April 08 2013 09:14PM
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Phil Kessel is a wonderful hockey player.
James Reimer is a wonderful goaltender.
Both players played very good games for the Toronto Maple Leafs in their win against the New York Rangers. The result of this game gave the Leafs a six-point cushion on the Rangers and an eight-point cushion on 9th place. For the Leafs to fall out now, something spectacular must happen. The Maple Leafs, against all odds, appear to be a playoff team in 2013.
Van Riemsdyk got one. Kessel got two. Ryan O'Byrne, somehow, got one, and the Leafs gave up a 3-1 lead but eventually held on for the victory after a tense final two minutes.
April 08 2013 03:20PM
In Toronto when a young player is struggling, the coach will demote him, sit him out as a scratch or send him to the minors. Much ink and pixels are spilled over this questionable decision.
In New York when a young player is struggling, Glen Sather trades him out of town and replaces him with a big-name contract. Somebody who was a perennial awards candidate years ago. Some of the worst deals in NHL history—Bobby Holik, Chris Drury, Brad Richards—have been signed with Gather at the helm. His reward for winning the Rick Nash derby this summer was that midway through the season, he had to add some depth to his roster, and managed that by trading Marian Gaborik to Columbus.
It's been a long time since the Leafs played the Rangers. It was the sixth game of the season and the Leafs lost 5-2. Gaborik scored twice and the new-look first line by the Rangers, with Nash, Gaborik and Brad Richards, looked fantastic. That line is split up, now.
April 08 2013 04:18AM
A few thoughts to begin the week... TV rights, Jake Gardiner, effort, and more...
No. 1 - Leafs back in the win column… if you got to see it
As soon as CBC announced that Montreal and Boston was going to be the national game for this last week, I immediately looked for somebody to handle the game recap, and made my own plans for Saturday night. I live out in BC, so I wouldn't be able to get the game on TV with the benefit of a PVR system allowing me to rewind plays and double-check observations or whatever it is I do.
April 07 2013 03:10PM
Very hungover, so Hat Guy hijacks the episode.
April 07 2013 01:03PM
The National Hockey League announced Sunday morning that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings will play January 1, 2014 in the Big House at the University of Michigan in the NHL's annual* Winter Classic event.
*non-lockout year only
The centerpiece of the Festival will be an outdoor rink placed on the infield of the ballpark that will feature games between teams representing every level of hockey and opportunities for open skating for the public. The showcase events at the Festival promise to be the two games featuring notable alumni of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs – the 2014 Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs Alumni Showdown™ – on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31. In total, the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ is expected to feature youth games, high school hockey games, sled hockey games, AHL games, OHL games, the Great Lakes Invitational and more.