Found January 15, 2013 on The Hockey Guys:
By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio) Getty Images If the Toronto Maple Leafs are to have any success this season, they better work hard and compete. It sounds like a cliché but it is a point that was repeated often Sunday morning, before the Leafs even hit the ice for the start of training camp. “We are going to push guys a little harder. It’s going to be an intense camp,” said coach Randy Carlyle. “We’re going to have a young group,” said GM Dave Nonis.  “You’re going to see some mistakes from some of the young players. But we can’t take nights off. And if we’re going to have any success at all, we have to be a committed team.” “You talk about team toughness and being physically combative, it’s about winning one-on-one battles,” stressed Carlyle. “Our expectation is to win a fair share of those one-on-one battles.” Carlyle said last year the Leafs failed to compete in “all three zones” and that will not be acceptable this year. That will make this 6-day training c

Adam French: Lombardi a Yote again and Center Depth?

Phoenix Acquires Matthew Lombardi for a 4th round pick. We continue the trend of going back to the old days. Lombardi had his best season in Phoenix. He practiced here too and Elliot Friedman pondered if this move would be made a week ago. So here it is. Like the previous deal with Lombardi, this one comes with a question mark, it’s a 4th round pick or a 3rd if he signs with...

Mike Augello: Leafs Should Pass On Whatchamacallit & Pursue RFA Holdouts

The Maple Leafs took to the ice at the MasterCard Center in Etobicoke, ON for their second day of training camp, as Coach Randy Carlyle put the club through their paces and mixed up line combinations that undoubtedly will change and evolve over the next few days, before Toronto opens the season at the Bell Centre in Montréal on Saturday night. Tyler Bozak was once again in...

Leafs Trade Lombardi To Phoenix

from TSN, The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward Matthew Lombardi to the Phoenix Coyotes for a conditional draft pick. According to TSN Insider Darren Dreger, Toronto receives a fourth-round draft pick that would turn into a third-rounder should Lombardi re-sign in Phoenix after this season. The Leafs will retain the $500,000 signing bonus owed to Lombardi as well...

Northeast Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs

We are five days away from the NHL starting. Five-*******-days away from the black and gold getting onto the ice and playing some meaningful games. With a condensed schedule, the Bruins will play Toronto four times this season. In the next five days, we're going to break down the Northeast Division, including a look at the Boston Bruins on Friday to wrap it all up. That's...

Reimer Ready To Start For The Leafs

from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post, Widespread speculation has painted Toronto as a team desperate to pry veteran Roberto Luongo from the Vancouver Canucks, to the point where some wondered aloud whether a lack of progress in that pursuit cost Brian Burke his job as general manager. It did not, though in his departing message on Saturday, Burke conceded “goaltending...

Coyotes acquire Lombardi in deal with Maple Leafs

The Phoenix Coyotes have acquired center Matthew Lombardi from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft. Lombardi played for the Coyotes from 2008-10, scoring 19 goals with 34 assists in 78 games during the 2009-10 season. He missed most of the 2010-11 season due to a concussion and had eight goals and 10 assists in 62 games for Toronto last season. Lombardi...

Leafs deal Lombardi back to Coyotes

Center Matthew Lombardi has been traded back to the Phoenix Coyotes from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday in exchange for a conditional draft pick. The draft pick could be as high as a 2014 fourth-rounder while the Maple Leafs will retain some of his salary. The deal gives the Coyotes depth at a position where they were lacking -- with a player whom the team knows well. In...

Coyotes acquire center Lombardi from Leafs

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Coyotes acquired center Matthew Lombardi from the Maple Leafs on Wednesday for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft. Lombardi played for the Coyotes from 2008-10, tallying a career-high 19 goals and 34 assists in 78 games during the 2009-10 season. He missed most of the 2010-11 season due to a concussion and then had eight goals and 10 assists in 62...
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