Penguins roster tonight to face the New York Islanders. Crosby has been sidelined since his ankle did not respond well to playing after he initially returned from a high ankle sprain. Crosby should add a huge boost to the Penguins, however their stats have been better without him, regardless, the Penguins and their fans should be glad to have him back heading into play-offs.

It may be too little too late for the Maple Leafs (read: its too late), but Sundin has returned to the lineup to face the Bruins. With a victory tonight, the Bruins could knock the Leafs completely out of the playoffs, and perhaps the Leafs could finally start to lose in hopes of landing in the lottery. They are currently sitting in 23rd in the league, and could easily find themselves into the bottom 4-5 teams and have a shot at a decent franchise player.

Marc Savard Breaks His Back

Seriously, the guy has a broken back but it is unknown how long he will miss. The Bruins’ leading scorer suffered the injury when he was cross-checked on the weekend. Apparently it isn’t that bad of an injury, because he hopes to only miss tonight’s game in addition with the game he missed on Tuesday. He was not missed that much however, as the Bruins manhandled the Leafs that night.