College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
Tonight at the ACC the Toronto Maple Leafs resume their season with 21 games left to play before it’s time to trade the hockey stick for a driver. Tomorrow marks the NHL trade deadline and there is a very good possibility this team will have a different look for the home stretch. Depending on who you listen to Alexei Ponikarovsky, Lee Stempniak and Garnet Exelby have all been rumored to be on the way out of T.O. Over the next 24 hours we’ll see what GM Brian Burke has in mind. Back to the action on the ice- not counting GMs and coaches there will be five medalists on the ice tonight as the Leafs welcome the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina’s Eric Staal is the only gold medal winner. Americans Tim Gleason of Carolina and Phil Kessel who plays for Toronto, brought back silver from Vancouver. Two Hurricanes, Tuomo Ruutu and Joni Pitkanen, both won bronze with Finland. The Leafs sit in the final spot in the Eastern conference with the Hurricanes only six point ahead of them. Just don’t be so quick to lump the two together. Prior to the Olympic break the Hurricanes were playing some really good hockey and were tied with the Ottawa Senators for the best record in the East, winning eight of their last ten games. Toronto on the other hand has gone 2-6-2 over its last ten and look to be sending a high draft pick Boston’s way (via the trade for Kessel).