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Friday, 28.01.2011 / 4:10 PM / Matt Iaboni's Blog
By Matt Iaboni  - Mapleleafs.com online producer
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With the Leafs now off until Monday, I look back at the Leafs season so far. There have been some bright spots through the first 49 games but there have also been low moments.

Below is the opening of the story. Hit the link to read the rest.

With the 2011 NHL All-Star break now here, the Leafs have had some ups and downs during the first half of the 2010-11 season. We will take a look at some good moments and some not so good.

The season couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. Not only did the Leafs defeat the Montreal Canadiens in the season opener, they won the first four games of the season for the first time since 1993 when they won 10 in-a-row. During that four-game span, the Leafs defeated the rival Senators and they won two road games against Pittsburgh and the Rangers.

Read the full story here


January 21

Following the 5-2 win on Thursday, the Leafs were back to work Friday as they prepared for the first of three games in four nights.

The team announced on Friday that forward Marcel Mueller has been assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Mueller suited up in three games and was held scoreless. Read the full press release here.

There was good and bad news at practice. Both Mike Brown and Fredrik Sjostrom took part in full practice. Brown served the third and final game of his suspension Thursday and should be back in the lineup Saturday. Sjostrom has missed the past four games with a leg injury and is close to being ready for action.

The bad news is that Colton Orr was not on the ice. He left the game against the Ducks when he hit his head off the ice after fighting George Parros.

Ron Wilson


Luke Schenn


Mike Brown


Darryl Boyce




January 18

Prior to heading off to New York for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, the Leafs hit the ice at MCC on Tuesday.

The news of the day was that Nikolai Kulemin was not at practice as he was sick but he will play tomorrow. Fredrik Sjostrom was not on the ice and he will not be making the trip.

With Kulemin not at practice, Mike Brown practiced with Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArhtur.

Here is how the lines looked:

Mike Brown - Mikhail Grabovski - Clarke MacArthur
Joey Crabb - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Kristopher Versteeg - Darryl Boyce - Colby Armstrong
Marcel Mueller - Tim Brent - Colton Orr


Luke Schenn


Jonas Gustavsson


Mike Komisarek



January 18

After being off on Sunday, the Leafs returned to practice Monday at MasterCard Centre before making their annual visit to Sick Kids Hospital. Stay tuned for video, photos and stories later today from the visit.

The Leafs welcomed Kristopher Versteeg back to practice as he was back on a line with Colby Armstrong and Darryl Boyce. After practice he told the media that he expects to be back in the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers.

With Versteeg back, Marcel Mueller was moved to the fourth line with Tim Brent and Colton Orr.  The only player to miss practice was Fredrik Sjostrom.

Here is how the lines looked:

Nikolai Kulemin - Mikhail Grabovski - Clarke MacArthur
Joey Crabb - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Kristopher Versteeg - Darryl Boyce - Colby Armstrong
Marcel Mueller - Tim Brent - Colton Orr
Mike Brown

Following practice, Ron Wilson said that he will start Jonas Gustavsson against the Rangers Wednesday and J.S. Giguere will face his former team, the Anaheim Ducks Thursday at the ACC.

Ron Wilson


Kristopher Versteeg


J.S. Giguere


Colby Armstrong


Darryl Boyce








January 5, 2011

Following Tuesday's off-day, the Leafs returned to practice Wednesday at MasterCard Centre as they prepared for the St. Louis Blues who are at Air Canada Centre Thursday.

The Leafs received some good injury news as Mike Brown took part in his second practice since suffering a broken figure when he blocked a shot on November 30th. According to head coach Ron Wilson, the earliest Brown could return would the game against San Jose (Jan. 11) or Phoenix (Jan. 13).

The news wasn't so great for J.S. Giguere as he will be out for another week due to his groin strain. Giguere has played in just 17 games this season due to groin issues.

Ron Wilson told the media after practice that John Mitchell will be out of the lineup for four to six weeks with an MCL injury. Mitchell suffered the injury on Sunday during practice. It is expected that the Leafs will call up a player to have an extra body on the upcoming trip.

Wilson has been very pleased with the play of Joey Crabb. He likes what he has brought to the line with Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak. He was surprised with the two plays he made during the two goals against Ottawa.

Ron Wilson


Mike Brown


J.S. Giguere


Jonas Gustavsson


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