In a move that should surprise nobody, a Swedish hockey site has indicated that Rickard Wallin will not be with Toronto next year. Â Wallin, who would have been a UFA for the Leafs, signed a four-year deal with his longtime European team Farjestads. Â This ends a very brief return to the NHL for the Swedish centerman which saw one mediocre-at-best season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Leafs are looking to post their third straight win as they roll into Pittsburgh for this Sunday afternoon tilt.Â On the surface, this may seem like a run-of-the-mill Sunday game as there is no obvious importance in a matchup between the defending Stanley cup champs and our basement-dwelling team.Â However, there are a multitude of underlying storylines that should make this a very interesting game.
The Leafs will be looking for their fourth win in a row (for the first time since February 2009) when they face off against ex-Leaf Scott Clemmensen and the Florida Panthers tonight. Â Florida is one of the teams Toronto is trying to catch in its struggle to emerge from the Eastern Conference basement. Â This should be a tightly contested matchup, as Florida fights to keep their playoff hopes alive and the Leafs look to win and come within three points of the Panthers.
Sources (here and here) are floating the possibility of a Jeff Finger trade to Chicago.Â The Leafs would receive Cristobal Huet and possibly a draft pick in return.
Turns out Martin Brodeur will be getting some rest as Roberto Luongo will be starting in net for Canada tomorrow against Norway. Â Brodeur will see the start Thursday against Switzerland. Â After the jump you can take a look at the line combinations for some of the participating countries.
Per Kevin Allen’s twitter.Â Sources say that it is three players and a 1st round pick.Â Oduya is in for sure.Â Bergfors likely.Â More details to be revealed soon.Â
EDIT:Â Allen says it is Bergfors, Oduya,Â Cormier and a 1st rounder for Ilya Kovalchuk.
We have all had a few days to digest Sunday’s trades, but there is still a well of untapped implications. Â Here’s a closer look at the forwards involved: both the outgoing Leafs and our lone newcomer. Â Be sure to check out Garrett’s excellent pre-game analysis here before tonight’s tilt with the New Jersey Devils.
Let’s be honest, how many of you had either fallen asleep or changed the channel when your Leafs tied it up tonight? Â In a comeback devoid of any explosiveness, Toronto teased you with the possibility of an overtime victory. Â Hah! Should have known better, eh?
1 month. Â 17 Leafs games. Â A 6-9-2 record for our inconsistent Toronto squad. Â More importantly, over 1500 sets of predictions were made. Â MLHS is happy to present the top 10 and final 3 winners of the Leafs tickets from Get F’ed with Ed.
Tonight’s tilt against the Penguins is the last game of the Get F’ed with Ed contest here at MLHS. Â Get in your picks for one more shot at some free Leafs tickets.
In a battle of the basement-dwellers, the Leafs go into Philadelphia hungry for another win. Â Make your predictions here for the GFWE contest!
Be sure to check out Garret’s great pre-game thread for tonight’s tilt against the Panthers.
The Leafs venture into Calgary attempting to win against a Flames team that has been heating up of late. Â Jonas Gustavsson will get the start in net for Toronto and will likely beÂ duelingÂ against Miikka Kiprusoff.
The Leafs face up against their old bench boss Pat Quinn tonight hoping to get back on a winning streak of some sort.Â The big lineup change seems to be a demotion for Grabovski to the fourth line.Â Rickard Wallin benefits from Mikhail’s demotion with a undeserved look on the second line.
With just 6 more games to go for the GFWE contest, get in your predictions and shoot for the chance to win some Leafs tickets!Â Let’s all hope our team gives us a late Christmas present by taking the win tonight against Pittsburgh.
I hope you’re all enjoying your holidays.Â Let’s see if the Leafs can top it off with a win over the Habs.
Can the Leafs snag another two points in the standings before Christmas break? Â Make your predictions here!
Can the Leafs solve the visiting Sabres and that damned Ryan Miller?
Let’s hear your predictions. Â Be sure to check out Garrett’s post for some inspiring holiday spirit!
Toskala, YouTube star, put us all in a pretty bad mood last night. Â We’ll see what Gustavsson and co. can do against the Bruins!
The Leafs make the dreaded trip down south tonight to face the Buffalo Sabres at the HSBC Arena. Â Fresh off an ugly game against the Coyotes, Toronto will be looking to crack the seemingly impenetrable wall that is Ryan Miller. Â It is perhaps a mixed blessing that the Sabres were just shutout by the Senators and Brian Elliott. Â On one hand, that is the third time they have been blanked in the last few weeks and some of Buffalo’s forwards are finding it difficult to contribute consistently. Â On the other hand, we all know how well the Sabres play against the Leafs (currently: 7-game winning streak) and you have to be wary of an offensive explosion. Â Vesa Toskala will start tonight in net, with Jonas Gustavsson likely getting the nod tomorrow.