Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 20 2013 11:46AM
As confirmed yesterday and originally reported by me on Monday (TLN with those #exclusives, yo) the Toronto Marlies swapped around their two rookie goaltenders, sending Garret Sparks to the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL and calling up Christopher Gibson. I've had a few people ask me about this, so let's go into detail into the significance that this seemingly minor move may have.
November 19 2013 08:42PM
After a few dormant games, the Toronto Maple Leafs offence finally came alive—games against the New York Islanders are usually good for that. Phil Kessel, sitting out yesterday's practice with the flu, and noticed wearing tape on his lower hand, scored two goals for Toronto, because Phil Kessel is a wonderful human that plays wonderful hockey, and has now scored at least one goal with four different centremen so far this season.
It wasn't the cleanest game the Leafs have played this season, with both teams making some sloppy plays in the neutral and offensive zones, but ultimately Toronto made good on the relatively few scoring chances they had, taking the lead 22 seconds into the game and never relinquishing it, despite a nervous moment in the third, the Maple Leafs convincingly won 5-2.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 19 2013 07:34PM
Unique teams! Non-divisional and non-occasional! I love them! Wait, we're seeing these new guys again just three days later, and they're gone from the building afterwards until who knows what season? How about that.. whatever the case, the Toronto Marlies are back home for their third game in four nights, re-facing the Charlotte Checkers. On Saturday, the Marlies beat the Hurricanes affiliate 4-1, lead by Greg McKegg's two goal, two assist performance. Tonight, the Marlies doubled up, defeating the Checkers for the second time in the homestead.
November 19 2013 04:32PM
The Leafs have signed prospect Matt Finn to a three-year entry level deal. Odds are that if you're reading this, you probably already knew that. Let me try to give you an original take here though.
November 19 2013 12:29PM
The New York Islanders came into a season with heightened expectations after a strong second half last season that saw them claim their first playoff berth since 2007. They made a few roster changes, adding Cal Clutterbuck, Peter Regin, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard to round out a strong top nine that includes John Tavares, Frans Nielsen, Michael Grabner, Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey. Early on in the season, they traded unrestricted free agent-to-be Matt Moulson in exchange for unrestricted free agent-to-be Thomas Vanek.
Naturally, all these changes have resulted in an overwhelming amount of success on Long Island, yes?
Well, not exactly.