Sparks' Efforts Paying Off

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 27 2014 11:27PM

140323-sm-202-TSG_3877

Your NHL starting goaltender goes down with an injury. Who do you think benefits the most? In the case of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, it turned out to be the one hanging out in Florida.

It's a weird concept. It wasn't a win for Jonathan Bernier; he was hurt. It wasn't a win for James Reimer; he, reasons debatable, had a chance to redeem himself and failed. Drew MacIntyre got a call up, but once again fell short of making his first career NHL start. Christopher Gibson got a chance to strut his stuff as an AHL starting goalie, but after he got yanked on Saturday, Garret Sparks took the reigns and never looked back.

Read Article | 2 Comments

MacIntyre Returns To Marlies, Slightly Disappointed

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 27 2014 11:56AM

140309-sm-308-TSG_8033

When Jonathan Bernier's groin took a turn for the worse against his former Los Angeles Kings, two things became apparent; James Reimer was going to have a chance to bring his reputation back up (for various reasons, it didn't happen), and Drew MacIntyre was to have an opportunity to show that he's more than just a minor league goalie.

The reasons for why can be debated, but ultimately, MacIntyre only played once, coming in for Reimer during a loss to the New Jersey Devils. He stopped every shot, but ultimately, didn't get to have his first career NHL start. Unsurprisingly, Drew was a bit disappointed.

Read Article | 3 Comments

Wayback Wednesday: McCabe Doesn't Suck

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 26 2014 02:20PM

caber

Ah yes, the 2007/08 Leafs season. The team started a spectacularly bad 0-7-1. They didn't finish much better, with only a late season push stopping them from being in the Steven Stamkos sweepstakes (they ended up with the 7th pick, and traded up to select Luke Schenn). Big name signing Jason Blake dropped from 40 goals to 15, Darcy Tucker had a poor first year in his soon to be bought-out extension, and Vesa Toskala's 0.904 SV% was considered a positive based on the alternatives.

But perhaps the biggest story was Bryan McCabe. On year two of a 5 year deal with a 5.75 million dollar cap hit, people were skeptical that he'd live up to the expectations he had created with a 68 point year in 2005/06. And then, this happened:

Read Article | 4 Comments

Leafs Postgame: Nothing Was The Same, Except Everything

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 25 2014 08:35PM

vlcsnap-2014-03-25-21h13m06s153

James Reimer has finally been cast off to a far away land, also known as the bench! The Leafs' prayers have been answered! The season has been saved!  After all, the team plays better when he's on the ice! 

Somebody get me an eighteen wheeler. The final score was 5-3 St. Louis, and it's a miracle that it was that close.

Read Article | 15 Comments

Marlies School Amerks In Front Of Screaming Children

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 25 2014 03:36PM

unnamed (3)

I hate waking up early. You see, I live on the internet in the year 2014, which means live hockey is a thing that is being discussed until at least 1AM. I'm brainstorming ideas, I'm trying to break my high score in Flappy Bird... I do a little bit of a lot, get very distracted, and getting to bed at 3AM is a job well done. So when the Marlies decide to play a game early enough to serve breakfast in the media room... it's a long day. Red Bull is consumed.  I can only imagine how it must be for the players.

With that said, it didn't look like the early morning threw them off much. Toronto and Rochester combined for 90 shots, and the Marlies won 2-1 in front of about 8000 school children.

Read Article | 0 Comments