Toronto Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs 6, Islanders 2

Go Leafs Go!Welcome to Toronto Mr. Leetch. We hope you enjoy your stay in our fair city. With nights like last night, it looks like it will be a pleasant one. Your three assists led us to an easy victory and our power play seemed much more formidable with you at the helm. This looks like it could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
37-18-9-3
86 points
Tied for 1st in Conference
6-2 Win vs. New York Islanders
3-2 Win vs. Boston Bruins
3-0 Win vs. New Jersey Devils
M. Sundin - 65
B. McCabe - 44
G. Roberts - 39

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Leafs Trade For Leetch

Leafs TradeOff the wire last night...

John Ferguson, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday evening that the hockey club has acquired defenceman Brian Leetch and a conditional draft choice from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenceman Max Kondratiev, forward Jarkko Immonen, Toronto's first-round pick in the 2004 Entry Draft and the team's second-round pick in 2005.

The Leafs needed an upgrade on the blue line and this is exactly that. The key to this deal is the Leafs hold on to blue-chippers like Carlo Colaiacovo and Alexander Steen and don't give up anyone on their active roster. Brian Leetch, 36, has played 57 games for the New York Rangers this season collecting 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) with 24 penalty minutes. He ranks fifth in the NHL in average ice time (26:14) and 10th among NHL defencemen in points. Leetch leads the team in powerplay points (19) and average ice time as well as leading all team defencemen in goals, assists, points and shots (165). He's a very nice addition to the blue and white.

Prior to Nicklas Lidstrom winning the Conn Smythe Trophy for Detroit a couple of years back, Leetch was the answer to one of my favourite trivia questions. "Who is the only non-Canadian to with the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the NHL Playoffs? The answer, of course, was Brian Leetch.

For updates on all the NHL trading action as we approach the trade deadline, visit TSN's Trade Deadline page.

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Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 2

Go Leafs Go!For the first time in a while, a healthy Maple Leafs team took the ice last night when Gary Roberts returned from injury. This is great news.

It was a very important game against a good team and the Leafs prevailed thanks to another game winning goal by Mats Sundin. He leads the NHL in winning goals (10) and third-period points (33). The Maple Leafs are tied with Ottawa, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay for first overall in the Eastern Conference with 84 points. Boston has 82. It's going to be a battle to the finish - it's a great time of year!

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
36-18-9-3
84 points
Tied for 1st in Conference
3-2 Win vs. Boston
3-0 Win vs. New Jersey
4-3 Loss vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
M. Sundin - 63
B. McCabe - 41
O. Nolan - 38

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Maple Leafs 3, New Jersey Devils 0

Go Leafs Go!Ed-die! Ed-die! Ed-die! Ed-die! Ed-die!

The return of Eddie Belfour seemed to re-energize the Maple Leafs tonight as they easily disposed of a pretty good hockey team tonight thus ending our longest losing streak of the season at two. The shutout was the 71st of his career, putting him in a tie with Harry Lumley for 10th on the NHL career list. With Belfour between the pipes, his teammates play with confidence. Our Stanley Cup hopes rest on his 38 year old shoulders.

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
35-18-9-3
82 points
Tied for 2nd in Northeast
3-0 Win vs. New Jersey
4-3 Loss vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
4-0 Loss vs. Florida Panthers
M. Sundin - 61
B. McCabe - 40
O. Nolan - 38

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Trade Watch

Go Leafs Go!The entire torontomike.com staff is watching the wire for any word of a trade involving the Maple Leafs. Sergei Gonchar was scratched from the Caps lineup yesterday, and more interesting than that, a Sergei Gonchar bio page has sprung up on the official Maple Leafs website. Unless they've taken it down by now, you can see it here. Where there's smoke there is often fire my friends.

All Maple Leaf trades will be posted here. The NHL trade deadline is March 9th. For an excellent synopsis of all trades in the NHL thus far, visit the TSN Trade Deadline page.

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Maple Leafs 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 4

Go Leafs Go!Our beloved Maple Leafs have lost three straight games and five of their last eight.

Eddie Belfour missed his eight consecutive game and Gary Roberts missed his seventh in a row. Media reports suggest a trade is in the works that will send Sergei Gonchar to Toronto for Carlo Colaiacovo and a draft pick. We need something to shake things up. The effort lately has been abysmal.

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
34-18-9-3
80 points
Tied for 2nd in Northeast
4-3 Loss vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
4-0 Loss vs. Florida Panthers
2-1 Loss vs. Carolina Hurricanes
M. Sundin - 61
B. McCabe - 40
O. Nolan - 38

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Maple Leafs 0, Florida Panthers 4

Go Leafs Go!Aw-ful adj. Extremely bad or unpleasant; terrible: the Maple Leafs were awful last night.

On the positive front, Eddie Belfour should return tonight and a big deal for a defensemen is in the works. Will it be Sergei Gonchar or Brian Leetch? Who will we have to give up? Stay tuned.

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
34-18-9-3
80 points
2nd in Northeast
4-0 Loss vs. Florida Panthers
2-1 Loss vs. Carolina Hurricanes
5-4 Win vs. Montreal Canadiens
M. Sundin - 59
B. McCabe - 39
O. Nolan - 38

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Maple Leafs 1, Hurricanes 2

Go Leafs Go!This ticks me off. With Ottawa 6-1-1-2 in their last ten games and showing no sign of letting up, the Maple Leafs have to win these games. Playing Carolina at the ACC has to amount to two points in the standings. There is no other option for a serious contender.

With the loss, Ottawa now has a game in hand and a point lead in the standings. Thankfully, Boston lost and remains two points behind. It's going to be a race to the finish and the Northeast crown for these three teams. I suggest Fergie upgrade the personnel for the stretch drive.

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
34-17-9-3
80 points
2nd in Northeast
2-1 Loss vs. Carolina Hurricanes
5-4 Win vs. Montreal Canadiens
2-1 Win vs. Carolina Hurricanes
M. Sundin - 59
B. McCabe - 39
O. Nolan - 38

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Maple Leafs 5, Canadiens 4

Go Leafs Go!Phew. Watching a 4-0 lead evaporate had me thinking back to last Saturday when the Maple Leafs blew a 3-0 lead and ended up losing 6-4. Tonight we managed to hang on to secure a much needed two points.

Mikael Tellqvist remains unbeaten this season despite a fairly weak third period. He's now 5-0-2.

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
34-16-9-3
80 points
1st in Northeast
5-4 Win vs. Montreal Canadiens
2-1 Win vs. Carolina Hurricanes
5-2 Loss vs. Boston Bruins
M. Sundin - 59
B. McCabe - 39
O. Nolan - 38

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Remembering Tim Horton

Tim HortonWhen you mention Tim Horton to kids these days, they immediately think of coffee and donuts. Few under the age of thirty know about the hockey player who founded the donut chain.

Horton played seventeen years for the Toronto Maple Leafs winning four Stanley Cups. He was feared throughout the league as one of the toughest blue liners around and he tempered that with incredible skill and a lethal slapshot. Many claim he was the strongest man ever to play in the NHL. One thing is certain, he was one of the greatest defensemen to ever play the sport.

Thirty years ago today, Tim Horton was killed in a car accident while driving his Ford Pantera from Toronto to Buffalo where he was playing for the Sabres. Three years later he was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame where he belonged.

Remember Tim Horton first for his 24 superb seasons in the NHL and last for the chain of donut shops bearing his name.

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