James van Riemsdyk and the curse of #21

Cam Charron
August 27 2012 09:52AM

April 2, 1989, Borje Salming played his last game as a Toronto Maple Leaf. He went pointless in a game that the Leafs lost 4-3 to the Chicago Blackhawks, capping off a putrid 28-46-6 season, their 10th consecutive under .500.

Salming wore #21 his full career with the Leafs, and his brief stint with the Detroit Red Wings to finish his NHL career. The team didn't waste too much time giving the number to a new player. On October 25, 1989, checker Sean McKenna, who had worn #8 in the previous two seasons, dressed for his first game of the season wearing #21. The Leafs won 8-6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Leafs prospect performs well in tournament

Cam Charron
August 27 2012 08:23AM

Blogger pays lip service

Look, it's a bit of a grind in August. The Junior Club World Cup took place this past week and the Sudbury Wolves, the first major junior team to represent Canada at this two-year old tournament were as close to dominating the field as you can get. They won four of their six games, falling in a shootout to Riga and losing in the last round robin game to Linkoping, but out-scored their opposition 27-13, despite the losses.

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Sheltering Nazem Kadri

Cam Charron
August 24 2012 10:33AM

Quick thought today, ranging from some discussion about my idea to shift Mikhail Grabovski to the #1C spot and plug young Nazem Kadri into the #2 hole with Clarke MacArthur and James van Riemsdyk. Basically the thought was:

  1. Grabovski can handle heavy minutes on the second line, so don't change that
  2. Get Kadri onto the top line and protect those minutes

Now, I don't think that Kadri can be totally protected with Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. Even if you started them exclusively in the offensive zone, you're still keeping a young, raw asset out against Zdeno Chara all the time.

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Leafs Nation Podcast: CBA Biznass + Leafs Trades

Leafs Nation Podcast
August 23 2012 02:20PM

Is summer bringing you down? Do you need more hockey talk in your life? Listen no further than The Leafs Nation Podcast! Recenty, I (JP Nikota) spoke to Adam (@draglikepull) about the current CBA situation, as well as the Leafs' current logjam at center. Click on to hear more. 

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The Other Uncalled High-Stick

Danny Gray
August 23 2012 11:16AM

I’m only going to say this once: if you value your sanity don’t read any further. Being a Leafs’ fan you probably don’t value your sanity very much so I suspect you’re all still with me. Good. Today I’m going to show you something that will ruin your life all over again.

I don’t know how we’ve missed this all these years, perhaps we all managed to repress the same 45 or so seconds between when Darcy Tucker laid out Sami Kapanen and Jeremy Roenick scored the last goal in a playoff game against the Maple Leafs. Regretfully, I cannot maintain the illusion any longer. Darcy Tucker appeared on M vs. W this week and dropped the following bombshell—Mats Sundin was highsticked and cut to the tune of 6 stitches moments before Roenick scored that goal. There was obviously no call.

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