Found November 07, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet, “Thanks guys.” Dion Phaneuf had just been put through his paces by the media fresh off his team’s most humiliating defeat of the season, and when the interview concluded and the reporters turned to walk away, the Toronto Maple Leafs captain thanked them. That’s the way it is these days for the Maple Leafs’ undisputed leader. Phaneuf accepts his role as captain, and if you believe his, “thanks guys,” was sincere, it is a sign of his rapidly developing maturity. A lot of players would have gone into hiding after being spanked 7-0 in front of an angry home audience, but Phaneuf, who was minus-3 on the night, was sitting in his dressing stall waiting for the press when they entered the dressing room. It would have been just as easy for Phaneuf to duck the media or, worse, act aloof and bitter at having to answer questions after an embarrassing night. Instead, Phaneuf took his medicine. He patiently answered every question about his team’s poor play and ...

Graphic: Toronto Maple Leafs rank 30th in penalty kill, but remain tough in third periods

The Toronto Maple Leafs has been a curious case this season in regards to special teams. The Northeast Division leader has been without its No. 1 goalie in James Reimer since Oct. 22, and are dead last in the penalty kill in the NHL at 70.9 percent success rate. The Maple Leafs rank last in the penalty kill so far this season. But they've been able to hold up well...

James Reimer responds to the Angry Tim Horton's Guy

Hello Tim, the guy from the Tim Horton's Ad I dressed up as for Halloween,   Special thanks to @DasNordlicht91 and @kid_kawartha for the still. I’m sorry if my costume was offensive. It was kind of an inside joke with me and the other Leafs guys.  They kept buying me Tim Horton’s coffee (even though I don’t really drink coffee) and asking me about a BELT...

Maple Leafs C Connolly out up to two weeks

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without Tim Connolly for up to two weeks after the veteran center suffered an upper-body injury in Saturday's one-sided loss to the Boston Bruins.Connolly missed practice on Monday, and afterward head coach Ron Wilson confirmed the injury and recovery timetable.He wouldn't say if it was the same ailment that caused Connolly to sit out the first...

Luke Schenn and The Short Term Memory

I’ve written about it before and hoped to have gotten it all off of my chest.  But it features so prominently as a symptom of the psychosis linked to Leaf fans. What is it?  The Short Term Memory. For Saturday’s game against the reigning Stanley Cup champions at the ACC, Ron Wilson and company opted to sit Luke Schenn out as a healthy scratch for the first time...

Tim Connolly Out Again For The Leafs

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun, The $9.5-million US centre will be out of action for up to 10 days and possibly as long as two weeks, Leafs coach Ron Wilson said after practice on Monday. Connolly missed the first eight games of the season with a cracked bone in his shoulder. In six games, he has one goals and three assists. “He got an upper-body injury that is totally...

Leafs Recall Matt Frattin

Brian Burke, President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that the hockey club has recalled forward Matt Frattin from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey Lea...

Tyler Seguin Shows Great Instincts, Hand-Eye Coordination During Hat Trick Against Maple Leafs

Tyler Seguin's hat trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night might have been the first of his career. But given the talent that the 19-year-old has, it likely won't be his last. Seguin scored his fifth, sixth and seventh goals of the season in the 7-0 rout. And each of Seguin's goals was unique, though he gave a great deal of credit to his linemates. NESN...

Connolly To Miss Time With Upper Body Injury

The Maple Leafs were without Tim Connolly at Monday’s practice. The Leafs forward suffered an upper body injury during Saturday’s game and will be lost from 10 days to two weeks. “He got hurt during the first penalty kill and ...

Shaune Vetter: Tuesday's Tirade!

I feel bad for Phil Kessel, I really do. He's leading the NHL in goals with 10 and points with 21. His team is currently first in their division with 19 points, and the Leafs actually look like they could be a playoff team for the first time since Matt Sundin was the captain and the lockout was just something fans feared "might" happen but he's still asked the same...


After a month of success, recognition and notoriety, the Toronto Maple Leafs were bound to have a reality check. It came in the form of the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, who inflicted a 7-0 drubbing in front of the perturbed patrons of the Air Canada Center on Saturday night. In spite of their conference leading 9-3-1 record going into the game, Ron Wilson's bunch had...

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