William Houston of the Globe and Mail is suggesting that it may be time for the Leafs to trade Mats Sundin.
I know, you’re probably thinking “Another Leafs article”, but none of those articles are ever about anything. They are just repetitive rants about different line combinations, or unrealistic advice to GM John Ferguson. So I thought I’d write the truth, something that wouldn’t get Leafs fans made fun of…
So, 8 games into the season, and the New York Rangers have minimal offensive production, while their defense and goaltending has been generally outstanding, which should be leading to some wins. The Rangers have now been shutout 3 times this season and have scored so few goals since 1950.
The Leafs have called up Kronwall and Tlusty for the start of their road trip. Is this a sign that changes could be coming to the D. With Colaiacovo due back soon, Stralman now up and now Kronwall also called up, is this Maurice sending a message or are changes in the making? Harrison has also shown alot of grit with the Marlies, is he next? At forward Wellwood and Mark Bell are due back and with the call up of Tlusty, I would say that 2 forwards are on their way out. Again is this just Maurice sending a message or are changes coming up front as well? I would say that Ferguson and Maurice will do just about anything to save their jobs, so yes I expect changes to be made.
The Toronto Sun is reporting that the Maple Leafs are “strongly downplaying” speculation that Kaberle may be sent to the Thrashers as part of a deal for Hossa.
Early on Montreal could perhaps be called a pleasant surprise. They have looked much better than most people expected, myself included. Here is my analysis of the Habs six game into the season…
I have been so pleasantly surprised by different players, that i was compelled to make a list.
A loss to Atlanta will set off alarm bells
Anton Stralman will likely make his NHL debut tonight for the Toronto Maple Leafs in their game against the Atlanta Thrashers at the ACC. Meanwhile, Vesa Toskala will start in goal, replacing Andrew Raycroft.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have talked the right talk thus far.mBut it really has been all talk.
Paul Maurice comes into training camp saying the Leafs need to work on 2 things:
1. Playing a better team defense
2. Staying out of the penalty box
That was over a month ago.