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General NHL News & Views / KHL news
« on: May 13, 2012, 07:48:21 PM »
A couple of developments in the KHL that might interest some. First, Sergei Fedorov has announced his retirement from professional hockey and will become the GM of CSKA Moscow. That's the team he played for in Russia before defecting to the NHL. I was surprised to hear that Fedorov was still playing professionally, he actually played the past 3 seasons in Russia. Always thought he was one of the most underrated players in his prime, it's a shame he ended his NHL career on a bit of a low-note. Some are speculating that moves like this might entice younger Russian players to stay in the KHL and play for their idols.

If that doesn't work, the fact that the KHL has apparently lifted their salary cap for Russian NHLers might do the trick. I'll let Slava Malamud's twitter account explain:

And here goes KHL, doing its thing again. The league announces that all returning Russian NHLers will not count against the salary cap.

Now, each KHL team will be limited to one such signing. Still, this should enable the rich clubs to back up the cash truck to Radulov, Semin

Sources in Russia say that CSKA is very likely to make a big play for Grigorenko. If true, this should plunge his draft stock.

1 more caveat on the KHL news. The player would have to be approved by national team coaches as "worthy" to be excluded from salary cap.

This is pretty clearly directed at Semin and Radulov this offseason. But considering both of their experiences in the NHL, it might not really be necessary. Semin's pretty much a lock to go to the KHL I think.

edit: Added a tweet about Grigorenko. Doesn't really relate to the salary cap issue as he isn't a past NHLer, but it'll be interesting to see if Fedorov's influence could change his mind. I doubt it though.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Liles nominated for NHL Foundation Award
« on: April 30, 2012, 06:05:17 PM »
Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators, John-Michael Liles of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders stood out among their peers, and for that reason they have been nominated for the 2012 NHL Foundation Player Award, presented to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey -- commitment, perseverance and teamwork -- to enrich the lives of people in his community."

The article goes on to explain some of the things Liles did for the community of Toronto after being traded. The bit about him serving breakfast to the homeless community on Christmas day was something I hadn't heard about him before. Hopefully he's able to get back to his pre-concussion form next season. He's easily my first choice for an A if/when it becomes available.

2011 to 2020 GDTs (OLD) / MOVED: Cherry vs. Burke: Round 2
« on: March 05, 2012, 06:12:28 PM »

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Cherry vs. Burke: Round 2
« on: March 05, 2012, 01:07:18 AM »
Just watched that CC piece. Absolutely ridiculous. What a joke this guy has become.

General NHL News & Views / MOVED: Bertuzzi re-signs in Detroit
« on: February 23, 2012, 02:12:39 PM »

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / SI: Kessel named easiest all-star to intimidate
« on: February 14, 2012, 04:43:14 PM »;_ylt=AtEeurphByp5MfDZO9oFLiF7vLYF

Please recall defenseman Dion Phaneuf leading his peers by a wide margin on the list of the NHL's most overrated players. The latest question answered anonymously by 145 NHL players: Which All-Star-caliber player is the easiest to intimidate?

The top responses:

    Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs RW 15%
    The Sedin Twins, Vancouver Canucks F's 8%
    Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals LW 7%
    Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks C 3%
    Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils LW 3%

Back-to-back Art Ross winners and Hart trophy finalists right behind Kessel. Not exactly bad company to be in. Also, I'd love to see the people who voted in this poll try to "intimidate" all 6'3'', 230lbs of Kovalchuk.

I can't wait for SI's next poll, "Which Maple Leaf smells the worst?"

2011 to 2020 GDTs (OLD) / Game 47: MTL @ TOR - Jan. 21 - 7:00pm - CBC
« on: January 21, 2012, 12:24:21 PM »
Montreal Canadiens (17-21-9) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (23-18-5)

Expected line-ups:









Some stats to mull over courtesy of TSN's Ice Chips:

TOR is 2-0-0 vs MTL this season, 1-0-0 at home
TOR has won 2 straight at home vs MTL, both by a score of 5-4

TOR has gone 1-2-0 on their current home stand, going 1/10 on the PP
TOR has gone 1-3-0 over their past 4 games, going 6/6 on the PK
Lupul has 1G, 3A over the past 2 games, he has 2A vs MTL this season
Gustavsson is 3-1-1 in his career vs MTL with a .913sv%

MTL has gone 1-3-2 over their past 6 games, scoring 2 or fewer goals in 4 of the games
MTL has gone 0-3-1 over their past 4 road games, going 17/18 on the PK
Pacioretty has 1G, 4A over the past 3 games
Price has gone 3-2-1 over his past 6 starts vs TOR with a .929sv%

2011 to 2020 GDTs (OLD) / Game 46: MIN @ TOR - Jan. 19 - 7:00pm - TSN
« on: January 19, 2012, 02:01:01 PM »
Minnesota Wild (22-17-7) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (22-18-5)

Expected line-ups:






Setoguchi-W. Peters-Heatley



Some stats to mull over courtesy of TSN's Ice Chips:

Only meeting of the season between the teams, TOR was 1-0-0 vs MIN last season, winning in MIN
Teams last met in TOR in Nov 2009, MIN win, teams have split two games in TOR since the lockout
TOR is 4-1-0 all-time at home vs MIN

TOR has lost 3 straight games, scoring 4G, going 0/8 on the PP
TOR has lost 2 straight at home, being outscored 6-2
TOR has gone 12/12 on the PK in 2012 (4-3-0) in those games
Lupul has 3G, 6A over the past 7 home games
Kessel has 0G over past 4 games, longest goalless streak of season was 6 (Nov 22-Dec 5)

MIN has gone 1-5-1 over their past 7 games, going 1/19 on the PP
MIN has gone 0-8-2 last 10 road games, scoring 10G, more then 1G twice in that span (2Gxtwice)
Heatley has 1G, 2A over the past 7 games
If Backstrom starts it will be his 300th career, he has one start in 2012, 1-6-2 over past 9 starts

2011 to 2020 GDTs (OLD) / Game 44: NYR @ TOR - Jan. 14 - 7:00pm - CBC
« on: January 14, 2012, 11:54:47 AM »
New York Rangers (27-10-4) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (22-16-5)

Expected line-ups:


Lupul - Connolly- Kessel
Crabb - Grabovski - Kulemin
MacArthur - Lombardi- Kadri
Boyce- Steckel - Brown

Aulie - Phaneuf
Gunnarsson - Schenn
Komisarek- Franson


New York:

Prust - Richards - Callahan
Wolski - Stepan - Gaborik
Mitchell - Boyle - Hagelin
Rupp - Anisimov - Fedotenko

McDonagh - Girardi
Del Zotto - Stralman
Staal - Bickel


Some stats to mull over courtesy of TSN's Ice Chips:

TOR is 2-0-0 vs NYR this season, winning twice in NY
NYR were 2-0-0 in TOR last season, allowing 1G, NYR have gone 3-0-2 over their past 5 in TOR

TOR has gone 9/9 on the PK over their past 5 games (4-1-0)
TOR has won 5 straight at home, allowing 8G, going 12/13 on the PK
Kessel has 4G, 1A over the past 5 home games

NYR dropped their last game, ending a 5 game win streak, going 1/12 on the PP in the 6 games
NYR have won 3 straight on the road, allowing 4G
NYR have gone 22/23 on the PK, over their past 10 road games (8-2-0)
Lundqvist has gone 3-1-2 in his career in TOR with a .910sv%
Gaborik has 1G, 0A over the past 7 games

Vancouver Canucks (18-11-2) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (16-12-3)

Expected line-ups:


Lupul - Bozak - Kessel
Kulemin - Grabovski - Frattin
MacArthur - Connolly - Armstrong
Dupuis - Steckel - Crabb

Gunnarsson - Phaneuf
Liles - Franson
Gardiner - Schenn



D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Burrows
Higgins - Kesler - Raymond
Ebbett - Hodgson - Hansen
Lapierre - Malhotra - Weise

Hamhuis - Bieksa
Edler - Salo
Rome - Ballard


Some stats to mull over courtesy of TSN's Ice Chips:

VAN has gone 8-0-0 vs TOR since the lockout, 4-0-0 in TOR
TOR last beat VAN on Nov 24/03, game was in TOR

TOR's PK has gone 9/19,47% over the past 4 games 1-2-1
TOR has gone 2-1-2 over their past 5 home games, going 5/14 on the PP
Lupul has 2G, 5A during a 4 game home PT streak

VAN has gone 0-1-1 over their past 2 games, both on the road, going 0/5 on the PP
VAN has gone 5-1-1 over their past 7 road games, going 26/28 on the PK
H Sedin has 11A over the past 7 games
Luongo has gone 6-0-0 over his past 7 starts vs TOR with a .938sv%

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Burke on Lowe: "We would've fought, for sure"
« on: December 02, 2011, 03:38:52 PM »
Interesting story from the Score/Puck Daddy today, apparently back during the Burke/Lowe feud... well, I'll just let Burke say it:

[The feud] got to the point where Kevin challenged me to a fight on a radio interview. So I'm like, that's not really how you challenge a guy to a fight. If you wanna challenge a guy to a fight, you pick a place and a time and you show up.

So I called Glen Sather and I say look, this guy went on the radio and challenged me to a fight. I'm gonna be at Lake Placid at the U.S. Junior camp. I gave him three dates. I told him I'd rent a barn. I picked the address and the time and I'd fight Kevin Lowe.

Q. And you're serious?

Dead serious. It got to the point where Gary Bettman called me and said 'I heard you guys were thinkin' about having a fight. If you do, I'm going to suspend you both indefinitely.' That's how crazy it got between me and Kevin. He's as stubborn as I am. There's no doubt in my mind that if we bumped into each other right around then, we would've fought. No question. He's not afraid of me. We would've fought, for sure.

Anyway, my wife overhears this. I think I'm in privacy in a backyard in California and my wife said, 'You idiot. You're going to fight this guy? You're a general manager.' So it never came to that."

You can read the full story and watch the video from the link here:

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / MOVED: Brule on waivers
« on: October 03, 2011, 12:16:47 PM »

From a Damien Cox tweet:

@DamoSpin Damien Cox
One plus two for MacArthur. Leafs not happy.

I can understand why the Leafs would be unhappy. I figured at most tonight's game would be it.

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