Found November 17, 2013 on The Farm Club:
 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 two assists after returning from his 10-game suspension. Since his return Clarkson has been used all over the place as Randy Carlyle tries and fails to find a role for a player who looks a way off from the  once 29-goal scorer the Leafs hoped they were signing. Though premature to write off as a flop a player who stalled his own momentum by leaping over the boards to attack the Sabres’ John Scott, an act undoubtedly borne in part from a desire to make an instant impact and quickly repay the financial commitment the Leafs showed in signing him, his lack of productivity will be genuine concern to his club. His struggles are certainly not through lack of effort. Clarkson’s performances thusfar have resembled those from his early seasons in New Jersey – a physical, gritty wrecking machine winning battles on the boards and finishing checks. But the brutal truth is that’s not what the Leafs paid the big bucks for. Until Clarkson can rediscover his form in front of the net, he will struggle to find the regular top-line and powerplay minutes that he undoubtedly craves. With Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland now out of the lineup, Carlyle no longer has the luxury of trying to ease Clarkson back into form. Phil Kessel, an equally streaky scorer, is missing his brother-in-telepathy Bozak and will need the support that Clarkson can provide if the latter can find his touch. There’s no room for passengers anymore and the Leafs need an impact. Clarkson, of course, is not the only big-money free agent wheezing his way through the early stages of the season. Both Stephen Weiss in Detroit and Ryan Clowe in New Jersey (signed on a mind-boggling deal of $24m over 5 years) simply cannot find the net. The stifling effects of a big contract are well-documented but the Leafs will need to shift their reliance from Marlie call-ups to highly paid forwards soon. Perhaps Clarkson just needs one to bounce off the seat of his shorts to get himself going. At this point he is even being over shadowed by Marlies call-up Trevor Smith, a forward unencumbered by the lofty expectations of a monster contract who was a rare bright-spot in a flat performance Friday night. But call-ups can only get you so far and with so many players out of the lineup, GM Dave Nonis will be fixing a glare on his marquee signing until the fortunes of his prize asset change. The post Injury-plagued Maple Leafs Need More From David Clarkson appeared first on The Farm Club.

Toronto Maple Leafs: A little bit about Peter Holland

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired centre Peter Holland from Anaheim today in a deal that allows the Ducks to clean up their Cap situation, and affords the Leafs the opportunity to potentially find the big top-nine centreman they have been…Read more →The post Toronto Maple Leafs: A little bit about Peter Holland appeared first on The Hockey Daily.

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.

Toronto Maple Leafs scrounging up offense

Rather than acquire a second-tier veteran center to get through their current crisis, the Toronto Maple Leafs landed prospect Peter Holland from the Anaheim Ducks.Leafs coach Randy Carlyle immediately put Holland between James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel on his top line. JVR scored twice Saturday as Toronto dispatched the hapless Buffalo Sabres 4-2.Holland, the 15th overall pick...

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...

Toronto Maple Leafs: Nazem Kadri gets suspended

It is bad enough that the Toronto Maple Leafs have lost Dave Bolland for a while, but now the team has to go without the services of Nazem Kadri for three games. Nazen Kadri was suspended for three games. The league handed down a three game suspension on Thursday to Kadri for crashing into Minnesota’s goalie, Niklas Backstrom the night before.  Backstrom left the game early in...

Clarkson: "I wasn't brought in here to score 50 goals"

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...

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.

Maple Leafs topple Sabres 4-2

James van Riemsdyk scored twice and Nikolai Kulemin got the winner and the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a three-game losing skid with a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. The Maple Leafs placed newly acquired center Patrick Holland on their top line between Phil Kessel and van Riemsdyk, which allowed van Riemsdyk to move back to his natural position at left wing....

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...

Maple Leafs acquire Peter Holland from Ducks

The Toronto Maple Leafs added some more talent to their team on Saturday morning when they made a trade with the Anaheim Ducks. The Leafs sent defenseman Jesse Blacker to Anaheim along with a pair of picks in the 2014 NHL Entry-Level Draft in exchange for forwards, Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz. Holland was a first round pick(15th overall) in the 2009 draft and is expected to jump...

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...

Game Day Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres by   Bradshaw Furlong

  Time: 7:00pm Date: Saturday, November 16th, 2013 Where: Air Canada Centre. Toronto, Ontario. Preview: The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to get some revenge on their divisional rivals and suddenly super-hot (two wins in a row!) Buffalo Sabres after they lost to them on Friday night in Buffalo 3-1. A bit on that game to begin. At the very beginning of [...]

Toronto Rebounds With 4-2 Victory Over Buffalo by   Steven Ellis

The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs took to the ice for the back end of a home and home stint between the two clubs. The Maple Leafs dominated the first little bit of the game on Friday only to see Ryan Miller lead his team to the 3-1 victory. The first good goal scoring opportunity of the game came [...]
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