December 10 2015 01:00PM
The Leafs having a week without games makes it challenging to come up with current Leafs content (did you know that Joffrey Lupul led stretches in practice today?). Since the Board of Governors are meeting this week and they discussed expansion, that seems like as good a reason as any to do some long form speculation.
Over the past few years we’ve seen the excitement sucked out of the trade deadline, free agency, and while the draft is still a joy, the amount of trading has been in step decline there too. That’s why I think the prospect of the NHL expanding is so exciting for many of us, because it’s an opportunity to tune in and watch two full teams of players relocate in a matter of hours (I’m going to assume two teams purely out of my hatred of an odd number team league.)
While the NHL in no way needs to or should expand, the prospect of an expansion draft is quite exciting and potentially has a number of benefits for a team like the Leafs that spend to the cap ceiling and certainly aren’t short on salaries that are worth clearing out as well.
December 10 2015 12:19PM
In a move that isn't at all surprising, the Leafs have returned Antoine Bibeau to the Marlies today.
December 09 2015 05:12PM
Last week, we got pretty excited when Swedish news outlet Aftonbladet reported that William Nylander would be made available to Team Sweden at the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championships. We got even more excited when the 'Tre Kronor' named him (along with fellow Maple Leafs prospect Dmytro Timashov) to Sweden's preliminary roster.
After Toronto Marlies General Manager Kyle Dubas joined Sportsnet 590's Brady & Walker this afternoon, though, it sounds like more than a few people jumped the gun on Nylander's involvement.
December 09 2015 03:53PM
We're going to make this one real damn simple.
We've been talking about Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos a lot lately, especially since Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos poured an entire can of gasoline on the topic yesterday. Earlier today, Ryan Fancey followed that up with a great piece on why Toronto absolutely should try and sign Stamkos as a free agent, which was promptly followed up by the discovery that Stammer himself fave'd a tweet of a TSN story regarding the Leafs' pursuit of him.
What a time to be alive!
December 09 2015 11:55AM
The shootout is stupid except for when it's awesome.