January 20 2016 05:54PM
All Photos Property of Jeff Veillette / TheLeafsNation.com
When gossip started coming about that there was a rink on top of a downtown skyscraper in Toronto, I was a little surprised. Not that the rink was shocking, but more so that people found it mysterious. Molson Canadian, after all, had been running a commercial for months displaying that they would be building a rooftop rink somewhere. It played so often, in fact, that I began to get jealous of the people who were going up.
Suddenly an email popped up in my inbox, asking me if I wanted to play some pickup hockey. From a person, I had never spoken with before. Normally this would be weird and creepy, but given the circumstances, I had to say yes.
January 19 2016 09:18PM
Coaches challenge have me like pic.twitter.com/Aur2dTj4hh— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) January 20, 2016
Much like front-office compensation got grossly misused and manipulated in its few months of existence, the coaches challenge appears to have become more of a strategy than it is a way of fixing the rare gross oversight. In this case, though, I like it a lot, because even the slightest correction can make a huge difference and it requires the coaches to think quick and take big risks.
Tonight, that risk didn't work out very much for the Leafs, as it cost them a goal. But you know how you get that back? With super-sniper Matt Hunwick, that's how.
January 19 2016 03:12PM
Photo Credit: Twitter / Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey)
As bodies get banged up across the organization and the trade deadline looms, the Toronto Marlies have added a pair of reinforcements to help them weather the storm. The team confirmed earlier this afternoon that they have signed forward Rylan Schwartz and defenceman Eric Baier to professional tryout contracts.
January 18 2016 12:33PM
So, uhh... one point away from last. How about that. The Leafs are still rocking the "good job, good effort" performances on the ice, but the hope from more optimistic fans that this team could climb their way out of the standings ditch has to be all but gone at this rate, no?
Thankfully, most have already started looking to the deadline, draft, and free agency, which feature heavily in this week's mailbag. Let's dive in!
January 17 2016 11:59PM
As good as the Toronto Marlies have been this year, "you can't win them all" is still a phrase that rings true for the first-place team. The team has had some impressive runs, going on four winning streaks of at least five games in their first 40 games. Arguably, the most impressive of the bunch was them going six for seven during their Royal Winter Fair road trip, but tonight, they had the opportunity to one-up that by winning out their second extended disappearance.
It wasn't meant to be, however, as the blue and white dropped the last game of the tour against the St. John's IceCaps.