It went from rumor to official real quickly: the Toronto Maple Leafs have sent captain Dion Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators in a nine-player deal, and I’m about to hit a heretofore unprecedented sequence of keystrokes here, but the Leafs seem like they have a plan and they’re pulling it off real well.
When the present is grim and the future dim, there’s not much choice but to sell the past. That’s exactly what the Maple Leafs are going with their new logo, unveiled last night: in multiple ways it hearkens back to the glory days when the team, you know, won stuff.
The Columbus Blue Jackets lost 6-3 to the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, in part because goalie Sergei Bobrovsky couldn’t track the hockey fuck on this play. I’m surprised this transposition doesn’t happen more often.
The only value in the Steve Simmons column that everyone’s talking about this morning is the news that Phil Kessel eats a street hot dog every damn day. Personally, I think that’s funny and humanizing. Toronto’s troll-columnist-in-chief uses it as a fat joke, and exhibit A in the case for Kessel being run out of town.
With NHL free agency an hour old, the biggest move is a trade: the Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Phil Kessel from the Maple Leafs for...well, from the Leafs’ point of view, it’s not really about what they got in exchange. But let’s see anyway:
The NHL offseason just started, but a dumb/fun conspiracy has already bloomed: Does Jonathan Bernier’s baby’s onesie hint at him leaving the Maple Leafs?
Phil Kessel and David Booth got into a shoving match during today's Maple Leafs' practice. The brouhaha didn't escalate to punches, however, and teammates separated the two players.
TSN sure screwed up when they broadcast a joke tweet saying that Joffrey Lupul was sleeping with Maple Leaf teammate Dion Phaneuf's wife, Elisha Cuthbert, but they've come up with a foolproof plan to prevent this type of situation from ever occurring again: they're going to stop airing "public" tweets on live…
Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul seems to be taking this "threaten to sue anyone who has ever implied that he slept with Dion Phaneuf's wife" strategy very seriously. After obtaining legal representation with Phaneuf and Phaneuf's wife, actress Elisha Cuthbert, and threatening to sue TSN for accidentally airing a joke tweet…
Here's a thing, by Cathal Kelly and about Phil Kessel and the importance of being nice to reporters, that a lot of people are talking about. You're a smart sports fan. I bet you have an opinion, too!
Maple Leafs players Joffrey Lupul and Dion Phaneuf, along with Phaneuf's wife, actress Elisha Cuthbert, have retained a law firm and are threatening a defamation lawsuit against TSN for accidentally airing a joke tweet claiming Lupul is sleeping with Cuthbert. (Which he totally isn't, lawyers.) They're also…
Phil Kessel is fed up with Toronto's hockey media and their poor treatment of Maple Leafs defenseman and captain Dion Phaneuf. Kessel defended his teammate in the locker room today, saying he was "disappointed" with the reception Phaneuf gets, "just in general."
It has been a rough deadline day for TSN. Yesterday, Dustin Penner was pulled from his planned appearance for making some rape jokes on Twitter. Today, the network angered Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul by airing a tweet implying he's sleeping with Elisha Cuthbert, wife of teammate Dion Phaneuf.
The Maple Leafs earned a small victory today. Ha, no, not on the ice. Toronto found a team willing to take on the albatross that is David Clarkson's contract. Congratulations, Blue Jackets!
"Corrado, the unorthodox breakout play."
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson was only trying to dump the puck, but the unintended accuracy gave him his 13th goal of the season as the "shot" got past Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier. Toronto is at the point where it can't even lose a lead on an even-strength goal.
Toronto started off the season badly. Then they were good for a while! Now they're really bad again. Who are the real Maple Leafs? (The bad ones.) But some fans don't really have the patience for them to figure it out. During last night's humiliating 4-1 loss to Carolina, at least four fans chucked their Leafs jerseys…