From a PTO with the Marlies to a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs, the Leafs have signed 34-year-old Jerred Smithson for the remainder of the season in hopes of wallpapering over the drywall hole at center ice with Bolland and Bozak out.
With only Jay McClement above 45% in the faceoff circle among available centers, the Leafs have seemingly opted for JvR, Kadri, McClement and Smithson down the middle (for the time being). Trevor Smith has been sent down to the Marlies. Smith played about 5 minutes a night for Carlyle, was below 43% in the circle, and the...
Good evening! Prepare for a long week of distraction as the Leafs are off until Friday's tilt with the New Jersey Devils. With Bolland going down on Saturday the team's strength at centre is about as weak as you could imagine. Not too many people count themselves as big Bozak fans, but with him and Bolland both out, there is a gaping hole down the middle. It's all but guaranteed this week will bring a deluge of trade speculation, and maybe even a trade to bolster the position. While the Leafs' record is still pretty good, it's difficult to...
Dave Bolland is going into surgery late tonight after taking a skate to the leg while receiving a hit from Zack Kassian in Saturday night's 4-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The injury has been described as a deep cut with a partial tendon tear similar to Erik Karlsson's injury. The exact timeline on this injury can be tough to approximate, but it's going to be months and dozens of games.
Bolland had six goals and ten points in 15 games while taking on tough assignments for Randy Carlyle. This is a big blow for the Leafs' prospects this season,...
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Good morning Leafs fans, another week is upon us and it sees the Blue & White heading west to take on Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.
Bozak has been placed on the Injured Reserve, which - regardless of what you think about the de-facto first line centre - is a blow to this Leafs team. I would expect Kadri to continue to fill in at his position for the time being, but I'm also hoping that a little more ice time combined with a higher quality set of linemates leads Kadri to get in a bit of a groove. Kadri...
After a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, Randy Carlyle provided an update on injured centre Tyler Bozak's status, who left the game vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night with a lower body injury. Carlyle described a 7-10 day timeline as a hopeful one as far as Bozak's return date is concerned.
Nazem Kadri played the full game next to Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk and the line combined beautifully for the team's game winning goal in a Saturday night win over the Penguins. With his line out often times against Malkin and his line (while Bolland's...
courtesy of @YakovMironovSome notes and links for your Thursday evening:
- There was another Lupul injury scare this afternoon, as Joffrey sustained a bruised foot after taking a shot to the skate in practice. No skate guards, Lups? You’re lucky the Leafs haven’t permanently placed you in a protective bubble by now. Put on the damn guards.
It doesn’t sound too serious, and Lupul traveled to Columbus with the team, but his status for tomorrow night’s game isn't certain.
- In unsurprising news, Morgan Rielly is staying past 9 games. It could just be me thinking of a few anecdotal examples...
The start date for HBO 24/7 - Leafs/Wings has been announced: Mark your calendars for December 15th. This show will provide a rare opportunity to basically put yourself on the ice, on the bench, and in the dressing room with the team we think about for multiple hours every day. It's going to be awesome.
Here is the clip from when the Leafs appeared briefly on the Rangers/Flyers 24/7 series in 2011-12:
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Baltimore, MD (October 18, 2013) – Under Armour (NYSE:UA), the leading sports performance apparel, footwear and accessories brand, announced today that they are launching “Storm the Centre” for Minor Hockey Bantam and Midget teams in the Greater Toronto Area. Created in partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), “Storm the Centre” is a multi- faceted competition that will provide two minor...
It’s not that we should be identifying a group of players or a particular line or a defence pair that needs to be changed in order for the Leafs to get back on track after what, in fairness, has been three really poor games in a row despite the win over Minnesota. It’s better team play overall that is required.
The Leafs forwards need to commit to getting back, supporting the defence, and transitioning up the ice as a unit by breaking out with good puck support. What I thought Carlyle's team did better, in the very general sense last...
The Toronto Maple Leafs are willing to sweeten the pot to get John-Michael Liles back in the National Hockey League and off of the Leafs' books.
Toronto will retain a significant portion of Liles's salary for the remainder of his contract to encourage a trade.
- Darren Dreger
The Leafs are officially in the midst of their first losing "streak" of the season. Tuesday's contest sees the 7-1 Anaheim Ducks visit town, which will be another difficult test for a Leafs team who have yet to really hit their stride despite being 6-3 on the season. The Ducks shellacked the Stars 6-3 last night, and Getzlaf, Perry, Jakub Silfverberg, Selanne and Mathieu Perreault, who is getting a chance to center their second line, are all off to hot starts.
While the hope will be that the return of Kulemin and Clarkson from injury and suspension will help the...
I was perusing Twitter Saturday morning when I came across this gem from @hockeynight:
How strong is the rivalry between the @MapleLeafs and @NHLBlackhawks? You'll see tonight 6:30pm ET. #hockeynight
— HockeyNightInCanada (@hockeynight) October 19, 2013
There are few words in the sports world that are as overused and over-debated as the word “rivalry”. What does it mean? From thefreedictionary.com:
n. pl. ri·val·ries
1. The act of competing or emulating.
2. The state or condition of being a rival.
OK, in that case, every single matchup in sports is considered a rivalry, because every team is in an act of competition with every other team....
The Leafs have moved Nikolai Kulemin onto long term injury reserve, freeing up $2.8 million in cap space which they've used to call up some extra personnel in Josh Leivo, David Broll and TJ Brennan.
While I'm still a little peeved about Kadri's 13 minutes of usage last night, calling up an inexperienced but skilled enough top 9 option like Josh Leivo is a good call given the options at the Leafs disposal. With wingers Kulemin and Clarkson out of action for a significant number of games still, Carlyle has been playing one of Orr or Bodie next to Kadri...
Nikolai Kulemin broke a small bone in his ankle blocking a shot in yesterday's practice and will miss 2+ weeks of action.
With Clarkson still on the shelf for 8 more games due to suspension, the Leafs are looking paper thin at right wing all of a sudden. They've called up Spencer Abbott to replace Kulemin in the top 9 forwards. Jamie Devane was recalled in wake of Mark Fraser's injury, as the Leafs have opted for 14 forwards and 6 defence for the time being. Morgan Rielly will step into Fraser's place, and is expected to play alongside Cody...
Dave Nonis completed arguably the best and most important contract negotiation of the offseason this morning, as the Toronto Maple Leafs locked up star right winger Phil Kessel to an 8-year contract worth $64-million. The annual cap hit it comes to a round $8-million, shirking the annoying trend of players getting paid their Jersey number, and is the biggest and most expensive player contract ever signed by the Leafs, nearly doubling David Clarkson's contract signed in July.
As of this writing, Phil Kessel will have the eighth highest cap hit in the National Hockey League next, behind Ovechkin, Malkin, Crosby,...