April 12 2015 01:02PM
It's not often that you see a team fire essentially half of its front office and coaching staff in one fell swoop, but then again, it's not often you see a professional hockey team as bad as the Leafs.
As has been expected for a while now, the hammer came down this morning. The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired general manager Dave Nonis, coaches Peter Horachek, Steve Spott and Chris Dennis, and goaltending coach Rick St. Croix.
Steve Staios was one of the few non-Brendan Shanahan hires to survive the personnel changes, while Mark Hunter and Kyle Dubas will handle all interim GM duties.
For most, this is a positive change. For some, the wrong people were blamed.
Nonis. Carlyle. Poulin. Loiselle. Farrish. Cronin. Gordon. Spott. Horachek, St. Croix. All good people let down by underperforming players.— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) April 12, 2015
Ok, deep breaths, people. Let's break this down. More after the jump...
April 09 2015 08:31PM
Congratulations everyone, we did it. The tank was a success.
The Maple Leafs are now locked into the 27th overall in the standings - a truly horrible result - after the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this evening. The Hurricanes are now four points ahead of the Leafs with 71, and can no longer be caught.
That of course means that, according to this year's NHL Entry Draft lottery rules, Toronto has the fourth-best chance, with 9.5%, at winning the first overall pick and the opportunity to draft Connor McDavid.
More after the jump...
April 08 2015 09:16PM
There isn't a non-playoff team out there that's hurt their draft stock more than the Columbus Blue Jackets. To put things in perspective, the Blue Jackets have gone 9-0-1 in their last ten games, and they're still 10 points behind the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. They're a good team that suffered through significant injury problems and fell behind the pack, but my God did they apparently not want a high draft pick. Columbus is legitimately the hottest team in the entire league.
And that's hella good news for a supposed-to-be-tanking Toronto team that's been slowly creeping closer to the Carolina Hurricanes in the standings.
April 08 2015 12:14PM
With his WHL season over, it looks like Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Rinat Valiev is ready to make the full jump to pro hockey.
Prospect Rinat Valiev has officially been added to Marlies roster for remainder of season.— Kyle Cicerella (@KyleTheReporter) April 8, 2015
Valiev's Kootenay Ice were eliminated from the WHL playoffs on Monday evening, stretching their series with the Calgary Hitmen to seven games but ultimately failing to make it out of the first round.
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.
You've never heard to the Nations Draft Playoff Pool? It's way better than the actual real playoffs, and you can enter here at www.nationdrafts.com.
Let's break it down:
You draft a team of playoff-bound NHL stars and earn points in the Nations Draft Playoff Pool based on their production. If you are a nails fantasy GM, Nations sends you some sweet prizes. You can check out all the rules at www.nationdrafts.com/rules.
About those prizes...
- The Grand Prize, a $1500 VISA gift card
- 2nd place gets a $500 Visa gift card
- 3rd gets a $200 Visa gift card
- 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