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This is one of my blogs from early on during the year (on a different site obviously) about my thoughts on Raycroft. It received some very harsh feedback from Leafs fans. Now that I look back on it, it's interesting to look back at a few of the points I made. Here it is: Yes I know it is early in the season, and I do know that players are still getting their legs behin...
cslacro writes...

Gary Roberts for Playoff MVP

Posted Wednesday | Comments 5
Moves at the trade deadline are always hard to evaluate. Most think that Nashville got fleeced with the Forsberg trade. And Ryan Smyth to the Island may have been the missing piece that vaulted them into the playoffs. And where was John Ferguson? Prying Yannic Perreault from Pheonix. I just don't get it. The thing the Leafs was missing was heart. Looking down the st...
MapleLover writes...

Who's Next?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 3
One of the more debated issues this summer for Maple Leaf fans will be - who's gonna back up Andrew Raycroft? Would the Leafs want a goaltender who would make a strong push for the starter job like say one Patrick Lalime or would they want someone who would still want the starting job but wouldn't make as strong a push but would still be there to mentor young Raycroft like...
The members of the Toronto Maple Leafs will get together later next week to discuss certain issues, one of them forsurely being mentioned will be the future of Leaf GM John Ferguson. Don Cherry of HNIC's Coach's Corner figures Ferguson will finish off the remaining year on his contract and will likely not be fired. Do you agree with this or do you think JFJ should be fired...
Somehow, some way the Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Stanley Cup in 2007. The Islanders will be disqualified and we'll be able to take their spot and come back from a 3-0 deficit in the series and we'll win it all. Then we play golf.
HomeIceFan writes...

Booing Crosby Makes Us Cool

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
I caught Ian Mendes' blog on Sportsnet ([url]http://www2.sportsnet.ca/blogs/ian_mendes/2007/04/13/deep_thoughts[/url]), and still wonder if he can actually address the question of why to boo Sidney Crosby. He can't seem to figure it out either. Or maybe he just can't seem to string multiple thoughts together coherently when it's not about the ultimate greatness that is the...
I am not going to apology for splitting hairs over the use of Nation when describing the fans of certain NHL teams or the co-opting of the term for profit. No, I won’t because I’m Canadian and we’ve been splitting nations and attempting to sew them back together, and to the larger fabric, since our inception. For those of you reading this in Canada I realize inv...
leafs_fan_13 writes...

The Replacements

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
With all the fingers being pointed at Raycroft and John Ferguson Junior for missing the post-season who should be replacing the two if there not the fold for next season? Heres a list of some people for the GM and Goalie positions that could be available this summer. GM UFA Goalies Colin Campbell Niklas Backstrom Mike Keenan ...
cjohnson202 writes...

No Surgery For Sundin

Posted Wednesday | Comments 3
Sundin has met with doctors and Sweden, and he will not need surgery. He has a small tear in his labrum, but it will NOT require surgery to repair. When this story first broke I was sent two newspaper articles from Sweden, talking about how angry Sundin was with this. The belief around people I talked to is that one side of ownership (Tanenbaum) wanted Ferguson fired a...
Camc_ writes...

Fantasy Sports

Posted Friday | Comments 3
The vast majority of us hockey fans are well aware of the phenomenon that is Fantasy Sports. Whether it's a free public pool or a private pool that may or may not involve an entry fee, we all know one can get lost in the fantasy realm of sports. Case in point is the recent comments of Rogers SportsNet voice Nick Kypreos. I believe that the reason viewership is down fo...
Well this is my first blog here so I thought that I would introduce myself. My name is Zac and I currently live in Vancouver. I grew up in the Toronto area for most of my life and I have followed the Leafs for as long as I can remember. The days of Wendle hitting and fighting everyone to watching Dougie work his magic behind the net. I've watched the highs and lows and...
MasWE writes...

The Ottawa Pledge

Posted Wednesday | Comments 6
I'm just listening to Chuck Swirsky on the Fan590, and I hear about this pledge that Toronto's Mayor David Miller, Vancouver's Mayor Sam Sullivan, and Calgary's Mayor Dave Bronconnier, is creating to make Leaf fans, Canucks fans, and Flames fans root for the Senators during this Stanley Cup Finals. This is absolutely ridiculous! If your a fan of the Leafs you are NOT ro...
raymullan writes...

Ray's Hockey Musings

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Hey, let me introduce myself i'm Ray, i'm from Belfast, Ireland (yeah there are hockey fans there!....really!) i'm 21 years old and am a huge Toronto Maple Leafs Fan! HEY STOP THE BOOING ALREADY! This is the first of hopefully many entries in my blog. Hope you read regularly and enjoy, any feedback or comments are much appreciated. So the Stanley Cup Finals are here ...
[img:left]http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y102/Zacobius/matshor_78503.jpg[/img]So it's all over the news. It looks like Sundin is a lock for a 2 year deal worth 10 to 11 million. I wouldn't really call this news as it has been speculated for a long time. There is seems to be a split amongst the Leafs Nation. I think most would agree that Mats has been amazing in his 1...
[img:left]http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y102/Zacobius/nik_51009.jpg[/img] Well lets get this news out of th way. Antropov as been re-signed for 2 years, a little over $4 mil. Not sure what to think. Clearly this puts him as a top 6 forward and his expectations have gone up. His problems have always been injuries. It's a shame really cause you can see his talent whe...
As we approach the draft, several teams are looking to free up cap room to either make a bigger trade, or sign a big name free agent (and if you've checked out our top 35 list, there are a lot of tem). With this activity, the rumours are starting to swirl. The Leafs would love to move one of their two high-priced defenseman. Freeing up the 5+ million that both Kubina an...
The top name that keeps getting thrown around town as rumours swirl is Ryan Smyth heading to the Leafs, this seems to be the Leafs #1 target this off season with the backline all shored up pending Colaiacovo's signing which should be done shortly, what seems to escape many people's minds is that the Leafs are also looking to add some much needed grit to the lineup with the...
sixtyone writes...

Sundin signed 1 year 5.5mil

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
[img:left]http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y102/Zacobius/matshor_78503.jpg[/img] Well we knew it was coming. Originally reports 2 months ago but DD at TSN, Mats was offered a 2 year deal, 11mil or so. That's what everyone was expecting and while many did not like it, they have come to accept it. So then last night, DD reports a 1 year deal. Huh? This caught me off ...
sportsMAN1AC writes...

Big Signings Today

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Wow I was surprised when I flipped up the net to see on my TSN RSS (great way to get the latest news) that Sundin had re-signed with the Leafs, Chelios w/ the Red Wings, and a couple of other small signings. Lets start off on the Sundin signing. If Fergy thinks he could get a good deal out of 5.5 million for Sundin, he is definetely not thinking straight since Kevin Low...
Current Maple Leafs salary structure as counted against cap as of June 13/07 Bryan McCabe 5.75 million Mats Sundin 5.50 million Pavel Kubina 5.00 million Tomas Kaberle 4.25 million Darcy Tucker 3.00 million Alex Ponikarovsky 2.105 million Hal Gill 2.075 million Nik Antropov 2.05 million Andrew Raycroft 2.00 million Alex Steen 900,690 Cha...
sixtyone writes...

Awards, trades, free agents...

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
So here we are with the NHL Awards on tonight (does anyone really care?) and most of the talk seems to be around the MVP, Goalie and Rookie. If it was up to me, it would be Sid for MVP, Luongo for Goalie, and Staal for Rookie. We'll see how that pans out. I'm not sure how much trade talk goes on at the awards. I'm torn on what I would like to happen. I wouldn'...
First off, let me start by looking at the numbers in terms of a salary cap hit for the 2007-08 season: ([i]all numbers rounded to two decimal places[/i]) SUNDIN- $5.50M TUCKER- $3.00M ANTROPOV- $1.95M STEEN- $0.95M KILGER- $0.87M STAJAN- $0.95M WELLWOOD- $0.95M PONIKAROVSKY- $1.58M POHL- $0.48M DEVERAUX- $0.55M ONDRUS- $0.50M WESTRUM- $0.48M NEWBURY- $0.4...
For hockey fans, July 1st marks the beginning of one of the most exciting times in the hockey calendar, as hockey fans everywhere will sit in front of the computer and wait for their team along with their rival teams to overpay some of the most overrated players in the game. Year after year we do the same thing even though we already know that the free agents are not goin...
mattperry writes...

Slow going for the time being

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Well folks it looks like it will be slow typing for me for a while. While playing in my summer hockey league I broke my right ring finger in two places (a strange thing that could ONLY happen to me). That will be fewer blogs for at least three weeks. However, here is what is running through my head today. The Oilers offseason plans. Next to landing a mobile defence p...
With the acquisition of Vesa Toskala, The Leafs are poised to enter next season with a battle for the number one spot in goal, just like last year, only this time its serious. I mean, how many people actually thought that Aubin had a shot at being the number one goaltender? Sure he played good at the end of the 05/06 season, but there was no pressure on him. He was back...
The Leafs left this weekends NHL Draft with a few extra pieces then when they arrived, an impressive move by Fergusen picking up Toskala to shore up the Leafs goaltending and adding gritty winger Bell from the Sharks and still drafting Oshawa Generals winger Dale Mitchell a 40+ goal scorer this past season in the third round equals a great weekend in Leafland. The situatio...
With the recent aquisitions or Toskala and Bell, some people in leafland are still somehow on the offensiven and why? JFJ gave a clear indication that the one spot he intended to upgrade in his club was the the goaltending, and he did so in a reasonable fashion. This draft was looked at by many as a weak draft year, so why not lose a first round pick in order to recieve...
leafsownsens writes...

A Move that Makes Cents

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
As reported by RDS.Ca The Phoenix Coyotes have placed 28 year old Defenseman Nick Boynton on waivers. As everyone knows the Leafs currently have 8 Defenseman signed and would probably ask why i would even contemplate a move involving another defenseman, however this is a move that could not only maintain the competitiveness of the Leafs top 6, which can be argued as one...
leafsownsens writes...

The Babysitter's Club

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
To the best of my knowledge, John Ferguson Jr. is a full grown, educated adult male. So can someone explain to me, why is the hierarchy at MLSE currently headhunting for a senior executive in order to overlook and consult with Mr. Ferguson on his every move as the GM of the Maple Leafs? Circumstances surrounding Jr.'s tenure as GM to date have been anything but the nor...
aedk10 writes...

Leafs and Toskala

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
I actually thought of this the night of the draft's 1st round, but couldnt think of anywhere to put it. Although i'm sure you all remember the details, the Leafs traded a conditional 1st round, a 2nd round and a 09 fourth round to the Sharks for Toskala and Bell. The sharks then traded our 13th pick to st. louis, and opted to select a defenseman (Petrecki) 28th overall w...
dkartik writes...

Predators to KC?!?!?!?!

Posted Friday | Comments 0
I admit, when I first saw the headline on TSN this morning my stomach dropped. Not that I have anything against the people of Nashville, or feel a lot of joy out of ripping a team away from them, but I was hoping that the move to Hamilton would work out because it would be good for the game, for the NHL. Nashville has proven, over the last 10 years that it is not a hockey ...
After getting the announcement of the salary cap today and it going up a whopping 6 million dollars this has made things alot more interesting as teams scrabble around looking to see who they can get and who they can unload. The Leafs are in a very interesting position with around 9 million in cap room to use this offseason the interesting part of this whole time is that a...
TheStig writes...

Leafs Plan of Action

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
The announcement on Friday afternoon that the cap was going up to $50.2 Million was great news for leafs as they already have committed approximately $43 Million, which leaves $7-8 million to play with. if the cap had only come in around $48 Million mark before the NHLPA voted in favor of the 5% increase, they would've have only had about $5-6 Million, and wouldn't have be...
[b]The Toronto Maple Leafs are likely headed back to the playoffs.[/b] As a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, I do not like to see them miss the playoffs, I do however, like to see some form of direction, the good news with the salary cap rising to 50.3 million is that the Leafs now have the ability to speed through the "Let's get younger phase" which wasn't working ...
rickrandolph writes...

SUNDIN'S LAST HURRAH?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 1
It could very well be that this is the last year for the big swede at the helm of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sundin signed a 1 year term allowing him to decide on his own terms (and not handicap the Leafs) how he leaves the game, in what could likely be his last year in the NHL, it seems the Leafs are going to at least attempt to get him that big silver cup before he ride...
canalien writes...

Random Thoughts.....

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
I was pondering today, how the NHL wasted that entire lockout year, and where do we stand now? The Rich teams can spend pretty much the same amount of money, they could back before the lockout and now we have the issue of all the "poor" teams struggling to stay alive in the "new" NHL. I feel that a this whole Nashville issue is a matter of the wrong place for a hockey te...
With the aquisition of Jason Blake and Vesa Toskala the leafs are gaurenteed to do better. But how much better? Our team for next year seems pretty much all offense guided. On defence we only have one defensive defensemen in Hall Gill. On forward we have only two two way players assuming Peca is gone those being Chad Kilger and Boyd Devereaux. But now that we have To...
According to Toronto Star "sources" the Toronto Maple Leafs signed ex-Brodeur backup Scott Clemmensen to a two-way contract and is likely to be the Leafs third-string goalie and to back up Justin Pogge in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies. Of course this stirs the pot with the Raycroft rumors, but personally I'm not impressed with letting Racine go as easily as they did...
jlauffer writes...

What the Leafs Should do

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
I think the moves that would help the leafs would be to sign Alexei Yashin and Micheal Peca. Next get rid of Raycroft and Kubina in a trade to the Yotes for Jovanovski and Cujo. Then sign Brian Berad who in won the Calder in the 1996-1997 season and racked up some good points with Columbus in the 2005-2006. IMO that would be the best set of moves for my Leafs. Thoug...
jlauffer writes...

What The Leafs Should Do

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
I think the moves that would help the Leafs the most would be to sign Alexei Yashin and Micheal Peca. Next get rid of Raycroft and Kubina in a trade to the Yotes for Jovanovski and Cujo. Then sign Brian Berad who won the Calder in the 1996-1997 season and racked up some good points with Columbus in the 2005-2006 season. IMO that would be the best set of moves for my L...
[u][b]By: Jon Cunningham[/b][/u] The signing of Goaltender Scott Clemmensen by the Leafs has raised a lot of questions. He has reportedly been signed to a 1-Year deal worth 1-Million, the Contract also is reported to be a two-way contract, meaning Clemmensen can be sent down to the Marlies and only a small fraction his contract will count against the cap. Well, this...
If the Leafs would like to make it to the playoffs or have a good shot at it they will have to improve on the PK and overall goals against. You may think Toronto is awful 5 on 5 but thats not the case at all they were a +11 and that was good 13 overall in the NHL. The reason they were down in the GA department is because of the PK being ranked 25 in the NHL. It not only hu...
There are many sports experts who compare the Leafs to the MLB's New York Yankees, the big-bad empire of riches, hell bent on winning without any consideration for monetary costs. Beloved by their legion of fans, and hated by all others. But there is one main difference between the Leafs and Yanks, and in reality between the MLB and the NHL, the Yankees can buy a contender...
ak4 writes...

A Files by AK4

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Now the Toronto Maple Leaf have the greatest fans of any sports teams fans. With the leaf fans giving so much dedication and would trade their lives to see the leafs hold the cup up high, why would the leafs keep quiet about their trade and signing plans. We have eklund trying his best to get rumors but at the end of the day the gm will just shun him. We have rumors of Mil...
I will begin with my opinion on the Leafs/Avs possible trade. Our dear friend, Mr. Eklund reports that the Colorado Avalanche might be asking too much in return for Hejduk. My opinion is that they are not asking enough! (Colaiacovo and Jay Harrison) Here are the players I would be asking to the Leafs if they really want him: Tomas Kaberle & Kyle Wellwood. Too much you wou...
glucker writes...

Carlo Colaiacovo

Posted Saturday | Comments 6
Ok, lots of people seem to think this guy is less then he is... I'm gonna go through a quick analysis of my own... hopefully some of you will see this guy the way I do. [b]Durability and Injury[/b] Now... lots of ppl, who cheer for whatever team they cheer for seem to think this guy is easily injured. He isn't. He has been injured twice, both have been freak injuries....
Id like to start of this blog by giving my condolences to the Ferguson family may John Sr. rest in peace. Now to this blogs topic and that is what can the Leafs do to obtain another scoring forward. The Leafs currently sit with about 1.5 million in Cap room and an easy move could be signing an UFA to suit up for the team but not many are out there that could really make...
sschut40 writes...

What Should the Leafs do?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 4
Well, it appears pretty simple to me. However, I'm not the General Manager. The Leafs lack depth at right wing. Plain and simple. It's time to bring in a top line right winger to complete the trifecta. Blake, Sundin and ............. Hejduk (4m) and Svatos (1.2m) are obviously being targeted by the Leafs management. After hearing Giguere today, commenting on possib...
sschut40 writes...

.......Is There A Trade Coming?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Jeremy Williams and defenceman Derrick Walser to two-year contracts and forward Alex Foster to a one-year contract. Williams, 23, spent time last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). He has the distinction of being the only player in NHL history to play in just tw...
Well All Its #2 for the blogs we will now discuss why the Leafs actually need a Senior advisor! the Maple Leaf organization is one filled with Red tape, hurdles, obstacles and over protective micro manging higher managment. Richard Petty heads up one of the most successful brands in Canada. Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE). A brand which has its o...
JEFFO9 writes...

Leafs sign three young players

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Jeremy Williams and defenceman Derrick Walser to two-year contracts and forward Alex Foster to a one-year contract. [url]http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/article.jsp?content=20070718_175428_772
LISTEN UP HOCKEY FANS... whatever the case of the financial this and financial that. i remember years ago hockey was 85% hockey talk, 10% 'whats a better hockey name, oggie ogalthorpe or darren puppa?, and about 5% hockey financials. everyone needs to take a step back. the sport is one that we all obviously know and love. 4pm on a tuesday rolls around and all the ...
For almost a week now it has been rumored that The Leafs and The Avs have been trying to make a trade with the biggest name in the deal being Milan Hejduk or Marek Svatos. In return the Avs would likely receive a young defensive and draft picks. So when you step back and look at this trade, as an Avs fan, are you happy? Right now the Avs have Leopold (26), Liles (26), ...
Here is how I think the Leafs should break down their lines for next season. First off, we know three things for sure, based on what Paul Maurice has indicated: 1) Mats Sundin will be the first-line centre (okay, this one was obvious). 2) Jason Blake will begin the season on the first line. 3) Kyle Wellwood will be the second-line centre. Given that, I think the Le...
detn8r writes...

"Screw Ottawa"

Posted Thursday | Comments 2
I thought I'd throw out some off-season humor. A few months ago, Alexi Ponikarovsky had a signing acorss the road from where I worked at the time (Newmarket, ON). Anyways, after I paid my some $17 (and change) for a Leafs flag and signature (the signature was more than the flag BTW) some bald guy made his rounds down the line with a sticky notepad asking what we wanted h...
Yeah, I know your all thinking another leaf line blog, but its summer I need something to do. [b]Blake-Sundin-Tucker Bell-Wellwood-Steen Poni-Stajan-Antropov Kilger-Pohl-Williams Kaberle-Kubina McCabe-Coli White-Gill[/b] [u] [b]PP1[/u] Poni-Sundin-Antropov/tucker McCabe-Kaberle [u]PP2[/u] Blake-Wellwood-Steen Kubina-Coli/white[/b] PK is still an issue ...
Blake - Sundin - Antropov Bell - Wellwood - Steen Tucker - Stajan - Poni Kilger - Pohl - Battaglia (Devereaux, Belak) Kaberle - Kubina McCabe - Cola Gill - White (Kronwall) Toskala (Raycroft)
jeph writes...

fan hatred

Posted Wednesday | Comments 7
Ok so here is what i dont get. You come on these sites (so far this is the best one i have found for not having the problem) and you find fans hating on other fans. prime example leafs and sens fans. I am a leafs fan thru and thru but in no way do i hate sens fans. I am not a huge fan of the team but in no way can i say they suck. At the same time the leafs did not ma...
tml1967 writes...

As the Leafs turn....

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
As we sit and await training camp which opens September 13/07, many Leaf fans are wondering some of the same things Will we make the playoffs this season? Are the Leafs going to make a trade? What will the line combinations be this season? Will a rookie step up in camp and make the team? These questions are no different then any other year as a die hard Leafs fan...
Speaking to a source close to the Rangers front office, I've been informed that the Rangers are willing to swing a deal for Sens defensemen Wade Redden. I have also been told that if it doesn't happen, the Rangers will look at Jovo again, but will most likely go into opening night as is. Also, watch for Hossa to be moved. The Sharks have made an offer. I have much more ...
[b]Boston Bruins[/b] Major Additions [b]Peter Schaefer (trade with Ottawa)[/b] - Schaefer will make Boston better because he's a very good penalty killer and he can score at least 15-20 goals a season. The Bruins only had to give up a 2 goal (last season) guy in Sean Donovan. [b]Manny Fernandez (trade with Minnesota)[/b] - By acquiring Fernandez, Boston shored up ...
tml1967 writes...

Expansion Ideas for the NHL

Posted Monday | Comments 15
The NHL may be thinking of expanding again, and with the new rules in place it might just be a perfect time to expand and realign some teams in the league. I think if the NHL does expand by two teams the perfect two choices would be Winnipeg, Canada since they do have a great fanbase and support for hockey in the NHL, there stadium can hold 15,003 and there team was mov...
Many people, including Berger, believe the Leafs D was responsible for the 9th place finish in the east. I however believe many more things contributed to the Leafs woes. 1. Goaltending. This is a 2 part argument. On one hand, not only did Raycroft never steal a game, he on many occasions didn't give us a fair chance to win. Consider his GAA of shots high glove side was...
So I was on NHL.com (http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/service=page&page=NHLPage&id=12880) today and noticed they had a link to all the milestones acheived this year such as 400,500 and 600 goal and 1500 points. So I watched all the goals and points on video and found a couple of interesting connections. Sundin Scores his 500th against Calgary. Sackin scores his 600th agai...
tml1967 writes...

The Bowman Factor

Posted Monday | Comments 7
So our beloved Maple Leafs are interested in Scotty Bowman as president of the hockey side, again. Are the rumours true or is this just another summertime Leaf rumour? The fact is that the Maple Leafs make a ton of money every season whether they make the playoffs or not, it does make sense that they would use some of these funds to bring in a great hockey mind to put the ...
Leafer93 writes...

Revised Leafs Lines

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
After some retooling, here are my new ideas for the Leafs lines. FORWARDS: Blake-Sundin-Tucker Antropov-Wellwood-Poinkarovsky Bell-Stajan-Steen Kilger-Pohl-Deveraux SCRATCHES: Battaglia (interchangable with Deveraux) Belak (only used in the case the team needs a good old fashioned ass whomping....perhaps whenever Sean Avery is playing?) AHL CALLUPS: 1) Will...
tml1967 writes...

The hockey factor city by city

Posted Wednesday | Comments 32
I though it might be interesting to see how hockey ranks across NHL cities compared to other major sports in that city, this is my opinion as i have watched hockey in 15 different cities and discussed hockey with many fans in the cities that i was in, i hope to add 2 more cities this year in completing all 30 teams down the road, please feel free to correct me if your from...
CBJ09 writes...

Trade Winds are Swirling....

Posted Sunday | Comments 4
Every once in a while you read something and say, "Hmm. Wouldn't that be nice?" An interesting report today from Eklund, one that definitely piqued my interest. The Blue Jackets are speaking with the Leafs currently discussing a deal that would land defenseman Pavel Kubina. This would do two things for Scott Howson: 1. Get the powerplay quarterback that he needs. 2....
[i]With all of the big new contracts signed this year, there are a lot of players with big shoes to fill. There are a lot of players with a new responsibility to be "the guy" for their respective clubs. There are a lot of players that need to step it up this season and show why they were worth the big bucks that their teams threw at them. So which players are actually...
Amoroq writes...

The Boys Are Back in Town!!

Posted Tuesday | Comments 6
Even though I live in Niagara Falls, My home town is and always will be Toronto. Everyday I pick up the Toronto Sun to keep tabs of the City I was born in, and today's front page had me in a grin from ear to ear. It read LEAFS ARE BACK! with a picture of Darcy Tucker racing down the wing in his blue practice jersey. I know a lot has been said about the Leafs this past...
Amoroq writes...

In a Galaxy far far away....

Posted Wednesday | Comments 10
In a galaxy far far......oh the hell with that. Everyone knows the Leafs haven't won a cup in 40 years but did you know that only 15 other teams since 1967 have won the cup in that 40 year period? Yep thats right only 15 different teams have won the cup in a 40 year period. The New York Rangers went 54 years before winning it in 94. The Detroit Red Wings endured 42 ...
[b] [u] By: Jon Cunningham[/u] [/b] [i]Please note, all apostrophes show up as an 'a' with ^ above it. I didn't do it, sorry. [/i] [b] [u] [i]Hello All![/i] [/u] [/i] [/b] In this blog, I will examine all the NHL Teams major additions and subtractions during the off season, and examine if the team is better or worse because of it. Each team will have a rating of...
mslepp writes...

Peca, overhyped?

Posted Thursday | Comments 15
First off I have to say how much I enjoy hearing all of the updates that happen on this site. Even the Mike Peca ones. That's why I check in once or twice daily. However, with all due respect to everyone who's following the ongoing Peca saga, I'd like to shed a little light on the situation. Mike Peca will not contribute greatly to a team this year. He hasn't done a...
Leafer93 writes...

Northeast Division Preview

Posted Thursday | Comments 7
I'm going to look at all six divisions, starting with the home of the Leafs, the Northeast Division. NORTHEAST DIVISION: Boston Bruins: The sad-sack Bruins have done little to improve their team from last season. The major upgrade was bringing in goalie Manny Fernandez from Minnesota; however, Fernandez may have inflated numbers due to time spent on the defensive-min...
cjohnson202 writes...

Stop Bashing Mark Bell

Posted Friday | Comments 0
I want to make a comment about all the Mark Bell talk this week. Every media person I've read this week has had nothing nice to say about the troubled winger, and even less to say about John Ferguson Jr. We all know I'm a leaf fan, so I may have bias towards them, but in no way do I agree with any of what is being said about Bell. The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons wrote a...
mapleleaf92 writes...

Toronto Maple Leafs 07-08

Posted Saturday | Comments 4
I know there has been a million blogs about the maple leafs' next season, but heres another one. The leafs made some moves this offseason, both good and bad. Many people say that next season's team is probably going to finish around 7th or 8th spot in the conference, but they don't know that last season's squad was actually around 4th before injuries caused them to sink do...
Paul Henderson scored the game winning goal in the final game of the Summit Series? I do, it was the day that hockey grabbed me by the shorts and is still taking me for a ride this day. I was born and bred in Toronto, and even though I was just growing into a leaf fan I wasn't quite there yet. On September 28th, 1972, my dad and I were waiting on the Long Branch platfor...
tml1967 writes...

Proud Moments of being a fan

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
I am and will forever be a Maple Leafs fan, i know that the team hasnt brought Stanley home in a long time, hell i wasnt even born and 15 other teams have won the cup since 67 so it could be worse but that doesnt change the fact that i am a fan and will continue to be, friendships have been formed thanks to Leaf fans uniting, memories established and moments shared as we a...
In my last blog I mentioned the dream job that I had growing up in my home town of Toronto. I sold ice cream bars in the house the Conn Smythe built. It was rare that I would get a chance to work the golds, this was a usually a position held for the more senior people, but on a few occasions I ended up here. On one such occasion the section of golds I worked was right...
dagley writes...

The Peca Factor?

Posted Sunday | Comments 4
[img:left]http://mapleleafs.nhl.info.pl/news/data/upimages/Michael_Peca_10.jpg[/img]I don't really have a lot of time to write this blog, I just got back from my grandparents after a long weekend of putting a new roof on the barn here in beautiful Nova Scotia. It was miserable all weekend, it absolutely poored all weekend. I finally got a chance to go for a walk on the bea...
dagley writes...

Farewell Belfour

Posted Sunday | Comments 4
[img:left]http://images.tsn.ca/images/stories/20060210/leafs_78377.jpg[/img]I thought it was important for somebody here to give Ed Belfour kudos on his wonderful career. Reports are saying that Belfour is likely to sign a contract with Leksand of the Swedish Elite League ending Belfours 18 year National Hockey League career, for the time being at least. Belfour a nati...
AlexanderScharf writes...

D-Day For Peca

Posted Tuesday | Comments 6
After I wrote and posted this blog only to realize that I hadnt signed in and would have to re-write it, I realized that I need some sleep. So Im going to quickly get this out before I hit the sack. Peca will reported decide today regarding which team he will be playing on for the 2007-08 season. http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blog This comes as...
Leafer93 writes...

2007-08 Predictions

Posted Tuesday | Comments 29
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 1) New York Rangers (110) 2) Ottawa Senators (107) 3) Atlanta Thrashers (99) 4) Pittsburgh Penguins (108) 5) Buffalo Sabres (104) 6) New Jersey Devils (98) 7) Toronto Maple Leafs (95) 8) Philadelphia Flyers (93) ----------------------------------- 9) Carolina Hurricanes (92) 10) Montreal Canadiens (91) 11) Tampa Bay Lightning (86) 12) Flori...
Perhaps it's a little early to write a preview for the Toronto Maple Leafs, so I'll make sure to do another one a little closer to the season opener. I figured it might be nice to get some of you Leaf fans salivating in excitement for the season though. First of all, I should review the off-season so far for the Buds. The Leafs made several significant moves. The big...
The Bill Watters Show has reported that Peca will not sign with the Leafs. Peca's agent Don Meehan has stated that it is not about the money and the Leafs did not feel that Peca would be right for the team. It is now down to the Rangers and Blue Jackets. If a deal is not struck today with the Rangers, Peca will not sign with them. Columbus is the only other option as of no...
Leafer93 writes...

Predictions Q&A

Posted Wednesday | Comments 8
Apparently My HB won't let me reply on my own blog, so I'll attempt to do that to as many comments as I can here. I always make the time to try and reply to anyone who stops by and asks what's going through my head. [b]1. What becomes of the Ducks if Selanne and Niedermayer retire?[/b] First of all, I should state, as it wasn't articulated well in this post, that I w...
mob_slapman writes...

The All @$%*&@! team

Posted Wednesday | Comments 17
K. Lee has been doing an excellent series of blogs regarding the Sens all time team, and a lot of people have followed suit and posted their own all time teams full of the best players. It got me thinking that yeah, a team with Lecavlier, Crosby and Heatley would be nice, but it's been done. Therefore, I've decided to come up with the team that would draw the most pen...
dagley writes...

The Lindros Factor?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 17
[img:left]http://images.sportsnetwork.com/hockey/nhl/allsport/toronto/lindros_eric2.jpg[/img]The key question is truly, can all 6 ft 4 240 pound Eric Lindros still be the deciding factor in sixty-minutes like he was from 92 to 99. Lindros collected a considerable amount of attention, rightfully so. In the 95/96 season he collected 115 points (47G, 68A), the year previous h...
Leafer93 writes...

Mike Peca: A Preventable Loss

Posted Thursday | Comments 5
With news that Michael Peca will be heading to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the blame definitely lies on the shoulders of JFJ. In Peca, the Leafs have lost a top-notch penalty killer, one-time Selke winner, and a guy who can play a solid defensive game; in other words, he was the kind of player the Leafs desperately needed. In Matt Stajan and Alex Steen, the Leafs have...
When I first heard there was an e3 rumor that Michael Peca was comming to Columbus, I kind of got a little excited. Now that he's signed I really have some mixed emotions about him being on the Jackets. Why I like Michael Peca as a Blue Jacket It seems to me that every year, that the Jackets are a team that look like they can be a decent team on paper, but it never tr...
I do a weekly piece on WCCO-AM [the clear channel to the UPPER Midwest (U.S.) and do a piece called THE ANGRY MINUTE. A couple weeks back i covered the crazy rate at which Americans, last year, are leaving for Canada twice the normal rate (sic) ... All things considered, i empathized... so I played the ENTIRE version of "Oh! Canada! " anthem, after some COMMENT of cou...
I do a weekly piece on WCCO-AM [the clear channel to the UPPER Midwest (U.S.) and it's called THE ANGRY MINUTE. A couple weeks back i covered the crazy rate at which Americans, last year, are leaving for Canada twice the normal rate (sic) ... All things considered, sometimes we empathize... so, I played the ENTIRE version of the "Oh! Canada! " anthem, Stanley Cup Play...
John Tonelli writes...

Giordano Off to Russia

Posted Saturday | Comments 3
For all you Flame fans, I'm here to break the news that the emerging offensive Flame defenseman is off to hone his skills in Russia. According to a very close source to the situation, the Flames are opting to go with a veteran line-up and a run for the cup. Giordano a RFA, was offered a two way deal to stay with the Flames for half of the $800,000 he will receive in Russia...
Leafer93 writes...

The New Kids On The Block

Posted Wednesday | Comments 5
The success of the Leafs in 2007-08 could be influenced by their new players. There are three notable new faces in particular- forwards Jason Blake and Mark Bell, and goaltender Vesa Toskala. But how good or bad will they be? What influence will they hold over the team? Time to look at the pros and cons of Toronto's offseason pickups. [b][u]VESA TOSKALA[/u][/b] [img]ht...
Leafer93 writes...

Video of the Day

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
With little to discuss between now and the preseason, when hockey begins again, I thought I'd begin a feature called "Video of the Day", which features some great moments from the Leafs 2006-07 season. The first feature comes from a game against the Ottawa Senators on February 3rd, 2007. The Leafs and Sens, tied 2-2 after OT, go to a shootout. The Sens had been the hot...
Well with training camp set to open in less then 2 weeks, its a great time to get into hockey mode and and break down what the Leafs might look like for there opening night matchup against the Senators. [b][u]Goaltending[/u][/b] This position looks all settled pertaining any trades with Toskala and Raycroft heading into the opening season 1-2, Clemmensen is the curre...
TheStig writes...

2007-2008 Leafs Lineup

Posted Monday | Comments 1
There have been a number of discussions in the last few weeks regarding the line combinations and pairings the leafs will use in the upcoming season, so I figured I might as well toss my hat into the ring. [u][b]Goaltending[/b][/u] The best option is to use a 60/40 split between Toskala and Raycroft, Toskala has never played the 65-70 games a #1, but is still a v...
FLAMESTR writes...

NOSTALGA IS A MAGIC THING

Posted Tuesday | Comments 14
[b]NOSTALGA IS A MAGIC THING [/b] The other day my son and I went out with hockey sticks and a ball to play a game of hockey. We got into a penalty shot game like Shoot out in the NHL. Of course, he went on to skunk me; his shot is harder than mine. So why am I writing about my son kicking my butt in hockey? It is really because it got me being nostalgic, rememberin...
TheStig writes...

Mark Bell

Posted Tuesday | Comments 18
This is another classic example of John Ferguson Jr.'s incompetence as a GM, trading a 1st & 2nd round pick in 2007, and a 4th round pick in 2009 for Vesa Toskala and Mark Bell. This trade was dumb from day 1, first off this was the year the leafs finally had a chance to land a decent forward could've snagged Cherepanov or Esposito or many others that were still aroun...
Let's recap JFJ's thought process as the 2006/07 season ended. It may have gone something like this. "We were 8th in scoring last year with over 3 goals per game on average. However, we were 25th in goals against with over 3 goals per game on average. Our goaltender have a save percentage under .900 and a GAA greater than 3. We have 4 top calibre defenseman and a plet...
I am a leaf fan, but I am not going to be while I write this article. One of the most exciting divisions in the NHL, the North Eastern division is one the deadliest in the league. All five teams have been in the playoffs the last 4 or 5 years. The Buffalo Sabres, The Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, and the Boston Bruins. Last year, the Sabres...
Heart. When you hear the word, perhaps, the first thing you think of is that organ beating inside your chest. You also might think of that hard rocking, but IMO god-awful, girl band comprised of the sisters - Ann and Nancy Wilson. Sorry, not a big Barracude fan. When I think of the word "heart," I immediately think of it in relation to organized sports. Not ...
Now that all the new jerseys have been released (some officially and other unofficially), this is a good time to take a critical look at them all from a fashion point of view. Of course, these are just opinions, so please do not flame me too badly. My opinion on your team jersey has nothing to do with how much I like/dislike that team, whether I think so-and-so is a dirt...
Ever see the movie The Number 23? If you haven't it's about a guy that's obsessed with the number 23. After watching/reading anything I could get my hands on about the Leafs upcoming season I noticed the number [b]13[/b] coming up a lot. Check it out: The Leafs opened training camp on Thursday, September [b]13[/b]th. That day they unveiled their new Reebok Jerseys ([b]...
sixtyone writes...

Back at it

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Well here we are again. Pre-season is under way for the league. It's a good time to be a hockey fan. For me, pre-season is always a lot of fun just to see who stands out and who doesn't. At this year's Leafs camp, we have a couple of those guys and some are starting to stand out already. The name that keeps popping up is Simon Gamache. It seems like he is turni...
sixtyone writes...

And here we go...

Posted Tuesday | Comments 1
So tonight is the first pre season game for the Leafs against the Oilers. It should be a good game and a good test for a few players. Here is the line up that was posted by Alec Brownscombe on his blog [url]http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=9452[/url] FORWARDS: Darcy Tucker - Kyle Wellwood - Alexei Ponikarovsky Jeremy Williams - Matt Stajan - Simon Gamache ...
Cutch writes...

Sens Army ... Where Are You?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 10
Seeing as this is my first blog, here's a little bit of background information: I'm a Leafs fan. Living in Ottawa. In the grand scheme of things, that's all that really needs to be said. Now, this past weekend it got rather cool in the nation's capital. Naturally, such temperatures call for a ... [i]sweater[/i]. But I decide to don not just any sweater ... I decid...
Leafer93 writes...

Preseason Thoughts Thus Far...

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
Having just sat through 12 hours on campus, and 6 hours of class, I really don't think I can be all that eloquent right now; however, I will just summarize what I've seen from the Leafs in both yesterday's 3-2 OT loss to Edmonton, and tonight's 3-2 win over Phoenix. HOT: The Blake/Sundin/Antropov line. This line had a great showing tonight, and was solid on the PP. I wi...
The Leafs receive a second blow this preseason and have lost Kyle Wellwood indefinitely as the nifty center has surgery to repair his hernia once again the same injury that sidelined him for 33 games last season, having already lost Mark Bell to suspension the Leafs must now look within there roster and see if there is a player who could step in and possibly center a secon...
TheStig writes...

Head Shots

Posted Wednesday | Comments 8
I was disgusted by hearing Steve Downie left his feet to hit Dean McAmmond, I was even more disgusted when I seen the hit on Sportscentre. Dean McAmmond skating behind the net, turning the corner to head up ice, some argue he had his head down, and Steve Downie charges across the ice, leaves his feet to take him out. McAmmond was turning the corner, weather or not he had h...
npc902 writes...

Calm Down Leafs Nation

Posted Thursday | Comments 5
Welcome to my first blog...ever. After reading the comments from so many disgruntled Leafs fans, and watching the Leafs pre-season games as of late I felt I had to start my own blog so I could throw my own 2 cents into the mix. My message to leafs nation: Calm down. Every move the Leafs make is scrutinized over and over again by the fans, and the media. Folks, this is p...
FLAMESTR writes...

memories important to keep

Posted Friday | Comments 2
Today blog is on another blog questions. So I force some of my friends to pick What is your favorite hockey memory while growing up? ZenSisyphus Well, this is going to go down as the most common "best" memory, but I have to say the Miracle has to be it. I grew up in Colorado, and at the time our NHL team wasn't televised very frequently (maybe not at all), and ou...
I miss seeing the Leafs play the Wings. When the Leafs moved to the east, I knew that I would see less of them but thanks to this wonderful new schedule, I never get to see those two teams play. For me, they are right up there with Leafs/Habs or Leafs/Sens games. Always good regular season games and playoff games. I hope that with the new schedule for next season, ...
Back again to complete my NHL prediction blog extravaganza with my Eastern Conference predictions. Enjoy! [b] [u]Eastern Conference[/u][/b] [u]Southeast Division[/u] 1. [b]Washington Capitals[/b]: This may be my “what is he smoking?” pick of the 2007-08 season but the Caps have the parts to do some real damage. The arrivals of Nicklas Backstrom and Michael Nyland...
I have to say, i am very anxious after watching the pre-season. The two maple leaf goalies that were supposed to push each other were not very good. Toskala did not even win a game in the pre-season. Now that is in the past, my question is, who will be starting in net against the Senators on Wednesday? Toskala was booed by the home crowd, so he may take that game off, howe...
npc902 writes...

Leafs & Sens opening Night

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
First off, Go Leafs Go. I will be watching the game on TSN tonight with my 5 month old son, this will be the first NHL game he has ever seen and I am excited! He will likely not understand whats going on, but being a die-hard Leafs fan, I feel it is important he is exposed to the blue and white at an early age! I will remember this night forever as the first time my son an...
The Maple Leafs blow a third period lead.... where have we heard that before to lose in overtime by a 4-3 score to the Sens. The Leafs did play a good game but were let down on this night by an awful powerplay that went 0 for 7. McCabe and Kaberle seemed to forgot the season had started on this night and looked like very average defensemen, just one goal would have given t...
thechad13 writes...

Goaltending

Posted Friday | Comments 1
After the first two games of the season here are a few thoughts The Leafs started the season with two games against the defending Eastern Conference champions and started 0-1-1. When you look at the record it's not really that impressive in fact it's kind of ugly. With that being said all I have to say is don't worry fellow Leaf fans it could be a lot worse. The Leaf...
TJD92295 writes...

Blake's Bout

Posted Monday | Comments 0
If you haven't gone on TSN's website yet, Toronto's Jason Blake has been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), an uncommon form of cancer. Blake is the second player in as many years to be diagnosed with cancer (the other being Masterton Trophy winner Phil Kessel). He announced the diagnosis today on the Leafs' website. Just as a side note, LEAFS STILL SUCK...
Tomorrow at 7 PM eastern time, the maple leafs will battle the hurricanes. Now leaf fans, expect Toskala to start because his performance against the Montreal canadiens was something that will bench Raycroft for a while. One interesting note about Toskala's performance...did you see his lateral movement? It was lightning fast. [b]Keys to victory[/b] Carolina is more of...
All Non-Toronto Maple Leaf fans....exit this page, All the blue and white loyals...read on. Imagine, Mats Sundin's possible last year, the season where Mark Bell was sentenced to serve time in the slammer, a new goalie, new 40 goal scorer. What if all of this was capped off by a Stanley Cup? Honestly, 3 games in, this season has been already extra ordinary. I...
TheStig writes...

Jason Blake Diagnosis

Posted Tuesday | Comments 3
I like most Toronto Maple Leaf fans, and hockey fans in general was shocked by the announcement that Toronto forward Jason Blake was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. I must say that the Leafs management did something right for once and handled this situation with the utmost class, offering Blake time off, whatever he wants. I have new found respect for Jason Bl...
Leaf fans, on October 9th 2007, we have been disgraced 7-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes. So early in the season, the leafs defense has collapsed us, and Vesa Toskala. You may all remember Maurice guaranteeing us a playoff series in Toronto. Last night's efforts made him look bad. It started on William's goal. He was wide open and was able to walk in about 4 feet before sna...
sixtyone writes...

Relax or panic?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 3
Well that seems to be the theme right now. Depending on your point of view and who you read. Yes that was a very bad loss last night to the Canes. It was a game that I was happy to miss (maybe that's why I'm not panicking). Lets remember folks, it's really early in the season and we have seen what this team can do. As stated by many, they need to play hard every nig...
TheStig writes...

Leafs Early Season Woes

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
Year after year the Toronto Maple Leafs make big off season changes in a hope end the 40 year Stanley Cup drought. This off season was no different. Trading the 1st round pick in last years NHL entry draft for goaltender Vesa Toskala & forward Mark Bell, and signing 40-goal man & unrestricted free agent to a 5-year/$20 Million contract. The Leafs management faile...
If I was JFJ, I would send Andrew "Red Light" Raycroft to the minors and I would do it now. Unlike some of the other over priced Toronto Maple Leafs, Raycroft does not have a no movement clause nor a no trade clause. It is pretty obvious that the Leafs have been unable to trade Raycroft, and really, no surprise here, who would want him? Raycroft is sloppy with the puc...
Last night I was out for dinner with my parents who are in town and we heard two cheers from the Canucks' fans. So that means they scored twice. I didn't watch the game and I didn't see the highlights till I said my goodbyes and went home. Vancouver got smoked 8-2. That explains why I only heard two cheers. So here we have two Canadian teams that are well loved acro...
Jon Jordan writes...

Attention: Isles

Posted Thursday | Comments 2
First off, everything I said yesterday and earlier on in the year still applies ... I am still wildly optimistic about this team. Losses happen. Even 8-1's happen. But this "post-Ranger game" thing ... it's gotta stop. And it's gotta stop [i][b]this season[/b][/i]. Why? Because when you muster up a solid game like last night's 2-1 win over your [i][b]hated[/b][...
Every once in a while you see a photo and you think...man, I have seen that person before. When you put the face with the other photo and you get that lightbulb moment...you have "Separated at Birth?" For example....let's start with Wade Belak, since everything is his fault anyway. [img:left]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_1300.jpg[/img][img]http:/...
Every once in a while you see a photo and you think...man, I have seen that person before. When you put the face with the other photo and you get that lightbulb moment...you have "Separated at Birth?" For example....let's start with Wade Belak, since everything is his fault anyway. [img:left]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_1300.jpg[/img][img]http:/...
sixtyone writes...

It's how you bounce back...

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Last night was what the Leafs needed. Not a blow out win, but a strong game for 60 min. That's what has killed them for the last few years. We saw this last year, games where the Leafs played their game for 60 min, they won without question. It's the games when they decided not to play for the 2nd or 3rd that killed all hope of making the playoffs. Gamache had a big ...
Every once in a while you see a photo and you think...man, I have seen that person before. When you put the face with the other photo and you get that lightbulb moment...you have "Separated at Birth?" For example....let's start with Wade Belak, since everything is his fault anyway. [img:left]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_1300.jpg[/img][img]http:/...
Every once in a while you see a photo and you think...man, I have seen that person before. When you put the face with the other photo and you get that lightbulb moment...you have "Separated at Birth?" For example....let's start with Wade Belak, since everything is his fault anyway. [img:left]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_1300.jpg[/img][img]http:/...
FrankD writes...

Pens vs Leafs preview

Posted Friday | Comments 10
Perhaps the biggest thing working in the Leafs' favor heading in to this Saturday's game is the motivation that comes from an 8-1 win. Just last night, Mats Sundin also surpassed the club records for most goals and most points, 390 and 917 respectively. Tell me how you can slow a guy down after a feat like that on top of a monstrous win. I'd like to know. Let's hope, fo...
FrankD writes...

Pens beat Leafs 6-4

Posted Saturday | Comments 5
Man, was the offense hot tonight. 52 shots at Toskala compared to the 27 unleashed by Toronto, and they were only 1 for 7 on the powerplay! Excuse me, let me preface that as being a PITIFUL 1 for 7. And Malkin - what did I tell you about shooting? Always trying to make it look pretty when all we need are some goals. Lots of firsts tonight, like Crosby's first goal of th...
cartika writes...

Coming of Age .......

Posted Monday | Comments 1
Nik Antropov was a surprise, high first round pick at the age of 18 by the Toronto Maple Leafs out of Kazakhstan after having been one of the most dominant players in the world junior championship tournament (granted, on a very poor squad). Often ridiculed in the media and by fans, it is ironic that each and every General Manager and Coach that walked through the doors of...
thechad13 writes...

Leaf Defence

Posted Monday | Comments 1
And so comes the end of another Leaf game.......another Leaf game that the blew in the third period. It's getting to the point where you don't have to watch anymore as you know whats going to happen. The Leafs start the game by getting out played and having the goalie whoever it might be on the given night, followed by the Leafs grabbing a one or two goal lead heading to...
First off, I guess I should thank the NHL and the Sabres for putting this game on a Monday, and the scalpers and ebayers and stub-hubbers who completely flooded the market for tonights game. I got tickets from a friend desperate to sell for a profit for far below face value. So I thank you all. This was my first Sabres-Leafs, but wow what a game and what an atmosphere. ...
mike kraq writes...

WOW

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Wow All I can say is WOW. Now I've seen everything. Don't assume that I'm one of those bandwagon Leaf fans that are constantly bashing our team but last night was once again a game we should have won, no doubt about it. Now to all those so-called die hard fans who know everything, was it Raycrofts fault last night? No chance. It was just a streak of horrible and i me...
The answer is: Future considerations. The question: What was Larry Murphy traded away from the Leafs for? And in my limited research, I can't find what those considerations were, except for two-thirds of Murphy's Detroit salary being paid by the Leafs. Basically, they paid to get rid of him. Now, media seem to look back on the booing as just Toronto taking our their ...
Eklund writes...

Leafs looking to Move Defenseman

Posted Wednesday | Comments 2
According to a source from another team out West and apparently they have some takers. " they may have to move the one they would least like to." what I am hearing is that the leafs are looking for speed and grit." Today on the talkcast we will have the president of thunderblades, a new ice skate technology that will change hockey.
i'm jsut wonderin' if i tyr and post a blog and reely have not much to say, but have a good name, then what r the odds of this here bloggy gets a posted. since noneof my others seam to make it to the front paige, i thought i'd give this a good ol' hockey try. Heer goes.......
A come from behind win at the ACC saw the Leafs score a goal in a goofy last minute against the Panthers. A good bounce back game after a heart breaker two nights earlier. As I watched the game early on I have to say that I was quite discusted. Not with the Leafs play, not with the defence, not even that they were down 2-0 early on... but rather with the chorus of boo's...
tml1967 writes...

Is it time to change the D?

Posted Sunday | Comments 5
Well here we are 9 games into the season and the Leafs have scored the most goals in the NHL who would have though that when the season started, but there is one little problem we have also let the most goals in the league thus far and look to continue to do so if we dont make some moves with our defensemen. The Leafs penalty killing is ranked 28th and its not hard to s...
I know there is ALOT of heat on JFJ and Paul Maurice right now, so, I thought this was a good time to consolidate all relevant information on what JFJ has actually done. Before I go any further, it is important to understand that all GM's make mistakes and all GM's make some good moves. This blog is just meant to provide an objective view on the actual facts (with a litt...
sstrang writes...

The Origin of Team Names

Posted Monday | Comments 6
What made the person or persons who own the Philadelphia and New York franchises to name their teams the Flyers and Rangers respectively? What possesses you to call your team the Lightning or the Canadiens? Let's start with the some original six teams, some that still might have some meaning. [b]The Montreal Canadiens:[/b] Canadiens represented the nationality of th...
The Toronto Maple Leafs looked to rebound after their 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night. Mats sundin scored 13 seconds into the game which may have been an indication that the leafs were here to make a statement. I was wrong. The leafs were down 2-1 at the end of first which didn't seem so bad, unless you remember that their number 1 goalie is out with an i...
FrankD writes...

Penguins vs Leafs preview

Posted Wednesday | Comments 2
The Pens take on the Leafs for the second time this season tomorrow night in Pittsburgh. If the last time these two met up was any indication for the rest of the season's meetings, then I'd say we're in for another scoring frenzy. Ten goals were scored between the two last game, as the Penguins rallied to win by the final of 6-4 after an empty netter from Maxime Talbot ...
Apparently, Leafs General Manager John Fergusen Jr has been secretly talking to young Oshawa Generals forward, and future number 1 pick, John Tavares about maybe going pro, and signing a contract to play for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL next season. Is this their last resort at trying to end their 40+ year Stanley Cup drought without having to rebuild like most normal te...
FrankD writes...

Leafs drop Pens 5-2

Posted Thursday | Comments 3
Similar to the last game between these two teams, tonight's was a high-scoring affair as well. Instead of a combined effort though, it was entirely on the Leafs' part. Had you watched the first two periods of this game, you would have had difficulty predicting 5-2 as the final score. Both teams came in to the third period tied at one, but the Leafs came out of intermi...
Hey pens fans, Well, the Pens played the Leafs tonight and lost 5-2 to end their streak. Crosby scored in the first period, assisted by Malkin and Recchi to make it 1-0. In the third period, Gonchar scored and was assisted by Crosby and Malkin to make it 5-2 Leafs. Fleury stopped 22 of 27 shots. This season the Pens have been very hot and cold. Sometimes, it seems ...
Hurric2 writes...

Tlusty, our saviour!

Posted Friday | Comments 2
Jiri Tlusty, the young prospect drafted 13th overall in the 2006 draft by the Leafs was a burst of energy the Leafs sorely needed. Tlusty recieved a call from JFJ moments after the leafs fell 5-4 to Atlanta. Tlusty had this to say after the second period, "I was nervous before the game, but after the first period my nerves calmed down. After the second period, I felt real ...
thechad13 writes...

The Kids are alright (Leafs)

Posted Saturday | Comments 7
Now I realize a full blown taking apart of the team is never going to happen to the Toronto Maple Leafs but after a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night, a night when the key contributors were Alex Steen 3pts, Jiri Tlusty 2goals, and Nik Antropov 2pts the question has to be asked why not give these guys a bigger role on a nightly basis? As much as we in Toronto...
Yes, that's right. The Toronto Maple Leafs resemble that fat kid who can't jump the fence. Why? They try, but fail...miserably. Their defense is horrendous, it's like they don't even have a defensive game plan. We have the most expensive defense in the league and what do we have to show for it? Last in the league in the goals against department. This team is inept with the...
Jon Jordan writes...

I'm Not Touching This One!

Posted Thursday | Comments 7
I knew it would come, of course ... eventually ... (and I'm not talking about the Islanders next game, though it does seem like, oh, I don't know, ABOUT SIX YEARS SINCE THEIR LAST ONE!) I digress ... I knew that, inevitably, the first Isles/Lightning game of the year would arrive and that I may have to field all sorts of questions about my allegiance(s) once again. You ...
[img]http://boredplanet.com/img/superarbour.jpg[/img] Legends are hard to come by. Yes we hype the hell out of that flavor of the week/month/year. We heap accolades on them. Especially when a sport has been devoid of that and buzz for years. But they haven't accomplished even a dent to surface of what makes a legend. True legends are those we will talk about d...
blueshirt writes...

Maple Leafs lack Identity

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
From the outset of this season, John Ferguson and Paul Maurice have been preaching the need for the Maple Leafs to become a hard team to play against. This was to be accomplished as the players matured under a second season of Maurice's puck pursuit, hard forechecking system. The idea of a team pursuing the opponent with speed and laying the body is enticing and shou...
I have been following the trade rumours regarding the Leafs posted by Eklund daily, I am excited for a trade, and know that we may lose some key players that I love, but I'd rather see them go and have a shot at the playoffs than missing them again this year (as I believe the Leafs will should they not make some roster changes.) Eklund posted a rumour that according t...
[b]The Passion[/b] Year after year the Leafs have tried to end the drought and year after year they have failed. It does at times get really frustrating that the team that I grew up watching just can't pull it off...at times it can even hurt. I have endured the endless bashing of our Leafs on hockey sites such as this one, I have also bashed other teams. While some...
It is [i][b]extremely [/b][/i]rare, in these days of rapid player movement and free agency sweepstakes, for a professional athlete to admit that they made a mistake in signing with a new team. It's just about [i][b]nonexistent[/b][/i], actually. While Toronto winger Jason Blake may not have done exactly that in a recent article in the [i]Toronto Sun[/i], he came [i][b]awfu...
TJD92295 writes...

Buffalo vs. Toronto preview

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
I just played NHL 08 for Sabres vs. Leafs and here's your basic rundown: 1st Mats Sundin scores 1-0 Toronto 3rd Alex Ponikarovsky scores 2-0 Toronto Henrik Tallinder scores 2-1 Toronto Ales Kotalik scores after Tucker just misses empty Buffalo net 2-2 OT Derek Roy scores 3-2 Buffalo
murt writes...

Leafs in Need of Toughness!

Posted Friday | Comments 1
At the start of the year Leafs Head Coach Paul Maurice promised that this years Toronto Maple Leafs would be one of the toughest teams in the league to play against. However, a few weeks in and it is evident that the statement was far from the truth. In fact this years Leafs could be weaker and lack even more toughness that the prior year. With roster spots being filled...
AlexanderScharf writes...

Break Through

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
The Rangers finally scored a road win with a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The pregame ceremonies honoring this year's Hall Of Fame inductees was very nice. The Rangers capitalized on a solid game from their backup goaltender, Stephen Valliquette, who was able to do the only thing Lundqvist was not able to do. The Rangers were the last team to win a road game, yet ...
One of the main topics of conversation on The Hot Stove Lounge on Hockey Night in Canada this past Saturday night was the future of John Ferguson Jr. There were a lot of opinions on this topic but the one that really caught my attention was the idea that other candidates for the job when JFJ was hired were turned down because they wanted to take the team apart and st...
Howard Berger, you have my utmost support. Wade Belak, you do too. If Sean Avery did, in fact, make comments directed at Jason Blake regarding his battle with cancer, bigger questions still remain. (For the record, I have no reason to believe that he didn't make these comments, considering the source(s) on two levels ... one, it came from Mr. Berger, whose reput...
To all Leaf fans around the world, dont you just hate seeing our beloved Maple Leafs lose especially in a tight affair to our hated rivals Les Canadiens. I know i do, i like most Leaf fans would love to see the Leafs go 82-0 in a season but nothing could be further from the truth, though the Leafs do try and try but continue to give away all the points that they can. The L...
I went in to last night excited to watch my Habs take on the Leafs and hopefully bring home a victory, which they happily did. As I do not get RDS in my cable package, I hoped and assumed that since this was Habs/Leafs, the game would obviously be aired nationally. Is there really any other game in Canada quite as big as when these two age-old rivals square off? Well, appa...
For the past year I have been floating this idea around my group of friends regarding an addition or modification to the structure of the salary cap. I believe I have an idea that will be both beneficial towards the players and their respective teams, while not altering the “competitive balance” amongst NHL teams. This will also award teams for developing and retai...
iands8 writes...

Toronto Maple Leafs are

Posted Friday | Comments 9
If you are a die-hard fan of the storied Toronto Maple Leafs, you have felt many years of disappointment. Every September there is hope that this will be the year "we" will end the 40-year Stanley Cup drought. All signs indicate that this Stanley Cup famine will reach at least 41 years. As a fan of the blue and white I have to say that the salary-cap system is terribl...
The game of hockey is steeped in tradition, with a rich history and an honourable character. The overriding tenor of hockey discussion over the past five years has focused on the need to increase goal scoring. To this end, Gary Bettman's NHL has continually tinkered with the rules attempting to increase the fabled 'Goals per Game' statistic. This approach is misguided ...
Sorry it's been a while. I was on deadline in my glorious job in the world of publishing last week, and then, went away for the weekend. Check out my newest Battle NY: Sibling Rivalry 2, which is a debate with my Ranger fan brother: http://islanders.hockeybuzz.com/index.php?post_id=11195 Now, let's get to business . . . So here we are, upon a Monday night dreary...
After a dominating win over the Ottawa Senators this past Saturday night one has to wonder if the Maple Leafs have turned a corner. The Leafs showed up played a very solid defensive game and took advantage of scoring opportunities when they received them. It’s not that the Leafs have not played any tight defensive games this season, but this was against the power...
w420_8 writes...

GO LEAFS GO?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
I'm not really sure where but... I am a long time leaf fan and i am starting to lose my patience with this team. To tell the truth here, there is not one Toronto maple leaf that i do not like or think is a bad player, but after watching this team fall apart over and over again, I'd say it's time for a change.....any change. These are my "Untouchable" Players: -S...
Ok so everyone knows (or I hope knows) that the Leafs traded one of the top prospect goalies of the Juniors to the Boston Bruins for Andrew [u][b]Raycrap[/b][/u] .... sorry Raycroft. Mr. Rask went 7-1 with a 1.98 GAA. I mean honestly you trade a top goaltender 7-1 for peeps sake for a guy who is coming off a pretty good year and a terrible year after that (raycroft). H...
Another year has started and I know hockey season is well underway by the growing sinking feeling in my gut. 22 games in and the Leafs look about where most analysts had them pegged. There have been surprises, some pleasant, most not so much. So here are my first quarter grades for the Leafs. [b]Goalies:[/b] Andrew Raycroft: 2-2-3, 3.32 GAA, .887 SV% -Raycroft ha...
GO LEAFS GO! What a beautiful sound to hear when you are watching a Toronto Maple Leafs ‘road’ game? UH? Exactly what is wrong with the fans that go to the ACC and watch the Leafs. Honestly you pretentious bunch of F****. There are millions of Leafs fans around Canada and the world that would cheer so loud at the games that they would be horse and have a pounding ...
mslepp writes...

Bring Darcy Tucker West.

Posted Sunday | Comments 8
This blog has been a long time coming. But after reading the ek columns last night regarding the leafs and whether they should clean house or not... then hearing the Flames may be involved if only an e1, doesn't matter, I have to get this off my chest. I love Darcy Tucker. He's from Alberta, Castor or Byemoor I believe. Anyway, he is a fighter. He's gritty, he can sc...
A-Mar writes...

The Toronto Situation

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Back when JFJ was hired was the time for a senior consultant not once he had already learned on the job and become a dysfunctional exec of sorts. So when the Leafs began their 'search' late this summer for a consultant, that pretty much signaled the end of JFJ's reign to me. It is unfortunate because, not to defend JFJ, but he has been largely paralysed by the board's con...
It’s been a rough past couple weeks, well rough season really for the Leafs and after a stretch of six losses in the past seven games which has been capped off by a 5-1 loss to the youthful Phoenix Coyotes it is becoming more and more evident that the time for change is near. There are rumors of the GM John Ferguson being fired, rumors of Paul Maurice being fired…...
duckyjets writes...

The Clock is Ticking

Posted Tuesday | Comments 2
I think without a doubt now everyone knows that the days of JFJ and Paul Maurice are slowly coming to an end in Leaf Land. Let’s just say that JFJ and the Upper Management of MLSE have left some terrible scars on the future of the Leafs organization. The NTC's, highly over inflated salaries, and underachieving talent that has poisoned the once mighty Maple Leaf franchise...
Elchrisco writes...

The League Thus Far...

Posted Friday | Comments 2
And so we're approaching December.... The teams have established themselves as to where they sit in the league, where they need to improve and so on... one thing that has been very noticeable is just how incredibly inconsistant almost every team in the league has been thus far with only Detroit once again showing the constant and consistant poise it has for essential...
pensfan17148 writes...

Pens Fall to Leafs

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
Tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguins are on the road in Toronto trying to continue their three game winning streak. Before I get to the game, I would like to wish Ryan Malone a Happy Birthday. The Pens have been playing well, as of late. They easily defeated the Stars Friday night and dazzled in the offensive zone. Their defensive play has improved greatly with everyone ch...
A night after the Penguins won their third straight game with a dominating 4-1 win against the Dallas Stars at the Igloo, the skate was on the other foot tonight at the Air Canada Center as the Pens took a step back in a disappointing 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs came out energized right off the bat and took it to the Pens, who didn't have a response u...
First of all, I would like to shortly introduce myself. My name is Jeff Potulny, I go by the alias of "Ovech8" on the internet, and this is my first ever blog on Hockeybuzz.com. I am a very frequent poster on the Message Board "chat.mapleleafs.com" which is owned by Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, and I am a semi-poster of "HFBoards.com". ___________________________...
And hear we are, just over a week after the 5-1 loss to the Coyotes. A week ago we had newspapers and radio shows picking out who was going to be the new GM of the Leafs as everyone had assumed his days were done. Since then the Leafs have picked up 5 out of a possible 6 points and for the time being it seems as though that is all but a distant memory……For now. ...
[b]A special note to our friends at the Preds and Fox Sports South:[/b] [i]WHY ON EARTH IS TONIGHT'S GAME NOT ON TV?[/i] [b]Seriously? How often do we play in Toronto?[/b] I realize that the Preds TV package doesn’t allow for every game to be shown but there is zero reason why this game is not being shown on TV. Just glancing at the TV schedule I would gladly trade...
This is for my Sabres followers. I figure I could fill you in on what I think of dropping a game to both the Ducks and Kings: Well, after giving it hard to the Carolina Hurricanes before hitting the tarmac at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, you would think the Sabres being winners in 6 of their last 7 games prior to boarding the plane could carry the momentum...
The Maple Leafs have quieted the media and the naysayers for now, by going on a 4 game winning streak which they hope to carry on with tonight but does this mean that the team should not make a deal if there is one out there that can strengthen the club? According to Eck the Leafs are shopping Kaberle around a very bad move if you ask me but the team does need to improve t...
There have been many blogs and and posts debating the validity of calling the Toronto Maple Leafs a .500 hockey team. Most notably is James Duthie's blog over at TSN, who brings up good arguments, but I think his perception is flawed. Some will say the Leafs are at .500 with a record of 12-12-6, while others say that they have a losing record at 12-18. Forunately for the...
thechad13 writes...

Is it just a mirage?

Posted Monday | Comments 2
So here we are two weeks removed from the 5-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes the Leafs have won 5 of 6 and currently sit in a four way tie for 6th in the conference. Not bad when every Leaf fan wanted the team dismantled from top to bottom and it looked as though the team had finally reached rock bottom. Now let me just say that yes I was one of those that felt that wa...
thechad13 writes...

I forgot to mention

Posted Tuesday | Comments 2
I forgot to mention last night that the Leafs put Bates Battaglia on waivers.....Anybody care?????
bongo_guy writes...

Liles/Svatos

Posted Sunday | Comments 3
Recently there has been much talk surrounding these two young, very talented players and probably for good reason. Liles is coming off of a superb year in which he was scoring with the "big boys" of the defensive world but is off to a rather slow start this season, while Svatty obviously had a disappointing year in comparison to his rookie campaign, but has started to pick...
I would like to lead with what everyone is talking about and that is Chris Simon. I personally would have no problem not ever seeing this guy step on the ice again. Players should realize playing in the NHL is a privilege and an honour and he does things to jeopardize his career constantly. Give the guy what he wants and deserves and show him the door. The Sens look ...
RyanMac writes...

The Unknown Swede

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
[b]By Ryan MacLeod [/b] Most leaf fans can put together a pretty long list of accomplishments stemming from Swedish centre Mats Sundin, but there is a new Swede invading the team’s ranks that I guarantee many know nothing about. That’s none other than prospect defenseman Anton Stralman. The team called him up from the AHL to help fill-in while McCabe is shelved, so ...
Ok here's the deal. The Maple Leafs always seem to face Backup goalies, it's getting ridiculous. 17 out of 35 games including tonights' game the leafs have faced a back-up goalie. You could say that it's 20 games but I left Carey Price's Starts out. so the breakdown is this: 14 wins in total 6 wins out of 17 games VS back-ups 17 games VS Backups 18 games VS Star...
Ron Guillet writes...

My Trip To Montreal

Posted Thursday | Comments 7
This past weekend, I was enjoying a snow filled, hockey inspired trip to the city that breathes... Montreal. Myself and three of my friends, one being a Habs fan, were all attending our first game live. What better place then the Bell Centre for a classic match with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens? The game is just oozing with intensity and pre-game gitters....
I am making a trip to Ottawa for the annual Bell Cup youth hockey tournament for my son during the holiday and then we are off to the HHOF in Toronto. While we are there, I would love to take my 10 yr old to ACC to watch the Leafs play the Lightening on Jan 1. What a great experience it would be for the both of us. As you in Toronto know, finding a ticket to a Leafs gam...
Hey all! I just completed a guest spot with Noah Borer for The Hockey Ticket on mvn.com. We talked Lightning and Islanders hockey, as well as some general NHL issues during what turned out to be - in my humble opinion, of course - an outstanding conversation! Some of the things we covered: Chris Simon Colin Campbell's slip-up The Isles goal scoring woes Kyle...
The Florida Panthers will face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs which is shaping up to look like a good game, tomorrow night at the Bank Atlantic Center. After coming off a big 5-4 win against the Carolina Hurricanes, Florida will be looking to add another win to its arsenal tomorrow night. As for the leafs, I think the challenge might be greater than the past games, t...
mapleleaf92 writes...

Where is Ovechkin going?

Posted Saturday | Comments 12
I feel that this is a topic that has not been getting as much attention as it should. One of the best players in the NHL, he will be going into unrestricted free agency after this season. A blog from Sportsnet suggested that he goes to Montreal, but lets be serious, it won't happen. Another popular one is that he will go to the leafs, but it certainly will not happen wi...
B.D. Gallof writes...

The Return of Jason Blake

Posted Wednesday | Comments 3
[img:left]http://cdn.nhl.com/islanders/images/upload/2007/12/balke_jason_n1.jpg[/img] Every so often, at the mention Jason Blake, an Isles fan will spout off on how selfish he was with the puck. How he was a lockerroom cancer. How he was this. How he was that. What I will always recall of Blake, despite perhaps a mixed-bag of attributes, is that he was a 4th liner who m...
My vote is either Montreal, Detroit, or Toronto. It has been suggested in other media that Montreal would be a great tie-in to celebrate the organization's 100th anniversary. Great idea to highlight Original Six in any form. Another floater has been to tie the Winter Classic to the All-Star Game. I like that idea even better if the All-Star Game is held in a norther...
mapleleaf92 writes...

The Effects of January 1st.

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
[b]1. The Winter Classic[/b] Overall, the event was a huge success, and I would expect that the NHL is going to plan more for the future. I'd like to see it happen in a Canadian city again though. Perhaps in the Rogers Center in Toronto. [b]2. The Senators getting bossed around in Washington[/b] As a leaf fan, i found this to be actually quite entertaining. Ottawa...
I have been slacking with the blogging thing with the holidays and all but that’s done and over with and I’m back! So when I last posted the Leafs were on a bit of a winning streak and all was looking good in Leaf land. My how things changed! Over there last 10 games the Leafs are 2-6-2 four points out of a playoff spot in 13th in the east. For those who see the ...
Toronto's 3rd round pick in 2004 is coming into his own. Justin Pogge started the season with the Toronto Marlies splitting goaltending duties with former New Jersey Devil, Scott Clemmensen. Both played fairly well and one did not look superior over another. But a Vesa Toskala injury to the Toronto Maple Leafs might just be what Justin Pogge needed. With Clemmensen getting...
Jon Jordan writes...

Downie Doesn't Get It

Posted Monday | Comments 26
Steve Downie may have avoided a suspension for his sucker punch on Toronto's Jason Blake on Saturday night, but all eyes will continue to be on him each time he laces up the skates for some time to come. His antics in the infantile stages of his NHL career may just be the tip of the iceberg. If he keeps it up, his run as a pro may end up being over almost before it even tr...
John Ferguson, (General Manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs), is in quite a bind. He is sitting in the press box, watching the team he built, blow games night after night. He is watching his team fall to injuries, again! He is watching the coaching staff he has backed fail to bring the team he built to the point he thinks that they should be playing at. Essentially...
hockeygenius writes...

Downie Hurt Himself

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Look, like it or not, Toronto is the center of the hockey universe. Everything is blown out of proportion. Downie's action made for good air time, both on the the TV and written. That creates preasure on the league to "investigate" to at least curtail the media buzz the punch created. That punch however, damaged Downie's reputation with his peers far more than Blake's face...
On this day, January 8th, almost every Toronto media outlets have an article dedicated towards this intense toronto maple leafs situation. Let me just recap. We currently sit at 13th place in the nhl eastern conference. What people are saying is that we should throw in the towels, trade away the veterans for future aspects and draft picks. To me, its seems like a great id...
In the midst of yet another disappointing season for the blue and white, the question of rebuilding has resurfaced. A topic which has separated the mass of Leafs fans for quite a while – but to a lesser extent this season. While the 07-08 regular season offered promise for the Leafs, according to Paul Maurice and John Ferguson Jr. anyway, it has proved to be nothing but...
TheMike12 writes...

Mats Sundin, Ottawa Senator...

Posted Wednesday | Comments 5
As a Sens fan this is something that has been on my mind this season, if Mats Sundin were to decide to waive his no-trade clause and seek out a contender to join for a chance to win a cup, would I want to see the Sens go after him??? All trash talking and bad blood between the two teams aside, Mats Sundin is one heck of a hockey player with plenty left in the tank and in...
they showed the 99 flyers leafs series on nhl network last nite. kinda where the hatred started between the two teams. the call on leclair was definitely a penalty. but you don't call it in the deciding game with 2 to go. it was a weak way to end a series. the flyers should have had the opportunity bowing out like men and playing the last 2 hockey minutes of the season. ...
Your opinion please.......If the Leafs lose tonight to the last place overall LA Kings who if anyone gets fired/traded? I have my opinion and based on the fact that Richard Petty is with the Leafs on this road trip I'm thinking this really could be last 24 hours for JFJ and then like dominos the rest of the pieces will start to fall as we get to and beyond the trade d...
duckyjets writes...

Rake up the leafs

Posted Friday | Comments 7
The leafs are the worst team in the league by far. They are just lucky they are not in the western conference. The East does them a small bit of justice because of it's mediocrity. I can't belive this team, after getting their asses handed to them last night against the ducks they come out with an effort like that. The leafs have to get rid of Raycroft he is horrible. Put ...
Number23 writes...

Ten Burning Questions...

Posted Friday | Comments 4
I thought the entire hockey world had its eyes on [b]Steve Downie[/b] to see what he'd do next... Where's the widespread media coverage of his 3-game point streak (2g, 2a), including his long saucer pass to spring [b]Scott Hartnell[/b] on a breakaway for his hattrick goal against the [b]Rangers[/b]? Who's worse: [b]Panthers[/b]' GM [b]Jacques Martin[/b], or [b]Panthers[...
-The MLSE Board is meeting in the wake of a 5-2 loss by the Leafs, with the agenda looking like change. General Manager John Ferguson jr and Head Coach Paul Maurice may both be dumped. It's staggering to see the Leafs playing so poorly. I have to agree with the multitude of Leaf fans that have started calling for the napalm and dynamite. The Leafs have ability and can ...
Lets try to have a little fun out of this dismal situation. If I had the powers of Richard Peddie and the GM, I would bring big change to this organization. 1. I would have the pleasure of inviting Ferguson into my office, then firing his ass for disgracing what used to be one of the most respected hockey teams in the world. I might yell at him a little bit too. 2. A...
First of all, as a new member of the My HockeyBuzz blogosphere family, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Steve Lehtinen and I am from Brantford, Ontario about 1 hour southwest of Toronto. I am a huge Toronto Maple Leafs fan and a hockey fan in general. Now, on to bigger things. The current state of the Toronto Maple Leafs is about as grim as it gets. The m...
Lots to talk about in the wake of last night's 5-2 loss at the hands of the Minnesota Wild, and not much of it good. Before I dive in to the vitriol, allow me to offer my season-long caveat: this team is on an upward trend long-term, in spite of its recent poor play. Probably about one third of the current roster is composed of guys who should be playing in the AHL, whi...
I thought about this one for a while a said "Oh what the hell ". It's like Jack Burton in Big Trouble in Little China. Damn what a good movie! So if the Rangers are really going to give this cup run a shot their gonna need a quality 1-2 punch in net. Cujo has had alot of nice playoff performances in his career. Those of you lucky enough to have the NHL Network can see t...
February 26th will mark the NHL Trade Deadline. The day where all GM's take out their microscope and scan their team searching for the tiny or gaping holes that separate them from either a) the Stanley Cup, or b) the playoffs. In a time where scrutiny is the word best described, one aspect has always got me wondering...the pressure. The weights that are tied to GM's bec...
As the current Leafs team continues to slide down the slippery slope that is the Eastern conference, many fans are beginning to dream of greener pastures, and have begun to circle important dates like the Feb 26th trade deadline and the June 20th NHL draft. These two dates may finally offer some hope, and a brief glimpse of that elusive light at the end of the tunnel for s...
The feeling going into the Leafs road trip in California was that the Leafs needed atleast 4 points to stay in the realistic playoff picture. The guys went out and got destroyed by the Ducks....of course the organization played the Ducks off as the Stanley Cup Champions and so in their minds the 5-0 loss was completely acceptable. Then they went out the following night...
The most painful part of being a Leaf fan has much more to do with what happens [u][i][b]off[/b][/i][/u] the ice. Why is it that Sundin is in the midst of one of his best seasons and yet the leafs are in the midst of one of their worst in Sundin's tenure? Why is it that Toskala looks like a goalie that is worth [b][i][u] a first and second[/u][/i][/b] round pick but the l...
BlueBloodPat writes...

Around the NHL

Posted Monday | Comments 2
Just thought I'd round up today's top stories; Scotty Bowman came out today and said that he has no plans on leaving Detroit to join the dysfunctional Maple Leafs should they shake up the front office. As we all know, Bowman appeared in an interview on Hockey Night in Canada this past Saturday where he spilled the beans about MLSE. He said that the MLSE board of direc...
Just thought I'd see who you guys thought would best represent the "C" on the Maple Leafs with Sundin gone, either on a short-term basis, or long-term should he decide to sign elsewhere. My Vote: McCabe. First off, the guy is full of class. He has and always will be a symbol of the best of times in Leaf land, with his everlasting passion and love for the game. In fac...
Everyone that has and is currently following the Leafs knows that this team is in a sad state of affairs. The team is currently slumping badly on the ice winning only two of thirteen games, it has a coach that at this point probably doesn’t sleep much at night for fear that each day he wakes up may be the his last a coach of the team, it has a GM that is in the same sit...
Apparently PT Sports is saying that one of the top 3 GM candidates for the permanent position is current NSH GM David Poile. He's certainly a man who knows how to build through the draft (Suter, Radulov, Weber, Erat, Hartnell, Legwand, Klein, Hamhuis, Tootoo) As well as one who can find hidden gems from all mediums (Timmonen from Kings trade, Dumont as an FA, Mason ...
BlueBloodPat writes...

Don't be Surprised

Posted Tuesday | Comments 5
As I write this, John Ferguson Jr. is still the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, as far as I know anyways. Of course it is completely possible that Ferguson was fired long ago and MLSE has asked him to hold the position while they search for an interim GM. This would explain why there has practically been no roster changes during this catastrophic slump, w...
1. [b]Raycroft Is More Depressed Than You[/b] Poor Andrew. Sittin there on the bench, growin a suicide beard, thinkin about how Letterman stole his thunder. Even though old Howard Hughes hasnt stopped a lot of pucks lately, you have to assume that the beard will help him in the second half. Gigure showed us all in 2003 what a beard can do for you in a contract year. For a...
Yes, the Leafs won, that's not a typo. I guess John Ferguson and Paul Maurice can sleep a little sounder tonight knowing that their jobs are safe for one more day at least. The pundits will talk, sarcastically mind you, of how everything is a-ok in Leafland, and there will be thousands of Leafs fans throughout North America that will be quick to say that the Leafs are on t...
jrod writes...

Leafs pull off unfortunate win.

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
If you thought that Tuesday nights win over the Carolina Hurricanes, would continue on a winning note for the Toronto Maple Leafs, don't count on it. Sure, they play a great game tonight but that doesn't mean that they will continue down this path. Lets face it, the Leafs are an abysmal hockey team these days. The Leafs have pulled off wins in 3 games out of the last 1...
Last nights loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs should say something about this team. It needs a change. While I'm sure there will be plenty to jump to the Cane's side on this, suggesting they are only one or two pieces away from being a legitimate contender, and as much as I love to believe that, they're not. It says something about the team when Sergei Samsonov is t...
Last nights loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs should say something about this team. It needs a change. While I'm sure there will be plenty to jump to the Cane's side on this, suggesting they are only one or two pieces away from being a legitimate contender, and as much as I love to believe that, they're not. It says something about the team when Sergei Samsonov is t...
panek writes...

RE: "Basic Decency"

Posted Wednesday | Comments 3
As Kipper pointed out today on [i]Hockey Central at Noon[/i], there is a sudden shift in Leaf Nation's attitude towards John Ferguson Jr. (JFJ) -- and perhaps rightfully so -- but only a month ago collectively we were calling for JFJ's head on a blue and white platter, and now, with puppy dog eyes, we offer our death-bed sympathies. There is no denying that JFJ's treatm...
While discussions run rampant of how the Leafs should dismantle their club, trading Sundin and bottoming out in the Eastern Conference seem to be the most approved tactic from fans of the blue and white. I am completely behind this plan, but many have overlooked some prospects in our own AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. The Marlies are enjoying a successful season u...
I don't even know if they would be able to keep frozen ice in there, but for the Montreal Canadiens' 100th Anniversary, Olympic Stadium is an ideal venue for a Regular Season game (vs. Toronto, Boston or Ottawa on New Years Day). If you have unsuccessfully tried countless times to get some Habs tickets, you know how fast this game would sell out. They could do a couple ...
Unless you have been living under a rock lately, you might know that the Leafs are in the process of finding a new general manager to replace John Ferguson. Today we learned that the bright minds and the very skilled researchers of our friends MLSE, found that the Cliff Fletcher was still under contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. Even though they fired him back in April...
duckyjets writes...

Burke overrated GM

Posted Friday | Comments 29
I think that Brian Burke is an overrated General Manager and alot of his praise should be given to Senators GM Brian Murray. The only good move he has made was the pronger deal. He lost Penner to RFA when he had ample time to sign him. Neidermeyer only signed because his brother plays on the team, it had nothing to do with Brain Burke. He signed Bertuzzi to a moronic deal ...
The situation in Leaf's Nation is very interesting. The Rumour of the Toronto Maple Leafs perhaps trading captin Mats Sundin brings butterflies to every Leaf fan in Toronto. The trade was suggested by hockey expert Bob Mckenzie. The trade would be a 3 way deal. The teams involved would perhaps involve the Calgary Flames, the Montreal Canadiens and of course our very own To...
Oosterman1 writes...

Solutions for Mr. Maurice

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Okay first of all get rid of Sundin I love him at heart and stuff but uh... we havent won a cup in over 40 years hello?? 2nd of all try to get someone like Mat Carle or Steve Bernier a franchise player who can step up... We need someone who can fill the shoes. step up take an A and put points on the board my suggestion Patrick Marleau and Steve Bernier for Antropov and Sun...
The last few weeks in this city have been frustrating; not just for MLSE, but for Leafs fans everywhere. With all the drama, accusations, job scrutiny and calls for the heads of many in MLSE upper management....I think many people forgot that the Toronto Maple Leafs are a hockey team rather than a business enterprise. Needless to say, it was very calming and somewhat e...
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, word around the league is that the Flyers are gaining interest in Sundin and it's speculated that Holmgren may be willing to move Jeff Carter and a 1st round pick for Mats Sundin. My Take: At first glance, this is quite a shocker as Philly is one of the deepest teams down the middle with Briere and Richards in addition to C...
Ron Guillet writes...

A Much Needed Reminder

Posted Sunday | Comments 4
Oh, the wonder of Toronto Maple Leafs' fans cheering against our once beloved team. It's a sad but necessary process which strips the energy and magic from cheering on the Buds. Delusional as it is, most of Leaf Nation just pushed aside the terrible management decisions and held on to our lucky charms while praying to god - who is known as Mats Sundin for the Blue and ...
Over the last few weeks, the word inconsistent has been made synonymous with the Toronto maple leafs. I have exams to study for, so I'll make this quick. Sportsnet blogs and other sources say that the recent 3 game streak may not even be enough to save John Ferguson's job. Cliff Fletcher might be hired THIS WEEK. Then again, someone else made a good point that, unless M...
All the attention of the Hockey World, it seems, is on the Toronto Maple Leafs, but there's now a disaster just two hours southwest. Someone told me it's the Curse of the Buffalo Bills that has inflicted this team. The moment they stepped on the ice at Ralph Wilson Stadium, they got a heavy dose of "We find ways to lose" injected into their bodies. Now I don't know if...
barrypower writes...

TSN Reports JFJ Is done

Posted Tuesday | Comments 3
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=227906&hubname= TSN is reporting that MLSE actually made a decision. JFJ will no longer be holding the reins (if he ever really was) of the Toronto Maple Leafs Announcement expected today. Looks like Cliff is the man... and the only way he would take the job is if MLSE agreed to HIS terms, as Howard Berger outlined in his blog.....
So it has finally happened…..After sitting on what could be compared to death row for months now JFJ has finally been executed. I know that is a little harsh but at the same time it can’t be fun knowing that everyday you go into work it could be your last, having a boss that told the hockey world and anyone else that was listening that he made a mistake in hiring you ...
Ron Guillet writes...

A New Era...Right?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
To start, I am completely behind the signing of Cliff Fletcher as interim GM. With the interim status he will be given the green light to undergo a series of changes in Leafs land, and all signs seem to point to the big, flashing rebuilding sign, I really don't have to explain why. However, some fans are skeptical on Fletcher because his track record of depleting youth and...
I have been a man of allegiances for many years now. I cheer for Vancouver, Bosaton and Dallas. There are other teams I root for when the playoffs get going, but I have always cheered for those three teams. I have always had a healthy hatred for the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs. I live. I breathe. I hate the Maple Leafs. Something has happened to me this year. Amids...
duckyjets writes...

Richard Peddie AKA Simmons

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
All I have to say is that I pray to god that Peddie keeps his nose out of the hiring process. We all know the guy has no clue what to look for in a GM. His Hockey sence is 0%. I do not understand for the life of me why the board puts this guy incharge of Hockey operations. He was lip sinking Fletchers words like he was some kind of puppet or something. Just when I think th...
In Ahead writes...

Can't Win 'Em All

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
The Washington Capitals have spoiled their followers lately, instilling an expectation that they will win every game - especially against foes that have worse records. Of course this is a silly notion. But what we have seen from this team is its ability to avoid consecutive lackluster performances, giving us plenty of hope for tonight's rematch in the District. The Caps...
With the John Ferguson Jr. era clearly behind us now and Cliff Fletcher back at the helm of the Maple Leafs ship. We can only hope there are no icebergs in the water. With roughly 30 days remaining until the trade deadline it is paramount that the Leafs brass make trades for future help, meaning draft picks and young players, preferably under the age of 25. The next ...
Conceptions around the NHL world differ on a newly implemented system – the NHL salary cap. It is a system that guarantees hope, even if it is an illusion to some, for less-talented teams that befall the lower class of the league. The point of this experiment was too create a more competitive and intense league. So the NHL decided to bring in a system that rewards a p...
Number23 writes...

Ten Burning Questions

Posted Monday | Comments 5
-Everyone goes out of their way to credit Anaheim's turnaround to the return of [b]Scott Niedermayer[/b]. Why has no one pinned their lousy start on the fact he sat home for the first 20-some games? -Speaking of which, since veteran players can apparently take off a ton of games at the start of the year, why all the uproar about going to 84 games? -Which all-star(s) ...
As we get closer the NHL trade deadline I like most Leaf fans out there await the first of what seems to be many moves Cliff Fletcher makes. There has been much talk of potential trades and moves that could be made by Cliff in the days to come, but there is one question that I have and it’s a question that I don’t know if anyone has an answer to. The question is what...
Alec Brownscombe writes...

Earl to Debut vs. Sens

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
The Maple Leafs' line-up is starting to take on a Marlies complexion as bodies continue to drop to injuries or otherwise. With Nik Antropov suspended for 3 games and John Pohl out with an ankle injury, it is expected Robbie Earl will make his NHL debut tomorrow night when the Maple Leafs host the Senators. Chad Kilger remains out due to personal reasons and Boyd Dev...
The Flames' need, or at least want, for a top line center to play with Jarome Iginla seems to have expanded beyond the realms of fans playing armchair GM. During the second intermission of the Flames-Sharks game on Wednesday, TSN's Darren Dreger reported that, with the issue of re-signing Dion Phaneuf now all but officially out of the way, Darryl Sutter is shopping for suc...
czechmate writes...

Great Watching Emery Lose...

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Personally I've always had it in for Ray Emery. I didn't like him before he became a number one for the Senators, and I didn't like him once he assumed (usurped) the starting role from Dominik Hasek. I didn't like him when he put Mike Tyson on his helmet, nor did I like him when he took the Senators to the Cup Finals. I didn't much care for his road rage incident, and I...
Why is is when the Leafs are a playoff team they couldn't beat the Ottawa Senators during the regular season to save their lives.......but now that they aren't they have little problem with them? I know Alfredson and Heatley didn't play but still if the Leafs were a playoff team they would have found a way to lose!
TheMike12 writes...

Another Embarasing Loss...

Posted Sunday | Comments 1
Well there really isn't too much to say about last night abysmal loss to the Leafs, what is happening to the Sens???? now I know the injury situation is hardly something that can be overlooked, you cant pull 3 top tier players off any team and expect them to be as competitive, The loss of Alfie and Heater has been huge to this team so far, and last nights last minute scrat...
cartika writes...

Easy Job for Fletcher?

Posted Sunday | Comments 12
The general consensus is that this is mission impossible for Fletcher. Personally, I think he is in an amazing position (and I think he knows this). For the first time EVER in Toronto a GM has zero expectations to win (actually, most would prefer if they lose), he has free reign from management and fans to trade who ever he wants, he has the authority to eat salary to cl...
I dont know why all the media is worried about these guys with no trade clauses. Demoting Players to the minors for the season like the Rangers did with Kasperitus will have these guys with NTC running out of T.O. The only player the franchise owes anything to is Matts everyone else either wiaves it or gets demoted. No one will play a season with the marlies they are way t...
In March 1994 I sat down to watch the Rangers take on Mark Messier's former team. The Oilers were in town, and I cranked up MSG just after dinner. Anticipating a great game, I got an extra suprise when the Rangers traded one of my favorite young players Doug Weight for Esa Tikkanen. It was a deal virtually done in the halls of MSG. Weight walked from the Rangers dressing r...
BlueBloodPat writes...

Improving the NHL

Posted Monday | Comments 2
I posted this as a comment in one of the topics in the forum, but I felt it was long and detailed enough to post as my blog as well; First of all....I would make no major changes to the game itself....maybe just eliminate the instigator penalty. Some of you guys are arguing that owners would lose too much money expanding the ice surface........ummm.....why the hell d...
habbies writes...

Trades

Posted Wednesday | Comments 2
The Montreal Canadiens are gelling right now and I see a reason why we should not get a rental player. The first reason is our team is close to 1st in the east so why mess with them. Another we will be giving way to much for rental player such as the likes of Hossa. The only reason to go for a player like that is if we have knowledge that they will sign with us and keep th...
cvick writes...

Sick of the leafs?

Posted Friday | Comments 18
Anyone out there sick of hearing about the leafs on all the sports channels, internet blogs, and radio shows? I personally am, and I have developed a hatred for the leafs. Although the Maple Leafs are the centre of the hockey world, they are not the centre of MY hockey world. I think it is unfair that every Saturday night that I sit down to watch HNIC, The leafs play th...
While not a Leaf fan, I always enjoy the talk about every single player in organized hockey wanting to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. It always happens around Trade Deadline Tuesday and July 1. Of course, it hasn't been helping that the Leafs are on the bubble every year recently to get in, and likely need the boost. Anyway, the Leafs need to do some major trades this d...
tyler_31 writes...

Sens And Canes Swap 4

Posted Monday | Comments 4
The first big trade has happened. Cory Stillman and Mike Commodore are headed to the Ottawa, while Patrick Eaves and Joe Corvo are headed to Carolina. This is very good trade by Bryan Murray, taking advantage of Carolina's desperation for a puck moving defenceman. He brings in two guys who know how to win in the post-season and have a wealth of playoff experience. They ...
Mats Sundin the all time Leaf scoring leader is rumoured to be willing to waive his no trade clause for certain teams in a bid to help the Leafs future, i being a Leaf fan would love to see the Big Swede return in the summer, since at this time we do not have anyone who can replace Sundin's point production, Sundin will most likely be traded along with a current roster pla...
The Freshman writes...

My Maple Leaf Wishlist

Posted Tuesday | Comments 6
So after reading endless posts about the leafs, and who they could get for our captain...I thought i would just put up a list of players i would love to see in a leaf jersey once the trade deadline passes. I am not an NHL GM and find myself unqualified to be planning trades, but here are some players i believe the leafs could get their hands on with the right moves by Mr. ...
millertime writes...

Live Blog: Sabres-Leafs

Posted Wednesday | Comments 3
10:07 p.m.: Some quick post-game wrap-up...Big win for the Sabres. Miller 1st star with 35 saves and Gaustad with the GWG. Other updates since Buffalo's game ended, the Habs win in OT 2-1, Boston holds on to win 2-1 and they actually pass the Rangers in the process, at least for now, as they have one more win and two games in hand. Updated Eastern Conference standings l...
A-Mar writes...

Why Ryan Kesler?

Posted Thursday | Comments 7
There have been a great many Sundin-rumours thrown around of late, but there is one that leaves me scratching my head. Sundin to Vancouver for a package headlined by Ryan Kesler. Why Ryan Kesler? Why is he the important piece to centre a deal around? I've seen him play and he doesn't stand out to me as an impact player. When people start talking about him like he's a seri...
With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, and Canadian hockey fans everywhere stockpiling the beer and getting the work-escape plans ready, I thought that I would analyze each Canadian teams game plan for trade deadline day, highlighting each teams needs, possible trade bait, and what players they could be targeting. Today, I will begin with the Calgary Flames. Friday:...
With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, and Canadian hockey fans everywhere stockpiling the beer and getting the work-escape plans ready, I thought that I would analyze each Canadian teams game plan for trade deadline day, highlighting each teams needs, possible trade bait, and what players they could be targeting. Yesterday, I will did the Calgary Flames (See Archiv...
In the "Salary Cap" world of today's NHL, all teams must configure their rosters to fit within the Cap currently set at $50.3M USD. And this system encourages a bargaining chip - the no trade clause. While general managers employ this for different reasons, it ends up having the same effect. Some will use it to pursue players in the free agent frenzy to assure them of s...
Inferno31 writes...

Leaf Deadline Plan

Posted Monday | Comments 4
So as a Leaf fan whats one to do, other than speculate on what will occur during the trade deadline? Now I've heard tons of ideas for trades, mostly ludicrous. We as fans tend to overestimate the value of some of our players, and we also tend not to realize the rest of the league knows what position were in, and thats one of weakness. So I figured I'd contribute to endless...
The deadline is only 8 days away and the rumors are swirling like crazy. Especially regarding the Leafs. The Leafs are getting more air time than ever in Canada right now, which is hard to believe considering East Coast TV always leads with the Leafs regardless of their standing in the league. But this blog isn't complaining about the centre of the universe, I just want to...
CBJ09 writes...

Into the Spotlight

Posted Monday | Comments 0
[b]The Blue Jackets arrived in Toronto yesterday[/b], undoubtedly hockey's hotbed and also the breeding ground of immense speculation over the past couple of months. Maple Leafs interim general manager Cliff Fletcher has been rumored to do everything to his roster except put Vesa Toskala at center. [b]From Columbus' perspective, it offers them another chance [/b]to pla...
CBJ09 writes...

Rick Comes Home

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
[b]Tonight's game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Toronto Maple Leafs [/b]presents an interesting set of circumstances for the visiting squad. Coming off a putrid effort Sunday night in St. Louis, the Blue Jackets will look to exploit one of the league's worst defensive teams and get back on track. [b]Left winger Rick Nash, born and raised in nearby Brampton...
I've finally decided that instead of continuously posting on the boards about the potential trade of McCabe and Blake back to Long Island, that I'll just rant and rave here for my second post in one day....yes...I sadly do not know where my priorities are...or maybe I do ;) And since my last blog had plenty to say about Bryan McCabe, this one will discuss that speedy cog, ...
Sgt-Punk writes...

First Time Blog - SUNDIN

Posted Tuesday | Comments 9
Yup, I've decided to stop posting random BS on other boards and voice my opinion out here. In this deep, dark world known as hockey blogging. Anyways, HUGE Leaf fan. HUGE hater of all the good teams. Good teams, being those better than Toronto, or basically, 28 teams. So, heres my rant about the Leafs. And what I feel they could do. Sundin. That's it. The blogs done. A...
CBJ09 writes...

How Much More Can He Take?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
[b]Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock[/b] looks as if he's aged forty years in the past four days. And rightfully so. His team's performance has been brilliant in minute stretches, pitiful in large quantities and unspirited for the majority. After a solid start to the season, his team is now last in goal-scoring in the National Hockey League, and have fallen from a top ...
Why This Latest Pulp Fiction Making the Rounds Will Likely Not Be Happening [img]http://boredplanet.com/img/pulpgm.jpg[/img] GM Garth and former GM, JFJ Reports are flying around that Cliff Fletcher, the new GM for Toronto and our Garth Snow were discussing McCabe. Let's look a bit more into that and debunk the rumormill which has heated up due to it. Bryan McCab...
I’m not Darryl Sutter, though, so I’m just having fun and you can read and comment all you like. Sure, most are wishful thinking and maybe even a bit far-fetched, but have fun anyway. 1) [b][i]Trade Matthew Lombardi, Anders Eriksson, Andrej Taratukhin, and 2009 #2 Draft Pick to Florida for Olli Jokinen:[/i][/b] Flames get the #1 Center they’ve been wanting for yea...
I woke up this morning feeling very frustrated. Frustrated with knowing that with every win the Leafs put together in this time before the trading deadline, the makeover of the Leafs becomes a more difficult task for Fletcher. Why? Because Fletcher doesn't have the ultimate say on where this team can go over the next 3-4 seasons. Let me correct myself. He does hav...
sports_friek writes...

Mats Sundin Trade

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Now, i'm a guy who likes making predictions, typically my predictions are wrong, but i still make them nonethless. So i figured i would go ahead and make my prediction on what the Sundin trade will look like. So here it is: To Toronto: roster player 1st tier prospect 2nd tier prospect 1st round pick in 2008 3rd round pick in 2008 To Team TBD: Mats Sundin roste...
Sgt-Punk writes...

Why Can't They Just LOSE?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
To many Leaf fans, this question has been asked TOO many times. The answer? Well, according to one Matt Stajan, "Stay home if you want us (the Leafs) to lose, just to get positioning in the draft lottery". Of course, there is some paraphrasing in that. I can't find the exact quote, but I saw it on TSN. I'm one of those Leaf fans though. Why can't we just lose? Honestly...
January 22, 2008 - Cliff Fletcher re-hired as Leafs Interim GM...as stated by the silver fox himself, Cliff was to take a couple of weeks to evaluate the roster and it was widely speculated in the media and online that he was brought in with a mandate to clear cap space, re-make the roster and put the team on a path to re-building similar to the Flyers model of this past o...
With all the trade speculation going on with Mats Sundin and Bryan McCabe along with others, it seems as if Toronto has forgotten about the younger players on the team. Last night, Steen and the Maple Leafs have agreed on a two year contract worth 3.4 million dollars. I say, bravo Cliff Fletcher. Thank God that Ferguson was not around to make this extension instead. He...
Well, it certainly looks like Mats has dug in and he is going to go down with his ship. If this were a movie I think we'd all be applauding our hero. So committed, such the "anti-athlete", cares more about the city that has idolized him than winning a championship. Cue the haunting violin now... SNAP OUT OF IT! This is NOT - repeat NOT - the idealic "[i]Jerry Maguir...
Sgt-Punk writes...

Dont Wanna See Him Go.

Posted Saturday | Comments 2
As the deadline seems to inch closer and closer, I seem to do the same towards Sundin. He has been a solid player throughout the season, as he has his whole career. Easily the Leafs best player this season. Arguably, the best all-time. He has set both NHL records, as well as franchise records with the Leafs. He has averaged over a point per game throughout hi...
Dear Mats Sundin, I realize that you spend hours in the gym and on the ice every week trying to prepare yourself for the rigours of playing hockey at the NHL level. However, I also know (based on two very reliable sources) that you take the time to read every single comment and post made on this site so I thought I would clear a few things up. First off, I was...
icedog97 writes...

Sundin

Posted Monday | Comments 11
I was reading through Ek's blog and the comments left by many people concerning Mats Sundin's desire to stay in Toronto and I couldn't help but think so many people are mis guided. The number of "Mats is selfish", "Mats is not thinking of the team", "Mats is an idiot" etc type replies was very alarming and extremely disappointing to me. Assuming that what Sundin said...
other trade rumors I found for today... Canucks are a big-time player in trade talks for the likes of Brad Richards, Olli Jokinen, but don't like richards salary or minus 25 on the year. Tanguay, rumored to be headed to Montreal for Michael Ryder, Tanguay also has a no-trade clause and it's been recently reported that he would be willing to accept a trade to Montreal...
Sgt-Punk writes...

THANKS A LOT MATS!

Posted Monday | Comments 0
"Thanks for nothing Mats". WHATT?! I saw this yesterday right after Berger broke the news of Sundin's decision to not waive his NTC. Are you kidding me? You know what, no, obviously you aren't. You pathetic excuses for Lea-- no, hockey fans. How DARE you disrespect such a legacy like that of Mats Sundin. Seriously how about this. Thank you Mats for your hard-work and ...
My father had a funny way of declaring how smart he was (or thought he was, depending on the situation). He would tap the side of his head and say “I knew there was a reason why I have headaches all the time.” I guess now it’s my turn, because less than a week ago, I indicated that I highly doubted Cliff Fletcher would be able to do anything of significance before ...
Finally. Something is starting to happen. Even our good friend Eklund was suprised by the Peter Forsberg signing with the Avalanche. Peter did say early on that he would be coming back to one of his former teams if he did come back, and he was true to his word. So who will be next? Brian Campbell? Marian Hossa? Olli Jokinen? While that is yet to be seen, one thin...
Trader Floyd writes...

The Leafs drive for 9th

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Is anybody else tired of another Leafs season that seems destined to end with the Buds in 9th place in the conference and a 13th overall draft position? I was hoping that it would be taken care of with a trade of Sundin but I guess that a chance at Stamkos is not meant to be (by the way, I'm not bitter that Sundin decided not to waive, if anybody deserves to say 'no' it's...
Ron Guillet writes...

Chin Up: Better Days Ahead

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
After a long and suspenseful NHL Trade Deadline, Maple Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher felt the ripple effects from former GM, JFJ. With Bryan McCabe, Mats Sundin, Tomas Kaberle, Darcy Tucker and Pavel Kubina all refusing to waive their respective no-trade clause agreement, "Silver Fox" had to chip away the outer core. Hal Gill, Chad Kilger and Wade Belak are no longer Toronto ...
cartika writes...

NTC5 vs Cliff Fletcher

Posted Thursday | Comments 4
In all my years of watching sports, I have never seen anything quite like what is transpiring at the ACC right now. Cliff Fletcher was hired with a mandate to gut this team, move some of these "untradeable" contracts and begin the process of rebuilding this Leafs team from the ground up. Funny thing happened along the way though. All of these players that no one else wo...
This blog is specified between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins -- two teams that have felt the cold and unfair hand of management stamp down on decisions, exiling the General Managers. It is a [i]proces[/i]s which can end a GM's tenure quite easily. The management sees an opportunity, exploits it whether or not the GM sees fit, and the repercussions always ...
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and this is mine, so flame away if you wish. What I annoys me the most is the tendency of Leaf fans to hop on the bandwagon or the "Fad of the Day". When the team is winning, they jump all over the radio hosts saying "I told you so. I told you so." When the team is losing, everyone coins the catch phrase "blame MLSE" and they...
Well Ottawa pulled one out last night against a depleted Pittsburg team, and ya know what? it wasnt the prettiest of wins, but ill take it right now! You can immediately see the impact of having Murray back behind the bench as the Sens have a new fire and passion in there game which had been sorely missing, the players finally seem to know there assignments and are out the...
b1rdd0g writes...

No End in Site

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Fellow Leaf fans, it appears as though the Leafs are no closer to winning a cup today, then they were in the days of Harold Ballard. Oh woe is me, 41 years and counting. Look's like I'm going to have to start eating right, exercising, and taking my vitamins if I stand a snowballs chance of seeing the Leafs hoist Lord Stanley. The worst part of this whole debacle is not...
The NY papers are breaking news today that Sean Avery contract talks have been called off ! Are you kidding me? Those of you who still think Sean is the most overrated,worthless,blah blah, in the league can line up and watch you favorite team start bidding the summer. If you still don't think he's good, look at the Rangers record with or without Avery. The deadline mov...
duckyjets writes...

Fletcher step in Now!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
I ussually try to watch every Canadian hockey Team in the NHL. The Center Ice Package has been a blessing for real hockey fanatics like myself. I remember a short time ago when the only hockey games that were televised were on the CBC on Saturdays and your selection of games was either a Leafs game or Habs game. There is nothing wrong with that, however the exposure tha...
As we enter mid March the Toronto Maple Leafs have once again put together a run that has seen them tease their fans with the thought of playoff hockey in 2008. Since February 2nd The Leafs have managed to put together a run of 10-5-0-1 and as of the end of play tonight sit six points out of the eighth and final playoff spot with thirteen games left to play. With that b...
BlueBloodPat writes...

It wasn't Ferguson

Posted Saturday | Comments 9
The 2007-2008 NHL season has pretty much become a write-off for the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans. Most of the blame for the mediocre season has fallen into the hands of one John Ferguson Jr. for many of the questionable decisions he made as Leafs General Manager. Trading Tukka Rask for Andrew Raycroft obviously tops that list , but neither of those players had a re...
The first period in Toronto has come to a close and the New Jersey Devils are standing on top with a 1-0 lead. It was mostly an uninspiring 20 minutes for both clubs. The Devils managed a goal on a Zach Parise 2nds effort after Jamie Langenbrunner proved that hard work is worth more than skill. Not that he doesn't have any, but he charged for a loose puck, outworked Bri...
After having tied the game with minutes to go in the third period, the Toronto Maple Leafs get the butt end of the stick on a non call which allowed the New Jersey Devils to score the game winning goal on goaltender Vesa Toskala. What a dissapointment this is. The Leafs were in position to get a minimum of 1 point and maybe more but due to this poor non call by the off...
The Leafs lost to the New Jersey Devils twice in 5 nights, as the Devils reclaimed the top seed in the Eastern division. Kyle Wellwood logged 11:47 minutes of ice-time as he had [b]ZERO[/b] goals [b]ZERO[/b] assists [b]ZERO[/b] shots on goal and [b]ZERO[/b] points. Now it has come to my attention that he had been demoted to the third line playing with Moore and Ponikar...
kmohager99 writes...

Numbers Don't Lie

Posted Monday | Comments 0
I've come to realize that my mathematics professors at my alma mater failed to mention that the theories of probability and statistics [i]aren't[/i] universal after all. They immediately cease to be valid once you walk through the gates of the Air Canada Center. You see, it just doesn't matter how mathematically improbable it is for the Toronto Maple Leafs to make the play...
mapleleaf92 writes...

On Pace For....

Posted Monday | Comments 1
Assuming that everyone's win-loss-otL-soL ratio stays the same, I took the time to calculate how many points everyone will have by the end of the season. [b]Eastern Conference[/b] NEW JERSEY DEVILS- 102 Points Montreal Canadiens 100 Points CAROLINA HURRICANES- 91 Points Pittsburgh Penguins- 100 Points Ottawa Senators- 97 Points New York Rangers- 96 Points Boston ...
No love lost between these two teams and that is evident from the jump. The Flyers withstood a vicious barrage from the hometown Leafs as a stellar Marty Biron swatted aside 13 Toronto shots. The Leafs threw the kitchen sink at the boys and they held their ground. Resurgent Scottie Upshall scored an even strength goal - his 12th - at the 13:26 mark of the first on...
[img]http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y287/thewirewool/Grateful-Dead.jpg[/img] Jerry and the Boys - 1971 at the Palladium [i]Trouble ahead Trouble behind and you know that notion just crossed my mind... [/i] [b]Trouble Behind:[/b] Ugh. The notion that crossed my mind with about 11 minutes left in the 3rd period of last nights' Flyers/Leafs tussle in Toronto ...
After watching the Maple Leafs all season long I realized that this team has zero finnish. What I mean by this is the Leafs get tons of scoring chances per game but have alot of problems cashing in on them. Whether its missed opportunitys by hitting posts, missing the net, or just shooting the puck into the goalies crest the leafs seem to find away to not score when the...
Willie Wilts writes...

LEAFS: Captain Of The Ship

Posted Thursday | Comments 9
Yes Mats is still with us in Leaf land. Yes he invoked his no trade clause at the deadline. Yes Mats Sundin will be back in the blue and white next season and yes it will be with a no trade attached to the bottom of the contract. There is no reason to believe Sundin will retire at years end with or without a playoff appearance by the blue and white express. This stea...
Alright, so with 10 games left in the season and Sundin possibly on the shelf for at least one game, this is how I figure things will come down. I have read the predictions. Everyone thinks the Leafs will miss, all be it slightly, but still miss the playoffs for a franchise first 3rd straight year. I believe the common oppinion is a 9th place finish. CBC is cancellin...
So after another drubbing upon the Isles, the Official Isles website has 4 stories and features on Kyle Okposo, along with the China story. And nothing about the 3-0 loss to Montreal last night. The game recap is buried. If you watched the game, you watched an ineffectual offense unable to make a dent in Halak, making him look like Hasek. And despite a better effort and go...
[img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/flyersairplane.jpg?t=1205718259[/img] The last week in Flyerdom has been a rough one for fans of the Orange and Black. The team has gone from solidly holding the 8th seed and possibly moving up in the playoff standings to holding on for its life by the thinnest of threads. As the season began to unravel at the hands ...
Isles have Okposo and 50% off tickets so you can see him. But, they also plead for you not to buy into the hype. A mixed message if I ever saw one. And perhaps a slight schism in the internal politics of sales mechanics versus team dynamics, as a season is awash in disappointment. There is no doubt that people like the coach, GM and VP of Media Relations, Chris Botta (who ...
B.D. Gallof writes...

DP Iced as Okposo Debuts

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
[b]DP Iced: Gone for Season [/b] DP is now out for the year, as now his right hip will be operated on. The poorest kept secret in hockey is now done. Rick has likely been hurt since the all star game, and has clearly contributed to his second-half falter. It might also explain his extended sitting after his grandmother passed away. So, surgery on his left hip after ...
With the Leafs all but out of playoff contention, Interum GM Cliff Fletcher headed west to scout talent and a pair of back to backs this weekend that may force Leaf fans off the ledge, lets turn our focus to the 'rebuild'...It has been reported that GM Fletcher has "extra" money to buy-out any contracts he feels need discarded. When the term buy-out is mentioned shortly a...
npc902 writes...

Mapleleafs and the Playoffs

Posted Thursday | Comments 4
I am all for the Mapleleafs, and would love to seem them make the playoffs, but it is not going to happen folks, let me explain. Lets consider for a moment that the Leafs win all of their remaining games for a total of 92 Points, now for the sake of argument lets assume all of the remaining teams also win all of their games so we can see how many loses each team will need ...
[img:left]http://images.tsn.ca/images/stories/20070923/pogge_54611.jpg[/img]I had an opportunity to see the Leafs future #1 netminder tonight, as his Marlies visited Hamilton in the first game of a home-and-home, picking up a 3-2 victory in overtime. I say "future #1" with conviction after what I saw tonight. Not that there was any doubt before I got to see him in person, ...
The NHL has made a cultural shift since the lockout. In a game that was once dominated by players in their early to mid thirties, a youth movement has taken place. Now we have players like Crosby, Ovechkin and Phaneuf among many others who are dominating the game while in their early twenties. It is players like these that every team covets, and if you ask any GM in the...
After the recent 174-foot goal Vesa Toskala allowed against the Islanders, many non-Leafs fans may question the 31 year old goaltender, but that would be a mistake if you're not aware what kind of season he's endured with the Blue and White. To begin, when the Leafs acquired Vesa Toskala in the summer, they were not expecting top five quality goaltending. Fact is, Tosk...
Here they come lead by their knight in shining armour Vesa Toskala. Maple leafs fans haven't been treated to something like this since Cujo pulled on a blue and white jersey. If JFJ did ANYTHING right in his time as Leafs GM it CERTAINLY would be bringing in Toskala. Even with being saddled with Bell's 2 mil/2yr deal the Toskala aquisition was just what the Leafs needed...
The last 4 to 6 weeks as a Leaf follower and fan have been quite a roller coaster ride for all involved. Leaf fans must be feeling fully schizophrenic these days. Only a person with complete bipolar personality disorder can logically accept that the Leafs will fall short of the playoffs for the 3rd year in a row while simultaneously cheer loudly for yet another miraculou...
You can bark and scream at the moon all you want...you can debate on websites, appeal to your friends for reason, throw your remote control across the room...all of it. I come onto this site and laugh and laugh at guys who think they can re-invent the wheel or even funnier, appeal for reason and devise gameplans to help their team - my team - the Leafs, run the ship into t...
The passing of the torch is an expression in the sports world that is often used when a team sees the face of there franchise either retire or slowly fade to the back while a younger player steps up to replace him in that role in the hopes of leading his team to greatness. In Toronto this passing of the torch is slowly but surely starting to happen. As it stands rig...
In hockey, there used to be one goal....that was to win the Stanley Cup. It didn't matter how much money you made when you won it, it didn't matter how ready for the future the team was, the team's cap situation didn't matter.....no the business aspect stayed out of the history books. It used to be when a team won the Stanley Cup, the team was engraved forever in hocke...
In spite of all the negative attention surrounding the Leafs lately, I thought I'd take a different angle and -- god forbid -- take a look to the future of a possible playoff berth. While the Leafs have their work cut out for them, it’s not impossible for them to attain post-season play. While it may seem improbable considering the teams they must leapfrog, the recent pl...
Dominic Moore and Kris Newbury were providing the electric charge but the Leafs failed to capture lightning in a bottle as they watched their playoff hopes fade.. again. [IMG:left]http://i25.tinypic.com/23wguh.jpg[/IMG] The dream is over. Although most true Leafs fans knew in the back of their minds it was a hill that was likely way to steep for the boys in blue to climb...
Reading Howard Berger's latest blog got me thinking, who is really to blame for the state of the leafs. I have my opinion... One reader disagrees. This is his comment that gave me the desire to write this blog... and my response following. [quote=peedy7]If Mats Sundin and the others, would have waived their NTC, the Leafs would have made the playoffs this season, afte...
Chic Lillopois writes...

No! Touch-Icing

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Bob McKenzie. Don and Ron. They've all opined on no-touch icing: that it should be banned; that it should be ridiculed as a barbaric law that has hung above us for far too long; that it should be modified. All points have validity, but modification fits most with me. [i]We [/i]fear for the back-checking D - sliding, ankle-first, into the boards. [i]He [...
A-Mar writes...

Have you seen this goalie?

Posted Saturday | Comments 3
It will be a relief to some that I've yet to see Andrew Raycroft's picture on a milk carton (yes, Mrs.Raycroft, I'm sure he's okay). I drink a lot of milk (for healthy bones) so I would be the first to know were he missing from anywhere outside of the rink. But missing on the rink he is. He hasn't started a game in what seems to be ages (November 18th I believe, but I'...
The Toronto Maple Leafs have started a rather unsavoury tradition in recent years. Having officially and mathematically been eliminated from playoff competition again this year, they have now entered their 3rd annual "retooling" year. Unlike previous years however, there appears to be real hope and belief amongst both the Leaf fans and the media that things will be much ...
We're all getting riled up for playoffs and every now and then I still see people whining about the physical style that is hockey. This is hockey people. Hockey players get hurt, it's an outcome a physical game brings. This isn't a new growing problem, checking has been there since the beginning. NHL teams made a mistake when they figured they no longer need tough guys...
Deeps27 writes...

Banning and belligerence...

Posted Monday | Comments 0
[i]"The delusion that normally overwhelms fans of the Maple Leafs is already in full-bloom among those who fantasize about Steven Stamkos playing in Toronto. All it took was Fletcher refusing to dismiss the notion of trading up in the draft. [b]Cyberspace geniuses [/b]have convinced themselves that peddling Alex Steen (signed at $3.4-million for the next two years) and the...
According to TSN's hockey insider, Darren Dreger, the Toronto Maple Leafs have moved to the forefront of the race to sign renowned Swedish phenom Fabian Brunnstrom. Apparently, Brunnstrom was days away from putting the finishing touches on a contract with the Vancouver Canucks, after having discussions about the team's future with former GM Dave Nonis. With the firing o...
Inferno31 writes...

So What now Leaf Fans?

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Burke Is [b]Not[/b] the new GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs. So now what? Well this may be a blessing in a disguise, or maybe it just sucks. Personally Burke was a qualified candidate who had the savvy to deal with media and ownership. His draft record however was abysmal, but maybe with some money injected in our scouting department who knows. Personally I want Nill to get ...
Big fan of former LAK GM Dave Taylor. In my mind, to be a successful GM of a rebuilding team you need three strong qualities: 1) The ability to build through the draft 2) The ability to make shrewd trades 3) The ability to pick up bargains in the UFA market In my mind, Taylor has all three of these qualities, and I'll quickly explain why, providing some exam...
The majority of sports pundits realize that when ever their is a change at a General Manager's position, a coaching change is also expected. This goes for almost all sports. All fans in Leafs Nation knew there was a GM change upcoming, and therefor the knowledgeable fans would realize that a coaching change would most likely be inorder. However. . . in this situation, ...
It's still early in the Rangers off season,but never too early to explore off season options. This is a quick post just on some forwards the Rangers could take a run at. 1) Ryan Malone- Not only could the Rangers bring him in but he could also apologize to Chris Drury for costing them the series. He's a hell of a young player with good hands and hulking si...
The Maple Leafs and Canucks got an early jump on the off-season. Some thoughts: -Toronto did the right thing in firing Paul Maurice. It gives him the whole summer to find a new job, and it also gives the new GM a free hand to name his own bench boss. It appears as if they Leafs will have that new GM in place before the draft. Obviously Dave Nonis is a candidate, but I'd...
CAPMESS11 writes...

AVERY STILL NOT SIGNED

Posted Monday | Comments 7
This is a follow up to an early blog this season. I am still waiting to see if any fans are ready to put together the petition to bring back #16. If Sather lets Sean Avery walk, Aves will have no problem getting big market clubs to take him on. Toronto- The hometown kid can not only replace #16 but put on Tuckers jersey as well. Avery could provide the leafs with...
I'm afraid fans in Toronto are still delusional. They may have opened their eyes after having them closed for so long, but they are still blinded by the sun. I cannot see any well respected and established General Manager taking a job with the Leafs. The team is currently coming off of a disaster of a season, with little help coming from within the organization. Top ...
***This is a reprint of today's entry from my main page Lightning blog.*** Ron Wilson's ousting as head coach of the San Jose Sharks makes him the latest name to be added to the ever-growing list of NHL coaching candidates. Technically, there are six vacancies at present - Atlanta, Colorado, Florida, Ottawa, San Jose and Toronto - with three other intriguing situations ...
As recently reported per TSN, Blake is open to the possibility of being traded this summer. There's no question that the Leafs had a very poor season and have spent too much money on players that were not worth the cash, Blake being one of them. His 40 goal season from two years ago was not a part of his game play this year, as he finished with 13 goals and 52 points. ...
CAPMESS11 writes...

WHAT GETS BOUWMEESTER TO NY?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 12
If this rumor of the Rangers exploring the possibility of brining Jay Bouwmeester to NY progresses, than I just want to get some feed back for both fan bases. I think the deal makes a lot of sense for both teams. The Panthers could use some young depth players to mesh with their young rising core. I would hate to loose him but Florida could ask for Brandon Dubinky wh...
BlueBloodPat writes...

My 2008 NHL Mock Draft

Posted Wednesday | Comments 8
Okay so the draft is a little over a month away, we know that this draft is headlined by one Steven Stamkos, but as far as I'm concerned, the NHL draft goes 7 rounds, not just 1 pick. I decided to break down all seven rounds of the NHL draft and offer up some of the possibilities. This mock draft is based on the CSB Final Rankings. [u][b]Round 1 [/b][/u] 1. Lig...
CAPMESS11 writes...

BEST GIFT EVER,X-MAS IN MAY.

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
It was the X-mas of 91-92 I was 12 years old and already bleeding Red,White,and Blue. Having started watching Ranger games with the names of Kisio,Mallette,Turcotte,Beezer,Jonnie "O",and Mullen in the mix. There was Domi and "Knuckles" Nylan fading out his career,while a fresh kid from team USA named Mike Richter was knocking on the door of greatness. In 89-90 Neil Smi...
So the Latest from the NY Post has the Rangers walking away from Sean Avery. Are we missing something? Does Aves have pics of Sather in Marv Albert gear? Did Sather have his heart set on dating the Olsons? Well it looks like the closest Glen will get to one of them, is watching his Full House DVDs on the plane. What makes this situation even worse is that it looks Long Is...
After watching Sundin accept the Messier Award yesterday,I couldn't help but realize why the Rangers aren't mentioned in the " Mats sweepstakes". They will lose a few vets in Shannahan and possibly Straka. Malik and Mara could walk and the cap will increase. After reaping the rewards of the first award recipient ( Shanny) ,maybe the Rangers should follow up with the seco...
It's no secret that the Leafs contain a very limited number of promising prospects. However, it wasn't long ago that Alexander Steen and Kyle Wellwood were compared to the Flyers' young duo in Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. Three years into their respective NHL careers, the Leafs youngsters find themselves on the backburner after promising seasons. While the difference ...
As if it wasn't a big enough concern that the team I have all but worshiped for my whole life has missed the playoffs for 3 consecutive years, now I find myself worrying about the whole management situation that is an on-going mess in Toronto. It is very troublesome that with an exceptionally crucial draft approaching, current interim GM Fletcher is apparently focussed ...
It was a great game to watch, easily the best game I've watched since the first round of the playoffs... it made the San Jose/Dallas overtime game look like a soccer match. Now, the Pens and their loyal fans and bandwagon fans feel a run coming on, the same improbable run that Anaheim, Dallas, San Jose and Philly all thought their teams had in them... with none of the a...
With recent news surfacing that Ron Wilson may be well on his way to becoming the Leafs' next head coach, I can't help but think this is -- yet again -- another step sideways for this stumbling organization. While Wilson has coached over 1000 games in the NHL and has the most wins out of any coach available (an impressive 518-426-101-46 record) he is also someone who wa...
While this is based squarely on potential, the talent in goaltending that could belong in the North-East Divison is both impressive and worrisome. It's very possible some of these prospects fall through the cracks and endure disappointing NHL careers compared to what was expected of them, but the prospect of having four star goaltenders in the same division is an enticing ...
Since the end of the season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, all the focus has been placed on restructuring management and the coaching staff. Now with Burke all but cemented as this team's eventual GM (a Burke/Wilson combo is the best possible scenario Leaf fans could have hoped for..imo), Fletcher needs to go into overdrive restructuring this roster. We can speculate on ...
doktordave writes...

Leafs and Lightning?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 1
Here's a switch from traditional thinking - A Canadian team that will accept missing the play-offs this year and a Florida team that MUST win or face potentially franchise threatening woes. The set-up is there to see some deals done with the salary cap as a factor for both teams, but with needs on both sides that might see a decent fit. Tampa has continually been loo...
With the latest class of youngsters ready to take their seats in Ottawa and wait to be called upon, Leaf Nation is being shaken by rumblings that the blue and white may already be conceding defeat before the zambonies are even gased up. Although it isn't a real big surprise to anyone that the Leafs will likely struggle in the new campaign it IS however disheartening to he...
Whether you think he'll be bought out, then signed as a Free agent or traded willingly, the general feeling is that Darcy Tucker will likely end next season on a different NHL team. Moving him really doesn't free up that much cap cash, but players like Tucker can be game-breakers, and as such, retains a good reputation among NHL coaches and GMs. So, assuming there are t...
Before I get started with what to and not to expect this evening on Draft Day, I feel there are a few hot topics that should be addressed (and I know I'm a little late on these). First off....Alexei Yashin. It's been causing massive hysteria on our island to think that our so-called youth movement may be quarterbacked on the frail shoulders of our former captain that w...
blueshirt writes...

Maple Leafs Draft Blog

Posted Friday | Comments 5
Well, here we go Leaf Nation. It's June 20, 2008 and suddenly we're collectively being hit with flashbacks of 1993. Fletch is back in charge of our beloved (cough) Maple Leafs and Cito Gaston is managing the Blue Jays. At the moment, the Toronto FC might just be the best franchise in town...omg, my world truly is upside down. However, we need not fear. The march bac...
First off... Initial thoughts are that there were a lot of winners in this years draft and not a whole lot of losers. #1 Winner - Tampa Bay - but that is obvious #2 Winner - LA - Doughty and the trade up to get Colten Teubert at the 12 spot makes their D very scary in the coming years. Teams that I thought did very well for themselves aside from those teams is To...
After Cliff Fletcher traded the Leafs' 7th overall pick -- along with conditional draft picks -- to the New York Islanders for their 5th overall selection, I had my suspicions he was after the highly coveted Russian sniper, Nikita Filatov. But nicer words were never spoken after the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Kelowna Rockets (OHL) defenseman, Luke Schenn. In Schenn, t...
Toronto in my opinion did the right thing in trading up to get Luke Schenn. They REALLY need a shutdown guy to build around, and to be honest he is not an offensive slouch and has stated he wants to concentrate on improving his offensive game more to become more well rounded, so it is a great move. Most people did not like the idea of moving the other picks to jump thos...
This draft weekend was pretty much the only positive that Leaf fans could take away from the '07-'08 campaign. A disastrous season swept in the winds of change, and miracle of miracles: a high draft position. I will provide some thoughts and scouting reports, along with a "perfect-world projection". Let's take a look the picks made, and some thoughts on each player: ...
Raycroft#1Fan writes...

O Rly?

Posted Monday | Comments 0
You can get banned on here for talking about Eklund's foreskin, weird.
Raycroft#1Fan writes...

Ya Rly.

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Just a follow up to the last blog, you actually CAN get banned for mentioning Eklund's disgusting foreskin. To be honest, i'm just reporting the truth, something Eklund fails to ever do. What is wrong with this world, people speak the truth and get banned, while a fat greasy bastard bullshits every single day and get peoples hopes up thinking their favourite hockey tea...
So if these latest reports hold water, I will officially want to quit my job and stand in front of all local media outlets looking for a gig. My blog a few months ago had Mats Sundin on the list and many people felt that NY was not in the mix. Now the NY Post has expressed that the Rangers are his first choice to land this summer. If the Rangers are kicking the tires on ...
David Pollack wrote a blog this week reporting that there will be no remaining bridges between the Ron Wilson era and the new regime of Todd McLellan. The press in Toronto has been reporting the two assistant coaches will be joining RW's staff on the Leafs and sources in San Jose have also confirmed it to be true. The move will be made upon contract approval. Pollac...
I know this may not be a blog in the normal sense, but I am trying to figure out what hockey fans like when they watch NHL games on TV. Obviously everyone wants every game in HD, but in terms of the broadcast in general, what draws your attention? The TV crew cannot create a game, only the players can; however, during the first 5 minutes of the broadcast (called the Open...
In arguably the most important off-season that Toronto will see in the 'rebuilding years' to follow, Fletcher has stepped up and pressed the 'purge-system' button. Fletcher has served notice that Darcy Tucker will be bought out, and has placed Andrew Raycroft on waivers along with teammate Kyle Wellwood and with Sundin's negotiating rights being bantered about, it is o...
mykeknows writes...

So what happens Next?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Over the past few weeks Cliff Fletcher has started to completely dismantle the core of the "Toronto Maple Leafs". I'm Gonna take a wild shot in the dark and say that captain Sundin is NOT going to be back in the blue and white next year, going to wherever he feels he has the best chance, and i say "Catch ya later" on the condition he doesn't screw the ...
So now that all the leaf fans have finally accepting a rebuilding project we should do it right because this is a rare occurrence and it is unlikely that we will get this opportunity in the near future. I'd like to say I agree with most of Fletcher's moves so far. He has added grit and it is pretty obvious the prototypical hockey player he is looking for. Yes Wellwood...
Interesting to look back at my old blogs as the Sundin Magical Mystery Tours continues...and there is no hint of him starting training. In two separate posts in late June, I offered my inside info from King Clancy's Ghost and 4 possible choices that Sundin might make. Below is the 4th suggestion, which may well prove to be the June 30th: Possible UFA Targets fore Lea...
Nobody has discussed this so far, but it seems pretty obvious that with Sundin in doubt, Tucker gone and McCabe on thin ice, the Leafs will be looking for a new captain - very likely from the free agent ranks or a trade. So with this in mind, I think the Leafs will have a close eye on these players in free agency. (1) Brendan Shanahan - Might be willing to sign sho...
Today is one of those days where you almost pray your team does nothing because the amount of money being thrown around is down right ridiculous. There have only been a couple signings where I can honestly say the team got good value. The singings I like today include Fedorik at just over 1 mil per season, Brunette at 2.33mil and Vrbada at 3mil. Jeff Finger by all acc...
thewritestuff writes...

Once Bitten, Twice Shy?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
The reaction to the moves made by the Maple Leafs on July 1st has been understandably mixed. There has been more than enough posted regarding the virtues of the new acquisitions (Jeff Finger in particular) so I'll be focussing more on what seems to me to be the overall philosophy/strategy of the club. The buyouts of Darcy Tucker and Andrew Raycroft indicate that Fletcher...
While fans around the NHL point and laugh at the US$14-million, four-year deal given to defenseman Jeff Finger, Cliff Fletcher is following a blueprint to ensure the Leafs a more promising future. Let's start with the player that is discussed the most, Jeff Finger. An almost unknown commodity around the NHL, he's somewhat of an underrated player when you take a look at ...
Whenever a building is demolished by implosion the spectacle creates a horde of onlookers, feeding on a basic human attraction toward violent destruction. It is the same depraved impulse that causes so many to further the obstruction of traffic when they pass a wreck on the highway. Though the impact of such rearrangement is immediate and rife with dramatic imagery, few if...
Its been quite interesting the past few days and I am quite excited that trades seem to be back. YAY! [b]Leafs: [/b]I've noticed that alot of people HATE the moves that the leafs have made so far. And I cannot fully understand why. While I do agree that the leafs paid a fair bit for Finger and Hagman I don't think it has a negative effect on what the leafs are trying ...
With only a slim number of talented free agents remaining, fans can now take a look at their UFA acquisitions and either brag about the additions, or crawl into a dark corner pretending nothing happened. Of course, just because you landed yourself a Wade Redden doesn't mean you should be uncorking the champagne just yet, as the terms of the deal play a big part in determin...
As of July 4, 2008, these are the players currently contracted by the leafs that have a shot at making the big club [b]Forwards[/b] Nik Antropov Mark Bell Jason Blake Darryl Boyce Boyd Devereaux Robert Earl Alex Foster Mikhail Grabovski Niklas Hagman Nikolai Kulemin Jamal Mayers Dominic Moore Alexei Ponikarovsky Matt Stajan (Not yet signed, but i ...
Marian Hossa has received a thorough drubbing in the Canadian media for signing with the Red Wings. The criticism has been across the continent from Vancouver to Toronto, and from TSN as well. The worst thus far seems to have issued from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star, hammering Hossa for wanting to seek a chamionship ring and " . . . play out of a smelly, crumbling Joe ...
If the Leafs stop adding Free Agents now, they'll carry enough cap space to bring Sundin back - should he decide to play. However, right now he isn't coming. Nobody has discussed this so far, but it seems pretty obvious that with Sundin in doubt, Tucker gone and McCabe on thin ice, the Leafs will be looking for a new captain - very likely from the free agent ranks or a tr...
mightyquinn writes...

Leafs: Had good G.F

Posted Tuesday | Comments 13
As the slow summer weeks pass, every day I hear fans, talk show host, and reporter’s talk about how "It's time to write off the Leafs", "They have no offence", "Team is full of 3rd and 4th liners". To a certain degree I would have to suck up my pride and agree, well I did until I started to think and research how they ranked last year. You would be surprised some of th...
mightyquinn writes...

Tavares : Doomed To Fail?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 13
As I have mentioned in a previous blog, I am a huge Leaf fan, have been for the past 26 years(entire life). Given my memories start back when Bester was the blue and white's net minder and they lost to the Blues in the first round of the playoffs(was at one of the games at the Gardens), I like to think I have a very open mind when it comes to hockey and the Leafs. As ...
mightyquinn writes...

Will it be JOE??

Posted Thursday | Comments 2
Will it be Burke or will it be Joe?? This is the new question cropping up in Leaf land. With the recent hiring of Joe Nieuwendyk as Cliff Fletchers assistant GM, there are whispers that Joe maybe the Leafs next GM in the next couple of years (if not before the 09/10 season). Mentoring under Cliff for possibly 2 seasons, learning the ropes, everything seems to be in pla...
It needs to be said...after all the hype and rumor and silly "connect the dots" conspiracy theories trotted out this Spring to suggest that Brian Burke wants to be the Leafs' next GM...somebody has to say it: "Why Burke?" Even before Kevin Lowe leveled the boom with suggestions that Burke is more luck than genius, that he Left Dave Nonis with a mess in Vancouver; that ...
Leafs1319 writes...

The Toronto Media

Posted Friday | Comments 12
Hey, you guys, yeah I'm pointing at you in the media. It's time you stopped writing the same stuff over and over. I've started to get quite annoyed with the Toronto Hockey media the past few weeks because you continue to read the same things, printed in the paper and posted online, every day and every week. Okay, so Niklas Hagman, Jeff Finger and Curtis Joseph are not goin...
pengal writes...

Show me the Money

Posted Saturday | Comments 9
Jerry Maguire. Dan Boyle. Brian McCabe. Alexander Radulov. Nikita Filatov. Tommy Salo. Mike Milbury. Brett Favre. http://www.latimes.com/sports/printedition/la-sp-farmer12-2008jul12,0,38150.story As a new Packers fan I don't have the long term idolization most do, so Favre comes off kinda spoiled here when he says they didn't try hard enough to talk h...
There has been much crash and bang about the Leafs moves so far this off season. Signings, buyouts and trades, especially of the draft picks involved. Here is my opinion of the moves thus far. Just keep in mind that an opinion is like an anus, everyone has one and you really only care about your own.....Now mine. Buyouts: [b]Tucker[/b] - $1 million cap hit for the...
With the current roster seemingly set in stone and the unlikely return of Mats Sundin who becomes the Leafs next captain? Many things have to be considered here like who has the heart and who will be the best fit in the dressing room. Me I have to give my vote to Matt Stajan he has been around long enough to know how the team works. He has heart and really takes the re...
CAPMESS11 writes...

I SAID HOLLWEG HAD VALUE

Posted Monday | Comments 14
Ok so most of the non Rangers fans in the world continue to under estimate their young players. Enter Ryan Hollweg who virtually wrote his own release in game 3 of the Pens series. Although I didn't see the Leafs as an option, Holley will hit and grind it out up in T- DOT. I thought LA or Anaheim would have gambled on the fourth line winger, having been from Downy Calif...
Forsberg For X-mas, it just might happen. If predictions about Foppa's health stand pat, then he will be ready to get going sometime around the Holidays.The Rangers are currently holding out to see if they can land one more vet to accompany their young talent. Either they manage to pull one big rabbit out of a hat and grab Mats Sundin or bring back Brendan Shanahan for...
mapleleaf92 writes...

Element of Suprise

Posted Friday | Comments 4
Last year, the Toronto Maple Leafs finished 7th last in the league after a dissappointing campaign that had high expectations. They failed to make the playoffs for a third straight year mainly because of poor defensive play and inconsistant back-up play by Andrew Raycroft. Quite Frankly, I don't think Paul Maurice was quite up to the task of coaching in Toronto. How...
Willie Wilts writes...

Sundin: Leafs or Later?!

Posted Saturday | Comments 16
Its been 19 days since the the wave of blue and white faithful sat on edge waiting to see if Mats Sundin would sign on the dotted line with the Habs. Perhaps the Canucks would lure him with that huge 20 Mil. deal they waived.. wait, maybe he's gone to retirement.. Noone counted Sundin as a Leaf for the 08-09 schedule. Noone thought he'd ever come back to the lowly bottom...
Here's a Swedish newspaper claiming that Sundin has chosen to play for the Vancouver Canucks next year. Could be just a rumour, could be true. Who knows, but fuel to the fire. [url]http://www.dn.se/DNet/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=672&a=806514&rss=2216[/url] Google translated page: According to information provided to DN leaving Mats Sundin Toronto for Vancouver. Sundin ...
chadkilger writes...

Jason Blake: What to do?

Posted Sunday | Comments 11
Lost in the shuffle of a busy offseason in Toronto is the status of Jason Blake. The drafting of Schenn, Sundin saga and the signings of Finger and Hagman have for better or worse received most of the attention of the media. The soon to be 35 year old American had a terrible year in 07/08 on a number of levels. We all know of the cancer scare he received and Jason has do...
It is getting laughable of late with the continual flow of idiotic rumors about the future of Mats Sundin. The people who are pushing forward these "gems" are apparently doing so with the agenda of generating buzz. Whether for a blog or a Newspaper or a hockey themed show, Mats Sundin's story remains a "gravy train" for those seeking a boost in readers or ratings. The prob...
As reported by TSN: "The Toronto Maple Leafs will honour former captains Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour by raising their numbers to the rafters of the Air Canada Centre this season." Both were great players without a doubt and both were classy guys as well. However, neither brought a championship to the Leafs, the ultimate model of greatness in any league. If these pla...
Rivalries between friends who share a passion for different hockey teams is a tireless tradition. Making fun of friends whose team has performed poorly is almost as fun as watching your own team win. Blogging sites such as this one have allowed strangers to debate tirelessly on endless topics often escalating to virtual fighting. As a Canadiens fan I have personally...
First off let me apologize to all of the Toronto Maple Leaf fans that were hoping Brian Burke was going to be their General Manager next year, but the writing is on the wall that he is staying with the Ducks. What is that writing you may be asking yourself? Well, it’s the Ducks resigning of Randy Carlyle to a two year contract. Now I'm sure you're asking yourself,...
nreeb21 writes...

What Will Wilson Do?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 5
The off-season moves made by the Leafs are puzzling to say the least. The strangest was the hiring of Ron Wilson as head coach. Wilson is a defense first, hard nosed, no nonsense coach. He will be able to install a system that the Leafs have needed for years. Most of Leafs Nation would like to see the team finish last in order to get the top pick in the '09 draft, my...
mightyquinn writes...

One more Sundin Rumor!!!

Posted Thursday | Comments 10
Listening to "Leafs Lunch" on AM640 this after noon I heard some interesting things. Mike Seidel of THN and Chief Scout for North American Central Scouting mentioned that a source close to him and he considers very reliable told him that (and im paraphrasing) Sundin really wants to come back to Leafs but he also wanted former Leafs captain Doug Gilmore as an assistant coa...
Anyone else think that the NHL, Executives, Players, and Agents alike use him to deflect the real goings-on in the NHL? I think so. His blogs are as reliable as a Ford Pinto, or less reliable. It's like bizarro blogging. Whatever he writes, just believe the opposite and it would stand a much better chance of becoming true. Sundin going to Montreal or Toronto? well...
There are polar opinions on the Leafs decision to recognize two former players with a number honouring ceremony this season. Apparently, some hockey fans belive these players to be unworthy of recognition, for a multitude of reasons. I can respect your opinions, whatever they may be, I don't however, agree with them. I have a confession to make first off. Doug Gilmou...
Here are 13 why reasons that Mats Sundin should sign with the Habs: 1. Sundin has a Stanley Cup drought of 17 years and the Hab have a drought of 15 years. They are in a position to help each other out. 2. Sundin would put himself to not only win a Stanley Cup, but to win it in the greatest hockey city on earth. When you win a cup in Carolina, you get a ring. When y...
Ok so before Rangers fans panic at the Nedved button understand his invitation is only an insurance policy. In the event that the Sundin train pulls into MSG the club will have to clear cap room. Moving a center like Blair Betts plus to a club like LA who still needs to reach the cap floor is an option. What's attractive to opposing teams is that a few of the Rangers su...
I made this comment recently in response to someone saying that the Rangers are at the top of the list. Look at logically: As of right now the Rangers have less than a million in cap space left. Lets assume Sundin is commanding at least 7 milliion on the market to go to a 'contender'. That's a fair number since it is reportedly the same as Montreal's offer. Well the ...
ndk writes...

The Possible Leafs 2008-2009

Posted Sunday | Comments 14
If this off season is as slow and arduous to any of you as it is to me I'm guessing many of you have already tried the same exercise that i'm about to do. In fact, i've seen many suggestions on the HB boards, and they have in part helped shape my perception of how the Leafs will look come opening night. Now, keep in mind, there can still be changes to the roster within ...
jackws24 writes...

Sundin's playin Fletch'

Posted Monday | Comments 3
Isn't it obvious that Mats Sundin is playing TML? And who can blame him!? Think about it, If you were Mats right now, after being asked to waive your ntc after stating you don't want to be a rental player, wouldn't you be a little pissed off? I mean sure Fletcher was doing his job but for god sake, he already had said no, Mats had been loyal to the Leafs, they should show ...
Toskala35 writes...

Dr. Mats...

Posted Tuesday | Comments 4
[img]http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j303/EaglesWallpaper/sundinhospital-1.jpg[/img] [b]My attempt at a comedic view of the Sundin Saga, might as well do something to pass the time, so read this:[/b] --------------------------------------------------------------------- A Doctor paces the hallway of a transplant ward of a hospital. In his hands, a heart, it shows...
As each day passes Leaf fans wonder what the hell is Mats Sundin thinking and when will he ever make up his mind on whether he wants to play or not and if yes where? The question is will Sundin come back to the buds or has his time here passed? I for one think Sundin might be leaning Toronto's way based on everything he has said in the past but lets not talk about th...
There are those who play in NY and those who play for NY. In the NY sports market there are the types who follow the money and not their hearts and crumble under the big lights. But then there are those that blend into the bright lights and become one with the city. From baseball to hockey we have seen players come here only to crash and burn . There was Theo Fleury wh...
After months of playing hard-ball, it appears Bryan McCabe is finally realizing his tenure in Toronto is tarnished, and the only way to continue with his career is to start anew. According to The Toronto Star, McCabe's agent, Ian Pulver, has confirmed the two sides have been discussing the possibility of a trade. ''Bryan is starting to think about possibly getting his ...
How good of an NHL player will he be? Who knows but I'm sick and tired of people looking looking at www.hockeysfuture.com or www.russianprospects.com to find scouting reports that are 3 years old thinking that thats all the player could offer. I believe a year a go Anton Stralman was listed as i believe a 6.0 B or C which is a bottom pairing being the ceiling of his potent...
I love looking back to see what kind of ramifications past trades hold on the present-time NHL. For example, in 1990 the Flames and Devils swapped a number of picks that gave the Flames the 11th pick (Trevor Kidd) and the Devils the 20th pick... which just happened to be Martin Brodeur. Bruins blogger Jesse Connolly wrote about the Cam Neely/Barry Pederson trade that, af...
MDLerner writes...

My First Blog on HB

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
After using hockeybuzz as a resource for hockey rumours and information for almost 5 months, I have finally decided to create my own blog, to discuss anything and everything primarily about the Toronto Maple Leafs. To briefly introduce myself, I am a sixteen year old highschooler and live outside of Toronto, Canada. I play competitive hockey, and have always been a hu...
Buts16 writes...

Saturday Morning Coffee

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Not much hockey to talk about these days??? I'll do my best to keep focused on hockey but my blogs are starting to be very un-hockey related. Funny how none of the Leafs wanted to move at the trade deadline and now Tucker is gone, McCabe is on his way out and God only knows what's up with Meatball Sundin. Jose Theodore a Washington Capital, that just doesn't sound...
yideboit writes...

Is it just me...

Posted Sunday | Comments 4
I'm relatively new on the hockeybuzz.com blog scene, but I am going to try and write at least one a week with the title above; "Is it just me..." In this, the first installment, I am going to discuss the current Maple Leafs roster, as it stands today, and how it would fair this upcoming season. Of course, as stated, this is how it stands today, so I am going to exclu...
Lupini writes...

Make Your Super Team

Posted Thursday | Comments 33
So, being that this the first blog I have ever written on here, I wanted to stay somewhat neutral with my topic. That means no Sundin or McCabe talk, no Radulov and CHL talk, no trade rumors or speculations. Just something fun. What I want to know is if you were to make a team, using one player from every team, who would you pick? Now let me add the restrictions. You mu...
doktordave writes...

SUNDIN SHOCKER!!

Posted Friday | Comments 7
Though he's a Swedish citizen and never been involved in politics, sources suggest that Mats Sundin has been offered a spot on Barrak Obama's ticket as Vice Presidential candiate. Now we have 6 teams in North America and 1 political party pursuing the vaunted Swede. Sundin apparently has asked for a few days to think it over. Meanwhile, Republican John McCain is rumored to...
yideboit writes...

Is it just me...

Posted Saturday | Comments 11
Continuing the blog as I said I would for all you loyal blog readers, and all comments, suggestions, etc are welcome and appreciated. For this weeks blog, I want to know; is it just me... or are you as torn as I am as to what you want the Leafs to accomplish next season. Sure, finishing dead last would give us the best odds at drafting highly-touted John Tavares, howeve...
Lets say hypothetically the rumoured McCabe for Van Ryn swap happens. Who do you like better as a hockey player. Lets put aside the contract situations, the infamous own goal brain cramp, the pure hatred Leaf fans have towards #24. Is this a good hockey trade for the Leafs? Is Van Ryn an upgrade or a downgrade? I'm curious to hear peoples opinions from a pure hockey p...
Ok so its' been a few weeks since my last post. The latest rumor has the Rangers moving Scott Gomez to make room for Mats Sudin and about 6 mill per year. If this holds water and the Canucks are looking into picking up the All-star center,they should be prepared to make a realistic offer. For years NY clubs have been exploited and held over the fires when trying to m...
As pre-season approaches we as hockey fans are faced with another aging vet, deciding IF he's gonna play another season and if so at what point of the season he is going to start again. The ugly truth seems to be that Sundin is going to follow Scotty Nieds. and Teemu's path and delay the start of "thier" season till they decide. All summer J.P. Barry has given us "deadl...
doktordave writes...

Sundin Magical Mystery Tour

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
Interesting that Mats Sundin will be in Toronto Friday September 5th for the first ever Festival Cup charity hockey game. Certainly they couldn't ask for a bigger draw to get a crowd and lots of press coverage also. Hopefully his presence won't overshadow the charity aspect. There are still theories out there that Mats really wants to return to Toronto to end his career, b...
mapleleafsfan writes...

Opening Night Line-up!

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Alright guys just decided to write a blog about the upcoming lineup this season.enjoy! So were all assuming Mats Sundin isnt coming back and for most of us we hope he doesnt for the good.(Tavares,Hedstrom,B.Schenn).And with the McCabe deal to be anounced in the next few days, and the rumored return to possibly be Van Ryn and Zednik for McCabe and Poni. This is how i wou...
The Bryan McCabe trade finally became official today as the Leafs ended an almost 8 year relationship with the 33 year old defenseman. So much has been written about McCabe in the last couple months but what do we know about the man the Leafs received in return? Mike Van Ryn has been a Leaf for under 12 hours and already people are speculating about his future (or lack t...
saneopinion writes...

What makes me sick??

Posted Wednesday | Comments 20
Mats Sundin. Yeah that's right I said it, a lot of us have been thinking it too. I know the media and hockey forums have to discuss something during the off season but by this point we should be discussing how Koivu and Sundin will play together or about his heroic return to the leafs...or even the up coming gomez trade since Sundin signed in N.Y. Instead we get to read...
Elchrisco writes...

Hockey Headlines

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Today's headlines as we head into the new NHL season: [b]Marian Gaborik and The Crystal Groin[/b] Can a young star overcome all odds and finally remain healthy? [b]Thunderstruck[/b] Tampa Bay has made a lot of thunder, but is there any lightning? [b]General Hospital[/b] Peter Forsberg. (Need I say more?) [b]Leafs Suck[/b] again. [b]The Mighty Pacific[/...
CAPMESS11 writes...

SUNIDN INTERVIEW ON TO 640

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
Here you go. http://www.640toronto.com/HostsandShows/LeafsLunch/Podcast.aspx
I know what you are all thinking , another blog dedicated to hating on Mats Sundin. Though at times I have , this is not the purpose of my blog. We are all painfully aware that Mats Sundin has yet to decide if he wants to play or not . We know this as we have had it rammed down our throats since July . But have we not opened our mouths as well, to enable it to be shoved...
Maple Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher recently announced that he is most likely sticking with his current roster until training camp starts and several pre-season games have been played. There are many questions with this 08/09 group of forwards, more than I can ever remember. For starters, there is no clear cut #1 Centre for the 1st time in over a decade. Mats Sundin is not on...
Were nearing the beginning of the season, still no word on sundin, so since hes not on the roster as of now, I won't use him. These are just my thoughts on the way the lines should be. Line 1- Blake-Antropov-Hagman I like this combination because it gives blake a chance to get his scoring touch back, it also gives hagman a chance ...
While Fletcher has made some questionable trades this off-season, the addition of Grabovski to the Leafs' line-up is an intriguing one - one that is going to cost Toronto a 2nd round selection in 2010. Grabovski is a bit of an unknown commodity. Having just 27 games of experience in his NHL career, (played 24 last season) he has shown strong offensive potential consider...
Ok as with before I spin the ol' roulette , it lands upon a team and I give my run down for it.Onto the spin! ......... The Toronto Maple Leafs With out question this is one of the most changed teams in the league. Fletcher swore he would chang the look of it, and has succeeded in doing that much in his short time with the franchise again. With the departure of se...
Ron Guillet writes...

Grading Cliff Fletcher

Posted Wednesday | Comments 13
Rebuild. That was the game plan going in to the off-season after another abysmal season from our boys in Blue and White. Given this arduous task was veteran GM Cliff Fletcher. I mean, it's not every day that MLSE realize their failure and place this kind of responsibility on their GM (or... is it?). Fletcher got to work right away, trading a 3rd round selection in...
Acekicker123 writes...

Schenn: One Dimensional?

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
On Draft Day ‘08, the Toronto Maple Leafs made the bold move of trading up from the 7th selection to grab Kelowna Rockets defenseman Luke Schenn 5th overall. Leaf fans have been waiting a long, long time for a young franchise calibre to fall into their lap, and they may finally have found one in Luke. Heading into the draft weekend, Schenn had the presitigious honor o...
Acekicker123 writes...

Schenn: One Dimensional?

Posted Thursday | Comments 3
On Draft Day ‘08, the Toronto Maple Leafs made the bold move of trading up from the 7th selection to grab Kelowna Rockets defenseman Luke Schenn 5th overall. Leaf fans have been waiting a long, long time for a young franchise calibre to fall into their lap, and they may finally have found one in Luke. Heading into the draft weekend, Schenn had the presitigious honor o...
Manics writes...

Season to look forward to !

Posted Thursday | Comments 2
With the upcoming 2008/2009 NHL season upon us, there is a certain buzz in the air. Where better to enjoy this buzz then at this fine site? My hats off to Eklund for setting this forum up where we the real fans can share our information about our beloved team. I will have many stories and updates for Leaf fans from these very pages. All I can say is, based on my talk...
mapleleafsforever writes...

Logjam Schmogjam

Posted Thursday | Comments 9
Trader Cliff's opinion of the entry draft mirror's this neophytic blogger's feelings towards the constant worry over the logjam on the Leafs' blueline. There isn't one. Nope. Not at all. I think the reason for this perception stems from the fact that we've all been overwhelmed by the number of roster changes but a quick glance at the depth chart will alleviate our co...
mightyquinn writes...

Sundin to wait a Year??

Posted Friday | Comments 14
I know this story has been told and told and told over again. Here I am adding another story to it. I haven't written a blog in quite some time, but it because I have been away working on making contacts so when I write a blog I have some substance behind what I am writing. Back to the story I started out writing. For the past 2 months I have been in almost daily con...
The Toronto Maple Leafs defense has by no means been full of all-star caliber players and has struggled on numerous occasions since the post-lockout era. Needless to say, it's never really been one of their strong points. This season however, their defense may be one of the few bright spots on a season that many are predicting to be more than abysmal. The one thing the...
Ive been away from the site for a bit "having a summer"... yes, some things do take presidence over the local rumours in sports, not many things, but there are a few. After reading up on the predictions for the Leafs season and watching the analysts analyze I thought there was nothing that could be added to: no sundin, no top6, no goals, no way (in the deepest hottest d...
Manics writes...

Leafs pre-season look

Posted Tuesday | Comments 8
Monday September 22nd will be the first preseason game for the boys in blue against the long time rivals from Buffalo. This will give fans their first glimpse of the new look Leafs, and provide a chance for them to marvel at some of the young prospects that are now emerging in Leaf land. The most heralded of the newcomers will of course be Luke Schenn, the Leafs #1 p...
There’s a little bit of the irony in the title because in fact, Christopher Didomenico has rarely been in the spotlight at all during his hockey career. He is the definition of an underdog, and a testament to what hard work and perserverance can lead to. As a young Toronto native, he was passed over by the OHL draft, after playing just 4 games in 2 seasons with the No...
Schenn will play for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season. I'm as sure of this as I am that Carlo Calaiacovo will get injured. While there is an abundance of defensemen competing for the two available positions (Kaberle, Kubina, Finger and Frogren will form the Leafs' top 4), Schenn will, at some point, stand-out from the majority of the group. Whether it's in training c...
It's time for Ponikarovsky to step up. No more excuses. The now-Canadian citizen is going to have display his talent and prove to the Leafs why he should rejoin them in the long-term. The six-foot-four, 220 pound sniper has shown glimpses of being top-six forward quality, but that's as far as he goes before falling back into inconsistency. In Ponikarovsky, the Leafs ...
...why the Leafs signed Jeff Finger? Well, at least I got a Finger joke out of the way early on. When the numbers 3.5 over 4 were first thrown around on the AM640, I figured it was a fantastic signing as Finger was one of the more underrated players in the league I hoped the Leafs would go after. I figured something in the range of $1.5-2M would be a great bargain, b...
[img]http://i37.tinypic.com/m748r8.jpg[/img] Recently I had the opportunity to spend some time with one of the newer Leafs, Jamal Mayers. I admittedly knew little about him before he was acquired by the Leafs and I was eager to get his thoughts on his new role with the club. Strolling around Toronto on a warm summer's day and getting thoughts from an NHL veteran was a...
It has arrived. After months of psychiatric help and forcing myself to watch football, I can finally go back to destroying my social life and concentrating on hockey. The Leafs are back in action and ready to make their pre-season debut. Many questions will begin to unfold and day-by-day the Leafs' final roster will take its form. The Leafs lace 'em up against their...
If the Leafs wanted to mimic a team's success, it would probably be that of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens built their team around a superstar. Then more superstars. And even more superstars. There were a few surprises, but for the most part Crosby, Malkin, Staal and Fleury. Add Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang, Ryan Whitney and Pascal Dupuis to veterans Darryl Sydor, Ser...
Manics writes...

Colaiacovo breakout season?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 23
Leaf fans know all too well the saga of Carlo Colaiacovo. A high Leaf draft pick with tons of expectations thrown his way, only to see his career sidelined by injury after injury. Still only 25 years of age, he hopes to put all the setbacks behind him and emerge as a new Leaf star on the blueline. With the recent departure of Bryan McCabe, Carlo should see plenty of ic...
Dale Mitchell was picked in the 3rd round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, 74th overall. At the time of the selection, Mitchell garnered plenty of interest and pressure from the fans and media as the Leafs' first pick that year. They had traded away their 1st and 2nd round picks to San Jose as part of the Vesa Toskala trade earlier that day. A little over a year later, Mitchel...
I know that he's put in his time. 14 years at a paper in Peterborough, 16 years at the hockeynews and now with Rogers Sportsnet's and the fan590 on Hockeycentral, but really, c'mon. The Leafs have played 2 pre-season games. 2. They've been in camp for all of a week. They've barely had a second to take in the city, let alone the media throng that is you and Howard. ...
Manics writes...

Stajan: A Class Act

Posted Saturday | Comments 6
I had the opportunity to interview one of the longer serving Leafs and it was a very engaging discussion. Matt Stajan is a very well spoken, intelligent hockey player and his open and honest responses to my questions were a breath of fresh air. Since playing his first game as a Leaf in the 2002/2003 campaign, he has gained a loyal following of supporters both on and off ...
The season is approaching and preseason hockey continues to serve as an indicator for what is to come from the many new faces that compromise the '08-09 Leafs. Going into the season, many questions are circulating around the struggling franchise. While expectations are low, getting embarrassed is not in the blueprint. The team could surprise, but the nucleus must take a...
Tons of hype and mostly disappointing results. On the surface, it would seem like Boston product Jimmy Hayes and the Toronto Maple Leafs were a match made in heaven. All kidding aside, Hayes was drafted by Toronto in the 2nd round, 60th overall this past June. Once touted as a possible Top 10 pick in one of the deepest draft classes of the decade, Jimmy had an absolu...
mightyquinn writes...

Looking for Moves

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
Been away from the Leaf's page the last couple of weeks, but i have returned. Talking to my source(who has some great connections to the Leafs) has told me that they are hearing that Cliff is still looking to move some body around. With the back log of D men the name of Carlo Colaiacovo has come up as a prospect that teams are really looking at. Word is that Cliff is loo...
Manics writes...

Great preseason strides

Posted Friday | Comments 2
With three pre-season games to go, the Maple Leafs are making great strides towards a promising 2008/2009 campaign. Ron Wilson has juggled his lineup each and every game to get just the right mix of players all going towards one goal. Those who follow this team closely have seen significant bright spots and are real pleased with the team's progress to date. Here's just ...
jsimms52 writes...

My Predictions!

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Here are my predictions for the 2008-09 season: [b]Eastern Conference[/b] 1. Montreal 2. NY Rangers 3. Washington 4. Pittsburgh 5. Philadelphia 6. New Jersey 7. Ottawa 8. Carolina 9. Buffalo 10. Tampa Bay 11. Boston 12. Toronto 13. Florda 14. NY Islanders 15. Atlanta [b]Western Conference[/b] 1. Detroit 2. San Jose 3. Calgary 4. Dallas 5. Chicag...
Preseason has concluded for the Toronto Maple Leafs. After 9 games of juggling line-ups and testing their young guns, the Leafs have finished with a 2-6-1 record. However, this blog does not have the objective to bash the Leafs and bring the fan base to a heaving sigh. Instead, let's take a different approach. Let's go into the season with our heads high. Let's go into the...
Tucker, McCabe, Raycroft, Sundin.. what meaning do these names hold? They are the mainstays in what will come to be remembered for the forceable future as the last Leaf team that could compete. This years round-up sells itself considerably short in comparison to the band of jolly clowns that has missed the post season by a hair in each of the last 3 seasons. So where do...
Over this summer and much of last season there has been a great debate on how to turn the Leafs around. Everyone has an idea and everyone has an opinion. Finally after much of the same over the past few seasons the Leafs admitted that they had to stop, slow down and rebuild a very proud and storied franchise. Quick fixes have not worked. Every good team in the NHL has rebu...
As the 2008-2009 NHL regular season is about to dawn on the Toronto Maple Leafs' first rebuilding season in decades, it's time to get excited. There is a mysterious aspect to this team that hasn't been present for many years. The mystery, however, isn't where the Leafs will finish in the standings - you can definitively say they will finish in the bottom 6 (an envious plac...
C4LL4W4Y writes...

Northeast Division Preview

Posted Thursday | Comments 4
[b]Northeast Division[/b] [i]Canadiens[/i] After a difficult 06-07 that saw the Canadiens barely miss the playoffs, GM Bob Gainey sat and did nothing in the offseason...and he was vilified for it. The Montreal media couldn't understand why Gainey wanted to put his youngsters in positions to make plays. Well it worked, and the Habs grabbed the #1 seed in the East last...
As I sit here gazing at the many fellow students trying to get inside their bus without getting soaking wet, I am reminded of the Leafs. As I sit here typing up this article on my laptop, that I bought two years ago as one piece and is now breaking up into two separate pieces, I am reminded of the Leafs. As I sit here trying to get through this chapter, which has a c...
Apparently spirit [i][b]is[/b][/i] everything. Let's begin with a disclaimer that may not appear enough in Leafland: I still don't think the Leafs are making the playoffs, and I still don't think the Leafs are winning the Cup - and all this despite a fantastic, energized, fast-paced, defensively-sound game by the Blue and White over the defending Stanley Cup champions. ...
Manics writes...

A great night

Posted Friday | Comments 9
I look forward to the first regular season Leaf game each year and last night was no different. As I sat watching the Stanley Cup banner raised to the rafters, the chills went up my spine. The crowd was wild with enthusiasm for their hometown Wings, and everyone had "blowout" on their minds. The Leafs had other ideas. Building upon the positive signs they showed dur...
tml1967 writes...

The Leafs Defense

Posted Sunday | Comments 2
The Leafs find themselves in a interesting situation on defense as they have 9 defensemen on their roster and will need to clear a couple within a few weeks once Jeff Finger returns. Leafs 1st rounder Luke Scheen has not looked out of place in the big leagues even if he looked a tad slow against Montreal yesterday. Frogren also had a tough night but he has an edge to him w...
Since the turn of the new millenium, Leaf fans have grown accustomed to seeing a late twenties' Bryan McCabe take charge of what was predominantly a veteran laden defense core. We'd often see him bellowing out orders from the bench, sticking up for his teammates even when it probably wasn't in his best interest to do so (getting ragdolled by Chara comes to mind), or displa...
Three games into the season and the Toronto Maple Leafs have already embarked on an up and down ride. After defeating the Detroit Red Wings in an aggressive, defensively responsible and convincing opening game, the Leafs are now spinning their tires. Saturday night's debacle at the ACC was an embarrassing display that saw the Leafs panic under attack, never regaining th...
Anne Hier writes...

Rorschach Inkblot Logos

Posted Tuesday | Comments 4
Good logo design is simple. Good logo design is strong. Good logo design quickly conveys an image that identifies a team. Hockey has quite a few logos that fit that description, among them: Red Wings Maple Leafs New Jersey Devils (clearly the most creative marriage of letter abbreviations and symbolic images representing a devil). There are also some logos that a...
Manics writes...

One step up, two steps back

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
After a long weekend of following the Leafs and eating turkey, it seems the two were intertwined. After a spectacular showing Thursday night in Detroit, the Leafs came out flat on Saturday vs. the Habs, and then lost a heart breaker to a young upstart team from St. Louis. These types of games can be expected from a young building club like the Leafs. Full of promise a...
tml1967 writes...

Will Ponikarovsky ever get it?

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
Alex Ponikarovsky also know as Poni in Toronto has scored 60 goals the past three season for Toronto but does not seem to get understand the concept of keep your stick down. Poni took another lazy penalty against the Rangers last night because he stopped moving his feet, thanks to the stellar play of Toskala the Leafs managed to get a point out of another shootout loss but...
The Leafs are six games into the year and fans around the globe are wondering will the Leafs be able to score any goals?. The Leafs have scored a grand total of 11 goals and are on pace for a grand total of 150 goals forward, take into consideration that the Leafs scored 3 goals against Detroit in the season opener and 3 at home against St. Louis so we have 5 in the 4 othe...
Manics writes...

A Finger up

Posted Sunday | Comments 7
After many laptop issues, some family matters to attend to, I'm finally back to blog again! It's been a few games since my last Leaf report and just when things were looking bleak, the Leafs have pulled it together the last 3 games to play some incredibly sound hockey. Backtrack to a Friday night in New York, Carlo Colaiacovo is feeling glum because he's learned he's t...
Manics writes...

Character win.

Posted Thursday | Comments 4
A crazy night in Jersey, the kind of game where team chemistry is built, leaders emerge and heroes are born. Taking the game in with Carlo Colaiacovo as he sit out yet another game was very difficult. Carlo is keeping a good attitude, but is very disappointed that he's not getting the chance to play for this team. He was the first guy jumping up and down and high-fi...
To nobody's surprise, Stephen Valiquette will start in goal. From early indications it looks as if Dan Fritsche will get the nod alongside Chris Drury and Markus Naslund. I don't really understand it - or the fact that Tom Renney sees so much need to keep shuffling the line combinations despite the relative success the Rangers have had. Traditional wisdom says that play...
Twelve games into the NHL season and the Leafs have garnered a 5-4-3 record. Considering NHL critics predicted the Maple Leafs to get humiliated this season, they are one of the biggest surprises so far. While they battled with a 5-game losing streak early on, the Leafs displayed a ton of heart during the losing skid. In fact, most of those losses were one-goal deficits...
Ron Guillet writes...

It's Time to Trade Steen

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
I've been an Alexander Steen supporter even since he debuted with the Leafs back in the 2005-06 campaign. Since that time, Steen has made no progress offensively, posting 35-45 points a season in his short NHL career thus far. That has to change. No ifs, ands or buts. Steen has been radiating top-six forward potential every season, and then he falls into a coma once mor...
OK, a little euphoria was certainly in order after some of those impressive wins in comeback fashion and everyone realized that the Leafs weren't going to be the total doormat that people expected. Schenn was a pleasant surprise, Hagman/Grabovski/Kulemin showed speed and flair, and it became clear that the Leafs were going to be a TTPA ("A tough team to play against.") ...
amidst tundra writes...

The Ron Wilson Way

Posted Friday | Comments 0
An arrogant, egotistical taskmaster touching down in the Toronto fishbowl, Ron Wilson’s appointment may not have been an obvious choice with so many candidates in the close season merry-go-round, yet with Wilson’s strategy of lowering expectations helping stick the mantra of underdog on a franchise so long riddled with media expectation, the Maple Leafs have proven man...
In light of the economic "catastrophe" taking place I thought I'd take a look at which NHL clubs have put their eggs in the most profitable baskets. In the pre-cap era NHL GM's needed to ensure that their payroll reflected the success of their team. For instance, the turn-of-the-century Rangers were a woefully overpaid under-achieving squad, routinely finishing in...
I've been asking myself who would be the best player to be captain and lead the Leafs moving forward, and I have come to the conclusion Scott Hartnell is the man. He is perfect, a gritty full of heart player who can pot you a few points and put slackers in their place. In addition he is under contract for 4 more years after the 08-09 season. The only problem...............
I have to say that watching the Leafs this season has been exciting, the team skates, it is now scoring and more importantly winning some games. This could mean its time to plan the Stanley Cup parade route, all joking aside i don't expect very much from this squad but that may be part of the reason i enjoy watching them so much this season. There is one thing that i have ...
Manics writes...

Burke coming to Leafs

Posted Thursday | Comments 7
I don't have a whole lot to say this morning as I've been swamped the last little while with travel back and forth across the continent as well as a quick trip to Europe to see a kid play, but believe it Leaf fans, the Brian Burke era will begin shortly. My quick phone conversation with Burke the other day pretty much had me convinced he'd be in the Leafs top position n...
The Freshman writes...

The Blake Shake...

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
Jason Blake is in the dog house. His play of late has seemed uninspired and his antics may be destroying the moral in the dressing room. The obvious option is to sit him and hope that lights a fire under his posterior, however that doesn't really solve the problem of him not fitting into the top two lines. Anther more aggressive option is to post him on waivers and then...
Well it is still a day away from our next game but I can't help but write about what went on the last week and a half in Canuck land. Luongo shook of the rust and lose of his hair to show every team why they should be worried when he is between the pipes. His play is something that I personally come to love from the elite goalies in the league. There is something absolu...
If you look back to July and August the Leafs would have given Matt Stajan away for basically nothing. He was even a healthy scratch early into this season. Now however he is showing us what Pat Quinn and the Leaf's brass had noticed in his game. Taken in the second round 57 overall to his hometown Maple Leafs the pressure was on Matt right away. Scoring in his first N...
There's nothing quite more satisfactory than scoring on the team that recently told you "We don't think you're quite worthy for this team, you're being put on waivers" Mr. Kyle Wellwood got to feel this just a few hours ago when he lit the lamp against his former Toronto Maple Leafs, shoveling the puck past Vesa Toskala in the first period. Quite frankly, I was one o...
Ron Guillet writes...

A Rant

Posted Monday | Comments 18
The only way to possibly heal the emotional wounds this team has caused me is to rant. If I don't, I fear a heart attack is in order for the very near future. I'll start with an issue that needs to be resolved, an issue that is causing me a loss of hair, an issue forcing me to listen to Simple Plan and lock myself in my room for days. That issue is the goaltending of V...
cor99 writes...

Burke To Toronto This Weekend

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Everyone knows that Brian Burke is coming to Toronto, But the matter is when! Most people think that it will be a long process but Brian Burke would not leave the Ducks without a back-up process in place. So Could Brian Burke and the Leafs have a deal planned out already? Financial terms yes, A probable 5 year 2.0-3.0 million each year. But how much power hehas is anothe...
amidst tundra writes...

The Vancouver Model

Posted Wednesday | Comments 7
Months of uncertainty and speculation are likely to come to an end in the next week when Brian Burke and his associates meet with Richard Peddie and the MLSE. The groups have already spoken albeit lawyer to lawyer last weekend to confirm the Anaheim Ducks had signed papers allowing their former GM to talk with other teams and if reports are to be believed, groundwork was l...
While the expectations on the Maple Leafs are significantly lower than that of their provincial rivals they both have glaring problems. The Leafs need a solid top 4 scorer while the Sens need some back end help...goal tending to be precise. The Sens are a little worse for ware as they were slated to be a contender for the eastern conference title, not the basement. No...
The reports around the NHL right now are that the Capitals are trying to move veteran center Michael Nylander. Nylander has two goals and ten assists this season and is a minus two. Recently, Boudreau has not been impressed with his play and subsequently made him a healthy scratch last week against New Jersey. He returned to the line up the next game, only because of recen...
The Leafs have traded away another two players from the non playoff clubs of the past three seasons, we can say goodbye to Steen and Colaiacovo as they pack their bags and head over to St. Louis while the Leafs get Lee Stempniak the 25 year old former 27 goal scorer. The Leafs who are getting closer and closer to the Brian Burke era seem to be content on a complete makeove...
Manics writes...

Leafs ever changing

Posted Tuesday | Comments 19
Like a gut punch. That's how it feels to have one of your good friends traded away from the team you love. It's been a rough first part of the season for Carlo Colaiacovo and now his brief tenure with his beloved Maple Leafs comes to a crashing halt. Nothing had to be said between us as I saw Carlo yesterday afternoon. Watery eyes, a shrug of the shoulders, our e...
Well the news for the Capitals has not gotten any better, yet again. In fact, it's worse. Captain Chris Clark has been put on long term IR again. Apparently, Clark is suffering from a stress fracture in his right forearm. This is just the latest in a rash of injuries that have stuck the Caps in the last two weeks. Originally it looked like it was the Carolina Hurricane...
walrus writes...

The Burke Effect

Posted Friday | Comments 0
With what I have read and heard of Burke's intentions, It's clear the team will be allowed to do a free fall this year in that process we're going to see some guys traded for prospects and young roster players. Here's who I see gone sometime this year(not because I don't like them but because a new manger will put their own identity on this team; Toskala - Grade A Ro...
Manics writes...

Burke era to begin

Posted Friday | Comments 2
As I posted in this blog over 2 weeks ago, Brian Burke is ready to step in as president and general manager of the Maple Leafs. The timing couldn't be better for both Burke and the Leafs. Burke now has plenty of opportunity to assess the team, prepare for the trading deadline and prepare for next summer's draft. It seems that MLSE has finally got something right and h...
Inspired by Jason Blake's unmovable contract I thought I'd post the 5 Most untradeable contracts in the league. 5. Ryan Malone 4 more years @4.5 million- This was a toss up between him and Michael Ryder. Malone wins because his team is playing terrible. It doesn't matter if you're a playoff performer if you can't get your team to the playoffs. 4. Sean Avery 3 more y...
TML35 writes...

Brian Burke?! Naw, he's Garbage.

Posted Saturday | Comments 7
Brian Burke. Surprise, eh? Everyone knew it would be coming for about a week now, and now what to expect? I was never a fan of Brian Burke. I think his draft record stinks, I hate that he supposedly does not like Europeans, and I think he doesn’t know how to manage the cap. But that’s just my worthless opinion ;) A look at his draft record could tell us exact...
A-Mar writes...

Leafs trading chips

Posted Monday | Comments 9
Essentially I see a lot of comments that talk about Leafs fans overvaluing players... and for the most part thats true... if you were to pick up the public sentiment two years ago, you'd think that Darcy Tucker was on the path to a Rocket Richard trophy before he got injured later in the campaign... if you think that's rough... you should have been in Toronto when Domi was...
During Saturday's press conference to the Toronto media, Brian Burke all but confirmed that the Leafs are officially out of the Sundin sweepstakes. “I don’t think we fit his profile as a team,” said Burke. He referred to the 2-year $20 million offer from the Vancouver Canucks, putting the emphasis on the fact that Sundin's comeback is not about money, but about playi...
Toskala35 writes...

The San Jose Sharks: 'Wow'

Posted Wednesday | Comments 2
[IMG]http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j303/EaglesWallpaper/dsfoigjh.jpg[/IMG] [i](Photo Courtesy mapleleafs.nhl.com)[/i] December 3, 2008 By Jon Cunningham [b]"Wow"[/b] That was the word constantly coming to my mind as I sit watching the Sharks take on my Maple Leafs. I have never seen a team that is more complete then this years edition of the Sharks from San Jo...
Wow, it's like a bad movie week this week as the Toronto Maple Leafs saga comes to an end with Burke finally becoming the New General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Or, as I would like to call it, the worst kept secret in the NHL. What really bothers me with this incident was that there was really no doubt about this. With the Burke hiring, there was really no big ...
Ron Guillet writes...

The Trade Bait

Posted Saturday | Comments 13
With the announcement of Brian Burke as Leafs GM, the trades are inevitable. After all, this is not Burke's team, it's Cliff Fletcher's. That's not a bad thing. In fact, Fletcher's acquisitions have instilled hope to a fanbase in dire of need of it - and I speak for all of Leaf Nation when I say it feels damn good to be building for the future. That said, Burke's ...
It's tough to say what the price of moving up in a draft like this one would be. Moving even a few spots in the top ten could be quite expensive. Garth Snow was demanding the Leafs pick along with two additional 2nd round picks(we ended up giving him a 2nd and 3rd) in last year's draft to move up two spots. This was the price in a draft not as strong as this one. With ...
erby writes...

Fantasy and post-game

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
First, fantasy hockey. 1. 1480.30 - erby's Dance Party (me!) 2. 1405.40 - Bomb Squad 3. 1378.40 - Jamaican Me Crazy 4. 1245.50 - Downward Spiral ... (9 teams total) Look at that lead! Heck yeah!!! New switch-ups: Kuba is back in (Kronwall was the problem, not him) and I traded in Arnott for Dubinsky. Semin is back and racking up points already. Zherdev ha...
Vesa Toskala has reclaimed his role as the Leafs' top player. Similar to last season, Toskala got off to a slow start, struggling to provide his team with solid goaltending. Looking at how the defense has performed this season, consistent goaltending is a necessity. But have no fear, Toskala is here... finally. The re-emergence of the Finnish goaltender is not onl...
ndk writes...

That's a lot of spilt milk....

Posted Tuesday | Comments 1
I was just watching the TSN panel talk about Burke's moves for next season and one of the guys (Mr. Hockey Insider) was talking about the confirmed and approved trades Fletch got last year but was blocked by NTCs. It was a terrible reminder of how futile Fletch's trade deadline push was. For of you who don't remember or never heard about it: Sundin Higgins, Grabovski &...
Since the lockout, the NHL has both enacted and endured many changes. One of the most intriguing, and certainly the most disturbing is one that has overcome many members of the media who make a living covering the NHL. According to many card-carrying members of the hockey-media, post lockout teams should be more than willing to throw entire seasons and lose "on-purpose"...
Cdnsg99 writes...

NHL Power Poll

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
In honour of the original sports guy Bill Simmons and on the eve of the World Jrs we introduce the 1st Canadian Sports Guys NHL Power Poll of the season. [b]The John Tavares Division[/b] 30-Tampa Bay Lightning SEEN STAMKOS? One thing is for sure about this Lightning team, Barry Melrose or Janet Jones-Gretzky wont have any money riding on them anytime soon. 29-NY Isla...
Justin Pogge debuted his NHL career with a .905 SV% and a 2.00 GAA. Not too shabby. Pogge displayed an active glove hand, quick lateral movement, solid positioning and decent rebound control. An aspect of his game I was particularly impressed with was his ability to make himself look big. Possessing a 6'3, 205 pound frame, Pogge's size is best utilized when screened ...
It's that time of the year again, and Leafs fans head into the holiday break with a sour taste after an 8-2 [b][u]OBLITERATION[/u][/b] by the Dallas Stars. That was simply embarrassing. Losing that bad to a team that has had just as much difficulty as us, possibly even more! [img:left]http://blog.mlive.com/redwings_impact/2008/05/medium_turco15.JPG[/img]I find this curi...
nreeb21 writes...

My maple Leaf pipe dream

Posted Sunday | Comments 2
This coming June is going to go a long way in telling us true Leaf fans what we are going to get under this new regime. The way that the Leafs are playing they have no shot at first or second in the June draft. Keep in mind that these scenarios take place if the standings were the same today as they would be at the end of the season. Also let me say that in no way do I ...
Renny needs to let out the hot air or before long, he'll float away. After telling the media and the world that he would start benching important players and standing his ground,he send Corey Potter and his bruising size to Hartford again!. His promises are becoming empty,it's like a kid crashing the car into the garage and still being able to go to the party. What mad...
tml1967 writes...

Maple Leafs moves for 2009?

Posted Thursday | Comments 17
Lets start off by wishing everyone a great 2009 and for Leaf fans a very interesting time as Brian Burke has had just about a month to evaluate the team and could be primed for some moves. The question is who can you see Burkie trade package or waive as he continues the rebuilding process that Fletcher has commenced. Here is a player by player breakdown of what might b...
First off I have to say that I am a die hard Maple Leaf fan, please don't hold that against me. More so I am a fan of the game, I can watch any game at anytime and find it enjoyable. So for those who are like me, if you could buy 1 crested jersey NOT from your favorite team who would it be and why? Which do you have already? Please do not include National team jerseys. ...
This little blog takes involves many NHL teams however most of my proposed trades involve either the Leafs or the Canucks as they are the two teams that I know the most about. It is a pretty interesting read and I did do my research as far as caproom and contracts go. When I take a look at the current standings it is fairly evident who some of the buyers and sellers...
Brian Burke made his first two moves as Leafs GM -- acquiring Brad May from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional 6th round pick in 2010, and assigning Nikolai Kulemin to the Toronto Marlies. Minor moves, but perhaps Burke has finished analyzing his team and is ready to reshape the roster to his liking. With the NHL Trade Deadline fast approaching, just und...
senate666 writes...

A Little Perspective, Please

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
As of January 10, 2009 the Toronto Maple Leafs are in familiar territory- no mans land. Yknow that place in the standings where you are a ladder rung or 2 away from a playoff spot, but clearly not inept enough to be banking on a lottery pick in the draft. There is, at least a shred of understanding on my part for those who in the past three seasons felt that this was t...
Ron Guillet writes...

Copycat Kubina

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
In the event of Tomas Kaberle waiving his NTC on March 4th, I'd be willing to bet that his fellow countryman, and teammate, Pavel Kubina, would follow suit. If the Leafs' top two offensive defensemen are subtracted from the lineup, not only will a wealthy amount of skill and potential be included to their farm system, but it'll pave the way for a top 5 pick at the 2009 ...
Jeff Carter scored two goals to add on to his league leading 29 goals, and Marty Biron made 41 saves as the Flyers defeated the Leafs 4-1 tonight. I thought Marty had one of his best performances of the season. Marty made the big saves when needed, and he helped the Flyers get a big win. Obviously, if Marty can keep on playing this way, the Flyers will win a ton of games. ...
As the Leafs continue to lose hockey games the past few weeks, one can only wonder what is going through the mind of Brian Burke. Burke has added Brad May for a 6th round pick this past week, not for scoring ability and not for the future but for some grit and leadership purposes. This should win the Leafs a few more games this season but a playoff run with the teams curre...
* I can't let you read this blog without first apologizing for the title. Shameful, just shameful. * Alexei Ponikarovsky is in the midst of a career season. 14 goals and 30 points in 42 games played – on pace for 26 goals and 58 points. But who is responsible for this sudden jump in production? Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the so-called back-stabbin...
Last season I had a big post on what I think the leafs should do and it was pretty decent in predicting reality even though everyone in Leafland thought it appropriate to tear me a new one. Specifically, one of the "crazy" things I said was to trade Toskala and sign huet in his place. Alas that is what we should have done but we didn't and we may be paying for it a bit. ...
Last season I had a big post on what I think the leafs should do and it was pretty decent in predicting reality even though everyone in Leafland thought it appropriate to tear me a new one. Specifically, one of the "crazy" things I said was to trade Toskala and sign huet in his place. Alas that is what we should have done but we didn't and we may be paying for it a bit. ...
[img]http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:wAngNR2wPZwBEM:http://images.teamsugar[/img] In a season where everyone either predicted or was warned the Leafs would place bottom 5 in the East, I'm a little surprised the team was booed by the club's faithful fans in a tilt with the Nashville Predators. As of today, right now, this very second… (this second too) the Leafs...
March 5th will be a significant date for Anton Stralman. Why? He's going to be re-inserted into the Leafs' lineup, and finally serve the role he was intended to grasp as an offensive defenseman in the NHL. That is, if Burke can manage to dislodge Kaberle and/or Kubina from the lineup. It's currently unclear whether the duo of defensemen have a long-term future ...
* Inspired by Eric Engels' thought provoking question blogs* Ten questions to ponder while you prepare for the Leafs - Thrashers tilt tonight: 1) If you were Brian Burke, who would you unload before the Trade Deadline? 2) Matt Stajan is on pace for 20 goals and 64 points (in 76 games). Trade him while his value is high, or lock him up as an integral piece to the L...
Half the season is over, and the leafs are finally beginning to show their true colors. Burke isn't surprised, although he denies that he and his staff are quote "tanking," he says that these losses are just the growing pains of icing a young team. Growing pains that will deliver us a much needed 1st round pick. As always with rebuilding, and any city that has undergon...
This is my first ever blog, Thanks for Reading. Based on how Toskala has been playing latly, it is fair to see he should go. I for one never like him and think Raycroft should have been our guy. That aside, a lot of people would like to see Toskala gone. In the NHL this year, who needs a decent goal tender, and who can afford him, not to mention what kind of re...
Ron Guillet writes...

Reimin' It Up

Posted Monday | Comments 0
*I'll be honest, I don't even know what the hell this title even means, but it gave me a chuckle, so I hope I get a cheap laugh out of ya'* You know what really grinds my gears? James Reimer has been a forgotten player amongst the Leafs' prospect cupboard. Take a look at his statistics throughout his career thus far: [b]Red Deer Rebels (WHL) [/b] 2005-06: 34 ...
It looks like after two weeks since the Leafs sent goaltending prospect, Justin Pogge, down to the minor leagues, they're gearing up to bring him back up to give him a prolonged stint in with the Buds. Things have not been right for Maple Leafs goaltender Vesa Toskala. After coming of a strong season he wasn't able to put it together at all - at times he cost the Maple ...
tml1967 writes...

Maple Leafs 1983 Draft Review

Posted Tuesday | Comments 2
The Leafs are looking to rebuild and a bit of that will come from the draft and drafting the correct pieces of the puzzle is always difficult. The Leafs have been known to trade a lot of picks away and have not been great draft day players and until this past draft in which they selected Luke Schenn 5th overall the last time the Leafs had a pick in the Top 5 was all the wa...
drock24 writes...

New hope for the Leafs?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 18
It's been over three months since the NHL season started, and besides the few surprises (Boston leading the East, Pittsburgh not, etc), taking a picture of the standings today pretty much leaves most of us happy with our predictions that we made at the beginning of the season. A few good stories, and a few nasty ones, but all in all, it's been what most realists expec...
drock24 writes...

The Same Old Story...

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Give the Leafs a point, the fans will be happy for a day; teach the Leafs to score, and we'll be happy for years to come. This old adage works on so many levels, and clearly, our team hasn't reached the latter yet. Last night, I sat down and watched the game, and was pretty surprised with how the Leafs handled the Bruins for the first couple periods, then, after the s...
We continue our reviews of prior Leafs drafts with the 1984 draft held in Montreal on June 9, 1984. Legend: GP=Games Played, G= Goals, A= Assists, PTS= Points, W= Wins, L= Losses, T= Ties, GAA=Goals Against Average, SO= Shutouts [b]4th Overall Pick- Al Iafrate (Defensemen)[/b] Leafs Regular Season Stats: GP- 472 G- 81 A- 169 PTS- 250 Leafs Playoff Stats: GP- 29 ...
Don't look now, but Jason Blake is on pace for 25 goals and 56 points (in 78 games). And don't give your eyes a rub, that's actually on your computer screen, folks. While Don Cherry is red in the face over the coaching of Ron Wilson, Blake couldn't be happier. After registering a disappointing 15-goal (although he did have 51 points) campaign in 2007-08, Blake has ...
[img:left]http://assets.espn.go.com/photo/2008/0201/nhl_g_nantropov_200.jpg[/img]The Leafs and Nik Antropov head into the All-star break in a pretty big slump. Good thing? Depends on what you think of tanking, but is it a bad thing? No. Today we are a lot closer to having a successful rebuild then we were a few short weeks into the season. A high 1st round pick in t...
Fristly this is kind of a re-post on my part. I wrote this blog back in July of Last year and wanted to re-post it. I re-posted because well it looks like "Tank Nation" is getting their wish this year with the boys in blue and white. I have been able to watch John Tavares play alot more since Chrismas at the Jr Tourny and then the trade to the Knights. Amazing player, ...
* Justin Pogge got his "pants pulled down", plain and simple. Considering he was playing his second NHL game, and his teammates were displaying their best Andy Wozniewski impersonations, I'd say he's deserving of a mulligan. While a couple of the goals were stoppable, it begs the question if ANY goaltender could of garnered a solid performance with the abysmal performances...
In the NHL, having money is great, but it doesn't always mean success; well not on the ice that is. Take a look at the whack of free agents Tampa Bay signed in the off season, and look at them now. Anyway, as I sit here and take a look at the class of 2009 free agents; I am less than hopeful in what big splashes the Leafs will make July 1st. That's not to say there ar...
icedog97 writes...

The Writing is on the Wall

Posted Sunday | Comments 2
Part of me is a diehard Pens fan and I will cheer for them until the bitter end. That part won't let me throw in the towel until the final horn sounds. But...the other part...the rational one...tells me that this team is simply not good enough to make the playoffs. Last night's 4-3 loss to the Devils was a crusher. Tonight's loss to the Leafs may have been the na...
... and all through the league, there were plenty of rumors, for us to enjoy ... When out of the shadows a blogger appeared, With laptop in hand and opinions to share! Well, with that out of the way ... I figured it would be interesting to evaluate the current Leafs on their contributions and performances so far and gauge whether they should be available in Burke'...
old time hockey writes...

No Heart

Posted Monday | Comments 3
I'm from Calgary. I have lived my whole life living and dying with the Calgary Flames. I have seen more hockey games than many people see in a lifetime. I truly am blessed with the exposure I get to the greatest game on the planet. I came out east for University, in London, Ontario, and now am blessed with getting to see Tavares play whenever I want. Over the weekend h...
With many Leaf fans looking forward and counting the days till Draft day where there beloved leafs will draft there franchise player who will bring the blue and white to the promise land. Some dream of JT after him leading Team Canada to Gold at the WJC. Others dream about Evander Kane and his amazing hands or Brayden Schenn who seems to be the Burke style player we all wo...
A-Mar writes...

Jason Blake

Posted Monday | Comments 0
I keep reading articles about how he has really upped his marketability with his play this year. His Points-per-game average is 0.82 which is very slightly off of his career year with the Islanders (0.84). So I ask this question to other hockey buzzers: is there anyone interested in Jason Blake or has 'Tucker' syndrome infected the Toronto media again?
We continue our reviews of prior Leafs drafts with the 1985 draft held in Toronto on June 15, 1985. Legend: GP=Games Played, G= Goals, A= Assists, PTS= Points, W= Wins, L= Losses, T= Ties, GAA=Goals Against Average, SO= Shutouts [b]1st Overall Pick- Wendel Clark (Defensemen)[/b] Leafs Regular Season Stats: GP- 608 G- 260 A- 181 PTS- 441 Leafs Playoff Stats: GP...
I sat amongst a circle of friends last night, one of which was a Leaf fan. We were enjoying good conversation and the Leaf fan wanted to break from form and peek at the Leaf game on TV. To be honest, I had no interest in doing so but obliged him for a few moments. Then a typical Leaf/Hab jab moment ensued with him reminding me of last Saturday's drubbing of the Habs by ...
Many supporters of Leafs Nation have been truly skeptical of the career of Nik Antropov. It went from the Leafs taking him in the 1st Round, 10th overall, when many believed he would be an early second rounder. But he had a very dominant season in the second tier of then, RSL, and so the Leafs went out of their way to make him apart of their future. He went from being #11,...
nreeb21 writes...

What to do With Pick No. 2

Posted Saturday | Comments 5
Let us all concede that the NY Islanders will get the first overall selection in the 2009 Entry draft. Now that Milbury is not in charge they will probably make the correct choice and go with John Tavares over Victor Hedman. So what do the Leafs do with that second overall pick? Keep it and take Hedman? Keep it and take some one out of place? Or do we trade it? I say ...
walrus writes...

Are the Leafs really that bad?

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
This team has been plagued with injuries to their top scorer at the time Stajan, their top shut down defenseman in Finger and their two top puck moving defensemen in Kaberle and VanRyan. Had they stayed healthy and won 5 more games this team would be in a play-off spot but I think the coaching staff wanted this year to toughen these guys a bit more and their focus wasn'...
Schenn-sational writes...

The Golden Boy

Posted Sunday | Comments 8
Many of us who were watching last night's game witnessed Luke Schenn accidently score on his own net. Now this isn't the first time that has happened to the Leafs. Stralman scoring twice in one game on himself, and the most memorable being Mr.McCabe's OT winner, for the Sabres. Now what I was wondering to myself as I watched the replay of the puck slide along the ice throu...
Schenn-sational writes...

Quick Leafs Notes

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Justin Pogge has been called up, and will play in his first career home game at the ACC on Tuesday, against the Sabres. [i]According to Sportsnet.[/i] Tomas Kaberle has officially waived his NTC, and will be presenting the Leafs will a list of 10 teams. [i]According to Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun.[/i] More to come involving Kubina. Thanks for taking the t...
Sorry for the delay to anyone who was holding their breath in anticipation of the next division analysis, because I'm sure there were plenty of you. I continue my team by team analysis by focussing my attention on the North East division. Once viewed as the most dangerous in the conference, and perhaps league, it has provided two of the worst teams, to date, league wid...
Ron Guillet writes...

The List

Posted Tuesday | Comments 4
*The following is an opinion piece regarding the players who, I think, are on their way out of Toronto by March 4th (not the off-season)* The Leafs are in the midst of, yet again, a mediocre season. Unlike previous years, however, the Leafs have refrained from the up-and-down, "I BeLeaf in 8th place" facade that was commonly grouped with the Leafs during the past few ye...
I'm positive I don't have to explain that the Leafs are going in to the March 4 trade deadline as sellers. As an avid reader and poster here on hockeybuzz, I have seen my fair share of lopsided proposals resulting in high draft picks and stellar prospects for our 2nd and 3rd strings of roster players. With that in mind, I decided to analyze each team's prospect pool th...
Brian Burke the Leafs general manager finds himself in a very interesting position as he tries to reshape this roster, rumours continue to swirl that he will move just about anyone on this roster but is not only open to taking on big contracts if they include some draft picks but also some key players to help speed up this rebuilding plan. Burke would love to be able to la...
BlueBloodPat writes...

Move Along...

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
With the trade deadline just over a week away, there will no doubt be an altered Leafs lineup next Thursday when the team visits the Capitals. Here is my take on the most talked about Leafs and whether they should stay or go. [b]Jason Blake:[/b] He's playing very well this season, but his contract and attitude make him an anchor. I'd like to see him moved, but it's l...
Tomas Kaberle will be traded on March 4th. I guarantee it. Kaberle, who's dawned the Leafs uniform for a decade, would be wise to waive his no-trade clause at the NHL Trade Deadline. This would allow him to control his fate, rather than have Burke decide it for him when his contract nullifies his NTC in the off-season due to the Leafs' failure to make the post-season th...
There aren’t a lot of people that have yet to come to terms with the state of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the present time. Maybe children who haven’t yet experienced their first Leafs playoff game, or well....idiots, but other than that, we all know where the Leafs are destined to end up the next couple seasons. A lot of good has come from all of this though, and I for...
The big question in Chicago this week will not be the ongoing goalie Soap Opera (now starring a new player, unorthodox Finnish import, Antti Niemi). It won't be the running debate between Hawk fans as to whether 2005 first round pick Jack Skille is the second coming of Bobby Hull or Ken Yaremchuk. It won't even be rumored minor deals for the likes of Dominic Moore, N...
A-Mar writes...

Leafs deadline dealings

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
[b]The Toronto Maple Leafs acquire a second-round draft pick and a conditional draft pick from the New York Rangers for Nik Antropov.[/b] Is that it? I will admit that I am totally disappointed by what Nik Antropov brought in trade. I will admit to being curious about what the conditional pick might entail but with the sheer volume of second round picks flying around (9...
Burke said he would move Andropov he did. He said if he couldn't sign Moore he would trade him. Sundin, McCabe, Belak, Kilger, Moore, Andropov, Tucker, Raycroft, Clemmenson, Wellwood are all gone love them or hate them that team is gone. The above represents 24 plus million dollars in salary. He said he wanted to get a few more draft picks because some had been trad...
Sorry Leafs Nation, Brian Burke didn’t splurge on a deal to give Leafs Nation the false hope of a playoff spot. What a shame… Instead, Burke traded Nik Antropov, Dominic Moore and the Toronto Marlies’ Richard Petiot for two 2nd round picks (BUF and NYR), a conditional pick (NYR), Olaf Kolzig (our next savior), Jamie Heward and Andy Rogers. Also, he picked up Marti...
A lot of Leafs fans after looking at what we grabbed on March 4th were disappointed, and thought Burke had failed in what he tried to do. What did he try to do though? Leading up to the deadline he said that he really liked Kaberle and that he would not want to trade him, yet the media still acted as if he was on the market. He said that Kubina would not be available fo...
That rumble that you have been hearing since last Tuesday, from around 3 pm EST, has been the collective groan of the TANK NATION - those that believe that the Toronto Maple Leafs should be bottoming out in search for one of the top 5 picks in this year's entry draft. Admittedly, membership to the TANK Nation has, of whom Michael "From Buffalo" Augello is mayor and chi...
Curtis Joseph gets the nod against the Ottawa Senators tonight. And his two wins have got me confident! Let's lay it on the table right away, the Leafs owe Martin Gerber nothing, and judging from his play this season (and the fact that he was acquired through re-entry waivers), he has done nothing to earn the role as a starting goaltender. Under the circumstances, Gerbe...
A good friend of mine, a die-hard Habs fan and a habitual pain in my rear when the Leafs and Canadien play each other in their mammoth hockey clashes, uttered words of shock and horror just moments after he had found out about the Montreal Canadiens firing Carbonneau. If you haven't heard - Guy Carbonneau has been fired by the Montreal Canadiens, with Bob Gainey taking ...
This is a funny city we seem to live in, the same media who bad mouths the Leafs when they don't sign a free agent or make the better trade or are not able to win more games against Montreal or Ottawa now has turned their attention to wanting the Leafs to tank and finish last in the league. I find it ridiculous that in reading a couple of daily papers, last night's game a...
Ron Guillet writes...

Matt Gilroy Update

Posted Friday | Comments 0
An update on Matt Gilroy, the Leafs' next savior! Joking of course, but the 24 year-old offensive defenseman, who is undrafted by the NHL, is lighting up the NCAA with 8 goals and 29 points in 36 games played. Brian Burke has expressed interest the North Bellmore native before. The way we've drafted, we've got to try and sign as many college free agents as we can,...
He should stay. Period. Mikhail Grabovski is a pending Restricted Free Agent this summer. Brian Burke will have exclusive rights to discuss an extension with the Belorussian, but it remains to be seen if he wants to retain him. Decisions, decisions… Many have tagged Grabovski as a head-case whose attitude is a detriment inside the locker room (well, that's what Mon...
You've read about the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, you've read about the Leafs' current predicament, and you've read about Howard Berger getting "pwned" by Ron Wilson. Let’s take a gander into the Leafs' crystal ball and see what awaits the club next season, shall we? Let's make this clear; the Leafs will not make the playoffs this season. You can subtract, divide, multi...
Amoroq writes...

No Ground Beef Allowed

Posted Saturday | Comments 5
Welcome to the No Ground Beef allowed Blog, I believe it is self explainitory.... Ok, most of you know that I am not a part of tank nation even though I know finishing as low in the standings gives the team a better chance at finding the next one. I just can't hope for a loss, can't do it, tried it, got sick to my stomach, end of story. However that being said, ...
Ron Guillet writes...

Pre-game: Bruins vs. Leafs

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
It appears Curtis Joseph, who let in four goals on nine shots last night, is not the second-coming of Christ. Justin Pogge, who replaced Joseph mid-way through the second period, made 14 saves, allowing one goal in the 23 minutes and 30 seconds he played. You what that means? It's Pogge time against the Boston Bruins tonight! If Pogge can hold the fort, he'll likely get...
mightyquinn writes...

Welcome to the Re-Build?

Posted Friday | Comments 0
There are reports, the Leafs have signed free agent forward Tyler Bozak from the University of Denver Pioneers. The 23 year old Regina native is being compared to Colarado's Paul Stastny As Reported on AM640 at 7:33am
Ron Guillet writes...

Who's Getting the Boot?

Posted Friday | Comments 11
So, Brian Burke plans on changing the Toronto Maple Leafs. And he's started already. Never in the nineteen years of my existence have I been so proud of a Leafs General Manager. No more signings to avoid the inevitable rebuild, no more trading away prospects and draft picks for mediocre/washed-up players, and most importantly, no more of those lame jokes about how old t...
First off let me just say that watching John Tavares play here in London since his trade I have come to see that he is an exceptional talent..........So was Alexandre Daigle. I am not saying that Tavares will be a bust like Daigle, just that talent alone will not make you a star in the NHL. Daigle did not have the heart to play nigh in and night out at the NHL level and ...
Another NHL season is drawing to a close and, once again, the Blue and White find themselves out of contention for the playoffs. There are few among us that would have predicted otherwise as the 2008-09 NHL season began. A dismal team on paper has shown on some nights that it is just that, while on other nights they exude confidence and commitment to the positive work ethi...
Ron Guillet writes...

Random Thoughts on the Leafs

Posted Wednesday | Comments 8
Random thoughts as we all prepare for the first night of the NHL Playoffs. Can't wait! - So, Mikhail Grabovski wants the money, does he? According to Burke, negotiations have "not been successful" and he wouldn't be surprised if arbitration is required. The Leafs may have to overpay for Grabovski, but even through arbitration, he won't garner anything close to a lucrati...
Brian Burke steps in front of the media last week and comes right out and lets everyone know that he is targeting John Tavares the potential first overall pick in this years NHL entry draft. Leaf fans jump for joy but when you sit back and think about it, what would the Leafs give up for the #1 overall pick. The guess here is at least two first rounders this years and next...
iands8 writes...

Toronto sign Hossa

Posted Saturday | Comments 6
This off season the Maple Leafs must decide to spend during free-agency or stay the course. I believe the Leafs should make a giant move and sign Marian Hossa to a contract of something like $9 million/5-6 years, or avoid all other UFA's. While I believe the Sedin twins are talented, they aren't Marian Hossa. My other reason for Hossa or bust would be the better UFA's...
walrus writes...

2010 Leafs

Posted Wednesday | Comments 27
The Leafs are in a rare situation in the NHL as most of the teams are going to loose money the Leafs are going to continue making money so if I were the Manager I would make the following moves that frankly I think Burke will. First the UFAs that he will go after are the following: H. Sedin, D. Sedin because Burke has a history and they are solid top 6 forward ...
Ron Guillet writes...

Sedins + Leafs = Failure

Posted Saturday | Comments 28
Rumours continue to swirl about the possibility of Brian Burke landing both Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin should the pair opt for unrestricted free agency this off-season. My take on the rumour? Don't do it, Burke! Let me begin by stating that the Sedin twins are indeed offensive weapons, and are valuable commodities to any team; but only under the right circumstances--...
In the midst of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, perhaps it's a little early to discuss the possibility of the Toronto Maple Leafs splurging in this year's Unrestricted Free Agent crop by acquiring Mike Komisarek. But hey, four consecutive years of missing the post-season will do that, and speculation is always fun, so let's discuss! Komisarek has been a serviceable defen...
Ron Guillet writes...

Colton Orr: Yes Orr No?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 12
(I apologize for the title, I like the lame ones, what can I say?) July 1st and onward should be marked with an abundance of quality signings, but I'm hoping the Toronto Maple Leafs invest in a minor signing that could pay major dividends. Colton Orr is the perfect enforcer for the Leafs, let's bring him to Toronto, Brian Burke! While Andre Deveaux has proved to be a...
In the MLSE land of unreasonable expectations, even a superstar troupe like Burke and Wilson will not be afforded another record breaking season; at least not if said record is a fifth consecutive season of playoff free hockey. Subsequently Burke is going to be looking for a catalyst to the rebuilding project come summer and the most obvious route will arrive in early July...
willytheleaf writes...

Woo for Blogs!

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Hi! I'm Will! I love hockey! There's an introduction to me. I'm pretty awesome. So yeah. Oh, and check out my youtube channel! www.youtube.com/willytheleaf Thanks all! I'll be writing here as draft day comes closer, and what I think the league, and the Leafs should do! Yay!
The Freshman writes...

Armchair GM

Posted Saturday | Comments 5
Now that the Hockey Offseason has kicked off, I would like to propose some deals that I believe make many teams better. Feel free to post your counteroffers or tell me If you think I am completely out to lunch on any of these trades. #1 – The Heatley Sweepstakes With rumours swirling about Danny Heatley wanting out of Ottawa, here is offer I would propose if I am t...
This will be the future headline in all the newspapers, tv stations and the internet once the free agent period begins on July 1, 2009. Brian Burke looks to place his own big stamp on the Toronto Maple Leafs this summer and rebuild this team back into a playoff contender this off season when the UFA period begins. The questions many Maple Leaf fans have, myself included is...
lomac writes...

Brayden Schenn Will Be A Leaf

Posted Thursday | Comments 19
Look for this years NHL Entry Draft to be a mirror reflection of last years draft (from a leafs perspective). When we all consider the possible moves that Brian Burke can make, one seems to make the most sense. He claims he does not want to give up too much, but we all know the steep price that comes with getting into the top 3. However, another significant jump from 7th t...
ell another week has already passed. I thought I would like to open this blog up by offering my congratulations to the Pens on becoming the Stanley Cup Champions. Simply put, Malkin was awesome in the victory for Pit, he deserved for MVP for the playoffs. This series was a classic, but I must admit that when the Wings took the game 5 zip, I for one, did not give the Pen...
A little while back I completed my mock Draft and now that the draft is less than a week away I thought I'd look back and see if there were any changes. Here is the Old Draft order (note this was before standings were final) 1 New York Islanders C John Tavares 2 Colorado Avalanche D Victor Hedman 3 Tampa Bay Lightning D Jared Cowen 4 Atlanta Thrashers C Matt Duchene...
According to a report in the Wednesday edition of the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Leafs may have an interest in Rangers over-priced Defenseman Wade Redden and also Boston forward Peter Schaefer. The report mentions that the the Leafs have the cap room necessary to accomodate both players and also that the interest in Redden might mean they are close to dealing Tomas Kaberl...
"Sources tell TSN the Toronto Maple Leafs have received what the team considers to be a significant offer for defenceman Tomas Kaberle." [url]http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=282846[/url] Kaberle has been rumoured to a few teams in the past. The Kaberle to San Jose rumours have been active for few years now. This morning TSN reported that Toronto was interested in...
It is my belief that the Leafs will not be trading up in this draft. The teams in front of them are just too desperate to get a highly touted prospect... The Islanders will go for the option of selling tickets before looking for the future of the franchise, and Tavares will probably go first... Even though to me, it looks like Duchene and Hedman look like they will develop...
There seems to be tons of blogs surrounding the Leafs/GM Brian Burke's pursuit of a higher pick ahead of Friday's NHL Entry Draft - very few of those blogs are actually analyzing the work that Burke has done thus far. With the regular season coming to a close, Burke stated to the mass media that he would do anything and everything in his power to land the Islander's to...
Ryane Clowe is apparently being shopped around by San Jose, and he is just the sort of guy who would fit into Brian Burke's mold for Toronto. He's going to be 27 this year. At 6' 2" 225lbs, a player who goes to the front of the net, does hit and often scores in bunches. He has played first and second line duties and is very aware of checking responsibilities. Plus he h...
Brian Burke has not publicly stated who he'll be targeting on July 1st, but logic dictates his focus will be deadlocked on Unrestricted Free Agents Mike Cammalleri or the Sedins. After many critics--fans and writers alike--expressed their discontent towards Burke's inactivity at the NHL Entry Draft last weekend, you can bet Burke will be looking to make a big splash onc...
While the highly anticipated trades, wheelings, and dealings that were expected at the NHL Entry Draft last Friday never materialized, there was a sense that a lot of teams ended up a lot closer to understanding just what they need to do come July 1st, the opening of the NHL's free agency transaction period. Brian Burke, so frustrated at the lack of movement at the pro...
He’s been highly touted as the “best goaltender outside of the NHL” and has been rumoured to be coming over to the NHL to play next season. The 24 year-old has apparently been in contact with the Maple Leafs, Avalanche, Sharks, and Stars. We still don’t know where he’s going to end up, and it’s almost July 1st. Now, I’ve watched as much tape as I could possib...
Ron Guillet writes...

Your UFA Wish List

Posted Tuesday | Comments 7
July 1st is tomorrow, folks. Where has the time gone? Not complaining, though, I couldn't be happier as I prepare to bask in the excitement of the Free Agency Frenzy. Oh, and it's also Canada Day, too. Brian Burke, after failing to make his mark at the NHL Entry Draft, will presumably have big plans for tomorrow. He loves the limelight, after all, so it wouldn't surpr...
"The Monster" wants to wait past July 1 to decide - my take, he's hoping to see if one of his favored teams is active ....it could mean he wants to see who will play in front of him, or if it will be a Swede friendly dressing room, or which team will have the most available cash to offer him. It could also be a question of who is in front of him. I don't see Dallas making ...
I wrote a blog a few days after the draft, and quite harshly got ridiculed for suggesting that the Leafs would not be after the top-end talent available during yesterday's NHL free agent frenzy. I suggested that Brian Burke, in all his common sense, would realize that now is not the time for the Leafs to sign big, while taking smaller, more rational steps would be the ...
Kamal Panesar writes...

Et tu, Komisarek?

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Is that a knife in my back, or are you just happy to leave me? And by me, I mean us...and by us I mean Habs fans. As much as the loss of Komisarek from the Canadiens lineup is hard to swallow, the way in which it was done makes it all the more painful. Now that the details are coming out, it is looking like Komisarek went to Toronto for a measley 2.5 million more than...
When John Ferguson Jr. took over as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs I was hoping that he would bring the Leafs back to glory.....that didn't really happen. His first year saw the Leafs miss the playoffs for the first time since 1998, and long-time coach Pat Quinn fired after missing the playoffs by one point. It also saw Toronto buy out the contract of long-ti...
yideboit writes...

Is it just me ...

Posted Friday | Comments 21
Or is the team a lot closer than most people seem to think? This is just a rough draft ... sorry for misspellings (if any), but to me, this team isn't that far off top 6 in the conference! Blake Grabovski Stajan Tlusty Ponikarovsky Kulemin Stempniak Bozak Mitchell Orr Mayers Hanson Kaberle Komisarek Schenn Exelby Van Ryn Finger Toskala Pogge* *=if no...
With news breaking about the Chicago Blackhawks possibly making a critical error in filing qualifying offers to Restricted Free Agents Cam Barker, Kris Versteeg, Ben Eager, Colin Fraser, Aaron Johnson and Troy Brouwer, I can’t help but think Brian Burke is salivating at the thought of acquiring two players who would strenghten the Leafs' core in an instant. Those two ...
Jiri Tlusty. Since the 20 year-old was drafted 13th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Leafs fans have had high hopes that Tlusty would be a diamond in the rough, and would eventually play a crucial role in the Leafs' top-six. However, Tlusty has struggled somewhat at the NHL level, posting a disappointing 10 goals and 20 points in 72 games played. But, it's not as...
nreeb21 writes...

09/10 Maple Leafs

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Let us take a quick look at the 09/10 Leafs depth chart and possible moves; Goal Toskala Pogge Defence Komisarek Schenn Kaberle Finger White Exelby Van Ryn Stralman Oreskovic Frogren Forwards Hagman Grabovski Kulimen Tlusty Stajan Ponikarovsky Stempniak J. Mitchell Blake O...
This is the second in a series of NHL Off-Season Progress Reports. Today I look at the Northeast Division and assign grades based on what has already been done and what still needs to be done. Of course there is still plenty of time for teams to plug holes so I’ll analyze what still needs to be done and how much cap room the team has left to fill those holes. Boston ...
Vesa Toskala will rebound after his abysmal display of goaltending last season. The Finnish goaltender was among fan favorites in Toronto during his first season with the Leafs. His flashy, acrobatic style of goaltending proved to be succesful, as he was arguably the Leafs’ most valuable player in the 2007-08 campaign -- even ahead of Mats Sundin. Leafs fans were sing...
There has been a lot of comparison lately between the summer of Sundin and this summer - the summer of "the Monster". But make no mistake about it, this is one heck of a tough decision for Gustavsson to make. The young goalie is still young...don't over-look that. At age 24, he has lost both parents - his mother very recently. He's been getting huge credit in Sweden for ...
It's been a little while since I've posted a blog... and I have a number of ideas and thoughts on the current state of the Calgary Flames that I would like to address when I find the time... For now, I want to focus on the tampering allegations toward the Toronto Maple Leafs in regards to the Sedin twins. I really feel these allegations by the Vancouver Canucks ha...
Incase any of you WNY or Southern Ontario Flyers or Leafs fans are interested. Bernie Parent is signing autographs tonight @ Sports Collectors corner in the Fashion out let mall in Niagara Falls, NY (USA) here is a link for details. Thought i would pass it on. [url]http://buffalo.craigslist.org/eve/1259975758.html[/url]
With the most recent signing of two Swedes by Burke and the need remaining appearing to be scoring and penalty killing, look at the following names. Huselius is apparently on the block in Columbus for a puck moving defenceman. The sticking point is that the Jackets want to save salary after doing the big Nash deal. A checking player with speed, possibly Blair Bet...
Eastern Conference final stadings from last year 1 -Boston 116 2 -Washington 108 3 -New Jersey 106 4 -Pittsburgh 99 5 -Philadelphia 99 6 -Carolina 97 7 -NY Rangers 95 8 -Montreal 93 9 Florida 93 10 Buffalo 91 11 Ottawa 83 12 Toronto 81 13 Atlanta 76 14 Tampa Bay 66 15 NY Islanders 61 This year we should see a few teams flip flop with some new...
yideboit writes...

Player by Player

Posted Monday | Comments 17
With the dust seemingly settling around the NHL, I figure what better time than the present to evaluate the Leafs roster and make some predictions, as it stands today, heading into next season. If nothing else, should be entertaining. I'll play Burke and build from the net out. [b]Toskala[/b] - After a year shortened by an injury that many argue affected his play, To...
Michael Lindow July 14, 2009. Toronto – It has been less that a year since Brian Burke took the reigns as the Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager but already the team has a new look and some much needed optimism in a city that was starved for it. Having to clean up the mess left behind by the previous GMs John Ferguson Jr. and Cliff Fletcher Burke stil...
Michael Lindow July 14, 2009. With Tomas Kaberle being the last of the “Muskoka Five” to remain with the Toronto it is time to turn the chapter and move him and put the past Leaf horrors behind us. Mats Sundin, Darcy Tucker, Bryan McCabe and now Pavel Kubina are all but a distant memory leaving us with just Grant Exelby, Colin Stuart and Mike Van Ryn to show for wh...
The Toronto Maple Leafs have been active in the free agency period to say the least. Signing Komisarek, Beauchemin, Orr, Gustavsson, Wallin, and Kadri. Trading Kubina and Stapleton for Exelby and Stuart. And of course the makeover of certain staff led by arguably the best goalie coach in Francois Allaire. However do not think for one second that Burke is done. Not even clo...
Today I have to ask you guys what you think we can get out of Nik Zherdev in a trade. I have 10 trade possibilities. Here they are..... 1. Rozsival, Zherdev, Locke, Dupont 2010 2nd round to Dallas for Brad Richards and Stephane Robidas. 2. Zherdev, Roszival, Crowder to Atlanta for Bryan Little and Eric Boulton. 3. Zherdev, Rozsival, Dupont to Florida for Cory Stil...
[b]Edmonton Oilers [/b] To much of my disapproval, the Oilers did not get Hossa , nor has Heatley consented to becoming an Oiler. Which really surprises me, because I really thought that one of those two players would have become an Oiler. The Oilers did pick a solid goalie, though, in Khabby. It was really refreshing to hear a player wanting to go there. The Oilers real...
So the 2009-2010 NHL schedule has been released and all the happenings in Montreal, over the last 12 months, mean that there are a ton of games to look forward to and a ton of story lines to follow. All of the games, listed below, are ones where the storyline exists due to the presence of one player. Here is my take on a few games that stand out: Thurs, Oct. 1, 2009 -...
Hi everyone. This is my first blog on Hockeybuzz. I plan to write one or two blogs per week, one on the Maple Leafs, and one on the Blackhawks. Well, enough of that. I believe the Maple Leafs have a decent chance of making the play-offs this season. I mean, I don't expect them to be at the top of the conference, but I could see them finishing 7th or 8th. Their defense shou...
Rumors persist that Burke has offers for other Dmen not named Kaberle coming in. It would seem wise to retain Kaberle at his cap hit and given the lackluster offensive abilities of Toronto's truculent defense. The key is to turn a 4-10 defenceman with other parts into a "top 6" forward Given Chicago's cap situation and the recent firing of Tallon regarding that cap ...
A-Mar writes...

Kaberle to Vancouver??

Posted Friday | Comments 3
Eklund has suggested that a deal trading Kaberle to Vancouver is almost complete. I like this move for the Canucks but can only wonder: what are the Leafs actually getting out of this? Assuming that the Leafs are in the market for a young top-six forward, it confuses me when I don't actually see any such players on the Vancouver roster not named Cody Hodgson. Apologie...
With all the hysteria by a few Canucks fans on the Leaf Blogs these past few days, I thought I might try to inject my 7% solution into the potential trade of Kaberle to the Canucks. First, my take on Kaberle: HOLY CRAP!!! GET HIM, GET HIM, GET HIM, GET HIM!!!!!!!! Uh sorry, did I say that out loud? Oops. Anyway, about Kaberle: He is not just a 'puck moving defenseman...
Michael Lindow July 20, 2009. Being a Leaf fan it is impossible not to get emotionally attached to players wearing the blue and white. Jerseys with Palmateer and Roberts names on the back still hang in my closet with Gustavsson about to join the ranks. Salming, Markov, Sittler and Zezel all stir up emotion when their names are mentioned but for the life of me I will ne...
- Former Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators goaltender Martin Gerber has signed with Atlant Mytischi of the KHL, the team has reported. Gerber supposedly spurned an offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins at being their backup goalie this season, hours before the Penguins signed Brent Johnson. Gerber said that he wanted to play in the KHL to prove that he "still had it...
Stuee writes...

Kaberle, Kaberle, Kaberle!

Posted Thursday | Comments 16
According to Howard Berger and Eklund, Kaberle is indeed on the block and the Canucks are sniffing around. A peek at some of the comments after Eklund’s blog presented some pretty far-fetched, ambitious –and ultimately delusional—propositions for the Czech’s services. Kaberle would no doubt improve the surprisingly fragile and porous Canucks D, but he is not wor...
Komi-kaze writes...

lineup as is.

Posted Wednesday | Comments 3
If the season were to start tonight, with the players we currently have, how would you think the lineup would look? These are my personal thoughts. our "first" (and i use that term loosely, it qualifies as a second line for most teams) line Kulemin- Grabovski- poni last year i liked this line better than the one with hagman, so thats why i went with it. Plus hagman...
It's clear that the Canadiens have made MAJOR changes to their roster this summer, but as always, one question still seems to rattle my brain; do we finally have a team that can actually "play" with the Leafs? Don't get me wrong, like every "Montrealer" I am a die-hard Habs fan, but year after year, I find myself coming home from the arena or the bar (or even just upsta...
As with any team in a rebuilding mode, taking baby steps is required. The Leafs under the tutelage of Brian Burke have done an excellent job of re-tooling an empty prospect cuboard and a team largely devoid of any real toughness. Beginning with deadline deals for Antropov and Moore, Burke parlayed 2 pending UFAs which he did not intend to retain into two 2nd round ...
Leafs nation has been all a-buzz since draft day when a rumour leaked that Kaberle would be sent to Boston for Phil Kessel. The GM's had thier wires crossed. Clearly. That deal has fallen out and since then nothing has come of it. Burke has built a wall of defenders in front of Vesa Toskala. The group looks strong with Kaberle, Schenn, Komisarek, Beauchemin, Exelby and, Mi...
leafsprospect writes...

Zherdev to Leafs?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 13
Inevitably, as soon as the Rangers decided to walk away from Zherdev the cries from Leaf Nation went up for Burke to complete his last obvious step which was to bring in another top 6 forward. While the Leafs do have the cap space to absorb another roughly $4million a season for the 24 year old Zherdev...is it worth it? While many would place Zherdev in the top tie...
On draft day I was one of many thinking Burke would move up in the draft. To grab JT or Brayden Schenn. I was dissapointed to see the Kings draft Brayden. So the leafs selected Nazem Kadri at which point I cursed in disgust. But the more and more I look at it, the better it seems. Kadri was only cut from the world junior team last year because of a broken jaw. Even though ...
amidst tundra writes...

Eulogy for a Dinosaur

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
Although the season prior to lockout would prove the Maple Leafs last playoff foray in half a decade, neither year that straddled the infamous labor disputes would be remembered with any particular fondness. Ushering in the reign of John Ferguson Jr., 2003-04 became, in hindsight, a defining landmark in an era of decline when overblown hype would manifest a country club ma...
kenny878 writes...

Jiri Tlusty Late Bloomer?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
We certainly hope so. Most have forgotten the leafs first round draft pick all the way back in 2006 Jiri Tlusty. He hasn't had an impact with the big club just yet. Luke Schenn, the leafs first rounder in 2008 made the team and at times was thier best d-man. Tlusty however, has had an impressive season with the Marlies. Scoring an even point per game. Tlusty's break ...
Bozak last season with U of Denver 19 GP 8 G 15 A 23 Pts 10 PIMs Hanson last season with U of Notre Dame 37 GP 16 G 15 A 31 GP 28 PIMs Who will put up better numbers? What will those numbers be? Leafs or Marlies? Kenny
TMLPsicosis writes...

What the Leafs need...

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
All through the signings during the off season, Brian Burke has said he will still be working on getting a top six forward. It's great to see all the defensive signings of Komisarek, Beauchemin, and Exelby but there is little cap space left and a big gap to fill. Stepniak was a dissapointment, Blake had a great year and Kulemin and Grabovski had great breakout seasons last...
kenny878 writes...

Leafs Prospect Rankings

Posted Wednesday | Comments 2
#1 Nazem Kadri - London Knights #2 Jiri Tlusty - Toronto Marlies #3 Mikhail Stefanovich - Quebec Remparts #4 Chris DiDomenico - Drummondville Voltigeurs #5 Dale Mitchell - Windsor Spitfires #6 Jerome Flaake - Cologne #7 Kenny Ryan - U.S. U-18 #8 Joel Champagne - P.E.I. #9 Viktor Stalberg - U of Vermont #10 Jesse Blacker - Windsor Spitfires Noteables - Grant Rol...
kenny878 writes...

Leafs Prospect Profile

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
In the next few days I will be writing prospect profiles on my list of the Top Ten Leafs Prospects. Begining with number ten Jesse Blacker counting up to number one Nazem Kadri. Stay Tuned Kenny
Ron Guillet writes...

Zherdev Shmerdev

Posted Wednesday | Comments 9
(Lame title, I know, but you know you like it.) So Nik Zherdev is officially an Unrestricted Free Agent. And of course, the Toronto Maple Leafs are rumored to be interested in the streaky 24 year-old forward--when are they not rumored to be interested in a specific player? I don't know what the consensus of Leafs Nation is, but this Leafs fan is hoping Brian Burke doesn...
In the 2008 season Jesse Blacker had limited ice time. Only appeared in 17 games. This year his totals and ice time have jumped with 21 pointsfor the powerhouse Windsor Spitfires. Blacker was picked by the Leafs in the second round #58th overall. Blacker is expected to play one more year with Windsor then make the jump to Marlies or Leafs. Blacker plays a solid defensi...
Stahlberg had 27 goals, 26 assists and 89 PIMs playing for the Frölunda Indians in the Swedish Jr. league in 2005-06. Now playing with the U of Vermont Stalberg has developed into what could be a solid 3rdliner in the NHL. Stalber is a big player with great speed. Accelerates really well and reaches full speed very fast. Forechecks successfully and plays with good inten...
jnizza writes...

First Blog....

Posted Friday | Comments 0
I've always thought about blogging. Then I thought, who could really care about my inane thoughts about hockey...or anything else for that matter. Really, aren't bloggers just enthusiasts without press credentials? Perhaps. I do know that I visit this site several times each day. What I've come to realize about bloggers is that, although they may not have access to the...
Joel Champagne has finished his final year in the CHL with the PEI Rocket. He uses his size to work corners and in front of net but lacks scoring ability. Blessed with great size, Champagne already has the physical makeup of a professional hockey player. However, appearances can be deceiving and despite his visible attributes, he is very much a project. Willing to use his...
2008-09: Played for the US National U-18 Team Development Program, scoring 20 goals and 16 assists in 49 games. Ryan is a goal scorer, and works hard to get pucks as well. He is committed to Boston College in the fall of 2009. Kenny
Flaake took the DNL, Germany's top junior league, by storm this season, finishing as the top scorer with 80 points in only 36 games. He also managed another six points in four playoff games. His 2007-08 season ended up being quite a long one, as he put in time playing for both the U18 and U20 national teams as well as a 30-game introduction to the DEL, Germany's top men's ...
Whether you dislike Mats Sundin or not, you knew something wasn't quite right with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. The Leafs opted to not appoint a team captain for the 2008-09 campaign, and went with a revolving group of alternate captains instead. Personally, I thought that was the right decision. But heading into next season, is it now the time to name a new capta...
Chris went undrafted in the OHL draft. DiDomenico is on the small side at 5'11 and only 165 pounds but has overcome his size deficiencies so far with excellent hockey sense. Though his skating is only average, he is excellent on faceoffs and is a good penalty killer. If he is able to add muscle to his frame and continue to play a smart, two-way game he could surprise. Di...
On paper, Stefanovich looks to have all the tools that teams look for: a blend of scoring ability and size. Stefanovich’s sharpshooting abilities and offensive instincts are top notch, but his effort is inconsistent at best. Though he is willing to drive to the net, Stefanovich is a player who mainly fights through contact but doesn’t initiate physical play. His skatin...
On October 25, 2007, Tlustý played his first regular season NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring two goals in his début. His first goal was originally a shot by Alex Steen, but it deflected off of Tlustý's backside and went in the net. Thirty-five seconds later, he scored with a wrist shot from the wing. He earned his first assist on November 2. When he got...
2006-07: This was Kadri's rookie season with the Kitchener Rangers (OHL). In 62 games, the center recorded 22 points (7g+15a), adding another two assists in nine playoff games. 2007-08: Kadri improved on his numbers from last season, netting 25 goals and another 40 assists in 68 games with Kitchener (OHL). He excelled in the postseason as well, recording 26 points (9g+1...
leafsprospect writes...

The Death of a Prospect?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 10
Not unlike Arthur Miller's famous 1949 script, "The Death of a Salesman", many an NHL prospect has failed to taste success and so falls by the wayside! The summer month of August certainly drains the life out of most talk hockey! Come September we will be gearing up for prospect tourneys, training camps, and pre-season! An earlier start to the regular season du...
Kaberle's NTC is void for 2 more days. Will he be traded. Not likely.
Every summer as camps are about to break, conversation in some circles turns to who will be the most enigmatic rookie performer in the forthcoming season. Last year's Calder Trophy winner Steve Mason didn't even start playing until after the season had started but made a huge impression by taking his team to their first ever postseason berth and leading the league in s...
The days keep winding down to the open of the 2009-10 season and myself like many Maple Leafs sit pondering who will score this season for the Leafs and will any Maple Leaf actually crack the 30 goal mark? The last time that this has happened in Leafland with a player not named Mats Sundin, we have to go all the way back to the 2002-03 season when Alex Mogilny scored 33. T...
Geffres writes...

Is Toronto a Playoff Team?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Many people seem to be writing the Toronto Maple Leafs off to miss the playoffs again for the 5th consecutive season. The reason being that the Maple Leafs offense and goaltending are both huge question marks, but after the off season that the Leafs had, I find it hard to write the Leafs off yet. People are complaining the Leafs lack a goal scorer and with no big na...
As training camp approaches, there will be no shortage of forwards rumoured to be heading to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for one of their excess defensemen. The two players currently being mentioned in the rumour mill, however, will command a little more than a spare part. Those two players are Patrick Marleau, and Patrick Sharp. Marleau enjoyed a comeback se...
Ron Guillet writes...

Year of the Free Agents

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The Toronto Maple Leafs will enter the 2009-10 season with 11 pending unrestricted free agents, and eight restricted free agents. Among the group of UFA’s: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Lee Stempniak, Matt Stajan, Wayne Primeau, Jamal Mayers, Ben Ondrus, Mike Van Ryn, Jonas Frogren, Garnet Exelby, Joey Macdonald and Vesa Toskala. Among the group of RFA’s: Nikolai Kulemin,...
Throughout much of this off-season, the bulk of the media-generated discussion surrounding the Maple Leafs rebuilding has focused on the solid moves of GM Brian Burke, and rightfully so. For the hard-core members of Leaf Nation, the internet blog discussions have covered a variety of areas, but when the discussion turns towards the Leafs young 'top six' potential for the ...
Marc Savard. Assuming the Bruins dont resign his the leafs MUST! He would immediately be our best forward. The bruins have a back up plan for Marc departure. It's David Krejic. So im hopefull the Bruins don't re-sign him at which point he'll be UFA. Immediately the Leafs need to sign him. 6 years at least 30 million. Also I would love for them to sign Pat Kane as I believe...
Tomas Kaberle has been with the Leafs since day 1. He signed a contract with a NTC, in which he's lived by. He's been the franchises best player for a number of years now. He's made the Olympics, All-Star teams and yet he continues to be bashed by the fans and the media for years. He had a chance to wave his NTC and he didn't. His heart is here in Toronto. Sure it ...
CANUCKS The Vancouver Canucks have signed Roberto Luongo to a 12-year $64 million contract, making him a lifetime Canuck. Unless he gets signed as a 64 year free agent - okay that is little sarcastic, but you get the point. Luongo is a lifetime Canuck, and is one of the best goalies in the League. The Canucks have been a very busy team this week, acquiring two vets on t...
Elliot writes...

New Kid on the Block

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Evening hockey fans, I'll be starting a hockey blog, and be aiming to blog once a week or so on topical news around the NHL. This week, Luongo's 12 year 64 million dollar contract and a visit to the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie training camp at the Kitchener Auditorium this coming Sunday. On tap, the Leafs (or Marlies, Knights, Spitfires etc.) of Toronto take on the Pengu...
With under two weeks until the pre-season debuts, many fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to ponder which players will make the cut come opening night against the Montreal Canadiens. Players like Jiri Tlusty, Tyler Bozak, Christian Hanson, Nazim Kadri and others will be competing for employment at the National Hockey League level. However, the rigors of the NHL regul...
TSN has reported that Burke has re-aquired his 2nd round choice in next years draft. Meaning he has all the tools to offer Phil Kessel a contract. The yays and nays have been cast out. I say to Burke. DO IT! A future 40 plus goal scorer. Pull the trigger Burkie. I finally see all his planning with the Stralman trade coming to fruition. So Kessel would put on a leafs jersey...
I was at the Leafs/Pens rookie game in Kitchener earlier, so I have decided to try and write a blog about it. This is my first one ever, so any criticism and advice would be helpful. Here we go. [u][b]Final Score:[/b][/u] Leafs Rookies 3, Penguins Rookies 1 [u][b]Goals:[/b][/u] [u]Toronto:[/u] 1st Period - Viktor Stalberg - Tyler Bozak and Christian Hanson ...
leafericson writes...

Kessel Trade

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
I think that the Leafs must have some sort of agreement in place with Kessel either that or a good scoop that he wants to play for the leafs. At anytime now a rival team can offer Kessel an offer sheet and scoop the player if Boston decides to match. Remember that Charelli can not trade Kessel for a year if he has to match. This would mean Charelli would have to dem...
A-Mar writes...

Kessel and the Leafs

Posted Tuesday | Comments 6
With all this talk of trading a glut of high draft picks for Phil Kessel (1st round, 5th overall), discussion of 'draft pick value' seems to be the rage. I can't really beat the work Scott Cullen at TSN has done in analyzing the statistical odds a draft pick will make the 'big show' but I can throw in my two cents as to the value of draft picks to the Leafs. When peopl...
While it has long been thought that pre-season is an irrelevant showcase and tune-up for 19 out of 22 players and an intense battle between some 30 others for the last 3 spots, I find myself thinking it to be a little more important. In particular, for the Toronto Maple Leafs after 4 seasons of non-playoff hockey! With the Leafs, the obvious logjam at defense has been ...
The Toronto Maple Leafs may not win a lot of games this season, but the opposition won’t be leaving the rinks with a full set of teeth. A team that Brian Burke envisioned as truculent, belligerent and pugnacious hit the ice last night in a no holds barred match-up. There were five fights by the end of the game; the Leafs winning three of them. Surprisingly, pugilist C...
With some transactions since my last post, and since a bunch of the predictions were a combination of bias and an experiment to see comments ... I have decided to redo that blog in a shorter format with basic predictions for the opening night roster, and some point predictions for that roster... enjoy! Sorry in advance for the format, I tried my best to keep it simple! ...
The Maple Leafs were $2 million under the cap before the trade for Kessel. They now sit $3 million over. I know Burke said he had the cap room to make this trade, but it is hard to see how. He does have some bonus cushion but not enough to make up the difference. Don't forget how important it is to have a little cap cushion. The Flames couldn't even get a full rost...
The Toronto Maple Leafs are now riding a three-game winning streak after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime on Saturday night by a score of 5-4. Yes, it’s pre-season, but who cares? It’s hockey, and we’re winning. Enough said. Here’s some random thoughts about the game: * Jason Allison, do not quit your day job. For every play he executes, he ma...
This is my first blog on hockeybuzz, but I've been coming here multiple times daily for longer than i care to admit. I'm a leafs fan that's lived in Ottawa for 10 years, and this means that I'm usually starving for leafs news. If there's no news, then just a new Leafs blog is usually fine. But there's never enough. I'm addicted to TML, and I think there are others out ther...
leafsprospect writes...

Leafs Wheel of Fortune

Posted Monday | Comments 9
After a slew of 4 games in 4 nights and the first cut, the Leafs roster is beginning to take shape. After the Kessel trade, the top 6 becomes a little more crowded but not until November! With Ron Wilson’s comments indicating that Nazem Kadri is all but assured to go back to London not because of his play but because of his youth, we can now assume the Leafs will ...
With the regular season only one week away and the Leafs needing to trim their roster to a maximum of 23 players, the debate rages on as to whether to play the youngster or to stick with the veterans assembled over the course of the last 2-3 years who actually produced a respectable offensive output last season. What makes this decision difficult is that the temptation to ...
drock24 writes...

Understating Achievements...

Posted Monday | Comments 0
With training camp over, and a slew of exhibition games that probably should have been cut in half if the league knew what was good for them (I mean, auditioning new guys is one thing, but by the end, the coaches know who’s staying and going, and they’re just playing whoever they don’t care about hurting), it’s time to face reality. The blue and white came out with...
As I was carefully selecting the sharpest and jaggiest stones for the public sacrifice of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Vesa Toskala, I thought of something. Pre-season. Yup, that’s right. It was just pre-season. The reaction the 32-year-old has garnered throughout Leaf Nation might suggest otherwise, but yes, these games were basically meaningless—except for a sele...
frito10 writes...

Farväl, Mats!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
While the news of Mats Sundins' decision to retire will undoubtedly be met with a wide range of responses, I for one cannot help but feel saddened by it. Say what you will, the NHL lost one of its greatest competitors today. Over his 13 years in the blue and white Sundin was the epitome of class and competitiveness, and exhibited all of the qualities that made him one ...
HOCKEY!!!! Sorry, I had to get that out of my system. :-) Just like all of you out there, I am incredibly happy to be able to watch a hockey game that counts. I'd love to say that it was one for the ages...a classic that will go down in the annals of hockey history and which we will be talking about for years. Unfortunately, that was just not the case. While it...
leafericson writes...

Leafs so Far

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
So far the Maple leafs have not looked like the same team that had the impressive run in the pre-season so far. And ther is a simple reason..... Folks it's because this is not the same team not even close. By removing the line of Stahlberg-Bozak-Hanson line Ron Wilson simply has a watered down version of what he had last year. What frustrates me most right now is...
The Toronto Maple Leafs have started the season as many non Maple Leaf fans would have hoped for losing their first three games with the possibility of making it four when the defending Stanley Cup Champions come to town on Saturday. The Maple Leafs have scored eight goals in these three games but is their any forward on the Leafs that scares any opposing team that faces t...
Another abysmal display = outcry for change... what are your suggestions myhockeybuzz blog world!
First off, sorry for taking so much time to start writing again, I had Swine Flu and im obviously still alive :) 1. Will the Leafs make the playoffs? 2.Will the Canadiens make a trade? 3.How many shut-outs will Pascal Leclaire get? 4.Does Vancouver beat out Calgary for the NW title? 5.Will the Flames make it past the first round if they make the playoffs? 6.Should ...
First off, sorry for taking so much time to start writing again, I had Swine Flu and im obviously still alive :) 1. Will the Leafs make the playoffs? 2.Will the Canadiens make a trade? 3.How many shut-outs will Pascal Leclaire get? 4.Does Vancouver beat out Calgary for the NW title? 5.Will the Flames make it past the first round if they make the playoffs? 6.Should ...
A list of things that MLSE needs to do differently, top to bottom, to make this franchise a proud one once again. [b]Mentality [/b] - [i]Successfully[/i] instill the mentality that playing in Toronto isn't a right, it is a privilege. Brian Burke insisted he would send non-performers through waivers. I have regrouped and am not quite ready to hit the panic button quit...
andydrmm writes...

Disgrace

Posted Saturday | Comments 9
I sat down Friday night to watch the Sabres pound Toronto. On paper, it looked very simple. Buffalo, vs Toronto. Buffalo should have run away with this one before it began. Surprise, it didn't happen. Buffalo had fairly good pressure all night long. However, Gustavsson was impressive, but Buffalo couldn't put it home. Numerous attempts failed, and the evening culminated...
Wow. What a game. The usual hype of a Saturday night tilt between the Habs and the Leafs played out, in all its spendor last night. While Montreal should probably have won this game in regulation, going to a shoot out made the end all that much more exciting for the 21,000+ fans in attendance - of which I was one! A few things I noticed/enjoyed about the game: 1 - L...
day_v08 writes...

Leafs Have What It Takes

Posted Wednesday | Comments 10
As each game passes, the General Manager in me can't help but wonder about the decisions Ron Wilson makes concerning the youth in Toronto. For years, fans have been demanding a makeover, and finally during this offseason, they were granted one. Brian Burke and company made some key moves and changed the face of the organization. Or did they? If you were to take a qui...
Newman writes...

Finland's Finest

Posted Sunday | Comments 7
Miikka Kiprusoff, Miikka Kiprusoff, Miikka Kiprusoff, Miikka Kiprusoff, Miikka Kiprusoff. 5 times, because he has been that damn good. The solitary reason the Flames snatched three of four points over the weekend. The only reason the Flames did not get beat by the 29th ranked Toronto Maple Flakes. Kipper has been an impenetrable force over these first 18 games this ...
MikeMcC writes...

A season lost?

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
As leafs fans we find ourselves asking this question far too much as of late. Truth is, yes the team is struggling, and yes, the season may be lost. But would it not be sensible to suggest there might be more to gain from a season many are claiming to be over for the Leafs? One of the biggest issues this season has to be the acquisition of Phil Kessel. Why have fans ...
MikeMcC writes...

Love Hurts

Posted Monday | Comments 1
With the recent struggles of the Toronto Maple Leafs, many fans are wondering what is happening to this once proud franchise. Leafs’ fans often claim to be the most faithful fans in the sport, and while this may be true, is it really what the team needs? Fans are present at every game; no matter what city the team is playing in there will often be at least on fan in at...
Tonight, the Habs took on the Toronto Maple Leafs in Montreal, to kick of the week of celebration in honour of 100 years of the Montreal Canadiens organization. Sadly, the currenty edition of the Habs laid a goose egg and looked like a tired, disorganized and overall bad team in the process. Hey, when the Leafs make your team look bad, you know things are bad. From the...
MikeMcC writes...

Hockey stories

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
I have realized over the past few days I tend to be biased toward certain groups of players. With biased opinions being having a strong presence in any fan base, it does not surprise me that I tend to want these players to succeed more than others, even if the logo on their sweater dictates I should think otherwise. There are a few attributes that would make a fan apprec...
MikeMcC writes...

Hawks extensions and Leafland

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Looking at the recent extensions in Chicago, this this make the rumored deals involving Sopel of Sharp coming to the Leafs that much more possible? I wouldn't rule either out. Even though the Leafs are looking better as of late, a lot can still be done to make this team look a lot better, and Sharp is a great place to start. Question is who would the leafs need to give ...
A-Mar writes...

Tlusty dealt for Paradis

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
[b]As reported by TSN, the Toronto Maple Leafs dealt winger Jiri Tlusty to the Carolina Hurricanes for prospect Philippe Paradis.[/b] Both players are former first round picks with Tlusty going 13th overall in 2006 while Paradis was Carolina's first pick (27th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft. Tlusty's development had seemingly stalled this season and he has been pa...
yideboit writes...

Some Leafs CHL prospects

Posted Tuesday | Comments 7
Even with a few the Leafs most talented young players already with the big club there is still a fair amount of what looks like mid to high level talent coming up in the next few years. I'm going to touch on some of the top prospects not with the club at the moment and provide some stats. Now I acknowledge that I have limited or no knowledge about other teams prospect d...
Why is it that media and the rest of the hockey world seems to consistently overlook Ian White? So far this year, he has helped his team put pucks in the net(16 Pts), helped his team keep pucks out of their own net ( 49 Blocked Shots, +11 ) , and most of all, he comes to work hard each and every game. (Which he averages 22:40 ToI\G.) To have 16 points and be a plus ...
As is the case with most young teams, the Islanders have had many interesting third periods in which they either lost the lead, or fought their way back after being down early. (Ahem…hence the abundance of overtime losses). Last night was a case of the latter, but not all late efforts will be rewarded, and Jason Blake made sure to remind us that with his late goal with ...
The year 2009 is coming quickly to an end and I have decided to take a look at the best Toronto Maple Leaf player on a decade by decade basis covering Toronto clubs from 1920-2009. The Maple Leafs were known as the Toronto St. Pats until the 1927 season when the team was purchased by Conn Smythe and the named changed to the Toronto Maple Leafs. This organization has had ma...
drock24 writes...

The Case for Stajan

Posted Monday | Comments 4
As I turned on Sportsnet the other day, I happened to see the guys on Hockeycentral during a phone interview with Matt Stajan, concluded with them both agreeing that they liked Stajan, but that he is just further up in the lineup than he would be on another team. I think that's a fair assumption, but only because of his numbers the past couple years. Remember though, last ...
yideboit writes...

Random Leafs Thoughts

Posted Tuesday | Comments 4
Toronto is currently in 13th in the East. They are only 2 points back of 8th place Montreal with a game in hand. While there are teams between the Leafs and 8th with games in hand as well, this is an undeniable turnaround for the franchise this season. Makes one wonder if they are a playoff team. I'm sticking with my preseason prediction that the team will finish 7th in th...
Well, I have been away for a while and have just decided to rejoin the world of Hockeybuzz.com. As most of you know that know me, I am a Leaf diehard. We saw our Buds get off to a rough start this season but they have been heating it up as of late and now sit a mere 2 points from the 8th spot in the east. I thought I'd drop a few interesting tidbits that have been bounc...
drock24 writes...

Ay ay 'C'aptain

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
[img]http://golfinginapril.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/dapns.png?w=300&h=73[/img] There have been many great captain’s over the years…and that spot is still up for grabs on the current edition of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Coming into the season, Ron Wilson said that the captaincy ’situation’ would be revisited in November, after Tomas Kaberle, Mike Komisarek and Fr...
[IMG:left]http://i49.tinypic.com/b62ecn.png[/IMG] So a little bit of the progress made was erased last night in the dismantling at the hands of the desert dogs. I can honestly say I don't think I've seen the Leafs look so disorganized. Not even in the early season slide was it as apparent they weren't ready for their opponent as it was in last nights contest. At times t...
drock24 writes...

A Dose of Frat

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
The Leafs have once again recalled one of the media-named Frat Pack in Viktor Stalberg, and it should be interesting to see if he can translate some of his AHL success to the NHL (unlike Christian Hanson). Stalberg played okay near the beginning of the season, but we have to remember that he went into a slump during a time when everyone on the team was slumping. Stalberg l...
As the 2009 calender year comes to a close with the Maple Leafs three points behind a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Brian Burke will need to look at making some decisions in 2010 and the first one on his list needs to be the resigning of defensemen Ian White. The 25 year old on many nights this season has been the teams best rearguard and overall it's not much of...
The Winter Classic has come and gone once again and this time at Fenway Park was another spectacle to watch, there is nothing like watching professional players, playing outdoors in what can come across to us as a game of shinny. We can all relate to that growing up and going into our backyards or the local community rink with temperatures below zero, the frost coming out ...
Domaju writes...

The clock says it's Miller Time

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
Ok, so I was going to write a blog about the debate over trading and keeping Thomas Kaberle...but after last nights game against Buffalo, something had to be written. When you outshoot your opponent 50-31 you should really put a few pucks in the net...however when the other goalie is Ryan Miller that number drops quite drastically...especially since he comes out of nowh...
Sergei Gonchar takes a slapshot...the puck appears to either hit the post then cross bar, or the post then the bar in the back of the net...then bounce away from the Toronto goal. The insuing pass and then chase for the puck results in Alexei Ponikarovsky heading toward the Penguin goal with a breakaway. At the last second, Gonchar gives Poni a hook. Fleury stops th...
Domaju writes...

To Trade or Not To Trade

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
With the way the Leafs have performed since the lockout...more specifically last season and this season...many people have called for trades of pretty much everyone. There's some players that just CANNOT be traded. Blake and Finger have contracts that no team in their right mind would take...especially when the Leafs are one of the few teams in the NHL even CAPABLE of t...
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue on their waddling days of January which has been the teams worst month statistically since the lockout, if the team is to succeed in its quest to make the playoffs again then they need to come to grips with one of the coldest months of the year in Canada. The team is 1-5-0 so far this month and continue to struggle in their penalty kill and...
phi1671 writes...

Thoughts

Posted Thursday | Comments 2
Okay many of us have spoken out in reference to Burrows and Auger and althoug Burrow should've have publicly stated his opinion, I still think it was the right course of action. Finally a player stated what everyone else (fans) thought in how a referee could have it out to a player. Its a darn shame the NHL chose to fine the player and not the ref. Oh well... Contrac...
Domaju writes...

The Game of Risk

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Earlier this morning the Leafs made one heck of a move. One that could end up being looked at as an incredibly stupid one. Brian Burke was able to take Dion Phaneuf away from the Calgary Flames, and move that I was excited about...until I saw what they traded. I was ok with giving up Mayers and Stajan, but Hagman and White are not sitting well with me. Niklas Hagman ...
Toronto Maple Leafs fans went to bed last night with a bitter taste in their mouths after watching their beloved Leafs blow a 3-0 lead against the Vancouver Canucks on Hockey Day in Canada. This morning many started their Sunday as they normally would but what most fans did not expect was to get hit all of a sudden by a Burkie Blast. Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke...
To Toronto: Dion Phaneuf- 7mill Fredrik Sjostrom- .750 Million Keith Aulie- Prospect Total $: 7.750 Million To Calgary Niklas Hagman- 3 Mill +2 yrs Matt Stajan- 1.75 mill-UFA Ian White-.950 mill-RFA Jamal Mayers-1.4 mill-UFA Total: $7.1 Million When I first heard about the deal I went through a series of emotions from shock, to anger, to curiosity,...
(I'd put Kotalik in the title but that would screw up my alliteration, plus I'm trying to pretend the trade hasn't happened until the trade call is actually made...) For the past three weeks, I have been refreshing TSN constantly after every loss, waiting for Darryl Sutter to make a big trade. I felt it was inevitable, to the point where I’ve had a blog in the queue a...
Before I get started, I want to take a minute to bask in the glory of the deals today by Toronto. Sure we gave up over 1/3 of our goals for this year, but frankly, with Phaneuf now wearing blue and white, this team is now set up to have one of the top defensive corps 1 through 4 for years to come. In addition, there are three outcomes (all liveable) with Giguere, realiz...
In evauluating the trades, any hockey pundit will tell you that you need to wait for an extended period of time down the road to see who 'wins' a trade. I on the other hand see a way to evaluate this trade right now, I think there is a simple way to look at this from a Leafs fan perspective and be more than happy with it. For starters, let me say that I think Phaneuf...
Just hypothetical now, but would you flip Phaneuf to Los Angeles right now, if the return were Brayden Schenn, Ted Purcell and a first round pick? The Leafs might have to toss in Stempniak or a Ponikarovski rental....and take back a salary like Randy Jones' $3 million.... but IF that were available - would you want it? Phaneuf in Hollywood with his girlfriend Elisha ...
Zholtok33 writes...

Tragedy Strikes Toronto

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
I am a father. I have four children who are individually and collectively the biggest and brightest pieces of my life. I ache because I cannot do more for them. Sometimes, as children do, they can be testy and they can push me to my limits of patience. Sometimes I yell. Yet no matter what, these are my little flashes of light, and the joy they bring me is immeasurable. ...
Ok, so 1 3/4 of a season has past us by and The Maple Leafs still have not named a captain. The current circumstances that the teams three alternates find themselves in, have almost eliminated the chances of the "C" being stitch on their jerseys. Thomas Kaberle season has been good statistically. He went into the Olympic break with 46 points and sits third in the l...
(2) The Lightning apparently have their owner's permission to spend at the deadline, though realistically, they will have to move out some salary to add anything significant. Vinny is NOT going to move, get that out of your mind in this Cap-restricted NHL, at least not at a time when the Bolts are struggling for a play-off appearance and buyers would have to dismantle t...
On September 19, 2009 the Toronto Maple Leafs traded away their first and second round picks in the 2010 draft along with their 2011 first round pick to acquire 36 goal scorer Phil Kessel from the Boston Bruins. Leafs Nation for the most part jumped for joy as the team had acquired a 21 year old sniper and top six forward for the squad. The Toronto Sports papers, radio sta...
D-Men, new money and the future. Here is how the new optimism works for me and the new revamped Leafs (I know Leaf fans are forever optimistic but I believe there is truth in my words). To assess the situation of Leafland we need to start from the net out. Giggy is expensive (but a proven performer) and "The Monster" is unproven. We have $6 mill freed up in 2011 if Gigg...
JV writes...

Leafs need 3!

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WIth the ride of the uneventful trade deadline now more than a week over, Leaf fans have gotten a glimpse of their "new look" team. A 3-1-1 record without Ponikarovsky and Stempniak in the line up is a step in the right direction- but a baby one at best. The Leafs managed to clear out some players who were part of or did nothing to change around the losing culture that ha...
JV writes...

My Sip of Coffee in the Bigs

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
A blog written by Leaf reporter Howard Berger entitled "Close encounters Along the Way" about his memories celebrating 30 years in the business, inspired me to reflect on my very brief sports writing "career"- a full 3 MONTHS in the business. Reading Howard's stories were quite interesting and gave a personal side to reporter's lives who, in most cases, sports viewers k...
Months after Phil Kessel was dealt from the Boston Bruins to the Toronto Maple Leafs the trade talks are still bothering me. I’m really tired of hearing both sides bitching and complaining about who got or who is getting the better deal. After reading many of Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins fans blogs, tweets, and comments on TSN.ca, I can’t help but observe the comm...
The big talk lately is all about the Toronto Maple Leafs trading away this years and next years first round draft pick to the Boston Bruins, some fans have accepted this, some fans are not sure what to think and others are mad as hell based on the Leafs current position in the NHL. I have decided to do some research on a team by team basis to see which teams in the NHL hav...
There were many storylines coming into tonights game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators. The usual Battle of Ontario Buzz was alive and well, coupled with the new-found Orr-Carkner feud, as well as the Maple Leafs 3 game win streak against the Senators. As Coach Ron Wilson mentioned in his post-game press conference, the Leafs played a very solid roa...
I know, I know... He's suckling a cool mil' of our hit for an eon, but nobody wanted to go down that road except the senile Cliff. Sure Darcy is on his downside but that could be a silver lining. He'd love to return to this spotlight where we would welcome him back with open arms, thus signing for peanuts. Another mil' plus what he's owed ain't bad...
JV writes...

Kaberle's House Not For Sale

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Quick question. Would you dig a hole if you didn't have enough dirt to fill it? That is precisely what Leaf management would be doing if they finally trade Tomas Kaberle when his no trade clause is lifted during the off season. Most leaf fans and Leaf reporters see it as a no brainer to rid themselves of # 15. Their points (somewhat valid) are as follows: (1).Kaberle will ...
When the Toronto Maple Leafs began the '09-10 season 0-7-1, it was determined that even though they were not as bad as their record indicated, the horror movie like start demonstrated they could not compete when points "mattered most". Lately, nearing the end of a 5th straight non-playoff year, the Leafs (as has been their season ending trend) have been on a tear; their 7...
Frank Krewda writes...

What's In A Name?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
As a child, which was before YouTube , the NHL channel, and massive communication monoliths such as Comcast and Verizon were around, I used to scour NHL boxscores to see who fought in the previous night’s games. I was always excited when a new name began appearing regularly in the box scores. I was always curious to see whether the names of the pugilists read as toug...
A lot of thrills over the past few weeks as the Leafs played well before running out of gas this last week. Yet... yet in all the exciting hockey, one thing seemed to be overlooked. The Leafs were winning close games, shoot-outs and over-time games. Even when stringing the wins together, it was a team that was NOT dominating any team on the scoreboard. What we saw was a t...
nwhewitson writes...

Toronto: Looking Ahead

Posted Monday | Comments 0
After showing promise after the Olympic break and a couple of high-profile trades the Maple Leafs have little right to take anything for granted and need to make continued changes in the off-season if they want to guarantee themselves a playoff spot and not a tee time in April. 1) The Ponikarovsky Deal While I was disappointed to see Poni shipped to the Pens he is a pe...
OK, here we go... Two big issues face the Leafs this off-season : (1) What to do with Tomas Kaberle ? (2) How does Burke land a quality power forward? Other things to consider: (1) a weak pool of UFA forwards this summer, (2) a trade market for Kaberle that may be reduced due to his quiet end of the season, and the possibility of other quality defencemen being on th...
History has been made in the 2010 Playoffs, and we might not have seen it all yet. The East has had its share of surprises and has been nothing short of terrific hockey. Whether it’s the third ever 3-0 series comeback by the Flyers, or the surprising Canadiens - eliminating both the President’s Trophy winning Capitals and defending Stanley Cup Champion, Penguins,...
Right now, plenty of Leaf fans are wondering about what sort of return MIGHT Brian Burke get for Thomas Kaberle once the trade window opens on his contract. Last year, he was a potentially valuable chip. In December 2009, he was playing some of the best hockey of his career and many hoped that he might be traded to speed along a re-build if the Leafs could not get back in...
The 2010 Leafs off-season might seem short of news lately, but Brian Burke is definitely hard at work. Having already inked a pair of goaltenders last month – Finnish netminder Jussi Rynnas and NCAA standout, Ben Scrivens of Cornell University- the Leafs President and General Manager announced another signing; this one in the form of German blueliner Korbinian Holzer....
Just behind Kaberle trade rumours, the most prominent issue being discussed in Leaf nation right now is how contract talks are proceeding between the buds and Kulemin. As we are all too painfully aware, the two sides are not seeing eye to eye at the moment. Many sources report that Kulemin is asking for money in the $3 million per year range while Burke is imagining someth...
What a week, Leafs Nation. After a slow start to the off-season, news sure picked up this week. The last entry discussed this summer’s events for the blue and white, and surprisingly, the past seven days managed to hit on a couple of them. The most significant was revealed yesterday by Howard Berger, regarding a certain press conference. As expected, the Leaf...
This time of year is always the hardest time on me, because it marks the sad anniversary of my father's passing. A few years back, I wrote a blog on nostalgia, and got some huge reviews of it. So on with another blog on the golden years of hockey, in honour of my father. I remember the Canada Cup in 1976. One of my favorite players was Daryl Sittler, who was the cap...
Domaju writes...

#3 is #18

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Yesterday it was finally made official, #3 Dion Phaneuf was named the 18th captain in Toronto Maple Leafs History, or the 22nd in Toronto history if you include the Arenas and St. Pats. There has been talk of Dion being named captain for months now. There's no hiding that Wilson loved what Dion brought to the table, even with all the rumours coming out of Calgary. Those...
Muldoon writes...

Captain my Captain

Posted Tuesday | Comments 8
So the 2009-2010 season is done and gone. The Chicago Blackhawks are the Stanley Cup Champions, and that may just be a good thing for Leafs fans. Despite leaving us as both the only original six team that has not won a Stanley Cup post expansion, and at present the team in the NHL that is currently on the longest Stanley Cup drought. Hopefully an important step to ending ...
Undrafted D Brandon Aquino set to ink 3 year entry level contract with the Buds after a stellar season with BK Farjestad in Sweden last season. He will be playing in their AHL affiliate Marlies next season and will hopefully to come up into the Leafs line up late in the regular season.
Looking back, Evgeny Artyukhin, Raffi Torres, and Cheechoo are still out there, If any of these guys get an offer, it is going to be a cheap one. The bulk of pundits think Torres may get an offer once the Kaberle situation is clarified. The other two seem to be on nobody's radar as of Aug 1. Savard has the best chance of going someplace like Calgary, if he goes anyplace at...
Manics writes...

Kadri: The Boy Inside The Man

Posted Thursday | Comments 37
On a hot, sweltering Toronto afternoon, I meet up with the Leafs 2009 top pick Nazem Kadri. This was the 2nd time I have met the young budding star and to say I was surprised is putting it mildly. The first time I met Nazem was September 2009, a scrawny young kid listed at 170lbs. I doubted he'd tip 165 in a wet suit when I first met him. This time around I was blown away....
BS2Babylon writes...

Leaf Musings

Posted Saturday | Comments 5
The Kovalchuk shoe is apparently about to drop and Leaf fans everywhere are waiting for Brian Burke to pick up that shoe and run away with it himself. This is surely not a man who is afraid of making big moves - as has been overly blogged and discussed. All of which has left Leaf nation refreshing computer screens on strict bi-hourly schedules - in July. Things have cert...
This is a question that many news reporters and Leafs fans are wondering when it comes to the Tomas Kaberle saga, is it possible for Leafs general manager Brian Burke to switch gears and move the younger Luke Schenn for a top forward instead of the veteran blueliner. The one thing that most NHL teams covet is a puck moving offensive defensemen and Tomas Kaberle more then f...
There are many variables that must be accounted for within an NHL team if they wish to compete for the Stanley Cup. The most important of these qualities can include offensive/defensive awareness, athletic ability and toughness. In the past few years, I have been trying to justify every move that Brian Burke has made with the Leafs. For the most part, it has been quite app...
Given my relative age the guys I saw play over the years or read about that really showed me toughness were the following guys: 1. Wendel Clark - he could score lead and fight the best all around player. 2. Doug Gilmour- he would never back down never give up never allowed himself to be beat up. 3. Darryl Sittler- he could score fight and lead both by example and ...
ggb216 writes...

Giggy and the future

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
As Burke has built our team from the mesh out, I will talk about the future of our team the mesh out. Giggy, our six mill a year net minder, was a brilliant acquisition by Burke. Shedding Jason Blakes ridiculous contract and, the transparent between the pipes, Vesa Toskala for a goalie who could stop a puck let alone a beach ball was genius. It’s important to note ...
Manics writes...

Bradley Ross: Steal of the draft?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
With the 43rd pick overall, the Toronto Maple Leafs are pleased to select from the Portland Winter Hawks, Bradley Ross. Many casual Leafs fans would have replied with a resounding "who?" at that moment, but those in the know realize what a coup this was for Brian Burke. Ryan Johansen and Nino Niederrieter who went 4th and 5th respectively in this year's draft were on a lin...
Manics writes...

Leafs bonding as a team

Posted Monday | Comments 34
Recently I had the opportunity to relax at a luxurious cottage in Muskoka with my better half Jessie, and a group of young Leafs. Warm summer days and nights enjoying cool water over bare skin, hot food roasted over an open fire and refreshing cold beer down a parched throat. These are the memories you take with you forever. The first day there, as I emerged from the ...
caricari writes...

A New Voice

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
So as I sit here at my desk in Toronto, reading all the blogs in the Hockeybuzz society, I find myself without a voice. I think it's time I started giving feedback to the community I hear but not being heard. Perhaps it's my faint desire to be heard from the actual decision makers in the NHL. Or maybe it's creating a 'spark', an idea, or even topic of conversation for t...
tnotarianni writes...

Where Will Kaberle Land?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Probably the most interesting story to all Leaf fans this summer is whether Tomas Kaberle will be dealt or if he will stick with the Buds. More importantly, if he is dealt, what kind of talent will Brian Burke get in return. Now that Ilya Kovalchuk has finally signed a contract (maybe I spoke too soon???), the Kaberle saga should soon come to an end. Brian Burke has b...
I believe that Afinogenov would be a great pick up on free agency for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Give him a chance to bring in a veteran presence for the young top 6 forwards, since he is now in his Early 30s. He may have had a great season last year, but that could've been a fluke if you look at his stats the previous two seasons, where he didn't even mass a total combin...
Manics writes...

Sidney Crosby's got game!

Posted Friday | Comments 26
[img]http://i28.tinypic.com/168u5jr.jpg[/img] The Kid. The Next One. Sidney Crosby. All monikers for one of the most talented players in the league and the first of a series of non-Leaf related interviews that I'll be conducting throughout the season. Hockey fans around the world know the stats. Born on August 7th, 1987. 8/7/87. 22 going on 23 and the hockey world at hi...
yideboit writes...

The First 8

Posted Friday | Comments 3
As most of us know, the first 8 games last season played a large role in the eventual further dismantling of the roster by Brian Burke and the team missing the playoffs yet again. With that in mind I figured it would be fitting to take a glance at the first 8 this season, and throw out some predictions. We'll start by reviewing last seasons first 8. Game 1 vs Mtl. 4-...
The Toronto Maple Leafs ended last season with a 10-5-3 record after the Olympic break, giving them the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference for that time period. Many people consider this garbage time, when the games don’t matter, but the team put up this record playing against teams whose games meant a hell of a lot. Now I do not think the Leafs will finish in...
Over that past few days I have heard over and over that Burke will begin to entertain offers for Kaberle once the Kovalchuk situation gets ironed out. To a certain degree I agree with this thinking, because I do believe that if the Kings do not get Kovalchuk (which I do not believe they will), then I feel that Kaberle will be a King and I truly believe Wayne Simmons will ...
BlueBloodPat writes...

Hockey Totems Revealed

Posted Friday | Comments 0
To make a long story short, for those who have not seen the summer blockbuster Inception (which I highly recommend you do), a totem is an object that separates reality from dream. The totem distinguishes reality from dream because it takes on different characteristics in a dream state. Therefore, if the owner of the totem knows their totem well enough, they should be able ...
puck-off writes...

Trade in play.

Posted Monday | Comments 0
I have friends in low places but they tell me that the Leafs have offered Kabby, Beauchemin and Finger for Savvy and Wheeler whether or not this is the actual deal it is interesting that a group of Leaf defenders for 2 forwards. Interesting because if it does go through they'll go from having a glut on d to having a shortage in one grand swoop but they will have depth in t...
This has been a quiet off season for the Toronto Maple Leafs when it comes to the unrestricted free agent market. The Leafs signed Colby Armstrong when the gate opened July 1st and Brett Lebda on July 7th, they also look to have loaded up the Marlies with a few other minor signings but the biggest move of this off season will not be a free agent signing and may just be the...
It seems like the odds are greatly in favour of Burke trading Kaberle by the 15th (likely on the few days leading up to their deadline) and it has been indicated that there are somewhere between 5 and 8 offers. First I'll explain why, then we'll go through some options, with no potential team left behind. Kaberle is the longest serving Leaf and the only player who has b...
This blog is written with no knowledge of any real discussions between general managers. It isn't written with the help of any "sources". It's written, based on a large number of online, hopeful fans. Furthermore, it's written solely from a Pro-Toronto bias. Not watching very much Western Conference hockey, I would not know how much of an impact Tomas Kaberle would h...
tnotarianni writes...

The Phil Kessel Effect

Posted Tuesday | Comments 10
I heard a caller on the radio this afternoon talk about the effect that the Phil Kessel trade has had and will make on the Toronto Maple Leafs. I was a proponent of the Phil Kessel trade but I didn't think Brian Burke needed to give up 2 first round picks to do it since he essentially had Chiarelli cornered with the threat of the offer sheet (I know Burke lashed out at Ke...
I'm putting out my official and final prediction that kaberle will NOT be moved ... but here is my reasoning why he should... First off .. he was a team worst -16 among defenders last season. This team moving forward, in Burke's mold, is a defense first team. In my eyes, in the right situation with the right pairing, Kaberle is adequate in his own end, but I don't feel ...
cromanyszyn writes...

Weighing In On Kaberle

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
This is my first blog with Hockeybuzz and I'm choosing to speculate on a topic which has been discussed for several years now, that being the eventual departure of long time Maple Leaf Tomas Kaberle. I write eventual departure because I do believe that come the August 15th deadline, before Kaberle's no-trade clause comes back into effect, he will be moved. Never in the...
comment on your final prediction as to his destination and we'll tally them up as we go ... Ill start ... toronto -- Toronto - 1
Before I begin, I want to say that I am not like a lot of other Leafs fans. In other words, I am not going to sit here and tell you that the Maple Leafs are going to make the playoffs and maybe even win the Stanley Cup just because they haven't for so long now. With that being said, if you disagree with what I am about to say than don't comment saying that I am just someon...
Would the Devils be able to pull of getting Tomas Kaberle and Ilya Kovalchuk? If they did that would cap off an already great free agency for the Devils that the fans of New Jersey aren't used to seeing from their team. Although the chances seem very slim, nothing is impossible. Rolston, White, and Langenbrunner combine for a $10.86 million cap hit. If the Devils could...
Sure the majority of Leafs fans saw the value of a trade Tomas Kaberle, and dreamed of a top line starring countless players from around the league paired with Kessel and Bozak/Versteeg (depending on said players position), but alas, it wasn't to be, and Kaberle remains a Leaf for another year. Now, the question to be asked, where to the Leafs stand. In my eyes, the Lea...
For everyone saying Toronto did the worse thing by trading Kaberle I suggest they think again. Burke truly knows who was offered and what he wanted. Worse case scenario is Toronto get 1 year service from him and he leaves. The Leafs current top 6 without Kaberle would amount to Phaneuf, Komisarek, Beauchemin, Schenn, Gunnarson, and Lebda. Which for a rebuilding team is not...
FantasyPlayer writes...

Kaberle...Fantasy Stud?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 2
I have taken some time over the past week to sit back and wait to see how the Kaberle and potentially the Kovalchuk situation would play out before writing my next blog. Well one of the shoes dropped on the weekend with Kaberle remaining a Leaf. I know this has set off a firestorm in Leaf Nation as to whether this move was correct. At this point it is irrelevant because...
First off, I am your prototypical diehard Toronto Maple Leafs fan that hopes every year will be different and we will win the Stanley Cup. I really thought Kaberle would be traded before midnight deadline on August 15th. I did not necessarily want Kaberle dealt, but Burke made certain deals and moves that suggested a changing of the guard. He first named Phaneuf the tea...
Manics writes...

Kneading the Leafs

Posted Thursday | Comments 9
Recently I had the pleasure of spending a day with the Toronto Maple Leafs during a workout and massage session. I was thrilled for the opportunity to be around this group of finely tuned young guys. I was especially eager to "learn the ropes" and see what a day in the life of an athletic therapist is like. I came away VERY envious of these men and the fine job th...
McCluskey88 writes...

The Onus on Tomas

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Tomas Kaberle needs to step up to the microphone and speak for himself. Rick Curran, Kaberle's agent, complained publicly about the way Brian Burke has put his client in the spotlight during the limited window of opportunity in which his contract allows for Tomas to be moved. Days later, Kaberle's father hardly fell short of requesting a trade on his son's behalf. Rational...
Phenom writes...

In Burke We Trust

Posted Tuesday | Comments 4
Hey hockey fans! This seems to be the ideal place to blog if you're a Leaf fan so this is where I'll start my journey. I guess I'll give you some background so most of you will be able to relate to my mindset and the level of my disgrunt within Leafs Nation. I've been a Leaf fan my entire life, or at least for as long as I can remember. I'm a product of the 70's and a c...
Phenom writes...

Kaberle & NHL Who Am I? #1

Posted Wednesday | Comments 18
[b]Quick note on Kaberle: [/b] I heard from a source at the hotel hosting the NHL's research, development and orientation camp last week who ran into Florida GM Dale Tallon. He asked him why Kaberle wasn't dealt and Tallon said because he's a potential UFA next year and just simply too soft a defenseman for any team to offer what Burke was asking. He also said the best ...
KyleG writes...

Leafs Playoff bound ... hopefully

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Every year as the summer winds down i throw my golf clubs in the garage and get my seat ready for the regular sesaon, always full of hope and optimism. As a leafs fan it seems like the same thing every year shiny new players shadow what the roster really looks like. Yes on paper our goaltending is solid and our d core is top notch, then you hit the forward core, it's reall...
I was fairly close to the output I expected from a few players last year, also with a couple that I was somewhat distant on so I'm looking to improve this time around. First I'll start with the lineup as it stands today that could conceivably represent Toronto on opening night, then I'll briefly discuss how wide-open the North East is and then move on to individual Mapl...
Hi all, I am new to the blogging world so bear with me! I have been a huge leafs fan all my life, but that will not cloud my judgement on how I think they will perform this year (well ok maybe a little bit ;). Obviously I would love it,as would any other Leaf fan, for them to end the dreadful stanley cup drought, or even their post-lockout playoff drought, but lets be ho...
Phenom writes...

NHL Who Am I? #2

Posted Friday | Comments 6
Hey puckheads. So starting today, I'll post a new NHL Who Am I? trivia every Friday. You guys smashed the first one the other day, but they won't always be as easy as that. I'll post the answer and details of the previous NHL Who Am I? before posting the new one. [b]NHL Who Am I? #1 - Ed Olczyk[/b] 1. I was drafted 3rd overall by an Original Six team. -He ...
Did you ever wonder what it would be like if NHL players and personalities were cast in major movie roles? Well, I’m going to answer that question today by listing some of the greatest movie quotes of all-time and inserting which NHL personality would have been best-suited to be cast in that role, a few perhaps with some minor modifications. Sources say some famous quo...
I "Beleaf" this year will prove that Brian Burke know's what he's doing. And will also finally silence doubters. If all goes well, the statistics and line-up will look like this. LW/C/RW Kris Versteeg/Tyler Bozak/Phil Kessel Clarke Macarthur/Mikhail Grabovski/Colby Armstrong Nikolai Kulemin/John Mitchell/Marcel Mueller Fredrik Sjostrom/Christian Hanson/Luca Caputi ...
Courtesy of http://www.etownhockey.com/2010/08/oilers-defense-review-and-where-leafs.html The Oilers are coming off their worst season in franchise history. Some of the work Tambellini has accomplished this offseason has been a staggering over haul, but mostly on the front end. The forwards are looking promising for the future, but how about the defense? Name - age...
Phenom writes...

NHL Who Am I? #3

Posted Monday | Comments 8
Hey Blogolites! Happy Labour Day. I hope you all enjoy it. You know what I love about Labour Day? Besides the fact we get day off, it means that NHL training camps are right around the corner. And thank God because this off-season seems like it's lasted forever. At least it has to me....what about you? On that note, let's get to another NHL Who Am I? trivia. I k...
Just a small town girl Living in a lonely world She took the midnight train going anywhere Just a city boy Born and raised in South Detroit He took the midnight train going anywhere A singer in a smoky room A smell of wine and cheap perfume For a smile they can share the night It goes on and on and on and on Strangers, waiting, up and down the boulevard Thei...
Tonight is the first of three pre-season match-ups for the "Battle of Ontario", and perhaps for the first time since the pre-lockout era, the games could live up to that title. Leafs fans will be happy to know that almost all of their new additions will make their way on the ice tonight. Only recently signed free agent forward Clarke MacArthur will sit out tonight's gam...
The young Leafs need a Killer of a coach not a lame duck. He blames his players but takes no responsibility and from any reporter that covers him he's a prick to boot.
Hey Pucksters! I hope you are all as excited as I am for the puck to finally drop for the 2010/2011 NHL season. It's been a long summer. With the start of every new season, as some of you know, comes my ultra-fun annual $100 million salary cap pool. If any of you are interested in joining, leave your email in the comments section, my inbox or email it to me at phenom...
Micheal Aldred writes...

Tucker-ed Out

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Darcy Tucker has officially called it a career. "After spending the whole summer anticipating I would play, it got to a point where I knew it was time." "I just knew, during workouts I didn't have that same feeling," Tucker told TSN, "and I needed to be fair with my family." Darcy Tucker had a successful career playing the role of a grinding pest. After beginning hi...
Phenom writes...

NHL Who Am I? #4

Posted Saturday | Comments 4
Hey all....there's been great interest in my $100 million salary cap pool so far. It looks like it's going to be a very exciting season! If interested, leave your emal in the comments section or in my inbox or email me at phenom_pool@hotmail.com. Now onto the next NHL Who Am I? trivia.... [u][b]NHL Who Am I? #4[/b][/u] 1. I was drafted 120th overall. 2. I won t...
[img]http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/HumanEraser2/fingervsbeauchemin.jpg?t=1286235955[/img] click to enlarge and zoom this is so simple that it can be found on nhl.com. finger hardly played last year, but i'll use it as a comparison anyways. as you can see finger played in 39 games and beauchemin played in all 82. [b]Finger[/b] in just 39 games hav...
Hey all.....just a reminder, anyone interested in joining the PhenomPool $100 million Salary Cap Pool, the deadline is tonight. Leave a comment or email me with any questions or concerns. Here we go with another Friday NHL Who Am I? Trivia. I'm sure you guys will get this one quick too. You guys are hard to stump! [u][b]NHL Who Am I? #5[/b][/u] 1. I was a 6th ...
Well folks ... I decided to take a chance and made a couple Hockey related contacts today. I am very satisfied to say that I should have some extremely exciting news to report in the next couple weeks. For now, I can say nothing more but stay tuned! Did I mention I am extremely excited?
Well folks.... In regards to that Hockey news, I took a chance and because of it, I have been asked to write both live game blogs and non-live blogs for the OTTAWA 67'S!! No, it's not an NHL club but it certainly is a step in the right direction and to be honest, I [b]LOVE[/b] OHL hockey! My first game blog will be on Friday, October 22nd against the Brampton Battali...
Micheal Aldred writes...

Leafs/Pens Preview

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
The Toronto Maple Leafs are set to visit the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at the Consol Energy Arena. The Penguins have yet to win at home this season and get another opportunity to erase that stat tonight against a Leafs team that is hoping to remain undefeated. [b]A few fun stats regarding tonight's teams:[/b] Phil Kessel: 2GP 2G 1A 3P is on pace for 82 goals and 1...
icedog97 writes...

It's Just Not Working

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
If you have read my previous blogs...and chances are good that you haven't...then you will know that I have recently, and frequently, questioned the Penguins aggressive approach to playing hockey. In a nutshell...the Penguins are supposed to take the game to other team...keep the puck in their end...generate scoring chances...and either score goals or cause the other te...
Toronto fans know this all to well as JF Jr. put them here until possibly this past season . He's not the only one to do this Sather in New york, Nashville (arguably due to Trotz getting the most out of his players), Florida, and Edmonton (all teams which have finished in the middle of the conference but not getting a top 5 pick, consistently. Flames may enter purgator...
"I love winning, man. It's like, better than losing." -Tim Robbins as Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh, Bull Durham That's probably what the remaining Leafs from opening night last season are quietly thinking to themselves. I doubt they'd say it aloud though, in fear of jinxing the you-know-what. But it is such a good feeling for Leaf fans too. Yes, we realize the season...
Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs will play host to the New York Islanders as they search for the fifth straight win to open the season. The Islanders are searching for their first road win of the season and hope to earn it tonight by crashing the Leafs winning party. Tyler Bozak, who took a Phil Kessel puck to the face at practice yesterday, seems to be fine and will be...
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue their impressive performance to start the season taking 9 out of a possible 10 points as the club looks to break their longest playoff drought in club history. The team is oozing confidence, looks faster and has one of the better back ends in all of hockey but there is something else brewing.... with the opening of Maple Leaf Square the cl...
Going into tonight's game in Dallas the Preds are still unbeaten this season. I'll take 3-0-3 over 2-3-1, which is where the Flyers, Stanley Cup finalists last year currently sit after 6 games. The injury bug has been flying around and it's not a good thing, hopefully we can weather the storm and the dam doesn't burst. Now onto my favoraite subject, the Canadian press...
Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs are set to host the Florida Panthers at the ACC, and are looking to erase a three game losing streak. While the team has lacked an ability to score after their first two games, Phil Kessel and Clarke MacArthur continue to be the team's offensive powers with little to no help around them. This has sparked line-up changes from head coach Ron...
Kylewhirlwind writes...

You People All Suck

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Yo, dudes, check it out. So I was over at my friend Chad's place last night. We don't call him "Chad" we call him "Nads" because that's what he's like. A big set of nads. Anyway, I was over at Nads place and we were drinking sum Axe, which we always do on Wednesday because it makes you feel real dizzy n' stuff. And after about the third can, Chad said to me something like,...
For the third time this season (and this month) the New York Rangers will clash with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In their first two meetings (4-3 OT win Leafs / 2-1 win Rangers), each have conquered the other on the road. Toronto will look to avoid recent history repeating by earning the victory in this match-up at home. Toronto has scored just 7 goals in their last 5 gam...
Now, although I cover the Tampa Bay Lightning in my blogs, and they are one of my favourite teams (I've always loved teams that play in Southern areas. No idea why, but I always have a soft spot for them), but I grew up and lived in Leaf nation until a few short months ago when I moved to Newfoundland. St. John's is actually a place that has no favourite team. There are Ha...
Phenom writes...

Deja Blue (And White)

Posted Monday | Comments 5
So it appears as though the “real” Toronto Maple Leafs have descended back to earth and have taken to the Air Canada Centre ice. Or at least that’s what most Leaf-haters would tell you amid their laughter and delight. The Leafs, after having smashed through the gates to start the season 4-0, have since gone 1-4-1 and have been shut out the past two games. With ...
Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs will play host to the Ottawa Senators at the ACC in a game that could be a nail biter for all the wrong reasons. For fans who are looking for a tight game, the Leafs have provided endless periods of "so close!" The Senators? They seem to be running down a similar path, despite blowing out two of their opponents last week with five goals for...
With a spot in the bottom 5 league wide freshly secured, the fear of giving up 2 lottery picks to a divisional rival because more of a reality. It also becomes more difficult to right the ship and end the free-fall. The team lacks confidence, can't score consistently, has horribly timed defensive lapses, sporadic weak goals, increasingly ineffective special teams and only ...
This is Burke's team, this is Burke's mess. Brian Burke had a hand in acquiring every player on our roster except Kaberle, Schenn, Gunarsson, and Kulemin. When Brian Burke was brought on board as the Maple Leafs' GM, he had an aura about him. He was big and boisterous, he was confident and charismatic. He was our savior that was to lead us out of the JFJ years. Whateve...
Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Nashville Predators at the ACC and are looking to finally sever their connection with their mistress – Ms. Losestreak. Nashville enters the match-up looking to extend a small winning streak to three games, while Toronto has lost their last four games at home. Their last win at home was also their last 2 point game prior to the st...
TPiddy writes...

An Entire (Leaf) Nation Rejoices

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Originally posted at [url]http://www.sportsblognetwork.net/an-entire-leaf-nation-rejoices/[/url] The Toronto Maple Leafs were finally able to exorcise some demons in a thrilling 5-4 come from behind victory over the Nashville Predators at the Air Canada Center last night, and the Leaf Nation faithful collectively breathed a sigh of relief. The Leafs team that started th...
[u][b]Leafs vs Habs Real-Time Random Thoughts[/b][/u] 7:00 - Here we go....cue Hockey Night In Canada. Win or lose, should be a great game. I’m excited! 7:12 – R.I.P. Burnsy. You were a helluva coach and an even better man. 7:23 - Good fast pace to start the game. I expect a tight, low-scoring game. Shootout maybe??? 7:32 – Ugh, why are the Leafs so ...
Domaju writes...

Longtime Tandem?

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
For the last few games the Toronto Maple Leafs have been playing quite well, there's no question about that. But they need to continue working hard and developing chemistry to keep up any sort of success. All the focus has been on Toronto's scoring, how well Luke Schenn has been playing, and the great play of Jonas Gustavsson. But there's something that I've noticed, bu...
TPiddy writes...

Time to Nut Up or Shut Up!

Posted Friday | Comments 0
[url]http://www.sportsblognetwork.net/its-nut-up-or-shut-up-time-for-the-leafs/[/url] This could possibly be the biggest weekend of the year in Leafs Nation. The pressure is mounting, expectations are growing and the blue and white have their biggest test of the season ahead of them: Back to back road games against divisional rivals, while missing their captain and thei...
The Sabres came out of the locker room sporting their vintage third jerseys, but as the players looked up in the stands, there was a good chance they were seeing just as much blue and white as blue and gold. The Sabres put on a solid performance for their fans, defeating Toronto 3-1 Friday at HSBC arena. The fans were easily drawn into the game early on due to the hi...
There's the question.. Will the Leafs pick in 2011 be a lottery pick. If so Bruin Fans can thank Mr Burke for single handedly pushing the bears over the top into contention.. 2 top 5 picks in 2 years? WOW.. Thats penguin material, Cap material... Oiler traveled ground... In my time on this earth I cant think of a more helpless time for Leaf Nation. Where would we be if t...
Willie Wilts writes...

Leafs Host B's at ACC

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
Tonight the Maple Leafs will take on an always tough opponent in the Boston Bruins. No trades yet as we inch closer to Burkes self appointed trade freeze. Rumours are swirling but I would be surprised if we see anything before the new year. As for the lineup tonight, Lebda and Mitchell take a seat in the press box with Dion and co. as Aulie and Rosehill fill their spo...
BlueBucked writes...

Leafs Buzz

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Obviously, if you (the readers) are avid fans of HockeyBuzz, you should know that almost everyday eklund is writing about possible leaf trades. I know most of these blogs aren't true. For example, the blog about Cory Schnieder being traded said that the leafs were interested. Cmon... why would Burke go after a mid-level goalie when he has the former stanley cup winner...
Phenom writes...

NHL Who Am I? #7

Posted Sunday | Comments 4
You guys usually blast right through these.....hopefully I can make you think, at least for a couple of minutes. [b][u]NHL Who Am I? #7[/u][/b] 1. I was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings 2. I have won 2 Stanley Cups with different teams. 3. I was a star with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL. 4. I had one 50-goal season in the NHL. 5. I won the Stanley Cup and...
With so much attention and discussion around the Phil Kessel trade and the repercussions it may have on the future of the Maple Leafs, I thought it would be interesting to go back 10 years or so and see what impact the first round draft picks of the last decade have played in the team's overall success and with the benefit of hindsight, has the trading of picks helped to p...
mslepp writes...

Dion Phaneuf: Cheers or Boos?

Posted Thursday | Comments 10
It's a date most Flames fans had circled the very day the NHL schedule was released. My first thought back in July in regards to his return was that Calgary Flames fans will boo Dion mercifully. When I thought about his return in September when my season tickets were delivered, I laughed again to myself, "oh man, are people gonna boo this guy." But, today, when ...
thehockeyguru writes...

Burkes Blunder

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Well things in LEaf Nation are not any better then they were last year, perhaps Burke is still trying to clean up his blunders and the remains blunders left over from Fergie. Burke has done so far what he can to try and help the Leafs win some more games, he has upgraded the blue line and the goaltending, he has dealt player and got players and yes he has d...
In early December, waffles were thrown after a Leaf game. Since then, waffles have become a bit of a statement in the Maple Leafs community. The media has called it “The Year of the Waffle” and “Waffle-Gate”, and at a mid-December meeting between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Atlanta Thrashers, one fan in particular felt the need to express his disapproval of the...
The boys in blue and white continue to falter as they look headed to another missed post season unless they somehow can turn it around. A new year is upon us once again and I though it would better to have my first blog of 2011 take a look at some better moments and memories in Leafs history, so hear goes Leafs Nation as we take a stab at the Greatest Toronto Maple Leafs d...
Phenom writes...

NHL Who Am I? #8

Posted Friday | Comments 7
I'm sure I won't stump you guys, but here goes anyway...... [u][b]NHL Who Am I? #8[/b][/u] 1. I was a 1982 1st round draft pick. 2. I played for 9 NHL teams in my 21-year career. 3. I made the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1983. 4. I’ve never won the Stanley Cup. 5. I made it to the finals only once, but lost to the Detroit Red Wings. 6. I hold the NHL re...
Shmelldo_8 writes...

Getting Started...

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Hey Y'All... So this is my first blog ever in general so let's see if I can get off to a good start (besides for my easy to see grammatical mistakes) Thought from last night... Leafs and Flames Boring boring boring game.... to me there was not a good pace in that game and until the last minute if you were a leafs fan u must of been bored like me (thank god for ...
Despite an off season overhaul and the appointment of Dion Phaneuf as the 18th captain in club history, the Maple Leafs have yet to turn around a sinking ship and prove that they can in fact become playoff contenders. An early season winning streak that saw the Leafs record a 4-0 record out of the gate created false hope for Leaf fans and team management that the team w...
Hey Y'all Being a Maple Leafs fan as long as I've been I had the opportunity to see some of the good days and the bad days which have extended into the past 5 seasons... also with that I have been able to notice the one thing missing... HEART Seriously can you remember the last time they made the playoffs they had Roberts, Tucker and Joe N. giving everything they ha...
Nothing has ever come easy to Jonas Gustavsson in his hockey career. He has had to work for everything that he has achieved and has strived to prove naysayers that he is capable of being a starting goaltender in the NHL. After displaying a dominant performance in his final season with Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League, which included a 1.96 goals against average, 0....
wgosse writes...

Leafs and Bruins Will Trade

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
OK. We knew Beauchemin and Versteeg was top of the trade list for the Leafs, but whose next? Obviously, Burke has to trade Kaberle before the 28th of February or he will lose him for nothing come July 1st. Kaberle is gone then, that's for sure. So, where's Kab going? Well, pretty easy to guess considering Kab's agent gave Burke only one team to talk to - the Boston Brui...
[b]LEAFS LOSE[/b] Francois Beachemin Kris Versteeg Tomas Kaberle Mikhail Stefanovich 7th Round conditional pick *It hurts to see Kaberle go, but it was inevitable. Weird to think now, that the longest serving Leafs currently on our roster are Kulemin and Grabovski. As for Kris Versteeg, it was never really working out. He fits a team like cup contender like Philad...
McCluskey88 writes...

The Work of Burke

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Those of you still holding a bloody stick from beating the dead horse that was the Phil Kessel trade, this is for you. All your talk about the importance of draft picks has finally come back to bite you in the buttocks. Brian Burke is a fucking magician. Pardon my french, but did he just get 2 first round picks and a potential second for Kaberle's expiring contract?...
Is it just me, but I think it is painfully obvious that Brian Burke is going gangbusters after Parise. A team wishing to obtain Parise would have to have the assets, Toronto has just stock piled many in the last 12 months (Kadri, Colborne, Gardiner, 2 firsts etc...), and they would need a lot of cap room to sign a guy that is going to command close to the league max, Toro...
Phenom writes...

NHL Who Am I? #9

Posted Sunday | Comments 5
[u][b]NHL Who Am I? #9[/b][/u] 1. I was born in Brandon, Manitoba. 2. I played for 3 different NHL teams in my 13-year career. 3. I began and ended my career with the same team. 4. I have 1 career playoff goal. 5. I’ve been to the Stanley Cup Finals twice, but lost both times. 6. I have 3 family members that have also played in the NHL. 7. I am currently ...
jzadow writes...

Leafs Looking for Defenseman?

Posted Monday | Comments 0
It's no secret the Toronto Maple Leafs have got a lot thinner on the blue line in the past couple of weeks, shipping out Francois Beauchemin and fan favourite Tomas Kaberle. Beauchemin's value has turned out to be quite good for Toronto, as Lupul has made his presence known on the top line alongside Phil Kessel (assists on Kessel's last four goals). The Leafs can also look...
jzadow writes...

Trade Deadline Splashes

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
There have been some big moves already before the deadline -- maybe the most we've seen this early since the NHL lockout -- and certainly, more to come. It seems the most intriguing targets for most teams are the players that will be UFAs at season's end. And, this off-season boasts some of the biggest names around the league, however, some of them will most likely re-sign...
Hey folks, my name is Kenny Brewster. [b]I am writing this today with a humble request for your help.[/b] I am a finalist in a contest to win a 55" Toshiba HDTV, but I can't win without your votes. I have produced a short audio clip that is less than 2 minutes long, it is a spoof of the old "I AM CANADIAN" commercials. In the audio, I talk about how the Internet an...
jzadow writes...

The Early Bird Rises

Posted Monday | Comments 0
It's 6:15 am out here on the west coast, and I'm sitting here with a cup of tea glued to the television flicking channels between Sportsnet and TSN...not much going on so far. But, there have been some key signings over the last couple of days, with Brent Seabrook staying with the Chicago Blackhawks re-signing for 5 years and Chris Phillips is staying in Ottawa re-signing ...
jzadow writes...

Trade Winds Are Blowing

Posted Monday | Comments 0
With just under two hours to the 3 pm ET trade deadline, there hasn't been much action around the NHL. A couple of playoff contenders are still looking to add some strength to their roster and prepare for a long playoff push come April. The Edmonton Oilers are expected to be busy today, potentially moving two key forwards off their roster -- Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner -...
mslepp writes...

The Enigmatic Matthew Stajan

Posted Thursday | Comments 8
Ok, so he's not really enigmatic. I just like the sound of the title. Makes it seem like I have something profound to say... I don't. Anyway, here is the story of the week the Flames traded for Matt "My Wife Is Hot and That's ALL I Have Going for Me" Stajan as seen through my life experiences. Be prepared. This is long. Oh, but it makes fun of the Leafs AND Oile...
leafspensjets writes...

Introduce yourself!

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Hi fellow hockey nuts! my name is will, i am a life long of the great game of hockey as im sure all of you are. i have loved the toronto maple leafs, pittsburgh penguins and the winnipeg jets(not coyotes) for as long as i can remember. i am very opinionated when it comes to the game and have been booted from addicted hockey fans united for being too opinionated. i love am...
The Sabres were unable to finish off the road trip with a victory, losing 4-3 to Toronto on Saturday night. Buffalo, who were 17-1-2 leading after two periods, allowed the Maple Leafs to score two goals in the third period to win the game. Buffalo outshot the Leafs 42-29 on the night, but were unable to tie the game in the latter half of the third period. Despite the lo...
hi all, i just have something to get off my chest. facebook.com is supposed to be a place where you are can speak your mind about everything and anything. not so! i was an admin for a page called addicted hockey fans united. as i said in my introduction, i am anti-bettman, always have been and always will be. i spoke my mind about him, the coyotes and hockey in the so...
Phenom writes...

NHL Who Am I? #10

Posted Friday | Comments 3
I guess it's time for another NHL Who Am I? It's been a while, hasn't it??? So, without further ado, let's get to it...... [u][b]NHL Who Am I? #10[/b][/u] 1. I was drafted by an Original Six team. 2. I became a coach after my playing career was over. 3. I played for 3 NHL teams in my 17-year career. 4. I won a Stanley Cup with the 2nd team I played for, als...
darren4444 writes...

Komi Konundrum

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
For Leafs fans, Mike Komisarek is the new Bryan McCabe. To an extent at least. He is an overpaid defensemen who really can't play defence really well. To be fair, that isn't really true. He's had his good years, and was one of the more solid shutdown d-men in the NHL until Lucic messed him up. But you think he'd be healthy by now. It's been two and a half years since the i...
After missing the playoffs yet again, it is time for the Toronto Maple Leafs to start focusing on the offseason tasks. Leaf Nation should be expecting an active summer. However, I would like to focus on one task. That task is the situation concerning Clarke MacArthur. Clarke MacArthur is one of many Restricted Free Agents that Toronto will have to deal with t...
nabby12 writes...

The Morweena Miracle

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
The Morweena Miracle – By Ty Dilello A Google search of Morweena, Manitoba does not tell you much. It is a small Mennonite village just outside of Arborg and about 150 kilometers north of Winnipeg with a population of around 150. It is also home to James Reimer, the very humble goaltender who led a late season charge that almost sent the Toronto Maple Leafs to the pl...
Phenom writes...

NHL Who Am I? #11

Posted Friday | Comments 15
[u][b]NHL Who Am I? #11[/b][/u] 1. I was drafted in the first round of the 1984 Entry Draft by a Canadian team. 2. I’ve played over 1200 NHL games with 6 different teams. 3. I won the Memorial Cup with the Ottawa 67’s. 4. I had one 50-goal season and one 40-goal season, both with the same team. 5. I won the Stanley Cup with the team that drafted me. 6. ...
The debate over where Dallas superstar center Brad Richards will play next season is heating up again after Richards basically said goodbye to the Dallas fans via twitter Saturday night. Many teams are in the hunt for his services of course but the Leafs and Rangers were thought to be the front runners. That is until it became known Brad preferred to play in a less Media...
Its coming close to draft and free agency time and it's time to bring up the age old question! Will the Leafs ever find their #1 centre they desperately need? In this day and age its definetly hard to find that #1 centre via trade without giving up an abundance of youth and picks to get said player, but its not impossible. The Leafs have been linked to many #1 centre'...
[img]http://leafshq.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Brian_Burke.jpg[/img] Its coming close to draft and free agency time and it's time to bring up the age old question! Will the Leafs ever find their #1 centre they desperately need? In this day and age its definetly hard to find that #1 centre via trade without giving up an abundance of youth and picks to get said ...
As we move closer to the draft, Brian Burke and Dave Nonis are working hard at keeping our team competative and the fans as a side effect are gleaming with hope and pride. James Reimer evoked something that sits inside all leafs fans and up until last year, had been lurking in the depths of our collective stomachs, waiting to be unleashed. As we sat and watched the relat...
jeffgreig writes...

Show me your Guns!!!

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Another Positive step for the leafs offseason. Carl gunnersson being signed over the next two years helps us keep our young and talented blue line intact. The large and smooth skating defensmen has shown us all that he is capable of manning a number two power play unit and I look forward to watching him continue to grow.
ErikC writes...

The Curious Case of Brian Burke

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
8 days remain to the start of the 2011 NHL entry draft and 2 weeks remain to the the opening of the NHL free agency period. Burke has defined the number one off-season priority as being a true no. 1 centre to play with Kessel. Ideally, come July 1st Brad Richards would don the blue and white and for years to come would be the set-up man to help Kessel reach his goal-scorin...
Phenom writes...

NHL Who Am I? #12

Posted Saturday | Comments 5
[u][b]NHL Who am I? #12[/b][/u] 1. I was drafted in the 2nd round in 1983. 2. I’ve won the Stanley Cup more than once. 3. I was involved in a 3-way trade with two ex-Leafs, but Toronto was not part of the deal. 4. I won my first Cup with the team that drafted me. 5. My brother was drafted by St. Louis. We played 1 year together. 6. I have won one major ind...
joelsteeves writes...

Leafs - Do or Die?

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
This summer will be a key time as the Toronto Maple Leafs strive to break a drought that has seen them absent from the past six consecutive post seasons. The farm has been rejuvenated with the likes of Greg McKegg, Jesse Blacker, Jake Gardiner and Joe Colborne joining top prospect Nazem Kadri. However, the Leafs remain without a number one play making center and are still ...
With all the hoopla surrounding the need for a 1st line centre in Toronto, a key idea is being missed. It's true: Brian Burke [i]needs[/i] to acquire a legitimate, 1st-line centre this offseason if he wants any shot at even making the playoffs this year. However, I'd like to point out, that the Leafs are still missing a much-needed cog to any playoff teams chances: A p...
First off, this is my first blog. Just fyi. Today, the Flyers made two big deals. Carter too Columbus for a pair of picks and Jakub Voracek. They also sent Mike Richards too the Kings for Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and a 2nd round pick (overpayment imo). So how do these two trades affect Toronto and there train of thought going into the draft? The first trade onl...
First off, this is my first blog. Just fyi. Today, the Flyers made two big deals. Carter too Columbus for a pair of picks and Jakub Voracek. They also sent Mike Richards too the Kings for Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and a 2nd round pick (overpayment imo). So how do these two trades affect Toronto and there train of thought going into the draft? The first trade onl...
THis is before any trades occur with the first 30 picks. 1. Edmonton - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. 2. Colorado - Gabriel Landeskog 3. Florida - Adam Larsson 4. New Jersey- Jonathan Huberdeau 5. New York Islanders - Ryan Strome 6. Ottawa - Sean Couturier 7. Winnipeg - Dougie Hamilton 8. Philadelphia (via Colombus) - Ryan Murphy 9. Boston (via Toronto) - Nathan Beaulie...
Personnally I don't feel that the leafs have missed out on Carter or Richards, neither player are the type of guy that any of us thought we needed. While both are very talented Richards is unpredictable and is still prone to taking terrible penaltied at bad times that hurt his team in late stages of the game and in the playoffs, and Carter is as pure a sniper as Kessel is...
dclanglois writes...

Big night or Big bust?!

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Happy Friday! As anticipation grows with the looming draft tonight, like most Leafs fans, I'm hopeful that big Burke can live up to his reputation and pull the trigger on a trade that will shed the limelight on the city that eats, sleeps and lives the Leafs! In wandering my way through the many credible tweeters today, it doesn't appear there is much life to many r...
Both trade calls went through and both were accepted. But with some of those draft picks in today's draft, these trades weren't completed done until today. And so, with the players picked, who wins? First, it needs too be summarized: To Boston : Tomas Kaberle Jared Knight Tyler Segiun Dougie Hamilton To Toronto: John-Michael Liles Tyler Biggs Phil Kessel Joe ...
If you are like me you sat there glued to the television waiting for the big announcement last night... you know the one that didn't happen. Once again Brian Burke was unable to find anyone willing to trade with, I wonder if i it is because people around the league believe that the leafs players aren't worthy of much. Is Brian Burke overvaluing the prospects and draft p...
I don't believe that there will be any "HUGE" signing this summer from Brian Burke. I believe that perhaps Andy Mac may be an option, but is he available? Mr Augello wrote that he would be a nice fit, I also think that Andy would be a great fit. Not only would he be a relative bargain due to injuries, but he could actually end up being the type of guy that Kessel needs...
icedog97 writes...

Thanks Max...and Good Luck!

Posted Friday | Comments 0
The start of unrestricted free agency in hockey is a crazy time. It's been less than a month since the Stanley Cup was awarded. Less than a month since one team's dream of a championship was realized. Less than a month since new playoff heroes were born. Now, with those recent memories fresh in mind, NHL GMs, players and fans hope to turn next year's Stanley Cup Cham...
What a choice to have to make. I believe that if this combo would get Stamkos to Toronto it would get done immediately. I love Luke Schenn and would dearly miss watching him grow into the player he is already close to being. That being said, players like Stamkos don't come along very often, and when there is an opportunity to add one then you do it. Burke has said he does...
Well Leaf fans, after a dismal and disappointing July 1 many of us were left shaking our heads wondering 'what gives'? We have the most cap space we have had in years, are slowly becoming more appealing to big ticket free agents, and had many depth holes to fill up front. And we are the only team in the NHL not to make a splash on day one? C'mon. Well, it is no...
OhioLeafer writes...

Don’t Expect the Unexpected

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
As Burke finishes signing the remaining RFAs, it has come to the attention of many fans that the Leafs are slowly developing a surplus of bodies on both forward and defense. Hypothetically, if the season started tomorrow, the Leafs project line-up could look like this: Lupul – Connolly – Kessel MacArthur – Grabovski – Kulemin Kadri – Bozak – Armstrong Orr...
OhioLeafer writes...

Don’t Expect the Unexpected

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
As Burke finishes signing the remaining RFAs, it has come to the attention of many fans that the Leafs are slowly developing a surplus of bodies on both forward and defense. Hypothetically, if the season started tomorrow, the Leafs project line-up could look like this: Lupul – Connolly – Kessel MacArthur – Grabovski – Kulemin Kadri – Bozak – Armstrong Orr...
OhioLeafer writes...

Don’t Expect the Unexpected

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
As Burke finishes signing the remaining RFAs, it has come to the attention of many fans that the Leafs are slowly developing a surplus of bodies on both forward and defense. Hypothetically, if the season started tomorrow, the Leafs project line-up could look like this: Lupul – Connolly – Kessel MacArthur – Grabovski – Kulemin Kadri – Bozak – Armstrong Orr...
Is it just me or does everything that Steve Simmons say sound the same? Further more everything he writes seems to directly involve Brian Burke's innability to get the hockey team into the playoffs. I honestly don't believe that there is a less intelligent and more negative individual in the Toronto media. The questions this guy asks are irrelavent and offending, only S...
I'm aware that this may be a bit too early in discussing this but, for arguments sake let's talk about this subject anyway. Right now the leafs currently have 5 centers on their main roster with Bozak, Grabovski, Connolly, Lombardi and Boyce(RFA). Unless Something changes, such as Boyce not being resigned by the leafs and/or a trade of one of those 5, these players are ...
I'm aware that this may be a bit too early in discussing this but, for arguments sake let's talk about this subject anyway. Right now the leafs currently have 5 centers on their main roster with Bozak, Grabovski, Connolly, Lombardi and Boyce(RFA). Unless Something changes, such as Boyce not being resigned by the leafs and/or a trade of one of those 5, these players are ...
I'm aware that this may be a bit too early in discussing this but, for arguments sake let's talk about this subject anyway. Right now the leafs currently have 5 centers on their main roster with Bozak, Grabovski, Connolly, Lombardi and Boyce(RFA). Unless Something changes, such as Boyce not being resigned by the leafs and/or a trade of one of those 5, these players are ...
I'm aware that this may be a bit too early in discussing this but, for arguments sake let's talk about this subject anyway. Right now the leafs currently have 5 centers on their main roster with Bozak, Grabovski, Connolly, Lombardi and Boyce(RFA). Unless Something changes, such as Boyce not being resigned by the leafs and/or a trade of one of those 5, these players are ...
I'm aware that this may be a bit too early in discussing this but, for arguments sake let's talk about this subject anyway. Right now the leafs currently have 5 centers on their main roster with Bozak, Grabovski, Connolly, Lombardi and Boyce(RFA). Unless Something changes, such as Boyce not being resigned by the leafs and/or a trade of one of those 5, these players are ...
I'm aware that this may be a bit too early in discussing this but, for arguments sake let's talk about this subject anyway. Right now the leafs currently have 5 centers on their main roster with Bozak, Grabovski, Connolly, Lombardi and Boyce(RFA). Unless Something changes, such as Boyce not being resigned by the leafs and/or a trade of one of those 5, these players are ...
http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=112991Thu, 07 Jul 2011 21:14:37 -0400 http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=11507 I'm aware that this may be a bit too early in discussing this but, for arguments sake let's talk about this subject anyway. Right now the leafs currently have 5 centers on their main roster with Bozak, Grabovski, Connolly, Lombardi a...
You know, I’ve been pretty quiet during the whole Stamkos fiasco. If I were to don an NHL jersey it would be of the blue and white variety, but I try to keep a level head when projecting where the Leafs will go with respect to trades, free agency, draft etc. Burke has clearly upgraded over last year’s squad already. With the addition of Connolly at center and the wh...
habsteen26 writes...

Ryan White + Re-Alignment

Posted Wednesday | Comments 15
[b]Ryan White Signs 1 year deal with Montreal[/b] First of all, congratulations to Ryan White for signing a one year deal with the Habs. Good signing for the Habs. White plays with a lot of poise and is one of maybe 2 players who will drop the gloves at any moment so they need a guy like him to play physical for them. He has a year to prove he belongs because there are ...
Hey all, Now, I realize that with a bit of common sense and realistic expectations it's pretty easy to take a stab at what the Leafs will look like next season. Yet I frequently see people making odd guesses/ projections for the team to then defend themselves till their blue in the face... So I'm just going to write down the lines I believe most likely to be put out...
goleafssakis writes...

Everybody Just Relax

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Okay so there seems to be a general panic in Leafs' Nation. From what I understand, this has been cause by the Leafs' inability to acquire a first line centreman. With the likes of Brad Richards and Steven Stamkos no longer available, the monkey working the big red panic button now has to work overtime. But what is Toronto didn't NEED a top line centreman? It now seems mor...
goleafssakis writes...

Everybody Just Relax

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Okay so there seems to be a general panic in Leafs' Nation. From what I understand, this has been cause by the Leafs' inability to acquire a first line centreman. With the likes of Brad Richards and Steven Stamkos no longer available, the monkey working the big red panic button now has to work overtime. But what is Toronto didn't NEED a top line centreman? It now seems mor...
bamdoucet writes...

Leafs Preview for 2011-2012

Posted Wednesday | Comments 5
With the Leafs currently having only 1 more guy to sign and that signing will be completed in the next month or so, really, there's no rush, Luke Schenn might be the next franchise player, what i mean by that is, players who actually stay with there franchise more than 10 yrs...aka Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Steve Yzerman, Ray Bourque types of guys; he seems to love it in Tor...
Maple Leafs fans we are just a few weeks from training camp, thats right Leafs Nation just a few weeks away from September and another run by our beloved Buds to end this playoff misery that we having been suffering from since the end of the lockout. The Leafs have made a few changes from the club that ended the season in April: In: Tim Connolly, Matthew Lombardi, Co...
I have a few predictions, some realistic, some fun and outlandish, for the Leafs from now till the end of next season. Enjoy! 1) Komisarek is gone, he will be traded. If the asset is a 7th rounder in 2015 I think the Leafs accept, and someone will give up a 5th for this guy in next years draft. 2) Kadri will end up on a line with Kessel and Connolly and have 60 p...
Entering the 11/12 NHL regular season this year is going to be as scary in net as it has been since CUJO and The Eagle left town. This year (like last year) we are dealing with a prospect that has a huge upside, everything looks good on paper except for the Games Played stat. Its no secret that Toronto has been big for sophomore slumps after watching it happen to the like...
As we start to ramp up for another action packed NHL season we also start to see/hear the many couch experts (myself included) start offering their opinions and projections for the race to April and what it will bring. Who’s going to jump out early.. who’s going to suffer the xmas slump.. Who has all the pieces to go all the way? It is worth noting that it is always su...
Might as well be a month ahead of everyone's blogs saying whose gonna finish where and whatnot...not like anyone cares, but this is for my own sake and something official when a team makes the playoffs that no one even considered, i might be the one who told u so and have it officially out there, but anyways, i say 50% of what im about to write will come true! if not, i wi...
This is purely my opinion and that is based on observations over the past 20 years or so that I can clearly say I was a full blood member of the Leafs Nation. 1. The New york Yankee syndrom: From what most people say they hate that the leafs would buy their way into the playoffs, and clearly there is no point in saying otherwise because it is very true. It seemed as t...
So, it feels good. I've been debating for a good part of two years now to start a blog, and here I am, finally starting. Ah, it's a good day. So let me fill all you readers in on personal info. I will be covering the Montreal Canadiens. I live in Hamilton, Ontario and am a season ticket holder for the Hamilton Bulldogs. I love playing, watching, and doing anything involvin...
Phenom writes...

NHL Who Am I? #13

Posted Saturday | Comments 6
You guys are always good at these. I hope I can stump you for at least 3.5 seconds this time! [u][b]NHL Who Am I? #13[/b][/u] 1. I was drafted by an Original Six team. 2. I won 1 Stanley Cup in my career, with my hometown team. 3. I’ve had four 90-point seasons, but never scored more than 40 goals. 4. I only played for one U.S. franchise. 5. I signed with...
Looking for sleeper picks in your upcoming fantasy draft or interested in who to look for as possible up-and-comers next season? You've come to the right place. After hours of statistical analysis, I have compiled a top-10 list (featuring video evidence) of rookies/prospects who are likely to breakout next season as bonafide NHLers or even superstars. For the purposes...
Phenom writes...

NHL Who Am I? #14

Posted Friday | Comments 12
[u][b]NHL Who Am I? #14[/b][/u] 1. I was drafted by a Southeast Division team. 2. I have over 500 goals in my career. 3. I have played for 4 NHL teams. 4. I have won the same category at the Skills Competition twice. 5. I was traded to a Canadian team after 14 years with the team that drafted me. 6. I’m a two-time 50-goal scorer. 7. I scored 7 goals, incl...
I've done this for 3 years now, with varying success, and mostly do it for entertainment... So flamers fire up your torches! Granted, this is assuming Luke Schenn is signed for the start of the regular season, and banking on the roster staying as-is outside of that, but this is my lineup and predictions for each individual this year. Also, I know I wrote a blog with ...
Phenom writes...

NHL Who Am I? #15

Posted Saturday | Comments 6
You guys are way too good at these....and I hope you aren't wiki-cheating.....but here we go with another Who Am I? [u][b]NHL Who Am I? #15[/b][/u] 1. I was drafted by an expansion franchise. 2. I was the first freshman to win the Hobey Baker Award. 3. I had two 100-point seasons for the team that drafted me. 4. I played for 4 NHL teams. 5. I’ve won th...
If there is anyone out there having trouble putting together a decent team through a draft let me know and I would be happy to help out. Good luck to all you fantasy nuts out there!! Peace and most importanly GO LEAFS GO!!!
jeffgreig writes...

New Website

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Check out my new website dedicated to giving you all the best and most up to date fantasy information for the upcoming NHL Season.http://fantasyhockeytalkandtips.weebly.com/
Phenom writes...

NHL Who Am I? #16

Posted Monday | Comments 10
Hey all.....happy Labour Day to my fellow Hockeybuzzards!!! I wish you well and all the best with your friends and loved ones. Here we go with another NHL Who Am I? You guys usually smash these in no time at all, so I'm gonna try to make them harder.....and maybe a little trickier. You guys are hard to stump though. Good luck! [u][b]NHL Who Am I? #16[/b][/u] ...
jeffgreig writes...

Hey there fantasy freaks

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
So anyone out there in need of a website that not only gives you the in and outs of the hockey world? I mean not just the major teams in the leagues I mean even the low traffic teams like the hurricanes Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets. All the teams have fantasy relevant players and sleepers that everyone should be able to find out about. So have a peek at the newest we...
After glancing through twitter today a particular tweet caught my eye and put me into a bit of a rage. So obviously I'm eager to get a blog out there, hopefully this one gets some hits and a little discussion. "jamescybulski James Cybulski by mirtle I love that Sidney Crosby supports an outright ban on head shots in the NHL. 81% of our responses on our twitter poll...
After glancing through twitter today a particular tweet caught my eye and put me into a bit of a rage. So obviously I'm eager to get a blog out there, hopefully this one gets some hits and a little discussion. "jamescybulski James Cybulski by mirtle I love that Sidney Crosby supports an outright ban on head shots in the NHL. 81% of our responses on our twitter poll...
This week in hockey Well I am going to start a weekly blog outlining the happenings around the NHL. I know that probably no one will ever read this aside from my wife and I but figured what the heck. It has always been sort of a pipedream of mine to become a sports journalist but with life and bills getting in the way it could never become more than that. Hopefully this b...
by Ian Cunningham iancunningham.tb@gmail.com The Tampa Bay Lightning Training Camp is officially under way!! After a day full of physicals and off-ice assessments, the team will travel to the Brandon Ice Sports Forum for their typical on-ice sessions and Blue/White games. The on-ice workouts begin at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. As always, the practices an...
Hey all! The 2011/2012 NHL season is just around the corner (finally!) and with that as always comes PhenomPool's annual NHL $100 million Salary Cap Pool. If any of you are interested in joining, send me an email at phenom_pool@hotmail.com or leave your email address in the comments section and I will forward you a copy of the file. There's a $25 entry fee and the deadl...
The 2011/12 Maple Leafs season is two days away against our arch rivals the Montreal Canadiens, the Buds will be looking to make the post season for the first time since the lockout. The club is one of only two clubs to have failed to do so (Florida Panthers the other) and will be looking to charge into the post season. Can the club score enough goals? Will the penalty kil...
icedog97 writes...

Nobody Asked Me But...#2

Posted Monday | Comments 7
...The Tomas Vokoun signing in Washington appears now to be about as much like the Ilya Bryzgalov signing in Philadelphia as their two salaries are for 2011...which is to say "not much". Initially people compared the two with the idea being that both clubs were obtaining "top" netminders to make them legitimate cup contenders. Washington seemed to get the better deal becau...
The Jets head east tonight to take on the Leafs tonight in what should prove to be a bit of a barometer for the club. If they expect to be in the running for a playoff spot, Toronto is one of the clubs they will just have to find a way to beat. [b]The Newly Named G.S.T. Line[/b] The line of Tanner Glass, Chris Thorburn, and Jim Slater has been dubbed by Winnipeg...
by Ian Cunningham iancunningham.tb@gmail.com Last night on the NHL on TSN, Pierre Lebrun mentioned that Tampa GM Steve Yzerman is looking to add a top-four defenseman in the near future. Lebrun is the latest addition to TSN’s expert panel of NHL Insiders, joining fellow Insiders Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie, along with host James Duthie. This group forms unarguab...
Whether or not Mark Sceifele stays with the Jets through the 9-game mark remains to be seen. He has been invisible in a few of the games so far this season and also has seen reduced ice time in close games. One thing is certain though for the young kid from Ontario. The puck is starting to find him. In the preseason Jets fans thought they might have found themsel...
Phenom writes...

NHL Who Am I? #18

Posted Friday | Comments 8
Hey peeps.....hope you have enjoyed the beginning of the 2011/2012 season of the Coolest Game On Earth. Here's another NHL Who Am I? to whet your appetite a little more. It might not be as easy as some of the others. Then again, you guys are good. [u][b]NHL Who Am I? #18[/b][/u] 1. I was drafted by the Stanley Cup Champions. 2. I was involved in one of the most...
Rivera writes...

New kid on the block

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
First and foremost, thank you to hockeybuzz for providing a forum where I could write about my opinions and also facts. Secondly I feel like I need to inform people that in no way do i have any writing experience or formal training (as you will be able to tell through my writing style), I am just a fan of the game and a fan of the Toronto maple leafs, have been since...
Phenom writes...

NHL Who Am I? #19

Posted Friday | Comments 5
[u][b]NHL Who AM I? #19[/b][/u] 1. I scored 1200 points in the NHL. 2. I played for 5 teams in my 19-year career. 3. I had seven 40+ goal seasons. 4. I made it to the Stanley Cup finals my rookie year, but lost. 5. I made it back 14 years later with a different team only to lose again. 6. My jersey has been retired by an OHL team. 7. I spent 8 ½ seasons wi...
icedog97 writes...

Nobody Asked Me, But...#3

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
- Fighting in hockey isn't going anywhere because too many people who are part of the legislative process of the game want fighting to stay. The question of whether or not it is an integral part of the game is a tough one to answer because as long as it's allowed, it's a part of the game. I would offer that if it was removed from the game, the biggest losers would be play...
Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson's recent decision to start 'Big Ben' instead of 'The Monster' against the St Louis Blues played out as nothing short of an inspired choice. Scrivens was undeniably excellent on a night when the Leafs came out strong, fell asleep for 35 minutes, and then awoke for the final few minutes and overtime to earn the W. What does this decision ultima...
mfreedman writes...

Be a GM Mode: Leafs

Posted Monday | Comments 0
So I woke up today looked in the mirror and saw Brian Burke staring back at me? Weird, I know, but I figure now that I look like him I may have the chance to scratch one item off my wish-list, which is to be the GM of the Leafs! Now, I don’t know how long this is going to last, so I am going to have to act fast if I want to make a difference. So to cut to the chase, I am...
Ken Campbell is wrong. Very, very wrong. In his latest gem of an article he proclaimed that the Leafs have never had a "true superstar" on the team, that Sundin doesn't belong in the HHOF in his first year of eligibility, and the HHOF is biased towards Toronto players. http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/42947-Campbell-Hall-of-Fame-Leafs-bias-will-benefit-Sundin.htm...
mfreedman writes...

Player Review: Phil Kessel

Posted Wednesday | Comments 3
It has been over 2 years since Kessel has been traded to the Blue & White, and ever since trade day (T-Day) Phil has been put under the spotlight by fans, media, and alike. I have no interest in evaluating the deal, as it has already been done to death, and the fact of the matter is that all players involved are either too young/inexperienced to play in the NHL as of ...
The most underrated player currently in a Leaf Jersey would have to be #19 Joffrey Lupul. Effective in all areas of the ice, the Lupster (trying out the nickname) has managed to keep up over a point per game pace so far through ¼ of the regular season. His play thus far has been overshadowed by that of Phil Kessel, but in the end, some time out of the spot-light may have ...
So I was watching the Pittsburgh game last night and just got onto thinking of what Dan Bylsma was able to accomplish over the past year and a half, while missing his top 2 players (Crosby and Malkin) for a significant portion of time. It got me thinking how much I would love to have a guy like this running the Leaf’s bench and then it got me thinking even more. Currentl...
I have been watching the leafs for 12 years now (the better part of my life) and I can honestly say, without any doubt in my mind, that a group of hockey players must have kidnapped the Leafs, stolen their jerseys, and played out the entire first period of Toronto’s 3-2 win over the Rags, before letting the real Leafs back on the ice in the 2nd. There is no other explana...
[img]http://images.tsn.ca/images/stories/2011/11/17/kabs_65373.jpg[/img] As per NHL.com the Carolina Hurricanes have found a dance partner in Montreal Canadians and managed to trade a problem player for a recently injured player. The deal as reported is just a straight player for player trade involving no picks or other players. With any luck Kaberle can find some wa...
araisfarah23 writes...

Ron Wilson: Here to Stay

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
As head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ron Wilson has had his shares of ups and downs in his three seasons....mostly downs. Being under the spotlight for a losing franchise in hockey's biggest market, Wilson has been constantly bashed and disregarded for an otherwise decent job as coach. Although not having appeared in the playoffs, Wilson has implemented a fast paced g...
Fast, skilled, great hands. These are the components that make up Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization's game. Some believe that he has earned his right to play in the National Hockey League full time as he has nothing to prove on the farm team. While his game is ready, he is not ready to be the face of the franchise. Ever since being draft 7th overall in a ...
Phil Kessel leads the league in goals, 2nd in points, and has been everything advertised when brought to the Maple Leafs from the Bruins. Although he has been one of the best forwards in the league if not the best, Leafs MVP award a third of the season is Dion Phaneuf. The Leafs are in a position to make the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons has a huge part beca...
Two goals, including the winner in overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes. Not bad for a former Buffalo Sabres outcast whom was subject to ridicule in his multiple seasons with their organization. Injuries, inconsistency, and turnovers were the reasons the Sabres opted to not resign him for this upcoming season. They say another man's garbage is another's treasure. This ...
I will start this by stating due to personal obligations I missed the first half of the game due to other obligations. Due to the bipolar nature of the media in and regarding Toronto, I can't tell whether this was an amazing game by Toronto which Cam Ward earned the Hurricanes a point, or the Leafs squeaked by with a win. I will stick to the third period of this one. ...
1. Jake Gardiner continues to climb the team’s depth chart. In the month of December he is second overall in team average ice time with 23:30 per game. In 27 games he has 8 points, all assists, and has an even plus/minus. 2. The Leafs are undefeated when going into the third period with a lead. 3. Leafs Director of Player Personnel Rick Dudley was scouting the Na...
It's always amusing when the media is really eager to jump all over any negative stat out there, and at the same time ignore some positive ones. Everyone knows the Leafs penalty kill is struggling and regardless if they win, it will make headlines the next day if they allow even a single power play goal – as was the case after Tuesday’s game vs. Carolina. What's puz...
I'm taking another shot at the live blog. Tonight, Buffalo takes on the Leafs. If Buffalo wants to win, they need to play 60 minutes. This Maple Leaf team will eat them alive if they don't. As one of my counterparts pointed out on here, Buffalo is ahead of their pace from last season point wise. However, what I don't think he's looked at is the fact that Buffalo co...
After a close-call win against the conference dwelling Hurricanes, the Maple Leafs dropped two hard fought games this weekend against two good teams, Buffalo & Vancouver, who for the most part, played a little better than Toronto did over the 60 minute span. Yes, both games had glaring errors. Neutral zone turnovers, horrible PK, a couple soft goals, HORRIBLE refer...
Last nights match, although tough to bear at some points, was one of the more entertaining games I have seen from the Leafs in a while. There were a lot of positives coming out of the game, but the negatives were the same as they have been for the last few years. I prefer ending on a good note, so let’s start with [b]the bad[/b]: 1) Not my biggest beef with the t...
It is the time of year to give and receive gifts from friends, relatives, and Santa. It is no exception for NHL teams. The following provides the wish lists that all 30 NHL teams have given Santa. [b]Anaheim:[/b] Where to begin here? Anaheim is going to have an Eric Cartman sized Xmas list this year. Getting the RPG line on track, getting Visnovsky in the lineup re...
When Leafs forward Nazem Kadri was called up from the Marlies last week, many thought it would be the last chance he would get to show what he was capable of at the NHL level. Many felt that the seventh overall pick in 2009 has had enough chances to prove himself, and at this stage in his career he should already be making an impact on a big league roster. Kadri has larg...
It’s funny to consider just how far the Toronto Maple Leafs have fallen from the tree that is the cream of the crop in the NHL. What a witty little analogy that was. To start the season, everything that could go right for the Leafs, was going right for the Leafs. They were getting solid goaltending from James Reimer, timely scoring from the top line and great defensiv...
Tonight is the big game. Re-match from the World Junior Gold Medal game last year in Buffalo. As a Canadian, I was really cheering the Czech's on last tonight against Russia. In such a tight game, Grigori Zheldakov scored the game-winner for Russia following a power-play from the Czech's. Daniel Krejci was hit on the follow through of a Russian players stick, and stayed do...
Heading into this game, everything seemed right for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts had just come off a 3-0-0 run at the Tampa Bay Times Forum (I try to plug it as much as possible just to get used to it) and were looking for a fourth straight victory in Toronto. Say what you want about tonight’s game, but it’s pretty hard to argue that, on paper, this wasn’t a ...
Jackets GM Scott Howson has mentioned that he is going to make his last-placed club and make it a top 10 team. He has also mentioned that his team will be shaken up in the up comming weeks leading to the Febuary, 27 trade dealine. Now the Columbus Dispatch has mentioned that the Blue Jackets' players are feeling some sort of effects that moves are comming up and they a...
Well in my last post I was talking about the Jackets and in that there where some rumors of Jeff Carter being shiped off to Toronto. Now the Leafs would and I know for a fact go for this. The Leafs are 19-15-5 and are 10th in the Eastern Confrence 1 pt behind the red hot Devils. Now the Leafs could possibley offer Kadri, Grabovski and a pick for Carter. That sounds reasona...
It has yet not been confirmed but it will be within the next few days to the next week. But the Detroit Red Wings will be hosting the 2013 Winter Classic, and the Toronto Maple Leafs will be visiting. There will also be a HBO 24/7 Road To The Winter Classic special. There really hasn't been much to say other than what has been leaked but the Leafs GM Brain Burke tweeted sa...
The Maple Leafs are in an all familiar spot in the standings since the lockout, out of a playoff position once again thanks in part to a dismal month of December that saw the club go 4-6-3 and in a tight Eastern Conference that sees 10 points separating 3rd place from 12th place in the Conference the Buds need to get their game back on track The team plays nine out of t...
Xwayde writes...

Call of Duty 9: Hockey Warfare 1

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Grab your pen and paper parents.... Next Christmas's number #1 hit will be the next edition in Activision's première video game series... Call of Duty 9: Hockey Warfare 1!! I am stoked!! Activision has sent me a few prototype trailers, and it is appears to be the real thing!! So like the preceding editions of this game, you take on the views of varios facets of the...
Xwayde writes...

Donald S Cherry

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
What a guy! Isn't he beautiful?! I have chosen to write my next blog about one of my favourite sports personalities of all time. Nothing irritates me more then people who constantly berate and chastise Don Cherry when they don't even know the guy. Off-screen, what does Don do? Spends his time helping the hockey community in every way he can. He visits hospitals...
mfreedman writes...

Leafs Game Day! +Rumors

Posted Friday | Comments 11
[b]Pregame:[/b] Toronto is about to step into HSBC Arena for the 2nd time this week. There is no doubt in my mind that Buffalo is going to be craving for a win against the Leafs considering the recent slide they have seen in the standings and the fact that the team they used to be able to write off as a win in their schedule, has finally started showing up to play. ...
Leafs GM Brian Burke recently was a guest on the fan590 Prime Time Sports, and On ESPN, and was very candid in response to questions if he was close to making a significant deal. "We are listening to a lot right now, and there is a good chance something will happen…" Burke said. “Am I done making deals…the answer is no. If I can improve this team tomorrow, I’m gonn...
By: Peter Harling Leafs GM Brian Burke recently was a guest on the fan590 Prime Time Sports, and On ESPN, and was very candid in response to questions if he was close to making a significant deal. "We are listening to a lot right now, and there is a good chance something will happen…" Burke said. “Am I done making deals…the answer is no. If I can improve this team t...
Last summer, Lou Lamoriello decided to take player Zach Parise to arbitration, which was the beginning of the end of Parise's tenure in New Jersey. The eventual one-year-deal signed left Parise opened to unrestricted free agency next season with 30 potential suitors as he's one of the most coveted forwards in the league. Who wouldn't want this guy in front of their net, ...
Last summer, Lou Lamoriello decided to take player Zach Parise to arbitration, which was the beginning of the end of Parise's tenure in New Jersey. The eventual one-year-deal signed left Parise opened to unrestricted free agency next season with 30 potential suitors as he's one of the most coveted forwards in the league. Who wouldn't want this guy in front of their net, ...
Last summer, Lou Lamoriello decided to take player Zach Parise to arbitration, which was the beginning of the end of Parise's tenure in New Jersey. The eventual one-year-deal signed left Parise opened to unrestricted free agency next season with 30 potential suitors as he's one of the most coveted forwards in the league. Who wouldn't want this guy in front of their net, ...
Last summer, Lou Lamoriello decided to take player Zach Parise to arbitration, which was the beginning of the end of Parise's tenure in New Jersey. The eventual one-year-deal signed left Parise opened to unrestricted free agency next season with 30 potential suitors as he's one of the most coveted forwards in the league. Who wouldn't want this guy in front of their net, ...
darren4444 writes...

"Dead Weight"

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Something the Toronto Maple Leafs have a lot of. Well…maybe that’s not the right term. ‘Excess Depth’ may describe the situation a bit better. My point is, the team has a lot of players with high cap hits, which I just don’t think they need. But the thing is, they all have value were they to be traded. A couple of the names may surprise people, but bear with me. ...
I have been recieving phone calls over the past few weeks about the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Columbus Blue Jackets talking trade. Some of my sources say the Jackets and Leafs are coming to agreement soon, other sources say a deal will take place at the deadline. The Leafs apear to be after Jeff Carter, now the asking price will be high but Burke seems to be very intre...
t-hynes7 writes...

All things leaf related.

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Is it just me or did the all star break come out of nowhere? With less than 35 games left for each team we are getting into crunch time! First of all I'm going to talk about the first two thirds of the season. A lot of surprises regarding the leafs! I've had the pleasure of watching every leaf game this year and have come to one conclusion, were building something great he...
t-hynes7 writes...

All things leaf related.

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Is it just me or did the all star break come out of nowhere? With less than 35 games left for each team we are getting into crunch time! First of all I'm going to talk about the first two thirds of the season. A lot of surprises regarding the leafs! I've had the pleasure of watching every leaf game this year and have come to one conclusion, were building something great he...
t-hynes7 writes...

All things leaf related.

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Is it just me or did the all star break come out of nowhere? With less than 35 games left for each team we are getting into crunch time! First of all I'm going to talk about the first two thirds of the season. A lot of surprises regarding the leafs! I've had the pleasure of watching every leaf game this year and have come to one conclusion, were building something great he...
t-hynes7 writes...

All things leaf related.

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Is it just me or did the all star break come out of nowhere? With less than 35 games left for each team we are getting into crunch time! First of all I'm going to talk about the first two thirds of the season. A lot of surprises regarding the leafs! I've had the pleasure of watching every leaf game this year and have come to one conclusion, were building something great he...
t-hynes7 writes...

All things leaf related.

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Is it just me or did the all star break come out of nowhere? With less than 35 games left for each team we are getting into crunch time! First of all I'm going to talk about the first two thirds of the season. A lot of surprises regarding the leafs! I've had the pleasure of watching every leaf game this year and have come to one conclusion, were building something great he...
t-hynes7 writes...

All things leaf related.

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Is it just me or did the all star break come out of nowhere? With less than 35 games left for each team we are getting into crunch time! First of all I'm going to talk about the first two thirds of the season. A lot of surprises regarding the leafs! I've had the pleasure of watching every leaf game this year and have come to one conclusion, were building something great he...
As we hit the all-star break this weekend with the Fantasy Draft kicking things off this evening at 8 P.M., the 2011-’12 NHL season has officially reached it’s mid-point. There have been many surprises — and equally as many disappointments — across the league this season on both an individual and team basis. In anticipation of the second half of the season, slated ...
t-hynes7 writes...

All things leaf related.

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
Is it just me or did the all star break come out of nowhere? With less than 35 games left for each team we are getting into crunch time! First of all I'm going to talk about the first two thirds of the season. A lot of surprises regarding the leafs! I've had the pleasure of watching every leaf game this year and have come to one conclusion, were building something great he...
Most Leafs’ fans are getting excited with the possibility of a playoff berth for the first time since the lock-out, and who can really blame them? While I think it is Burke’s intention for the team to make it to the post-season this year, I have also heard the GM mention on several occasions that the cup is his primary target, and a first-round exit is not his goal. ...
So I realize a lot of people like to crap on the All-Star Game because it has no meaning, no intensity, and nobody really cares about it anymore. But I like it, I always have. Why? Because it’s an NHL event and I enjoy watching hockey players display their talents and I love seeing different players from different teams playing and interacting with each other. I like...
As the NHL trade deadline quickly approaches, trade rumors in Leaf land are at a fever pitch. It is commonly believed Brian Burke is targeting a significant player. A big top line player, in particular a center that has size, skill, and playoff experience. Ryan Getzlaf and Eric Staal are the two players at the top of most Leaf fans wish list. While it is highly unlikely, b...
As the NHL trade deadline quickly approaches, trade rumors in Leaf land are at a fever pitch. It is commonly believed Brian Burke is targeting a significant player. A big top line player, in particular a center that has size, skill, and playoff experience. Ryan Getzlaf and Eric Staal are the two players at the top of most Leaf fans wish list. While it is highly unlikely, b...
cradw93 writes...

Who's Going In T.O?

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
As of late the play of Mikhail Grabovski has brought some attention to whether throw him on the trade block or extend him. Either would can bring good value. Another two guys they could put in the mix is Cody Franson and Luke Schenn. Talented young defenders that could bring a nice top six forward to the club. In all honestly though I doubt they will move Grabo at the dead...
cradw93 writes...

Who's Going In T.O?

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
As of late the play of Mikhail Grabovski has brought some attention to whether throw him on the trade block or extend him. Either would can bring good value. Another two guys they could put in the mix is Cody Franson and Luke Schenn. Talented young defenders that could bring a nice top six forward to the club. In all honestly though I doubt they will move Grabo at the dead...
I can't believe the nads on Mario Lemieux, kidnapping Sam Gagner and posing as him for a couple games just to finally break one of Gretzky's records......gotta hand it to the Magnificent One though, he looks pretty good hanging with those kids. Seriously though, imagine if Brian Burke has been talking to Edmonton about Gagner before all this, as has been mildly rumoured...
It seems that every year Toronto is home to what seems like thousands of rumours regarding "big deals", "a top 6 forward", and a "blockbuster deal". This year however seems to be even worse, and more drastic, there is no question that the Leafs organization are still in the re-building process, but Leafs Nation is quite happy with the results this season thus far. As a...
It seems that every year Toronto is home to what seems like thousands of rumours regarding "big deals", "a top 6 forward", and a "blockbuster deal". This year however seems to be even worse, and more drastic, there is no question that the Leafs organization are still in the re-building process, but Leafs Nation is quite happy with the results this season thus far. As a...
LeafBeatWriter writes...

Read This Mr. Burke!!!

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Ok, this time of year brings out all the g.m's, even the ones that don't get paid, so...... here's a few moves I think would benefit the leafs that I haven't heard talked about by anyone. I would like to see the leafs try and pick up Steve Ott of the Dallas Stars. This is the type of player who you hate to play against but love on your team. I remember how much I couldn't ...
LeafBeatWriter writes...

Read This Mr. Burke!!!

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Ok, this time of year brings out all the g.m's, even the ones that don't get paid, so...... here's a few moves I think would benefit the leafs that I haven't heard talked about by anyone. I would like to see the leafs try and pick up Steve Ott of the Dallas Stars. This is the type of player who you hate to play against but love on your team. I remember how much I couldn't ...
LeafBeatWriter writes...

Read This Mr. Burke!!!

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Ok, this time of year brings out all the g.m's, even the ones that don't get paid, so...... here's a few moves I think would benefit the leafs that I haven't heard talked about by anyone. I would like to see the leafs try and pick up Steve Ott of the Dallas Stars. This is the type of player who you hate to play against but love on your team. I remember how much I couldn't ...
dvacek writes...

Mr. Burke

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
As silly season reaches a fever pitch around the NHL the Maple Leafs are in the midst of a bed crapping to end all bed crappings and this should be seen as a reason to not go out and sell the farm to just squeak into the playoffs. I would love to see them go out and land a premiere center but at what cost, reducing a already questionable defense corps? Will Getzlaf or Cart...
dvacek writes...

Mr. Burke

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
As silly season reaches a fever pitch around the NHL the Maple Leafs are in the midst of a bed crapping to end all bed crappings and this should be seen as a reason to not go out and sell the farm to just squeak into the playoffs. I would love to see them go out and land a premiere center but at what cost, reducing a already questionable defense corps? Will Getzlaf or Cart...
dvacek writes...

Mr. Burke

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
As silly season reaches a fever pitch around the NHL the Maple Leafs are in the midst of a bed crapping to end all bed crappings and this should be seen as a reason to not go out and sell the farm to just squeak into the playoffs. I would love to see them go out and land a premiere center but at what cost, reducing a already questionable defense corps? Will Getzlaf or Cart...
dvacek writes...

Mr. Burke

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
As silly season reaches a fever pitch around the NHL the Maple Leafs are in the midst of a bed crapping to end all bed crappings and this should be seen as a reason to not go out and sell the farm to just squeak into the playoffs. I would love to see them go out and land a premiere center but at what cost, reducing a already questionable defense corps? Will Getzlaf or Cart...
Let me first premise my analysis on a Leafs-Nash trade by saying that it would take a lot of work on the Leafs part and a whole lot of luck. That being said I believe that Brian Burke is not interested in making it to the playoffs and losing in the first round, second round or even the conference finals. It is all about winning a Stanley Cup in Toronto and thus if the ...
So after losing against the Islanders in what most considered a must win game, the Jets have posted a road win against the Wild and two straight home wins against the Bruins and Avs. In all three of those wins they have recorded at least four goals per game. Yes, you heard me right, four goals per game. An outpouring of offense such as this is reason to celebrate in...
The world of hockey rumors and trades is a fascinating one. Today, so many rumors circulate in cyberspace that... "It's hard to recognize the real thing It comes along once in a while Like a rare and precious metal beneath a ton of rock It takes some time and trouble to separate from the stock You sometimes have to listen to a lot of useless talk" * When I fir...
mfreedman writes...

Leafs: Do We Risk Change?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 18
Let’s face it, with how inconsistent this team has been over the course of this year (and the last 2), we can basically be assured that Ron Wilson will not be the coach of the future for the Toronto Maple Leafs. His “systems” make for some exciting hockey, but the run n’ gun offense will not survive in today’s NHL. Players these days have far too much skill and a...
Okay, before I even start, I know this is totally far-fetched and would never happen in a million years and people will be jumping down my throat after they read this scenario. But the 2012 trade deadline is fast approaching and I was bored at work so I started daydreaming and came up with an exciting (and totally non-reality based) 3-way deal, including 18 bodies and f...
tml1967 writes...

A Ring around the Goalie

Posted Thursday | Comments 3
The Maple Leafs have done a complete 180 degree turn from their usually post lockout performances and that is not a good thing Leafs Nation. The club has gone 4-6-2 since the all star game and an even worse 1-6-1 in their past 8 and as February 24/12 comes around the club looks like they will be sitting in a familiar spot post lockout..... out of a playoff spot. The clu...
archromat writes...

Nash Brownies

Posted Friday | Comments 0
A lot of speculation out there about two good right wingers. Well some call Nash a left winger, but on NHL.com, he's a right winger. I figured LA was going to trade Brown right away as soon as they got Richards, but they kept him... I didn't understand why they dealt for another captain type player, and now that their offense is leashed, they're starting to see it themse...
CD writes...

Leafs nation playoff starved

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Like every fan who bleeds blue and white, I want nothing more than an invitation to the post season dance. I find myself dreaming of big trades and drawing up new lines all in hopes of filling the void of playoff absence. Then it happens.... A moment of clarity! I heard it summed up well today, Brian Burke didn't spend the last 4 years re-building this organization with yo...
CD writes...

Leafs nation playoff starved

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Like every fan who bleeds blue and white, I want nothing more than an invitation to the post season dance. I find myself dreaming of big trades and drawing up new lines all in hopes of filling the void of playoff absence. Then it happens.... A moment of clarity! I heard it summed up well today, Brian Burke didn't spend the last 4 years re-building this organization with yo...
CD writes...

Leafs nation starved for success

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Like every fan who bleeds blue and white, I want nothing more than an invitation to the post season dance. I find myself dreaming of big trades and drawing up new lines all in hopes of filling the void of playoff absence. Then it happens.... A moment of clarity! I heard it summed up well today, Brian Burke didn't spend the last 4 years re-building this organization with yo...
CD writes...

Leafs nation starved for success

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Like every fan who bleeds blue and white, I want nothing more than an invitation to the post season dance. I find myself dreaming of big trades and drawing up new lines all in hopes of filling the void of playoff absence. Then it happens.... A moment of clarity! I heard it summed up well today, Brian Burke didn't spend the last 4 years re-building this organization with yo...
CD writes...

Leafs nation starved for success

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Like every fan who bleeds blue and white, I want nothing more than an invitation to the post season dance. I find myself dreaming of big trades and drawing up new lines all in hopes of filling the void of playoff absence. Then it happens.... A moment of clarity! I heard it summed up well today, Brian Burke didn't spend the last 4 years re-building this organization with yo...
It must have been hard for Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke not to concede that the group that has seemingly kidnapped his team and played oh so poorly in their place since their win against Edmonton on February 6th had to be compelled with the power of the trade deadline. However Burke has managed to see the forest for the trees and has...
It must have been hard for Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke not to concede that the group that has seemingly kidnapped his team and played oh so poorly in their place since their win against Edmonton on February 6th had to be compelled with the power of the trade deadline. However Burke has managed to see the forest for the trees and has...
It must have been hard for Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke not to concede that the group that has seemingly kidnapped his team and played oh so poorly in their place since their win against Edmonton on February 6th had to be compelled with the power of the trade deadline. However Burke has managed to see the forest for the trees and has...
cimini9 writes...

Leafs need a change

Posted Tuesday | Comments 1
The leafs lost another game, probably the most important game of the season. With the caps win tonight that leaves the leafs 4 pts out of 8th and sinking fast. Yesterday, Burke elected to not make any roster moves, which he should have because in the past two seasons the team has responded well to a roster shake with great runs late in the season, now i believe Burke i...
mfreedman writes...

Leafs: Dear Ron Wilson

Posted Wednesday | Comments 29
Dear Ron Wilson, I along with most Leaf fans today feel your pain. Our team is not performing and it is frustrating as can be for fans, as well (I’m sure) for players and the coaches. You may feel that you are being unfairly blamed, as has been your feeling throughout your time in Leaf’s Nation. What I saw last night was pathetic. The players let you down early with...
CD writes...

18 left 14 to win!!

Posted Friday | Comments 0
I kept hearing all abound today by mass intelligence that is Toronto sports radio, how tough the leafs last 18 games are. So I decided to look at the schedule and to my surprise it's not even bad, it's actually exactly what you would ask for if you could ask for it. Keeping in mind of course this is the NHL and you have to play different teams throughout the year. Clear...
CD writes...

18 left 14 to win!!

Posted Friday | Comments 0
I kept hearing all abound today by mass intelligence that is Toronto sports radio, how tough the leafs last 18 games are. So I decided to look at the schedule and to my surprise it's not even bad, it's actually exactly what you would ask for if you could ask for it. Keeping in mind of course this is the NHL and you have to play different teams throughout the year. Clear...
CD writes...

18 left 14 to win!!

Posted Friday | Comments 0
I kept hearing all abound today by mass intelligence that is Toronto sports radio, how tough the leafs last 18 games are. So I decided to look at the schedule and to my surprise it's not even bad, it's actually exactly what you would ask for if you could ask for it. Keeping in mind of course this is the NHL and you have to play different teams throughout the year. Clear...
CD writes...

18 left 14 to win!!

Posted Friday | Comments 0
I kept hearing all abound today by mass intelligence that is Toronto sports radio, how tough the leafs last 18 games are. So I decided to look at the schedule and to my surprise it's not even bad, it's actually exactly what you would ask for if you could ask for it. Keeping in mind of course this is the NHL and you have to play different teams throughout the year. Clear...
CD writes...

18 left 14 to win!!

Posted Friday | Comments 0
I kept hearing all abound today by mass intelligence that is Toronto sports radio, how tough the leafs last 18 games are. So I decided to look at the schedule and to my surprise it's not even bad, it's actually exactly what you would ask for if you could ask for it. Keeping in mind of course this is the NHL and you have to play different teams throughout the year. Clear...
CD writes...

18 left 14 to win!!

Posted Friday | Comments 0
I kept hearing all abound today by mass intelligence that is Toronto sports radio, how tough the leafs last 18 games are. So I decided to look at the schedule and to my surprise it's not even bad, it's actually exactly what you would ask for if you could ask for it. Keeping in mind of course this is the NHL and you have to play different teams throughout the year. Clear...
" ... This summer is shaping up to be a very busy one for the Flames organization. Should the Flames not make the playoffs as expected then it certainly seems likely that Brent Sutter will be fired, this will be more about his results than his ability. It should be noted that in my opinion no coach will be successful in Calgary until the entire culture of the organizat...
I can already imagine the comments I will get on this piece, but regardless what I am told, I need to document my stance on this (as well as put this on record for when the prediction comes true :)). Jonas Gustavsson has been under some serious heat from the moment he was signed by the Blue and White. Thought of as the soon-to-be goaltending saviour of the franchise, w...
It’s hard to believe that there are only 16 games left in the regular season. This is the point where those on the cusp decide their fate, and those locked in begin to look ahead to the postseason. The Philadelphia Flyers (38-21-7) currently sit in 5th place in the Eastern Conference and will most likely be heading to the playoffs. Despite a drastically differen...
moss234 writes...

It's Time To Start Over

Posted Friday | Comments 0
As March nears it's end, the Toronto Maple Leafs find themselves in a familiar spot in the standings; near the bottom. The Leafs, who haven't made the playoffs since before the lockout, have been floundering in recent years, and seem no closer to postseason success now then they did at this time last year, or even two years ago. The one difference between this year and the...
alexdrake writes...

Monumental Collapse

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Two months ago, it seemed as though the Leafs were destined for their first playoff appearance since the lockout. Lupul and Kessel were clicking almost every night, and when they didn't, Grabovski and co. would pick up the slack. The defense was solid, and Jonas Gustavsson was playing his best hockey. Trips to the penalty box were few and far between. It was the best o...
andydrmm writes...

Heart Wrenching Loss

Posted Friday | Comments 2
I’m not ok with this loss. Buffalo needed this win, and needed to stay ahead of the Capitals. With a loss, Buffalo goes back into a “tie” for 8th. I’ll hit on what’s wrong with calling it a “tie” later. Buffalo had a great game plan early in the game. Buffalo played Pittsburgh with a phenomenal physical manner. They attacked them hard, fought them in the ...
Holy cow. I mean, who saw this happening after the 1st period?? What a game and what a motivation booster for the Sabres going into the final 2 games. After the first period, down 3-0. I had Buffalo pegged for going down, but then after 2 quick ones for the Sabres, I started to think that they had another chance. Then, Buffalo went to sleep, Leaf’s capitalized again,...
It seems that I am the only Blue and White fan that actually enjoyed the presser this afternoon. Over the past week I have been listening to what Leaf fans wanted Burke to say, versus what they expected him to say. I full out believe that it didn’t matter what was said by the Leaf’s GM and that the failure of the season was enough to simply cast aside anything meaningf...
This season is finally over and after a lot of promise and hope, the Maple Leafs collapse, which saw them go 7-18-4 from February 6th at the time they sat in 6th place in the Eastern Conference and dropped all the way down to 13th by the time the season ended, with the fifth worst record in hockey. What the hell happened? We can point fingers at everyone in the organiza...
What would Calgary want? A first round draft pick would be the obvious starting point, what else that would be added to any potential trade would be totally up in the air. So in assuming that the Flames asking price is starting with a first, anything less would be not worth moving him, who’s first is most attractive? Obviously Edmonton’s but there is no way on both sid...
Corseting writes...

Vokoun -The Next Leaf

Posted Friday | Comments 3
Vokoun is no longer welcome in Washington. Not because of his play (which has actually been just as excellent as his time in Florida), but simply because it's a numbers game. It should be pretty clear to everyone in the hockey world that Vokoun took a large salary cut to play for a potential cup-winning team instead of sticking it out with his bottom of the heap Florida Pa...
[b]"Big Splash"[/b] So Ek reports today that the Leafs([i]Burke[/i]) are([i]is[/i]) yet again proclaiming to the hockey world that they will be making bold moves this off-season. Not only will they be doing whatever it takes to get Rick Nash out of Columbus but they will also be signing a high end free agent. Haven't we heard this all before? Yes, of course we have ...
After many conversations, it appears most Leaf fans feel that Luongo coming to Toronto either wont happen or is a bad idea primarily due to the length of his contract, and secondly because he might not even want to play there. After having failed with the Gustavsson and Reimer duo, Burke is at a point where he is desperate for a legitimate starter for the 2012-2013 sea...
For my first crack at blog writing in some time, I thought I would simply put together a list of my thoughts on the Leafs. 1. Nazem Kadri is in no way the bargaining piece Brian Burke would have us believe he is, nor is he the super star the Leafs need. In fact, I would argue that if he does not piece together the defence side of his game soon - and that includes limiti...
The Vancouver Canucks need to trade Roberto Luongo, right? He's old, washed up, mentally unstable, carries a contract until infinity, and guess what, Cory Schneider is right there, banging on the door (although some would argue that it is Luongo who is banging on Schneider's door now). Luongo out, Schneider in equals one cup to soothe the rioters, right? Wrong. Cory Sch...
So three days in a row, I've written a blog. Three days in a row I've mentioned Jake Gardiner. But how can I not? By my estimate he is the sixth best defence man from the 2008 draft class thus far, and he's only played professional hockey for one year, as opposed to three or four. He's well liked, he's well educated, and, perhaps his most tantalizing prospect, he has conne...
centribo writes...

Leafs Thoughts, What Not.

Posted Monday | Comments 8
1. Despite what a lot of people seem to be thinking about what will happen if the Oilers get a second line centre at the draft and thus free up Sam Gagner for trade, the Leafs should steer clear of him. If the Leafs were to land him, he's projected as the number one centre, and adding to that, he's a Toronto boy, and we all know how Brian Burke loves local boys (sarcasm). ...
Hey there HockeyBuzzards! I'm introducing a new attraction for the summer, maybe every weekend, where I post a funny NHL-themed picture for the HB community to take some amusement in, comment on and have a little fun with. It's just a way you can all have a few laughs amidst all the bantering about trades and drafts and free agent signings. Some of these rumour blog...
Bros, Many Torontonians find themselves qualified to do the job of Brian Burke. Toronto and the surrounding GTA is infected by a plague of arm-chair GM's who believe themselves to be educated and well versed on the inner-workings of the National Hockey Leaue. I happen to be one of these "arm-chair GM's" yet wish to bring a more level headed perspective to the situation....
With the 2012 NHL draft creeping up quite fast and the Finals almost over, draft / trade speculation is going to start like a wildfire. So, I thought I would write a small piece about who Burke should draft (1st round), in my opinion of course. 1) Draft either Galchenyuk or Grigorenko, whichever of the two will be available. Galchenyuk, from what I've read, is the bett...
JamieS writes...

The Leafs Off-season

Posted Saturday | Comments 17
Brian Burke sure has his fair share of work to do this coming off-season. Now currently owning the longest drought without a cup AND the only team that hasn't made the playoffs since the Lockout, fans are starting to get upset. Ownership doesn't have a problem, just as long as they keep selling tickets, and I think that gives Burke some leeway when it comes to this season....
With the 2012 NHL Entry Draft less than 2 weeks away i thought it would be a good time to post my first blog and look at what I think Brian Burke and the Toronto Maple Leafs should do to improve their team. In the last few months the Leafs have been linked to several players and prospects but none moreso than Rick Nash, Roberto Luongo and most recently both top prospects N...
Hey HockeyBuzzards, I'm back with the second instalment of Phenom's Phunny Photos, my humble attempt to embrace the lighter side of the sport we love amidst all the bantering and heated discussions leading up to the Draft and free agency. In January of this year, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas made headlines when he decided to decline an invitation by U.S. Preside...
pbrsimps writes...

My Top-10 Mock Draft

Posted Tuesday | Comments 9
Hey, this is my first blog and I would appreciate any feedback or [u]constructive[/u] criticism. I have always enjoyed the draft and the speculation and trades it brings. And the opportunity for all us fans to play NHL GMs for a day (or months before). I have only watched 3 of these guys live and only 2 of them several times for consistency so I am not pretending to be an ...
mfreedman writes...

Leafs: 3 Options Available

Posted Thursday | Comments 27
With the draft approaching, there is a lot of talk about what Brian Burke could possibly be up to, in order to better the club for the upcoming season and the future. There have been many scenarios bounced around over the past few weeks and every option discussed seems to have a bevy of supporters, regardless how different the path may be. After watching some of these conv...
ErikC writes...

D-Day - June 22,2012

Posted Friday | Comments 2
I don't believe that Brian Burke and his management team have ever faced as important a time during his tenure as GM of the maple leafs as these next seven days. Tasked with improving his club enough to make the playoffs in the upcoming season, Now more than ever I believe Burke is willing to do whatever it takes to put the buds into the postseason. In addressing where thi...
I wrote another blog where I talked about how I could see Brian Burke pulling off some big deals to make Toronto into a legitimate playoff team. Another way I could see Toronto’s offseason going, one that would take more patience, is to trade up in the NHL draft to acquire some star power. We know Burke likes those big deals and isn’t afraid to go after some players he...
Just like the New York Yankees are in baseball, Machester United in soccer, Dallas Cowboys are in football, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the centre of the hockey universe. It has been for many years now. All of the teams i mentioned above have high revenues and don't hesitate when it comes to spending money on big name free agents or making trades for big time players....
A few tidbits on a quiet Sunday afternoon...... *Roberto Luongo was apparently in Toronto over the past couple days to meet with the Leafs and look at houses, schools, etc. Take that for what you will, but it's starting to look more and more like Bobby Lu will be wearing blue and white next season. *Speaking to a source close to the Subban family, it appears PK is...
FEFZONE28 writes...

Toronto Interested in Stastny

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Howard Berger tweeted yesterday that Toronto could be re-visiting talks for Stastny. We all know that Toronto was throwing deals at the Avs earlier in the season for Stastny that were just straight up ridiculous. They tried to offer us Nikolai Kulemin, Cody Franson and a third round draft pick in 2013 for Stastny. That would be a horrible deal so why not send one back a...
skwizzo writes...

Burke made right choice

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Gotta say...I'm more than a little tired of hearing how Burkie dropped the ball in Leafville by not trading off his players for 1st rounders. I implore you...what possible sense would that have made? Burkie said he had offers for his players. He said 1st rounders were offered. What he DIDN'T say was where those picks were. It's no secret that this is a weak draft. ...
With the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (finally!!!) upon us, there is wild trade speculation running rampant within NHL circles and fans and players alike are anxious to see what, if anything, goes down on the Draft floor tonight during round one in Pittsburgh…..or even tomorrow during the remainder of the Draft. There is all kinds of talk of teams moving up in the first round...
LordMajo writes...

Breaking news

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Schenn has been traded for James Van Reimsdyk. Big move for burke, proves the naysayers wrong.
LordMajo writes...

Breaking news

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Schenn has been traded for James Van Reimsdyk. Big move for burke, proves the naysayers wrong.
LordMajo writes...

Big Leaf Trade

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Schenn for JVR. Way to go Burke.
LordMajo writes...

Big Leaf Trade

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Schenn for JVR. Way to go Burke.
LordMajo writes...

Big Leaf Trade

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Schenn for JVR. Way to go Burke.
On the heels of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, it seems clear that Brian Burke and The Toronto Maple Leafs had a clear strategy of what they were going to do. They would draft the best players available and fill the holes in the line-up through trade as evidenced by their selection of two defensemen in rounds one and two. They subsequently traded a defenseman, Luke Schenn t...
Hey HockeyBuzzards, It’s going to be a fantastic, exciting weekend as we countdown the minutes to the opening of NHL Free Agency (or Christmas, as we die-hards know it) and we can end months of speculation as to who is going where and what dominoes will ensue. I hope No-trade-a Clause brings all of you (well, some of you anyway) what you’re hoping for. Also, H...
Why does every year feel more and more painful as a Leaf fan? I think that after this year the new CBA will work to the advantage of the leafs or at least put the on a level playing field with the rest of the NHL teams. Burke doesn't believe in these long term contracts, and even though it sucks to see big names pass up Toronto year after year, there is a method to his mad...
Title pretty much says it all.
mfreedman writes...

Leafs: What's The Plan?

Posted Thursday | Comments 21
3 Years. 7 Months. 14 Days. This is how long it has been since Brian Burke took over the reigns from interim GM Cliff Fletcher. Needless to say, the team Burke inherited on Nov 28 2008 bears little resemblance to the team that ended the 2011/2012 season. Opinions of what Burke has accomplished with his team, up to this point, are mixed to say the least. I do not preten...
Hey HockeyBuzzards, Today, PPP will phocus on a few recent re-signings in sunny California. Firstly, the San Jose Sharks re-signed 25-year-old Marc-Edouard Vlasic, one of their most dependable defensemen to a five-year extension, keeping him locked up until the 2017-18 season. Vlasic has quietly become one of the steadiest young rearguards in the Western Conferenc...
It's been an inescapably quiet summer for Brian Burke and his boys in blue. The Toronto Maple Leafs are currently being shut out on the trade front, have whiffed on every prized free agent on the market and, as is customary with the franchise, the team has largely ignored addressing its unmistakably glaring needs for a top-line center and a quality goaltender. If the n...
cimini9 writes...

Can Burke pull it off?

Posted Monday | Comments 45
New blogger please give me your feedback! also follow me on twitter @jcimms9 After a disappointing end to what had seemed to be a good season, it is more apparent than ever the needs of this young leafs team. Although James Reimer has shown that he has the talent to be a number one goalie he has not shown the consistency that comes with that duty. Therefore obtainin...
Corseting writes...

The Missing Pieces

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
I'm not sure about you, but I am so sick of hearing about the needs of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. Every off-season, trade deadline or rumor has to do with Toronto filling those much needed areas to make the club a playoff team. But here is my issue, a proper rebuilding plan (that I thought they were doing...) will take at the very least, 3-4 more seasons. For...
Been with HB since '06, first blog :) Any feedback welcomed. @Feltzer89 It was so obvious at the end of last season, even the management group admitted the team needs a 1C and a proven 1A goaltender with experience to have any chance at success. There are options available to fill both of these holes, but for some reason I get the feeling it's not going to be address...
I don't ever post but I'd like to point out something nobody has seemed to touch on since Loungo's name as been on the trading block. Maybe halfway through last season reports began to come out that both the owners and players liked the idea of an amnesty clause in the next cba. Amnesty would allow owners to rid themselves of bad cap hits while the player gets compensa...
I don't ever post but I'd like to point out something nobody has seemed to touch on since Loungo's name as been on the trading block. Maybe halfway through last season reports began to come out that both the owners and players liked the idea of an amnesty clause in the next cba. Amnesty would allow owners to rid themselves of bad cap hits while the player gets compensa...
summers writes...

Loungo trade value depends on cba

Posted Wednesday | Com