January 24 2016 05:35PM
The Leafs lost but it was a beautiful day of hockey.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 23 2016 09:46PM
As far as tonight's game goes, there were a lot of outcomes that you could argue were most opportune. Somebody pro-tank would argue that a Leafs loss was best, as it would help the team stay near the bottom of the standings. Others wanted a win, hoping that it would ease Pittsburgh's takeover of Montreal in the standings to restore the draft pick from the Phil Kessel trade to a 2016 1st rounder.
But an overtime loss? Nobody wanted that. Nobody expected that. A shootout provided that, throwing a wrench in a surprise Toronto comeback to give a 3-2 final score.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 23 2016 04:29PM
Photo Credit: Christian Bonin / TSGPhoto.com
Putting pucks towards the net gives us a pretty good long-term outlook on the quality of a player or a team, but in the heat of the moment, those shots only matter if they go in. The Toronto Marlies were certainly feeling that for the first half of today's game against the Utica Comets. Their opponents put tremendous pressure on them, but with a few fortunate bounces and some solid goaltending, the team managed to persevere through to win for the 18th time in their past 22 games by a score of 4-2.
January 23 2016 01:48PM
In past years, I've wrote that the Toronto Maple Leafs/Ottawa Senators 'Battle of Ontario' rivalry had seen better days. Both teams were (are?) bad, and the days of Toronto beating the crap out of Ottawa in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs were long gone.
I guess you could say the same for the Toronto/Montreal rivalry now, too. It's toothless. The funny part about that is that the Leafs were supposed to be bad this season while the Canadiens had actual championship aspirations and they're coming up very short. That's absolutely hilarious. No matter what happens tonight, whether the Leafs win or lose or lose really badly, let's just keep in mind that the Montreal Canadiens are a massive disappointment and they're nothing without Carey Price.
January 23 2016 10:57AM
With the trade deadline a little over a month away, it's time for the Leafs to make some major decisions about their roster moving forward. There might not be a bigger decision they have to make in the coming weeks than the one surrounding their goaltending - namely James Reimer, who's an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Let's take a look at the reasons for and against keeping Reimer beyond the deadline (and perhaps beyond the season).