Fleury's Big Saves in 450th Win Lead Vegas past Leafs, 4-2

Fleury's Big Saves in 450th Win Lead Vegas past Leafs, 4-2

November 20th, 2019 LAS VEGAS — Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for his 450th win, including a diving stop late in the game, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Tuesday night. Fleury is three wins behind New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvis...
Maple Leafs' Struggles Continue

Maple Leafs' Struggles Continue

November 19th, 2019 About a week ago, I wrote about the adjustments that the Toronto Maple Leafs have to make in order to salvage their season after a less than stellar start. In that short span, the team has continued to get worse with their overall play and the lack of effort in each game. The poor starts, the...

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November 18th, 2019
Maple Leafs Goaltending

The Toronto Maple Leafs waived backup goaltender Michael Hutchinson following their 5-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Hutchinson posted an exceptionally poor 0-4-1 record and an equally poor 4.44 goals-against average in his six games with the team this season. He did not play well. No one is going to argue otherwise, but the Maple Leafs need to put their backup goalies in a better position to succeed going forward. For the immediate future, that will be Kasimir Kaskisuo of the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies. If Kaskisuo is going to do better than Hutchinson, the Maple Leafs need to make a change. Back-to-Back Blues In 2019-20, all five of the games that Hutchinson started were on the second half of back-to-backs. He may not be the best goalie in the world, but the Maple Leafs did not put him in the best position to succeed by only starting him in the second half of back-to-backs. Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan...
November 17th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

TORONTO — Mats Sundin knows what life's like when things are going well for the Maple Leafs. Players feel as if they're on top of the world, seemingly unable to do any wrong. But when the shoe's on the other foot — like it is for Toronto's current roster — there's also nowhere to hide. Exposure in Toronto "It's a lot of pressure to play here," the club's former captain said Sunday afternoon. "It's extra attention for management, for players. "All teams go through struggles every year, but you're very exposed in a market like Toronto." Standing not far from the Scotiabank Arena locker room he used to call home ahead of the Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic game, Sundin was asked about the struggling Leafs, who have lost five in a row, including Saturday's 6-1 drubbing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Mats Sundin (Mike Lynaugh Photography) Toronto is 9-9-4 on the season, has just two regulation victories in its last 15 games...
November 17th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the Toronto Maple Leafs struggles and what it means for the coach and players who might be available, Thomas Greiss out of the New York Islanders organization talks contract extension and what is the latest on in Los Angeles with Ilya Kovalchuk? Maple Leafs Struggles Tyson Barrie Interest? As the Maple Leafs continue to struggle, speculation runs wild around head coach Mike Babcock who many believe is finding his seat getting hotter by the game. With Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe ready and waiting, Babcock needs to right the ship in a hurry. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman suggests there has also been lots of recent chatter over Tyson Barrie. Tyson Barrie, Toronto Maple Leafs (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Barrie hasn’t asked for a trade but he's struggled mightily with the Maple Leafs in a trade that hasn't worked out at all like anyone had hoped. He's in a contract year and one would have to assume he wants to get...
November 17th, 2019
Maple Leafs Goaltending

In today's edition of the Hockey Writers' goalie news, we'll discuss the ill-fated debut of Kasimir Kaskisuo, a sterling shutout in the desert, and more. Kaskisuo Decimated in Debut Earlier this week in the goalie news, we previewed Kaskisuo's looming debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Saturday, he played a severely short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins team missing Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby, among others. But the Maple Leafs were on the second half of back-to-back games, a circumstance in which they were 0-4-1 entering this contest. Something had to give. Kasimir Kaskisuo (Jess Starr/ The Hockey Writers) Unfortunately for Kaskisuo, what "gave" was any semblance of defense from the Maple Leafs. His team abandoned him entirely, and with his mother looking on from the crowd, the Penguins put goal after goal past the young, Finnish netminder. By game's end, he'd allowed six goals on 38 shots, for a save percentage (SV%) of .842. Fortunately for Kaskisuo, no one was...
November 16th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

PITTSBURGH — Dominik Kahun scored two goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins routed the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 on Saturday night. Kahun matched a career-high with three points. Bryan Rust also had a three-point game, with a short-handed goal and two assists. Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist, and Jared McCann also scored for the Penguins, who bounced back from Friday’s 2-1 loss at New Jersey. The Penguins have won three of their last seven games, but have points in seven of their last nine games. Tristan Jarry made 32 saves for Pittsburgh. Jarry has allowed two or fewer goals in four of five outings. Jason Spezza scored his second for Toronto. The Maple Leafs lost their fifth straight, their longest skid of the season. Jason Spezza, Toronto Maple Leafs (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 31 shots for Toronto in his NHL debut. Pittsburgh played without several key regulars, including captain Sidney Crosby, who is...
November 16th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

Rumors the New Jersey Devils will be trading Taylor Hall get louder and louder. Elliotte Friedman was recently a guest on Oilers Now with Bob Stauffer and said it's likely Hall is moved, Matt Larkin of the Hockey News is predicting what the return might be and the NHL Network speculates which teams might have a shot at Hall. In short, despite the fact the Devils would dearly like to hold onto their star forward, the chatter of Hall's exit doesn't seem to go away. One team that always seems to be part of that conversation is the Edmonton Oilers. Hall was asked if he would rule out a return to Edmonton should he be moved this season and his answer was simply that it was too early to rule anyone out. That wasn't a "yes", but more importantly, it wasn't a "no", either. If the Oilers were in the mix, and if they were even remotely interested, is it a good idea? The Logic Behind Adding Hall On the surface, it would seem insane to think any team wouldn't like to add Hall...