August 20 2015 06:26PM
Here's the funny thing about Cecil "Babe" Dye... He scored exactly zero points in the only six games he ever played for the Toronto Maple Leafs. That said, Dye was an absolute stud in years prior with the Toronto St. Pats, joining the team in its inaugural 1919 season and leading the team in scoring from 1920 to 1925 when Dye himself was only in his early 20s.
Does that count? Sure it does. After all, the St. Pats changed their names to the Maple Leafs in 1926 when it was the club was sold to new ownership. For all intents and purposes, it's the same organization.
August 20 2015 08:00AM
With the departure of Tyler Biggs this summer it seems that Frederik Gauthier is in prime position to assume Bigg’s role as the whipping boy of Leafs prospects. There’s part of me that agrees with this as there are limitations to Gauthier’s game, and I can’t get over that “he’s not who I would’ve picked” in the draft.
On the other hand, who I would’ve picked doesn’t really matter, and what Gauthier does, which is play responsible hockey, he’s done very well at in the junior ranks, but with the speed and size of his competition about to increase it will be interesting to see what Gauthier’s first pro season will look like.
August 19 2015 05:20PM
With ads on jerseys becoming an inevitability, worries about sponsor logos on sacred NHL jerseys is at fever pitch. The thing is, people aren't thinking about this correctly - proper sponsorships won't even be noticeable.
Don't believe me? I thought you might feel that way, so I came up with suggestions for each team for who their sponsor should be and why. I think that after reading this, you'll see that you were wrong and that sponsorships are good.
August 19 2015 01:40PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs realized at a certain point in time that they have a lot of money to spend, and taken to the practice of hire front office personnel from other junior and professional teams, presumably by offering them more money than their competitors.
Large Club Toronto Maple Leafs stole for himself Edmonton Scout Robert Nordmark. He is part of the NHL giant's transformation during the summer. "Toronto is the hockey Mecca and it is a challenge to work for them," says Nordmark.
August 19 2015 01:00PM
As we embark on our annual TLN Top 20 Prospects series, it's important to remember and recognize the special players that paved the way for tomorrow's stars. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing our first ever TLN All-Time Greatest Leafs Team, announcing a new player every day until we've filled out our 23-man roster.
The Toronto Maple Leafs found themselves in an interesting position in the early 1990's. Steve Stavro wanted to move on from the actions of his predecessor, Harold Ballard, but with the opportunity to acquire a blue-chip prospect lost through the wildly unsuccessful Tom Kurvers trade, his staff would have to improvise. Cliff Fletcher responded by making the biggest trade in NHL history, centred around getting one of the best players the Toronto Maple Leafs have ever had.