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Maple Leafs: Pietrangelo Is a Want, Not a Need

Maple Leafs: Pietrangelo Is a Want, Not a Need

September 23rd, 2020 Seems like déjà vu, doesn't it? Just two years ago, New York Islanders captain John Tavares made an unprecedented move, leaving the team that drafted him in favor of his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. In a league where superstars hardly ever switch teams, especially via free agency, the news...
Maple Leafs Need to Solve Two Problems: Exploring Radical Solutions

Maple Leafs Need to Solve Two Problems: Exploring Radical Solutions

September 22nd, 2020 The Toronto Maple Leafs face two huge offseason needs. First, the team needs to dump salary so it can sign its own and, potentially, other free agents. Second, the team needs to trade for or sign a top-notch, right-shot defenseman. Perhaps those two things go hand-in-hand, perhaps not. Key...
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September 20th, 2020
Maple Leafs History

There have been some unique moments in National Hockey League history that have occurred on this date. Two heated rivals in California closed out an old barn with a crazy preseason game while another franchise made their league debut. Plus, an all-time great was born in Quebec. Feisty Finale at the Forum Due to the Staples Center not being ready until mid-October, the Los Angles Kings had to play their 1999 preseason schedule at the Great Western Forum. On September 20, 1999, the Kings played their final game ever at the old building, hosting the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in a memorable preseason tilt. The Kings beat up their local rivals 8-1 in a game that may have reminded those in attendance of the 1970s hockey comedy “Slap Shot.” Both head coaches dressed more of their enforcer-type players than they likely would have for a regular-season game. This led to a feisty affair between two teams that did not care for each...
September 19th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

This edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors is dominated by today’s breaking news that Alex Pietrangelo might be interested in more than speed dating with the Maple Leafs. That news is highly speculative, but it’s being tossed around and seems worth some space. Related: Maple Leafs Radical Trade Rumors: Nylander, Ekblad, Nurse & Subban As well, could the news of changes to Pietrangelo’s status impact the likelihood that Frederik Andersen might be traded? Finally, does this news likely mean that any talk of re-signing rugged forward Kyle Clifford is simply blowing away in the breeze? It wasn’t that likely anyway, but is this the last Maple Leafs fans hear about this rugged winger? Item One: Alex Pietrangelo and the Maple Leafs Are Sharing Phone Numbers? Oh my, in three days things can change in a hurry. On Thursday, when he was interviewed on Leafs Lunch, Pierre LeBrun believed there was “mutual interest” between Pietrangelo and the Maple Leafs if...
September 19th, 2020
Maple Leafs History

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a long and storied history. It’s one filled with success, disappointment and a long list of players that have donned the blue and white. Some came to the franchise through the draft while others were signed or traded for over the years. Over the next little while, we’ll be looking back at some of the bigger trades in the franchise’s history. Some will remind readers of trades that helped the franchise over the next several years, while others will act as a subtle reminder of some of the darker days in Maple Leafs’ history. With that, let’s head back to Sept. 19, 1991, when the Maple Leafs engaged in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers - a trade that landed them a long-time Oilers star and a proven goaltender. Oilers Add Ing, Damphousse It was a Thursday when the Oilers and Maple Leafs agreed on the deal. It was a move that saw the Oilers land Vincent Damphousse, Peter Ing, Luke Richardson, Scott Thornton along with cash and future...
September 19th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumors rundown, Friday was a busy day when it comes to discussion about Alex Pietrangelo. What is the latest and are the Toronto Maple Leafs involved? It was also a big day for the Minnesota Wild who continued to stay busy making plans for next season. A surprising team has potentially shown interest in Edmonton Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi and the Tampa Bay Lightning got good news on the Steven Stamkos front. Pietrangelo Talks with Blues Break Down On Friday, there was news that defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was open to taking meetings with other teams. That news came from Blues media insider Jeremy Rutherford, who noted the defenseman was realizing things might be moving further away from an extension in St. Louis than closer to it. St. Louis Blues defenceman Alex Pietrangelo celebrates with centre Ryan O'Reilly and left wing Sammy Blais (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young) Hours later, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that contract talks between the St....
September 19th, 2020
Maple Leafs History

Sept. 18 was a good day for National Hockey League debuts as a former number one overall pick and a new franchise took to the ice for the first time. Also, the largest crowd to ever gather for an NHL game showed up in Florida for a preseason tilt. Finally, a pair of future Hall of Famers moved on to Toronto. Lindros Makes League Debut Although it took a year longer than most had expected, Eric Lindros took the ice for his first NHL game on Sept. 19, 1992. Ironically, his first game was against the Quebec Nordiques, the team that drafted him in 1991 and he refused to play for. Lindros gave the Flyers an immediate return on the big price they paid to acquire him the previous June. He scored a goal and had an assist in the Flyers’ 4-3 preseason win over the Nordiques. Lindros was a force during the 1990s. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images) He had a very successful rookie season with 41 goals, 75 points and 147 penalty minutes in 61 games. He finished...
September 18th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I’ll share the news of a new coach hiring in Manny Malhotra, look at some insider scoop from St. Louis Blues hockey commentator Darren Pang about Alex Pietrangelo, and share some insights from hockey insider Darren Dreger that might shed some light on recent Frederik Andersen trade rumors. Item One: Manny Malhotra Named Assistant Coach The Maple Leafs announced yesterday that the organization has hired Manny Malhotra as an assistant coach. He’s most recently been working with the Vancouver Canucks but will leave that job to accept the Maple Leafs position. Related: How the Maple Leafs Could Build the Best Fourth Line in NHL History First, thanks to the Canucks’ organization. Although it's standard NHL practice to allow a coaching hire to speak with another team and accept an upgraded position with that other team, the Canucks organization showed class and probably are also celebrating with Malhotra about...