November 21 2015 08:49PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs will celebrate their centennial season in 2017-18, although they didn't adopt the Maple Leafs nickname until 1927.
As one of the NHL's oldest and most storied franchises, it'll come as no surprise that the NHL itself will similarly be celebrating its centennial season that year. And you know what that means: gimmicks, gimmicks and more gimmicks.
The NHL's grandest gimmick of all is the outdoor game. The Maple Leafs were able to play in one a few years ago - who will ever forget Randy Carlyle's famous battle with a toaster oven - but Toronto has never hosted a game, despite the metropolis' status as the unquestioned centre of the hockey universe. It seems that may change in the near future, although the Maple Leafs aren't the only team hoping to host an outdoor game in 2017.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 21 2015 07:11PM
Stepping into Ricoh Coliseum this afternoon was a much different experience than the start of the season. It was a lot more... full. Not surprising, given that the team doesn't aggressively market before its big November road trip, but it was nice to see a return of the typical crowd of 6-7000 fans.
They weren't the only ones making a return, though. Marlies forward Kasperi Kapanen played his first game since November 6th and delivered a performance that impressed Sheldon Keefe.
November 21 2015 06:04PM
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Boston Bruins super pest Brad Marchand isn't just an annoying, dirty, occasionally dangerous opponent - he's also really, really good. That's what makes him a super pest, and not just a pest.
In the first period of Saturday night's game between the Maple Leafs and the Bruins, Marchand's full array of skills were on display. For Morgan Rielly, that meant being unceremoniously undressed as Marchand went through the young Maple Leafs defender - twice! - to set up a dangerous chance at a scoring chance. For Leo Komarov, that meant taking a dangerous knee-on-knee hit in the neutral zone.
November 21 2015 03:07PM
With the Toronto Maple Leafs sitting in 24th in the NHL (and looking devastatingly average in the process), they're being hosted by one of their divisional rivals in what may end up being a relatively well-matched game.
Toronto offers flashes of brilliance from Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner on the blue line, then a whole host of forgettable faces from the offensive corps to complement Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak, and James van Riemsdyk.
Their opponents offer some brilliance up front, and one of the most dominant veteran blue liners in the league - but the rest of their back end doesn't look much better than Toronto's, and a whole host of injuries on offence has Max Talbot drawing into the lineup on Saturday evening.
Goaltending is always a question for Toronto, but it's a question for this team as well this year. Coaching is old vs older, and the two management styles are youthful brain trust vs someone who's either a crazy genius or just flat-out crazy - no one's really sure yet.
That's right - it's Toronto vs. Boston, and it's going down tonight.
November 21 2015 12:56PM
Kadri slays the monkey, Optimus keeps rolling, and Dion smash!
The Leafs are red-hot and I'm going to enjoy every moment of it because you just never know.