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The Toronto Maple Leafs have been branded an old, aging, over-the-hill team for years. They have also been a team that has been stereotyped as one that drafts poorly and one that never keeps it’s own. But that is certainly not the case this season. In an excellent development, their most recent game against the Washington Capitals boasted a lineup with 10 players drafted by the Leafs. Granted one of them was veteran Tie Domi but the rest certainly give much hope for this Leaf franchise in a state of transition. In the lineup, and drafted by the Leafs were:
The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed injured defenseman Rostislav Klesla on injured reserve.
It’s time to talk about the good side of this “new NHL” and I would say that even though there are negatives, there is just as much, if not more, positives.
Rogers Sportsnet has reported that Leafs Centre/Winger Jason Allison has been openly complaining about his lack of ice time. This has lead to him starting as a winger as of last game against the Capitals.
Like most of us, I was growing weary of the old NHL. I disliked the blatant holding, hooking, grabbing, clogging up the neutral zone, the left wing lock, the trap, goalies who are so adept at playing the puck that they all but eliminate the forecheck… perpetuating the trap.
So we’re a month into the season, the Habs are in first place, a point in front of Ottawa. Show me anyone who would have picked that when camps broke, and I’ll bet his name is Tommy Flanagan. But even with the success that the team has seen thus far, not all seems content amongst certain Habs fans. There’s some concern about the state of the netminding down at the Phone Booth. I think it has more to do with an off-season rumour mixed with the potential of what could happen next summer as much as anything else.
Nashville, Tenn. (November 8, 2005) – Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that Predators forward Scott Walker will undergo surgery for a sports hernia on Thursday and he is expected to be out of the lineup for eight to 10 weeks.
Detroit is off the an incredible start, but are they as good as their record indicates? Maybe, maybe not!
According to Newsday, Coach Stirling Kicked veteran defenseman Janne Niinimaa off the ice during practice. This could reinforce the rumors concerning the defenseman. Read the article here… http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/islanders/ny-spisles1108,0,2389508.story?coll=ny-sports-headlines
Dave “Tiger” Williams tore a strip out of the NHL when asked what he thought of the new rules.
Sportsnet.ca — It’s fitting a player who made a career out of fighting pulled no punches when asked what he thought of the new NHL rules. “I think they stink. I totally disagree with them, 100 per cent,” said Dave Tiger Williams Sunday in Toronto.
Williams, a former Toronto Maple Leaf and Vancouver Canuck, amassed 3966 in his NHL career to go along with 513 points in 962 career games. In town for the Hockey Hall of Fame inductions, Williams had no problem laying blame for why the quality of hockey has degraded so sharply.
I dont know about anybody else but whenever I watch The Score, TSN, or Sportsnet or for the Americans im sure its the same with ESPN and FoxSportsnet do you not find that the “personalities” who cover not only hockey but every sport in general are trying to become bigger then the game itself.
Nathan Perrott has been traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Dallas Stars.
The new NHL rules have reaped nothing but benefits for the small yet speedy Montreal Canadiens, who are taking advantage of a lack of clutching and grabbing to put their offense to work. One Canadien who has had some trouble making the adjustment to the post-lockout NHL, however, is star goaltender José Theodore, whose goals-against average (3.06) and save percentage (.883) are a far cry from the numbers he put up as Vézina and Hart Trophy winner in 2002. Can rookie backup Yann Danis fill the holes in Theodore’s consistency, or should the Canadiens look for help from another team?
The Toronto Maple Leafs should get an infusion of talent tomorrow night (against Tampa) as Captain Mats Sundin is set to return from his frightning eye injury. Sundin has missed all but 7 minutes of this young season. Any fan will tell you that missing their captain (and arguably most talented player) is a really bad dream. Well, Leafs fans, this dream appears to be nearing its end, and none too soon. The Leafs held up pretty well without Sundin, going 6-5-1 without him (the first OT loss to Ottawa doesn’t count…He played). According to NHL.com, Sundin skated in between Jeff O’Neil and Alexei Ponikarovsky in practise today and will likely wear a visor.
Here’s my 3 most overrated things:
1. Angelina Jolie’s appeal? Am I the only one that thinks she’s a NASCAR collectible plate away from being the “creepy” girl working at the Dairy Queen.
2. Cheese Stuffed Pizza. Is this what we have become? Have our scientists given up on the flying car and the third breast? Are we now just working ways to stuff more cheese into our gullets? My last pizza came with an angioplasty and a defibrillator.
3. Hockey Expert Opinions.
The main headline in the CHL for October was unfortunately not the amazing play of London Knights forwards Robbie Schremp and David Bolland but an ominous hazing incident that involved Windsor Spitfire’s coach Moe Mantha. On the brighter side, the OHL has become the premier offensive league in the CHL with some great talent both emerging and confirming their status as top prospects. We will also have the International Scouting Service top 15 prospects for the upcoming 2006 NHL entry draft.
With recent lopsided victories, the senators have caught the eye of everybody around the NHL…
Bure retired on Tuesday and has been chosen to be the general manager of Russia’s Olympic hockey team, the Associated Press reports.
The Buffalo Sabres were dealt another tough blow by the injury bug. With Taylor Pyatt out with a concussion and Toni Lydman out with a groin problem, the last thing they needed was a goaltending injury. Starting goaltender Ryan Miller broke his thumb during the gameday skate before Wednesday night’s game against Ottawa. The broken thumb is on his left hand (his blocker and stick hand) so it might be less severe than an injury to his glove hand. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.