October 15 2014 06:52AM
As Leafs fans we often like to fantasize that this team is one or two trades away from being ready to compete for the Stanley Cup. As a seven year old I carried a notebook and a hockey almanac around and would develop what I deemed as fair trades for the Leafs to make in order to ready to win the Stanley Cup. Most of my ideas were multiplayer deals involving Ed Olczyk and Vincent Damphousse going to the Penguins for Mario Lemieux or to the Bruins for Ray Bourque, but I’m still confident that seven year old was still more grounded in reality than your average HFBoards commenter.
October 08 2014 11:51AM
Hockey returns tonight. That’s exciting. Let’s talk about it for a while. Hopefully you spent some of your summer outside, doing stuff, maybe spending some time with family or friends, because hockey is your only friend now. Embrace your drug, slip on your jersey, open a beer and prepare to spend the next nine months arguing about Tyler Bozak’s shooting percentage.
Again we have the traditional opening night matchup between the Leafs and Habs. The Canadiens are proudly coming off a season that earned them playoff participant ribbons, and the Leafs coming off a season that many spent the summer drinking to forget. Tonight’s a clean slate and for the Leafs a chance to pick up their fifth opening night win in a row. It’s also a chance for us to take in the cheesefest which is an ACC opening night ceremony and the booing of Randy Carlyle during his introduction.
You can catch all the excitement on
CBC TSN Sportsnet starting at
5PM MT/ 7PM ET.
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.