March 02 2016 01:56PM
Tonight, a bottom feeder team that is attempting to be good, despite a roster that is intentionally bad, will take on an opponent with one of the best records in NHL history. Yes, it's time for the Toronto Maple Leafs to take on the Washington Capitals, in what's sure to be an entertaining game.
March 01 2016 12:05PM
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One of the best things about having a never-ending prospect pool is that when players graduate, your minor league systems aren't completely decimated. Even still, there's a limit, which many felt the Toronto Marlies would hit when their entire top line (William Nylander, Kasperi Kapanen, and Zach Hyman), and play driving utility forward Nikita Soshnikov headed up to the Maple Leafs.
If today was any indication, that won't be the case. Armed with a few alternative reinforcements, the Marlies handily beat the second overall by a score of 4-0.
February 28 2016 03:04AM
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The "free wallet". Brian Burke popularized the phrase in the hockey world in the midst of his tenure with the Maple Leafs, to signify young, unrestricted free agent prospects added to the team without having to give up any form of compensation. The premise was sensible, even if most of his wallets turned out to have been empty. After all, why wouldn't you want to stock your cupboards up with as many potential NHLers as possible?
The hockey world stretches across many leagues in many countries, and in those leagues, you'll find a ton of players that are free to be picked off by NHL teams. Most aren't worth the aggravation, but every so often, somebody sticks out and catches the eye of the rest of the world.
But what if I told you that the best of these thousands of players isn't getting even the slightest bit of attention and that he's hidden in plain sight? Enter Anatoly Golyshev.
February 27 2016 09:07PM
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For many members of the Toronto Maple Leafs, tonight might be the end of the line. A solid half of tonight's roster has been speculated to be on the move heading into Monday's trade deadline, and most of the others are recent call-ups filling in the holes of the already depleted roster. It's firesale season, and the end result of tonight's game confirmed why. Despite the struggles that the Montreal Canadiens have had lately, the Leafs still couldn't muster up much more than a 4-1 defeat to their archrivals.
February 27 2016 05:14PM
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On a cold, harsh New Years Day in 2011, young James Reimer stole the Toronto Maple Leafs' net from Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Jonas Gustavsson and refused to give it back. That wasn't the Leafs' plan; many had the 22-year-old as a longshot to make the NHL for more than the odd emergency call up. But he proved them wrong.