Jonas Siegel of TSN is in Sochi, as is Leo Komarov, the former Leaf and current Dynamo Moscow and Team Finland winger. Siegel spoke with Komarov about his plans for next season. Basically, he wants to come back to the NHL. Will the Leafs offer him a contract?
All of the NHLers participating in men’s hockey at the Olympics have arrived, and the Canadian and American outfits got in their first practices today. Sean Gentille of The Sporting News shares the line combinations for the American squad, and you’ll never guess who’s centering Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk. (Just kidding; you’ve probably guessed it already, but it’s pretty awesome nonetheless.)
As we enter the Olympic break, there are only 20 games left in the NHL’s regular season. The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a pretty comfortable position in the first wild card spot. However, they have the same amount of points as the Atlantic Division’s third-place team, the Montreal Canadiens, and only have one less than the second-place Tampa Bay Lightning.
J.P. Nikota of Pension Plan Puppets wrote a bit of a State of the Team outlook on Saturday. This team is still horrible possession-wise and looks downright awful on a lot of nights, yet they’re still winning games thanks to the scoring prowess of their top-six forwards and the All-Star goaltending of Jonathan Bernier. Will it be enough to hold down that playoff spot?
I was pleasantly surprised yesterday afternoon when I saw the Toronto Marlies-Hamilton Bulldogs game was on one of Sportsnet 360. I didn’t watch very much of it because it was a pretty boring game, but two goals by Greg McKegg in the third period almost spurred the Leafs on to a comeback, but they fell just short. Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation has more in his recap.
One Marlies’ prospect that I have my eyes on is Josh Leivo. The 20-year-old winger has looked impressive with the Baby Leafs and in a seven-game stint with the big club. I’d love to see him make the team next year. Kyle Cicerella has more on Leivo and some Marlies’ injury news as the AHL All-Star break begins.