November 26 2015 02:09PM
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The Toronto Marlies have made a move to keep their defensive rotation well-stocked throughout the year, upgrading James Martin's professional tryout to a full American Hockey League contract.
November 26 2015 06:00AM
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A lot is being made of Leo Komarov's "coming out party" of late. The 28-year-old Estonian-born Finn has spent the bulk of the season on the Toronto Maple Leafs' top line with Nazem Kadri and James van Riemsdyk. He's looked stellar in the role.
Komarov well on his way to setting career highs in goals and points while putting up fantastic underlying numbers. But what's changed? What is new in Komarov's game that has made him a better player at such a late age? Komarov may not be the one who's changed. It might just be his surroundings.
McKenzie on Stamkos negotiations: 'I don’t believe either side have put any specific numbers on the table'
November 25 2015 05:01PM
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There haven't been many constants in the recent history of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the club's fans have always had two things to hang their hat on: their collective disappointment and their giddy pipe dreams.
Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos, a pending unrestricted free agent, fits into the latter camp for now. Though he may fit into the former camp eventually, Bob McKenzie's recent take on Stamkos' situation at TSN.ca should serve to stiffen pipe dreams across the GTA.
November 25 2015 04:08PM
The Toronto Marlies have been absolutely dominant to start out their first season under Rebuild Number We've-Already-Lost-Count; the baby Leafs have gone 14-3-1 to not only pull to first in the AHL's North Division, but to pull into first in the AHL altogether.
They've got even more exciting news for fans this fall, though.
The team has hired retired forward-turned-hockey-writer Justin Bourne as the team's new assistant coach, where he'll be working with the team's video coaching. As a stats-accepting former pro, Bourne brings yet another insightful voice to the club's developmental team as they head into the middle of the season.
November 25 2015 12:50PM
When the Leafs kept Brad Boyes in the fold after his pro tryout a couple months back, I wrote here that, with the departure of Phil Kessel and his typical offensive yield, he'd be relied upon to at least make up some of that slack. No one ever believed we were getting thirty-goal-scorer Boyes from a few years ago, but even a 12-15 goal output would be a really nice chip-in from the winger.
With only a goal to his credit at about the quarter mark of this campaign, getting his total up in that area seems like a long shot now, but that isn't really a knock on Boyes. His play to date has been about as expected, perhaps even beyond, but for some reason he just isn't able to break through for bigger minutes under Babcock, and many of us don't know why.