December 28 2015 08:11PM
It's the last mailbag of 2015! We have a few great questions for you, but more than anything else, I'd like to thank you for putting up with me to the point of encouraging me with talking points over the last 52 weeks. Here's to 52 more in 2016!
December 28 2015 10:39AM
Team Sweden played their second game of the World Junior Hockey Championships today, and while William Nylander was out of the lineup as a result of his upper-body injury, fellow Leafs prospect Dmytro Timashov returned to the box score with an assist on the game's lone goal.
December 27 2015 06:52PM
Photo Credit: Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports
Tonight was a battle of former players. Brad Boyes, PA Parenteau, and Michael Grabner wore the blue and white in a foreign building situated in a familiar market. On the other side of the ice, Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin reminded Leafs fans of an era since past. Tonight, it was the former group that gained the most from the experience, as the Leafs eeked out a 3-1 victory in Brooklyn.
December 27 2015 04:36PM
Photo Credit: Mike Ivall / @M_IvallOJHLI
I've said it before, and I'll say it again; there's something about the St. John's IceCaps that just make the Toronto Marlies play differently. Games against Toronto excluded, the team appears to be a slightly above average group of players on the younger end of the American Hockey League.
But if you put the Marlies in front of them, it becomes very obvious that they're a group of Montreal Canadiens prospects looking to carry on the rivalry in the league below. They put an extra step in their stride, hit a little harder, cause a little more trouble, and attack the Marlies where it hurts the most; the scoreboard. Tonight was no exception to this, as they handed Toronto just their sixth regulation loss of the season.
December 27 2015 01:06PM
So, that whole "better location" thing didn't exactly work out for the Islanders, did it? Even with a smaller arena, the team is still unable to fill it, averaging fewer than 13,000 fans in the stands per game. Some of those fans have unfortunate viewing angles, others have to deal with that off-centred scoreboard, but at the end of the day, the players and the people who have stayed with the team over the years surely appreciate playing at a venue that is easier to get to and isn't literally falling apart.
Whatever the case, the Toronto Maple Leafs are making their first trip to the Barclays Center tonight, and do so carrying a few former members of their team.