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After years of miscasting unsuitable forwards for the role of No. 1 center, the Toronto Maple Leafs might just have stumbled on one by accident. Coach Randy Carlyle is going to give newcomer James van Riemsdyk a chance to play the middle on the top line between Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel, even though the winger has not appeared there in his three-year NHL career. The experiment reflects the difficulty that general manager Brian Burke has had trying to replace Hall of Famer Mats Sundin, who departed before Burke arrived and took a steady record of point-a-game seasons with him. Van Riemsdyk, who last played center at the University of New Hampshire, warmed to the challenge. "It is something that will be a good opportunity for me," he said July 11 in his first public meet-and-greet at the Leafs' training facility. "Any time you can be a little more versatile as a player is a good thing." Van Riemsdyk was acquired in a draft-day trade for defenseman L...
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By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio)
Just like Toronto Maple Leafs fans everywhere, Stuart Percy watched last month’s NHL Draft eager to see who the Leafs would take.
So when Toronto selected a pair of highly skilled defenceman in Morgan Rielly and Matt Finn in the first two rounds, Percy would have had every reason to have been bothered. After all, Percy was a Leafs...
Saw this on the ever popular Puck Daddy blog on Yahoo Sports and feel compelled to share it.
As we all know, the Sports landscape...and others has been littered with countless spins on the popular song by Gotye, "Somebody that I used to know".
In today's version, Andrew Damelin, a not-so-happy fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs laments his teams...
While some players, particularly power forward Rick Nash, don’t want to play hockey in Toronto because they feel their every move will be scrutinized, James van Riemsdyk can’t wait to become the centre of attention for the Maple Leafs, literally. The 6’3″, 200 pound forward spoke to reporters in Toronto on Wednesday for the [...]
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By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio)
He stood in the middle of the dressing room on a hot July day, and James van Riemsdyk must have wondered what he was getting himself into it.
In came eight television cameras, countless microphones and note pads as the Toronto media anxiously filed into the room, to hear from the Toronto Maple Leafs forward, who...
With news hitting the airwaves today that James van Riemsdyk is willing to abandon the wing for a shot at centering Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul (two players JVR is familiar with from his time with Team USA and the Philadelphia Flyers) next season, the search for a number one centre might end sooner than the Toronto Maple Leafs expected.
Acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in...
With the 2012 class of free agents slowly starting to sign with their new clubs, it appears as if Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will stick to his words and avoid making a big acquisition via free agency this summer.
According to capgeek.com the Maple Leafs currently have $58,353,333 invested in 19 players for the 2012-13 season, leaving them with just under $12...
In his first press conference with the Toronto media this morning, new Maple Leaf forward James van Riemsdyk expressed excitement at the chance to play center for the Maple Leafs next season. âItâs something that will be a good opportunity for me I think, I played a little bit in the past and when you can be a little more versatile as a player, I think it is always a good...
It makes perfect sense doesn’t it? Most GTA born youth who grow up playing hockey dream of one day suiting up for the blue and white. Not Brampton-raised Rick Nash, who is currently looking for a way out of the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets. The power forward has revealed six teams that he would approve [...]
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Yesterday, I stumbled upon TSN's Karlsson) against a similarly productive, slightly-older name(Kessel --> Letang).
To me, this argument comes down to two points: If Erik Karlsson's numbers aren't sustainable, what kind of production is? Can he consistently score sixty-plus? Maybe. Probably.
Second: How much does playing...
Ever since the Bruins traded former first round pick and sniper Phil Kessel in September 2009 to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team hasn’t really had that true scoring forward that could consistently score 30 plus goals a year and be an effective force night and night out. With that, there have been several rumors flying around [...]
Once again, the Bruins will have all of their players under contract when camp opens in September. The club signed its final restricted free agent on Thursday, locking up defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a one-year, two-way deal. Bartkowski will earn $660,000 in the NHL and $62,500 if he is assigned to the AHL. As has been the case throughout general manager Peter Chiarelli's tenure...