Amid the memorable, record-setting event in Ann Arbor, Dave Nonis snuck in a trade with Carolina: The long-rumoured swap of bad contracts involving John Michael Liles and Tim Gleason.
First off, we’ve heard nothing but great things about John-Michael Liles the person. The way he handled the demotion was in stark contrast to how, say, Tim Connolly appeared to respond to the same situation. Liles, according to Steve Spott, was much like his assistant coach and was quick to take many of the fledgling D on the team under his wing. The Safe School Network is a charity initiative Liles...
Pending call. Gleason to Toronto for Liles and Robertson (d-man).— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 1, 2014
Gleason is a $4 mil cap hit who will earn $4.5 mil next year and $3.5 mil the year following.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 1, 2014
Tim Gleason is about to be a Maple Leaf.
A quick Tim Gleason scouting report from Hockey Forcaster:
Assets: Is capable of playing a shutdown role, due to a combination of hockey sense, mobility and an aggressive nature. Also has a little offensive acumen. A good team player, he always works extremely hard and sacrifices his body.
Flaws: Doesn't take enough shots to...
Sportsnet's Chris Johnston is reporting that the Winter Classic is going to come across the border to Toronto in 2017.
The planned location for it would be BMO field, with extensive renovations to outdoor facility taking place. MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke has been in talks with Municipal, Provincial and Federal Officials to make this happen and they all appear on board.
This dovetails nicely into the Maple Leafs 100th anniversary season.
The cost for expanding the woefully small stadium, would be twice it's $60,000,000 initial build price, said Leiweke.
“It’s big money, huge money," Said Lewieke
"It fits a lot of needs,” he said....
As reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf have come to terms on a 7-year contract extension valued at $49-million ($7-million AAV). This keeps the 28 year old Phaneuf in the fold until the end of the 2020-21 season. Bob McKenzie is reporting that there is some form of NMC/NTC, which is a typical addendum to UFA-year contracts. The deal is the second-most expensive contract ever signed by the Maple Leafs (Kessel’s 8-year, $64-million dollar deal signed earlier this season is #1).
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The money should come as no surprise. Back...
The Leafs hit the half way mark of the season tonight vs. Carolina, seeking their 20th win of 2013-14.
Game preview here.
Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Tuomo Ruutu
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Alex Semin
Drayson Bowman – Riley Nash – Pat Dwyer
Radek Dvorak – Manny Malhotra – Zach Boychuk
Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera
Ryan Murphy – Ron Hainsey
Tim Gleason – Mike Komisarek
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS:
James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Mason Raymond – Nazem Kadri – Joffrey Lupul
Nikolai Kulemin – Jay McClement – David Clarkson
Jerry D’Amigo – Peter Holland – Colton Orr
Carl Gunnarsson – Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner – Cody Franson
Morgan Rielly – Paul Ranger
On Friday, hockey fans in Zagreb, Croatia got to see the fantastic Dynamo Moscow, without a doubt the best hockey team outside the NHL. Their 'pest' is also a fantastic player, one particularly familiar to Leaf fans - Leo Komarov. Our beloved Finnish grinder is doing a bit of everything in the KHL, including throwing opponents off their game. In last night's 5:0 trashing of Medvescak, he managed to get Hugh Jessiman thrown out of the game on a major penalty for spearing; the former Rangers prospect completely lost his mind...
'Yeah, you know, they're supposed to know who I...
The Leafs dropped a 5-4 shootout decision to the arch-rival Detroit Red Wings tonight in Toronto. I missed a portion of the game due to various Christmas functions I was attending but a few things stood out from what I saw:
Reimer got pulled after a period and 3 goals against...again. Seems a touch unfair seeing as Bernier has yet to be pulled from any of his starts this season.
Carlyle's insistence on using Raymond in the shootout over other options is becoming a point of frustration. Without the spin-o-rama in his arsenal I don't know that he's a good option...
I hope everyone is enjoying the early stages of their hangover this morning. I assume everyone is hungover because the Leafs game last night was a debacle that would drive any Leafs fan to have a few swigs of whatever is closest at hand. The dreaded Southeast-opponent-on-a-Tuesday-night curse has reared its ugly head once again, and even the dissolution of the Southeast division can't put it to rest it would seem.
The meanest part of the toughest stretch of the schedule is behind the Leafs at this point and they will have to start winning hockey games again if...
The rosters have been set for the double header alumni showdown between the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs on New Year's Eve at Comerica Park.
Pat Quinn, Red Kelly, Frank Mahovlich and Johnny Bower among others will call the shots from behind the bench, while the following two rosters will slap on the skates:
Brad May is probably the oddest inclusion on this list. When most fans think of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Brad May, the 2 points in 38 games in his Leaf career usually take a back seat to May getting flattened by Mats Sundin while a...
Brendan Shanahan and the NHL have come down on yet another Maple Leaf; this time for a cheap, blindside hit to St. Louis Blues player, Vladimir Sobotka, by David Clarkson.
Leafs #Clarkson considered a repeat offender in term of what he'll forfeit to #NHL but it didn't come into play in the decision of 2 gms.
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) December 14, 2013
As a repeat offender, Clarkson will lose $109,576.10 in salary. Add to his $269,230.80 he lost for 10 game susp. and that's $378,806.90 lost— David Alter (@DavidAlter590) December 14, 2013
0:03it's amazing isn't it
0:07that's what pro sports there I was something that happens it makes you
0:12shake your head
0:13I'm by far was our best effort
0:16the last couple months but
0:19no reward Fort and we have to use it as a starting point
0:23but one thing about tonight was that with Aston
0:26we've been pleading forward demanding tick collar whatever's is that
0:31from the defensive side of it we had to work as hard as we have been
0:36on the backcheck versus the four check and
0:40that was very evident tonight there in the room
0:44solve them no other down because we had so many
It's the first time since November of 2010 that we've even had to ponder the question of what the Maple Leaf blueline will look like without Dion Phaneuf.
Alas, Phaneuf has been suspended for two games as a result of his hit from behind on Kevan Miller at the end of Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins.
It seemed like a game would suffice given Phaneuf's nonexistent priors and Miller being fine outside of a cut on his face. But the Leafs haven't had much luck in the injury or suspension departments this season, and Phaneuf will join David Clarkson,...
The Maple Leafs haven't experienced a game without Dion Phaneuf since November of 2010. That may change on Wednesday vs. the Los Angeles Kings, as the Leafs' number one defenceman will have a hearing with the league discipline office tomorrow for a hit on Kevan Miller at the end of Sunday night's 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins. It will be a phone hearing, which only tells us it will be less than five games if a suspension is handed down.
This is a pretty bad hit. Miller never turned. Dion Phaneuf claimed in his post game interview that...
Placing Tyler Bozak on Long Term Injured Reserve freed up the cap space to call up defenceman John Michael Liles on Friday.
Trying out someone with his puck moving ability and experience on the backend couldn't hurt based on how the team has been struggling to get out of their zone.
Liles has 13 points and is a plus-nine in 16 games in the AHL this season, and has been a favourite of head coach Steve Spott's for taking the demotion so well and eagerly embracing a leadership role on a young Marlies team.
What does it mean for Morgan Rielly? Well,...
The Leafs dropped their first December contest to extend the losing streak to five games, and six of the last seven. San Jose hurled 41 shots on the net and James Reimer was pretty good yet again, but it was another game where a poor first period meant that the Leafs were playing catchup all night.
What really stood out on Tuesday night was the pace and puck control an elite team like San Jose sustains throughout the majority of the 60 minutes. The Leafs have shown the capability of dominating stretches of play, but are a ways off of...
Good morning MLHS,
First off, let me start by thanking Alec, Michael and Michael for inviting me to participate in Maple Leaf Hangout Episode #17 - if you guys and gals had nearly as much fun watching as I did filming, then you and I are off to a good start!
Secondly, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to anyone that didn't catch the Hangout and wonders what the heck I'm doing here. I've been following Alec's writing since he started out at that 'other site' and I quickly moved over to the greener pastures of MLHS...
Try to act surprised, everybody.
Joffrey Lupul is back on the injury shelf. The Leafs' porcelain man appeared to tweak something as he pivoted in the corner in the second period of last night’s game. He limped off to the dressing room and didn’t return.
Groin strain for Lupul. Will not travel on upcoming trip.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) November 26, 2013
It’s being described as a grade-2 groin strain, which is defined as a partial tear of the muscles in the groin. LA goalie Jonathan Quick is currently sidelined with the same injury without a clear timetable for a return. Puck...
Tyler Bozak didn’t make his return to game action at the behest of team doctors on Saturday night. The worry with Bozak is that his hamstring issue may be a nagging one for him this season, given he wanted to play despite the doctor's orders and was limping around the practice rink the day before.
In any event, we’ll find out as the day progresses if Bozak will play his first game since exactly a month ago today against the same opponent he sustained the injury, the Columbus Blue Jackets.
James reimer is the expected starter tonight. Tyler bozak looks like...
Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri could return as early as the 21st, but the Leafs needed to add some center depth regardless with Dave Bolland on the shelf indefinitely and nothing available on the Marlies yet past Trevor Smith.
The ideal scenario was Dave Nonis, in the place of acquiring a Vernon Fiddler type, grabbing a young center with some upside, especially since the organization had given up on Joe Colborne after preseason. In Peter Holland, a former 15th overall pick in 2009, that's exactly what he's acquired. It's hard not to be pleased considering the Leafs badly needed...
The verdict is in: Nazem Kadri has been suspended 3 games for his collision with Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom.
Here’s the suspension video from the Department of Player Safety:
Well, I’ve complained about it already, all that’s left to do is look forward.
The Leafs face the prospect of three games without Kadri, Bozak and Bolland. Doesn’t matter if it’s against the Sabres, it’s really difficult to win games in the NHL without your top three centers. Having to move JvR to center on its own has certainly had its impact in terms of the top line’s offensive production, and the Leafs...