August 21 2012 08:34PM
It's the offseason, and I was able to get a hold of Ben Scrivens for a lengthy interview, cut into three parts. The first part dealt with Scrivens' 2012 season , while this second part deals with expectations and the power of media in shaping opinion about a hockey team.
One thing I remember you saying in a post-game scrum – because you kind of got to see this team at several different levels. I mean the first time you got called up they were doing pretty well, they were in a playoff spot, but at the end of the season when things fell apart, you said something along the lines of you could see or feel a difference in the Leafs' locker room. What do you think was happening, or had already happened, to that team?
I don't know. I mean, you look at any situation, and you could look at two polar opposite situations. You could look at what happened to the Leafs at the end of the season and juxtapose that with what happened to the LA Kings at the end of the season. Sometimes there's no rhyme or reason for the way things play out, you know. Sometimes it's one bad goal, a missed assignment, one post offensively, that causes you to lose a game, and that's the first game of a losing streak that you can never quite pull yourself out of.
August 21 2012 07:26AM
It's the offseason, and I was able to get a hold of Ben Scrivens for a lengthy interview, cut into three parts. The first part deals with Scrivens' 2012 season, both with the Maple Leafs, and with the Marlies for their Calder Cup run in the spring.
What were your expectations heading into last season?
My expectations were to challenge for a spot with the Leafs right away. I expected myself to come in and have a strong camp and I think I did that. I don't think it was realistic for me to think I was going to make the team, but I did want to force them to have to make a tough decision to send me down, and that's really all I could've done. Then from there, it was just to have a solid, consistent season, put up good numbers, help the team make the playoffs – that was a big thing for me. We didn't make the playoffs the year before, so to play a full season being the guy in net for the Marlies, and to make the playoffs, that was my goal going in.
August 20 2012 09:21PM
A source I trust has confirmed the rumours that former Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Paul Ranger has signed with the Toronto Marlies.
Over the last few days, several reports have come out that Ranger had signed an AHL deal in Toronto. If true, Ranger will be set to play his first professional hockey since his 8 games with Tampa Bay during the 2009-10 season before taking a mysterious leave of absense that left many Lightning fans scratching their heads.
Ranger was a restricted free agent with the Lightning at the time he left the team due to "personal issues."
August 09 2012 06:04AM
When the Leafs traded Luke Schenn to the Flyers for James van Riemsdyk, a Flyers fan asked me for my thoughts. I gave them. Doing Leafs videos for the last few seasons, I've obviously seen quite a bit of Luke Schenn. I even interviewed the guy a few times. Since getting drafted in 2008, we saw him at his best, and his worst.
James van Riemsdyk on the other hand? I have to admit, I haven't watched JVR play very much, and whenever I get asked about how he'll improve the Leafs' lineup, I'm not sure what to say. That very same guy who tweeted me however, Jordan Kuhns, happens to have quite the in-depth opinion about James van Riemsdyk.
Jordan (aka @jckuhns) was kind enough to give TLN a writeup on his thoughts regardings JVR. Jordan's young, but has been working in sports for several years now, including a gig as a video production intern for the Leafs' ECHL affiliate Reading Royals.
Now let's look at James van Rimesdyk:
July 31 2012 12:12AM
Alright, work with me here...
This isn't a trade rumour. This isn't me having a “sources say” or a #CONFIRMED moment. This is just a theory I have about the Leafs' plans heading into 2012-13.
Leafs fans have been uneasily waiting this summer while the team has done very little to a roster that fell off the face of the earth this past February.