October 21 2014 08:50PM
About 10 minutes into this game I thought it would be one of those nights for the boys in blue. The Leafs were completely out-chanced and out-played in every zone and every facet of play. It looked like a typical Leafs period. But hockey's a funny game. Things change quickly.
October 12 2014 02:42PM
The Leafs lost last night, bad. Jerseys were tossed in disgust. It was just ugly. I happened to be there last night, and the crowd was either completely dead or not even remotely pleased with what was happening on the ice. The Leafs were just completely out-classed by a much better Penguins team who ran roughshod over a Leafs system that looks exactly the same as it did last year. In short, the Leafs are just a mess right now, but I'm not sure why people are surprised. This is what the team looks like when you take out-of-this-world goaltending out of the equation. Placed side by side against a contender, it's clear that the Leafs just aren't good enough right now.
The good news is that today's a new day and a new game. The bad news is that it's against another good team playing in their home opener, the Rangers.
October 05 2014 10:32AM
If there's one thing Burke did right - and I mean really right - it was
stealing acquiring this fine young man from the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012 in exchange for defenseman Luke Schenn, Seriously, go hug a Flyers fan right now, they're probably very sad on the inside. In a league where elite talent is extremely hard to come by, you have to give Burke credit for getting two offensive dynamos (the other being the Phil) that now form one of the most potent scoring duos in the league. All that's left now is to fill the black hole in the middle.
September 19 2014 08:43AM
Since his arrival from Nashville in 2011, Cody Franson hasn't had a fair shake as a Leaf. The trade was a steal (thank you, Lebda), but the 6-foot-5 defender hasn't been utilized to his full potential. The penchant for Franson to make 'the big mistake' has put him in the coach's doghouse on numerous occasions and given Leafs management some commitment issues. After signing yet another one-year deal, Franson becomes a UFA after this season. With a glut of defensemen on the roster, his days as a Leaf are probably numbered.
September 14 2014 09:30AM
You've been introduced to the young guns, now it's time for the big boys. Everyday, from now until the season opener, you'll get to know your favourite Leafs just a little bit better thanks to the beautiful people at TLN.
The first Leaf on the docket is arguably the most important Leaf: goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
That's funny to say in hindsight, because a large section of Leafs fans were adamant the Leafs didn't need him, period. The Leafs already had a great young goalie; one that took them to the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Considering James Reimer's play during the lockout-shortened season, acquiring Bernier seemed unnecessary compared to other (still) pressing needs.
But the Leafs defensive ineptitude quickly proved that in order to even get a sniff of the playoffs, they would need Bernier and every single ounce of elite goaltending they could get out of him. And even that wasn't enough for a historically deficient team.