February 28 2016 08:35AM
It's a minor move that could set the table for something bigger over the next 24ish hours; the Toronto Maple Leafs have sent Colin Greening to the AHL.
In eight games with Toronto since arriving from Ottawa in the Dion Phaneuf trade, Greening has scored a goal and added two assists. Those certainly aren't eye-popping numbers, but his even strength 62.5 CF% rating tells us he's consistently pushing the play in the proper direction.
So why the demotion? There are a couple possible reasons...
February 28 2016 03:04AM
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The "free wallet". Brian Burke popularized the phrase in the hockey world in the midst of his tenure with the Maple Leafs, to signify young, unrestricted free agent prospects added to the team without having to give up any form of compensation. The premise was sensible, even if most of his wallets turned out to have been empty. After all, why wouldn't you want to stock your cupboards up with as many potential NHLers as possible?
The hockey world stretches across many leagues in many countries, and in those leagues, you'll find a ton of players that are free to be picked off by NHL teams. Most aren't worth the aggravation, but every so often, somebody sticks out and catches the eye of the rest of the world.
But what if I told you that the best of these thousands of players isn't getting even the slightest bit of attention and that he's hidden in plain sight? Enter Anatoly Golyshev.
February 27 2016 09:07PM
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For many members of the Toronto Maple Leafs, tonight might be the end of the line. A solid half of tonight's roster has been speculated to be on the move heading into Monday's trade deadline, and most of the others are recent call-ups filling in the holes of the already depleted roster. It's firesale season, and the end result of tonight's game confirmed why. Despite the struggles that the Montreal Canadiens have had lately, the Leafs still couldn't muster up much more than a 4-1 defeat to their archrivals.
February 27 2016 08:03PM
Tonight on Hockey Night's "Saturday Headlines" feature, Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman dropped some knowledge about what's been a busy week for the Leafs, and what we might see from them in the days ahead. Now that we're in the home stretch of deadline mania, here are some of the things you need to know.
February 27 2016 05:14PM
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On a cold, harsh New Years Day in 2011, young James Reimer stole the Toronto Maple Leafs' net from Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Jonas Gustavsson and refused to give it back. That wasn't the Leafs' plan; many had the 22-year-old as a longshot to make the NHL for more than the odd emergency call up. But he proved them wrong.