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We’re now a few weeks removed from Mariano Rivera’s final game at Yankee Stadium, which means most sports fans who watched it have had enough time to stop crying while awkwardly insisting that they’re not crying.As a ho...
We’re now a few weeks removed from Mariano Rivera’s final game at Yankee Stadium, which means most sports fans who watched it have had enough time to stop crying while awkwardly insisting that they’re not crying.As a hockey fan, I watched Rivera’s exit while thinking How can I take that wonderful baseball moment and translate it into a hockey post? And that’s how I came up with the idea of listing 10 legendary NHL players who, like Rivera, played their entire career with one team.And then I thought How can I take this idea for a feel-good walk through the pages of hockey history and turn it into an excuse for people to yell at each other? And that’s when I decided that instead of just listing 10 guys, I’d also rank them.So here we go: the 10 best players in NHL history, in order, among those who spent their entire career with one franchise.10. Denis Potvin, New York Islanders (1973-1988)Potvin won three Norris Trophies and four Stanley Cups during a 15-year career in which he established himself as one of the most respected …Hold on, I need to pause for a minute while all the Ranger fans chant “Potvin Sucks” for a while.Still waiting.Still waiting …OK, you know what, there are only so many hours in the day so let’s just agree that Potvin was one of the most-respected players in the league as long as you weren’t in Madison Square Garden. He captained the Islanders’ early '80s dynasty that captured four straight championships and won 19 consecutive postseason series, a record that likely stands as completely unbreakable in the salary-cap era. He averaged just less than a point per game over his career, and retired as the league’s all-time leading scorer among defensemen.As for you still-chanting Rangers fans, here’s a fun fact: Potvin claimed that Mike Keenan asked him to make a comeback and join the 1993-94 Rangers team that eventually won the Stanley Cup. Potvin, who by then was 41 years old and had been out of hockey for six years, considered the offer but eventually declined.>> Read the full post on Grantland
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John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Randy Carlyle and Dave Nonis were apparently not too pleased with their team’s losing effort last night, and have opted to make some changes to the roster. Leafs send down Smith and Devane. Recall Brol...
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Randy Carlyle and Dave Nonis were apparently not too pleased with their team’s losing effort last night, and have opted to make some changes to the roster. Leafs send down Smith and Devane. Recall Broll, Leivo and Brennan. Shaking things up. — James Mirtle (@mirtle) October 9, 2013 Last night’s game was Jamie Devane’s second of the season, while it was the first regular season appearance in a Leafs’ uniform for Trevor Smith. They both played on a fourth line that saw limited ice time, with Devane registering 4:51 and Smith accumulating 5:16. Defenseman T.J. Brennan was named AHL player of the week after posting a jaw-dropping six points in only two games on the weekend. He picked up his first career hat trick in a 4-3 win over Grand Rapids on Saturday. Before we begin speculating on which d-man is the odd-man out with Brennan being called up, it’s important to keep this is mind: No surprise the Leafs recalled a defenceman – they want to have seven at all times on the road, and they’re headed to Nashville today. — James Mirtle (@mirtle) October 9, 2013 (By the way, if you’re not following James Mirtle on Twitter by now, why do you even have a Twitter account?) With that being said, it’ll be interesting to see if Carlyle puts Brennan in the lineup for tomorrow night’s game in Nashville. Paul Ranger has struggled at times keeping up with the pace of the NHL. Brennan brings good skating ability and a pretty wicked shot from the blue line. Josh Leivo and David Broll picked up an assist and two assists respectively in Saturday’s Marlies game, but both were held scoreless in the 5-1 win against Lake Erie the following day. Leivo is an intriguing player as he’s only 20 years old, but clearly has ample offensive talent. Carlyle even called up Leivo back to the big club during the preseason after he had been demoted to the Marlies because he wanted to get another look at him. Leivo had three goals and one assist in three preseason games (although I’m not sure if he played in the preseason opener or not because there’s no box score available). Broll isn’t seen as having the kind of offensive upside as Leivo, but can still bring value to the fourth line with his speed and grit. I see him as a smaller, faster version of Devane who can hopefully give that fourth line a little bit more oomph (the technical term). The 20-year-old saw six games of preseason action, posting one assist. I didn’t see any problems with Smith or Devane’s play (probably because they hardly saw the ice last night), but I still like the idea of giving Leivo and Broll shots with the big club. Leivo has scoring ability, so hopefully he’ll see time alongside Nazem Kadri. This will probably mean Colton Orr will get demoted back to his usual spot on the fourth line, and Jay McClement will surely be back after sitting out the last game attending the birth of his child. That would leave Broll and Troy Bodie to battle it out for that last forward spot, at least until Frazer McLaren comes back from injury. UPDATE: Then there’s, uhhhh, this: Lupul hurt by hit last night. Bruised leg. Nothing serious. Day-to-day. May miss tomorrow’s game. — James Mirtle (@mirtle) October 9, 2013 If Joffrey Lupul misses the game, look for Leivo to possibly jump into the top six. Leafs call up T.J. Brennan, Josh Leivo and David Broll from Marlies - Editor In Leaf - Editor In Leaf - A Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports The Toronto Maple Leafs lost a hockey game last night. PERFECT SEASON, RUINED. BURN THE PARADE. #TMLTalk — Ace (@SuicidePass) October 9, 2013 We hear ya, Ace. If you missed the game (which was really...
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports The Toronto Maple Leafs lost a hockey game last night. PERFECT SEASON, RUINED. BURN THE PARADE. #TMLTalk — Ace (@SuicidePass) October 9, 2013 We hear ya, Ace. If you missed the game (which was really kind of boring and weird), here’s the Game In Six: Mohamed has the recap up, but I’d like to draw your attention to a couple of interesting statistics. Nazem Kadri started only 7.1 per cent of his shifts in the offensive zone, yet he still managed to destroy his competition in Corsi events (all shot attempts directed to the net) 22 to 6. That’s a Corsi For percentage of 78.6 per cent. And that’s with Colton Orr on his line for most of the night. Why was Kadri playing on the third line again? Mirtle: Could the Leafs really trade Jake Gardiner? I really, really, really hope not, but with the way Carlyle seems to sour on players quickly, the possibility is there. From James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail. Why Toronto Maple Leafs trading Jake Gardiner would be a mistake Michael Traikos of the National Post writes of Carlyle and Gardiner’s relationship: “The two are simply not compatible.” In the same way that Carlyle and Mikhail Grabovski weren’t compatible? I’m getting pretty sick of this weird system of accountability where skilled players (Grabovski, Nazem Kadri, Gardiner) get punished for every single mistake while less-skilled players (Tyler Bozak, Colton Orr, Mark Fraser) can apparently do no wrong in Carlyle’s eyes. Rant over. Dater: Paul Stastny could be odd man out with Avalanche by season’s end I know these Avs-Leafs rumours have been going on forever, but a trade between the two definitely makes some sense. Cody Franson for Stastny? Would that be enough? From Adrian Dater of The Denver Post. The Dynamic (Extra Man) Duo I wouldn’t mind either T.J. Brennan or John-Michael Liles taking a spot from Paul Ranger or Mark Fraser. They both certainly look like NHL-caliber defensemen. From Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation. Big Leafs Hits PPP of Pension Plan Puppets has done a couple of promotional pieces for the NHL 14 video game because he’s a sellout. But at least this one gives us an excuse to watch awesome YouTube clips of Leafs destroying other players. The 5 Funniest Hockey Tweets of the Week: Full Swing Edition The best weekly series on the Internet continues. From Megalodon of Battle of California. Browsing the Barilkosphere – October 9, 2013 - Editor In Leaf - Editor In Leaf - A Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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Cody Franson has been a lot of things to the Toronto Maple Leafs.  He’s seen more of the pressbox than the entire MLHS writing staff combined.  He’s been top 10 in defensemen scoring.  He’s twice held out on contract demands, only to sig...
Cody Franson has been a lot of things to the Toronto Maple Leafs.  He’s seen more of the pressbox than the entire MLHS writing staff combined.  He’s been top 10 in defensemen scoring.  He’s twice held out on contract demands, only to sign below market value.  But last season saw him change from bench warmer to playoff warrior; and through the first four games of the 2013-14 season he’s looked ready for more. Already in this young season, Franson’s importance to the Leafs defense hasn’t gone unnoticed.  While the sample size is small, Franson is receiving 23:53 in ice time a night compared to just 18:47 last season.  While it’s not unheard of to see players’ usage increase as they develop, a five minute jump is more than a 25% increase.  Known for defensive lapses in his checkered career, the increase in TOI is coming at both even strength and on the PK.  Coach Randy Carlyle has almost doubled Franson’s shorthanded ice time, a testament to the faith (or reliance) Carlyle has for him. There’s also the little matter about his linemate, the solitary blue-chipper in the Leafs system, Morgan Rielly.   Ahead of the season, most wouldn’t have thought to pair the two given their offensive bent.  Yet Carlyle has entrusted the crown jewel of the Leafs organization to Franson.  The early returns don’t look bad for the triple 4 line, either. This despite being less than two weeks clear of the protracted contract negotiations that saw Franson miss all of training camp and all but the final two preseason games.  A lot of pundits (this one included) thought that Franson would find himself in Carlyle’s bad books and back in the press box.  Yet in an olive-branch move by Carlyle (one that shakes the very foundation of his feuding coach image), Franson’s coming over the boards more often and in increasingly difficult situations. So why the upswing in minutes? There’s a lot of factors in play. The first – and likely most boring reason – is that the Sicamoose, BC, native is the team’s only right handed shot on the back end.  From a matchup standpoint, he provides a different look to the lineup than any of his D-corps comrades.  Carlyle is fond of certain looks on the power play and in the offensive zone, and both Franson’s skillset and handedness benefit him.  But luck and funny numbers aren’t the sole cause for Franson to see more ice time than any Leafs D outside of Dion Phaneuf. A more controversial and disconcerting take is that whether fans like it or not, Franson might be the third best defenseman on the team de facto.  Carlyle tends to favour players who he knows can play the style he wants. Carlyle doesn’t really know what he has yet in Morgan Rielly.  He knows what he has in Ranger: not much.  He doesn’t like what he has in Jake Gardiner, at least not every game. But Carlyle does know what Franson is capable of, and clearly feels more confident with one of him or Phaneuf on the ice in all situations (a move similar to how he used Chris Pronger and Francois Beauchemin in Anaheim).  And from the sound of it, Franson and Carlyle are finally on the same page and have a working dialogue. Franson on Carlyle: 'He's demanding & he's passionate. He wants things done a certain way, done properly & he wants them done now.' — Mark Masters (@markhmasters) October 8, 2013 Yet most notably, it’s clear that Franson has matured since arriving in Toronto a few years ago.  He’s only now a NHL veteran of over 250 combined regular season and playoff games, despite this being fifth season.  In Nashville and Toronto, Franson saw very small, incremental increases in his playing time (14:11, 15:10, 16:11, 18:47 from 09/10 through 12/13 seasons). He steadily played more in 2013 as he rose above the heap of replacement-level rearguards in service to Toronto last season.  Yet it wasn’t until the postseason where Franson was truly given the minutes (24 a night) to prove he can be an all-situations defender.  Unlike a couple Leafs players who se
about 9 hours ago
Everybody chill. It's not the end of the world. Game Recaps: Leafs Nation MLHS Link Jake Gardiner Trade Speculation? (Repeated use of the word "no") A Well Know Path Can Luke Schenn even play anymore? No. Nonis' Men ...
Everybody chill. It's not the end of the world. Game Recaps: Leafs Nation MLHS Link Jake Gardiner Trade Speculation? (Repeated use of the word "no") A Well Know Path Can Luke Schenn even play anymore? No. Nonis' Men Are Here for a Reason Gotta love the old "Stanley Cup Experience" moniker. The Dynamic (Extra Man) Duo Brennan and Liles apparently tearing it up in the AHL. Lifeless Leafs Spoil Solid Start by Bernier This is correct.
about 10 hours ago
There were a total of 8 games played last night and there was no shortage of goalie headlines that came out of it. From a couple of key injuries to a battle between Thing #1 and Thing #2 and then another great game from my Breakout Playe...
There were a total of 8 games played last night and there was no shortage of goalie headlines that came out of it. From a couple of key injuries to a battle between Thing #1 and Thing #2 and then another great game from my Breakout Player of the Year candidate I noted to in the FHS Roundtable Predictions. The goalies didn't steal the complete show however as we also had a couple of firsts and a memorable game from Tomas Hertl!! Patrick Roy and the Colorado Avalanche remained undefeated after 3 games with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It should be no secret that back in the day, Roy was my favorite player growing up. He was always a furious competitor who had, and still does have a short temper that is matched by few. The passion he brings to the game seems to be rubbing off on the Avs so far and we might be witnessing one of the quicker turnarounds for a franchise in recent years. They look good. Semyon Varlamov is one of the benefactors of the new Roy regime, specifically new goalie coach Francois Allaire, as he is off to an amazing start with 3 wins, 1.00 GAA and .967 SV%. I picked him as my Breakout Player of the Year in the FHS Roundtable Predictions. This after I traded him in a keeper for Jonas Hiller...why? Well, um...yeah I have nothing.... Gabriel Landeskog was back after missing a game with a leg injury. He didn't hit the scoresheet but was robbed by Bernier on one play and still managed to finish with 4 SOG, 3 Hits and 2 Blocks. He is going to be a multi-cat stud for many years to come. Stating the obvious there. Joffrey Lupul scored a goal and collected 5 SOG and 2 Hits. He did however look uncomfortable after colliding skating backwards and seemed to be nursing the dreaded LBI. He stayed in the game but something worth monitoring for an injury prone player. Mike Smith got lit up for 5 goals on 20 shots against the New York Islanders. He is a notorious slow starter so I wouldn't be too concerned at this point. Thomas Greiss came in and stopped 5 of 6 shots in a relief effort. John Tavares scored his first 2 goals of the season while adding 2 PIM, 5 SOG and 1 Hit. Tavares owners have to be happy with this outing and for what's to come from #91. The second line of Josh Bailey, Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner combined for 1 Goal, 8 Assists, and a +4 rating while averaging around 15 minutes of ice time. A huge night for that line. Evgeni Nabokov claimed his 2nd win of the young season which gives him a 1.89 GAA and .935 SV% after 3 games. The Flyers did what they were supposed to do. Go out and get a win for their new coach Craig Berube with a 2-1 victory over the Panthers. Claude Giroux finished with no points on 1 SOG and a -1 rating. But he also had over 20 minutes of ice time and nearly 7 minutes of powerplay time! Hey Claude, that's 4 games now without a point to start the season. You wanna try a different stick, maybe? Please? Drew Shore finished with just one hit on his stat line. He also only played 9:44 of ice time and was a healthy scratch last game. He should only be on your farm team if you are in a deep league but this is disappointing to see nonetheless. Tim Thomas left the game early with a groin injury after letting in 2 Goals on 5 Shots. Jacob Markstrom came in and stopped all 25 shots he faced. A great sign for Markstrom owners. Back to Tim Thomas though for a bit of a rant and a wildly speculative hunch which by no means reflect the thoughts of the rest of the team here on FHS. In his first game, Thomas stopped 25 of 27 shots and looked pretty good. This I believe is due to his first game back after "retirement" and having the adrenaline to make for a good show. Since then however, he has let in 9 Goals on 33 Shots and has now suffered a groin injury. Thomas could very well be done before it even started. Does Thomas still have the competitive instinct in him? For sure he does because all goalies do. That
about 13 hours ago
6 minute video recap of the Leafs‘ 2-1 loss to the Avalanche in game 4 of the 2013-14 season.
6 minute video recap of the Leafs‘ 2-1 loss to the Avalanche in game 4 of the 2013-14 season.
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The Leafs got away with a two points in one home ice victory, but couldn’t pull off back-to-back thefts at Air Canada Centre. Three nights after coming from behind to defeat Ottawa in a shootout in their home opener, Toronto showed...
The Leafs got away with a two points in one home ice victory, but couldn’t pull off back-to-back thefts at Air Canada Centre. Three nights after coming from behind to defeat Ottawa in a shootout in their home opener, Toronto showed similar flaws in defending their zone as they did in their outing versus the
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Joffrey Lupul speaks with the media following Toronto’s 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
Joffrey Lupul speaks with the media following Toronto’s 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
about 17 hours ago
Randy Carlyle speaks with the media following Toronto’s 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
Randy Carlyle speaks with the media following Toronto’s 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
about 18 hours ago