January 25 2012 01:25PM
As mentioned earlier at The Leafs Nation by Danny Gray, the rumour that John-Michael Liles had re-signed a long-term deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs hit the Internet feeds this morning, securing the future for at least one current Toronto Maple Leaf. The deal was confirmed in the afternoon, with Liles signing a four-year extension worth $3.875M per.
Who is the other Leaf that this extension may effect? Mikhail Grabovski.
January 25 2012 10:53AM
The Leafs get creative in protecting Liles from future concussions
We all know Burke likes to get a head start on the competition. While he did not make a trade today he got out in front of those looking to add a puck moving defenseman to their line-up this summer. As per TSN, Leafs blue-liner John-Michael Liles, @hoosierjm26 on Twitter, has sjgned a 4 year contract with the Leafs. Their sources say the deal is four years at $3.875 per season.
January 25 2012 09:35AM
Either Ron Wilson matches lines or Dion Phaneuf just REALLY likes playing against John Tavares
The Leafs home and home sweep of the New York Islanders was important for two reasons. First, the Leafs picked up four crucial points in a tight playoff race to keep pace with three other teams at 55 points. Second, it gives us an opportunity to test Ron Wilson’s claim that he does not match lines.
Pension Plan Puppets
January 25 2012 09:34AM
Let me tell you a story my friend. It's a story of a Leafs team that was losing a game 2-0 to the lowly New York Islanders in what was, as things are wont to become for bubble teams in late January, a must win. The Maple Leafs had pressured the Islander a lot but they had been unable to crack Al Montoya's facade while at the other end they had seen the Isles convert two of their limited chances into goals. It seemed like - on a night when other contenders for the final playoff spots were headed towards adding points to their totals - that the Leafs had let a perfectly good opportunity slip them by. And then...a miracle.
Nino Niederreiter, himself a victim of a cowardly headshot by Mark Fistric earlier in the season and no stranger to targeting a player's head, decided that he was going to try to ring Grabbo's bell. Unfortunately, he was unaware that Grabbo's skeleton is made of adamantium or that his hockey skills are equally powered by secret Russian experiments and rage.
Pension Plan Puppets
January 24 2012 06:57AM
The Leafs Nation has built a solid coterie of contributors in it's relatively short life. We've got Danny Gray, JP Nikota, and myself are bolstered by Nations vagabonds Cam Charron and Jonathan Willis. This week we've added another contributor but we're still looking for more. Who is this mystery man? And how can you be next? Well, join me after the jump.