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Say what you will about Phaneuf as a captain or even as a No. Just four days later, there were Neil and Phaneuf at the Ottawa Senators team hotel Wednesday morning, sitting together, sipping java and telling tall tales.
Breaking bread with teammates. Taking instructions from Sens assistant Jason Smith during the morning skate as he prepared to make his first game appearance Wednesday night against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Then, last but not least, facing a throng of cameras, microphones and notepads that went at least four deep around him. Seeing such a large gaggle of reporters for a road game is something these Senators are not accustomed to seeing every day.
Then again, this was no ordinary day. If the former Leafs captain could stickhandle on the ice with the same skill as he did in avoiding talking about his time in Toronto, he would still be a Leaf uniform. We, the Toronto media contingent, asked the questions about the Leafs. I have nothing but good things to say about my time in Toronto. I had a couple flights to get here yesterday, a lot of time to think. Phaneuf found out about the deal on Tuesday morning when he received a call from Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello.
While the rest of the Toronto players prepared to face the Calgary Flames, Phaneuf packed up and headed to the airport en route to Motown.
After you digest everything. I have nothing but good things to say, I wish everyone there all the best in Toronto. I know I played as hard as I possibly could, I worked as hard as I possibly could for that organization. In the end, the Senators were among a number of teams — reportedly somewhere in the range of 10 — that he was willing to waive his no-trade clause for. You battle against them. You respect them. The rest will just come.
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His goals-against average by the end of play on Saturday was 2. The only categories in which Andersen led the league this season were shots-against — 2, in 66 games for an average of He was also No.
The rest came as Andersen finally began showing signs of wear after all that playing time. He surrendered 17 goals in those losses. The period also included an undisclosed injury, suspected to be a mild concussion, which kept him out of two games. Suffice to say if Andersen could not regain his form, the Maple Leafs could not count on a long run when the playoffs begin later this week. There were a couple of saves in particular that showed Andersen was back in command of his game.
Early in the second period, Andersen nicely anticipated a pass across the slot and slid over to deny a wide-open Brendan Gallagher.
He always gives us a chance to win. Going into the playoffs, we feel confident with both of our goalies. Andersen, 28, allowed it was nice to set an individual franchise record but he has his eye on bigger things in the playoffs. Those are key factors in that record. I think everyone is proud of it along with the most points [record] too.
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Leafs Nation Network. Leafs Nation. Maple Leafs News. Gilmour Ready For Saturday Night. In fact, as soon as Gilmour hung up on a conference call Thursday afternoon, he planned on continuing to try to catch up with Burns, his coach during the Leafs three-round playoff runs in and The year-old Burns, who has undergone chemotherapy to repel colon and liver cancer, now has lung cancer.
He will refuse any further chemotherapy. Gilmour did not say if he would be there but it seems very unlikely. It was the beginning of a short but magical run. That was one team with no animosity, no jealously; we all liked each other. We hung together off and on the ice. But Burns was sage; he went easy on his team when it lost. When the team was at its best was when Burns turned taskmaster. Gilmour has gone to the source to prepare for Saturday. He turned to Wendel Clark whose number 17 was retired earlier this season.
Like Clark, Gilmour will opt for a short speech. When I put my helmet on, I was a complete idiot. Gilmour only played regular season games as a Leaf, the equivalent of five seasons. He scored goals and recorded points.Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas speaks to the media about the recently acquired players the Los Angeles Kings in a trade during a press conference in Toronto on Thursday, February 6, The Maple Leafs ' general manager swung a trade with the Los Angeles Kings for the netminder late Wednesday as he looks to steady Toronto's shaky backup position with No.
The Leafs also got bruising forward Kyle Clifford, who Dubas represented when he was an agent, in the deal that saw winger Trevor Moore, a third-round pick in and a conditional third-rounder in go to the Kings. Marie Greyhounds back in NovemberDubas acquired the highly-touted Campbell from the Windsor Spitfires for two players and seven draft picks. The blockbuster swap was supposed to propel Sault Ste. Marie on a long playoff run, but the Greyhounds instead fell flat and finished one point behind the Spitfires to miss the post-season altogether.
Dubas, however, dusted himself off from that misstep and eventually built the OHL franchise to a point where he was hired to join the Leafs ' front office in Dubas needs Campbell to fill the troublesome No.
Garret Sparks was unable to carry the load inand Michael Hutchinson hasn't been up to the challenge in A team that began the season with Stanley Cup aspirations, Toronto's star-studded roster sat outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture heading into Thursday's action - a point back of Florida for third in the Atlantic Division, and two adrift of the second wild-card spot with the Feb.
The 11th overall pick in the draft by Dallas, Campbell is with a. The year-old from Port Huron, Mich. The Leafsmeanwhile, surrendered the ninth-most shots heading into Thursday at Andersen, who suffered a neck injury in Monday's demoralizing loss to Florida, worked out with goalie coach Steve Briere as Dubas, Campbell and Clifford met the media at the Leafs ' practice facility.
Dubas said there was more urgency to get Campbell into the fold with the uncertainty surrounding Andersen, who's with a. The year-old had won four straight starts heading into Wednesday's game in New York, but surrendered four goals on 30 shots in a loss to the Rangers, including a soul-crushing sequence just 34 seconds after Toronto had cut its deficit to Hutchinson has also been terrible in relief with three consecutive losses and a.
Clifford, meanwhile, should add some much-needed muscle to the bottom-6 forward group. The six-foot-two, pound winger from Ayr, Ont. A Stanley Cup champion with the Kings in andClifford also has as many fights three this season as the rest of Toronto's roster combined. Dubas has assembled a skilled group, but said the reason he hasn't previously added a player of Clifford's ilk - one able to skate as well as take care of himself and his teammates - is simply because there aren't many available in today's game.
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He was raised in a hockey-crazed family and learned to play in California. His father loved the Red Wings, but moved the family around. A lot. There were also chance meetings with Leafs coach Mike Babcock along the way. And when the family moved to Detroit for hockey reasons, Robertson would make sure to trick-or-treat at the Babcock house. Then finally, Saturday.
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He thought his name might have been called Friday — he was a first-round talent to a lot of draft experts — but lasted until 53rd overall. I know I had my eye on it. To have a teammate there, Der-Arguchintsev, is special and what he said about Toronto is amazing. Now to be a part of it is pretty special. A few things stood out to the Leafs about Robertson, whose brother Jason was drafted by Dallas two years ago. The Leafs liked that he loves hockey and has that inner desire to be better, to be a great player.
And what shone as he did interviews Saturday with the assembled media at Rogers Arena is how much the Asian-American embraced the idea of being a role model. Hopefully they can step in my shoes one day. Hopefully I can set an example that no matter who you are, you can always succeed. The consensus is that the Leafs did well. Robertson was rated much higher on a number of draft boards. Small, quick and skilled, Robertson had 27 goals and 28 assists for the Petes last season.
Robertson was the first of six undersized prospects the Leafs took over the weekend. Especially not having a first-round pick. None are taller than five-foot, though Kokkonen weighed in at pounds. Things change.
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The year-old Dane has reached the mark faster than any European goalie in league history. Louis, Vancouver and Calgary. Their only loss came Thursday night against the Flames. Eichel had a goal and an assist on Saturday as he extended his points streak to 16 games. The Maple Leafs weighed giving one start to Michael Hutchinson but opted not to. Toronto has now beaten Edmonton the last six times they have played and are against the Oilers in their last The game was fast-paced and cleanly played.
A penalty was not called until remained in the second period. Jake Muzzin was whistled for a hold on McDavid, but Toronto killed off the penalty with only one shot allowed. The Maple Leafs had killed off 18 of their last 19 penalties heading into the game.
Toronto went ahead when Alexander Kerfoot netted a shot from 13 feet away with left in the first period. Toronto increased the advantage to early in the second when Mikheyev shovelled one past Mikko Koskinen from a few feet away on the right side of the net. It was the first goal for the Russian rookie in 21 games dating back to Oct.
Touched up for four goals in a loss in Calgary on Thursday, Andersen made a handful of excellent saves to keep the Oilers off the boards in the first period. McDavid faked this way and that but could not finish it off. That was closely followed by a nifty glove save on a hard wrist shot from the left wing by James Neal, a stop on a long wrist shot by Leon Draisaitl and a save on a backhand by Neal. McDavid and Draisaitl entered the game with 20 points a piece and were first and second in the NHL in scoring, with 57 and 55 points.
McDavid was held off the scoresheet and Draisaitl was limited to one assist, on a power-play goal in the third period by Alex Chiasson with remaining. It was only the fourth time in the last 20 games that McDavid failed to get a point. Both teams are fast, but the Oilers play with more of a rough edge than the Maple Leafs.This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. The Marlies were hard at work Friday, preparing for a game against Cleveland on Saturday, while the parent club took the day off.
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Both have been closing in on 30 minutes a night lately, after having their seasons interrupted by injury earlier. Liljegren, taken 17th overall in the draft, was out from Dec. Bracco, a second-round pick in leads the Marlies in scoring with 56 points 15 goals, 41 assists. And Hutchinson, the veteran goalie acquired mid-season from Florida, has fit in well with the Marlies.
He won two of his five games with the Leafs earlier this season. Rosen, who leads all AHL defencemen in assists, was the most likely defenceman to get a call before he was hurt blocking a shot last week.
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