January 23 2016 01:48PM
In past years, I've wrote that the Toronto Maple Leafs/Ottawa Senators 'Battle of Ontario' rivalry had seen better days. Both teams were (are?) bad, and the days of Toronto beating the crap out of Ottawa in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs were long gone.
I guess you could say the same for the Toronto/Montreal rivalry now, too. It's toothless. The funny part about that is that the Leafs were supposed to be bad this season while the Canadiens had actual championship aspirations and they're coming up very short. That's absolutely hilarious. No matter what happens tonight, whether the Leafs win or lose or lose really badly, let's just keep in mind that the Montreal Canadiens are a massive disappointment and they're nothing without Carey Price.
January 23 2016 10:57AM
With the trade deadline a little over a month away, it's time for the Leafs to make some major decisions about their roster moving forward. There might not be a bigger decision they have to make in the coming weeks than the one surrounding their goaltending - namely James Reimer, who's an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Let's take a look at the reasons for and against keeping Reimer beyond the deadline (and perhaps beyond the season).
January 22 2016 04:00PM
Mike Babcock was absolutely right to ask us what we were expected when the Maple Leafs dropped a 1-0 OT decision to the Carolina Hurricanes just last night. This is a weak team, and we were promised as much. But, even with this anemic lineup, could anything be done to promote more scoring? We turn to our ever handsome and intelligent Roundtable...
January 22 2016 03:00PM
When we last checked in on Nikita Zaitsev in November, Jeff Veillette reported
The consensus is that Zatisev's mind is made up and that it has been made up since June. Zaitsev is personally committed to signing with the Leafs, and while his agent is allowing for other teams to make their approaches, it's more for the sake of not leaving stones unturned and having a contingency plan if anything falls through. As it stands, he was very impressed by what he's seen in Toronto and has bought in.
Today, not much has changed as Elliotte Friedman has reported:
Hearing Russian free-agent D Nikita Zaitsev is telling teams his intention is to sign with TOR next season. Would be a one-year ELC.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 22, 2016
January 22 2016 01:21PM
Brad Boyes recently played his 800th game, and as you can see from the picture above, several of his friends were on hand to celebrate it with him, all wearing a different jersey from Boyes' lengthy career.
This is a great accomplishment for the former Leafs draft pick and we here at TLN couldn't be happier for him. There is, however, one question that arises from this picture however...