February 06 2016 02:26PM
Major tank implications in the nation's capital tonight, folks. It's pretty incredible that six teams are currently tied with a league-low 47 points, including your Toronto Maple Leafs. Not only could a win pull Toronto out of the basement, but the Ottawa Senators sit only five points ahead of the Leafs, with the good guys still having two games in hand. There are not many things that bring more joy to Leafs fans than beating up on the Senators and rubbing it in the face of that one Ottawa fan you may or may not know, so it's shaping up to be a tough night for the more militant members of Tank Nation.
February 06 2016 09:33AM
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This is a guest post from friend-of-the-blog Mike Commito.
Mike Commito is a policy analyst and hockey historian from Sudbury, Ontario. You can find him on the Royal Half where he writes as the Preview Professor. Follow him on Twitter... @mikecommito
I recently had the chance to chat with Nazem Kadri before Leafs practice on Friday afternoon and pick his brain about Darryl Sittler’s record-setting game from 1976, how he spent his All-Star break, and how the team’s play has improved this season with Mike Babcock behind the bench.
Mike Commito: So how did you spend the All-Star break?
Nazem Kadri: I went on vacation with a few of the guys, went out to Mexico, just tried to lay in the sun and enjoy ourselves a little bit. I think we came back a little re-energized and it was good for us.
Did you happen to catch any of the All-Star Game on Sunday or were you guys in full R & R mode?
We actually caught the majority of it in the airport, so we were fortunate enough to have it on TV and I enjoyed the format actually.
February 05 2016 06:52AM
Hey TLNers, and welcome to a new weekly special we'll be sending your way every Friday from here on out. It's the brand new TLN Report Card!
Here's the scoop. You will get to give a big thumbs up or big thumbs down to every player on the Toronto Maple Leafs roster. Yes! You! You get the power to judge professional athletes on their job performance! With just one click! Think of how good that will feel! And, as a community, we'll let the entire world know just how much we adore Mo Rielly, and how little we think of... Oh, I don't know... Roman Polak?
So, what do you think? Who do you like? Who do you not? Who impressed you this week? Who stunk? Who do you want to get a fat contract extension? Who would you like to throw into an active volcano?
February 03 2016 03:59PM
We'll be spending an awful lot of time over the next few weeks discussing which players the Toronto Maple Leafs should be looking to ship out of town ahead of the February 29th trade deadline. That said, we've actually spent very little time discussing what kinds of things GM Lou Lamoriello should be asking for in return.
"Picks and prospects" is the simple answer, but we can do better than that. The Leafs have one of the best prospect pools in the NHL, and already have a possible 11 selections in the 2016 Entry Draft. Back in the day when Toronto had nothing in the cupboards, they weren't in any position to be picky about what they got back when unloading talent. This time around, Toronto has an opportunity to identify areas of weakness in the system, and address those areas in particular.
So, what do the Leafs really need?
February 03 2016 06:00AM
If I had to choose one player who will definitely, most certainly be traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs this month, it'd be P.A. Parenteau. Saying that, Roman Polak is a close second. It's already been reported that the big, tough blueliner is on a number of teams' radars, and while that may come as a surprise to Leafs fans who would be thrilled to flip him, you can't underestimate the draw of grit and depth at the deadline.
Here's the top five landing spots for Roman Polak, if (when) Toronto trades him...