In favour of a fourth line that includes Mason Raymond

Cam Charron
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.

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Leafs Down Flyers 4-3 in Preseason Opener

Justin Fisher
September 15 2013 08:28PM

Little David Broll. Still terrifyingly huge.

Hey look, hockey is (kind of) back!

A handful of Leafs regulars and a supporting cast of hopefuls took down the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this evening at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, winning their first preseason game 4-3.

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Leafs - Flyers preseason Game 1 thread

Cam Charron
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:

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Mikhail Grabovski in a Washington Capitals shirt

Steve Dangle
September 14 2013 12:25PM

 

Pfff this picture of Grabo in Caps gear doesn't make me miserable and sad at all pfffffft...

...Ok this sucks.

Mikhail Grabovski is back in town....sort of. About an hour outside of it.

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Leafs scrimmage gets nasty

Steve Dangle
September 14 2013 12:06PM

Truculence lives!

There were some interesting items of note from today's Leafs camp scrimmages. For example, 19-year-old Morgan Rielly skated on a defensive pairing with Dion Phaneuf. More interesting to me though was just how nasty things got.

Here's what went down.

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