Train with Gary Roberts & Steven Stamkos

Steve Dangle
July 19 2013 07:49AM

Gary Roberts.

Usually when you come face-to-face with a glare like that, it means you done goofed, or you play for Ottawa. Now it could be because you’re training with him and Steven Stamkos.

Wait what?!?! Oh, you heard me.

Gary Roberts as in the man-beast who terrorized the league for parts of three decade. Steven Stamkos as in the guy who sniped 60 goals in a season. You could be hanging out with these guys. Well, not really “hanging out,” per se. Allow me to explain…

The offseason is getting shorter and shorter. You can’t just let your fitness go to crap in the summer, because once the season fires up again, you’ll look like a pylon out there.

Enter: the last team standing

The Nike Hockey Facebook experience at lets players create a team with their friends and show how they’re dedicating the summer to training. The page has training videos designed by Gary Roberts, and Toronto’s strength and conditioning coach from 2002-2009, Matt Nichol. Obviously, these two guys know their stuff.

But Steve, what’s in it for me? I’ll tell you, whatever your name is!

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BigBadBoss Presents: James Reimer

Steve Dangle
July 18 2013 09:10PM


Something we do on occasion on this website, is comment on the work of others. Cam does a wonderful job with that sort of thing, like with his recent post on the Greg Cronin interview that went viral Thursday morning. This is a little different.

I love making highlight videos and montages. I get to see the work of the incomparable Tim Thompson aka b0undless at CBC, I helped make a few in my brief stint at the NHL Network to close out the 2013 season, and I like to make them for fun, as well.

This is the greatest video I have seen on the Toronto Maple Leafs in a long, long time.

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The James Reimer "clutch" debate

Cam Charron
July 17 2013 10:42AM

Tim Leiweke's comments about his goaltenders are curious:

"I don’t know the one we inherited (James Reimer). If the one we inherited is anything like the one we’re bringing in, we have the best tandem of goalkeepers in the NHL."

First off, it doesn't take a math degree to note that James Reimer has the better career than Jonathan Bernier so far. Perhaps Leiweke got "the one we inherited" mixed up with "the one we're bringing in" since the goalie that Leiweke inherited has twice the number of starts and a save rate three points higher despite the two being the same age.

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Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 16 2013 11:49AM


With no new signings or moves to talk about, we were on the verge of stale discussion in Toronto. Thankfully, Tim Leiweke wasn't prepared to let that happen. The new CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment was asked by Bloomberg to talk about his new teams and the vision he has for them, and boy, did he ever. The quote that's causing the most trouble right now? 

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James Reimer and rebounds

Cam Charron
July 15 2013 03:21PM

It starts with a few ill-timed comments on CBC, and it ends with snarky words from Chris Selley in the National Post:

"For $2,200 in total, you can buy James Reimer's pads, catcher and blocker. Any goalies out there looking for fatter rebounds? Get in line early."

(I actually like Selley and get that it's snark, but there are some people that perhaps take Selley's writing a tad too seriously.)

It's not exactly a secret that people out there don't exactly trust James Reimer's glove hand and his rebound control. The simple truth is that most goalies are weak when it comes to the glove hand and rebounds, and Reimer is just under a lot more scrutiny than a goaltender like, say, Jonathan Bernier, because he's been the most successful goaltender the Maple Leafs have had since Ed Belfour.

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