Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 28 2013 10:08AM
If the Toronto Maple Leafs really were rewarding players based on performance, it seemed like just a matter of time before John-Michael Liles clawed his way back in to the NHL, even if for a brief stay. Now, twenty nine days after clearing waivers and being assigned to the Toronto Marlies, he's back with the big club.
"I think we have quite a few really good defencemen in this organization and its never a bad thing to have. It just makes for a couple of odd guys out every now and again." said Liles when originally sent down, and so far, he appears to be right. While forwards have made their way up and down over the past few weeks, it's been hard for any defencemen to make a leap in any part of the organization.
October 27 2013 04:56PM
Cody Franson Vancouver Giants bobblehead!!! You jeally?
On this episode, the guys talk about what to do with James Reimer, why everyone hates Toronto, and exchange awesome gifts!
October 27 2013 02:13PM
"Hockey and bingo go great together." - Don Cherry...not really.
October 27 2013 01:52PM
Every now and then I'll have a compounded add-on to the game thread. Usually the morning after a game is Steve's space for the LFR, but we have a SERIOUS DISCUSSION going in the comments of the Leafs-Penguins recap pertaining to Colton Orr's solid Corsi number on Saturday.
Colton Orr's solid WHAT? Yes, as mentioned by Jeff O'Neill on the post-game show Saturday, Colton Orr lead the Toronto Maple Leafs in Corsi against the Penguins. With Orr on the ice, the Maple Leafs directed 10 shot attempts at the Penguins net and had just 1 against. The 90.9% rate was the best on the Leafs, and the +9 raw number was the second best among all players in the game, behind Joe Vitale's +10. ExtraSkater.com has all the excellent nuggets.
What does it mean, man?
October 26 2013 08:28PM
After a real lacklustre effort in Columbus a night ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs rebounded and beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Hockey Night in front of yet another spectacular performance from James Reimer. The theme for the Leafs so far this season seems to be "play well in two periods and get totally out-shot in the other 20 minutes" and that remained true Saturday. After a fairly even first period and forcing Penguin goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to make some excellent saves, the Penguins peppered Reimer in the second, but he was very solid and making all the saves he had to.
Clear of the second frame, the Leafs put together a couple of highlight-reel goals against Fleury, one coming at the start of the period, another coming at the end, and got an empty-net goal from David Bolland for good measure.
Also, despite taking the second period off, the Leafs did manage to generate 30 shots on goal. On the whole, a pretty good game for Toronto, who find themselves at 8-4 ahead of their three-game Western Canadian road trip.