Free Agents: Ryan Smyth, Edmonton Oilers

Jonathan Willis
May 02 2012 08:41AM

Ryan Smyth’s return to the Edmonton Oilers basically took place in three parts. At the start, fans in Edmonton were thrilled when the rumours first surfaced, more thrilled when they realized the cost for Smyth was just Colin Fraser and a seventh round pick. Early in 2011-12 Smyth flourished, scoring 12 times in his first 25 games with the team, and the jubilation persisted. Unfortunately, the scoring disappeared in December and never returned, raising questions about his future with the team.

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The right way to manage

Ryan Fancey
May 02 2012 08:37AM

After the hiring of Marc Bergevin as the new general manager in Montreal, and subsequent news that the team could be buying out cap-killer Scott Gomez, the debates over the proper ways to wheel and deal in the NHL are brought to the forefront once again.

The Leafs are always involved in this discussion because 1) We're Leafs fans, and 2) The Leafs have a few cap-killers of their own.

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ROUND TWO: The Toronto Marlies VS. Abbotsford Heat Preview

Andrey Osadchenko
May 01 2012 06:36PM

 

 

After sweeping the Rochester Americans in the opening series of the post-season, the Toronto Marlies are facing the hottest team in the AHL. The Heat won 7 last games of the regular season adding a 3-game sweep over the Milwaukee Admirals in round one of the playoffs.

Both teams won their home games of the regular season series as the Marlies went 2-1-1, outscoring the Heat 13 - 10. Here’s a quick run-down of what you need to know about the upcoming series

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Recapping The Marlies First Round

Pension Plan Puppets
May 01 2012 03:48PM


Fear Da Beard

Editor's Note: This recap comes courtesy of roving Russian reporter Andrey Osadchenko.

After a hard-fought regular season series, it came as no surprise that the Marlies won the first 2 games of the AHL Western Conference Quarterfinal series with a one-goal edge. Amazingly enough, none of the games went to overtime even though in games 1 and 2 Marlies forward Jerry D'Amigo scored the game-winning goals late in the 3rd period - at 15:43 and 18:10.

Game 3 was the only match-up between the Americans and Marlies both in the regular season and playoffs that ended with a multiple goal difference - Toronto won the game 3:0. It was also the first match-up this season where the Americans couldn't score on the Marlies.

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It's Official: The Maple Leafs will appear on HBO's 24/7

Danny Gray
May 01 2012 02:59PM

 

Oh baby. 

Puck Daddy reported earlier today that HBO 24/7 featuring The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings is totally, actually happening. SQUEEEEEEEEEE. For all the nuts and bolts about the announcement, and the new role the NHL’s own production company will play head on over there. For my thoughts on what we can look forward to from our Toronto Maple Leafs follow the jump.

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