BREAKING: Montreal confirms their prospects are all busts

In a shocking turn of events the Montreal Canadiens have boldly declared that three of their most touted youngsters aren’t good enough to take NHL jobs away from the likes of Paul Byron, Ben Chiarot, and the trash filled husk of Corey Perry.

Montreal Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme confirmed Tuesday that Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Cole Caufield and Alexander Romanov won’t be in the lineup for Game 1 in Toronto: | #StanleyCup
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) May 18, 2021

While the decision could very well be based on lack of talent, there is also the possibility that the Canadiens deem the youngsters too inexperienced to accept the merciless beating that they will receive over the next four games.
The move to sit the three young players comes as no surprise as the Canadiens have had more playoff riots than successfully developed prospects in this century. It seems like their development has slipped through the cracks, which would actually be something quite easy for Cole Caufield to do, as he is roughly the size of a Pomeranian.
The decision comes less than two weeks after the Leafs prematurely ended the career of another Habs “can’ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs launch stinker into the sky after trade deadline

Leafs launch stinker into the sky after trade deadline

The Leafs lose to the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. Although Auston Matthews and John Tavares scored, the only good thing that came out of today was the trade deadline.
Acquiring guys like Nick Foligno will hopefully help Toronto never have a game like this ever again. Sheldon Keefe blamed it on himself, Jack Campbell did the same. But in reality, bad games come, bad games go. This one came and hopefully it goes just as fast.
I hope you enjoy tonight’s video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

A night of redemption and lots of goals as the Leafs take the win in Montreal

The rivalry between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens is as exciting as ever and the Leafs were looking to remind the Canadiens why they’re currently first place in their division and the league.
As the puck dropped for the first period at the Bell Centre, both teams were ready to go. The Toronto Maple Leafs were feeling good after back-to-back wins against the Ottawa Senators, and the Montreal Canadiens had a week off after a 2-1 win against the Leafs last Saturday. The Leafs had a few good shots from William Nylander and Ilya Mikheyev, but Carey Price was strong in net and nothing was getting past him. On the other side of the ice, the Canadiens went almost half a period without a shot on goal, and once they got the shots going, Frederik Andersen was holding it down for the Leafs. With less than a minute left in the first period, Victor Mete and Ben Chiarot were called for Hooking and Delay of Game, and the Leafs would go on a 5-on-3, which would continue into the second period. The Leafs ended the first period outshooting the Canadiens 13-10 looking to convert on their …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Thornton returns as Leafs look to regroup against struggling Senators

Coming off a 2-1 loss to Montreal, which ended a 10 game point streak for the Toronto Maple Leafs, they look to regroup and start another streak tonight against the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa handed the Leafs their first loss of the season back in January, when they went down 5-3 with a shaky Frederik Andersen in net. However, their next matchup the following night ended with a Leafs win in front of a strong Jack Campbell. With Campbell still out injured and not likely to return in this Toronto – Ottawa series, Andersen will have to stand stronger in net than his first meeting with the Sens.

Jack Campbell is still more than a week from returning to the #leafs lineup, per Sheldon Keefe.
They’ve got a back-to-back Wednesday/Thursday vs. Ottawa.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 15, 2021

Toronto also made some transactional moves ahead of tonight’s game, sending Alexander Barabanov, Nic Petan, and Travis Boyd to the taxi squad, while adding Scott Sabourin to the roster. This is likely due to the one and only Jumbo Joe Thornton coming off injured reserve and back into the lineup tonight:

Sheldon Keefe said Joe Thornton will play tonight, knocking Nic Petan from the lineup.

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Depth scoring shines as Leafs defeat Canadiens 4-1

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 tonight, extending their winning streak to four games in the process. Travis Dermott, Justin Holl, Ilya Mikheyev and Zach Hyman scored for Toronto. Mikheyev’s goal was his first of the year, ending a season-long slump and a drought that lasted over 400 days. Auston Matthews extended his point scoring streak to 11 games, but saw his goal-scoring streak end at eight games. Mitch Marner also saw his points streak end at 8 games.
Just 1:16 into the first period, Josh Anderson ripped home his ninth goal of the season. It was the Habs first shot on goal and one that Frederik Andersen definitely wants back.

JOSH ANDERSON1-0 #GoHabsGo @Sportsnet
— Here’s Your Replay (@HeresYourReplay) February 11, 2021

The Leafs struggled to mount a response for the remainder of the first period and for the better part of the second period, looking much like they did last game against the Canucks. Not sure if it’s the schedule, but the team’s overall intensity has dropped a bit recently.
15:38 into the second period, the Leafs and Habs are playing some good ol’ four-on-four hockey. Travis Dermott gets the puck and does his best …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Mikhail Grabovski: A New Page in Belarusian Hockey

When the Montreal Canadiens selected Mikhail Grabovski 150th overall in 2004, he was just the 16th Belarusian to be drafted into the NHL. In either draft surrounding the 2004 Entry draft, the Canadiens selected a Kostitsyn brother, also from Belarus. These three players had careers that intertwined on multiple occasions, writing the biggest hockey story for their country at the time.
Grabovski and Andrei Kostitsyn were teammates in both Montreal and Hamilton (AHL) for the first two years of their career, and Sergei Kostitsyn joined them in the 2nd. Following that, Grabovski was traded to Toronto for Greg Pateryn and a 2nd round pick. ‘Grabo’ flourished in his first season as a Leaf, with 20 goals and 48 points.
It was also in his first season as a Leaf that Grabo would become re-acquainted with the Kostitsyn brothers. On one occasion he was toppled by a linesman while attempting to get to Sergei, and on another Sergei took a 10 minute misconduct for charging Grabovski. The incident with the linesmen landed Grabovski a 3 game suspension, further stoking the flames between countrymen.
Eventually they would all have to play nice for the sake of their national team, but it was not the last time …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

Apparently the Montreal group led by Stephen Bronfman are set to become minority owners of the Tampa Bay Rays

The return of Major League Baseball to Montreal seems to be getting closer. And no, I don’t mean the Blue Jays’ annual limp-dick exhibition game at Olympic Stadium. I mean the Tampa-Montreal Expo Rays.

According to a post in the Journal De Montreal, the group led by Stephen Bronfman, the guy behind the whole “bring the Expos back to life” movement, are set to become minority owners of the Tampa Bay Rays.
“In a few months, probably three or four, our group from Montreal will become co-owner of the Tampa team with Stuart Sternberg, the current owner of the Rays. The negotiations are very advanced. We are going to become minority shareholders, but that doesn’t bother us at all. Stuart Sternberg is a straight man who is nothing like Jeffrey Loria [former owner of the Expos],” says Bronfman.
We’re going to need to wait for a report out of Tampa Bay that comes in English because the translation of this post provides a lot of confusing details. But, it seems, the Rays are weirdly serious about allowing the Bronfman group to be a part of …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Preseason Pre-Game #5: 5 Things to Watch While the Toronto Marlies are in Montreal

The Toronto “Maple Leafs” are in Montreal tonight to face a slightly stronger group in the Canadiens. What could be an eventual loss considering the state of the lineups, could prove to be a useful game to see some Marlies talent against some NHL regulars.
It’s the fifth game of the preseason. We’re almost there. Just several more days until the puck drops and the 2019-20 regular season starts.

#Leafs lines for game group in Montreal:
HutchinsonIndeterminate goalieNeuvirth is absent
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) September 23, 2019

Well, it’s the Marlies. Could either be fun to see Egor Korshkov run into Price “by accident” or kill all hopes and dreams of some prospects being good enough to play for the Leafs in the near future.

Canadiens defence pairs this morning
— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) September 23, 2019

Looks like the Canadiens are going full-throttle at home against the Leafs when it comes to the top players anyways. Tomas Tatar, Max Domi, and Jonathan Drouin will be interesting against a top defensive pairing of Ben Harpur and Justin Holl, but that’s where we are right now.
1) The “Top” Line
The line of Kenny Agostino, Nick Shore, and Nic …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation