Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Authors Posts by Nikhil Daljeet

Nikhil Daljeet

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Nikhil has been writing for MLHS since the site launched in 2008. He misses talking about Mats Sundin and is currently entrenched in enemy territory (Boston) pursuing a doctoral degree. Contact Nikhil here: [email protected]

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The book has (finally) closed on the Ilya Kovalchuk saga, as the Russian winger elected to remain with the New Jersey Devils.  This ends weeks of mind-numbing speculation and rumour-rehashing, including a recent explosion of news in the hockey world that had all signs pointing towards Los Angeles.  Thus, while there will be some surprise that Kovalchuk did not head down south, the overwhelming feeling amongst hockey fans today will be relief.  A side-effect of Kovalchuk’s prolonged decision-making has been the absolute cessation of any other hockey activity.  The dam should finally burst as the remaining free agents and possible trades will now be explored further by the league’s general managers.

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John Mitchell joins Nik Kulemin as the second Leaf to re-sign with the club today.  After initially not being qualified by Toronto, Mitchell hit unrestricted free agency with an understanding that Brian Burke intended to offer him a new contract.  The purpose of waiting was financially-driven as it allowed Toronto to save at the very least 250,000 on Mitchell because he was not qualified.

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    We’ve partnered up with Pension Plan Puppets to bring to you a Player Review series, where we will be evaluating and grading the 2009-10 season for every Leaf who featured in a significant number of games for the Blue and White last season, with an eye towards 2010-11. Today we feature Dion Phaneuf, profiled by Nikhil Daljeet:

    The Summary:

    The arrival of Dion Phaneuf in Toronto this year will undoubtedly be remembered as a significant moment in the annals of Maple Leafs history, for better or for worse.  The trade that Brian Burke engineered for the newest Leafs captain has been generally heralded as a wise maneuver for his Toronto club.  However, this transaction occurred after a full 2008-2009 season that saw a noticeable decrease in offensive output from Phaneuf (Flames management insisted it was due to injury).  Moreover, the 2009-2010 season gave way to a floundering Calgary team that was in severe need of a major shakeup and Flames GM Sutter did exactly that on January 31st.

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    In a move that should surprise nobody, a Swedish hockey site has indicated that Rickard Wallin will not be with Toronto next year.  Wallin, who would have been a UFA for the Leafs, signed a four-year deal with his longtime European team Farjestads.  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.

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      The Leafs are looking to post their third straight win as they roll into Pittsburgh for this Sunday afternoon tilt.  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.  However, there are a multitude of underlying storylines that should make this a very interesting game.

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        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.  Florida is one of the teams Toronto is trying to catch in its struggle to emerge from the Eastern Conference basement.  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.

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          Turns out Martin Brodeur will be getting some rest as Roberto Luongo will be starting in net for Canada tomorrow against Norway.  Brodeur will see the start Thursday against Switzerland.  After the jump you can take a look at the line combinations for some of the participating countries.

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            Per Kevin Allen’s twitter.  Sources say that it is three players and a 1st round pick.  Oduya is in for sure.  Bergfors likely.  More details to be revealed soon. 

            EDIT: Allen says it is Bergfors, Oduya, Cormier and a 1st rounder for Ilya Kovalchuk.

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              We have all had a few days to digest Sunday’s trades, but there is still a well of untapped implications.  Here’s a closer look at the forwards involved: both the outgoing Leafs and our lone newcomer.  Be sure to check out Garrett’s excellent pre-game analysis here before tonight’s tilt with the New Jersey Devils.

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                Let’s be honest, how many of you had either fallen asleep or changed the channel when your Leafs tied it up tonight?  In a comeback devoid of any explosiveness, Toronto teased you with the possibility of an overtime victory.  Hah! Should have known better, eh?

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                  1 month.  17 Leafs games.  A 6-9-2 record for our inconsistent Toronto squad.  More importantly, over 1500 sets of predictions were made.  MLHS is happy to present the top 10 and final 3 winners of the Leafs tickets from Get F’ed with Ed.

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                    Tonight’s tilt against the Penguins is the last game of the Get F’ed with Ed contest here at MLHS.  Get in your picks for one more shot at some free Leafs tickets.

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                      The Leafs venture into Calgary attempting to win against a Flames team that has been heating up of late.  Jonas Gustavsson will get the start in net for Toronto and will likely be dueling against Miikka Kiprusoff.

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                        The Leafs face up against their old bench boss Pat Quinn tonight hoping to get back on a winning streak of some sort.  The big lineup change seems to be a demotion for Grabovski to the fourth line.  Rickard Wallin benefits from Mikhail’s demotion with a undeserved look on the second line.

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                          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!  Let’s all hope our team gives us a late Christmas present by taking the win tonight against Pittsburgh.