February 09 2016 06:58AM
Hello there. It’s me, your internet friend Jon. You know what I haven’t talked you about in a while that still bothers me to no end?
That’s right, it’s Joffrey Lupul’s contract. That untradeable, unmoveable, buyout resistant mess that Leafs inherited from the all-knowing Brian Burke. The deal where he decided that the guy who was an All-Star while on Phil Kessel’s line and has chronic back issues (amongst various other injuries) needed to be locked up long term and at a price that would require him to repeat his career year well into his mid-30s for it to even remotely pan out.
That’s what I’m writing about again today, but this time with a little less frustration, and little more hope, because maybe, just maybe, there’s an end in sight.
February 02 2016 01:54PM
It’s taken me well into my thirties for me to realize it’s possible that the Leafs can look at Tyler Bozak as an asset around the trade deadline. Reality has set in for me now that Bozak has demonstrated some offensive production away from Phil Kessel and he presently is on pace for his first 50 point season.
February 02 2016 12:32PM
The good news is that there's actually hockey tonight. The bad news is that's against the leaky medical waste bag that is the Boston Bruins. Why visiting teams aren't allowed to play in hazmat suits when they're in Boston I'll never know.
We can at least take comfort in the fact that the Bruins are barely holding onto their playoff spot, and although tanking is fun, perhaps for just one night being a spoiler could be more fun.
February 01 2016 09:01AM
It's the All-Star break. It's awful. Albeit John Scott, Brent Burns, and P.K. Subban did a lot to make it less awful, but not much is happening around the league and we've all had way too much time to spend considering claiming Raffi Torres on waivers.
With a month to go before the trade deadline, and the standings looked in for a few days, today seems like a reasonable time to take a look at who owns which draft pick heading into the trade deadline, and how that may make some teams better trade partners for the rebuilding Leafs.
February 01 2016 07:58AM
The Leafs played two games before the All-Star break and lost by a combined total of 6-1. That doesn't give a whole lot of players to positively rank this week. Let's assume Bernier was #1, Kadri was #2, and the rest of the team was tied at 20.
Instead of just ending the Power Rankings here, we'll do something a little different this week and rank the top ten players the Leafs should be trading by the deadline. Deadline is underlined since there are other Leafs that might be worth moving, but don't necessarily make as much sense as in season deals.