September 27 2015 02:00PM
There are very, very few players on the planet that can replace Phil Kessel.
And no, P.A. Parenteau certainly isn't one of them.
That said, Parenteau isn't going to be asked to replace the 80~ points that Kessel put up. Parenteau, signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a one-year, $1.5M deal this summer, will just need to help out in Toronto's top six and hopefully rediscover a little bit of that offensive pop that he showed off with the New York Islanders and Colorado Avalanche in recent years. The end-goal? Play well enough to keep Toronto's young AHL core from having to move up to the NHL too soon, and hopefully play well enough to garner another asset at this year's trade deadline.
September 26 2015 08:39PM
You know those low-scoring games that contain exciting end-to-end action and excellently stingy goaltending? This was not one of those games.
September 25 2015 04:21PM
Earlier today, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock told TSN's Mark Masters that Shawn Matthias is a "Toronto kid that wanted to play for the Leafs," and went on to predict that more Toronto-born players will come home to play for their childhood favourites.
Immediately, everyone drew a connection between the Leafs and maybe-soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Steven Stamkos. But hey, that's only one guy. There are so many star players that come from The Six.
See below our Top 5 Prodigal Sons who will one day soon return to Toronto and help the Leafs to new and infinitely sustained success.
September 25 2015 09:31AM
As we've seen over at Canucks Army and Jets Nation, TSN's Bob McKenzie has been making the rounds with the general managers of the NHL's Canadian franchises. Earlier this week, McKenzie's interview with Toronto Maple Leafs boss Lou Lamoriello went online. Here are five interesting thoughts from the video, which has offered us some of the best insight into the Leafs' front office since Lamoriello arrived on the scene.
September 23 2015 12:08PM
William Nylander has looked pretty damn good in two preseason games so far. His skating is top notch, his creativity is excellent and most importantly he's produced on the scoresheet. Sure, we're pretty early in the process of cutting down the roster, but it certainly looks like Nylander will stick around until the end and either make the team or be one of its last cuts. So, which way should it go?