September 23 2013 03:43PM
Per Mirtle... and a host of others.
Leafs have signed Mason Raymond.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) September 23, 2013
1-year 1 million for Mason Raymond.— David Alter (@DavidAlter590) September 23, 2013
The situation gets interesting considering the suspension to David Clarkson and possible suspension to Phil Kessel. It may have been wiser to wait and see whether anything comes from Kessel's suspension since that affects the salary cap going in... but perhaps the team has another move planned to clear up the salary cap space.
So... what do we have now?
September 23 2013 12:51PM
The enforcer debate re-surfaced today, what with the wake of the Maple Leafs and Sabres brawl Sunday night, plus the Edmonton Oilers claiming Steve MacIntyre off of waivers.
To some degree, there's a modicum of logic behind the utility of enforcers. With a tough guy on the bench, teams are going to be less likely to take runs at star players, knowing that any player is going to have to answer the bell. That era seems to have passed us, and the players that have become the most likely to take runs at others are the ones, ironically, designed to protect and serve the lineup.
John Scott has played 180 National Hockey League games. Among active players, he is the lowest in points scored among players with at least 150 games played, six behind Cam Janssen. He has scored one goal (somehow) and has 305 penalty minutes. Scott is designed to play with the Sabres for the purpose of protecting the Sabres from players like John Scott.
September 23 2013 12:53AM
I'm a strict pacifist, but I have to admit I smirked a little when I saw that Bryan Flynn tapped out of his bout with Phil Kessel Sunday night after being cut. I smirked a little harder when Kessel skated by John Scott and speared him a little as Scott was engaged with David Clarkson. There wasn't a lot defensible in the brawl the Maple Leafs and Sabres got into Sunday. I hadn't seen the game up to that point, so there's little context for what happened on the ice leading up to the event, but if the video linked here at Sportsnet is any indication, Scott wanted to get into it with Kessel and mayhem broke loose.
September 22 2013 01:28AM
The Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday night in exhibition action, with the tiebreaker settled by a shootout that made it to 15 rounds before Jay McClement scored the goal. Of course, all anybody wants to talk about is Paul Ranger's effort, shown above.
We've seen a lot of dazzling moves in the shootout before. It has been around for eight years now, after all, at all levels of the game. I've never seen the "kick-stick" move, nor any variant. The best part of this clip is that Ranger and Randy Carlyle are both seen smirking before the shot, apparently aware of what's going to happen. After 19 shots failed to go in, what could go wrong?
September 20 2013 11:17AM
Get Kessel the puck and you essentially have a friend for life. Bozak understands this better than most and that is why their relationship works. He knows his limitations. He is not Joe Thornton or Jason Spezza. Instead, the no-frills puck distributor models his game after Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, a player who might not finish in the top 30 in scoring but who does so many other things — winning faceoffs, killing penalties, being strong defensively — that ultimately help his team win games.
Here we go again...