Here's a Leafs positive in this lockout - watching Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin and Leo Komarov play (on the same lines) and produce alongside the likes of Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom over in the KHL. Provided they don't end up seriously injured, it can only bode well for those three whenever Leafs hockey gets underway again. [more…]
Richard Peddie, former President and CEO of MLSE for 15 years, discusses Forbes' estimate of a 60% jump in enterprise value for the Maple Leafs and the current financial climate of the league on TSN 1050. [more…]
Forbes released their annual NHL franchise valuations today alongside an article detailing the financials of league's 30 teams. Unsurprisingly, the Toronto Maple Leafs top the [more…]
LeafsTV continue with their mini-documentary on two Leaf prospects: Tyler Biggs of the Oshawa Generals and Stuart Percy of the Mississauga Steelheads. Enjoy. [more…]
Brian Burke on Hockey Central - 2012/11/14 Interview: the Maple Leafs GM and President Brian Burke joined Hockey Central at noon to discuss the Marlies season so far and a few other odds and ends. [more…]
Mats delivered a killer speech in the city he plied his trade so magnificently for 13 seasons, dedicating his HHOF induction to everyone who supported him throughout his career: [more…]
Youtube user VEServicesLtd has been rolling out highlight videos from the mid 1990s Brick Super Novice tournament over the past week featuring future NHLers lighting up the rink at the age of 10. [more…]
On the eve of what should have been the Leafs first preseason game, a couple of Toronto's locked-out players are making news overseas. Earlier today, Nikolai Kulemin played in his first game in Magnitogorsk alongside Evgeni Malkin.
The former Mettalurg linemates immediately displayed the chemistry that made them an effective combination in the past. Kulemin (wearing #14 for Mettalurg) quickly asserted his arrival, scoring the first goal of the game minutes into the match (courtesy of an assist by #71).
A valid question if there ever was one. Since weâ€™re currently in â€œwork stoppageâ€ mode I decided to put forward some perspective on this topic.
Itâ€™s true that the NHL and hockey are, in most cases, in a league of their own. Combining a finesse skill like skating with devastating hits not unlike the NFL and adding the hand eye coordination needed to simultaneously control the puck trumps every known game out there. It does so for every hockey fan, but even those that donâ€™t follow puck that closely admit it really is a challenging game.
That said, rarely has a game, no matter how special, been treated with that many special white gloves as NHL hockey. Perhaps the most glaring aspect of this story is the NHLâ€™s lack of will for implementing a) more supplementary discipline, b) a stronger, stricter, more transparent disciplinary standard, one that is not this highly influenced by the owners.
St. Croix spent parts of seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He served as an assistant for the Winnipeg Jets in the late 1980â€²s and was the Dallas Starsâ€™ goalie coach when they won their Stanley Cup in 1999 with Ed Belfour, and later the goaltending coach for Marty Turco.
Most recently, St. Croix was goaltending coach for the Manitoba Moose and worked with Cory Schneider, Eddie Lack and Eddie Pasquale with great success. He worked with Randy Carlyle in Manitoba.
St. Croix has been running his own popular goaltending school for roughly 20 years.
Justin Goldman of the Goalie Guild answered some questions from Alec about the goaltending coach switch.
Mike Ulmer sat down with Brian Burke to clear the airwaves regarding some disparaging remarks Francois Allaire about the [more…]
The Leafs announced today signing of goalie Ben Scrivens to a two year contract. The implications of this are fairly obvious. In 39 regular season games with the Marlies, Ben Scrivens earned a record of 22-15-1, four shutouts, an AHL-best 2.04 GAA and a .926 save percentage.
He was named AHLâ€™s goaltender of the month for March and had received AHLâ€™s Harry Hap Holmes Memorial Award for allowing the fewest goals in the regular season (with a minimum of 25 games played). Scrivens added to his great season with a very good Calder Cup playoffs, playing in all of 17 Marlies games and earning a 1.92 GAA, a .935 save percentage and three shutouts in the process.