September 21 2011 10:14AM
I hear last night's game against Philly was fantastic and a great time was had by all. I didn't watch the game because it was the preseason. However I know some of you like to watch preseason hockey even if personally it serves only to enrage me when things go poorly so here's a preview.
September 21 2011 05:47AM
Look, it's the pre-season. These games are a chance for the guys who know their job is safe to their legs under them, they guys on the bubble to prove the belong, and everyone else to show management what they can offer the team in the future. The only thing we should take away from tonight is that: Oh man are the Marlies going to be fun to watch this year.
September 20 2011 01:54PM
With the Maple Leafs boasting a deep group of defensemen, there will naturally be competition for ice-time. Beyond Dion Phaneuf, Luke Schenn and John-Michael Liles – the sure things – the Leafs still possess one-time marquee free agent Mike Komisarek, summer addition Cody Franson, and Carl Gunnarsson, whose poise earned him increased ice-time as the season went on.
None of those latter three are currently being slated for a top-four role, however. Instead, it seems highly likely that Keith Aulie, the 22-year old who came over from Calgary with Dion Phaneuf, will start the season as Phaneuf’s partner in the top-four. Is he ready for that role?
September 20 2011 08:21AM
Sports and Superstition have long gone hand in hand.
September 19 2011 07:46PM
The Leafs handled the Senators 4-2 tonight. Tyler Bozak scored a pair and had an assist, Colby Armstrong had a goal and Carl Gunnarsson chipped one in. My notes:
- The Bozak - Armstrong - Kadri line was buzzing all night. Lots of chances and they dominated possession against weak opposition. This is a good sign for what should be the Leafs sheltered scoring line. They crashed the net, they moved the puck and they drew penalties.
- Dion Phaneuf's hit on Conboy in the first period was called elbowing. Watching the video I'm not convinced any wrong doing occured. Conboy is skating with his head down and Phaneuf's elbows are pinned to his torso. You hate to see guys get hit in the head but players have to take some responsibility out there; we don't want to see guys skating around leaning over with their heads sticking out because they're suddenly untouchable.
- The new Leafs goal song is kind of crummy. I guess we should hope that we hear it too many times this season.