Montreal’s Excellent Power Play

    Last night on the CBC we got to hear about Montreal’s excellent system based play at great length thanks to insightful hockey savant Glenn Healy. I figured I’d do a frame by frame breakdown of the only Montreal power play a goal was scored on in order to demonstrate why the Canadiens are so effective…


Leafs Make More Cuts, Komisarek Survives

The Leafs have trimmed their preseason roster again, sending Luca Caputi, Joe Colborne, Ryan Hamilton, Marcel Mueller, Kenny Ryan, Greg Scott, Mike Zigomanis, Jesse Blacker, Jeff Finger, Simon Gysbers, Korbinian Holzer, Juraj Mikus and Mark Owuya to the Marlies per James Mirtle. Most of those guys barely played, but aside from just spreading the news…


Sabres 3 Leafs 2: Ugh

Frattin looked good, the Sabres won by a goal thanks to having ten more power plays. Really only one thing left to do:


Sabres 2 Leafs 1: Strong Showing

The Leafs lost 2-1 tonight but I think that we saw some great performances up and down the Leafs lineup. The Sabres got on the board first when Dion Phaneuf passed into Keith Aulie’s skates and Corey Tropp buried the resulting turnover. John Michael Liles had a beautiful rush which led to Phil Kessel muscling a…


Leafs Head to Philly

I hear last night’s game against Philly was fantastic and a great time was had by all. I didn’t watch the game because it was the preseason. However I know some of you like to watch preseason hockey even if personally it serves only to enrage me when things go poorly so here’s a preview.


Recap: Leafs 4 Sens 2

The Leafs handled the Senators 4-2 tonight. Tyler Bozak scored a pair and had an assist, Colby Armstrong had a goal and Carl Gunnarsson chipped one in. My notes: The Bozak – Armstrong – Kadri line was buzzing all night. Lots of chances and they dominated possession against weak opposition. This is a good sign…


What’s Luke Schenn Worth?

Luke Schenn needs a new contract and this late in the game it’s incredibly unlikely he won’t be a Toronto Maple Leaf at the start of training camp. He’s a guy that Brian Burke loves: he hits, he fights, he blocks shots and he’s apparently a good kid in the locker room if you’re into that…


Nazem Kadri’s Rookie Season Comparables

Nazem Kadri’s rookie season didn’t earn him a Calder nomination. His rookie season didn’t see him make the Toronto Maple Leafs out of camp or win a spot in the Leafs’ meagre top six. He actually had two stints with the big club this year. He spent 17 games with the Leafs from November 13th…


Toronto’s Goaltending Prospects

One of the bright spots in Toronto’s organizational depth is likely their goaltending. Between James Reimer, Jussi Rynnas, Ben Scrivens and maybe Jonas Gustavsson 2.0 the Leafs were probably right in their decision to not sign a stopgap goaltender to a long deal this offseason. HockeysFuture.com came out with their organizational ranking for the Leafs…


NHL Announces US National TV Schedule

    The NHL announced the games that’ll be shown on Versus/NBC this year and the list is pretty bizarre. There are some teams with a ton of appearances that make sense. The four way tie for second place between Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Washington sees them with 14 potential appearances each. They’re all major ratings draws…


I’m Done With Fighting

Ask any hockey fan about their favorite memories and sooner or later you’re going to hear about a fight. You’ll hear about Wendel Clark pummelling Marty McSorley and Felix Potvin speedbagging Ron Hextall. You’ll hear tales of Wade Belak exacting revenge on Cam Janssens or Colton Orr breaking Chris Neil and Matt Carkner or maybe…


Lombardi Will Participate in Training Camp

Jeff Marek posted the following on his excellent new blog "The Sheet": Good news for the Toronto Maple Leafs as Matthew Lombardi will attend training camp. Can’t imagine they’d let him jump right back in after missing pretty well all of last season with a concussion but I’d think it’ll be ‘kid gloves’ with Lombardi…