September 19 2013 08:52AM
With the current cap situation we're in I personally think a one-year would suit the team the best. You know, they've got a little bit of a crunch on numbers and you know, I'm just trying to make it happen for both sides.
Until any deal is signed or Dave Nonis goes on record to talk numbers, I'm not going to get into the prices that the Leafs are offering. When negotiations are concerned, a lot of talk that is meant to stay private go public, and it leads to a lot of fans believing that opening offers are indicative of what a player expects. Remember when Nazem Kadri reportedly wanted a six-year deal for $6-million and then wound up taking less than half of that for one-third the contract length?
September 18 2013 11:36AM
It's interesting, how a quibble over the team name is going to distract us from the fact that the 9th highest point-getter in the NHL during the last four years and perpetually healthy elite forward in the prime of his career is ranked just 20th. Even nuttier, 'retired' forward Ilya Kovalchuk made the list along with Calgary Flames' Sven Baertschi, a player with exactly 13 points and 25 games in his career.
September 16 2013 12:29PM
-The world is pumped to see Trevor Smith's Maple Leafs debut
After a 4-3 win last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs take to the ice again against the Philadelphia Flyers. They will have a similar roster to last night's contest in London while the Leafs will swap out 17 players, giving fans our first look of the season at Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak. We'll also see Trevor Smith and T.J. Brennan make their anticipated Leafs debuts, and to a lesser extent, David Clarkson and Jonathan Bernier.
I think our impressions of the Flyers last night were less than positive. A couple of their goals made their way through screens, and Philly's defence looked awful to start the game. The Leafs' first four shots were all excellent scoring chances, and it isn't a ringing endorsement of Steve Mason to point out that all of them went in, although the first 10 minutes of a preseason contest isn't the place to judge a goaltender.
September 16 2013 11:26AM
I thought that the best game the Toronto Maple Leafs played last season was the fourth game of the playoffs against Boston. It ended poorly, unfortunately, on an overtime goal by David Krejci, the Leafs played some inspired hockey after Mark Fraser took a puck in the face and after the fourth line got benched thanks to a terrible penalty taken by Colton Orr that resulted in a goal against.
The Leafs rolled three lines and five defencemen and looked pretty good. As I noted in my post titled "the accidental juggernaut, the Leafs out-chanced Boston 9-4 after Fraser and Orr found themselves out of the game, before that, they had been out-chanced 11-14 by the same Bruins.
September 15 2013 09:08AM
Unfortunately for the Toronto Maple Leafs, one half of this memorable James van Riemsdyk goal battery will be staying home for tonight's preseason contest. The Leafs kick off their preseason tonight at 6:00 p.m. from Budweiser Gardens in London against the Philadelphia Flyers. Unlike the Washington-Winnipeg game on CBC from Belleville last night, there aren't a whole lot of stars on either side. Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Phil Kessel will be staying home, as is van Riemsdyk. For shame.
In net for the Leafs will be James Reimer and Christopher Gibson, as Reimer begins his quest to retain the Leafs' starting goaltender position, behind a defence that has just two likely NHLers in John-Michael Liles and Paul Ranger. The Maple Leafs posted a full lineup on its website including line combinations: