January 21 2016 09:04PM
The Carolina Hurricanes have quietly been one of the best teams in the National Hockey League this year. Yes, I'm aware that I said that about a 23rd place team, but they've struggled with some cold struggled with some cold sticks and absolutely dreadful goaltending. Cam Ward hasn't been good in half a decade, and Eddie Lack has been about as reliable a poorly assembled Ikea table that shares his name.
You wouldn't know it based on tonight, though, as he shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 1-0 overtime snoozefest.
January 21 2016 12:36PM
To celebrate their centennial season, the Toronto Maple Leafs will be adding three new faces to Air Canada Centre's Legends Row.
Dave Keon, Tim Horton and Turk Broda statues will be unveiled next year, further cementing (no, bronzing?) their place as titans of Toronto hockey. They'll join Mats Sundin, Teeder Kennedy, George Armstrong, Syl Apps, Borje Salming and Johnny Bower on the Row.
January 21 2016 09:58AM
This is less about playing a game of hockey against the Carolina Hurricanes, and more about giving them a chance to scout James Reimer up close and personal to see if he can fit in with the Canes attempted playoff run.
With Cam Ward sidelined with concussion like symptoms, the Canes have gonna from having two struggling goaltenders to one who is playing terrible this season, in Eddie Lack. If there's a team out there that it makes sense to be all over landing Reimer tomorrow, it's the Canes, especially with Toronto's ability to take Cam Ward's salary off their hands. It's worth noting that the Canes have a second first round pick this year too (L.A.).
So basically what I'm saying is, hope that Reimer has the game of his life and Lou Lamoriello watches the game while sitting beside Ron Francis tonight.
January 21 2016 06:50AM
Original Photo by Steve Russell / Toronto Star. Photo has been manipulated.
Yesterday afternoon, my good friend Jon Steitzer wrote a very good piece about why trading Leafs forward Leo Komarov makes sense. He puts up some interesting, well thought out arguments, and I commend him for the effort he put into it.
Now, Jon and I don't agree with each other often. Take TLN's All-Time Team for example. It wasn't picked quietly, and it wasn't picked easily, and most of the reasoning for that was because Jon and I were screaming at each other on a minutely basis. If there weren't several provinces between us and a massive age gap (Jon is three years old), we probably would have literally fought each other. All because we couldn't decide on which wingers would win the "we can only pick four or five centres" participation ribbons.
Anyway, I don't disagree with Jon as much on Komarov, but I still think he's wrong. Leo Komarov should absolutely stay with the Leafs for the foreseeable future.