November 30 2015 01:29PM
Hey, guys! It's Cat Goalieman here to do your Monday Mailbag; I've been collecting your questions since yesterday, and I'm here to provide you with all (kind of) the answers.
(FWIW, the answer is "Goat". #PatsNation4Lyfe.)
November 28 2015 02:23PM
He may sit on the bench tonight (at least to start), but the Leafs have finally called up one of my favorite prospects; goaltender Garret Sparks was given the nod to replace an injured James Reimer in Toronto's lineup against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.
Will that be enough to overcome Braden Holtby? Probably not. But it's my favorite storyline and I'm sticking to it.
November 25 2015 04:08PM
The Toronto Marlies have been absolutely dominant to start out their first season under Rebuild Number We've-Already-Lost-Count; the baby Leafs have gone 14-3-1 to not only pull to first in the AHL's North Division, but to pull into first in the AHL altogether.
They've got even more exciting news for fans this fall, though.
The team has hired retired forward-turned-hockey-writer Justin Bourne as the team's new assistant coach, where he'll be working with the team's video coaching. As a stats-accepting former pro, Bourne brings yet another insightful voice to the club's developmental team as they head into the middle of the season.
November 23 2015 09:00PM
*whispers* Optimus Reim! Optimus...
November 21 2015 03:07PM
With the Toronto Maple Leafs sitting in 24th in the NHL (and looking devastatingly average in the process), they're being hosted by one of their divisional rivals in what may end up being a relatively well-matched game.
Toronto offers flashes of brilliance from Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner on the blue line, then a whole host of forgettable faces from the offensive corps to complement Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak, and James van Riemsdyk.
Their opponents offer some brilliance up front, and one of the most dominant veteran blue liners in the league - but the rest of their back end doesn't look much better than Toronto's, and a whole host of injuries on offence has Max Talbot drawing into the lineup on Saturday evening.
Goaltending is always a question for Toronto, but it's a question for this team as well this year. Coaching is old vs older, and the two management styles are youthful brain trust vs someone who's either a crazy genius or just flat-out crazy - no one's really sure yet.
That's right - it's Toronto vs. Boston, and it's going down tonight.