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Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension.
By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,
If there's one team that doesn't mind being placed in a cobbled-together Atlantic Division, it's probably the Toronto Maple Leafs, who, through 14 games this season, sit at the top of the division. The Leafs have surged early on, winning 10 contests thanks to steady goaltending from James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier, stellar defensive play from Dion Phaneuf and Cody Franson and a scoring onslaught perpetrated by Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri.
In fact, the Leafs are actually second in the league in goals scored, potting 47 in their 14 contests. More importantly, they lead the league in shooting percentage and have the NHL's third best powerplay.
Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Carter Ashton will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday for a hit on Calgary Flames defenseman Derek Smith on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.
At 16:56 of the second period, Ashton received a two-minute boarding penalty on the play as well as a five-minute fighting major for an altercation that ensued with Flames defenseman Shane O'Brien. Smith remained in the game after the hit.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Watch the hit if you missed it earlier today...
via Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
... it will be interesting to see if Ashton gets a call from league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan after he shoved Derek Smith into the boards from behind in the second period.
Carter Ashton received 2 for boarding and 5 for fighting.
“With the [new] arena in Seattle, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put hockey back into the Seattle/Portland marketplace and we have to make a commitment to that. There’s a new building being built in Quebec. They are way ahead of anyone else as to considerations because we took a team from Quebec. [The Nordiques moved to Denver after the 1994-95 season.] I think we owe Quebec another shot. Seattle, Kansas City, Quebec, Las Vegas right now, are all way ahead [of Toronto]. There’s not a second team coming to Toronto in any time in the near future.”
-Tim Leiweke, MLSE president and chief executive officer, at a speech yesterday. David Shoalt of the Globe and Mail has more from Leiweke.
The HockeyCentral at Noon guys on Sportsnet discuss the report from Nick Kypreos that contract talks have started with Dion Phaneuf and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Kypreos states the starting point is around $50M for 7 years.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
First place in the conference, a one-two goalie punch most teams would love to have and the decision to make the star right winger the highest-paid player in team history looking like good business indeed.
Yes, these 26 days of October have been very, very rewarding for the Maple Leafs.
The fact eight wins have been racked up in 12 starts without yet dressing a complete lineup and having been forced to use a wide variety of farmhands and NHL greenhorns really says something about the kind of team that Brian Burke started and Dave Nonis has built upon.
Saturday night’s contest against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins was a perfect example of that. No Joffrey Lupul, no Tyler Bozak. Move a few bodies around, call up Carter Ashton for some energy, slide Troy Bodie into the lineup and turn to James Reimer in goal after three straight starts for Jonathan Bernier.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (Oct. 24, 2013) – The National Hockey League and HBO Sports are joining forces for a third season on the groundbreaking series ‘24/7’ featuring two NHL Original Six™ rivals, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, as they prepare to meet at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. For the first time, Sportsnet will give Canadians exclusive access to the groundbreaking series, which will be available in 8.5 million households.
“HBO’s 24/7 has been a game-changer for us,” said John Collins, COO, NHL. “The wide-open access our clubs provide on and off the ice gives a real sense of what it takes to play in the NHL and just how special our players are. Our fans love it and there’s no question new fans have been attracted by watching the games and the personalities that come alive through the lens of HBO’s storytelling. Red Wings-Maple Leafs will provide no shortage of great stories and having Sportsnet as our first partner in Canada will make this year’s edition bigger than ever.”
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
Allan Stanley, the Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman of four Maple Leafs championship teams, has died at age 87.
Stanley, known for matinee-idol good looks and a cumbersome skating stride that earned him the nickname “Snowshoes,” played 21 NHL seasons, including four as a member of the Leafs’ Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1967.
“He was a damn good teammate,” said Dick Duff, who played on the first two of those 1960s Cup teams. “He was smart on the ice. He was always prepared to play. He put a lot into hockey.”
from Kevin Shea at HHOF.com,
Given up as too old by the Bruins, the Maple Leafs got ten excellent years out of the wily veteran. Although slow of foot (he was nicknamed 'Snowshoes' by the Toronto press), Allan was a cerebral player, and matched beautifully with blueline partner Tim Horton.
"Allan was one of the best 'angle' defencemen," declared Johnny Bower. "He would give a goaltender a perfect angle. If Gordie Howe was coming down the wing, he would steer him to such a bad angle that there was no way that Howe could score a goal on you. If he did, he would have to put it through your legs or on the short side. There is no way you could blame a defenceman for that. He was not a fast skater by any means. He would stay back and headman that puck. He was a steady, stay-at-home guy."
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