April 11 2015 08:31PM
Tonight marks the end of an era. A long, overdue goodbye to a harmful piece of the Leafs organization that despite having a large number of fans supporting him, never really had the success to match it.
(Tyler Bozak? Colton Orr? Dave Nonis? Peter Horacheck? Who knows, really. But this was likely the last hurrah for one or more of the gentlemen of the Leafs' brass.)
Oh, and the Leafs played a somewhat entertaining 4-3 hockey game against their rival Montreal Canadiens.
April 11 2015 05:30PM
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Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
April 11 2015 04:29PM
So, did somebody ship the Nashville Predators organization a crate of soul-stealing water? We've seen the parent club go from Presidents Trophy favourites to pretty good. Their AHL affiliate? Even worse; the Milwaukee Admirals have just one win in their past ten. Overtime losses have lessened the blow a bit, but it's very possible that they'll miss the playoffs.
This is all to the Toronto Marlies' gain, though. They just need to keep winning, and had a pair of games against the also-struggling Rochester Americans to work with. A combined eight goals later, and the Marlies picked up a huge four points to move two ahead of Milwaukee with two games in hand.
April 11 2015 04:17PM
USA TODAY Sports: Joe Camporeale
The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to at least make a coaching change this summer, though it seems possible that typically inscrutable team president Brendan Shanahan may do more to put his stamp on the team that he took over last year (a new GM? a trade of a core piece?).
Whatever happens, TSN's Darren Dreger expects the axe to fall in short order:
Expect Leafs personnel changes to be made swiftly. No specifics, but dragging the process out isn't likely.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 11, 2015
Though Dreger doesn't have specifics about the club's plans, does their intention of acting promptly tell us anything about what's next?
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
April 11 2015 05:51AM
We've spent the last couple of months talking about "the prize". The chosen one. Some call him McJesus, while those who consider themselves "professional" refer to him as Connor McDavid. We all knew he was going first overall, like, six years ago. Barring a massive lapse in transition, he is the National Hockey League's next generational talent, and probably the guy to eventually chase Sidney Crosby off of the throne as king of the sport. On that note, I'd like to talk about the best Leafs game in the Crosby era.