February 10 2015 08:37AM
While the Toronto Maple Leafs try to figure out which of James Reimer or Jonathan Bernier will be "the guy" for the rest of the year, their younger goaltenders are doing impressive things in the leagues below. This week, 21-year old Garret Sparks picked up Goaltender of the Week honors in the ECHL.
February 10 2015 07:01AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to be open for business in a major way at the NHL trade deadline.
That players like Mike Santorelli, Cody Franson, Daniel Winnik and even Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak, two forwards who aren't far removed from being considered essential parts of the Leafs' core, are available has been reported by a variety of sources in recent weeks. On Monday though Sportsnet's Damien Cox offered up a new name, one that was absent even from Darren Dreger's big board: goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
"I wouldn't be shocked guys if they moved even Jonathan Bernier," Cox told Greg Brady and Andrew Walker during an appearance on the Brady and Walker morning show on Sportsnet 590 the Fan on Monday.
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February 09 2015 06:57PM
David Clarkson can't believe it and neither can I.
It’s been a tough month in Leafland, with the Leafs losing 11 in a row and just being inept at everything. Horachek has been a bust of a coach, Kessel has disappeared as predicted, and Bernier has had his first real flutter in an otherwise flawless Leafs career.
February 09 2015 04:00PM
I'm not saying that this losing streak is in the past, but what I will say is that since the last time the Leafs lost a hockey game, about 1.05 million children have been born. That's about 40% of the population of Toronto, who have never been alive to see the Leafs lose. They, for now, are the blessed generation.
Lets answer some mailbag questions, shall we? If you ever have any, tweet myself or @TLNdc.
February 09 2015 01:04PM
As the trade deadline nears and rumors circle around the likes of Cody Franson, Daniel Winnik, and Mike Santorelli, people have begun to ask what the Leafs might be able to expect in a return for those players. While it's a bit of a guessing game, the reality is you're looking at some combination of draft picks in the first three rounds and maybe some mid-level prospects. This is nothing new. We see it every year with pending unrestricted free agents being moved from a bad team to a good one.
Tyler Bozak, on the other hand, is a more curious case. His name is hopping around the rumor mill of late, with the likes of Darren Dreger and Damien Cox reporting he is very much available. There are a couple of factors at play that make predicting what the Leafs could get in a Bozak trade a bit more difficult. For one, Bozak has three years left on his deal. Another consideration is that while he plays on the Leafs top line, he's more of a second or third line center. Pending unrestricted free agents are easy to gauge value for. Guys with term who have an undefined spot in the lineup can be trickier. So what exactly could the Leafs expect from trading Bozak?