Posts from November 2010

Toronto Maple Leafs 2010-11: Week 8

Published on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 — View Comments

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Sunday, November 21, 2010.

Maple Leafs record: 7-9-3, 17 points

Leading scorer: Clarke MacArthur, 19 games, 7G, 10A, 17 pts

The end of the week will be an important set for Toronto, as they play consecutive games against divisional rivals that they currently are looking up at: Buffalo, with 19 points in 22 games, and Ottawa with 19 points in 20 games. The Leafs start the week with 3 games in hand against Buffalo, 1 against Ottawa.

The season has been a roller coaster ride for Leafs fans, starting better than expected, then crashing back to earth with a horrific string of poor performances. And it would seem the ship is righted again as the Dallas Stars roll into town with Brad Richards, probably the premiere UFA in next year’s market, should he make it to market. There is significant buzz that the Leafs would, or should, try to trade for Richards, a player the Stars may not be able to afford if their ownership issues are not resolved soon.

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Toronto Maple Leafs 2010-11: Week 7

Published on Monday, November 22, 2010 — View Comments

Sunday, November 14, 2010. Toronto Maple Leafs record 5-8-3, 13 points, 8 game losing streak

Leading scorer: Clarke Macarthur, 7G, 6A, 13 pts

Questions swirl around the Toronto team. How long will the losing continue? How long can the coach survive? After 2 seasons of Burke’s rebuilding, how can this team be in the same place it was when he took over? Is he out of options? What’s next?

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Pat Burns 1952-2010

Published on Friday, November 19, 2010 — View Comments

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Today, hockey and the National Hockey League have lost a legend as not only a coach, but as a person. Pat Burns is recognized not only as a great competitor and coach, but as one of the great people to be associated with the game we all love. He is a success, not only measured by wins as a coach, but by the friends he leaves behind after his courageous battle against cancer.

Rest In Peace Coach.

Calgary and Carolina Make a Deal

Published on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 — View Comments

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Amid talk about how difficult it can be nowadays to consummate trades in the NHL, the Carolina Hurricanes, recent 8-1 and 7-2 losers and sitting out of the early playoff picture, managed to make a deal with a Calgary team that is struggling to climb in the west.

Flames GM Darryl Sutter traded son Brett and an underperforming Ian White, and in return got Anton Babchuk and Tom Kostopoulos, as well as about $1M in cap space. Carolina GM Jim Rutherford said he had been targeting Brett Sutter and White, and Jay Feaster of the Flames confirmed that after the Mark Giordano signing, Calgary was not going to be able to resign White in the offseason.

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Toronto Maple Leafs 2010-11: Week 6

Published on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 — View Comments

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Sunday, November 7, 2010. Toronto Maple Leafs record 5-5-3, 13 points, 5 game losing streak

Leading scorer: Clarke Macarthur, 7G, 4A, 11 pts

The week finds things in Leafland are not well. Toronto has slipped to 11th in the conference. They face a 2 game road trip to Tampa and Florida, before returning for a Saturday night game against Vancouver. They have lost their last 5 games by a combined score of 8-13, and are 1-5-3 since the 4-0-0 start. They were shutout in back to back games, and have lost their last 2 by shootout, even though they held late 3rd period leads in those games. Giguere and Gustavsson have posted excellent numbers. Grabovski, Kulemin and Macarthur are putting up a point a game each. But Kessel has disappeared in the past 5 games. Versteeg is inconsistent in producing. And the young forwards, like Bozak, Caputi and Hanson, are producing next to nothing. And late in games, players are taking poor penalties, or the defensive coverage is breaking down. and whatever slim lead the Leafs have is being erased.

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NHL Coaches: Who’s Job is on the Line?

Published on Monday, November 15, 2010 — View Comments

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As we approach the 20 game mark in the NHL, a better picture of how teams are doing has emerged. And for those teams not doing as well as expected, often times the call goes out for a coaching change. We’ll look at where the rumbles are coming from.

The west is actually quiet in terms of coaching changes. And that is due to the west being very tightly packed points-wise. Few teams are in trouble as yet.

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Toronto Maple Leafs, 2010-11: Week 5

Published on Monday, November 8, 2010 — View Comments

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Sunday, October 31, 2010. Leafs record: 5-4-1, 2 game losing streak

Leading scorer: P. Kessel, 7 goals, 2 assists, 9 points

Might the Leafs be the first NHL team to have 2 guys in the 50-goal neighbourhood, while no one else has more than 16? If you project the numbers after 10 games, the answer is “holy crap, yes.” The story of the Maple Leafs seems to be a lack of scoring, as they closed off last week unable to score in 2 straight games.

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Is It Too Early for the Maple Leafs to Panic?

Published on Thursday, November 4, 2010 — View Comments

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Is it too early, just 10 games into the season, for the Toronto Maple Leafs to panic? Well, maybe panic is a strong word, but no, it isn’t.

Contrast the first 2 5-game segments to this season. A pleasant surprise going 4-0-1 in the first, and a dismal 1-4-0 in the second. Compared to 2009-10′s 1-7-2, you’d think an overall 5-4-1 would be reason to celebrate. Yet, some very disturbing trends have emerged, and for all the goodwill grown by the quick start, the Leafs have reason to be concerned.

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Toronto Maple Leafs 2010-11: Week 4

Published on Monday, November 1, 2010 — View Comments

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Maple Leafs Record: 4-2-1, 9 pts, 3 game losing streak

Leading scorers: C. Macarthur 6G, 2A, 8 pts, P. Kessel 6G, 2A, 8 pts

The Leafs entered the week wondering which team they are. Are they the hard-working, fast-skating team that found its way to 4 wins? Or are they the mistaken-prone, snake-bitten bunch that has lost the last 3?

Areas of concern going into this week were that on the defense, Komisarek, Beachemin, Gunnarsson, and Lebda have made some costly mistakes. They will need to tighten up their play in their own end, and Phaneuf and Kaberle have to make better decisions at the offensive blue line. Offensively, after Macarthur and Kessel, only Tim Brent has more than a single goal, and Brent has not scored since game 2. Versteeg, Grabovski, Kulemin and Armstrong will need to find their scoring touch soon. Among the positives, Luke Schenn seems to be maturing well in his 3rd season. The Brown-Zigomanis-Orr line has provided some energy. And, Giguere and Gustavsson have given strong performances in net, both with save % of .900+, and GAAs around 2.50.

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