October 06 2014 12:00PM
What is there to say about Daniel “Moneypuck” Winnik? (note: I hate myself for using the term Moneypuck.) The pessimistic among us say that adding bottom six winger depth shouldn't have been an organizational priority, but we were flooded with the Komarov, Booth, Winnik signings, and of course the trade for Frattin.
The optimists will say, that if you are going to bring in a bottom six winger, a guy making $1.3 million who can hit 30 points isn't a bad guy to bring in and competition and depth will only make this team stronger.
Oddly enough, I count myself in the optimistic camp on Winnik. He certainly doesn't address any of the real issues with the Leafs, but isn't a bad guy to have, and if you’re out of the playoff picture in March he’s a great guy to deal for a late pick in order to start playing the kids more. And as you’ll see from his highlight reel, his hands aren't that bad.
October 06 2014 09:08AM
Excuse me while I take a brief victory lap around my office, as these are the best possible decisions the Leafs could have made heading into the regular season. And while the Leafs couldn't cut everyone I wanted them to, they made four correct decisions.
October 01 2014 07:35AM
Randy Carlyle has been somewhat of an enigma during his time as the Leafs head coach. Often we find ourselves asking "What is he thinking?" Alas, I am not the one to provide answers to that question, instead I've turned to possibly the greatest philosopher of our time, Jaden Smith. His tweets seem to perfectly capture the inner thoughts of a man who thinks helmets cause concussions, almond butter is one of the great evils in the world, and that toasters are beyond understanding.
That being said, not all of Jaden Smith's tweets work for Carlyle
Pay Attention To The Numbers In Your Life They Are Vastly Important.— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) February 4, 2014
but you'll see that at least 9 of them do.
September 30 2014 08:17AM
In hindsight I am now looking to the Roman Polak trade with a sense of satisfaction. Sure, the Leafs gave up a far better defenseman in order to acquire a right handed shot. Sure, it doesn’t matter which hand Polak uses because you don’t want to see him handling the puck, and sure it seems somewhat foolish that the Leafs retained a portion of Gunnarsson’s salary and threw in a 4th round pick in order to get the deal completed, but it doesn’t change the fact that there was a silver lining. This deal was likely the beginning of the end of the Nonis regime.
September 29 2014 11:20AM
It’s a weird day when Leafs twitter bemoans the fact that Toronto has put an enforcer on waivers. Of course if that enforcer is Troy Bodie, and means a greater likelihood that Colton Orr and/or Frazer McLaren will start the season as Leafs I guess there’s some reason for outrage.