Posts Tagged ‘Toronto Maple Leafs’

2013-2014 NHL Regular Season begins with new debate over fighting in hockey

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Is this something that still has a place in hockey?

Game on – the National Hockey League’s 2013/2014 regular season got officially underway yesterday with three games on the opening night schedule. The beginning of a new season should always be an exciting time for hockey fans, with this year being especially unique with the newly-aligned divisions that created new rivalries going forward this year. Questions of how players perform on new teams, or which teams rise and fall from their previous performances get answered over an 82-game schedule.

However, last night’s game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens featured an ugly injury that reignited the recent debate about fighting in the NHL. Partway through the third period, heavyweight enforcers George Parros and Colton Orr squared off for the second time in the game. As both players wrestled with each other’s jerseys, Parros lost his balance and was knocked unconscious with a hard fall on his chin. Parros was later stretchered off the ice and diagnosed with a concussion.

There is a general consensus among surveyed players today that fighting is still a integral part of hockey. However, it has sparked a fresh debate from media writers who are questioning whether fighting should be eliminated from the game. The latest questions stem from the possibility that the NHL could be held liable for the long-term effects of head injuries suffered from fighting – a debate gaining momentum following concussion-related lawsuits and settlements from the National Football League.

What do you think about fighting in the National Hockey League? Do you think it still has a place in the game in either the amateur or professional level?

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Do the Maple Leafs have what it takes?

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs are going into tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers with a lot of speculation surrounding them: can they break their 6 game loosing streak? For a team who started the season with a 9-4 record not many cities other than Toronto would have expected it to deteriorate so fast. In a city that would kill to finally have a winning season, the Maple Leafs started off with high hopes. Dion Phaneuf and other newly acquired players like Kris Versteeg and Giguere as well as young ones with a lot of hype surrounding them such as Nazem Kadri brought Brian Burke’s play-off promises back to mind.

Two of the Maple Leaf‘s last three losses have been in shootouts and with their captain, Dion Phaneuf, sidelined for 4 to 6 weeks after a laceration to his leg against Ottawa, it is not time to give up hope on our Toronto Maple Leafs. Just like they started, they can turn this season around and finish strong. (more…)

Leafs Look to Burke to Make Tough Calls

Monday, September 27th, 2010

kadri_4121Five games into the preseason, and the Toronto Maple Leafs have already had their share of ups and downs. The team that finished 29th last season has looked to the Dion Phaneuf and Fredrik Sjostrom trade made on January 21st to turn their lackluster performance around. From the trade until the end of the season, the leafs had the 7th best record in the Eastern Conference. Since then, they have (re)signed a number of dominating players.

So far in this preseason, we have gotten mixed signals from the Leafs. We’ve seen both optimistic play as well as signs of old habits.

Now, more than half way through the preseason games, the Leafs must start making the hard decisions. The first of which will be what to do with Nazem Kadri. The 19 year old London Knights player (more…)

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