November 21 2015 09:33PM
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When James Reimer arrived on the scene in 2010, former Leafs head coach Ron Wilson joked that Toronto fans were too eager to build a statue of Reimer outside the Air Canada Centre. Well, jokes on you Ron. You were fired years ago, and James is still here stopping pucks like a legend.
I mean, he's not winning, but that's not the point...
Despite Reimer, the Boston Bruins came out ahead tonight with a 2-0 win over the Leafs. Here's your recap.
November 20 2015 09:24PM
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Another win, another two points in the standings. It's no big deal anymore, as the Leafs have gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games after a 2-1 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes tonight. Not to sound like one of those mathletes, but Toronto now sits only three points out of a wildcard spot.
Have the Leafs mastered Babcock's system? Has the organization found itself a true, number one goaltender? Is this a playoff team?
I mean, no... no... and no. None of that. But you're still probably enjoying this little run if you're not a card-carrying member of Tank Nation.
November 20 2015 02:06PM
Just days ago, TSN's Bob McKenzie let it be known that it's doubtful two of the Toronto Maple Leafs' top prospects - William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen - would be released for the World Junior Championships next month.
It's easy to forget that both players are even still eligible for the tournament, considering they're already contributing at the AHL level - but is it smart to hold them back from this one-or-twice-or-thrice in a lifetime experience? Does either player benefit from attending? Does it hurt their development to 'drop down' and play against lesser competition for a few weeks? We asked our esteemed Roundtable...
November 17 2015 02:43PM
Would you trade Jake Gardiner for Matt Duchene? I ask because Duchene's name has popped up in the headlines several times over the past week or so as a potential big-name trade chip. Seeing that the Toronto Maple Leafs are rebuilding, they would seem like the kind of club looking to bring in as much young talent as possible. More than a few people have drawn that connection.
You have to think that Gardiner would be the most likely candidate to go the other way in any transaction surrounding Duchene, as Colorado is known to be seeking blueline help (preferably young and with term), but what concerns me the most is the additional assets it would require to close the deal. Gardiner alone won't do it, so how far are you willing to go? Rumour has it that TLN's Ryan Fancey will be discussing this more in-depth tomorrow, so be sure to stop by again.
Regardless of what side you sit on, pro-Duchene or anti-Duchene, it'll certainly be interesting to watch him tonight. It's a fun coincidence that he's in Toronto shortly after these rumours have begun to circulate, and it's a sad coincidence that he'll probably blow by Gardiner a few times tonight and bury two or three goals. Because, you know... Toronto Sports.
November 16 2015 10:31AM
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
I sincerely didn't expect Toronto's goaltending to be garnering any accolades this season, but here we are - James Reimer is the NHL's third star of the week. Matt Duchene took home the top weekly honours while Mats Zuccarello was named second star.
Reimer went 3-0-0 in three games this week, with a .952 SV% and a 1.62 GAA. The 27-year old has made the most of his latest opportunity to run with the Leafs' net. Jonathan Bernier, who has yet to win a game this season, sat out for an extended period of time, allowing Reimer to find a groove and turn in stellar performance after stellar performance.