February 06 2015 08:01PM
At some point, something's gotta give. The Leafs once again outshot and outchanced an opponent, but left the ice tonight with nothing to show for it. Well, that's not entirely true. They leave New Jersey with an impressive 11-game losing streak, after dropping tonight's contest against the Devils by a score of 4-1.
And so help me Hockey Gods, if I hear another person try to tell me it's a "winless streak" and not a "losing streak", I'm going to drop hockey forever.
February 06 2015 05:53PM
Earlier today, I urged the Leafs to start making trades and set the market. This isn't exactly what I meant, but hey, I'm glad Toronto's front office reads The Leafs Nation.
Toronto has traded Carter Ashton, 23, and David Broll, 22, to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a conditional 7th round pick in 2016.
February 06 2015 12:08PM
Photo: Dave Nonis, probably?
It's pretty fantastic that the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to begin receiving offers on their potential trade pieces as early as next week.
To recap, we've heard much over the past few days about which Leafs players will be available. Cody Franson, Tyler Bozak, Mike Santorelli, Daniel Winnik - all of them are expected to garner good interest and equally good offers as the March 2nd NHL Trade Deadline approaches, and I'm sure a number of other Leafs players will generate some buzz as well. TSN's Darren Dreger has mentioned Joffrey Lupul and Korbinian Holzer as two more players potentially on the move.
February 06 2015 06:57AM
(This is a guest article from Mike Commito, a.k.a. @mike_commito on Twitter. Mike is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at McMaster University. He recently started taping his stick like Phil Kessel and is now an offensive juggernaut in his Friday nights games of pickup shinny. Thanks Mike! - Justin)
Tomorrow will mark the anniversary of a monumental moment in both Toronto Maples Leafs and NHL history. On 7 February 1976, Leafs captain Darryl Sittler set an NHL record for the most points in a single game. Facing the Boston Bruins, Sittler registered 10 points, which included six goals and four assists. His dynamic performance handily helped the Leafs secure an 11-4 victory and their twenty-second win of the season. Sittler’s offensive outing broke the previous record of eight points, initially set by Montreal’s Maurice “the Rocket” Richard in 1945 and equaled less than ten years later by fellow Canadiens teammate Bert Olmstead.
February 05 2015 06:00PM
#10 - Rinat Valiev
Rinat Valiev was an interesting pick for the Leafs. Drafted at a time when many recognizable names were still available, going with a 19 year old defender seemed like a strange decision. Fortunately, it looks like the move is paying off, as Valiev continues to be one of the better offensive defencemen in the Western Hockey League (17th in scoring by defencemen, was 49th last year), and his all around game is solid to boot.