November 08 2013 10:37AM
Oh man, who is hyped about David Clarkson's return to New Jersey?
I'm moreso hyped that the Leafs are finally back on the ice, and that awful loss against Vancouver can officially be thrown onto the backburner. The Jerred Smithson era in Toronto officially begins tonight with the Leafs taking on their polar opposites: a team that has done a good job at controlling the shot clock over the last two seasons, but with little to show for it on the ice. In fact, the Devils are so devoid of offensive talent that they may play themselves right into lottery pick contention at the end of the year.
Leading scorer? Jaromir Jagr. The Devils are 4-7-4, and it's difficult to come up with an interesting angle about them. But good golly, we'll try.
November 07 2013 09:26PM
On this special episode, the guys announce Panago Pizza as the new sponsor, David Alter returns for Leaf talk, and Blake Carter votes who wears blue and white the best.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 07 2013 03:18PM
Not long after locking up Phil Kessel for the next eight years, the Toronto Maple Leafs are zeroing in on locking up another core piece. As I'm sure you've all read, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in negotiations to retain Captain Dion Phaneuf for the long haul. Acquired in the second year of a 6-Year, $39 Million contract signed with the Calgary Flames, Phaneuf would be an unrestricted free agent if he walked away from the Leafs' offers.
Nick Kypreos suggested on October 29th that Phaneuf has set the bar for himself at 7 years, $50 million, for a cap hit of $7.14 million dollars. The Leafs are still looking to chip that number down, and as such, no pen has been put to paper. Meanwhile, Leafs Nation has had some time to absorb the numbers and adjust their feelings towards the team's top defenceman.
November 07 2013 02:52PM
With the announcement that Mark Fraser is ready to return to the Leafs' lineup after a knee injury, I speculated who would come out of the Leafs' lineup for Friday night's game. As expected, based on everybody and their dog's reports, it looks like Morgan Rielly.
November 06 2013 04:15PM
Well, it appears the Toronto Maple Leafs have "fixed" their hole at centre, luring mercenary Jerred Smithson out of retirement limbo and onto his fourth National Hockey League club in the last three seasons.
No, that's not a typo, and no, Smithson is exactly the wrong kind of player you want to look at when you're thinking about adding an experienced centreman. Smithson hasn't played above 12 minutes a game since the 2010-2011 season, and over the last two seasons has been hockey's worst offensive producer among forwards by an absolute longshot.