Grabovski signing great for team, bad for stick-makers

You figure to be seeing a whole lot more of this.

What you need to know about Mikhail Grabovski can be summed up in the following story.

When he was a kid, maybe eight years old, Grabovski was gifted with a hockey stick. It was a new Titan. The white paint was soon worn off from use.

Hockey sticks didn’t fall from the skies for a kid from a working class family in Belarus. His parents waited until Christmas to give him the stick.

“I had it for a year and I was ...

Posted in Ulmer's Blog Posts |

View Post...

Why the Toronto Maple Leafs are so much fun.

The new guy...Randy Carlyle.

The new guy…Randy Carlyle.

Brian Burke and Randy Carlyle met the media Saturday and it was delicious.

Carlyle hit the sweet spot when he observed coaching the Leafs was a wonderful opportunity and then used a tone suitable for talk of palliative care to describe the conversation he had with his family about taking the job.

You could almost hear a trembling voice from the corner of the family’s big Amish-style kitchen table say ‘well, Dad, if you feel you must.’

Gloriously indiscreet, Burke said Marlies coach Dallas Eakins was strongly considered for ...

Posted in Ulmer's Blog Posts |

View Post...

Wilson out, Carlyle in as Leafs shuffle deck

5952558

Coaching the Maple Leafs was in Ron WIlson's blood. He will work again.

There is a rule when a coach gets fired.

Write about the new guy. The guy heading out the door is known all too well.

The new guy is Randy Carlyle, in case you haven’t heard.

Indulge me for writing about the old guy.

Ron Wilson will work again. It’s in his blood.

He’s a father, a brother, a grandfather and a husband and he is Larry Wilson’s son and Johnny Wilson’s nephew.

Ron Wilson is  a hockey guy the way a Kennedy ...

Posted in Ulmer's Blog Posts |
Tags: | |

View Post...

Travel Day For Leafs

gordon600mar1

The Maple Leafs had the day off Wednesday as they flew from Chicago to Montreal where they will practice Friday at Noon.

The stretch over the next two weeks has the Leafs playing six of the next eight games on the road including back-to-back games next week against Boston and Pittsburgh and also Philadelphia and Washington.

Prior to the team leaving Chicago, Leafs TV spoke with assistant coach Scott Gordon. Check out the interview below.

Check out the Leafs TV feature, Road To The Show with Joe Colborne as he talks about his childhood, ...

Posted in Iaboni's Blog Posts |

View Post...

Win Tickets To The Sold Out Players Gala!

phaneuf600feb28

On March 25th the MLSE Team Up Foundation along with the Maple Leafs, Marlies, Raptors & Toronto FC will be hosting the Players Gala at Real Sports Bar & Grill. While the event is sold out, tonight’s #TMLtalk TOTN wins two tickets to the Players Gala!

It is your chance to mix and mingle with over 80 of Toronto’s pro athletes. This is your chance to talk with Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul, James Reimer and more. All proceeds from the event will benefit the MLSE Team Up Foundation.

To enter all you ...

Posted in Iaboni's Blog Posts |

View Post...

Little movement draws big attention at trade deadline

jamer-reimer

James Reimer and the rest of the Leafs have the rest of the year to right the season

By the time they reach Grade 2 children begin to develop a mature outlook toward money, community and private property.

Their friendships deepen. They grasp the difference between writing for marks in school and for pleasure. Seven-year-olds understand the distinction between asking a question and reciting a fact. By Grade 2 children are forming lifelong patterns and points of view.

Not one of these children, not one the world over, was alive on a ...

Posted in Ulmer's Blog Posts |

View Post...

Let’s Lose The Whole American/Canadian Angle

When LA winger Dustin Brown’s name hit the rumour mill, all eyes were raised toward Brian Burke.

Brown seems perfect. He hits, he scores, he plays bigger than his six-feet.

Most important, he’s from Ithaca, New York.

He’s American.

Buffalo-born and bred Jim Kelley remains a towering figure in hockey journalism, a business that has yet to produce a successor for a reporter who filed a story on his last day on earth, Nov 30, 2010.

He loved Canadians and this country but sometimes shuddered at our provincialism.

“Hockey is Canada’s gift to the ...

Posted in Ulmer's Blog Posts |
Tags: |

View Post...

Gardiner hits the post, won’t hit the road.

jake-gardiner1

Keep an eye on this guy. He's staying.

Let’s say you heard a 21-year-old puck-moving defenceman was on the trading block.

Drop dead talent. Tied for the team lead in plus minus. Fourth on the team in ice time with over 21 minutes per contest and trending up.  Points leader among NHL rookie defencemen.

What would you give up to land such a player? Congratulations, Leaf fans. You are the only team that doesn’t have to covet Jake Gardiner.

Gardiner is on track to be the best Leaf defenceman since Borje Salming left ...

Posted in Ulmer's Blog Posts |

View Post...

Win Leafs Tickets Tonight

macarhtur600feb18

With the Maple Leafs hosting the San Jose Sharks for the only meeting this season, tonight’s Sport Chek Tweet Of The Night winner takes home tickets to an upcoming Leafs game.

To enter all you need to do is follow @mapleleafs on Twitter and include #TMLtalk in your tweets during the game for a chance to win.

Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur was the Sport Chek #undercoverpro last week.  Check it out as he is Phil Johnson for an afternoon.

There are some rules and regulations for the Sport Chek #TMLtalk Tweet Of The Night that you ...

Posted in Iaboni's Blog Posts |

View Post...

The scoop business: why insiders have to be outsiders.

Does this man look eager to give away confidential information?

I spent 25 years in the print media. The last six came as a sports columnist for the Toronto Sun.

The Sun was built on three pillars: sports stories, crime stories and stories that serviced a loony right-wing ideology.

It was a great place to work, full of smart, wonderful people. You might not agree with Peter Worthington’s stance on the military but he sure loved his Blue Jays.

I also worked at the National Post, another newspaper staffed by iconoclastic, brilliant, ambitious ...

Posted in Ulmer's Blog Posts |

View Post...
torontomapleleafs.com is the official Web site of the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club. The Maple Leafs and mapleleafs.com are trademarks of MLSE.  NHL and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks and the NHL Shield and NHL Conference logos are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P.  Copyright © 2010 MLSE and the National Hockey League.  All Rights Reserved.


Terms Of Use | Contact Us | Employment Opportunities | Advertise on mapleleafs.com | Privacy Policy | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map