December 08 2015 08:45PM
If you didn't watch the Leafs as they took on Lou Lamoriello's old New Jersey Devils club (albeit with a heavy facelift), you honestly missed out.
What did you miss, you might ask?
You missed a pair of good goaltenders.
You missed strong offensive rushes by defensemen.
You missed special teams battles.
You missed James van Hockey scoring.
Most of all, though, you missed an onslaught of Garden State references by The Leafs Nation. And that, my friends, is a damn shame.
Game goes to a shootout. pic.twitter.com/CIPyvgLmMB— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) December 9, 2015
December 08 2015 02:49PM
Photo Credit: Bruce Fedyck/USA TODAY Sports
The following is a post that goaltender Garret Sparks wrote for my oft-ignored side project, The Faceoff Circle, and his Facebook Goalie Group, GGSU in February 2015. With Sparks now being the talk of the town as the Leafs' temporary starting goaltender, we both thought that this would be a good time to re-release this to a different audience. Enjoy!
December 08 2015 12:53PM
This is the last Leafs game you'll see until December 15th, so take the time to savour this one because it's gonna have to hold you.
It seems cruel that the last game before 7 nights off comes against the Devils. I mean, I guess the Wild would have been worse, but can you think of a team that's more boring, and you care about less than the Devils? (excluding the Wild)
I guess the story we're gonna get beaten down with tonight is that it's the first time Lou Lamoriello's team faces the Devils. I can't bring myself to care about that at all, but if that's your bag, cool.
December 08 2015 12:23PM
We joke a lot about Steven Stamkos signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs on here, but our sarcasm doesn't come without a foundation. The superstar Toronto-area native has less than 200 days remaining on his contract, and not a word has been revealed about him and the Tampa Bay Lightning making progress.
Alas, most of the major media have been too shy to commit themselves to the belief that Toronto is an option, rather than a pipe dream. Nik Kypreos broke character today, suggesting that this may be possible after all, and could even involve some dirty work.
December 08 2015 09:04AM
Jimmy Vesey's father works for the Leafs as an amateur scout.
Jimmy Vesey's brother Nolan is in the Leafs system.
The Leafs are nowhere near as good a team as the Predators and will have openings for forwards next season.
It doesn't take a Harvard graduate to connect the dots between Jimmy Vesey and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and soon that's what Vesey will be and there's a strong possibility that he'll strongly consider signing in Toronto.
In the meantime, Vesey needs to say the right things to the Nashville press and that's exactly what he did.