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James van Riemsdyk
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Islanders
For years, Brian Burke pushed off the idea of the rebuild the Maple Leafs have desperately needed since Lockout II. Rather, Burke tried to make-over the Leafs with toughness and grit while adding Phil Kessel and pleasant surprise Joffrey Lupul to boost the Leafs' scoring.
Yet last week when Burke was shown the door in favor of new general manager Dave Nonis, the Leafs still had the same problems that they had when he arrived: questionable goaltending, a thin blue line, and a stockpile of minor league talent that hadn't reached its potential.
After some of the Leafs' roster moves this week, it looks like some of these prospects' time to shine will be now.
A front office change a week before a lockout-shortened season hardly screams stability, but the Leafs were never going to be a picture of stability if they were to have success this year. Any chance of a playoff run seemed to lean on the acquisition of Roberto Luongo from Vancouver to give the Leafs th...
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When I look at the Toronto Maple Leafs roster, I not too impressed. Sure you got the likes of Phil Kessel , Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul, but that where it basically ends. There are no big superstars like Sidney Crosby or Steve Stamkos. In fact, their one top scorer, Mikhail Grabovski, is probably not well known outside the city of Toronto. In this article, I will point...
The Canadian Press Like the surprise in the Cracker Jack box, no one's too sure what you'll get with the Toronto Maple Leafs this season.
Fans just hope it's better than the year before. And the year before that. And the year before that.
But the signs aren't too promising. General manager Brian Burke is gone. Goaltender Roberto Luongo hasn't arrived. And there...
Earlier today I wrote a post about Tim Connolly and his offensive production at even strength. Shortly after posting that I thought a similar article comparing the performances of Bozak, Kadri and Conolly would be an interesting piece since they are sort of competing for roster spots (more so Kadri and Connolly than Bozak though). Of course, in the mean time Connolly
Yesterday evening James Mirtle from the Globe and Mail posted an article on The Curious case of Tim Connolly and the Leafs. It’s worth a read so go read it but the premise of the article is how the narrative around Tim Connolly in training camp is he had a poor year last year and he needs to perform better
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By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio)
Somewhere Brian Burke must be pleased.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will start the year with more grit and sandpaper than it had at any point last year.
Matthew Lombardi has been traded and Tim Connolly will start the year with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
The Leafs will start the season...
In a shortened season, anything is possible. With only 48 games standing between every team and the beginning of the NHL playoffs, a single hot or cold streak could be the difference between a chance at the Stanley Cup or a long summer waiting for next year.
Even in a sprint to the finish, however, talent matters. That’s why the usual suspects (like the Bruins, Penguins and Blackhawks...
MONTREAL -- Ben Scrivens repayed the Toronto Maple Leafs' confidence in him with a winning effort that got their season off on the right foot. Phil Kessel assisted on power-play goals by Nazem Qadri and Tyler Bozak, and Scrivens made 21 saves to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Qadri scored 4:51 in...
Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozek scored power-play goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs opened the lockout-shortened NHL season with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
The Maple Leafs went 2 for 5 with the man-advantage and held Montreal to 1 for 5 on Brian Gionta's goal - and that was the difference in a sloppily played game by both clubs.
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis appeared on Team 1040 Radio in Vancouver on Friday and talked about the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team reportedly interested in Luongo and what he feels was their attempt to manipulate the market for the veteran goalie.
When asked to address the possibility that the team was looking for too much in return for Luongo, Gillis fired...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Toronto's goaltending issues last season were well-documented -- the Leafs were 29th in goals against -- and while Nonis professes to be a believer inJames Reimer and Ben Scrivens, it's clear the new GM has been doing his homework and is ready to act if a deal presented itself.
"We would upgrade our goaltending by the weekend if...