Saturday, November 29, 2008
1st Period: Period started slow for the Leafs but they did a little better in the later stages nice to see Stempniak get his 1st goal with the Leafs. I didn't like the Philly goal and I feel it should have been goalie interference as the Flyer player flew over Toskala and smoked him in the head with his legs. Should be a good 2nd period.
2nd Period: Great job by the Leafs in the 2nd to really ramp it up goals by Antropov and a beauty by Moore on a breakaway, a little bit of a breakdown that led to the 2nd Philly goal. But the Leafs didn't quit and are still attacking the Flyers down low something have been good at in most of there games. Its nice to see Burke has some reaction to his new team when they score or don't score. The 3rd will be run and gun I hope.
3rd Period: ABSOLUTELY DYNAMITE GAME! The Leafs were great tonight and really deserved to win its funny to note that last year at this time Toskala really started to play well. He sure did prove that he is no sham and that even a bad start can be turned around. The Leafs were solid on the PK tonight and did a great job keeping the Flyers to the outside. Monday they play the Kings should be a good game.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Ok so its not exactly breaking news but yes it is official Brian Burke will be named GM and President of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. He has 6 year $18,000,000 contract in his hand and he will be looking for full autonomy over all preceidings that have to do with Toronto Maple Leafs.
I spoke with Interim GM Cliff Fletcher today over the phone and he told me "I'm excited for the Leafs, he is someone who will move the organization in the right direction and I'm glad I got a 6 month head start on the process"
I really enjoyed all the moves Fletch has made thus far and I hope that he can stay on as some sort of consultant. As well as Burke coming into the organization look for Dave Nonis to be named Asst, GM in the coming days.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
1st Period: Really up and down period for the Leafs nice to see Kulemin score again. I think the Leafs need to work on there fore check a bit as they seem to be lacking in that department. Deveaux looks good and its nice to see him chirping off at the lips to the Sens. Should be a good 2nd the Leafs have about 1:30 left on their PP.
2nd Period: The Leafs gave a solid effort in the 2nd but need to convert on their PP opportunities. Toskala is having a much better game and I really am enjoying the effort he is giving. I hope Stempniak can pot a goal and Deveaux looks great as I said in the 1st. Lets hope for a terrific 3rd.
3rd Period: Blah! The Leafs had plenty of opportunity to win the game in this period and they couldn't capitalize on there chances.
OT: Great very fast paced but once again the Leafs didn't make the most of there chances.
SO: To bad for Stempniak I thought he made a great move the Senators identified Toskalas weakness and to advantage. Brian Burke will be spitting at the TV after this one despite the effort.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs winger Jason Blake will sit out the team's game in Ottawa on Thursday night with a suspected concussion.
The NHL team has recalled tough guy Andre Deveaux from the American Hockey League to take his place on the roster. Blake left Tuesday night's game against the Atlanta Thrashers after getting hit by Colby Armstrong in the third period.Coach Ron Wilson said afterwards that Blake had likely suffered a concussion.
Deveaux has six goals and 54 penalty minutes in 13 games with the Marlies this season. He just completed a four-game suspension for an attack on Manitoba defenceman Nolan Baumgartner. The 24-year-old former Montreal Canadiens draft pick has yet to appear in an NHL game.
Courtesy of Sportsnet
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
1st Period: OH MY GOD WHAT A SAVE BY BOTH GOALIES!! Stempniak looks very good in his debut and I think he may pot one (fingers crossed) the goal by Colby was unlucky one for Cujo as he went down from the fake-out, but Kaberle shouldn't have gave that puck away in the 1st place. Lets hope for an exciting 2nd.
2nd Period: The Leafs are playing well.................... The problem GOALTENDING and while Cujo has made some brilliant saves in this game neither him nor Toskala have been very consistent in any of there games. The Leafs not scoring on that 3 minute PP is a shame and really could have cost the Buds the game. Kovalchuk had a beauty and that setup from behind the net was beautiful. But as I said the Leafs need better goaltending if they have any hope of making the playoffs.
3rd Period: Another loss another bad goaltending show! Curtis and Vesa have been the most inconsistent goaltenders in the NHL this year. But it didn't help that the Leafs took terrible penalties and didn't really show any will to win tonight. Stempniak had a good game and really seemed to be the best Leaf in his debut to bad the rest of the Buds couldn't have fallen suit. Oh well bring on the Sens Thursday.
Monday, November 24, 2008
The Toronto Maple Leafs aren't waiting for Brian Burke to come in and start making moves, as the club traded defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo and forward Alex Steen to the St. Louis Blues for forward Lee Stempniak on Monday.
Stempniak, 25, has three goals and 13 points in 14 games this season.
In Steen and Colaiacovo, the Leafs parted ways with two former draft picks that didn't live up to their first-round billing.
Colaiacovo, whose career has been limited by numerous injuries, has played in 10 games this season with the Maple Leafs, recording one assist. The blueliner is in his sixth NHL season, having played in 111 career games with 33 points.
The Toronto native was originally drafted 17th overall in the 2001 Entry Draft.
Steen, 24, has two goals and four points in 20 games this season. He's in his fourth NHL season, playing in 253 games and amassing 126 points. The Winnipeg native - son of former NHLer Thomas Steen - was originally drafted by Toronto in the first round, 24th overall in the 2002 Entry Draft.
(The Sources Take: As 1st predicted by me over a month ago the Leafs acquired this young winger he is fast and gritty and so far is having quite a good season)
Van Ryn skated for 20 minutes and said that he felt tired but hopeflu that he can return to the lineup in about two weeks time.
When asked if he received a call from Kostopoulus, Van Ryn said he did, but had not talked to him personally, just through text messenging.
Kostopolous was suspended three games for his hit from behind on Van Ryn on November 7.
(The Sources Take: Good this is something that should be done quickly so we can see the end of such players like Blake. But in all seriousness this is the right move for the Leafs.)
Saturday, November 22, 2008
1st Period: Wow there was a lot of action in that period including a non-call a goal and a missed penalty shot. The Leafs truly dominated the 1st and really deserved the lead I am extremely disappointed with Bill McCreary who should have called a penalty on the hit from behind whether it was accidental or not. That's the kind of play that shouldn't be tolerated no matter what the circumstance. Great job on the goal by the Leafs especially scoring right after a Hawks PP. Great ceremony for Wendal Clark.
2nd Period: Excellent 2nd by the Buds they are really controlling the play right now and are doing a great job shutting down the Kane and Toews line. Toskala looks a lot better tonight something I was hoping for from him. Should be a very exciting 3rd.
3rd Period: Not a good 3rd for the Buds lets hope for a good effort in the OT
OT: OH MY GOD! How did the Leafs lose this game I don't know and I never will absolutely terrible effort in OT and in the 3rd. Wilson should be tearing there heads off after this one because the Leafs should have won this game and simply let it slip away.
Friday, November 21, 2008
According to TSN Brian Burke could be offered a contract as early as tonight or early Saturday. Gordan Kirke was quoted as saying they hope to have a deal done before Monday.
In other news Mats Sundin will be meeting with his agent to narrow down the teams he interested in to 2-3.
(The Source Take: You know I have been calling Brian Burke to the Leafs before Ferguson was even hired. I think this is a great fit for the Leafs and he will truly turn this team around. Burke isn't the kind of guy that messes around and will definitely move players that aren't performing to his standards. As for the continuing Mats saga I think you can truly remove the Canadiens from the list I just don't think Mats has it in him to do that to the Leafs or there fans. The NY Rangers will not be in the Mats sweeps they just don't have the space and removing anyone from that roster could seriously damage the chemistry this team has. I would look to the Leafs and the Canucks to be the teams to land Mats.)
Monday, November 17, 2008
I wasn't able to watch the game as I was on the Greyhound headed back to my place of residence from a 1 week vacation in snowy Seba Beach Alberta.
In other news Brian Burke has been officially contacted by the Maple Leafs.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
For Sydor this will be his 2nd go around with Dallas Stars.
This Article Courtesy Sportsnet and Mike Brophy
I didn't watch the game tonight so I can't really blog about it but I will have a full analysis on the Boston Vs Toronto game.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
2nd Period: Great 2nd period for the Leafs! They had over 18+ shots and really took advantage of there chances great set-up on Antropovs goals to make it 3-2. I think the Leafs need a little more discipline in there own end to keep carrying the MO into the 3rd.
3rd Period: Great game by the Leafs in the 3rd they really dominated the Oilers and had a very good PK keeping the Oilers on the outside the whole time. The Leafs really played well and really deserved the win.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
1st Period: The Leafs were really up and down in the 1st. I thought they played well at the beginning of the period and then kind of trailed off at the end. I think the Leafs need a better effort to get any shots on a shaky looking Mikka Kiprusoff should be a better more entertaining 2nd.
2nd Period: Oh man! The Leafs are being severely dominated in the face off circle tonight. While I don't think the Leafs are out of this game I do think that they will need a much better effort in the 3rd to get back in the game. The Flames are all over the Buds and it is really starting to show that they really don't have any will to win this game. But I believe that with one solid shift the Leafs will hop right back into this one.
3rd period: Really poor performance all around tonight by the Leafs they will need to pull up there socks if they hope to beat the Oilers on Thursday. Give credit to Nik Antropov on his goal in the 3rd that made 4-2 but to little to late even with Stajans goal that made it 4-3.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Back breaking news for the Leafs tonight as one of the best Dmen will be out for a prolonged period of time.
D Mike Van Ryn who was run from behind by Tom Kostopoulos of the Montreal Canadiens suffered a broken hand, nose, and a mild concussion. The Leafs are saying that he could be out of action up to a month or more.
I will fully expect a suspension from the NHL to be handed to Kostopoulos for his blatant intent to injure. This is the kind of thing that needs to be discussed when GM's and owners want to vote no on a no touch icing system.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
1st Period: 2 horrible cheap shots by Canadiens players and the Leafs have a 1-0 lead. To bad they couldn`t capitalize more on the major. The Leafs are playing a very solid game right now and will look to continue that into the 2nd.
2nd Period: More cheap penalties by the ref this game has really shown the weakness of the reffing in the NHL. While I agree with the Blake penalty I don't on the other 2. The NHL really needs to start cracking down on the refs to make sure they are doing a better job. The leafs are truly deserving of win tonight as they have really worked hard and have mostly controlled a lot of the play tonight. Montreal is only in this game due to the horrible calls.
3rd Period: B-E-A-utiful game by the Buds tonight! They totally controlled the game tonight and really took it to the Habs. There were some extremely nail biting moments and I'm sure the league will be taking a look at the Koystitsyn issue he had with Grabovski at the end of the game. Hopefylly Kostopoulus gets suspended for his check from behind because he truly deserves it. In other news Van Ryn will be A-Ok but was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. All in all a truly dominant performance by the Leafs.
Friday, November 7, 2008
In five AHL games this season, Tlusty has registered two assists and four penalty minutes. The 6-0, 209-pound native of Slany, Czech Republic appeared in seven games with the Maple Leafs earlier this season and was held scoreless while averaging 12:19 of ice time per game and registering 13 shots.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
1st Period: OH MY GOD! Why is Alexei Ponikarovsky still a member of this team? He deserves to be sitting where Jason Blake has already been this season the press box. Alexei and Nik have taken bad penalties and both led to Boston PP goals. I think it may be time to part ways with Alexei. I also have a problem with Vesa Toskala right now he is very sloppy and isn't covering his angles very well. His 5 hole is also questionable and these are things that need to be worked on. So lets see if the Leafs can once again come back from a 2-0 deficit.
I apologize to my readers for not updating I got a surprise visit from my Brother In Law and was distracted the rest of the night. The Leafs played poorly for most of this game and really didn't deserve to win. They have been sloppy in there own zone time and time again. I think Fletcher will be forced to make a move if Antropov is gone for any length of time he sustained an injury after blocking a shot in the 1st period.
Anyways enough of this the Leafs got slaughtered tonight and as I said did not deserve anything. They are slowly starting to change my mind about a possible playoff spot.
"We are not about to go and get any short-term help to get us into the playoffs," the Leafs general manager said.
Fletcher said his phones aren't ringing off the hook at the moment but he has made a few calls to other general managers.
"Quite frankly it's pretty quiet out there." Fletcher said. "We've talked to number of teams who may be looking for a little help on the blueline but there seems to be a reluctance out there on the part of teams to do anything right now."
Fletcher suggested a couple of reasons why the trade winds remain calm at the moment.
"It may be because teams are trying to evaluate their players or it may be the state of the economy has teams in a holding pattern right now," Fletcher suggested.
Fletcher seems to be happy with the play of his players a dozen games into the 2008-09 season.
"There are some positives and some obvious shortcomings with the team," he said on the radio show. "We have to be pleased with some of the new players, particularly (Mikhail) Grabovski, (Niklas) Hagman and naturally Luke Schenn."
Although the Boys in Blue have had a solid start to the season Fletcher knows that it's too early to say exactly where the Leafs stand.
"Once we play another dozen games or so we might have a better feel for where we might be going."
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
UPDATE: LEAFS CAME BACK TO TIE THE GAME AND EARN A POINT. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THERE EFFORT TO TIE THE GAME THE ONLY ISSUE I HAD IS THERE POINT COVERAGE.
Monday, November 3, 2008
I have been talking to some people tonight who get the feeling that GM Fletcher will pick up Ouellet of waivers from the Vancouver Canucks. Fletcher is looking for a scoring forward and has had talks with Tampa in the past about him but unfortunaltey he was moved to Vancouver before anything was done.
(The Sources Take: I don't know if Ouellet is the answer for the Buds I think he would be a good person to have on the team but I have never really seen anything special from the small forward.)
Kovalchuk, one of the few pure snipers in the NHL, sounds as if he wants out of Atlanta. Russian newspaper Sports Express Daily said the Leafs and Montreal Canadiens were the front-runners for his services.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
1st Period: Wow welcome back Ian White a goal on his 2nd shift of the game and its 1-0 Leafs. If Fletcher is shopping him he is doing himself a favor to be moved by playing that well. Dominic Moore is so dominant with puck when he wants to be and that is something that the Leafs have needed since the Gary Roberts days. Joseph looks solid all around a good 1st.
2nd Period: Wow a 3-1 lead and they blew it something I thought they would have stopped has come back to rear its ugly head. Of course the Refs are really quick to blow whistles ESPECIALLY that blown call on Coliacovo WHO DID NOT CLOSE HIS HAND! Curtis seems to be going down a little early something that really used to bug me about him. I think the Leafs will be ok and come out strong in the 3rd. They seem to put there best effort forward in situations where there down.
3rd Period: Terrible 3rd by the Leafs and WHAT a dumb penalty by Antropov to take with less than a minute left. The Leafs lost this game because of penalty trouble in the 2nd period and they showed how much trouble they were in when they blew a 3-1 lead. The Leafs didn't get much help from Cujo either as he had a less than stellar performance against the Canes tonight. Look for Toskala on Tuesday when the Leafs will play the Canes again in Toronto.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
1st Period: Oh man great 1st by the Leafs and look what happens..................... I guess God works in weird ways. A period in which Toronto essentially dominated and had 3 PP couldn't capitalize on any of them and that's what happens. Great job by the Hagman line to hem in the 4th line of the Rangers. Nice pass to set up Ryan Callahan for the Rangers goal something I believe Toskala could have reacted on sooner. Once again I'll say this but look for a better effort and some Leafs pressure in the 2nd.
2nd Period: Pggghhhhhhh!!! That's the sound of the energy leaving the Leafs. What happened to the Buds in the 2nd they have been dominating a lot of the game and now they seem not interested. If they lose this game its all because of the lack of effort in the 2nd. I won't say anything about the 3rd the Leafs are going to need to get out of this one them selves lets hope Wilson is giving them what for.
3rd Period: Absolutely Brilliant!!! Enough said the Leafs scored 5 goals in 10 mins and totally came a buzz at the end of the 3rd. I am very proud of the Leafs tonight who showed you should never ever give up.