November 17 2016 07:15AM
While we've spent much time talking about the evolution of the Toronto Maple Leafs of late, it's important to remember that this isn't the first time the organization has seen a major overhaul. Today, we look back at a previous talent injection into the roster, the acquisition of Doug Gilmour, and how it came to be. Rather than rewording history, though, we're pulling straight from the archives, thanks to The Toronto Star's 100 Years in Blue and White: A Century of Hockey In Toronto.
November 16 2016 01:49PM
I don't know why Dougie Hamilton's name has crept up again in trade talks, but if there's anything to be learned from the last time it did, these situations can evolve into something quickly. [See also: P.K. Subban this past June.]
There seems to be plenty of debate among insiders and Flames fans alike about just how much substance there is to Calgary's willingness to ship Hamilton out, but as an outsider looking at things from the perspective of another team, I don't want to get too much into that. The name is out there for a reason. If Brad Treviling is fielding calls on this guy, Lou Lamoriello should be hopping on the phone as soon as possible.
November 16 2016 12:29PM
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Just a few years ago, Tyler Bozak was the most polarizing hockey player in Toronto. Some believed he was the first line centre that fit the Leafs' needs, due to supposed chemistry with Phil Kessel and a knack for winning faceoffs. Some felt that he was being carried, that he was a drag on possession, that the chemistry was non-existent, and that what he was good at didn't help much.
Like most arguments, it turns out that the answer was somewhere in the middle. His play style changed for the better under Mike Babcock, and his numbers ended up getting better, rather than worse, even as his beloved linemate and close friend left for cup-winning pastures.
It's a great story. But it's one that will probably come to an end soon enough.
November 16 2016 08:05AM
That's right folks, on November 12th the Seth Griffith ERA was DONE in Toronto (s/o to the SDP). The Leafs chose to waive him due to the return to health of Matt Hunwick and the recall of Nikita Soshnikov. This created an overstocked roster. The Leafs claimed him off of waivers just one month earlier from the Boston Bruins.
As an undersized winger, the Leafs seemed to feel that Seth Griffith was an asset they had no use for, with other undersized forwards present on the roster, and more coming through the pipeline. And there is merit to that when it comes to the future of the organization, no doubt. It would be surprising if Griffith was going to be a Leaf for long, with so many young forwards on his heels.
November 15 2016 10:34PM
Oh the things a couple years can change!