Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 08 2014 05:06PM
Looking for a way to shake things up after a pair of, lets be blunt, bad games against a pair of New York teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs have swapped around some of their youth, calling up winger Carter Ashton from the Toronto Marlies, and sending Peter Holland in his place.
Opinions are mixed regarding this decision (aren't they always?), and it's safe to argue in either direction. Here's a bit of reasoning for both sides of the coin.
January 08 2014 01:51PM
In defence of Jonathan Bernier...
January 07 2014 09:10PM
On the first episode of 2014, we guys talk about Canada's Olympic rosters, the good and bad, and who should be captain.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 07 2014 08:50PM
If there's a positive that I can take out of a game like this, it's that I'm reallllllly happy that John Tavares is going to play for Team Canada next month. He's become so creative, and so smart, and is now tied for second in league scoring. Why now? Because he scored three points tonight. Why did he score three points tonight? Because the Toronto Maple Leafs allowed three or more goals. Two more, to be exact, as the Leafs dropped this one by a score of 5-3.
January 07 2014 01:27PM
Well, the Olympic announcement is over and done with. No Maple Leafs made Team Canada, but that was probably to be expected. Beyond some late buzz for Jonathan Bernier there was never any for Dion Phaneuf and he's about as less offensive you could get as a choice among the skaters. A part of me would have liked to see James Reimer land the third spot, and I thought he might have had a shot had Bernier not taken the net away from him this year, but whatever. Most of the Leafs will get a couple of weeks off in February, while James van Riemsdyk, Phil Kessel and Nik Kulemin go off to represent their respective countries.
So that's done with, and it's time for NHL Hockey, and the least good of the three disappointing New York teams that came into the season with so many expectations they have yet to meet. The Islanders are in town, fresh off a smackdown of the Dallas Stars the previous night. This is a very winnable game for Toronto as the rested team facing a team on the road half of a back-to-back, and also a game they could probably manage to out-shoot the opposition.
What will happen? Will the Leafs win or lose? You will know the answer if you click "Read Article" and if you don't, your power will go out and you won't be able to watch the game. Better take no chances.