November 02 2013 08:43PM
Well, that wasn't a particularly good outing, but I have to imagine that at the end of the season when we're looking over times when we could have expected more out of the Maple Leafs, we won't be pointing at this recent road trip. The Maple Leafs took two of three games, and you can blame the West Coast game, or the long ceremony, or whatever, but in the end the effort the Leafs showed against the Vancouver Canucks was inexcusable. Both teams played in the same conditions on the same rink.
Remember, the last time the Maple Leafs laid an egg on national television on a Saturday night, Toronto came back and won
three straight four out of five. The sun will rise in the East tomorrow, the sky is still up in the sky, and the Leafs are still 10-5. While the game was disappointing on a number of levels, probably the only real regrettable thing is that the Leafs may have lost David Bolland for a significant amount of time on an unfortunate hit in the corner.
The final was 4-0 for Vancouver, despite James Reimer's best efforts.
November 02 2013 02:45PM
Bozak being placed on LTI allowed for Kulemin to be activated without having to send anyone down. Current roster at 23 players.— David Alter (@DavidAlter590) November 2, 2013
The Toronto Maple Leafs officially activated Nikolai Kulemin from injured reserve today, meaning the team was going to have to make a roster move to be salary cap compliant. That move is to put Tyler Bozak retroactively on the injured reserve, which, according to David Alter, means Bozak won't be eligible to return until November 21 against Nashville.
Bozak is a bit of a divisive player around here, but generally it's accepted that he's not an optimal first line centreman in the National Hockey League and not an optimal linemate for star wingers Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk.
November 02 2013 12:03PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs are in Vancouver tonight, where they must begin games at 4:00 local time rather than the customary 7:00, and this annoys Vancouverites for some reason. Vancouver finds ways to be annoyed by Toronto, just as Toronto likes to be annoyed by Vancouver, despite nobody in either of these two cities ever displaying evidence they've been to the other.
The two hockey teams don't have a rivalry. Technically, they used to be in the same Conference, and they once played a playoff series. They don't play enough to have any sort of animosity between the two teams, and the only reason I can think of that the Canucks are retiring Pavel Bure's number tonight is that it will be the national broadcast game.
By the way, Pavel Bure was great. He's the reason a lot of kids born in the late 1980s in Vancouver (pictured above) became hockey fans, and the early 1990s Canucks teams practically saved the club after stagnant attendance in the 80s. Everybody was just tired of getting their asses kicked in by Edmonton and Calgary every night. The Canucks are retiring No. 10 (and they'll probably ignore that brief period of time that Bure wore No. 96) and finally recognizing the first homegrown Hall of Famer in franchise history.
And then they'll play the Leafs.
November 01 2013 01:54PM
Two games for Carter Ashton for the above hit on Derek Smith, which isn't a suspension that should surprise anybody. Whatever your affiliation, it's clear that Ashton is guilty of a fantastically dangerous hit and deserved supplemental discipline. Since the Maple Leafs have a week between games after tomorrow night's in Vancouver, Ashton won't be eligible to play until next Saturday in Boston.
October 30 2013 02:13PM
After a fine performance against the Oilers a night ago and leaving the city in ruins, the Toronto Maple Leafs head south for a Wednesday night showdown against the Calgary Flames, a rough-and-tumble, quick, exciting team that launched out of the gate and defied preseason expectations. They've risen all the way to 5-4-2 after a lovely start and are 6th place in the Pacific Division.
Okay, maybe their start was a little less hot than it seemed. The Flames were forced into keeping Sean Monahan, the sixth overall pick from last June who was producing when the team had to make a decision on whether to keep him around. There's some twisted voodoo going on in Calgary—between 2010 and 2012 the team finished with 90, 94, and 90 points and failed to make the playoffs each season. They were the poster boy team for winning not enough games to make the playoffs, but too many good games to land a decent draft pick.
So far this season, the Flames are on pace for 89 points.