March 30 2016 10:54AM
The Leafs exercised their AHL-assigning muscles today, placing forward Ben Smith on waivers with the likes of Byron Froese, Nikita Soshnikov, Peter Holland, and Leo Komarov nearing return from injury. The 27-year-old played fairly well in a fourth-line role for the team, putting up 2 goals and 4 assists in 16 games. He was acquired in the deal that sent James Reimer to San Jose.
March 29 2016 09:01PM
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Florida may not be the most traditional of hockey markets, but you wouldn't know it from the way things have looked this year. For seemingly the first time ever, the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning look like they could do some damage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and with exciting rosters, no less. Last night the Leafs wrapped up their season series with the Bolts in tank-friendly fashion. Tonight, it was time to face Roberto Luongo, Jaromir Jagr, and pals for the last time this season, but the real superstar was Nazem Kadri, who picked up a hat-trick in a 5-2 victory.
March 29 2016 07:36PM
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While this may have been the year where the Marlies-IceCaps rivalry was truly legitimised, no form of tension and close competition will ever change the fact that twelve games against another team in the same season is far, far too many. It's a necessity due to the travel complexities that the AHL carries, but at a certain point, welcomes feel a little overstated.
Tonight, the teams took to the ice together for what is presumably the last time this season, with the result being a 4-0 victory for the blue and white in front of the home fans.
March 29 2016 03:25PM
On this episode, the guys talk about the Masterton drama, Yakupov's trade request, and Steve has an Oilers meltdown.
March 29 2016 02:00PM
There are a lot of reasons to already think that Jimmy Vesey is a prospect worth signing. He's a 6'3 forward who has been above a point per game pace in his past two college seasons, and was a .66ppg player in his freshman and sophomore years. The guy scores goals and teams need to goals to win. That's science.
The thing that gives some pause is that Vesey is going to be 23 by the time the next season starts and that easily places him on the older side of prospect. The past couple of years of dominating the NCAA seem more like an expectation rather than an accomplishment, and when the most recent players in this situation (Mike Reilly and Justin Schultz) did little to live up to the fanfare around their acquisitions it's understandable why many have a mood that's either more cautious about Vesey or to some extent they are straight up uninterested.