May 02 2015 08:26PM
Thankfully, the post-Red Wings elimination fall out wasn't as bad as it could have theoretically been. Landon Ferraro would have had to clear waivers. Tomas Jurco has an international stage to hang out on. Petr Mrazek is too good to set foot in another league at this point. The only player to find his way to the Grand Rapids Griffins was Alexey Marchenko. So, it could have been worse.
But this Griffins team is still good. Very good, even, as they proved tonight by tying the series by outscoring the Toronto Marlies 5-4.
May 01 2015 11:23AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs are lacking a head coach. Oh, and a few assistants. A general manager too, and several sc...okay, there are so few people remaining that a certain former TheLeafsNation dot com writer is probably near the top of the food chain right now. It's very clear that of these roles, the head coaching position is the biggest void, but this won't turn into a multi-horse race until the Triple Crown prize is off the market.
Of course, I'm referring to Mike Babcock. Now that Detroit's season is done, there's a bit of speculation swirling as to where his future lies.
April 29 2015 07:59PM
You didn't think it was going to last forever, did you? While I'm sure the Toronto Marlies would have been happy with never losing a hockey game again, the odds of that weren't exactly in their favour. Pure probability aside, the Grand Rapids Griffins are very good and not the type of team that just gets swept in the first round, regardless of opponent. This was proven tonight, as the nine game winning streak was snapped by a 5-2 defeat.
April 29 2015 01:51PM
The Toronto Marlies continue to be full of surprises. At the nineteen game mark of the season, they were the worst team in the American Hockey League and well on their way to being the least successful Leafs affiliate of our generation. They then proceeded to win 35 of their next 57 games to sneak into the playoffs, and are now one game away from potentially sweeping their first round matchup.
At this point, you can't deny that the team is "for real". Though, with that considered, they're far from invincible, and there are a few reasons need to continue treating themselves as underdogs.
April 29 2015 11:02AM
Following the elimination of the Orlando Solar Bears from the Turner Cup playoffs, the Leafs organization had a bunch of its prospects sitting around with nothing left to do. That changed this morning, as the Toronto Marlies recalled four players from sunny Florida to recently sunny Ontario.