December 09 2016 09:06AM
Despite what some 82-year-old bullhorn might blare at you on Saturday night, hockey has no "code" that governs the game and keeps everyone in line. In fact, I think there's a strong argument to be made that out of the major professional sports on this continent (and maybe everywhere), hockey is lagging in its amounts of honour or respect in its fabric than any other.
December 07 2016 12:58PM
This might seem like a dream, but I assure you it's real. The Toronto Maple Leafs have a game to play tonight. Like, in the NHL.
It's starting to seem like Toronto's schedule has followed a pattern something like back-back-to-back then about three weeks off, which is no doubt tough on fans and likely the team itself. It's been difficult getting into any kind of groove.
Anyway, the team is back home tonight and facing the Wild, a club whose most notable quality is being part of the answer to that trivia question "Which pro sports team names do not end in "S"?".
November 30 2016 09:12PM
The Saddledome hasn't been a kind place to the Leafs over the last number of years, and considering they were on the second half of the Alberta back-to-back, it felt like tonight was a prime candidate for a letdown game.
November 27 2016 10:17AM
It's typically in the couple weeks leading up to the trade deadline where we start getting wind of which pro scouts or other front office executives are traveling around and making appearances at games where "available" players might be. I'm not sure if I've ever noticed it starting this early in a season, but with some notable names being kicked around the trade rumour mill, like Evander Kane and Dougie Hamilton for example, it's probably not surprising a lot of teams are making the rounds. And it isn't just scouts.
For the Leafs and Flames, who seemed to have a bit of a connection last season without anything materializing, it looks as though there could have something brewing again. But what could be on the table?
November 23 2016 12:33PM
There's likely going to be a mishmash of teams from sixth to thirteenth in the eastern conference for a lot of this season. How that range shakes out is probably anyone's guess from week-to-week. With that in mind, the Leafs again have two points available tonight that could pay major dividends in the later part of the season when they face another bubble team in New Jersey. Toronto let a precious pair get away from them last night against the Canes, so this evening's tilt is about as important as one can be in November.