The Maple Leafs signed 23-year-old defenceman Eric Knodel to a one-year entry-level contract today. Knodel was the Leafs' 2009 5th round draft pick who played four years at the University of New Hampshire, finishing his college career with a heartbreaking loss to UMass Lowell in the Hockey East Championship last Saturday.
Knodel registered 28 points (7 goals, 21 assists) with 28 penalty minutes and a +16 rating in 41 games as captain of the Wildcats this season. Over his three-year career at the University of New Hampshire (2011-12 to 2013-14), Knodel posted 20 goals and 41 assists for 61 points...
Does it get any better? The Hockey Mecca and the also-ran do battle on Hockey Night in Canada. Toronto could have a full line up for the first time this year if Bernier and Bolland dress.
As far as big games go, this is a biggy. If you can't get up for the Montreal Canadiens, in your barn, on a Saturday Night on Hockey Night In Canada, I think you need to find a different team to play for.
The playoff implications also make this an extremely important game for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs looked like they were...
Dave Bolland has been medically cleared to play since late February. It might now be a case where Bolland has decided the comfort level he would prefer to play at is simply not going to arrive any time soon or be further helped along by sitting out more games. James Mirtle also reported today that he has been looking better this week in practice.
Watched Bolland's skating closely on Wednesday morning and he does seem to be getting there. Might have to start with very limited minutes.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) March 21, 2014
More practice updates on Bolland from David...
Since the Maple Leafs took four of a possible six points to start a tough five-game road trip, they have dropped three straight games in regulation to Eastern Conference foes near them in the standings. Barely a week ago, fans were talking about locking up the #2 seed in the Atlantic Division; now, the team has had their playoff chances drop to 65.5% with a massive game looming Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.
The Leafs have 11 games remaining and probably need to win at least six just to make the playoffs. Opponents ahead of them are distancing themselves from the Leafs...
Our thoughts are with Paul Ranger tonight after the Leafs defenceman took a brutal hit from behind at the end of tonight's 1st period. Ranger stayed face down for some time before slowly being turned and placed on a stretcher, with concerns about a possible head or neck injury.
Ranger reportedly gave a thumbs up on his way off the ice, and was seen moving his feet and blinking. He was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.
The #leafs say Paul Ranger is stable, conscious and alert in hospital.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 20, 2014
Great news that Paul...
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Here's your breakdown of last night's results (highlights in the right sidebar):
Montreal - LOST
Tampa Bay - LOST
Washington - LOST
Columbus - LOST
Detroit - LOST in OT
One point out of a possible ten was garnered by the Leafs' closest competitors in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
If we perform the simple, time-saving exercise of calculating the playoff cut-off line via the points pace of the current last-seeded wildcard team, the magic number is 91. 18 games remain, so .500 hockey likely ensures a berth with 92 points.
That's if your sights are set low, of course. With the recent downturn of the Tampa...
We unwrapped a vanload of presents on Trade Deadline Eve. What’s left for Deadline Day? Perhaps the biggest moves of all, which are likely to be the deals that move Ryan Kesler and Martin St. Louis out of Vancouver and Tampa Bay respectively.
Half of the league’s teams completed a trade yesterday, with the Leafs in the inactive half, besides waiving Trevor Smith to open up some cap space. We’ll find out by noon if he’s clear to join the Marlies (he’s their Captain, technically) for the first time since October. He could also come right back up if nothing...
Saturday night in Montreal, Tyler Bozak pulled off an assist for the highlight reel just before Phil Kessel’s go-ahead 3-2 goal.
(The goal, Bob Cole’s call, and Kessel’s celebration were grade-A Leafs porn. It’s a shame there was horrible officiating the Leafs can’t protect leads, preventing this from being a game winner).
Note Bozak’s first pass into Kessel in the slot on the initial opportunity before the puck left the zone. Granted, the pass just before the goal was as lucky as it was good. There’s two Habs between him and Kessel, it actually went through Deharnais’ skates, and it’s...
The Olympics have come and gone with Team Canada bringing home the gold medal in ice hockey, successfully defending their Olympic title. But despite dominating international hockey, the men’s team is not positioned at the top of the IIHF rankings. Instead, Canada is third behind Sweden and Finland. Why?
It’s a ranking that baffles many – including the record-breaking 15 million Canadian viewers who tuned into the Sochi 2014 final at very unpleasant hours. Combined, Canadians watched in excess of 14 million hours of the Winter Games to see Team Canada come third overall which included both the men’s...
With tonight's blockbuster between the Blues and Sabres cranking up the heat on trade speculation across the League (DOMINOES!!!), let’s take a quick look at one of the names being batted around the rumour mill as it pertains to the Maple Leafs.
Alex Edler Scouting Report
Courtesy of McKeen's Hockey:
Why the Leafs Might Want Him
There is the familiarity factor when it comes to Dave Nonis potentially dealing for a Vancouver Canuck. Alexander Edler was a 91st overall pick under him in 2004, meaning Nonis was around to see Edler’s first 97 games as an NHL defenceman in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
Centerman Peter Holland has been sent down today to accommodate for the return of Dave Bolland, and potentially Trevor Smith, to the Leaf lineup.
Holland has shown promise and will hopefully factor in more prominently next camp (or come the next injury), but had posted one point in thirteen games before a lace bite injury which kept him out for three games prior to the Olympic Break. He has 11 points in 35 games this season.
For the first time since October, the Maple Leafs will have Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, Dave Bolland and Jay McClement lined up down the middle...
Before the NHL broke for the Olympics, the Toronto Maple Leafs appeared to be playing some of their best hockey of the year at the right time of the season. We'll have to see what happens if and when the top line cools off from the blazing pace it was enjoying when it left off, but the goal production has turned around in a big way in the past 13 games. Leaf sticks have been even hotter in the last 13 games than they were in the opening 14 games back in October.
While every 82-game season features ebbs and flows,...
The Maple Leafs have cleared some cap space with a number of players set to return from IR shortly (Smith, Clarkson, Bolland).
Oilers acquire Mark Fraser from Leafs for Cam Abner and Hartikainen.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 31, 2014
always impressed with Hartikainen .. projects to a good lower roster player if he can be brought back to N America.
— Gus Katsaros (@KatsHockey) January 31, 2014
Overall a very good little move by Leafs, especially if Hartikainen ever returns to North America. Fraser would have cost cap space in AHL.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 31, 2014
Most importantly, the Leafs have added wiggle...
Maple Leafs capologist Claude Loiselle discusses the Mark Fraser trade today and the Leafs' cap situation going forward, with four players (including Trevor Smith, Dave Bolland, David Clarkson) set to return from IR soon.
Randy Carlyle updates the latest injury situation and lineup decisions after Friday's practice.
This is amazing: With another multipoint game last night versus the Florida Panthers, marking his 18th and 19th points in his past 11 games, Phil Kessel now sits fourth in points over the past three seasons. He's only four points back of first-placed Evgeni Malkin, meaning Kessel becoming the scoringest player in the National Hockey League in the past three seasons (start of 2011-12 to current) is an actual possibility, should he finish the season strong (-er than the other guys).
Un-frickin’-real, and it speaks to the evolution of this complete, elite offensive threat, as he’s also in the top-15...
The Maple Leafs have reportedly recalled 2010 third round pick Greg McKegg from the Toronto Marlies. This appears to be an insurance policy for tomorrow's game vs. the Senators in case Peter Holland can’t go, as he was nursing a minor injury from yesterday’s win over Florida.
James van Riemsdyk and Carter Ashton are also banged up at the moment.
Sounds like Greg Mckegg is on his way up to the #Leafs— Andrew Walker (@FAN590Walker) January 31, 2014
Greg McKegg has been centering the Marlies’ top line for most of the season and has quietly compiled an impressive 26 points in 35...
Why is the Leafs' PK struggling so heavily?
Plus much more on the week that was in Leafland.
It's kind of amazing how the Leafs' awful penalty kill has flown right under the radar this season.
Yeah, everyone knows it's bad, but when it was bad under Ron Wilson there was a constant reminder of how bad it was. It was a cloud of negativity hanging over Wilson's teams.
This season, though, it just doesn't seem like it's being made out to be nearly as big of a deal. But how bad is it? The current 76.8% success rate is a lower success...
The Maple Leafs have four games against the Panthers and Lightning coming up in the next two weeks, along with games against Canadian rivals Ottawa and Vancouver, in a six game in 12 days stretch. From there GM Dave Nonis will have three weeks to consider the state of the team during the Olympic break, after which the team will play just three games before the March 5 trade deadline. Interesting decisions lie ahead.
Petrielli's Notebook will arrive in time to consume your entire afternoon. Until then, some links...
A compilation of Kessel's 27 goals so far this season
A lot more...