With training camp just over a month away, a report in USA Today
on Friday states that Brian Burke and the Maple Leafs expect forward Matthew Lombardi to be at training camp this fall. You can read the full report here
Lombardi played just two games last season with the Nashville Predators before suffering a concussion. The speedy forward was acquired from the Predators along with defenceman Cody Franson
back on July 3rd. During the 2009-10 season, Lombardi set career highs in assists (34) and points (53) while posting 19 goals.
Brian Burke told USA Today's Kevin Allen: "He feels really good. The most recent medical report we had on him is that the remaining discomfort he's having isn't concussion-related."
Despite the good news the Leafs won't rush Lombardi back into action.
In the Toronto Sun
, Burke tells Lance Hornby that "as we always do with head injuries, we’ll err on the side of caution. " Read the story here
.Meet James Reimer At Real Sports August 16th
Don't forget that Leafs goalie James Reimer
will be at Real Sports Appreal for Q & A and autograph session next Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. Please be advised that a wristband policy will be in effect for the autograph portion and will be given out starting at 10 a.m.
Rookie Tournament Roster Announced
If you missed it, earlier this week the Maple Leafs announced the 25 rookies who will taking part in the rookie tournament from September 10-13 in Oshawa. The Leafs rookies will go up against rookies from Pittsburgh, Ottawa and Chicago.
There will be four player from the 2011 Draft taking part. First round draft pick Stuart Percy
(25th), Josh Leivo
(86th), David Broll
(152nd) and Garret Sparks
who was the Leafs first selection at 22nd overall in the 2011 Draft will not be able to attend the camp due to NCAA eligibilty rules.
Other big names taking part include Jesse Blacker
, Jake Gardiner
, Jerry D'Amigo
, Matt Frattin
and Mark Owuya
. You can get the full roster here
Tickets can be purchased at the GM Centre Box Office, by phone at (877) 436-8811 or online at www.generalmotorscentre.com
. Ticket prices for the evening games are Adults - $18.50 and Child/Senior/Student - $13.50. Afternoon game ticket prices are Adults - $16.00 and Child/Student/Senior - $11.00New In Arena Host
Brooke Pashley was the winner of the Leafs in-arena host auditions. She will take over the role vacated by Monika Platek. Pashley introduced herself to Leafs Nation by posting a blog on LeafSpace. Read the blog here
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