January 26 2012 09:05AM
Dion Phaneuf pleads for mercy, I think.
The Folks over at Lighthouse Hockey had some qualms with the officiating in Tuesday night’s loss to the Leafs. For the second straight game the Leafs did not surrender a power play opportunity to the New York Islanders. While some might don their tin-foil touques and pull out their Glen Beck Chalkboard and begin drawing lines between Brian Burke, Phil Kessel, and Brendan Shanahan, they should know that this is the first time in 10 years that the Leafs have gone two straight games without taking a penalty. But those who have cried foul about NHL officiating at times are onto something; while there is no grand conspiracy referees are indeed biased.
January 25 2012 01:25PM
As mentioned earlier at The Leafs Nation by Danny Gray, the rumour that John-Michael Liles had re-signed a long-term deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs hit the Internet feeds this morning, securing the future for at least one current Toronto Maple Leaf. The deal was confirmed in the afternoon, with Liles signing a four-year extension worth $3.875M per.
Who is the other Leaf that this extension may effect? Mikhail Grabovski.
January 25 2012 10:53AM
The Leafs get creative in protecting Liles from future concussions
We all know Burke likes to get a head start on the competition. While he did not make a trade today he got out in front of those looking to add a puck moving defenseman to their line-up this summer. As per TSN, Leafs blue-liner John-Michael Liles, @hoosierjm26 on Twitter, has sjgned a 4 year contract with the Leafs. Their sources say the deal is four years at $3.875 per season.
January 25 2012 09:35AM
Either Ron Wilson matches lines or Dion Phaneuf just REALLY likes playing against John Tavares
The Leafs home and home sweep of the New York Islanders was important for two reasons. First, the Leafs picked up four crucial points in a tight playoff race to keep pace with three other teams at 55 points. Second, it gives us an opportunity to test Ron Wilson’s claim that he does not match lines.
Pension Plan Puppets
January 25 2012 09:34AM
Let me tell you a story my friend. It's a story of a Leafs team that was losing a game 2-0 to the lowly New York Islanders in what was, as things are wont to become for bubble teams in late January, a must win. The Maple Leafs had pressured the Islander a lot but they had been unable to crack Al Montoya's facade while at the other end they had seen the Isles convert two of their limited chances into goals. It seemed like - on a night when other contenders for the final playoff spots were headed towards adding points to their totals - that the Leafs had let a perfectly good opportunity slip them by. And then...a miracle.
Nino Niederreiter, himself a victim of a cowardly headshot by Mark Fistric earlier in the season and no stranger to targeting a player's head, decided that he was going to try to ring Grabbo's bell. Unfortunately, he was unaware that Grabbo's skeleton is made of adamantium or that his hockey skills are equally powered by secret Russian experiments and rage.