February 09 2011 06:54PM
The Leafs have dealt Francois Beauchemin for Joffrey Lupul, Jake Gardiner and a conditional pick. The terms to the conditional pick are so convoluted that my head hurts thinking about them but look at the trade this way: Lupul is a salary dump and Gardiner is a blue chip defensive prospect.
At even strength Beauchemin leads the team in both quality of competition and time on ice. Jake Gardiner is third in points on a loaded Wisconsin team in the WCHA... from the blueline. Joffrey Lupul is a salary dump with considerably more upside than running out Joey Crabb. So why should you, Joe Leafs Fan (an amusing construct I will use from now on that is in no way a cheap straw man and rhetorical trampoline) care about this?
February 09 2011 09:56AM
Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20
February 08 2011 10:29PM
Bruins GM, Peter Chiarelli traded Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs on September 19th, 2009 for a first and second round pick in 2010 and a first rounder in 2011. This past June he used those picks to select Tyler Seguin and London Knight centre, Jared Knight, but it seems Chiarelli wants to trade this year's pick for someone who can help the Bruins right now.
Chiarelli was asked on WEEI radio in Boston if he'd consider trading Toronto's first round pick in 2011?
"Yeah, I'd look at it, sure. I've had discussions involving that pick. I certainly would look at it. We've got a lot of assets, so that alone allows us to be creative also … there's been one [deal] that we've thrown around here internally, I don't know that I would do it but it's something that warrants further discussion."
The last sentance is absolute brilliance on Chiarelli's behalf.
February 08 2011 09:44AM
Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20 796
Kaberle had an excellent game, as the Thrashers were shut out against him. The Leafs picked up 9 scoring chances when Kaberle was on the ice at even strength. The PK duo of Armstrong-Bozak continued their strong work as well.
February 07 2011 12:57PM
Someone dumb once said "Goaltending in overrated." However tonight, he couldn't be anymore correct. The Thrashers and Maple Leafs have met twice before this season and scored a combined 21 goals. The first game was a 6-3 win for the team from Hotlanta and the second a 9-3 drubbing by the Leafs. Even more impressive that seeing 10.5 goals a game? The fact that Toronto scored 7 of their 12 goals against Atlanta while on the powerplay, going a combined 7 for 11. To put that into a little perspective, without the two Atlanta games the Leafs season long PP% falls from 17.1% to 14.5%. Thank you Atlanta. Since that 9-3 game however, the Leafs PP has only gone 4 for 36, good for an 11.1% conversion rate and just god awful. Their PP is absolutely brutal to watch. It’s like a game of rod hockey where you only think to move the guy with the puck and leave the other 4 players motionless on the ice. Yet somehow this remedial strategy seems to work against the Thrashers, too bad we only play them 4 times a year then.
More on this game after the jump.