Found November 19, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
Standing comfortably by his dressing room stall, David Clarkson refuses to dodge questions about a goal drought that's lingered 10 games into the start of his Maple Leafs career. He's willing answer queries for as long as needed. "Ask whatever you want," he says. And he understands the questions. But he also knows why he was brought into the fold in Toronto and why Dave Nonis and company chose to pony up seven years at $36.75 million. "I wasn't brought here to score 50 goals," Clarskon said earnestly after practice on Monday morning. "I was brought here for that full game that I bring, competing every night." Nonis made that point clear on the day he signed the Mimico native last July. The considerable size and weight of the deal aside – not to mention the 30 goals he scored two seasons ago – internal expectations for the 29-year-old did not hinge strictly on offence but instead on the range of tools and experience he could contribute to...

Toronto Maple Leafs: Nazem Kadri called Don Cherry ‘Grandpa Grapes’

Every Saturday night Don Cherry speaks his mind on CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada, and last Saturday, he chose to call out Toronto Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri for his suspension last week against the Minnesota Wild. In the first…Read more →The post Toronto Maple Leafs: Nazem Kadri called Don Cherry ‘Grandpa Grapes’ appeared first on The Hockey Daily.

Kessel out with flu, Bozak nears return

It’s not another significant injury, but there was another missing body at practice on Monday for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs have had only two forwards play all 20 games this season – Phil Kessel and Mason Raymond – and one member of that pair was absent at practice on Monday, which is rarely a good sign. The diagnosis this time, however, wasn’t that dire. “Phil...

GIF: Phil Kessel's awesome stick flex in super slow-motion

Ever wondered what one of the NHL's most lethal snap shots looks like in slow motion? Well, I've got you covered. Above is a super slow motion replay of Phil Kessel's second goal in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 5-2 win over the New York Islanders. The goal was Kessel's 400th career point. He wasn't the only Leaf to reach a milestone though as newcomer David Clarkson...

Colin Dambrauskas: Toronto Maple Leafs - Who Should Stay & Who Should Go?

Follow Colin on Twitter!: @ColinDJD With the number of injuries, suspensions, and trade rumours vis-à-vis the Toronto Maple Leafs of late, there has been a lot of dialogue between fans and media outlets. As such, I’d like to cover a few topics which are most prominent in terms of how likely they are to affect the Leafs moving forward. Experiencing much adversity...

Maple Leafs sign Finn to entry-level contract

The Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday signed defenseman Matt Finn to a three-year entry-level contract. Finn, selected in the second round (No. 35) of the 2012 NHL Draft, has five goals and 20 points in 21 games this season for the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League, tying him for fourth in scoring among defenseman in the league. Finn also has a plus-15 rating. The Guelph team...

Injury-plagued Maple Leafs Need More From David Clarkson

 As the Air Canada Centre treatment room begins to resemble a bustling marketplace,  the Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking at one player in particular to ease their collective pain. David Clarkson, signed as a free agent in the offseason for $36.75 million over 7 years, is yet to find a role among his new teammates. In 9 games, the Toronto native has precisely zero goals and...

Leafs irate over ‘Princess Phaneuf’ comment, Scott expresses regret

Following Saturday night’s 4-2 loss to Toronto, Buffalo enforcer John Scott took aim at Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf by calling him “Princess Phaneuf” in response to this third-period scrum. “All of a sudden I’m not allowed to hit him anymore. He’s Princess Phaneuf. It’s a joke,” Scott after the game.“My leg’s fine, everything’s good. It’s just something where...

Toronto Maple Leafs: Phil Kessel misses practice with the flu

Stop the presses! Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel was not at practice today because of a bout with the flu according to Mark Masters of TSN. His absence is worrisome for a Leafs team that has recently battled several…Read more →The post Toronto Maple Leafs: Phil Kessel misses practice with the flu appeared first on The Hockey Daily.

John Scott Riles Up Maple Leafs With ‘Princess Phaneuf’ Comment, Says He Regrets Quip

The Maple Leafs and Bruins don’t have a whole lot in common or shared thoughts and visions, but they can probably agree on one thing, which is that neither is a huge fan of Sabres enforcer John Scott. The big forward was at the center of attention yet again this weekend when he decided to open his mouth following Toronto’s 4-2 win over the Sabres that earned the Leafs a split...

Kessel, Leafs topple Islanders

Phil Kessel scored two goals and the Maple Leafs beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Tuesday for Toronto's second win in a row. Trevor Smith, Mason Raymond and David Clarkson also scored for the Maple Leafs. Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves for the win. Smith had a goal and two assists and Joffrey Lupul had three assists. Casey Cizikas and Frans Nielsen scored for New York. Kevin...

Mike Augello: Kessel Absent From Practice

Winger Phil Kessel was absent from practice at the Mastercard Center in Etobicoke, ON Monday morning, but it was not because of an injury. According to head coach Randy Carlyle, the Leafs leading scorer is suffering from the flu and his status for Tuesday night's game against the New York Islanders at Air Canada Center is uncertain. will update with full blog

Mike Augello: Are Leafs Looking To Shuffle Roster?

While trade rumors are the rule and not the exception with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the approaching American Thanksgiving holiday traditionally marks when NHL general managers begin to address their club’s shortcomings after careful evaluation for the first quarter of the season. Toronto has already made one deal to address their need for depth up the middle by acquiring...

Dan Petriw: Isles, Leafs tonight in Toronto

The Islanders return to the ice tonight in Toronto as they take on the Maple Leafs. The big news out of Toronto is lineup decisions made by Islander head coach Jack Capuano today. Eric Boulton will dress tonight and I understand that logic as the Leafs are a team that is all too willing to drop the gloves. I actually thought the odd man out tonight would be Colin McDonald but...

Awkward: Rick DiPietro, AHL team in same Toronto hotel as Isles

The New York Islanders are in Toronto to play the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night in NHL action. The Charlotte Checkers are in Toronto for a pair of games including one on Tuesday night against the Marlines in AHL action. That's why things might get a little awkward in Canada's biggest city and that's ignoring all of the shenanigans at Toronto City Hall. Why is that awkward...

GM meetings spur moves by Blackhawks, Maple Leafs

Predictably, when NHL general managers gathered in Toronto last week for their semi-annual meeting to discuss rule changes, there was the usual amount of face-to-face trade talk as well. It resulted in a couple of minor deals – the Toronto Maple Leafs getting additional depth at forward by acquiring Peter Holland from the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks fleshing out the...
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