The Toronto Maple Leafs will kick off the shortened 2013 NHL season on Saturday Jan. 19 in Montreal against the Montreal Canadiens. The game will be televised on CBC.
The Leafs will hold their home opener on Monday, Jan. 21 against the Buffalo Sabres. The full Leafs schedule was released on Saturday night, shortly after the NHL and NHLPA signed the memorandum of understanding that officially ended the lockout.
Due to this year's lockout the NHL will play a shortened 48 game season.
The Leafs fired General Manager Brian Burke earlier this week and added more drama in Toronto. The team is struggling to end a long playoff drought that Burke was not able to break. Will Burke protege and replacement Dave Nonis be able to get the job done?
The Leafs still need a reliable franchise goaltender and they may find one in the Canucks’ Roberto Luongo. The off-season acquisition of James van Riemsdyk from the Flyers gives the Leafs another offensive weapon. The Toronto Marlies, the Leafs’ AHL affiliate, are also having a great season which will hopefully rub off when those players get called up to the NHL. Leafs fans have reason to be cautiously optimistic in 2013.
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The Montreal Canadiens will kick off their 2013 season at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 19. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The Ottawa Senators travel to Winnipeg to take on the Jets to start their season on Jan. 19. The Senators home opener will be on Monday against the Florida Panthers. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The Toronto Maple Leafs face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 19. Their homeopener will be against the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 21. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Winnipeg Jets will play the Ottawa Senators to kick off their 2013 season on Jan. 19. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Calgary Flames will face the San Jose Sharks at home on Sun. Jan. 20 to start their 2013 season.(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
The Edmonton Oilers will start their season on Sun. Jan. 20 in Vancouver against the Canucks. The Oilers return home on Tue. Jan. 22 to face the San Jose Sharks. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
The Vancouver Canucks will start their 2013 season on Saturday Jan. 19 against the Anaheim Ducks. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)