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Maple Leafs News: Trade Deadline and Injuries

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-02-08

There is never a dull day when considering the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the NHL’s most polarizing franchises. Mired in mediocrity for so long, many thought that the light at the end of the tunnel would never arrive. Little by little, however, good things are happening. The product on the ice is becoming more structured under Mike Babcock. Sheldon Keefe is helping to turn the Marlies into legitimate contenders who are deep at every position. The big club has a crack squad of experienced management to guide them in matters of trade and draft. Things are starting to look up for the franchise, and the next big challenge will be at the trade deadline. Who Stays and Who Goes at the Deadli

Mike Babcock following Monday practice

Source: Toronot Maple Leafs
Date: 2016-02-08

Mike Babcock spoke to the media before the Leafs departed for Calgary on Monday. Here's what he had to say... Opening Remarks: Bozak is not making the trip to start with, he's not feeling good. Matthias isn't coming on the trip to start with,...

Michael Grabner pays back billets with ultimate gift

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2016-02-08

Michael Grabner got help adjusting to North America when he needed it the most, now he paid back his former billets with a once in a lifetime gift. Last night the Denver Broncos won Superbowl 50 with a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. In the crowd were two very overjoyed Broncos fans, and they got there with help from Maple Leafs forward Michael Grabner. The story was told to Fox Sports, and is too awesome to not share: Michael Grabner moved to Spokane, Wash. from Austria to play with the WHL's Spokane Chiefs when he was 17 years old. His billets that year, and for his time in the Dub were Rachel and Rob McCann. Grabner grew attached to his new North American family, and

Maple Leafs without Bozak, Lupul, Matthias on road trip

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-02-08

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without a trio of key forwards for at least the start of their upcoming Western Conference road trip. The team announced Monday that Tyler Bozak, Joffrey Lupul and Shawn Matthias will not travel with the team as the Maple Leafs prepare for a Tuesday game in Calgary against the Flames. They follow that up with games at Edmonton Thursday, Vancouver Saturday and Chicago next Monday before returning home to face the Rangers next Thursday. Matthias has whiplash, Lupul a "middle body" injury and Bozak not feeling well. All 3 will not travel to Calgary. — Shawn McKenzie (@ShawnMcKenzieSN) February 8, 2016 Bozak left Saturday’s game against the Se

Toronto Maple Leafs recall Josh Leivo and Mark Arcobello; Bozak, Lupul and Matthias to miss Western Canada road tirp

Source: Maple Leafs Hotstove
Date: 2016-02-08

Since getting sent down on January 11, Mark Arcobello has been on an offensive tear for the Toronto Marlies. He failed to register on the scoresheet in two games for the first time this season, before recording five straight multi-point outings. He’s carried on that level of offensive output by extending his point streak to eight games. The post Toronto Maple Leafs recall Josh Leivo and Mark Arcobello; Bozak, Lupul and Matthias to miss Western Canada road tirp appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.

Guess Who's Back: Leafs Recall Arcobello, Leivo and Clune From the Marlies

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2016-02-08

Embed from Getty Images With the Maple Leafs about to embark on a four-game road trip that will take them through Western Canada, the team was forced to make a few roster changes this morning. Mark Arcobello, Josh Leivo and Rich Clune have been recalled from the Marlies.

NHL Rumors: Canadiens, Lightning and Scouting

Source: My NHL Trade Rumors
Date: 2016-02-08

On the Montreal Canadiens … Brian Wilde: There was a rumor going around last week that Tomas Plekanec had asked for a trade. When Francois Gagnon asked him about on the weekend, Plekanec laughed and said he didn’t. On the Tampa Bay Lightning … Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times: The Lightning are in a good spot with regards to their goaltenders – Ben Bishop (29) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (21). Bishop has another season left on his contract at a $5.95 million salary cap hit. Vasilevskiy has another year left on his entry-level deal.Lightning GM Steve Yzerman will have decision to make eventually, but Yzerman said it’s “a way off.” “It’s Andr

NHL Rumors: Red Wings and Maple Leafs

Source: My NHL Trade Rumors
Date: 2016-02-08

On the Detroit Red Wings … Ansar Khan of MLive: (mailbag) Petr Mrazek is the Red Wings No. 1 goalie now and in the future, and he’s going to need a raise. The Wings can’t have a $5.3 million cap hit as a backup next season, and Jimmy Howard probably doesn’t want to be a backup either.It’s not going to be easy to trade Howard who has three years left and $16 million owing. The Red Wings will likely have to retain some salary or at least take on a bad contract. The contract would have to be less than Howard’s $5.3 million. The Flames, Sabres and Jets might be on the short list of teams that would be interested in Howard. The Red Wings could use another big

Trade Him or Keep Him: James Reimer

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2016-02-08

Optimus Reim is up for free agency this summer. Should the Maple Leafs re-sign him, or trade him? James Reimer, Maple Leafs goaltender for the past six seasons is now eligible for unrestricted free agency. Pre-Leafs James Reimer was drafted out of the WHL's Red Deer Rebels in the 4th round, 99th overall at the 2006 NHL entry draft. in the following two seasons in the WHL Reimer played 90 games, with a 34-38-11 record. He had a .914 save% and a 2.70 GAA. Post-Junior he headed to the ECHL, and the Maple Leafs then affiliate the Reading Royals. The Royals were not very good so the Leafs arranged a trade to the South Carolina Stingrays, who were heading o the Kelly cup playoffs. Reimer wou

Has There Ever Been a Maple Leafs Season This Boring?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-02-08

LEAFS DAILY Well, another week closer to the trade deadline. That’s about all you can say for the last week of the Leafs season. They won two games during the week and then were blown out Saturday by the Senators. But who cares? It’s hard to get up for losses and even harder to get up for wins that only hurt the future. This has the effect of leaving the fans of the team in some kind of hockey purgatory. At least that is my feeling. Maybe there are some super hardcore fans out there who still hope a playoff date can still be arranged. I will never be mistaken for a realist, but that ship has sailed. Whether you just want the team to do well or you’re embracing the losses

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