Tuesday, September 30, 2008
According to TSN the Toronto Maple Leafs tried to acquire Mathieu Schneider and Bobby Ryan last week for a conditional 09 Draft choice and 2 prospects.
The 1st round pick could be used only if it was not a top 6 otherwise the Ducks would have a 2010 1st rounder.
Brian Burke and the Ducks instead chose to take Atlanta's offer of Ken Klee, Brad Larsen, and Painchaud.
Now there is still word that the Leafs may still be trying to acquire Ryan but no word on if this is true or not. There is also talk of the Leafs looking to move a Dman to St,Louis.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be unveiling their new third jersey for the 2008-09 season on Monday, October 6.
I will have pictures for everyone when they are released.
<------I would like to add that this is just a rough of what they will look like.
Even though the 18-year-old defenceman has never taken a shootout attempt in the Western Hockey League, he came up big Monday by scoring the shootout winner for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 4-3 pre-season victory over the St. Louis Blues.
Schenn thought coach Ron Wilson was joking when he was told that he'd be taking the fourth Toronto shot if it was necessary. It turned out to be no laughing matter and Schenn seized his moment in the spotlight by beating Manny Legace with a nice backhand deke.
"Never did I ever think I would be in a shootout," he said. "But I got called upon and I was lucky to score."
Modesty aside, he had a good reason to be surprised.
The Kelowna Rockets were more inclined to let their equipment manager take a shootout attempt over the past couple seasons than call on Schenn to go. His game is built on solid defensive play, as evidenced by the fact he's never scored more than seven goals in a WHL season.
"I've never shot in my life," said Schenn. "They've gone like 10 shooters and I've never shot."
That changed Monday because Wilson wanted to send a right-handed shooter in against Legace and Schenn had performed well in a breakaway drill during practice.
The coach was obviously pleased with the result.
"It's how the funny fickle finger of fate works and good for him," said Wilson.
Niklas Hagman, with two, and Alex Steen scored in regulation for Toronto (2-2-1).
Brad Boyes, David Backes and Andy McDonald replied for the Blues (2-2-1).
The natural question lingering on the minds of Leaf fans is whether Schenn has a realistic opportunity to crack the lineup this season. The recent first-round draft pick certainly entered training camp as a longshot, but he's made it hard on the NHL team to send him back to junior with his performance so far.
In addition to his shootout winner against the Blues, Schenn was a plus-3 with three blocked shots during 20 minutes of ice time.
"He made some great long outlet passes," said Wilson. "He had the advantage of playing with a veteran like (Tomas) Kaberle all night but he hasn't looked out of place yet.
"Certainly physically he's strong enough -- he manhandled Keith Tkachuk at the end of the second period. I haven't seen him get beat 1-on-1."
The Maple Leafs have four pre-season games left, starting with a rematch against the Blues in St. Louis on Wednesday. After that, they play Detroit back-to-back on Friday and Saturday.
Schenn will continue to be watched closely as the regular season inches closer.
"As you keep going a little bit farther (into pre-season), the lineups keep getting a little bit better," said Wilson. "I think the true test for him will be next weekend when we play the Red Wings. We'll see."
The game ended much better than it started.
There was very little energy in the Air Canada Centre during the first two periods of a matchup between a pair teams not expected to win many games this season. The building came alive in the third period as each team scored twice to set up overtime.
The fans have been a little slow to embrace Schenn to this point but they chanted "Luuukkkee" when he was announced during the shootout.
"Is that what they were saying? I didn't know if they were booing me or what," he said. "It was definitely nice."
No matter what happens in the coming week, Schenn will take at least one souvenir away from his pro training camp. Backup goaltender Curtis Joseph stopped by his locker after the game and dropped off the puck he used to score the shootout winner against Legace.
While he clearly wants to play in the NHL this season, Schenn is trying not to focus too closely on that goal.
"I don't want to think too far ahead," he said. "I'm just (trying to) keep getting better here. I'm learning from all the veteran players. I'm feeling more and more comfortable every day."
Notes : Former Maple Leafs GM John Ferguson, now San Jose's director of pro scouting, attended the game ... Earlier in the day, Toronto assigned seven players to the AHL Marlies -- including Bates Battaglia, Kris Newbury and Ben Ondrus. ... Matt Stajan, Jason Blake, Ryan Hollweg, Dominic Moore and Jeff Finger sat out for the Leafs. ... Yan Stastny, Andy Wozniewski, Steve Wagner and David Perron didn't play for St. Louis. ... The Blues will play a rare afternoon game at Air Canada Centre when they visit the Maple Leafs on Oct. 13.
This article courtesy Sportsnet.Ca
Monday, September 29, 2008
In other news there is word out tonight that there is a chance the Leafs will try and acquire Michel Ouellet off waivers from the Lightning.
The Sources Take: Should be a good move either way Ryan brings more youth and Ouellet is a very solid 2 way forward.
UPDATE: I HAVE DONE SOME DIGGING AND FOUND THAT THIS RUMOR IS COMPLETELY FALSE. HOWEVER THE OUELLET THING IS REAL AND THE LEAFS ARE PUSHING HARD TO GET HIM OFF WAIVERS.
Toskala allowed five goals on 25 shots in a 5-4 home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.
Prospect Justin Pogge has taken the bulk of the load in net in three other games this preseason, and is coming off a loss in which he gave up a late 2-0 lead by allowing two goals in the final three minutes and one in overtime to the Buffalo Sabres Saturday.
Veteran Curtis Joseph played the first period of Toronto's first exhibition game, giving up one goal on five shots before giving way to Pogge.
All three goalies skated Monday morning.
Two players who did not take part in the morning practice were defenceman Jeff Finger and forward Dominic Moore. Finger is day-to-day with a tender foot and was unable to put it in his skate Monday.
First-round draft pick Luke Schenn was paired with Tomas Kaberle as Toronto will dress six defenceman for Monday's game. The Leafs haven't decided yet on Schenn's future with the club; coach Ron Wilson said Monday the team has a week to make any decision.
Swedish defenceman Jonas Frogren will not play in the game. Wilson said he is sound defensively but his challenge is moving with the play and holding the offensive blue line.
The rest of the lineup at Monday's practice (* will play tonight):
* Van Ryn-White
This Article Courtesy Sportsnet.Ca
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Then in OT it was all over as Tomas Vanek ripped the shot from the point putting the puck over Justin Pogges shoulder.
I will have more later!
Its the familiar sound of a blown Toronto Maple Leafs lead!
It was a 3 - 1 lead in the middle of the 2nd when Penguins D Goglioski passed to D Eaton who easily shot the puck which deflected off a sprawling Alex Ponikarovsky and into the net making it 3 - 2
"What happened shouldn't happen," said Leafs coach Ron Wilson. "We watched all the replays and all the mistakes are correctable."
The Penguins continued to pile it on from there with the Leafs holding a brief 4 - 3 lead the Pens managed to tie the game and then with 1:30 left in the 3rd Matt Cooke finished it off another blown Maple Leafs lead!
Dominic Moore showed why he may have a spot on this team as he scored again that's 3 for him in the pre-season.
Vesa Toskala made some brilliant saves 2 of which were on cross ice passes and one off of Sydney Crosbys stick.
The Leafs are back at it on Saturday against the Sabres its funny to think about but the Leafs are undefeated with D Jeff Finger in the line up.
Friday, September 26, 2008
(The Sources Take: Obviously this move will provide the necessary cap space for F Teemu Selanne I don't think it makes the Ducks any better however and I believe they still finish around the 7th to 6th area in the West.)
Thursday, September 25, 2008
At Leafs practice this morning it was announced that G Vesa Toskala will get the start on Friday against the Penguins. Wilson once again messed with the lineups and from what he saw late in the game last night has put the following players together for Friday.
Mikhail Grabovski - Nik Antropov - Nikolai Kulemin
Alex Steen - Niklas Hagman - Alexei Ponikarovsky
Matt Stajan - Jason Blake - Jiri Tlusty
Dominic Moore - Jamal Mayers - Ryan Hollweg
Mark Bell - Boyd Devereaux - John Mitchell
These lines pretty much seal what the team will look like come Oct 9ths opener against the Red Wings a team Toronto has had good success against (13 -11)
Should be a good game.
All is all it was a solid game by the Leafs I think they need to work on there puck possession and there down low work. Wilson will undoubtedly be upset about several bad penalties taken by the Leafs last night including the one that lead to the 2nd goal of the game.
2 goals were hilarious in that they went off 2 Toronto defenceman the 1st one scored by Evgeni Malkin on a cross crease pass that went in off Boumiedienne and the 2nd off Anton Stralman. Both players were trying to stop the puck.
Justin Pogge looked shaky at times and last night really proves that he may not be ready for the bigs just yet. The Leafs later made it close late in third on a PP goal by Alexei Ponikarovsky and then another goal (One I would say is the goal of the pre-season so far) by Mikhail Grabovski when he broke in on the D split them and put the puck between Danny Sabourins legs.
Players who played well
55 Jason Blake - Once again showed he may be back to his old self he was very solid on the puck and did some great backchecking all night.
39 John Mitchell - At 1st I wasn't impressed at all with his play but as the game went on he got better including 3 KEY faceoff wins later in the game.
2 Luke Schenn - I agree with Pierre McGuire when he said this kid is getting better every game I think at this rate the Leafs will have a very difficult decision in trying to send him back to Kelowna.
41 Nikolai Kulemin - Although he didn't score the line of Hagman/Steen/Kulemin was very dominate last night for the Leafs and Kulemin started to show some of that hockey sense that we've been told he has. A few more games and he should be good to go.
Anyways this is my assesment of last nights action I think that the Leafs need to work on the PP and PK they are leaving far to much room up the middle OF course this is pre-season and we have yet to see all players play.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
UPDATE: Do to some family issues I won't be able to do a live blog tonight I do apologize to everyone that was hoping for one.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Justin Pogge obviouslly impressed in the Leafs 7 - 4 victory because cach Ron Wilson is giving him the ball in Pittsburgh. "(Pogge) looked very good in the second period, but made some mistakes in the third," Wilson said of the 22-year-old, who made 15 saves in two periods of work.
Curtis Joseph will serve as his backup.
Monday, September 22, 2008
If you are a Leaf fan you can watch the game live on Sportsnet Ontario other fans have the option of watching it on MapleLeafs.com (Don't worry you can watch it out of market on the internet). Also if you have NHL Center Ice you can watch it on there.
Puck drop is at 7:00 pm Eastern time you can also come back to my site for frequent updates on the score and penalties. I will have a blog on how they did after tonight's games.
UPDATE: I just want to add that veteran netminder Curtis Joseph will start in net for the 1st period and then Justin Pogge will play the 2nd and 3rd.
"Grabovski could really surprise" said Wilson. I asked if the proposed 1st line would be playing together tomorrow night in the pre-season opener in Buffalo and he said no but he did state that the line would get every chance to create chemistry during training camp.
I then asked who would be starting in net tomorrow night and no surprise here Justin Pogge.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
"There's probably going to be a shock or two at the end of training camp as far as who's not going to be here," Leafs head coach Ron Wilson recently told reporters.
Tomas Kaberle, Pavel Kubina, Jeff Finger and Jonas Frogren are likely to lock up the top-four spots on the blueline.
Mike Van Ryn, acquired from the Florida Panthers earlier this month for Bryan McCabe, is expected to assume the fifth defensive spot, leaving Carlo Colaiacovo, Anton Stralman, Ian White, Staffan Kronwall and Luke Schenn battling it out for one final regular slot.
The Leafs can send Schenn back to the WHL, which appears to be the most likely option unless he knocks the Leafs' socks off.
"If he blows us away, he'll be here," Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher told the Post. "If he deserves to be here, he'll be here. But we're not going to put him on the team because he's our first pick."
THANKS to thefourthperiod.com for this article.
Friday, September 19, 2008
This is likely because Mathieu Schneider hasn't been moved yet look for Teemu to sign a contract after the defenceman is moved. The Ducks currently sit over the salary cap and as soon as its clear there is enough room he will be signed.
Teemu had 12 goals and 23 pts in 26 games last year.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
There is word out tonight that the LA Kings will not bring Patrick O'Sullivan to training camp. Word is tonight that the Kings and GM Dean Lombardi are not close to a contract with the young forward.
When asked if Lombardi was worried "Yeah I'm getting there" is what he said.
I've spoken to a source tonight that has said GM Cliff Fletcher has made contact with Lombardi about acquiring the young center. There was a rumored package of Bell, White, and 2 draft picks that would go to L.A. for O'Sullivan in my opinion this would be to much for the Leafs to give up for just one player.
I think maybe Bell and White would be fine and maybe one draft pick but not two as the Leafs are in a re-building phase.
Stay tuned for more information.
The Buffalo Sabres have announced the re-signing of forward Jason Pominville to a 5 year contract extension. The deal will pay Jason $25,000,000 over the next 5 years starting next season.
(The Sources take: WHAT THE HELL!! So the Sabres will pay Pominville but they won't pay a far more talented player in Briere this kind of money. Darcy Regehr needs to give his head a shake.)
80 Nik Antropov
48 Brent Aubin
33 Bates Battaglia
28 Mark Bell
55 Jason Blake
73 Joel Champagne
60 Joe Cooper
56 Andre Deveaux
22 Boyd Devereaux
61 Chris DiDomenico
52 Robbie Earl
32 Alex Foster
49 Stefano Giliati
84 Mikhail Grabovski
9 Niklas Hagman
44 Ryan Hollweg
41 Nikolai Kulemin
21 Jamal Mayers
46 Dale Mitchell
39 John Mitchell
19 Dominic Moore
54 Kris Newbury
25 Ben Ondrus
23 Alexei Ponikarovsky
50 Kyle Rogers
76 Dan Rudisuela
57 Greg Scott
14 Matt Stajan
42 Tim Stapleton
10 Alex Steen
67 Mikhail Stefanovich
58 Max Taylor
11 Jiri Tlusty
66 Eric Wellwood
18 Jeremy Williams
38 Josef Boumiedienne
8 Carlo Coliacovo
4 Jeff Finger
24 Jonas Frogren
15 Tomas Kaberle
40 Staffan Kronwall
77 Pavel Kubina
75 Scott Langdon
45 Phil Oreskovic
51 Todd Perry
43 Richard Petiot
2 Luke Schenn
53 Andy Schneider
59 Jaime Sifers
36 Anton Stralman
68 Juha Uotila
26 Mike Van Ryn
7 Ian White
31 Curtis Joseph
30 Adam Munro
71 Michael Ouzas
29 Justin Pogge
34 James Reimer
35 Vesa Toskala
The Leafs first pre-season game will be Monday against the Buffalo Sabres I expect there to be at least 5 to 10 cuts after the game.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
You know I've been watching the Leafs since I was old enough to watch TV (about 1986) and I've seen the Wendel Clarks and Doug Gilmours and Rick Vaives come and go and now I've watched Mats Sundin vanish in the wind.
So now I ask where is this teams #1 center I think many will agree that the crop of players we have now filling that position don't fit the bill of a Sundin or Gilmour so who does?
Lets look at who the Leafs could get if they put the right package together.
C Patrick Marleau: Despite what GM Doug Wilson says this guy is willing to trade the Sharks Captain.
C Patrick O'Sullivan: Now there were rumors that he was being shopped and still could be at this moment.
C Anson Carter: NOT a #1 center but he may be what the Leafs are looking for and Anson definitely needs a change of scenery.
C Jeff Halpern: Also not a #1 but a guy but he has grit and more exp then most of the players on our team.
Now if I were the Leafs who would I pick to start the season as #1 center if none of these guys can be had F Mark Bell. I know you guys think I have some kind of crush on the kid BUT he is good and will return to form this season as the power forward that we 1st saw in Chicago mark my words.
While Mark is no where near that 25 goal performance he had in his first 2 years in the league he has been through a lot and can really make a difference on this team. I think he would be a great choice its not all about scoring goals its about passion for the game and I don't think you will find anyone on the Leafs roster who loves the game more than Mark Bell.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
It seems that Brian Burke has gotten sick of peddling around the league looking for a trade as he has placed D Mathieu Schneider on waivers.
Teams have till noon Thursday to claim him. This clears the 5.75 million (Or McCabe money) off the books it is widely speculated that the Ducks made this move to clear the space to sign longtime Duck Teemu Selanne.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Eric Wellwood and Kyle Roger had the loan goals for the Leafs.
There next game is on Sept 14th against Ottawa Senators rookies and then they will have a game against Florida on the 15th.
We should get a really good look at Luke Schenn in the next couple of weeks here as he will more than likely play in some if not all of the NHL preseason games for the Leafs. Other notables on the team were:
Mikhail Stefanovich (3rd choice, 98th overall)
Joel Champagne (5th choice, 129th overall)
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Cliff Fletcher, General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that Jeff Jackson has been named the General Manager of the Toronto Marlies, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Maple Leafs. Jackson will also maintain his current role as the Leafs’ Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations.
(The Sources take: Good move by the Leafs I assume that this will be Jacksons last year as Asst. GM of the Leafs then and they will name someone to the position mid-season or next summer. I would think some candidates may be Joe Nieuwendyk (Who I believe will be GM not Burke) and Neil Smith.)
Friday, September 12, 2008
Toronto: Will be myself
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UPDATE: I have a blogger for all 6 Canadian teams but I will still need individual bloggers so keep sending me those emails guys
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Mike Van Ryn looks good he was teamed up with Frogren and both were doing some major workouts they look tough although I think that Stralman and Frogren will be together like they were at WHC.
Niklas Hagman and Nik Kulemin continue to be out on the same line and they really have some great chemistry I can't wait to see if they are kept together when the season starts.
Anton Stralman and Carlo Coliacovo were paired together not very entertaining as there were some give aways between the 2 and they didn't look like they belonged together.
Anyways thats all I have for now I will keep everyone posted on the informal work outs and will also blog during training camp and the pre-season. I will be doing a blog about the Leafs upcoming season and where I feel they are in the NHL.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Its has been confimed to me by Howard Berger that F Mark Bell will wear #28 this year no player has worn the number since Tie Domi.
In other news the Leafs are trying to acquire a center man from a Western Conference team I don't have exact specifics but I am hearing a few names including Marcus Nilson from Calgary is one name and I have also heard Brown from the LA Kings NOT O'Sullivan!
Friday, September 5, 2008
According to an email I got from a source tonight the Maple Leafs could be looking to move another defenceman.
The source went on to say that if there were to be another move however it may not take place until after training camp as Fletcher would like to see the chemistry of his team before making a rash decisions.
I have completed a list of Dmen that I feel at this point are expendable to the Maple Leafs.
1.) Ian White (Has never really been anything more than a #6 or 7 defenceman)
2.) Carlo Coliacovo (While I love the guy he has never had a healthy season, I feel that there are D on this team who can fill his shoes and stay healthy)
3.) Niklas Kronwall (Career AHL'er enough said)
4.) Tomas Kaberle (Ok a lot of you will jump the gun on this quickly but listen to what I have to say. 1st this guy will garner a huge return from any team that he could be traded to. Last year he nixed a trade that would have seen Jeff Carter and a 1st round pick come to the Leafs I think he is easily worth a young promising forward and a bluechip Dman thats why he is on my list)
Anyways this is my list I doubt Kaberle gets traded unless that Leafs are out of the playoff race come February then maybe I could see it. Also Kaberle has a clause like Kubina that if the Leafs miss the playoffs this year his NTC becomes void for a certain amount of time.
Monday, September 1, 2008
As 1st reported by me on Hockeybums the Toronto Maple Leafs have aquired D Mike Van Ryn for D Bryan McCabe and a late round draft pick in next years entry draft.
The Maple Leafs get a defenseman who last year had reconstructive surgery on his wrist but could fit into the fold nicely with a guy like Carlo Coliacovo.
The deal will be finalized by 11 am tomorrow morning.