November 17 2015 08:22PM
Cry your heart out, Patrick Roy.
November 17 2015 11:12AM
This morning, we brought up that the Leafs may be looking at Malcolm Subban of the Boston Bruins reasonable, since the Leafs have seen exactly zero wins from early year starter Jonathan Bernier over the course of the Fall 2015 campaign.
Bernier ended up getting mildly injured and sat out a few games, though, during which time backup James Reimer has improved his record on the year to 5-2-1. He has a .925 raw save percentage, was the league's third start of the week last week, and looks miles above his now-number two, Bernier.
Is Bernier handling it well?
Jonathan Bernier on his tough outing in NYC: "It wasn't Game 7 of the playoffs. Thank God."— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 17, 2015
November 17 2015 07:53AM
The Leafs' goaltending situation for roughly the last half decade - bordering on a little longer than that - has been nothing short of a comedy of errors.
It may have started with Andrew Raycroft. It may have started with Jonas Gustavsson or Vesa Toskala; at this point, it almost doesn't even matter. The bottom line, where it stands now, is that the Toronto Maple Leafs can't get a win out of Jonathan Bernier to save their lives and James Reimer is a pending unrestricted free agent.
That leaves the team right where they've been for the last few years - failing to put up successful numbers in net while also icing an impressive product. As a result, the rumors are starting to fly - and Malcolm Subban, the former first round draft selection for the Boston Bruins, is the name that's been brought up more often than not.
November 10 2015 01:25PM
Last season, I had the Stars as my sleeper playoff threat - so naturally Kari Lehtonen looked like a hot mess, the team's defense was forgettable and (at times) downright upsetting aside from John Klingberg, and Tyler Seguin, Val Nichushkin, and Patrik Nemeth all missed significant time.
This year, I figured the swap of Johnny Oduya and Trevor Daley was too much of a lateral movement to have much of an impact. I figured they're remain a poor possession team, getting marginally better without Ryan Garbutt but continuing to need a ton of work.
Instead, they're tearing it up.
October 31 2015 10:55AM
The return of Phil Kessel to the Air Canada Centre is gonna be huge.
(Well, except for the part where there probably won't be any kind of tribute for him, but that's beside the point. Kind of. I think.)
Kessel is bringing his Pittsburgh Penguins - who got off to a pretty slow start this year, and want to prove that they're going to turn that around - to visit the Toronto Maple Leafs, who got started off pretty slowly this year and don't expect that to change. It could very easily be a barn burner.
So naturally, Kessel doesn't expect his former loyal fans to be very... well, warm in their reception of him.