Florida Panthers hope to be more than ‘paper tigers’

The Florida Panthers nearly stole the spotlight away from the Wings and Leafs during HBO's 24/7 series, and of the Atlantic Division's non-playoff teams I'd argue that the franchise may be a Phoenix Coyotes East off the ice (their financial situation is quite the mess), but on the ice, the Panthers have the greatest chance of serving as not only a playoff spoiler for...
Via Kukla's Korner
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

A Few Hockey Notes On A Sunday Morning

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, -  If you do the math, the Leafs will be paying Daniel Winnik, Mike Santorelli, David Booth and Petri Kontiola $5 million for the coming season, which translates to half a million less than the Florida Panthers are paying David Bolland. - I hope this isn’t true but I keep hearing that Joe Bowen won’t be doing any Leafs games on...
Via Kukla's Korner
August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Toronto Maple Leafs For Real?

Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images By Tony Ambrogio   Is Dave Nonis in denial? Does he REALLY think the 2012-13 Maple Leafs – a team that blew THAT lead against Boston – should be in some way reunited? Or is he just going with guys he has a history with, knowing they can’t get the job done and will at the end of the day miss the playoffs making it possible – POSSIBLE...
Via The Hockey Guys
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Some This And That

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - So let’s see if we have this straight. The Maple Leafs had David Bolland, Carl Gunnarsson, Nik Kulemin. Mason Raymond, Jay McClement, Paul Ranger and Tim Gleason when the season ended. And now they have Petri Kontiola, Roman Polak, Mike Santorelli, Leo Komarov, Stephane Robidas and Matt Frattin. And I wonder, is this a hockey club or...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Core Players In Toronto Appear To Be Staying

from Michael Traikos of the National Post, There were rumours that the Florida Panthers wanted James van Riemsdyk in exchange for the No. 1 pick in this weekend’s draft. But the core of the Leafs remains off-limits for now. And help is not necessarily on the way either. According to president Brendan Shanahan, “I don’t think July 1st is ever a great day to rely upon...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Summarizing the latest edition of Insider Trading (and LeBrun)

Updated with LeBrun stuff at 6:57 PM: TSN's Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie discussed pre-draft trade and free agent discussions in an edition of Insider Trading that lasts for nearly four minutes. TSN usually posts a summation thereof, but if you don't want to wait until 7:30 or 8... 1. McKenzie says that there are 3 teams in the Western Conference (Anaheim, St. Louis...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Black, Yellow and Red

Tonight's series will make history as two original six teams square off in the Stanley Cup playoff series for the first time in 57 years, the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings. The two franchises have been in the league together for 88 years, however the Red Wings were a part of the Western Conference until this 2013- 2014 season when they were moved into the Eastern Conference...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Original Six Playoff History Being Made

Tonights series will make history as two original six teams square off in the Stanley Cup playoff series for the first time in 57 years, the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings. The two franchises have been in the league together for 88 years, however the Red Wings were a part of the Western Conference until this 2013- 2014 season when they were moved into the Eastern Conference...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs desperately need Bernier back

The long-awaited return of rugged forward David Bolland couldn’t come at a more crucial time for an increasingly desperate Maple Leafs team. And now the other big question: When will goaltender Jonathan Bernier join him in the lineup to help salvage a season rapidly slipping away? A week and four consecutive losses after chasing down home-ice advantage for the opening round of...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Post-Olympic Leafs Have Yet To Win (0-3 Two Loser Points)

from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star, “Any time you’re off the ice for that long, it takes ice to get it back,” said defenceman Cody Franson wryly. “In Montreal on the weekend, I felt better than I had all season. But you can practise as much as you want. It’s still not the same as games.” To be fair, the Leafs could have won against the Islanders and Canadiens...
Via Kukla's Korner
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs' David Bolland won't play vs. Canadiens

Dave Bolland took a step forward on Friday. Unfortunately for the Leafs, it wasn’t big enough for him to step on to the Bell Centre ice surface for Saturday’s much-ballyhooed tilt against the Habs at the Bell Centre. While practising regularly on the third line between Mason Raymond and Nikolai Kulemin on Friday, he still does not appear to be ready for a return. Indeed, Bolland...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis: Don't expect major moves

For those looking for the Maple Leafs to make a big splash at the upcoming March 5 trade deadline, you’d be better off expecting a small ripple instead. So says Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis, who added in a wide-ranging interview on Monday that he is eager to see his full roster finally healthy for pretty much the first time since the summer rather than shuffle the deck...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Dave Bolland: Back on ice, going through difficult rehab

Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio) Getty Images All you have to do is watch David Bolland skate the last few days to know he isn’t close to returning to the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup. Each twirl on the ice this week has come with a familiar sight – a pained look of frustration and hurt on the 27-year-old’s face. Yes David Bolland is back on the ice – for the first time since...
Via The Hockey Guys
January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Leafs’ Jerry D’Amigo impresses in opportunity against Chicago Blackhawks

By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio) Getty Images It took a bit longer than he expected, but Jerry D’Amigo will certainly take it. D’Amigo – a 6th round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009 – scored his first NHL goal on Saturday. “You guys can’t see it but I’m just going crazy inside right now,” said D’Amigo, as the Leafs beat Chicago 7-3 on Saturday night. It...
Via The Hockey Guys
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs Falling Apart, Randy Carlyle Worried

By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio) Canadian Press Things are falling apart for the Toronto Maple Leafs and coach Randy Carlyle is beyond worried. “Our concern is very high,” said the coach, after a 6-3 loss to St. Louis Wednesday night. That playoff position that looked to be so secure a month ago could be a thing of the past – soon. “For our hockey club tonight, it looked...
Via The Hockey Guys
December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

JVR's pair paces Leafs past Sabres, 4-2

His office is in the blue paint of the goal crease, not faceoff circle red. That fact has perhaps never been more apparent than in James van Riemsdyk’s play over the first quarter of the Maple Leafs’ season. A pair of goals by the big winger Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre jump-started a flat-lining Toronto offence and helped the team to a hang-on-for-dear-life 4-2...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Dave Bolland, on Long Road to Recovery, Looking Forward to Return

By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio) Getty Images David Bolland knows he has to take it one step at a time. He knows he is several weeks away from beginning rehabilitation, but the Maple Leafs centre intends to play again this season. Bolland told the media Monday, he’s frustrated to be out of the lineup because he felt he was playing well at the time of the injury.  ...
Via The Hockey Guys
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins vs Leafs: keys to the game

For the first time this season the Bruins are going to play their division rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is the first time the two teams will be facing off since the Bruins amazing post season come back to beat the Leafs in game 7 of the first round in the Stanley Cup playoffs.The Leafs have been impressive this season posting an 11-5 record and made some great additions in...
Via BruinsLife
November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

David Clarkson: No Goals, but Maple Leafs Winning

By Tony Amrbogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio) Getty Images He has yet to score a goal in 5 games but David Clarkson feels his game is coming along. “You would obviously like the puck to go in but the team is winning and that’s all that matters,” said the Maple Leafs big free-agent acquisition this off season. What better way to score his first as a Leaf than against the team that gave...
Via The Hockey Guys
November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle has plenty of issues to sort out

There will be plenty for Randy Carlyle to be bothered by in Saturday's awful outing in Vancouver, perhaps even enough to ruin the taste of two earlier wins in the week. But where to start? The second-period injury to David Bolland in which Vancouver pest Zack Kassian gashed the Leafs centre with his skate. Depending on the diagnosis, it may end up being the ugliest moment of...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Canucks' Zack Kassian expresses sympathy for Maple Leafs' David Bolland

Zack Kassian had no idea. Informed that the Maple Leafs' David Bolland had been taken to a local hospital for surgery after Kassian's skate had sliced a tendon in the left ankle area of the Toronto forward, the Vancouver bad boy was caught completely off guard. "Really? That's tough," the Canucks forward said. "Everything happened so fast. That's...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs’ David Bolland will have surgery on cut tendon despite wearing protective socks

As Paul noted, Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Bolland suffered an, "Erik Karlsson-type injury" that will require surgery during the Maple Leafs-Canucks game on Saturday. The Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk clarified Bolland's status while noting that Bolland was in fact wearing Kevlar socks, but still suffered what is probably a torn Achilles tendon: Toronto’s...
Via Kukla's Korner
November 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs' David Bolland passing on Blackhawks' White House trip

David Bolland means no disrespect. But he’s been there, done that. On Monday, the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks will be honoured for their June Stanley Cup victory over the Boston Bruins with a visit to the White House in Washington, where U.S. President Barack Obama will pay tribute to coach Joel Quenneville and his team. But there will be one member of the NHL champions who will...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 11. Pens lose 4-1.

After getting off to an insane start, the Pens have hit their first valley of the season. This kind of **** happens. We've all been to this rodeo before. No use getting worked up over it, really.  But it still sucked ass. The Leafs were without two of their big names in Lupul and Bozak. The Pens outshot the Leafs, had the Air Canada Centre crowd lulled to sleep, and everything...
Via The Pensblog
October 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Three Concerns For the B's

You have to be impressed with the way the Bruins played in the first two games and especially how they played against the Detroit Red Wings. The third line has been stellar compared to last season and the rest of the team has followed suit. So what then can possibly be of concern for the big bad Bruins? Well first lets look around the league. And we don't have to look very far...
Via BruinsLife
October 09, 2013  |  Discuss
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