October 21 2014 09:18AM
#Leafs name Mark Hunter Dir. of Player Personnel— Lawrence Dushenski (@LD10) October 21, 2014
Well this is a bit of a surprise, but it's funny that this move comes at a time when Kadri trade rumors have been emerging, and there's also coverage of Tavares and Kadri during their London days ahead of tonight's matchup between the Leafs and Isles.
October 07 2014 08:09PM
(photo courtesy of Jon's brain)
With the puck dropping Wednesday night to start the NHL season, everyone is scrambling to get their predictions out there for the world to see. Here at TLN, we're no different, and it's time we got in on the fun.
Go ahead and scroll down for our Eastern Conference standings predictions, along with a quick defence from each writer on their Leafs ranking.
October 03 2014 08:25AM
Over the past few seasons, an obvious weakness in the Leafs' lineup has been the lack of a truly defensive blue-liner. Not to be confused with a lumbering stay-at-home guy who can push people around, we're talking about a mobile defenceman who can be responsible positionally and make smart plays to turn the puck in the right direction. Stephane Robidas seems to fit that description, so his name has been bounced around as a potential Leafs trade target more than once in recent years.
October 02 2014 09:22AM
The Leafs are still in Collingwood for some paintball and other team-bonding activities, but they hit the ice for practice this morning in preparation for the Red Wings tomorrow evening. It will be the final trial run for the Leafs before the regular season opens up next Wednesday, and we should see nearly-complete lineups, as the coaching staffs attempt to get everyone in tune ahead of the real show.
September 29 2014 02:30PM
It's rare to come across an article or television segment these days that doesn't refer to Dion Phaneuf as a "lightning rod", or the Leafs' most polarizing player. While differing opinions of players like Kessel or Bozak usually just pin those who believe in grit and Mimico against the folks who simply value skill, discussing Phaneuf is something different. It gets everyone fired up. Seriously, no one's safe.
The reason for much of this, of course, is that many of us really don't know what to think about the Leafs' captain. League-wide, Phaneuf is arguably the toughest player to get a read on, and given Toronto's coaching woes, and the apparent difficulty that comes with evaluating defencemen through advanced analysis, a lot of times the debates about his value end up going in circles.