February 15 2016 10:05AM
It's difficult to say how much interest there is in Brad Boyes around the league. On the one hand, he's 33 years old, is averaging just 11:46 per game on a bad Leafs team, and has a modest 16 points in 42 games this year. On the other hand, he's someone who leads the team in P/60 and had 38 points just last season, indicating there might be a more productive player hidden behind the scarce ice-time. Other things Boyes has going for him are that he makes just $700k on an expiring contract, and that he's a proven NHL veteran.
Conclusion: he's not going to be near the top of any NHL team's trade-for list, but he's someone who at least some teams are likely considering to varying extents.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the five likeliest teams to go after Boyes as we approach the trade deadline in two week's time.
February 14 2016 10:11AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs are a pretty bad hockey team. I mean, according to the standings, they're actually the worst hockey team in the NHL. That means we've got to savour those wins when they come; they're so few and far between.
And boy, did Frank Corrado savour last night's win against his former team, the Vancouver Canucks.
February 14 2016 09:21AM
Since 2014 when the Leafs decided to get smart and not be stupid anymore, the list of players who will supposedly be migrating north to get in on this major rebuild seems to be growing by the day.
The organization's turn in the right direction started with the Shanahan hire and his two quick additions of Dubas and Hunter. And now with Lou and Babcock brought aboard as well, their sites seem to finally be locked in on winning...eventually.
The spin-off of this overhaul has apparently now turned Toronto into some sort of Miami Heat-like players' paradise where everyone comes home to the center of the hockey universe to win championships. It's about damn time, I say.
February 14 2016 12:40AM
Hope: It's the worst, it's the best, and it's why I watch the Maple Leafs.
February 13 2016 08:16PM
Tonight was 'Retro Night' in Vancouver. The Canucks celebrated by wearing their absolutely gorgeous black 'flying skate' jerseys from the early 90's while the Leafs celebrated by playing like a Toronto hockey team from the early 90's. That is to say, the Leafs didn't look totally embarrassing tonight, despite dressing what appears to be an AHL team. Toronto takes it, 5-2.