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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
“Any time you’re off the ice for that long, it takes ice to get it back,” said defenceman Cody Franson wryly. “In Montreal on the weekend, I felt better than I had all season. But you can practise as much as you want. It’s still not the same as games.”
To be fair, the Leafs could have won against the Islanders and Canadiens, and with some puck luck might have gotten the jump on the Blue Jackets Monday night as well. But they didn’t in all three cases, and now this group of 22 players, plus the injured David Bolland, has to sweat through the next two days until Wednesday’s trade deadline.
“It’s not a lot of fun being a player at this time of year,” said head coach Randy Carlyle, who was himself dealt at the deadline 30 years ago. “With Twitter and everything, there’s a lot more rumours floating around. There’s a lot more to it than there was in ’84. I don’t think there was Twitter back then, was there?”
You have probably seen the 'after' picture (below) of Dale Weise, who took Nazem Kadri's skate to his face last night.
Here is how it happened and scroll to the 1:45 mark for a slow-motion replay.
Just a hunch, but can’t help but think the New Jersey Devils will make a surprisingly big purchase before the deadline. Wouldn’t it be wild if he re-acquired winger David Clarkson from the Leafs? Devils GM Lou Lamoriello’s style goes beyond just trading away goalie Martin Brodeur, if that happens.
-Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun where you can read more hockey talk...
Bernier with the giveaway to Michael Grabner who scores this shothanded goal, which happened to be his second 'shorty' on the same Toronto power play.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Dave Bolland has played just 15 games in a Toronto Maple Leafs uniform, yet the pending free agent is seeking a new seven or eight-year deal from the club, according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.
The total salary the 28-year-old Bolland is seeking over that term could exceed $40 million.
Bolland’s current contract, which expires on July 1, carries a $3.375 million cap hit.
from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
After a season so far defined—unflatteringly—by his contract, David Clarkson has a chance to prove that he’s more than years and zeroes and production that falls well short of what $36.75 million should provide fans and a franchise.
He’s got 25 games and hopefully a playoff series or two to make year one of his “local-boy-makes-good” signing something other than a frustrating prelude to a deal that lingers around Leafs general manager Dave Nonis for years to come.
The Toronto Maple Leafs forward claims to be only marginally aware that he’s routinely had the adjective “bust” attached to him on social media, in regular media and anywhere else that four goals and five assists in 39 games seems a poor return for the $5.25 million he’ll earn this season and the next six after that.
What is lace bite?
Blackhawks' asst. athletic trainer Jeff Thomas explains in the video below...
The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenceman Mark Fraser in exchange for forward Teemu Hartikainen and Cam Abney.
In 19 games with the Maple Leafs this season, the 27-year-old Fraser has notched one assist and a minus-8 rating with 33 penalty minutes.He is currently on a one-year deal worth $1.275 million and is eligible for unrestricted free agency at season's end.
Hartikainen, 23, is currently playing with Ufa in the Kontinental Hockey League where he has scored 13 goals and 14 assists in 43 games.
You could have been Time Gleason last night...
First Colton Orr with a hit on Cody Eakin... Orr received a 10 minute misconduct.
Then about ten minutes of clock-time later, Nazem Kadri and Antoine Rousssel get into it...
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