Petri Kontiola

Leafs sign Finnish center Kontiola to one-year deal


The Toronto Maple Leafs are adding another Finnish player to the roster.

According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, the Leafs signed center Petri Kontiola to a one-year contract. The signing will be made official once he gets his release from KHL Traktor Chelyabinsk.

Kontiola, 29,  had 15 goals and 37 points in 53 games to lead Traktor in scoring. He was also a member of Finland’s Olympic team with new Leafs forward Leo Komarov. Komarov signed a four-year, $11.8 million deal with the Leafs to return to the NHL on Tuesday.

If Kontiola’s name sounds familiar, he spent 12 games with the Chicago Blackhawks back in the 2007-08 season and stayed in the AHL for the better part of that season and the following year before he headed to the KHL.

Toronto’s depth up the middle is now something to keep an eye on. They have Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, Peter Holland, to go with Kontiola and they’re reportedly interested in David Legwand as well.

Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible:



Commodore rips into Babcock on social media

Mike Commodore

Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.

Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.

As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being embarrassed in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.

Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.

“3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”

Commodore wasn’t done there:

And there was much, much more.

To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.