August 31 2011 03:43PM
Ex-Flame and Leaf enforcer Wade Belak was reportedly found dead in his Toronto condo this afternoon. The 35-year old recently retired from hockey.
Belak's death marks the third tragic passing of an NHL tough guy this summer after Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien. The cause of his death has yet to be reported, but whatever it is, this has truly been one of the saddest offseasons in NHL memory.
More to come as details emerge. For now, sincere condolences to Belak's friends and family.
August 30 2011 07:31PM
Nazem Kadri's rookie season didn't earn him a Calder nomination. His rookie season didn't see him make the Toronto Maple Leafs out of camp or win a spot in the Leafs' meagre top six. He actually had two stints with the big club this year. He spent 17 games with the Leafs from November 13th to December 26th, going 17GP 0G 6A 6Pts (0.35ppg) in that span. Then from March 16th to April 9th he played 12GP with 3G 3A 6Pts (0.5ppg).
He finished the season at 0.41ppg. What does that mean for the 20 year old forward?
August 30 2011 02:52PM
A few weeks ago, I introduced a category of stats known as "Net Presence Scoring Chances", which consist of rebounds, deflections, and chances through traffic (shots on goal that got through bodies in front without touching anybody enroute to the net). We previously viewed the regular season results for the 2010-11 Toronto Maple Leafs, today we will check out their work during Special Teams play.
Pension Plan Puppets
August 30 2011 12:20PM
The NHL season is a marathon not a sprint and each leg of the course is unique. In this seven part series we'll look at the make up of each one, how the Leafs have fared, what games they'll need to win, and what games we'd love to see. We'll even do it for the months that the Leafs don't show up to play.
Regular readers of Pension Plan Puppets know that November is the single most important month on the calendar. Regular fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs will recognize it as the month where the 2010-11 season went well and truly off the rails. October ends with a tough stretch of games on the road but November brings with it the opportunity for the Leafs to put a dent in the 90 points that they will likely need in order to make the playoffs.
August 30 2011 05:11AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs rookie camp, which will kick off in a couple of weeks in advance of their main training camp, features not just draft picks and signed players, but also a bunch of guys playing for a job.
Are any of them of interest as potential future NHL’ers? After the jump, we will look at each.