Tag Archives: Toronto Maple Leafs

One for the Road

6 Apr

For some teams, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are about building on a season’s worth of experience.  For others, the post-season is about  forgetting how you got there and starting over.  Before we get to ahead of ourselves, let’s take a moment to appreciate the NHL teams whose seasons will end tomorrow.

Buffalo has been giving Caps fans heartburn for the last few months – I hurt the most for their fans because it was nearly us in their place.  A ton of respect to this team for the way they played in the last half of the season.

Winnipeg, the most excited place in the League, put on a good show and will benefit from realignment this summer.

Tampa Bay… I can’t talk about it.  Not seeing Stamkos and St. Louis in the playoffs after their ferocious post-season performance last year just guts me.  Stamkos for 60 would make it a little better.

Carolina struggled so massively in the first half, I hope they feel some accomplishment in getting where they did.  Intern Jeff Skinner can even have a few days off.

Bless Toronto and Montreal fans – they get angry but they never, ever give up.  Even when their teams don’t win, the passion of their fans make me jealous.

The Islanders have some blinding talent, I think they’re on the upswing.  They’ll have more to cheer about soon.

Bonus points for Sign Guy.

If your team didn’t make the playoffs, we’re sorry.  Enjoy the drama of the post-season without wanting to throw up over every goal, or adopt a team that would be happy to have your support.  Summer’s not that long, and there’s always next year.  Hockey fans never say die.

Western Conference, you’re coming up.

Foxy Friday: Joffrey Lupul

9 Dec

Today I turned to the Twitterverse for my Foxy Friday inspiration.

Our lovely followers came up with some fantastic choices, but there was one who stood out amongst the rest…

Joffrey Douglas Sheldon Lupul

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We just don’t hand these out willy-nilly, you know, so why is Joffrey so deserving of the Foxy Friday honor?

  • He’s 6’1″, 206lbs.
  • 28 years old, born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.
  • He is TEARIN IT UP for the Leafs this season.  13 goals, 19 assists.  32 points, which puts him as #4 in the league.  Certainly doesn’t hurt that Cartman Phil Kessel is on your line.

    Big time.

  • Drafted 7th overall in the 2002 Entry Draft.  You know who was the #1 pick that year?  The one and only Rick Nash.
  • First player to score a playoff hat-trick in Anaheim franchise history.
  • First player to score four playoff goals in one game, including an overtime winner.
  • First player to score all four of his team’s goals in a playoff game.
  • He has managed to come back from some serious and scary injuries, a spinal cord contusion and an a blood infection after back surgery that would keep him out almost a year. 
  • He spells his name all weird.  And we dig it.

That's J-O-F-F...Yea, I know its weird. Just go with it...

  • He enjoys playing the guitar.  We’d gladly allow him to serenade us.  Pants likes the love songs of the Barenaked Ladies.  I love me the song stylings of Hall & Oates.

    We're totally taking this show on the road. WORLD TOUR!

  • He is on the twitter – @jlupul.  And you all know how we feel about hockey players on twitter – tweet GOLD.
They only THINK I'm Canadian...

They only THINK I'm Canadian...

Foxy Friday Bonus

Check out Joffrey’s crib when he was playing with the Flyers.  

He loves guacamole.  

So do we.

Birthday Boy: Luke Schenn

3 Nov

This is a day late.  Sorry!  But we’ve had a few requests for some Leafs love around here and I didn’t want to miss the perfect reason.

Happy 22nd birthday, Luke Schenn!

For his birthday, Luke had a fight in the game vs. New Jersey last night.  It’s pretty much a draw, but the Leafs won it 5-2 – Joffrey Lupul even delivered a natural hat trick.  Everybody loves presents.

Luke is a stay-at-home defenseman (he can stay at our home anytime) who will drop the gloves if the situation clearly calls for him to smack someone.  He had 7 NHL fights in his rookie year, but has slowed a bit.  So far this season he has two bouts.  At 6’2″, 229 lbs, we’d take that action – in a bet, you pervs.

He’s from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (say it, it’s fun), loves ice cream, Family Guy and Garth Brooks.  Somebody tell him we’re taking more intern applications.  Schenn also has a program called “Luke’s Troops” that provides military families with tickets to Leafs home games.

Let me be honest about something – it really bothers me that they’re the Toronto Maple Leafs with the plural is “leaves.”  My inner OCD English class nerd just twitches.  But for Luke, I will put my grammatical complaints aside.  In September, he signed a 5-year, $18 million contract with Toronto.

Luke’s little brother Brayden is in the Flyers organization and the two played against each other on October 23 (Philly won).  They are best friends who talk daily and account for some of the 75 texts Luke says he sends every day.  Hey, we have unlimited texts.  Add us to that list!

So, even one day late, get yourself a cupcake and enjoy it while watching this adorable interview from last month and wearing a party hat:

And He Won That Car

20 Oct

While you guys have been listening to me rave about James Neal  at an octave usually reserved for boybands and high school quarterbacks…

Gratuitous, excellent photo by devin-elizabeth.tumblr.com in Winnipeg.

The NHL’s other leading goal-scorer, Phil Kessel Cartman has 7 goals and 12 points in Toronto.  He’s historically a fast starter (as is the Nealmobile), only to experience huge production drops later.  Currently, he’s on pace to score 114 points.  Read about his streaky past and current roll in the Toronto Star [link].

Last night he scored in the 3rd to tie the Leafs 3-3 with Winnpieg, and the Leafs won in a shootout.  Good thing too, because I told our friend Shades to bet that way on the game.  So Cartman saved me $5 (thanks bud).  Toronto is 4-0-1 at present, in Boston tonight visiting Chuck.

What do you think – are these hot streaks going to hold up?  Is this the year we see big breakouts?  Here’s hoping Kessel keeps scoring – that’ll teach people to pick him last in the All-Star Game draft!  He’s on Twitter too – @pkessel81.

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Ovi Bought Me Coffee – Again!

15 Apr

You are almost better than a Starbuck's Gold Card my friend!

I am so wearing ‘the outfit’ more … Especially during play-offs to STARBUCKS! A big shout out to Random Maple Leaf Fan this AM who bought my Venti Earl Gray Tea Latte. You made my morning after the LA KINGS lost a heart-braker to San Jose last night. 😦

Thanks dude! Love you too!

You also made me laugh when you suggested we fly to Pittsburgh and you’d buy me an expensive steak dinner if I wore this outfit at the Consol Energy Center! HAHAHAH – I’m not THAT dumb brother! I got you back when I said I’d do it if I could sit on Letang’s lap! You didn’t think I’d say that!

So here’s to you Random Maple Leaf Fan … maybe next year. Phil Kessel took it like a man when was picked last at the All Star game and yes, your boys trounced the Caps once this year.

Oh NOVI Didn’t Part 300!

5 Apr

just another day at the office

Ovi played Babe Ruth tonight as he pointed towards the goal with his magic stick and blasted his 300th goal past Toronto net-minder Reimer! This puts Ovechkin into some super sweet company making him the 6th youngest NHL player EVER to make the milestone – with Gretzky, Lemieux, Hawerchuk, Bossy, Yzerman and now Ovechkin. A face only I could love? Maybe! A player only I could love, I think not!

Youngest players at time of 300th goal
Years Days
22 321 12/13/1983 Wayne Gretzky
23 179 04/02/1989 Mario Lemieux
24 308 02/06/1988 Dale Hawerchuk
25 60 03/23/1982 Mike Bossy
25 176 11/01/1990 Steve Yzerman
25 200 4/05/2011 Alex Ovechkin

Boston Bruins…they be doing big things

18 Feb

Peter Chiarelli, Cam Neely, and the Bruins made some big moves today, ahead of the February 28th deadline.

They FINALLY did the deal to bring puck-moving Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle to Boston in exchange for Bruins prospect forward Joe Colborne and a 1st round draft pick in 2011.  The deal also stipulates that should the Bs make it to the Stanley Cup Finals this year or re-sign Kaberle at the end of this season, they must also hand over a 2nd round draft pick in 2012.

He's so excited!

Kaberle is in his 12th NHL season and has 3 goals, 35 assists, and 16 penalty minutes.  He’s decently sized (6’1″, 214lbs) but he is exactly what the Bruins have been lacking on their power play since Dennis Wideman left.  Kaberle can move the puck and work the point.  Since the trade rumors started maybe a a week or couple of weeks ago, I’m been praying to sweet little baby Jesus in his tuxedo t-shirt that the Bs would make this move.  Kaberle will be with the team tonight (Friday) in Ottawa and will wear #12.  (His #15 was not available as it was Milt Schmidt’s number which is retired and hanging in the Garden rafters.)

In his presser this afternoon, Chiarelli did mention that it was very hard for them to let go of top prospect Colborne.  Although he has yet to make his NHL debut, Colborne was a player that the team was very high on.  He’s a beast – 6’5″, 213 lbs – and was their first round pick in 2008.  Chiarelli mentioned that he and other front office personnel called Colborne personally to tell him.

Bruins also picked speedy centerman Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for defenseman Mark Stuart and forward Blake “Wheels” Wheeler.  Peverley gives the Bs added speed and crazy faceoff winning skills (55.5% of faceoffs won).  He has 14 goals and 20 assists this season and will join the team on the 20th.  Valabik will go down to Providence to join the Bruins’ minor league affiliate.

While I am a little bummed that “Wheels” is gone (because I liked him as a player), I’m very happy and optimistic that the Bruins have made some positive changes to their line up.  With the addition of Chris Kelly from Ottawa earlier this week, the Bs look to have put together a strong team with which to make their playoff run.  Add into the mix 4 solid lines that can score and the best goaltending duo in the league and this girl is one happy bear!