October 07 2015 08:19PM
Gimme a "Car!" *clap*
Gimme a "Lyle!" *clap*
"Car-lyle! Car-lyle! Car-lyle!" *clap clap*
Welcome to the PDO show, Montreal.
October 06 2015 12:13PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs had initially opted to keep recently acquired Scott Harrington, drafted in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, in the opening lineup for the start of the 2015-2016 season.
Now, though, the team has reversed that decision - and that raises a few questions about the team's claim of 22 year old Frank Corrado off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks.
October 05 2015 05:51PM
Twas the week before the NHL season openers,
and all through the league,
Raffi Torres was throwing elbows into heads,
and Toronto's goalie situation was creating intrigue...
Have I mentioned that I hate goaltending controversies?
October 04 2015 11:45AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs went pretty deep into camp with a fairly overflowing roster.
We can only assume that the Leafs found it necessary to carry 35 players up until a few days before rosters have to be finalized because the team is made up of a handful of blue chip prospects, a few aging core pieces from the *last* rebuild, and about twelve nearly-identical, marginally useful depth pieces that needed to be sorted between and weeded through.
Now, though, the roster has been trimmed down by eleven - and looking at who's left (as well as who got cut) can tell us a lot about what the Leafs are trying to do next year. It's our first real glance at the Shanaplan, and it's not half bad.
October 04 2015 10:11AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs are a team that, in theory, loves to complain about their goaltending controversies.
Last season, Chris Gibson and Antoine Bibeau ousted former top-ranked prospect Garret Sparks from his role with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, and that created a minor league controversy (oh my gawdddd, is Sparks no longer a prospect we should care about? Who gets the NHL next year, Gibson or Bibeau? WHAT HAPPENS NOW THAT SPARKS LOOKS GREAT AGAIN?!?)
Then, there's *literally* always controversy between the team's actual NHL depth. I chalk it up to distrust for any player that Dave Nonis has ever kept on a roster, since all of the management that's come before him did weird stuff and he did weirder stuff and once the team traded Tuukka Rask for Andrew Raycroft.
This year, though, the depth is pretty straight-forward and set. It's a rebuild year, but goaltending isn't a race; so what you see is what you should learn to love (and learn how to identify)
I've broken down two guys from each of the team's three systems; the NHL, the AHL, and the ECHL. I've given upside, what to expect, and a bit of a technical breakdown - read it, learn it, and embrace your goalies!