April 04 2015 09:23AM
Weeks ago, Toronto Maple Leafs fans gave up on the idea that they'd get to enjoy any type of playoff success this season. Well, Leafs fans are silly people.
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Let's break it down:
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- The Grand Prize, a $1500 VISA gift card
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- 4th place nabs $100 Visa gift card
- If you finish 5th through 10th, that's a $30 iTunes card
- And lastly, 11th-20th hey $10 iTunes card
- Everyone else gets a creepy pat on the back from Bobby Cappuccino
April 03 2015 01:00PM
In the upcoming NHL Draft Lottery, the league's worst team will be guaranteed one of the top two picks in the 2015 Draft. That's pretty big, especially considering the consensus top two picks - the Erie Otters' Connor McDavid and Boston University's Jack Eichel - are two extremely high end, franchise-making prospects.
Not surprisingly, some NHL clubs (perhaps smartly) recognized that they were going to be enduring 'down years' anyways, and decided to actively "tank" their season.
Is that the right thing to do though? Those teams may very well be acting with the organization's long term interests in mind - drafting a McDavid could set you up for decades of success - but what about the fans and season ticket holders? Is it fair to them to actively ice an awful team?
Simply, does the NHL have a tanking problem? Our TLN Roundtable tackles the subject...
April 01 2015 01:00PM
Nobody likes the Toronto Maple Leafs. Stephen Brunt called them the least likeable team in hockey, fans aren't showing up to the games anymore, and even the players are beating up on other players.
And if cute movies about love and self-worth have taught me anything, it's that the Leafs are in desperate need of a makeover. They'll never impress anybody by simply being themselves, so something's gotta change!
March 31 2015 08:47PM
Well, that was unexpected.
The Toronto Maple Leafs continued their winning ways this evening, downing the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 3-1. Their second win in a row, the Leafs played pretty well for being the least likeable group of athletes that Sportsnet's Stephen Brunt has ever been around.
Man, I don't know about all that nonsense. For one, teams are always more likeable when they're winning hockey games. There's certainly some players I could do without, but what fan out there actually likes every single roster piece on their favourite team?
When it comes to the Leafs, there's actually more pieces I like than dislike. Phil Kessel, Morgan Rielly, Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner, James van Riemsdyk and both goaltenders. I like them all.
March 31 2015 01:59PM
Sure, the Toronto Maple Leafs are coming of their first victory since what feels like the Middle Ages, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. The Leafs will host the Tampa Bay Lightning this evening, one of only five teams in the league that have already clinched a playoff berth, so I certainly hope you weren't looking for a winning streak.