THW's Goalie News: Andersen's Struggles, Trade Rumors & More

THW's Goalie News: Andersen's Struggles, Trade Rumors & More

February 19th, 2020 Tuesday night was not a great evening for National Hockey League goaltenders as there were 48 total goals scored in seven games. The struggles continue in Toronto while last year’s Stanley Cup hero does his thing. Plus, there are some trade rumors out of Chicago and today’s date is a big one...
5 Takeaways From Maple Leafs Getting Iced by Penguins

5 Takeaways From Maple Leafs Getting Iced by Penguins

February 19th, 2020 It was another rough one for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday as they were handed yet another loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins - and that was without Evgeni Malkin in the lineup. The Maple Leafs fell to the Penguins 5-2 and gave up five straight goals before getting themselves on...

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February 16th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

With both teams travelling in completely opposite directions when it comes to the NHL’s standings, the rivalry between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs isn’t exactly what it used to be - at least not this season. Still, it was an important two points for the Maple Leafs who are fighting for their playoff lives on a game-to-game basis and the Senators found a way to make a game of it. That said, the Maple Leafs did pull off a 4-2 win in Ottawa on Saturday night to keep them moving in the right direction and it started in between the pipes for the Maple Leafs. Campbell’s Contributions The acquisition of Jack Campbell may have just saved the season for the Maple Leafs. Since coming over, Campbell has a 3-0-1 record in four games with a 2.85 goals against average and .919 save percentage - numbers that are a healthy improvement from his predecessor, Michael Hutchinson. He’s earned the team seven of a possible eight points and the Maple Leafs seem to be...
February 16th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumors, there is news on the Toronto Maple Leafs negotiations with Jake Muzzin, speculation that the Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota Wild could be a good fit in trade, plus news that the Winnipeg Jets will look to replace the injured Bryan Little before the trade deadline closes. Muzzin and Leafs Getting Close The Toronto Sun’s Lance Hornby, among others are reporting that the Maple Leafs and Jake Muzzin are close to agreeing to a four-year contract, with many suggesting it will be in the $5.5 million per season range. The Maple Leafs just might not officially announce that deal until March 1, 2020. Jake Muzzin, Toronto Maple Leafs (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston explained on Saturday during Hockey Night in Canada that there is a stipulation in the collective bargaining agreement that required the Leafs wait to go over the cap ceiling. He explains: “You can only commit so much salary to the season following the...
February 16th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

Amid the buzz of the playoff hunt and impending trade deadline, the Toronto Maple Leafs are making moves behind the scenes. Most notably, they're reportedly inching towards a long-term contract extension with defenceman Jake Muzzin. Jake Muzzin's rumoured contract extension may force moves elsewhere. (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Muzzin and the Maple Leafs are putting the finishing touches on a deal that could be finalized within the next couple of weeks. Dreger's colleague, Pierre LeBrun, added his own speculation about the terms of the contract: https://twitter.com/PierreVLeBrun/status/1228372887368863746 Dollars and cents aside, extending the team's best defender makes perfect sense for the Maple Leafs, who have long struggled to keep the puck out of their net. However, even a reasonable deal around $5.5 million per year will have serious salary cap implications for the Maple Leafs. Couple that with their surplus of left-handed...
February 15th, 2020
Trade Deadline

It’s no secret that the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the market for help on the blue line, especially on the right side. Injuries to defensemen Morgan Rielly and Cody Ceci have opened up the possibilities and trade options for general manager Kyle Dubas to find some help in strengthening his defensive unit.  Like the acquisition of Jake Muzzin before last season's deadline, the Maple Leafs could benefit from a steady two-way presence if they make the playoffs. There are many names that stand out, but there has been one name that has always been the focus since 2017.   That is Josh Manson from the Anaheim Ducks. Josh Manson, Anaheim Ducks (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) It’s hard to believe how one player could garner so much attention. For years, his name has come up as an option for the Maple Leafs. While there hasn't been any traction, he has so many characteristics and traits that this team needs, specifically his defensive play. This will also be a...
February 15th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news out of Chicago pertaining to Duncan Keith and his desire to move on to a contender, buzz as to what the Toronto Maple Leafs will do now that Andreas Johnsson is out, plus speculation surrounding the San Sharks and New Jersey Devils when it comes to the NHL Trade Deadline. Keith Not Leaving the Blackhawks Speaking with Mark Lazerus of The Athletic, 36-year-old defenseman Duncan Keith indicated that he's not interested in leaving Chicago despite speculation the team might ask him to waive his no-trade clause. "I have that control. I have the ability to do that," Keith said. Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks, Nov. 9, 2017 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Suggesting the Blackhawks are thinking he might want to move to a contender if the team goes through a rebuilding, Lazerus writes: "...once again, Keith’s name has surfaced in trade speculation. Wouldn’t Joel Quenneville love to have him for Florida’s playoff push?...
February 15th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

It’s an active time of the season, and there’s much happening with the Toronto Maple Leafs. As the team prepares to play two back-to-back road games on Saturday (against the Ottawa Senators) and Sunday (against the Buffalo Sabres), I want to keep Maple Leafs fans up-to-date on news and rumors emerging from the team. Item One: Chris Johnston Reports an Ilya Mikheyev Sighting Sometimes is easy to forget something that, only six weeks ago, was front-and-center in our minds as Maple Leafs fans. Specifically, I’m referring to the injury that halted rookie Ilya Mikheyev’s season. The young Russian captured the hearts and imaginations of fans. How good might he become? Will he grow into a fan favorite? Related: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Tavares, Goalies & Spezza Even if the team misses the playoffs, the season might not have been entirely wasted because of the excitement Mikheyev brought. Actually, I know better. For die-hard Toronto fans, every season that...