November 18 2015 06:52AM
I just had to do a quick double-take when I looked up Matt Duchene's career scoring totals. It still seems to me like he entered the league just yesterday, but the Avs' forward is actually now going through year seven (!) in the NHL. He came into the league the same season that Kessel first suited up for the Leafs, which is just mind-boggling. [Maybe I just can't handle getting old.]
Duchene's name has popped up a number of times over the last week in the world of trade rumours, and sort of like with Kessel in Toronto, since the Avalanche have been a trainwreck for essentially his entire time in Denver, that sort of makes sense. Perhaps they feel they need to move in another direction.
We, as Leafs fans, know how that works as much as anyone: the stars eventually get picked on the most when things go wrong.
November 17 2015 09:54PM
On this episode, the guys talk about Lou Lamoriello's weird rules, Jarome Iginla, the sports media business, and more.
November 17 2015 08:22PM
Cry your heart out, Patrick Roy.
November 17 2015 02:43PM
Would you trade Jake Gardiner for Matt Duchene? I ask because Duchene's name has popped up in the headlines several times over the past week or so as a potential big-name trade chip. Seeing that the Toronto Maple Leafs are rebuilding, they would seem like the kind of club looking to bring in as much young talent as possible. More than a few people have drawn that connection.
You have to think that Gardiner would be the most likely candidate to go the other way in any transaction surrounding Duchene, as Colorado is known to be seeking blueline help (preferably young and with term), but what concerns me the most is the additional assets it would require to close the deal. Gardiner alone won't do it, so how far are you willing to go? Rumour has it that TLN's Ryan Fancey will be discussing this more in-depth tomorrow, so be sure to stop by again.
Regardless of what side you sit on, pro-Duchene or anti-Duchene, it'll certainly be interesting to watch him tonight. It's a fun coincidence that he's in Toronto shortly after these rumours have begun to circulate, and it's a sad coincidence that he'll probably blow by Gardiner a few times tonight and bury two or three goals. Because, you know... Toronto Sports.
November 17 2015 11:12AM
This morning, we brought up that the Leafs may be looking at Malcolm Subban of the Boston Bruins reasonable, since the Leafs have seen exactly zero wins from early year starter Jonathan Bernier over the course of the Fall 2015 campaign.
Bernier ended up getting mildly injured and sat out a few games, though, during which time backup James Reimer has improved his record on the year to 5-2-1. He has a .925 raw save percentage, was the league's third start of the week last week, and looks miles above his now-number two, Bernier.
Is Bernier handling it well?
Jonathan Bernier on his tough outing in NYC: "It wasn't Game 7 of the playoffs. Thank God."— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 17, 2015