PHIL ORESKOVIC (# 4) â€“ D
Birthdate: January 26, 1987
Hometown: North York, Ontario
When it comes to trade rumours, generally the first thing we look at is the salary cap, and how much cap space the teams in question have available.Â But how important is the cap, in order for potential trades to become reality?
This just in: we can officially put any and all Pascal Leclaire-to-Toronto trade rumours to rest.
"Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire will undergo ankle surgery Friday that will likely sideline him through the regular season."
So THAT explains why they picked up Wade Dubielewicz last week.
Random thoughts and opinions from (roughly) the halfway point of the season:
* Glad to see the mustache is back in style.Â Â In fact, when I was younger I grew a goatee just because everyone else was doing the 'stache.Â Then the '93 Canadiens all grew goatees during their Cup run, and it became a social mainstay.Â Â Yes, folks, it's true: my hatred of the Habs has nothing to do with the Leafs, and everything to do with facial hair.
This just in:
Toronto Maple Leafs forward prospect Chris DiDomenico has been traded.
TIM STAPLETON (# 42) â€“ C / RW
Birthdate: July 9, 1982
Hometown: La Grange, Illinois
I have neither seen nor heard an official announcement from the team, but Anton Stralman is now listed on the Leafs active roster, following Jiri Tlusty's return to the Marlies.
Also, the Globe & Mail is reporting that John Mitchell will skate between Antropov and Ponikarovsky against the Senators.
ANTON STRALMAN (# 36)
Birthdate:Â August 1st, 1986
(for all you stargazers out there, that makes him a Leo).
Hometown:Â Tibro, Sweden
The Holiday break is as good a time as any to take a peek at who the Maple Leafs' leaders are in the major statistical categories, and how they stack up against the league leaders as of December 24th.
This is interesting.
Per CBS Sportsline, in a recap of Monday's win over Atlanta:
"Toronto improved to 8-0-2 when leading after two periods."
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There are precious few nicknames in sports anymore. At least, few that are creative.
No legendary names are tied to players anymore, no Rocket, no Boom-Boom, no Grapes.
And yet the nicknames add so much character to our heroes on the ice.
Trade talks are heating up, in the NHL rumour mills, and online forums.Â To that end, I've compiled a list of notable free-agents to be, both UFA and RFA, across the league, who may be subject to trade.