October 31 2015 01:54PM
It's not the first time the Toronto Maple Leafs have seen Phil Kessel in a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey, but it will be the first time Leafs fans see their former star winger suit up against them in Toronto. On Hockey Night in Canada, no less.
And apparently, there isn't expected to be any warm welcomes. Kessel himself says he expects to hear some boos while the Leafs organization has no plans to honour his return. It's a very weird situation, considering Kessel was very much the best player the Leafs had since Mats Sundin left for Vancouver and wasn't universally loved, but still very much liked.
Besides the drama surrounding Kessel's return, though, there's still hockey to be played. The Penguins got off to an uncharacteristically slow start this year with three straight losses, but have since gone 6-1 and will look to continue their climb up the Eastern Conference standings. The Leafs, on the other hand, have a single win on the season.
Yeah, this should be fun.
October 31 2015 09:03AM
Toronto Maple Leafs fans have at times be known for getting a little too hyped up on their own prospects (Hello Jeremy Williams!), so it's always nice to see some validation. Earlier today, Hockey's Future released their final instalment of their annual Top 50 NHL prospects rankings, and two Leafs prospects found themselves in the Top 10.
It really shouldn't come as a surprise as to who was named - William Nylander ranked eighth on the list while Mitch Marner finished one spot ahead of him in seventh.
October 30 2015 08:45PM
We're only nine games into the season, but we already have a pretty good idea of how the remaining 73 will go. The Toronto Maple Leafs will play some decent hockey, but they won't score many goals and get many wins. It certainly doesn't help when you're up against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference either.
Toronto looked good, but not good enough to contain the New York Rangers.
October 30 2015 03:51PM
Mark Arcobello has been waived, Brad Boyes is in the press box tonight, and Frank Corrado will soon be returning from a "conditioning stint" in the AHL. We probably could have predicted this in the offseason when the Leafs went out and picked up a bunch of new faces, but here we are - Toronto has a roster crunch problem. Too many players, too few minutes to go around, and only a few options that don't include sending players through waivers and losing them for nothing.
Here's the Roundtable with how they'd juggle Toronto's roster and sort everything out.
October 29 2015 07:48PM
We haven't even reached November, and already the Toronto Maple Leafs are appearing in the trade rumour mills. It was expected all along that the Leafs would once again flip any and all of their veterans for assets, but I don't think we were expecting anything to heat up quite so quickly.
On tonight's segment of TSN's Insider Trading, Bob McKenzie explained how there's currently a low rumble on the trade market, with several teams looking to upgrade their blueline and shake up their roster before they slip too far back of the pack to recover. When speaking of players who could be on the move, one Leaf defender was named in particular...