In the short-term, there’s no denying how important Jake Muzzin is to the Leafs.
News and Notes: Sandin scores first NHL goal, Muzzin returns, and Leafs start second half with a bang
After limping into the All-Star break mired in their worst slump since the six-game losing skid that ultimately resulted in Mike Babcock getting sacked, the Leafs have found themselves with little room for error in the second half of the season.
Earlier today, Pierre LeBrun started to stir the pot in Toronto by saying that the Maple Leafs “could strike early” in order to give the team a spark heading into the stretch drive. Shortly after, Bob McKenzie doubled down, saying that he believes that the Leafs are “actively” looking for a non-rental defenceman.
Having lost five of their last six games, the Toronto Maple Leafs are limping into their off-week tied with the Florida Panthers for ninth in the Eastern Conference. Their most recent loss, a lopsided 6-2 defeat to the surging Chicago Blackhawks, represented the third time in six games the Leafs allowed at least six goals.
Did you have too much of Darren Dreger’s Leafs-related thoughts during the entire Mitch Marner contract saga? Well, too bad. Here’s some more for you. Dreger said on Twitter yesterday that Kasperi Kapanen wouldn’t be enough to get the Leafs Alexandar Georgiev from the New York Rangers.
Teams are trying to trade defencemen to the Leafs, Jake Muzzin is in the early stages of extension talks
Bob McKenzie dropped a few interesting Leafs-related tidbits on Insider Trading yesterday, reporting that other teams around the league are offering them defencemen via trade and that the team and Jake Muzzin have opened up talks on a contract extension.
It’s difficult to call a game in mid-January a must-win, but that’s how it felt coming into last night’s match with New Jersey.
Having a bad time in Florida has become a trend for the Maple Leafs. But last night, the struggle in paradise reached a new level.
Despite the Leafs’ loss to the Jets last night, Auston Matthews was the story.
On Tuesday afternoon, Pierre LeBrun reported that both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins made a pitch to free-agent forward Justin Williams while his former club, the Carolina Hurricanes, tried to figure out a contract for the veteran.
The Maple Leafs lost to the Oilers for the first time in the Auston Matthews era last night. The biggest talking point after the game was Sheldon Keefe’s decision to pull Frederik Andersen when the game was very much still in reach and the effect it might have had on a potential comeback.
The Leafs ended the 2010s on a positive note, beating the Minnesota Wild by a score of 4-1 on New Year’s Eve. Sheldon Keefe’s team will head into the 2020s sitting in second place in the Atlantic Division with the surging Tampa Bay Lightning right behind them.