April 30 2016 06:55AM
It's come to this. At some point tonight, Bill Daly is going to step up to a podium with a list of results to deliver to the hockey word. They'll be ones that shape the destiny of franchises for years to come if they play their cards right. Or, rather, the oversized square cards are played in their favour.
With the Toronto Maple Leafs at the top of the odds chart for tonight's Draft Lottery, many fans will finally feel able to cheer for their beloved team for the first time this season. Will it end the way that they and their team would like it to, though? Or are they about to get one last taste of disappointment before the offseason?
One could argue that, in a just world, they'll get the former.
April 28 2016 08:16PM
Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com
Sometimes, the best defence is a good offence. Tonight was a great example of that; while Toronto's forwards poured pucks on the net, it was the defencemen who actually got them to hit mesh and light lamps in what became a massive 5 goal rally to send themselves to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
April 28 2016 02:15PM
While hockey has moved further and further away from "strategical" or "staged" fighting and the role of the enforcer is dying, that doesn't change the fact that many look back fondly on those who put themselves in that role while it existed. Colton Orr was one of those players who did it while wearing the blue and white, and today, he announced his retirement from the game.
April 28 2016 11:16AM
Photo Credit: Twitter / @thesoundtigers
The Toronto Marlies can punch their ticket to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs with one more win against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. It'll be an uphill battle with their opponents playing for their lives, but with home ice advantage just starting to kick in, the team is in a perfect position to deliver the knockout blow.
April 26 2016 06:55AM
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It's Tuesday morning. Do you know what that means? We're four days away from knowing where in the draft the Leafs will pick! That's fun and exciting, but nobody wants to be the jerk sitting alone in front of a TV screaming at Bill Daly as he reveals his LP-sized cards one by one.
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