January 31 2015 04:39PM
Wow, time flies when you're losing a lot of hockey games. It's been five years to this very day since Dion Phaneuf was traded by the Calgary Flames along with Frederik Sjostrom and Keith Aulie to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Matt Stajan, Ian White, Nicklas Hagman and Jamal Mayers.
January 31 2015 11:53AM
There are a lot of questions being asked in the photo above. David Clarkson is asking the referee "Why are you giving me a penalty? Why can't I sit on this guy?, while Matt Read is asking anyone who will listen "Why is this guy sitting on me? Why are the Leafs so, so bad?"
January 30 2015 08:04AM
The importance of the upcoming trade deadline and the upcoming offseason can't be stressed enough. The Maple Leafs organization is at a crossroads - they're not good enough, they're out of cash, and they don't have a lot of assets. The next decade of Leafs hockey largely hinges on whether Brendan Shanahan, President of the Maple Leafs, decides to strip down the roster and rebuild, shake things up a bit and retool, or stick with what he has and attempt to regroup.
We asked our TLN writers what Shanahan should do...
January 28 2015 10:08PM
Every week, all of the TLN writers call dibs on which pregame and postgame posts they'd like to write. For some reason, I told my friends and colleagues that I'd take tonight's postgame. Why? Why did I do that?
New Jersey is one of those teams that bores me to tears. By the third period of Devils games, sports bars across the city start brewing fresh pots of coffee to help keep everyone awake. Maybe it's because the Devils play a tight, defensive system. Or maybe it's because New Jersey is just as much a retirement community as it is a hockey team.
Either way, this is why it's so exponentially more frustrating to watch the Leafs lose to them, for their seventh straight loss, in a shoot out, by a score of 2-1. God, that's annoying.
January 28 2015 07:24PM
There's been a lot of talk - and I mean a lot of talk - about the possibility of Cody Franson being traded. Arguably the Leafs' best defender this season, Franson becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and the Leafs only have so much cap space available. As in, not nearly enough cap space available for what Franson would and should command on the open market.