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The Leafs’ Biggest Game of the Season
Winning two games in two weeks against the Philadelphia Flyers was a lofty expectation for the Leafs. So Toronto will swallow the 3-2 loss to the Flyers tonight. But the Leafs are running out of lives. Fast. Toronto sits 10th in the East with 68 points in 68 games. Carolina…
Posted by Shiv on 03/11/11 | Comments 0

The Leafs Miss Kaberle
The Leafs’ emergence as a legitimate threat for the 8th Seed in the Eastern Conference has taken attention away from an area of great struggle. The Powerplay. Tomas Kaberle’s exit has created a huge void on the man advantage for Toronto. The Leafs have attempted to fill the void with…
Posted by Shiv on 03/05/11 | Comments 5

James Reimer for Calder
The Bandwagon is filling up in Toronto. Doubters and skeptics alike are uniting with each passing game. Mind you, there are still non-beLeafers clinging to the cynical expectation of this team’s downfall. This bandwagon, though, is gaining momentum despite being empty for extended periods of time this season. There is…
Posted by Shiv on 02/27/11 | Comments 6

How does Joe Colborne fit on the Leafs?
Tomas Kaberle is gone. And while much of Leaf Nation has celebrated his exit – an exit that deserved more gratitude from the City of Toronto – the elite blueliner was the only piece the Maple Leafs had that could potentially land a top line center in a trade. Enter…
Posted by Shiv on 02/23/11 | Comments 3

LLL - Giving Kaberle a Proper Farewell
http://i52.tinypic.com/123qrf5.jpg Less than 24 hours after the Toronto Maple Leafs finally traded Tomas Kaberle, Number 15 found himself wearing Number 12 in the Boston Bruins’ line up. Number 15 is retired in TD Garden, you see. Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt wore it while winning 4 Stanley Cups and a…
Posted by Shiv on 02/19/11 | Comments 4

LLL - Versteeg Deal is a Win for Toronto
http://i52.tinypic.com/123qrf5.jpg Kris Versteeg will find himself on a line with either Jeff Carter or Mike Richards. And he will put up some solid numbers – at a rate that could potentially be considered Line 1 production. But obviously, Versteeg is not a 1st liner. There has been a bit of…
Posted by Shiv on 02/15/11 | Comments 3

LLL - Breaking Down the Beauchemin Trade
http://i52.tinypic.com/123qrf5.jpg This trade did not happen because of Lupul. In a one for one trade, Beauchemin can fetch a better player than Lupul from another team. Brian Burke knows this. What Burke also knows though is that there aren’t any teams out there that would give up a prospect like…
Posted by Shiv on 02/09/11 | Comments 3

LLL - Leafs Playoff Math
http://i52.tinypic.com/123qrf5.jpg With consecutive wins over two teams they are fighting for that final playoff spot, the possibility of a potential playoff berth for the Toronto Maple Leafs has resurfaced. But let’s break it down mathematically: What will it take for the Leafs to make the playoffs? As of today the…
Posted by Shiv on 02/04/11 | Comments 2

LLL - Kessel Might be Drafted Last Overall
http://i52.tinypic.com/123qrf5.jpg Leaf Nation will tell you, Kessel does not deserve to represent Toronto in this weekend’s All Star festivities – Grabovski has been the best Leaf this season. But Kessel will nonetheless appear as an almost obligatory representative for a Toronto Maple Leafs team that really does not have a…
Posted by Shiv on 01/28/11 | Comments 0

LLL - Burke Has Done a Lot of Good
http://i52.tinypic.com/123qrf5.jpg Brian Burke has done a lot of good. He really has. He found a way to turn Jason Blake into Jean-Sebastien Giguere. He brought in Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom and Keith Aulie for Matt Stajan, Nicklas Hagman and Ian White. He has slowly replenished a once depleted prospect pool…
Posted by Shiv on 01/22/11 | Comments 4

LLL - Brunnstrom vs. Stefanovich
Brian Burke was one of the few GMs involved in the Fabian Brunstrom Sweepstakes two seasons ago. He lost the bidding war to the Dallas Stars. At the time, Brunnstrom was proclaimed to be the “Best Forward Not in the NHL.” To put it delicately, Brunnstrom failed to meet expectations.…
Posted by Shiv on 01/13/11 | Comments 4

LLL - 600 Wins for Ron Wilson
http://i52.tinypic.com/123qrf5.jpg Weeks after fans at the Air Canada Center chanted “Fire Wilson” for the second time, the Maple Leafs Head Coach won his 600th game against the same San Jose Sharks that fired him 2 years ago. He is only the 7th Coach in NHL History to do so, now…
Posted by Shiv on 01/12/11 | Comments 2

LLL - Where Were the Leafs on Wojtek Wolski?
http://i52.tinypic.com/123qrf5.jpg Just over a month ago, the Washington Capitals traded Left Wing Tomas Fleischmann (or is he a Center, Pierre McGuire?) to the Colorado Avalanche for defenseman Scott Hannan. Many would contend that Washington lost that trade – surely they could have gotten a better return on Flash. George McPhee,…
Posted by Shiv on 01/11/11 | Comments 7

The Leafs’ Depth Chart
Heading into tonight’s action, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Line 1 has 94 points on the season, a total that ranks 15th in the league. In fact, the unit’s points total is only a handful away from lines featuring the likes of Joe Thornton, Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar. Kulemin, Grabovski…
Posted by Shiv on 01/10/11 | Comments 5

All Jared Knight
Jared Knight will forever be known as the 3rd best asset traded in the deal for Phil Kessel to Boston. The 32nd Overall Pick in 2010 went to the Bruins from the Maple Leafs on top of two 1st Rounders, one of which consummated to Tyler Seguin. Unlike Seguin, of…
Posted by Shiv on 01/03/11 | Comments 0

Kessel’s Goal Scoring Numbers
Phil Kessel had a few firsts Tuesday night against the Hurricanes. He had his first multi-goal game in the last 31 games. He had only his 4th multi-point game of the season, his first in the last 6 games. He also scored his first Powerplay Goal with a one-time slap…
Posted by Shiv on 12/30/10 | Comments 0

The Time Bomb in Toronto
There is a time bomb ticking away in Toronto. And its inevitability is…well, inevitable. The Leafs’ Cup drought is going to extend beyond 50 years. How could it not? The Leafs exist in a world with Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Pavel Datsyuk and Jonathan Toews. Eric Staal and Ryan…
Posted by Shiv on 12/18/10 | Comments 3

He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named
The horse that is the comparison between Phil Kessel and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has been beaten to death. Except Tyler Seguin is the He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and he has been named constantly. But while Tyler Seguin’s name echoes across Toronto relentlessly, Taylor Hall’s does not. Last year, the Toronto Maple Leafs finished with 74…
Posted by Shiv on 12/15/10 | Comments 7

Stamkos Vs. Kessel
***Note to KK Readers. I have changed my Username from “#thirteen” to “Shiv” so that I am more identifiable to the KK following. Aside from being 6 feet tall and a right-handed shot, Phil Kessel does not have whole a lot in common with Steven Stamkos. The contrast is glaringly…
Posted by Shiv on 11/30/10 | Comments 1

Brad Richards to Toronto?
Leaf Nation is notorious for building castles in the air. Any time a major player hits the market via trade or free agency, the city of Toronto becomes obsessed, even convinced, that said player’s dream is to play for the Maple Leafs. So when free-agent-to-be Brad Richards and the Dallas…
Posted by Shiv on 11/22/10 | Comments 3

Playing in Honour of Burns Tonight
As much as I’d enjoy watching the Leafs whoop the Habs by a score like 6-0, I really hope it’s a close game. Heck, I’d take a close game where the Habs win even than a blowout where the Leafs win. I know there are Leafs fans out there who…
Posted by Shiv on 11/20/10 | Comments 0

“Pat Burns May Have Saved My Life.”
The world attempts theimpossible task of putting Burnsie into words: “Pat Burns may have saved my life. I came from a little town in Quebec called Ripon, with 400 people. If Pat hadn’t got me out of my village, I don’t know where I would have ended up.” — Former…
Posted by Shiv on 11/20/10 | Comments 0

Remembering Pat Burns on HNIC Tonight
Ron MacLean with some Pat Burns stories,The loss of Pat Burns will be foremost in our hearts and minds tonight. As I’ve told a few friends in the press, Pat conjures three key memories for me. The first is from 2003 in Anaheim, Calif. I was up early to catch…
Posted by Shiv on 11/20/10 | Comments 0

Can Versteeg Keep Playing Like This?
Kris Versteeg’s 2-Goal effort against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday was the first time the Leaf winger has scored more than once in a game this season – not exactly a surprise considering he has only 4 goals on the season thus far. In fact, this was only the 4th…
Posted by Shiv on 11/18/10 | Comments 3

Live. Love. Leafs.
Help me welcome Shiv to the stable of KK bloggers.  A well educated youngster in my mind, but some of you may have to ‘rope him in’ from time to time but he does know his Leafs. Shiv basically forced himself on me, submitting blog after blog in the KK…
Posted by Shiv on 11/17/10 | Comments 15

How does this make sense?
Forget the fact that the Leafs can’t buy a goal these days. Why is Brian Burke deviating from what he has been stating for the past year? As early as 3 weeks ago, he went on the record to say that Kadri simply needs more time in the AHL -…
Posted by Shiv on 11/12/10 | Comments 0

Kadri and Aulie Called Up
Nazem Kadri and Keith Aulie have been called up. This is going to be interesting.
Posted by Shiv on 11/12/10 | Comments 0

From the Net Out
For the first time this season, The Leafs are below the 500 mark. The talk around the city is that scoring is the problem and that criticism is not without merit (especially after being shutout 3 times in the last 6 games). When the Leafs began the season 4-0-0, goals…
Posted by Shiv on 11/10/10 | Comments 0

2010 Leafs’ Draft Class Update
Brad Ross Round 2 – 43rd Overall Ross is at it once again this season. After posting 68 points and 203 PIMs in 71 games last season, the Leafs’ first pick in the 2010 draft has 17 points and 44 PIMs in 16 games this season with the Portland Winterhawks.…
Posted by Shiv on 11/08/10 | Comments 0

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Thing are quiet in Toronto today. 12 games in the Leafs are 5-5-2 and this city is fully aware of the fact that being at the 500-mark 82 games in will mean no playoffs once again. Some early season thoughts: The Good Phil Kessel – The most dangerous player on…
Posted by Shiv on 11/05/10 | Comments 0

Leafs Game Day: Toronto at Washington
Leafs (5-5-1) vs Capitals (7-4-1) The Leafs will play their first game ever without Captain Dion Phaneuf tonight and as luck would have it, they play Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Playing their second game in as many nights will not help their cause either, after losing 3-2 to…
Posted by Shiv on 11/03/10 | Comments 0

Leafs Post-Game Notes
*Orr and Komi made those pink skates look more masculine than Clint Eastwood. *The Leafs attempted 92 shots last night. Only 36 hit the net. The Leafs defense fired 17 shots from the point that were blocked. And even when they got through several of them missed the net. A…
Posted by Shiv on 10/31/10 | Comments 0

Leafs Notes for Tonight
Versteeg in. He will slot in on the Leafs’2nd Line with Grabovski and MacArthur. Christian Hanson gets the call to play on the 4th line between Orr and Brown. Gunnarsson in. Lebda out. Look for Orr to drop the gloves with Boogaard again.
Posted by Shiv on 10/30/10 | Comments 0

Leafs Game Day: NYR at Toronto
Rangers (4-4-1) vs Leafs (5-3-1) The Leafs need to get used to the fact that every game has critical implications for their playoff hopes. Washington, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Boston have 4 seeds in the East almost locked in. Then there’s Tampa Bay, New Jersey, Montreal, Buffalo and Carolina. Ottawa, NYR,…
Posted by Shiv on 10/30/10 | Comments 0

Thank You, Seguin
There is a part of Leaf Nation that will never be able to live down the fact that one of the 1st Round picks that they gave up in the Phil Kessel trade turned into Tyler Seguin. This isn’t about Jared Knight. Nor is it about the 1st Rounder next…
Posted by Shiv on 10/29/10 | Comments 0

Show Stamkos Some Respect
If Steven Stamkos were a Maple Leaf, this wouldn’t be happening. In 9 games this season, Stamkos has a stat line of 8 goals and 18 points. The next closest player is Ryan Getzlaf with 13 points in 10 games. Yet somehow, if we polled the intelligent portion of the…
Posted by Shiv on 10/28/10 | Comments 2

Leafs Game Day: Toronto at Boston
Leafs (5-2-1) vs Bruins (4-2-0) The Toronto Maple Leafs are actually ahead of the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference standings. The Bruins do have 2 games in hand, however, making this the proverbial 4-point game in the battle for division rank. The Leafs put an end to their 3-game…
Posted by Shiv on 10/28/10 | Comments 0

Leafs Better Win Tonight…
Tyler Seguin (profanity) sucks. He is the worst (profanity) forward on the planet. Tuuka Rask also (profanity) sucks. He is the worst (profanity) goalie on the planet. Jared Knight sucks so (profanity) much that he couldn’t make a team that has Tyler Seguin on it. Oh and even if we…
Posted by Shiv on 10/28/10 | Comments 0

Caputi Gets the Call
Caputi has been called up by the Leafs to skate in place of Colby Armstrong, who left last night’s game with an injury after being slashed by Chris Higgins on his hand. Keep an eye on Caputi to make the most of this opportunity after a strong preseason. He will…
Posted by Shiv on 10/27/10 | Comments 0

Orr’s Goalie Interference
Everyone is up in arms. The Florida Panthers. Colton Orr just trampled over their back-up goalie. The ref was standing right there. RIGHT THERE. Yet somehow he only noticed the puck go in. Not the 220 pound guy who obviously took the goalie out of the play. The Media. Everyone…
Posted by Shiv on 10/27/10 | Comments 0

Brian Burke Talks “Two Hits”
Brian Burke, on the AM640 yesterday, talks two trade offers, Phaneuf and Nazem Kadri. Listen to Brian Burke on AM640.
Posted by Shiv on 10/26/10 | Comments 0

Leafs Game Day: Florida at Toronto
Panthers (3-3-0) vs. Leafs (4-2-1) The Leafs need a win tonight. Badly. Or else the team might just find itself on a tailspin to oblivion and the City of Toronto will push the panic button. The Leafs’ 4-0-0 start raised eyebrows across the NHL. Brian Burke haters disappeared in that…
Posted by Shiv on 10/26/10 | Comments 2

Learning from the Predators
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Nashville Predators have a lot in common. Both have young stud Captain defensemen who play a similar game. Both have good goaltending. Both are strong on the backend. And both have a core of forwards that isn’t deep with offensive talent. But the Nashville…
Posted by Shiv on 10/26/10 | Comments 3

A Letter from Leaf Fans
Dear Toronto Maple Leafs, Please stop sucking. This city of 5.5 million people needs you. Think of us like Gotham City. In ruins. We have not seen a playoff game since the 2003-2004 season. There are people in this city who have never been old enough to legally see a…
Posted by Shiv on 10/25/10 | Comments 1

Finding Pronger in Phaneuf
Dion Phaneuf was –3 last night. He was on the ice for 4 out of the 5 goals. He made a lazy play with his stick that led to a Mike Richards goal; he got unlucky when a slap shot from the point ricocheted off his skate into the net;…
Posted by Shiv on 10/24/10 | Comments 0

Shoot the #%$! Puck, Kaberle
This isn’t the first time someone has told Tomas Kaberle to shoot more. He may be a world-class offensive d-man. He may be able to move the puck up the ice and quarterback a powerplay better than almost anyone on the planet. But his shortcoming as an offensive d-man is…
Posted by Shiv on 10/23/10 | Comments 0

Leafs Game Day: Toronto at Philly (7:00 pm EST)
Leafs (4-1-1) at Philly (2-3-1) The Leafs have something to prove this game. After a 4-0-0 start, the Leafs have lost the last two games: An overtime loss to the Islanders which the Leafs dominated from start to finish but could not pull out the W; and a regulation to…
Posted by Shiv on 10/23/10 | Comments 0

Orr vs Boogaard
Colton Orr Height: 6’ 3” Weight: 220 Pounds vs Derek Boogaard Height: 6’ 8” Wight: 257 Points For those who didn’t see the fight:
Posted by Shiv on 10/22/10 | Comments 0

Leaf Nation and Charlie Brown
The heart says: This year is different. This year the Leafs will be a top 8 team in the East. The head says: on paper, the Leafs are the worst team in the Northeast, and that means another year out of the playoffs. We fall in love with the Leafs…
Posted by Shiv on 10/22/10 | Comments 0