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The Toronto Maple Leafs go into tonights game knowing they are in 11th, they’re only a point back from nineth, and they’ve got a game in hand on the teams in 9th and 10th, but 5 points back of Montreal, who has a game in hand. My belief, tonights game will be great.
The Leafs have fallen to eleventh place in the Eastern conference and are 5 points out of the last and final playoff spot (note: I am writing this article the night of the loss to the Sabers). The Leafs haven’t won a cup since 1967, and at the rate their going it’ll remain that way for the next few decades.
According to TSN.ca, Philippe Boucher was re-signed today to a 3-year contract extension, at $2.5 million a year.
The Edmonton Sun is reporting that Oilers GM, Kevin Lowe will 100% pull of a few trades before or at the deadline. He is not saying any names but he has said the Oil are in the market for a goaltender, good second line scoring, and a veteran who can help the fourth line.
The online web site of the french newspaper La presse is currently running the story that the Montreal Canadiens are still looking to grab Todd Bertuzzi from the Vancouver Canucks.
I have just learned that Owen Nolan will not be coming back to the NHL this year! He underwent knee surgery a few months ago and has recovered to about 99%. When he comes back he wants to make sure he will be at 100%, so he won’t get injured again.
The Toronto Star today brings up (yet again) the possibility that McCabe will be traded before the March 9th trade deadline.
This summer, JFJ had a lot of work to do and decisions to make. He could not afford to sign the FA’s out there for big bucks and long term contracts. So, he did the only thing he could. He took some chances with some big upside and tried to keep the comm
I feel if that the Leafs were not to make the playoffs, major changes would be made to the organization. Some of those changes would be a new coach, different player personnel and a different attitude.
I’ll never claim to have Eklund-like ‘connections’. But, I have some, (and more than the newspaper) lol.
None of these are SURE things. They’re just ‘interior buzz’.
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim acquired goaltender Jani Hurme from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for forward Joel Stepp. Listed on TSN. Could this be a precursor to the ducks getting rid of Giguere
With a full lineup last night the Leafs did not look impressive. What needs to be done? Is this a playoff bound team? Is making the playoffs and probably being defeated in the first round of prime importance or is positioning yourself for next year and beyond the proper focus?
Why? Well, the first reason is that the playoffs for the most part is free money. Thats right, FREE.
You can question the selections up and down, use the excuse that Canada should have used youth, but it boils down to one thing. System. That has Pat Quinn written all over it. It was hard to watch this team play just like the Leafs. I don’t understand how elite players are caught cycling the puck down low, stifling their offensive creativity, as if they were average NHL plumbers, looking lost doing so. That’s not players, that’s system, and that’s Pat Quinn.
Washington Capitals defenseman Brendan Witt
knows his days in Washington are coming to an
end soon, reports the Washington Post.
I have been a Leaf fan all my life. This is the first time I can ever remember cheering against the Leafs. I was actually disappointed last night when they tied it 2-2.
The Maple Leafs are clearly not going to win the cup this year, unless they pull a miracle out of their arse.
A radio station in Phoenix (Xtra sports 910AM) is reporting that the Canucks have traded for Mike Ricci, Denis Gauthier and Sean O’Donnell in exchange for Ryan Kesler, the rights to Kiril Koltsov and a second round pick.
The Leafs-Breakfast with Bill Waters on the Fan 590 is reporting that Lindros has had a successful FULL CONTACT practice with the rest of the Team and baring any last minute cancellations from the team doctor is Good to Go Tonight on his 33RD Birthday.