May 03 2016 11:25PM
On this episode - FIRST OVERALL PICK WOOOOOO oh and what that means for the Leafs, plus Bob Hartley, a terrible highlight pack, a terrible internship, and a terrible ROFLcopter.
May 03 2016 09:23PM
Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com
It almost felt like the offseason was upon us, but as it turns out, sweeps just give you a lot of free time. Now that the dust has settled and the organization is a bit richer after the Draft Lottery Win and signing Nikita Zaitsev, eyes head back to the Toronto Marlies as they prepare to take on the Albany Devils in the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
May 03 2016 09:27AM
When your team wins the first overall pick in the draft it's easy to forget about the other top prospects in the Leafs organization.
Mitch Marner is one of those prospects, who put up an obscene 116 points in 57 games for the London Knights in the OHL this season. As it turns out, he was rewarded for that obscenely good year today, with the OHL announcing that Marner was the recipient of the 2015-2016 Red Tilson Trophy, awarded to the league's most outstanding player.
The OHL aptly summarized why Marner won the award here:
May 03 2016 07:16AM
This weekend marked a new day for the Toronto Maple Leafs, winners of the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery. It also marked a new day for TheLeafsNation.com. Effective immediately TLN will be under new management.
The life cycle of a hockey blog isn’t unlike that of a contemporary NHL team. Your budget is capped, you try to be efficient wherever you can, finding talented young contributors is key and the identity of the team itself ebbs and flows over time.
TLN is a branch of the Nation Network. And though we cover the Maple Leafs, we can’t operate the way they do. We don’t generally get to retain our stars.
The site has been fortunate to have three enormously talented formal managing editors in its existence: Cam Charron, Steve Dangle and Justin Fisher. Charron, a searing and compelling critic during the Dave Nonis/Randy Carlyle era, has gone on to work for the Maple Leafs in a hockey research role. Dangle, a multimedia triple threat, is crushing it for the rights holder these days, though he’s still kicking around these parts in podcast and LFR form. (In Pog form, too)
And today we’re sad to say goodbye to Justin Fisher, who has crushed it managing TLN for the past two seasons. Fisher is taking his social media savvy and promotional know-how and moving into the private sector, where we know he’ll be enormously successful. We wish him the best and are sad to see his tenure with the Nation Network come to a close.
We have to move forward though. It’s a new day at TLN. And as hard as that is for us, we’ll reboot, rebuild and continue to do the best job we can in bringing you insightful, irreverent, independent Maple Leafs coverage.
May 02 2016 10:30PM
It's been a while since we did one of these! We even waited until late in the day to get around to this; it's probably technically Tuesday as your eyeballs glance over this. But we're back to our question-answering ways this week; here's what was on everybody's mind.