LGD: Hello, BC!

Adam Laskaris
February 13 2016 12:02PM

Six years ago today, the Canadian national men's ice hockey team were just three days away from their opening game against the Norwegians in the Vancouver Olympics.

Today, a much worse Canadian hockey team in the Toronto Maple Leafs makes their way to that same arena, as the Leafs take on the hometown Canucks to face their third Western Canadian opponent in a row.

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TLN Postgame: Reimer chased, Bozak injured, tank on track in five-goal loss

Adam Laskaris
February 06 2016 07:54PM

Going down three goals in the first period is usually never a good call in order to win a game.A pair of similar goals on 2-on-1s and a knuckleball chased James Reimer out of the net in the first period, and things didn't get much better from there.

Once it was all over, the score sat at 6-1 in favour of the Senators.

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The Top 5 Trade Destinations For Shawn Matthias

Adam Laskaris
February 04 2016 01:51PM

Shawn Matthias is a guy who's just kind of on a pro roster - he's never really stood out. As an NHL regular since the 09-10 season, Matthias peaked last season with an 18-goal, 27-point season in Vancouver. Mostly a bottom-six forward with the Leafs, his 1.50 points/60 ranks 5th at 5-on-5 among Leafs players.

On a one-year, $2.3 million deal, Matthias makes sense to move out for some sort of asset, but it's likely there will be some kind of dump coming back the other way with a pick or a prospect.

While a player like Matthias won't make a major impact on any team, his marginal improvements over certain players might provide that extra push in the playoff hunt and he's got some usefulness as a rental player.  

In no particular order, here are five teams who might want to take a gander on picking up Matthias...

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Toronto connections run deep with Jamaican National Ice Hockey Team

Adam Laskaris
January 27 2016 07:12AM

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(Photo via Jamaican Olympic Ice Hockey Foundation Facebook)

Graeme Townshend's path to the NHL was unlike any other before him. Born in Jamaica, he became the first player in the league from the island better known in the athletic world for their bobsled and track and field efforts. 

Today, he's working hard to achieve a dream for many youth players once seemed impossible. As the head coach of Team Jamaica's ice hockey team, Townshend is among the leaders of a developmental movement looking to eventually ice an internationally-competitive team at the IIHF level. A long journey, perhaps, but one that's making important progressive steps right in Toronto.

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Lamoriello on William Nylander: "Before you know it he'll be back."

Adam Laskaris
January 14 2016 03:57PM

After it was reported five days ago William Nylander was still feeling effects of his concussion suffered in his opening game of the World Juniors, some good news came today via TSN 1050's Jonas Siegel in a conversation with Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello.

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