August 29 2016 07:00AM
Phil Kessel was always much-maligned here in Toronto thanks mostly to the cost of acquisition: Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton. The Leafs could've had a truly elite center and a very good d-man, but instead had an elite goal-scoring winger. Whatever you think of the trade now, it was hard to separate at the time Kessel's value on the ice from the cost to put him there in a Leafs uniform (even tough the cost wasn't expected to be that high).
Our fifth rated prospect will likely suffer the same fate. Kasperi Kapanen was the centrepiece to the other Phil Kessel trade, the one that sent him to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and as long as he's a Leaf that's surely what he'll be remembered for and the player he'll be unfortunately compared to. The Leafs turned a house into a red paperclip.
That's probably an unfair analogy for our fifth best prospect, but it's hard to ignore the lineage of how he became a Leaf. Rather than fixate on the past and how he came to be a Leaf, let's focus on what he can become as a Leaf.
August 28 2016 11:02AM
With the World Cup of Hockey only a couple of weeks away, the players slated to compete are really gearing up for it - literally.
August 27 2016 07:00AM
With a big trade and a big contract for a goalie, a draft that saw the team take a number of over-agers, and a free agency that's seen the team prioritize toughness, the Leafs have had one hell of a polarizing off-season.
In today's roundtable we revisit the summer that's been once more, with a look at the front office and what our writers make of management moving forward.
August 26 2016 09:29PM
Been a while! Let's talk about that big trade between the Coyotes and Panthers and hit all the recent Leafs news, including Enroth!
August 26 2016 04:31PM
Glass is always, always, a hilarious last name for an athlete. And now, it seems, there will be one suiting up in Toronto, at least in the preseason.
Per James Mirtle:
Leafs expected to add goaltender Jeff Glass to camp on a PTO. Last seven seasons spent in KHL.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) August 26, 2016
Glass, as you may remember, was the "put just about anyone in there" guy on the 2005 World Junior team, giving up just seven goals in five games en route to a dominant gold medal led by Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron.
However, let's not pretend a good junior tournament from 11 years ago means anything. In the time that's elapsed since then, Glass has had quite the eventful career... none of which has been in the NHL.