March 14 2015 02:03PM
Ok, so here's the plan. We get this hockey game over with and then we all head to The Roxy. That's the place to be, man. It's where every visiting hockey team (and members of the home team, I'm sure) go after the game to unwind and drink and meet pretty ladies. It's like hockey player heaven, and they even hold parties and bring in the Stanley Cup! No, I mean, not when the Canucks win. They don't win anything. It only happens when a Vancouver-born player wins the Cup elsewhere and brings it home.
March 13 2015 09:41PM
The Calgary Flames really needed a win tonight. While they sit second in the Pacific, they're barely holding on to a playoff spot. But despite burning the Leafs by a score of 6-2 tonight, the Flames were not tonight's biggest winners.
No, that honour belongs to the Leafs fans who decided to go out and spend their Friday evening with friends, family and loved ones. The fans who thought, "hey, I don't need to watch the game tonight, I'd rather do pretty much anything else." They're the biggest winners tonight.
March 02 2015 02:42PM
Sounds like the Leafs were looking for a king's ransom if they were going to part with Dion Phaneuf.
According to Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos, a Phaneuf-to-Detroit deal could have fallen through based on Toronto's high asking price; one that included Red Wings top prospect Anthony Mantha.
My understanding was that Phaneuf's only team that he had on a list that was manageable to be moved was the Detroit Red Wings, and I think they could have had a deal done today. I really believe that Brendan Shanahan and Dave Nonis could have had a deal done today, with money in and money out, but here's the problem - the price was too high. My understanding was the player that the Leafs wanted was Anthony Mantha, and that was not happening.
March 02 2015 12:36PM
We were told this would happen, but it's still a little surprising.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Olli Jokinen to the St. Louis Blues for a late draft pick. We're still not exactly sure what the pick is, but TSN's Darren Dreger tells us it is a conditional one.
Leafs agree to trade Jokinen to Blues for a late pick that can improve based on Jokinen's performance.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 2, 2015
According to Johnston, the pick could become as high as a fourth round pick is the Blues reach the Stanley Cup Finals.
It looks like the veteran centre Joakim Lindstrom is heading to Toronto along with that conditional sixth-round draft pick. Lindstrom, a pending UFA, is 31-years old and has scored three goals and three assists this season in 34 games.
After being a point-per-game player in the SHL over the past four seasons (including a brief stint in Colorado where he wasn't PPG), Lindstrom again tried to make an impression in the NHL this season. This is likely a roster spot/cap consideration move, and Lindstrom probably doesn't fit into the Leafs' long term plans.
March 02 2015 11:39AM
That was fun while it lasted.
According to TSN's Darren Dreger, the Detroit Red Wings are no longer interested in acquiring Dion Phaneuf today, taking themselves out of consideration after acquiring Marek Zidlicky from the New Jersey Devils.
From the man himself:
That pretty much takes the Red Wings out of the mix in terms of showing any interest in Dion Phaneuf going forward... It's going quiet, and that's because the REd Wings have basically now pulled off. It was just a deal that was so difficult to manage in the magnitude of Phaneuf's remaining term and salary, how much the Toronto Maple Leafs would have to retain etc.. Toronto still believes that they have great flexibility in the offseason.
There's still an opportunity, I suppose, for the Maple Leafs to engage one of there other players... between now and 3pm Eastern, but the Red Wings are now out on Dion Phaneuf.