Saturday, February 28, 2015
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The opening period was an offensive, back-and-forth one, as Toronto and Carolina traded chances. The Leafs had the better of it, out-chancing the 'Canes 10-6 at even strength. Brandon Kozun's first NHL goal drew them level on the scoreboard, but it took less than a minute for them to fall back behind, a deficit they never recovered from. After that first, both coaches must have been unhappy with their team's defensive performance, as the chances went drastically down. Toronto hardly got any offense in the rest of the game, despite four power-plays, on which they generated not a single shot on...

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In their last visit to Raleigh, a week before Christmas, the Maple Leafs were riding a six-game winning streak, sitting 19-9-3, two points out of the Atlantic Division lead with two games in hand on Tampa Bay. Before that last visit with the Hurricanes, we wrote: There’s also a parallel to last season here that can serve as a cautionary tale: The Leafs beat the Kings and Ducks amid their hottest streak of 2013-14, and proceeded to lose to a struggling Capitals team, the start of their epic collapse. Win streaks can’t last forever and a loss on a weekday visit to Carolina...

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Hot off the airwaves from Bob McKenzie on TSN Drive: (Twitter Question) With the Leafs’ horrible drafting, why has there not been some fired scouts? Dave Morrison has been heading up their scoring department and continues to, although there is probably a greater degree of oversight. Some would argue Mark Hunter is the de facto, in charge of all scouting issues. In a manner of speaking, I guess it kind of is a new look. You get that a lot, there was all sorts of talk when Jim Benning took over in Vancouver that Vancouver hadn’t been perceived as a strong scouting team...
Joffrey Lupul Seidenberg

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After practice today, Jonas Siegel pulled Joffrey Lupul aside for a one-on-one chat about the buzz of a major rebuild in Leafland. The most candid and thoughtful interviewee on the team had a few interesting things to say. I don’t really get it, blow it up. We’re just going to restart with a complete new group with four new guys next year and try to finish last? I don’t think that… I haven’t spoken to management at all, but I’m sure that’s not their idea. You can play a bunch of young guys and lose all year, who is to say...

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In a league where contenders are looking for defence, there’s interest in Toronto’s Roman Polak. The Los Angeles Kings, who have discussed Dion Phaneuf, are in on this too, but they are not alone. It probably comes down to a.) price and b.) how a potential trade partner feels about term. Polak has one more year left on his contract at $2.75 million. Even in a tight cap world, there are teams who prefer multiple years if giving up an asset. If the offers are less than a 2nd round pick, keeping Roman Polak around for another season -- a good veteran...

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Toronto got an early power-play goal to take the lead against the Panthers, but Florida dominated the second half of the period, and got a goal themselves in the last few minutes. Another power-play early in the second put Florida ahead, and Toronto's offense sputtered before former Leaf prospect Jimmy Hayes scored what would prove to be the winning goal. Florida went into a complete defensive shell in the third period, not generating a single chance. Toronto weren't able to do much about it for the first two-thirds of the period, but in the last few minutes were able to...

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Olli Jokinen makes his Leaf debut tonight hoping it's his first and fifth-last game in Toronto. The Leafs and Jokinen both will be pulling for the same thing, which is that he returns to his natural center ice position and convinces some GM tout there that he could be of some use to a team in the playoff mix down the stretch as a veteran depth player. From there, the Leafs might be able to grab a late conditional pick that's dependent on playoff results. It would be nice  to get him out of the way of Holland and Carrick and...
Pierre Lebrun

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Pierre Lebrun joined the Bryan Hayes Show to discuss, among other things, the Kessel to Florida rumour. How real is the Panthers-Kessel connection? Let’s go through this together. I can tell you, from sources in both front offices, there have not been any conversations between the two teams concerning Phil Kessel. Having said that, if you’re going to look for a team to get into the mix -- and I think this is a June conversation more than anything -- the Panthers have a tonne of cap room, a new owner, have had trouble scoring this year, and I think Tallon...

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Ian Pulver joined Hockey Central at Noon to discuss his client’s situation, from being dissatisfied with his role in Nashville, to wanting to play on a contender, to his eventual trade to the Leafs. How ticked were you about the trade? It was quite a surprise to say the least. Having said that, we have been in dialogue with the Predators in the last short while about Olli’s situation, but really it all dates back to when he signed there this past July. Olli chose to go to Nashville, there were other suitors to participate and play for, and they were...

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Dave Nonis speaks to Hockey Central at Noon about rebuilding the Maple Leafs, the Franson & Santorelli trade, and more. How long were you working on the trade? Quite a while. We played in Nashville earlier in the month. I stayed behind and spent a couple of days, with Dave and I after that just talking about potential of a deal involving various players, including the two we ended up moving. Dave is a very thoughtful guy who takes a long time to evaluate things. We spent a few days doing that and then over the next 10 days or...
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Anthony Petrielli and Steve "Dangle" Glynn were on Global TV talking Leafs rebuild.

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The Maple Leafs have pulled the trigger on a few expiring contracts, sending Mike Santorelli and Cody Franson to Nashville for Olli Jokinen, Nashville's 2015 first round pick and prospect Brendan Leipsic. The first round pick is obviously the centerpiece and the must have in this deal as the Leafs begin their rebuild and commit to the draft. Right now it’s the 30th overall pick, and add in a mid-level prospect and a salary dump in Olli Jokinen for Franson plus Santorelli and the knee jerk reaction might see this return as underwhelming. What might have been underestimated, amid the talk of...

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Did the Maple Leafs miss out on a chance to include Cody Franson in their core going forward? Yesterday's trade with Nashville has some asking the question. The Leafs had two additional opportunities to do so: One came after his good season in the short lockout year, and the other was the negotiation before the current season began. Both presented an opportunity to sign Franson to some term at a value reflective of a bargaining position that was weaker then than it is now. A complete afterthought when the lockout lifted, Franson returned to have a very nice surprise season in 2012-13. He finished an impressive sixth in even strength point production among...

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There wasn't much separating Montreal and Toronto in this game, with both teams having strong stretches. The two teams exchanged goals midway through the first, with Toronto getting out-chanced, but not badly.   The second period was quiet, with Montreal unable to do much on the power-play, and the Leafs finishing strongly, but not scoring. Montreal started the third period well, but they weren't able to find a breakthrough either, and Toronto looked the more likely to score in the final ten minutes of regulation and overtime, when they out-chanced Montreal 6-3 at even strength. In the end, the game went...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens

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Games like this, on a day dedicated to celebrating hockey in Canada to boot, transcend the standings and draft pick positioning. It's about representing the crest on the jersey in the game's oldest rivalry. Let's hope the boys show up. It's as simple as that. Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel Daniel Winnik – Nazem Kadri – Richard Panik Leo Komarov – Peter Holland – Mike Santorelli David Booth – Trevor Smith – David Clarkson Morgan Rielly – Cody Franson Jake Gardiner – Roman Polak Korbinian Holzer – Stephane Robidas Jonathan Bernier James Reimer Scratched: Petter Granberg Injured: Joffrey Lupul (lower body), Dion Phaneuf (upper...

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The Maple Leafs had another horrible start, similar to their game against the Rangers, as they finished the first period behind 2-0 and down 12-3 in chances. Toronto had a great response in the second, scoring twice in the first five minutes and getting the first seven chances. In the last ten minutes of the period the Islanders took control again, including getting a third goal. Toronto had some chances as they chased the game in the third, but couldn't get another tying goal, and lost yet another game. Other than the first ten minutes of the second, the Islanders were always...

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Amid the sense of the relief that seemed to sweep over Leafs fans concerning the report that Brendan Shanahan is set to tear things down and commit to the draft,  came this downer moment after the game last night: https://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/566067801186922497 Blame a faulty attempt at a fast tracked rebuild, or the flawed thinking behind the timing of the original Kessel trade, or blame Dave Nonis for subsequently dropping the ball on the hand off, but either way it doesn't change the fact that Phil Kessel is an elite talent who was let down by poor management and things outside his own control. If he does go sometime in...

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Peter Horachek addresses media following the Leafs 3-2 loss to the Islanders on Thursday night.