September 29 2016 08:47PM
Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS
Well, that does it. With another commanding win over Team Europe, the Canadians have flexed their muscles again and won the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, sweeping the final series in two games.
I actually wrote this post seven hours before puck drop and scheduled it to publish at the approximate time that the game will end (and, uhh, accidentally published at one point, meaning you might be having some deja vu), so there aren't any details of what actually happened in tonight's game in this post yet (check back soon), but based on how the rest of the tournament has gone, I will guess the following has happened:
September 29 2016 02:01PM
We're back again! The preseason kicked off with the Mitch Marner show in Halifax earlier this week, and now, the Leafs move over to scenic St. Catharines, Ontario to take on the Buffalo Sabres tonight. Here's what's going down:
September 29 2016 10:33AM
This time, there's something on the line. Tonight, Team Canada will have a chance to put Team Europe behind them and get a chance to win their second consecutive World Cup of Hockey. Granted, it's been twelve years since the last one and only two players have returned for this tournament, but run with me here; we need something to get excited about.
September 29 2016 09:19AM
It's well known that September is Jake Gardiner Appreciation Month. But did you know that Toronto has other defencemen? It's true. One of those defencemen is Morgan Rielly, the former 5th overall pick who recently played a major role on the exciting Young Guns team at the World Cup of Hockey. In fact, some people even think Morgan Rielly is better than Jake Gardiner. What a world!
I decided it was time to answer the question once and for all. This is the post that will end all arguments on Twitter, forever, I think. So I gathered a bunch of stats and put them in some charts and now you can see them.
September 28 2016 12:25PM
Just before last season got going, Lou Lamoriello pulled off his first substantial deal as general manager in Toronto, purging a handful of B-level prospects for one year of Michael Grabner. It didn't make much of a tangible impact in the short term outside of acquiring some decent-ish NHL depth, but it did trim some fat from the organization and provide an amount of clarity about the situation at each pro level.
Now the Leafs are due for a similar move, but they'll likely need to get more creative and send out some names that are a little more notable than Carter Verhaeghe or Chris Gibson.