November 01 2015 09:10AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs have won only a single game during the entire month of October.
October 31 2015 08:26PM
It's fitting for a Halloween night game - a scary display of offensive ineptitude, defensive lapses, and ugly goaltending. The Toronto Maple Leafs couldn't do much right tonight in a 4-0 shutout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. But hey, at least they kept Phil Kessel off the scoreboard. Small victories?
October 31 2015 07:12PM
Another Saturday. Another Saturday Headlines segment. Another story about the Toronto Maple Leafs.
This time it has to do with CSKA Moscow's Nikita Zaitsev, who you might remember as the Russian blueliner who visited with the Leafs this past offseason and met with members of both the front office and coaching staff.
At the time, there was some confusion as to whether Zaitsev had signed with the Leafs or not. It turned out that the 24-year old was only visiting and weighing his options ahead of his pending free agency next offseason. According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, Toronto isn't the only NHL club taking a close look at Zaitsev now...
October 31 2015 05:56PM
RIP Rich Clune's chance to be on the Leafs October 29th 2015 - October 31st 2015 pic.twitter.com/d52woPYIPf— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) October 31, 2015
Newly signed Toronto Maple Leafs forward Rich Clune didn't waste any time making an impact for the team that decided to promote him from the the AHL this week. It just wasn't exactly the impact he was hoping for.
Clune was running around early, and probably could've been called for a boarding penalty earlier in the period for a questionable hit on Ben Lovejoy. Late in the initial frame Clune finally crossed the line, catching Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi in the numbers and into the boards.
The referees assessed Clune with a boarding major. You can bet that this hit will be looked at closely by the NHL's Department of Player Safety.
October 31 2015 05:25PM
(Courtesy: Hockey Night in Canada)
The Toronto Maple Leafs were desperate enough to deal star winger Phil Kessel this summer that they agreed to retain salary to facilitate the deal. And it would seem that at least a smattering of the Toronto faithful were cool with that decision.
On Saturday night the Maple Leafs hosted Phil Kessel's Pittsburgh Penguins at the Air Canada Centre, and Kessel was treated to a strong-ish smattering of boos when he first touched the puck, briefly, on his very first shift. You can hear the boos and watch the highlight in the vine embedded above.
Though Kessel is the best Maple Leafs winger in recent memory, the team has elected not to pay tribute to the American-born winger, who for all of his supposed faults was always worth the price of admission when he wore the blue and white sweater.