March 27 2013 12:27PM
I'll have Joffrey Lupul's babies, and Ben Scrivens'...also babies.
March 26 2013 09:15PM
Photo via Abelimages/NHLInteractive
All that matters after the conclusion of this game is that the Toronto Maple Leafs are six points clear of the ninth place team in the Eastern Conference, have a decided advantage in the all important "wins" and "regulation or overtime wins" tiebreaker, and at the very least are poised to flirt with important games in mid-April, even if every game down the stretch is doomed to be a nail biter filled with mistakes, errors, lapses, goofs and blunders.
Every time Dion Phaneuf gives fans on a breakout pass resulting in a breakaway. Every time Nazem Kadri's drop pass finds a player jersey. All those small events, that have been passed off as "well, that's just those Leafs" for the last eight seasons are elevated in importance. This is what it feels like, Leafs fans. This is what it's like to cheer for a team that really has a shot, if you've forgotten the feeling. A late-game scoring chance against and your heart sinks a little deeper, and somehow, it doesn't stop beating like a leaky faucet after the puck has been covered and the game has been stopped.
Toronto won a Tuesday night game against an inferior Southeast Division opponent to pick up two points in the thick of a playoff race. They looked bad while doing it, but three quarters of the way through the season, who cares anymore?
March 26 2013 03:18PM
I don't know if there is an image that captures the Leafs struggles in the latter third of last season than this perfect exhibition of brilliance by Luke Schenn. At that time, the Leafs had already lost four straight games, three of them coming at home. They had won just one of their last nine games and had slipped to three points back of a playoff spot.
Toronto's not there right now, but they're teetering, having won just two out of nine. They are getting lucky in the sense that four of their seven losses have come in the shootout so they're still picking up points during the slump, and while I hate the term "must-win", the Leafs are in the midst of a rough patch of the schedule. The play Florida tonight, don't have to beat them, but should beat the worst team in the NHL this season, a team with tonnes of injuries and goaltending issues.
March 26 2013 11:53AM
The Leafs a cough one up the the Bruins.
Also, you may not like James Reimer, but he rules.
March 26 2013 11:28AM
Jussi Jokinen owns the faceoff circle.
Jussi Jokinen has a $3-million cap hit this season and next. Kaspars Daugavins is on a cheap one-year deal that expires at the end of the season and he'll become a restricted free agent. Both players are almost inexplicably on the waiver-wire today.
Well, not necessarily "inexplicably". There's a lot of player movement required in the next few days to get some teams to an acceptable salary cap and roster space threshold if they want to add any bodies at the deadline. Both squads are getting players back from injury and are tightroping the 23-man roster limit. In a perfect world without injuries and limits and trading deadlines, quality players wouldn't appear on waivers. Mike Colligan wrote an interesting piece at the start of the season about roster pinches that occur throughout the year: