December 10 2012 01:47PM
Today, the National Hockey League announced cancellations of games through December 30. Rather than re-hash all of that, I think it's fair to look at where the NHL knows that a real shortened season doesn't at all benefit the game. Gary Bettman said this last week:
Gary Bettman said last week NHL wants a minimum 48-game schedule for "integrity." A 28-gamer was on the table during talks Feb 2005.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 10, 2012
So, if we're to look at a 48-game schedule for the Toronto Maple Leafs, what could it look like? The crack team at The Leafs Nation put together a sample schedule:
December 10 2012 08:05AM
With the WHL trade deadline fast approaching, the Moose Jaw Warriors this past week sent St. Louis Blues prospect Joel Edmundson to the Kamloops Blazers for Tyler Bell, Jayden Halbgewachs, and a 1st round pick in 2015.
Yes, none of these players have anything to with the Toronto Maple Leafs. I bring this up because this trade quite clearly indicates that Moose Jaw, currently 7th in their conference and barely holding onto a playoff spot, is looking to the future as opposed to building up for a long postseason run.
And while that may still be true, Warriors GM Alan Millar told the Moose Jaw Times-Herald this past week that Leafs top prospect Morgan Rielly is not in play. Not only is Rielly staying in Moose Jaw, but it appears that extenuating circumstances may be diminishing his trade value. From the Times-Herald's Matthew Gourlie...
December 09 2012 09:05PM
Two KHL games for you today. First we have the Czech team Lev facing their Slovakian rivals Slovan, and then Latvian Dinamo Riga playing their Belarusian rivals Dinamo Minsk. Two great games, and absolutely rabid fans. Great seeing packed barns for a hockey game. I almost forgot what it looked like.
December 09 2012 01:06PM
Time: 1:00om MST
Location: Ricoh Coliseum Toronto
The last time these two teams met, the Marlies handed the Heat their worst defeat of the season so far (5-0). After a so-so start, Toronto has been climbing up the standings and currently sit tied for 3rd in Western Conference with 27 points, just four back of Abbotsford.
December 09 2012 09:03AM
The Toronto Marlies beat the Rochester Americans 4-3 last night on goals from Nazem Kadri, Ryan Hamilton, and two from Jake Gardiner. As would happen, Gardiner would leave the game with a "head injury", but, oh no, it isn't a concussion, the team assures us:
“He wasn’t in a concussion state, just not feeling quite right,” coach Dallas Eakins said. With all of our players, we err on the side of caution. We’ll re-evaluate him later tonight and tomorrow.”