The Toronto Maple Leafs have been a part of the NHL since 1917. They are one of the first
six members of the franchise and they have been a part of every NHL season since its
conception. The team was known as the Toronto Arenas from 1917-1919 and the Toronto
St. Patricks from 1919-1927. After that, the Toronto Maple Leafs were born and that has
been their name ever since. Success has always come to the team, but most of their success
was in the first 50 years of their history. Thirteen Stanley Cup triumphs came from 1917 to
1967. While there has been one division title in 1999-2000, there has been no Conference
triumph or Presidents' Trophy.
Fans have always bought plenty of Toronto Maple Leafs tickets and they are still a major
draw. However, Toronto Maple Leafs tickets holders have gotten tired of the underachievers
tag that continues to dog the team. The history Toronto Maple Leafs tickets holders can
boast about is a lot better than most modern franchises, but they have not been able to
compete with the best in the NHL for a long time now.
The hall of fame for Toronto Maple Leafs players is too long to list. But, the likes of Jack
Adams, Max Bentley, Charlie Conacher, Rusty Crawford, and Ron Francis were firm fan
favorites during their time. Toronto Maple Leafs tickets holders used to see some of the best
hockey in the NHL from the 20s to the 60s. Those were the golden years for the team and
they were the envy of the league.
12-9-13: The Leafs picked up an overtime win over Dallas and a shootout victory over Ottawa last week, but dropped contests to Boston and San Jose. Toronto has now gone 10 games without a regulation win and allowed 28, 50, 50 and 40 shots against in its four contests this week. Toronto has the worst shot differential in the NHL today, and is the only team to allow at least 10 more shots against per game than they manage themselves. No team averages more shots against than the 37.1 per game
12-2-13: Let’s just say it was an awful past week for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto had four games on the schedule and lost all of them. Their 6-5 shootout loss to Pittsburgh in which the Leafs were outshot by a 2:1 ratio, was the closest they got to the win column. The Leafs lost 6-0 at the hands of Columbus and an overtime loss to the lowly Buffalo Sabres were other highlights from the week. Big free-agent signing David Clarkson has been disappointing thus far. Clarkson has just five points in 17 games.
11-25-13: The Leafs has a decent week picking up a regulation win over the Islanders and a shootout win over Washington. Their lone loss came against Nashville last Thursday. Mason Raymond is quietly having a good year for Toronto. In 23 games, Raymond has registered eight goals and nine assists for 17 points. James van Riemsdyk seems to be adjusting well to playing center as he has nine goals on the year. The Leafs have a good test this Wednesday when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pens.
11-18-13: Seeing the Buffalo Sabres twice on their schedule must have felt like Christmas morning for the Leafs. However, they managed to win only one game against Buffalo. Jonathan Bernier was stellar in a shootout lost to Minnesota early last week. Nazem Kadri was suspended three games for running into Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom last week. Backstrom left the game and could miss significant time. Toronto’s .500 road record needs to improve if they want to continue to have a successful season.
11-12-13: The Leafs beat the Devils in a shootout last week and lost in regulation to the Bruins. Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer played well in both games. The Leafs have a habit of getting badly outshot every game, but still find a way to win. Bernier is 7-4-0 on the year with a .936 save percentage. Reimer has great numbers as well posting a 4-2-0 record in his six starts with a .42 save percentage.
11-5-13: The Toronto Maple Leafs continues to win games. Jonathan Bernier made 41 stops in a 4-2 win over Calgary and James Reimer made 43 stops in a 4-0 win over Edmonton. Reimer followed up his 43 save performance with another 43 stops in a loss to the Canucks. The Leafs have the third best record in the Eastern Conference and their plus-12 goal differential is tied for second in the East. Toronto’s score-close Corsi number is second worse in the NHL. The injuries to Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland are crushing.
10-29-13: Despite being outshot in all three games they played last week, the Maple Leafs have won two of their last three contests. Tyler Bozak is expected to miss at least week or so with a lower-body injury. The Leafs have a huge Western Canadian road trip coming up where they travel to Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver. Toronto’s 40 goals are in the top half of the Eastern Conference. Rookie defenseman Morgan Reilly will play the rest of the year with the Leafs instead of returning to juniors.
10-21-13: Toronto has lost two straight games and the Leafs faithful have gone into panic mode. They haven’t looked that good in their past several games. In their last three games the Leafs have been outshot by an average of 18.3 per game. James Reimer’s injury is not as serious as originally thought and David Clarkson will finally suit up for the Leafs for the first time this week. Clarskon, if you recall, was suspended 10 games for leaving the bench during the Phil Kessel incident in the preseason.
10-14-13: All the Leafs do is win. Toronto is getting production all up and down their lineup thus far. Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak, and Dave Bolland all have at least four points in six games. Wingers Joffrey Lupul, James van Riemsdyk, Phil Kessel, and ex-Vancouver Canuck Mason Raymond are clicking at just over a point per game. Jonathan Bernier has been wall in net for the Leafs and is quickly turning into a fan favorite in Toronto.
10-7-13: It’s been a tremendous start for the Toronto Maple Leafs. They came from behind in a win against their Ontario rivals from Ottawa, in which goalie James Reimer was pulled. Backup goalie Jonathan Bernier has been stellar and looks like the steal of the offseason for Toronto.
8-22-13: The first thing the Toronto Maple Leafs need to do is get over the heartbreak of how their season ended last year. Who can forget the Leafs blowing a three-goal lead in the third period of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Bruins, and eventually losing in overtime. The additions of Dave Bolland and David Clarkson will help up front. Jonathan Bernier comes over from Los Angeles and is expected to challenge James Reimer for the number one goaltender spot. Toronto kicks off the 2013-14 NHL season on Oct. 1 in Montreal versus the Canadiens. Toronto visits Boston on Nov. 9 for the first time since their epic playoff defeat and the Leafs will participate in the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 in Ann Arbor.
8-3-13: The Maple Leafs have agreed to terms with defenseman Mark Fraser on a one-year contract.
8-1-13: The Maple Leafs have signed general manager Dave Nonis to a five-year extension.
7-25-13: The Maple Leafs have signed 29-year-old defenseman Paul Ranger to a one-year, $1M deal.
They have also agreed to an affiliation with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL.
The Leafs have also re-signed defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to a three-year deal Monday, avoiding salary arbitration.
Leafs 2013 NHL Draft Summary:
Pick #21: Frederik Gauthier, C
Pick #82: Carter Verhaeghe, C
Pick #142: Fabrice Herzog, RW
Pick #172: Antoine Bibeau, G
Pick #202: Andreas Johnson, LW