With the team clinging onto a playoff spot in late-February, there’s a tremendous amount of pressure for Kyle Dubas to make a big splash that saves the Maple Leafs.
One team that’ll be interesting to watch ahead of Monday’s trade deadline will be the San Jose Sharks, a team limping to the finish line after coming nowhere near reaching expectations.
News and Notes: Andersen’s struggles continue in Pittsburgh, Leafs have shown interest in Adam Larsson, among others
In a season defined by low points, here’s yet another.
Freddy Andersen, the Leafs’ starter, has been bad. Jack Campbell, the team’s back-up, has been good. What do we have here? A good old fashioned Goaltending Controversy? Not quite. Not in 2020, at least.
During the Headlines segment during the intermission of Saturday night’s Maple Leafs and Senators game, Chris Johnston reported that Jake Muzzin and the Leafs had agreed on a four-year contract extension, though pen wouldn’t hit paper until after the trade deadline.
The Leafs suffered a 3-2 loss at home last night to the stingy Dallas Stars, but the game wasn’t the only thing the team lost. Andreas Johnsson suffered a knee injury that will reportedly not be a short-term issue.
One man’s injury is another’s opportunity.
The Leafs will look to continue their unbeaten streak out of the All-Star break as they head to Ottawa to take on the Senators. The Sens will, uh, probably also look for the Leafs to remain undefeated out of the All-Star break as they tank for Alexis Lafreniere.
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.