HOCKEY IS BACK! Toronto v. Montreal

Pension Plan Puppets
October 06 2011 12:04PM

 

 

THANKS BE TO BUDDHA! After a long summer, NHL hockey is finally back. The 82 game grind begins with a matchup against the Old Enemy. The Leafs built their playoff push last year in large part on their success within their division. They've not lost a season series to the Canadiens since 2006 which is funny because they've also been the worst team to ever play hockey in that span.

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Penalty-Killing Plugs

JP Nikota
October 06 2011 07:32AM

 

Michael Langlois made an interesting comment on the Leafs season preview podcast that was published on the Globe's website yesterday. He pointed out that, to his memory, most of the best penalty-killing forwards (going back for decades) were the best all-around players, and not those we have come to think of as a "PK specialists".

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Leafs Acquire Steckel

Kent Wilson
October 04 2011 05:24PM

 

 

News came down this afternoon that the Leafs have grabbed David Steckel from the Devils in exchange for a fourth round pick. The former Capital costs just $1.1M in cap space over the next two seasons and is one of the very best face-off men in the league.

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Nazem Kadri’s Draft Class

Jonathan Willis
October 03 2011 06:29PM

How does Nazem Kadri compare with his draft class?

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Cuts Like a Knife

Danny Gray
October 03 2011 12:48PM

 

Per Mirtle the Leafs have made their final cuts:

“Defencemen Keith Aulie and Matt Lashoff and forwards Darryl Boyce, Joey Crabb and Mike Zigomanis were all dropped from the Leafs roster”

“Lashoff, Boyce and Crabb are on waivers in order to go to the minors. Zigomanis had already cleared earlier in training camp.”

What all this means is that both Matt Frattin and Jake Gardiner have made the Leafs opening day roster. Both impressed throughout the pre-season and fulfil Burke’s promise to make the team bigger and younger.

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