Maple Leafs Struggles

Couch’s Corner: Struggles, NHL Hearing, Rumours

No game today.  Leafs host the Kings tomorrow night.

There stands to be a neat stand-off.  Jonathan Bernier hopes to face his former team.  And LA’s goaltender Jonathan Quick is injured, setting up a possible match of the Leafs playing former netminder Ben Scrivens.

It’s not the only time the Leafs face the Kings.  The Leafs visit them on a West Coast swing in mid-March.

Speaking of the Kings, Lance Hornby of the Sun mentions that the Kings will be pitching their spring break March fantasy camp while in Toronto. They hope Leafs fans will come for a visit. In addition to skating with famous Kings’ alumni for a few days at the Staples Center, participants would get tickets to the Leafs-Kings game on March 13.

5 Reasons the Leafs Are Struggling…

Hornby also has an article showing why the Leafs are struggling.  He goes into detail talking about: 1. shots against, 2.  suspensions, 3.  being short handed, 4. schooling, and 5.  solutions.  It’s a good article and worth checking out.

Hearing For Dion…

Dion has a mid-morning discussion with the NHL this morning.  There’s little doubt that Phaneuf will see a short suspension.  He had a shoulder hit right between the numbers of Bruins’ defenceman Kevan Miller.  Brendan Shanahan will announce the suspension later today.

Penalty Killing Blues…

Mark Zwolinski, of the Star, lays out the reasons why the penalty kill has been off lately.  He has the stats, the problem and the solution to the penalty killing problems. In a nutshell, the Leafs need to find a decent partner to work with current penalty kill specialist Jay McClement.

What’s Wrong???

James Mirtle, of the Globe, takes a look at what’s wrong with the Leafs right now.  He breaks it down by the good, the bad, and the ugly.  His ugly points are the penalty kill, the defence, and David Clarkson’s poor play.

Rumour Time…

There’s a rumour floating around that Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford, who is offering up at least Tim Gleason, would like to snag Toronto defenceman Jake Gardiner.  The Leafs are looking for a centre, but the asking price could be too steep for Rutherford.

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