The Toronto Maple Leafs are back at the ACC on Saturday night to face off against the New York Rangers and play again on Sunday vs the Ottawa Senators. In the mean time, here be your links.
Legal Look: Ashton’s 20 Game Suspension - Elliot Saccucci with a legal breakdown on the Carter Ashton PED suspension
Game in 12: Leafs 3, Avalanche 4 ~10 minute compressed version of last night's game.
Game Review: Game #13, Avalanche 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO) Full Post Game: Game review, player notes, possession stats, boxcars, shot location chart + more
Randy Carlyle Post Game – Avs 4 vs. Leafs...
Toronto had another poor start, but unlike the Arizona game, they managed to keep the score close.
Despite being outchanced 10-3 at ES in the first 15 minutes, they were down only 1-0, and a late push, including Kessel's goal, got them level. The second period was similar, with Colorado superior until the last few minutes. A similar pattern played out in the third, with Colorado taking the lead through Duchene, after which the Leafs generated some chances as they pushed for the equalizer, eventually being rewarded with the goalie out. An entertaining and even overtime period ended scoreless, and...
With the announcement yesterday afternoon that Maple Leafs winger Carter Ashton has been suspended for violation of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program as a result of his use of a PED containing inhaler, many Leafs fans are wondering what impact this will have on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Article 47.7(a)(i) provides that a first positive test will result in a 20 game suspension without pay.
So what does this mean for the Leafs in terms of salary cap? According to Article 50.10(c):
Player Salary and Bonuses that are not paid to such Player shall not count against a Club's Upper Limit...
We shouldn’t have to spill ink on the head-scratching decision that was the Morgan Rielly scratch, but it ended up clearly affecting the game in a negative way, so here we are. In Arizona, Rielly did get caught on a bad pinch and coughed up the puck at his own blueline, one partially leading to a goal against (assist to JvR’s giveaway behind the net), but he also directed six shots on goal in that game and had recently been playing well.
Alas, Carlyle's decision was quickly exposed as a poor one in this game. Stuart Percy struggled jumping into...
The Maple Leafs' OT victory over the Avalanche in Game 4 of the season counts among the best possession games during the Randy Carlyle era, as the Maple Leafs owned 58% of the shot attempts in that game and came out on the right end of a 40-24 shot count.
The Maple Leafs will hopefully have a semblance of a blueprint as to how they went about dictating the game against this Avs team, especially over the final 40 minutes, when they outshot the Avs 31-12.
A 3-6-5 start with too much time spent in their own end inspired an early tweak by Patrick...
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Carter Ashton has been suspended for 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL/NHL Players' Association Performance Enhancing Substances Program.
Depending on how you see it, it's a tough break or a dumb mistake for a player trying to solidify his place in the lineup after getting a chance with the injury to Joffrey Lupul.
“I suffered an asthmatic spasm in late August while in a training session getting prepared for the 2014-15 NHL season. One of the other athletes I was training with gave me an inhaler in order to help open my airway, which provided me with immediate...
Despite the line blender going on full blast in the loss against the Coyotes, yesterday's practice lines were back to those of the previous couple of wins.
A.J. Haefele: Practice report with the latest tidbits on the Avalanche (Mile High Hockey)
James Mirte: Avalanche are a team in turmoil after ignoring all the warning signs (G&M)
Jonas Siegel: Time is now for Peter Holland to prove he belongs with Leafs (TSN)
James Mirtle: Latest loss a perfect example of what ails the Leafs (G&M)
Luke Fox: Top 10 Best NHL Free Agent Acquisitions (so far); Komarov makes the list (Sportsnet)
Fangda Li: NHL Play-by-Play Data...
Unprepared to start the game.
That was the story of the Leafs' 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night as they tried to dig themselves out of a 3-0 hole and ultimately couldn't overcome it.
- The Leafs generate a little ozone time and a SOG from Polak on the first shift with Clarkson, JvR and Bozak, after Carlyle pretends to reunite the top line of old before yanking Kessel for Clarkson right after the draw.
- On the first shift for Kessel, Winnik and Kadri, the wingers (Kessel first, Winnik second) fail to get the puck moving on...
The Leafs came out flat in Arizona, with a couple of bad giveaways and an unlucky bounce seeing them fall behind 3-0.
Toronto didn't generate a single ES chance until just before the halfway point of the game. They improved in the second half, but still ended up out-chanced pretty decisively. They managed a pair of powerplay goals, but there wasn't much generated at ES down the stretch, even while they were chasing the one goal lead in the last few minutes.
The Leafs never got back to ES Close after the early part of the game, and while they...
The Leafs are looking to stay undefeated in regulation on the road (3-0-1) in tonight’s meeting with the Western Conference’s last place team the Arizona Coyotes.
The Coyotes have been a middle of the road possession team getting let down by its defense and especially its goaltending in the early going. Mike Smith’s .873 leaves him fourth from the bottom in save percentage among goaltenders with a minimum of 3 starts. Expected to start tonight, the Leafs would be wise to test him early and often.
The Coyotes will be feeling a little better about themselves having most recently picked up...
Anthony Petrielli: Toronto should not "Blow Up" the team, but they will have to clear contracts sooner than later (MLHS)
Jonas Siegel: Daniel Winnik showing good value, versatility early for Leafs (TSN)
Draglikepull: Why do the Maple Leafs keep sending Percy to the AHL? (PPP)
Jaime Eisner: Early Season Coyotes Report (Five for Howling)
Paul Hendrick: Practice notes from yesterday (MapleLeafs.com)
Gord Stellick: Randy Carlyle gets full marks during Leafs hot streak (Sportsnet)
Stephen Whyno: Maple Leafs go on Western road trip brimming with confidence (G&M)
Rob Longley: Clarkson flicks the power switch (Toronto Sun)
Rob Longley: Leo Komarov appreciates coaches' trust (Toronto Sun)
Yesterday's lineup notes:
Michael Langlois: Was I wrong about the Reimer-Bernier duo? (VLM)
Jonas Siegel: Reimer holds the Hawks at bay, Phaneuf's minute count, and Holland's opportunity (TSN)
Michael Traikos: Leafs' Leo Komarov showing why he's one of the league's pests (National Post)
Michael Traikos: Leo Komarov has passive aggressive act in check (The Star Phoenix)
Kevin McGran: Leafs' Sam Carrick savours NHL debut (TorStar)
Mike Zeisberger: James Reimer's busy period gets noticed (Toronto Sun)
Justin Fisher: Maple Leafs Prospect Update -- November 2 (The Leafs Nation)
The Toronto Maple Leafs were expected to win the Atlantic Division by exactly no one before the 2014-2015 season, and in that respect, prognosticators have been correct through the first couple weeks of the season.
Still, the standings are looking particularly unforgiving for the Leafs heading into their game against Columbus, with five of the top seven teams in the Eastern Conference residing in the division. With under ten games played, the NHL odds found here have the Leafs at +1,500 to win the Atlantic Division.
With that in mind, we’ve broken down a few of the stories that have defined...
It’s a four-point weekend for the Maple Leafs.
Among the fan base, it was ‘blow it up’ last week, ‘playoff bound’ the next.
The Leafs needed their goaltender to be their best player to get this win over one of the league elite in a back to back and that’s exactly what they got. While it could be argued he should’ve come up with a save on one of the first two goals, James Reimer was every superlative in the book in the third period to close this out as the Maple Leafs just hung on for dear life – tonnes...