September 22 2015 07:29AM
Last season Richard Panik thrived in his role of being a cheap, depth winger who could move up and down the lineup as required. This season that role is a bit more competitive as that seems to be the only type of player the Leafs have acquired over the past three months.
As a player that arrived on the Leafs doorstep via waivers last season, it's likely that Panik understands the importance of putting together a strong showing in training camp, and while he's unlikely to be anything other than a Leaf when the season starts, I'm sure he'd prefer not begin they year on the fourth line or in the press box.
September 21 2015 09:33PM
There's fewer things better than watching the Toronto Maple Leafs beat up on the Ottawa Senators, but twice in one night? Apparently we can have nice things!
Both of Toronto's split squad teams were victorious tonight, winning 4-1 in Toronto and 4-3 in OT in Ottawa. Read on for the run downs on both games...
September 21 2015 03:00PM
HOCKEY IS BACK! Well, pre-season hockey, that is. The Leafs are taking on the Ottawa Senators in Toronto tonight, and they're also taking on the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa. Well, Kanata. Nobody ever plays hockey in Ottawa. But still, you have to appreciate being able to watch two Leafs games at the same time, as long as you have the capacity to do so. If not, you'll still be able to read our spiffy post-games here at The Leafs Nation. Before the pucks drop, however, lets tackle some questions.
September 21 2015 01:58PM
Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports
Since arriving in Toronto following the lockout-abbreviated 2013 campaign - the only season in which the Maple Leafs have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs since the imposition of the NHL salary cap in 2005 - goaltender Jonathan Bernier's status as the Leafs' No. 1 goaltender has been unchallenged.
When healthy, Bernier has started more than two-thirds of the time, and he's handily outperformed his backup James Reimer by every relevant metric (and by the irrelevant metrics too, like win/loss record and goals-against average). If Bernier continues to perform like he's the better of Toronto's two netminders, he'll continue to get the lion's share of the starts. If he doesn't though, well, Mike Babcock has indicated that he's hosting an open audition for the starter's job at training camp.
September 21 2015 01:00PM
We've reached the next key date in our patient march towards the start of the season. The Leafs first preseason games are tonight, split team matchups against Ottawa. Generally what that means is that Toronto fans will be treated to their most exciting lineup in Toronto and Ottawa will be treated to their more interesting lineup in Kanata.
For those looking to excited to get their first glimpse of the new look Leafs, the games will be on TSN 4 (Toronto area covering the game in Toronto) and TSN 5 (Ottawa area covering the game in Kanata) both starting at 7:30 PM ET.