September 22 2014 08:53PM
It's nice that hockey is back, even if it was only a preseason game, and even if that preseason game wasn't that particularly thrilling. Facing off in London, Ontario, the Leafs defeated the Flyers this evening by a score of 3-2, digging a hole throughout the first half of the game (as is tradition), then fighting back to force overtime and eventually win it in a shootout (which isn't tradition at all).
It's great to see the Leafs get a win and all, but preseason games are fun for one fun reason and one fun reason only - watching guys earn their full time roster spot. That didn't really happen tonight, save for former top-pairing defender Korbinian Holzer, who I'd say took the early lead in winning that last 'D' spot.
September 22 2014 05:31PM
Dave Nonis and Co. completed a little bit of house cleaning earlier today, cutting ten players from Leafs camp as the team prepares for a busy week of preseason action.
September 22 2014 03:02PM
We finally got rid of our broken mail truck! These new ones are such piles of junk, it was just always in the shop. What we did instead, was we renovated an old one. Just pimped it the hell out.
..anyway, the mailbag is back for another season. Instead of being our "Jeff has a self-imposed quota to reach" machine, I'll be taking in questions to answer every Monday. From now on, If you would like to take part, please tweet at our official twitter (@TLNdc), or leave your questions in these comments and I'll obtain this top secret (highly public) data and turn the best questions into mediocre answers.
September 22 2014 09:44AM
Around this time last year, I made a bold proclamation. After a year of improvement on the Toronto Marlies' blue line, I said that Jesse Blacker would probably become the AHL team's highest-minute defenceman.
Boy, was I wrong. He got benched a bunch to start a year, got into a fight in practice, and just seemed to not be in Steve Spott's favour. It was obvious that he wasn't going to stick around, and that some value had to be gotten back for him while it still existed. As Leafs centres began to drop out with injury, they created a two part solution; sending Blacker and conditional draft picks to the Anaheim Ducks for Peter Holland (and Brad Staubitz, I guess).
My proclamation sucked (though Blacker did well with Norfolk last year), but Holland? Much less so. He's quite good, even.
September 21 2014 06:30AM