Found August 12, 2012 on
The Slap Shot:
As the fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs know all too well goaltending can make or break your season. Gone are the days when the Blue and White had Eddie Belfour and before him Curtis Joseph to bail them out of trouble and with question marks surrounding the Buds goaltending for the upcoming Season (CBA agreement aside) there is every reason to believe that the Maple Leafs will struggle mightily between the pipes.
Two seasons ago James Reimer burst onto the NHL scene from obscurity registering a very respectable 20-10-5 record in his rookie year. But like many sophomore goaltenders Reimer struggled last season for a variety of reasons, including what was first thought to be a concussion later revealed to be a neck injury.
While injuries took their tool on Reimer’s performance there looked to be a clear erosion of his skills as well and with plenty of time for teams to watch video on the 24-year old and find weakness in his game Reimer had to settle for a paltry 14-14-4 record last s...
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When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke acquired forward Matthew Lombardi and defenseman Cody Franson from the Nashville Predators in return for defenseman Brett Lebda and prospect Robert Slaney the jewel of Burke’s eye was Franson with Lombardi being more of a throw-in.
At the time of the deal Lombardi had just come off a terrible concussion which saw him miss the...
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By Tim Lucarelli (@tlucarelli)
At the NHL trade deadline in February, Brandon Dubinsky was well aware that his name was being floated in the rumor mill. Hearing the possibility of being traded is something that each player reacts to differently, and Brandon tried his best to keep business as usual. At the time, he had this to say:
“It happens every year...
Jesse Spector at the Sporting News tries to predict Rick Nash's point total in comparison to the combined points of Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov..."However the Rangers draw it up, Nash should have plenty of points, probably more than the 59 he got last season (assuming that it's a full season). Dubinsky and Anisimov, in down years, combined for 70 points last...
Derek Dorsett is most known for his time spent in the penalty box. People outside of Columbus hear his name and think “O That’s this season penalty minute leader.” This man is defnitely doing a great job defending his tough as nails title. Here’s something you don’t know about Dorse. He is a gentle soul. [...]
It would appear that former Minnesota Golden Gopher and Boston Bruins forward Phil Kessel is feeling the pressure in Toronto and some are beginning to wonder if the Leafs need to trade Kessel while he is still on top of him game.
Meanwhile, Boston Bruins fans are saying thank you Kessel and are happy to have Tyler Seguin on their team as the result of the 2010 offer sheet by...