September 28 2014 08:06PM
It's been a week of preseason now, and we've confirmed that Phil Kessel is the best. Has been for a minute, will continue to be. It was just another meeting with the Buffalo Sabres, this time at home, but Kessel and last year's top line quickly rediscovered their flow and once again carried the team on offense.
This one had some ups and downs, though. Killer offensive line of the future? Disappointing night from some players competing for roster spots? A potential injury to a key player? All that and more, baby, as the Leafs beat the Sabres 3-2 in a shootout.
September 28 2014 02:04PM
It's been just about five years since the Toronto Maple Leafs said "Hey, do you know what we need to add? A Kessel", and took the steps to do so, offering a kings ransom to the Boston Bruins for Phil in September 2009 - a move which gave them one of their best wingers of the modern era. The year is now 2014, and while he doesn't have the same hype around him, his younger brother Blake is joining the organization as one of four new signings for the Toronto Marlies.
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September 28 2014 01:21PM
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September 28 2014 11:31AM
As one half of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Colt Knorr has been an old-school favourite - and go-to guy for Carlyle - in Toronto for awhile. But facepunchers are a dying breed, and Orr doesn’t offer a heck of a lot beyond facepunching. Oh and guess what? He barely even facepunches anymore, and when he does, he's bad at it.
September 27 2014 11:07AM
Stephane Robidas has been cleared for contact.— David Alter (@dalter) September 27, 2014
Robidas was held out of the early part of camp and has yet to play a preseason game. While the defenceman brushed this aside as being a precautionary measure, it was somewhat surprising, and created concern over where he was in his recovery from breaking the same leg twice last season.