Leafs Delight Young Crowd

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The Maple Leafs were met by 3,000 of their biggest fans Wednesday as the team practiced at Sunnydale Acres Park in Rexdale. Fans lined up well in advance of the Noon practice with plenty of young school children eagerly waiting to see their local heroes.

The Maple Leafs, Rona and Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation unveiled upgrades and refurbishments made to Sunnydale Outdoor Rink as part of their Refurbishment Legacy Program.

“Anytime you get to come out and practice outdoors it’s pretty special,” Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf said. “We enjoyed the day, I think ...

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Leafs Back To Work In Raleigh

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The Maple Leafs had a mid-afternoon practice in Raleigh, North Carolina Wednesday following the 5-3 loss to the Panthers.

The road trip continues Thursday against the Hurricanes with Ron Wilson announcing after practice that James Reimer will be back in net for the Blue and White. This season, Reimer has struggled away from Air Canada Centre posting a 1-3-0 record in six games. He has a 4.26 GAA with a .852 SV%.

With the Leafs in Winnipeg on Saturday, Wilson was asked if Reimer will play the final two games of the ...

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Kadri Recalled By Leafs

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The Maple Leafs had a new face at practice Wednesday as Nazem Kadri was recalled from the Toronto Marlies to take the place of injured forward Phiippe Dupuis who was placed on the injured reserve list.

Kadri practiced on a line with Tim Connolly andClarke MacArthur as the trio will lineup as a unit against the Buffalo Sabres at Air Canada Centre on Thursday. Kadri has already played three games with the Leafs this season and had one assist. In his 22 games with the Marlies, he has a team-high 22 points.

Speedy and gritty Darryl Boyce will also ...

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PK Gets Extra Attention

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The Leafs practiced Monday in preparation for Tuesday’s game against Carolina. There was lots of work done on the penalty killing as the Leafs have allowed six shorthanded goals in the last two games.

When he was asked about the penalty killing, head coach Ron Wilson discussed what he and his coaches are trying to instill in their players.

“Pressure, where our sticks are, it’s hard to work on shot blocking during practice for obvious reasons but constantly harping about being in shooting lanes,” he said.

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Leafs Getting Healthier

After a full day off on Wednesday, the Leafs were back on the ice for practice Thursday joined by Colby Armstrong and Clarke MacArthur who will both be in the lineup Friday in Washington.

Armstrong has missed the last 23 games with a high ankle sprain that has finally healed. MacArthur missed the game against the New Jersey Devils with an upper body injury but he has also been cleared to play.

Although only in his second season with the Leafs, the team’s record with Armstrong in the lineup is an impressive ...

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Reimer Cleared For Action

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The Maple Leafs head back out on the road this weekend to Boston and New York and their fathers are joining them for the annual Father/Son trip.

“It’s always fun to have your Dad here for the two games to Boston and New York, it’s great,” Carl Gunnarsson told Leafs TV.

Many of the Dads were in attendance at Friday’s practice watching their sons go through their paces by head coach Ron Wilson.

“The guys will want to play hard in front of their Dads I would think,” Wilson said.

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Lupul Third Star For November

For the second straight month, a Maple Leaf has been named one of the NHL’s Three Stars. Joffrey Lupul was the third star for November after recording 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in 14 games. The Leafs winger had at least one point in 12 of the 14 games in November.

Lupul is second in the NHL in scoring with 30 points, two behind teammate Phil Kessel for the NHL lead. He also sits seventh in goals (12) and third in assists (18).

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Big Test For Leafs Against Bruins

The Maple Leafs hit the ice at the MasterCard Centre Tuesday in preparation for Wednesday’s home game against the Boston Bruins. Head coach Ron Wilson said after practice that both David Steckel and Carl Gunnarsson remain day-to-day with their upper body injuries.

Mikhail Grabovski will continue to centre the fourth line to start the game with Philippe Dupuis and Jay Rosehill.

James Reimer continues to work his way towards a return to the lineup by the end of the week with Wilson hoping that Reimer could dress as the back up on Saturday in Boston.

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Reimer Keeps Progressing

Leafs goalie James Reimer took part in his first practice since November 1st on Thursday as he continues to recover from concussion like symptoms. After practice in Dallas, head coach Ron Wilson said that Reimer is still 10 days away from returning to the lineup.

Jonas Gustavsson will get the start Friday in Dallas against the Stars. It will be his third start in the last four games with the Leafs winning both of the previous games by 7-1 scores.

While it was thought that Mikhail Grabovski might be able to play by the end of the ...

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Reimer Skates, Other Injuries Mount

There was some good news on the injury front Friday as James Reimer took to the ice for 15 minutes of drills with goaltending coach Francois Allaire and strength coach Anthony Belza.

Reimer moved side-to-side following the puck as Allaire and Belza passed the puck back-and-forth. He also faced shots from in close and the slot.

Reimer has made progress off the ice which led to him testing himself on the ice.

“He was on the ice today, he will do a little bit more tomorrow and then we will go from there,” ...

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Burke’s Generous Donation

Toronto Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke has donated a horse to the Toronto Police Service Mounted unit.

Burke inquired earlier this year about donating a horse and when he was told that his generosity would be accepted, the name which he decided to call the horse was Moose.

“I figured there had to be story behind that name and, when he told me, I was blown away,” S/Insp. Bill Wardle, the Mounted and Police Dog Services unit commander told the Toronto Police Services.

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Plenty Of Injury Updates

It was a good news bad news day for the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

First, the good news. Tim Connolly will make his return to the lineup against the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Now the bad news. Mikhail Grabovski will be out for two weeks with a lower body injury and Clarke MacArthur will be out of the lineup against the Predators.

With one of his top centres out for an extended period of time, head coach Ron Wilson is hoping someone can flourish with the chance.

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Connolly Nearing Return

It appears the Maple Leafs will be getting centre Tim Connolly back soon. Connolly took part in Monday’s full practice on a line with Colton Orr and Jay Rosehill and while he doesn’t appear set to play Tuesday against Phoenix, he could return Thursday in Nashville.

“I’ve seemed to really turn a corner here and it’s only a matter of days before I’m back ready to go,” Connolly said. “I wasn’t at 100 per cent out there today but felt pretty good so we will see how I feel tomorrow.”

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Hall Of Fame Game Next

After their win over the St. Louis Blues, there was no rest for the Maple Leafs who were back at MasterCard Centre for practice Friday ahead of Saturday’s Hockey Hall Of Fame Game against Ottawa.

“I know for the fans it’s the Battle Of Ontario but I think both teams go into not thinking of it as those terms,” said head coach Ron Wilson.

The two teams have split the first two meetings with each winning on home ice.

“It’s a division game which is always big,” Wilson noted. “They’re within shouting distance ...

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Leafs Huddle Before Practice

After a long discussion behind closed doors, the Maple Leafs hit the ice 25 minutes after the schedulued Noon practice time.

“It was a good talk,” said John-Michael Liles who wouldn’t call it a team meeting.

When the Leafs did start practice, they worked on several puck possession drills, taking the puck forcefully to the net before finishing off with dashes between the bluelines.

“Guys were moving their feet, good battles and it was a solid practice and I thought everyone worked hard,” Liles said.

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