Panthers Top Maple Leafs - Snap 7-Game Losing Streak

Panthers Top Maple Leafs - Snap 7-Game Losing Streak

January 19th, 2019 SUNRISE, Fla. — Mike Matheson scored the winning goal to help the Florida Panthers snap a seven-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Friday night. Mike Hoffman and Frank Vatrano also scored for Florida. Roberto Luongo made 20 sa...
Why Jake Gardiner Will Leave the Toronto Maple Leafs

Why Jake Gardiner Will Leave the Toronto Maple Leafs

January 18th, 2019 Toronto Maple Leaf fans likely won’t agree, but Jake Gardiner is a really good hockey player. If you don’t think so, watch what happens when he becomes an unrestricted free agent after his contract ends this summer. Teams will line up to sign him, and he will accept one of those...

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January 15th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

I feel sorry for William Nylander. I’m sure my opinion isn’t a popular one; still, I can’t help but think that he’s just a 22-year-old kid who must be incredibly frustrated with the lack of success he’s having on the ice. Things used to be much easier than they’ve been this year, and I’m sure he doesn’t understand what’s going on. Nor does anyone else. I’m thinking that it must be tough for a kid to experience such a profound lack of success when success used to come more naturally. Nylander’s not perfect. Sure, he postured and threatened and held out until the Toronto Maple Leafs capitulated with a huge $45 million contract. I'm thinking he was following the advice of counsel, but it did seem so entitled. Sure, his contract gives him the ability to afford lots of “toys” most of us will never play with. But, he’s an NHL hockey player and I’m a retired teacher. Still, I’m not slammed day-after-day in the media either. Related: Maple...
January 15th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

As the Toronto Maple Leafs enter the second half of the 2018-19 National Hockey League regular season, the primary concern surrounding the team is whether their defense corps is good enough to compete for the Stanley Cup. For you history buffs, this is the third season in a row we’ve been having this same conversation heading towards the stretch run. Certainly, the team can score; the Maple Leafs rank fifth in total goals (158) heading into action Monday night, and have played fewer games than each of the teams ahead of them (they’re third in goals per game, at 3.59). Goaltending isn’t much of a question either, provided starter Frederik Andersen is healthy, although Garret Sparks and Michael Hutchinson have been largely serviceable in the backup role. The lone question mark is the blue line. Rumours constantly swirl regarding who the Maple Leafs might be interested in, but no trade, signing or waiver claim has yet been made to address the back end. And,...
January 13th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

In the second installment of Sunday's NHL rumor rundown, there is news on Wayne Simmonds possibly being a target for the Winnipeg Jets, the Senators have seemingly made up their mind on their big-three free agents and the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking at a problem in net they'd rather avoid. Wayne Simmonds and the Winnipeg Jets? Despite a recent report that there is plenty of interest around the NHL for power forward Wayne Simmonds, and among the teams interested are rumored to be the Winnipeg Jets, that may not be the case. According to Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Weibe, he doesn't believe that Pierre LeBrun's assumption is entirely accurate. Weibe writes, "At this time, the expectation is that the Jets are more likely to add a left-handed defenceman or a centre to play on the second line." If you consider too that the Jets are deep at the wing position, Simmonds might not crack the top six and whatever Simmonds will end up costing in trade is a hefty price to pay for a...
January 13th, 2019
Vancouver Canucks

In today's rumor rundown, there is speculation the Canucks may elect to trade their star defenseman, the Blue Jackets have a difficult decision to make when it comes to Sergei Bobrovsky and the Maple Leafs and Mitch Marner will be waiting to get a deal done until after the season. Canucks To Trade and Re-sign Alex Edler? With rumors running rampant as to what the plan is for Alex Edler in Vancouver, Luke Fox of Sportsnet reports in an ideal world, the Vancouver Canucks defenseman would waive his no-trade clause, allow the Canucks to deal him for some assets before the trade deadline, and then re-sign with the franchise on July 1st. This is the type of deal you don't see often in the NHL but it could be one that would work for both sides in this scenario. Nick Kypreos suggested a three-year, $17 million deal might be enough to get him re-signed in Vancouver when it comes time to secure his next deal. Related: NHL Rumors: William Karlsson, Ducks, Devils,...
January 13th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

TORONTO — David Pastrnak continues to terrorize the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Boston winger snapped a 2-2 tie late in the second period as the Bruins defeated Toronto 3-2 on Saturday night. Sean Kuraly, with a goal and two assists, a...