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While the waiving of Colton Orr may not have signified the end of the pure fighter, it certainly signified the beginning of the end.
If Orr can't stick in Toronto, where I wouldn't be shocked to learn that GM Brian Burke has a "truculence" stencil on the wall behind his desk, there aren't many places left for guys like him. But don't think Orr's dismissal marks the end of fighting or the end of toughness. Far from it -- it merely marks the shift. The pure fighter is the past.
The fighter-scorer, however, is the future. He's also among the most coveted player types in hockey right now.
Last year's Boston Bruins were the quintessential example of what can happen if the players providing your toughness are versatile. It wasn't just that Boston had guys that could drop the gloves -- it's that those guys were still plenty effective when they held onto their equipment.
The Bruins had two players finish in double digits in fighting majors in 2...
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After posting career highs in goals, assists and points last season, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski has followed up his awesome 2010-11 performance with a good season, but hardly a dominant season—at least to date.
Through 35 games Grabovski has registered 12 goals and 23 points, which should put him just short of last seasons totals—say around 50 points when everything...
TORONTO (AP) -- Joffrey Lupul scored at 7:10 of the third period to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead Saturday night.
With the game looking to have slipped out of Toronto's control, Lupul grabbed a rare turnover from Henrik Zetterberg behind the net and lifted a shot over goalie Jimmy Howard for his 19th goal.
By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)
The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a hot start to the New Year, which is no surprise based on the team’s history of success between January 1 and the end of the regular season. With a victory tonight and a little bit of luck, the Leafs can get as high as fifth in the Eastern Conference, three points clear of the final playoff spot...
There are games you circle on your calendar once you find out the extenuating circumstances surrounding them, and Saturday’s incredibly inefficient 4-3 loss to Toronto, once I found out that the Wings had scheduled both the Fathers’ Trip and a personal tour of the Hockey Hall of Fame around Saturday’s and tonight’s game against Chicago (7:30 PM EST, NBC Sports Network/WXYT...
Detroit takes on its old Norris rival the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight in a battle of the best vs the mediocre. All kidding aside, the Leafs have shown some improvement this season and are a threat to crack the top 8 in the Leastern Conference.Though we don't see them as often as we should, Toronto always brings their A-game when Detroit comes to town. This season they are...
TORONTO -- Joffrey Lupul kept the Toronto Maple Leafs from squandering two points they would have hated to lose.
The resurgent forward scored at 7:10 of the third period to help the Maple Leafs pull out a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings...
Starting off the new year with two wins in a row, the Toronto Maple Leafs look to stay in the win column as they welcome the Detroit Red Wings to town for an original six match-up on Saturday night.
This is the only meeting between the two teams this season. In last season's lone game, Detroit picked up a 4-2 victory on home ice at Joe Louis Arena. Saturday's game marks...
Joffrey Lupul scored at 7:10 of the third period to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead Saturday night. With the game looking to have slipped out of Toronto's control, Lupul grabbed a rare turnover from Henrik Zetterberg behind the net and lifted a shot over goalie Jimmy Howard for his 19th goal.
FIRST PERIOD Toronto, Kessel 24 (penalty shot), 4:30. Toronto, Phaneuf 7, 8:19 (pp). Toronto, Steckel 7 (Lupul, Kessel), 11:36. Penalty: Zetterberg, Det, 8:12. SECOND PERIOD
Following a well-deserved day off, the Maple Leafs were on the ice Monday preparing for the home-and-home against division rival Buffalo which begins the second half of the season.
“We’ve set ourselves up now that with a solid s...
Friday's quote of the day might go to Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson, who had this to say about Red Wings superman Nicklas Lidstrom in advance of tonight's meeting between the Original Six rivals: "Why doesn't he retire, anyway, and give us all a break?" Wilson said following Leafs practice.