July 30 2015 06:01PM
The 2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs represent the last time that the Toronto Maple Leafs were actually a good hockey team. Not sneak-into-the-playoffs-and-lose-to-the-Bruins good, but actually a really solid team (with nice hair, too). A true Stanley Cup contender that loaded up at the trade deadline for a deep run, the Leafs ultimately came up short. It's not a stretch to say that they haven't recovered since.
July 29 2015 04:01PM
The 2002-03 Toronto Maple Leafs season will always be a special one in my eyes, for it's the first year I really remember watching the team in the regular season. Certain playoff memories from previous years are still in my mind, but it was this team where I first experienced the joys of weekly Saturday night games and the odd mid-week game. And what a season it was.
July 29 2015 07:55AM
Yesterday we took a shot at a mock arbitration between Jonathan Bernier and the Leafs, with Cat and I acting as the two parties and Jon stepping in as arbitrator. In our discussions leading up to the piece, we figured Bernier should shoot for a mind-boggling amount of money since, given his workload as a starter, he'd obviously want to create a huge gap between his number and the team's, and try to settle a couple million below. It's just the way arbitration goes.
July 28 2015 02:48PM
Friday is the day that arbitration enthusiasts have long
waited for, the arbitration of Jonathan Bernier. This may seem like something
destined to be settled hours before it starts. It may seem like an event
destined to disappoint as an unknowing arbitrator decides to split the
difference and award a one year at the obvious compromise point. Fair enough,
but the arbitration is interesting and different for a few reasons...