Couch’s Corner: Rangers pregame, daily news links

New York Rangers

As the Leafs prepare to take on the Rangers tonight, Leafs fans are hoping for an early Christmas present in the form of a Leafs victory. Let’s face it – the Leafs need a little confidence heading into the break. 

Old habits die hard – Leafs continue third period struggles

Dion Phaneuf NHL hearing

Did the Leafs not learn anything from their epic third period collapse against Boston? Everyone remembers the game, so let’s not repeat the details. Yet despite a few personnel changes in the past seven months, Toronto’s hockey team has still

Shootout confusion – so what’s the call?

James VanRiemsdyk

Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk scored the first extra-session goal in last night’s eventual 2-1 shootout win over the Phoenix Coyotes. But it took an agonizing three-minute wait for the goal to be upheld by the NHL War Room, located

Couch’s Corner: Daily news links

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Sorry folks.  Busy morning.  Here’s a quick look at what’s happening around Leafs Nation… Coyotes vs Leafs preview (MapleLeafs.com) Gameday – Coyotes at Maple Leafs (Toronto Sun) Leafs look to rebound (Toronto Sun) Nonis not about to fire Carlyle (Toronto

Smithson recalled, Smith injured

Jerred Smithson Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday the hockey club has recalled forward Jerred Smithson from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. The Leafs also announced that Trevor Smith has been placed on injured reserve. Smith sustained a broken

Rielly to stay with Leafs

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David Nonis announced Wednesday that defenceman Morgan Rielly will remain with the Maple Leafs and not be loaned to Team Canada for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden. Rielly, 19, has registered 10 points (one goal, nine

Couch’s Corner: Panthers, Phaneuf, more

Leafs weak links

To say the Leafs loss to the Panthers looms large, that doesn’t begin to address the issue. I’ve said it again and again.  We need to ice a complete squad with no injuries and no suspensions before I give up

Sluggish effort results in a Leafs loss against the Panthers

Coach Randy Carlyle

After falling to the Pens just 24 hours before their match-up against the Panthers, the Leafs were looking to come out on top at the ACC on Tuesday evening. But a poor start and a lack-luster effort ultimately lead to

Couch’s Corner: Pens, Panthers, Leafs links

Florida Panthers vs Maple Leafs

If you would have asked the typical hockey fan about the Leafs vs Pens game before the game was even played last night, most would say that it would be an uninspired hockey by a couple of beat up teams. 

Watch HBO 24/7 – Episode 1

Randy-Carlyle

The first episode of this year’s HBO series “24/7″ featuring the Leafs and Red Wings aired Saturday night. The annual series features the two teams participating in the NHL’s Winter Classic. A censored version of the episode is scheduled to

Leafs earn huge win versus Cup champs

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Maybe they’re not brain-dead after all. Just 48 hours after one of their most lethargic efforts of the season, the Maple Leafs responded with a convincing 7-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions on Saturday night. A season-high 19,603

Still no timetable for Bolland’s return

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On Saturday, the Chicago Blackhawks will receive their official Stanley Cup ring presentation at the Hockey Hall of Fame. The celebration is taking place in large part to the efforts of Dave Bolland, who scored the Cup-winning goal in the