September 22 2013 01:28AM
The Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday night in exhibition action, with the tiebreaker settled by a shootout that made it to 15 rounds before Jay McClement scored the goal. Of course, all anybody wants to talk about is Paul Ranger's effort, shown above.
We've seen a lot of dazzling moves in the shootout before. It has been around for eight years now, after all, at all levels of the game. I've never seen the "kick-stick" move, nor any variant. The best part of this clip is that Ranger and Randy Carlyle are both seen smirking before the shot, apparently aware of what's going to happen. After 19 shots failed to go in, what could go wrong?
September 21 2013 02:38PM
This jersey design needed to begin in somebody's head as an idea. From there, they needed to draw it up, and after several drafts, present it to at least a small panel of people, you'd assume. Then enough of them agreed it was good-looking enough to represent their team on the ice, and that fans will buy it. A group of folks, after the abomination that the New York Islanders call a third jersey, went "Hey you what screams attitude? Grey!" How is this even a jersey in the National Hockey League?
*sigh*.........so the Leafs are playing Buffalo tonight.
Here is Toronto's lineup for tonight's game:
September 21 2013 01:29PM
Leaf legend. Four-time Sanley Cup champion. Cancer survivor.
Hardcore Leafs fans know his name right away.
Bobby Baun is best remembed for his heroics, courage, and perhaps partial insanity in the 1964 Stanley Cup Final against Detroit. After blocking a shot, Baun was stretchered off the ice during the sixth game of the series, only to return to action later in the game and score the overtime-winner. That goal forced a seventh game which Baun played in and the Leafs won, securing their third consecutive Stanley Cup. It was later revealed that Baun had broken his leg in game six.
September 21 2013 09:40AM
A few days ago, Ryan Fancey took a look at several Leafs forwards and their fantasy value. Some time between then and now, Leafs Nations readers' luck changed and now you have me writing about the defencemen. Take a look-see here and find out what's going on with the Leafs blueliners - and how they can or can't help your fantasy team.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 20 2013 07:55PM
The Toronto Marlies entered day three of training camp a little bigger then when I first checked in on Wednesday. On that afternoon, the team re-added defenceman Jesse Blacker, and rookie Tyler Biggs to the roster, but both missed practice yesterday and made debuts today. Also making his debut was winger Stefan Legein, who is here on a professional tryout contract.
Unlike the day 1 post, there isn't much to say (other than maybe some credit deserves to be given to Jerry D'Amigo and Brad Ross, who were out doing skating drills with Barb Underhill at least a half hour before scheduled start) No new ground was really broken, and the quotes I've got are being saved for other things. So, to make up for it, here's a bunch of photos again: