No team in the NHL had to be more relieved at the passing of the trade deadline than the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Archives for March 20, 2001
It was the third period of a hard-fought game. Dominik Hasek went behind his net to play the puck. While his back was turned, Garry Valk skated full speed and plastered him into the boards.
'Tonight's installment figures to be worthy of the series' heated history. The teams have one win, one loss and two ties against each other this season with the Maple Leafs holding a one-goal edge.'
'In the days since wingers Steve Heinze and Donald Audette came aboard, the Sabres have lost a pair of key defensemen: Richard Smehlik and Jay McKee.'
‘Not only have the Leafs won only once [in Buffalo] since the 1990-91 season, but the Sabres are a team seemingly built to take advantage of Toronto’s most acute weaknesses.’
'Heading into tonight's pivotal tilt with the Leafs, the one-time Toronto captain appears positively buoyant compared with his attitude earlier this season.'
'There wasn't quite a war of words between the Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres as they prepared yesterday for tonight's game at HSBC Arena (7 p.m., TSN, Talk 640 AM), but it's clear there's not much love lost between the increasingly bitter rivals in the NHL Northeast Division.'
'Michael Peca is encouraged about his chances of playing for Canada at the world hockey championship next month.'
'Unless he has a sudden change of heart, Gilmour will conclude his 18-year career this spring. The Sabres forward has not come right out and said so but has hinted strongly that he will retire.'
'With the mountains of snow and Doug Flutie gossip disappearing, Buffalo has noticed it is home to a fairly decent hockey team this winter. Especially now, as the Sabres have won seven of their past 10 games and scored 13 goals in their past three.'