September 07 2015 02:01PM
As a goaltender, it's hard to take a look at one of the oldest, most storied (and, at one point, most respected) NHL franchises and pick just five netminders to go on an all-time greatest list.
It seems wrong to create a list of all-time players that doesn't include Jake Forbes - the first NHL player to sit out an entire season due to a contract dispute, and arguably the best goaltender in Toronto's system during their first few years of existence as the Toronto St. Patricks - and Lorne Chabot, who holds the distinction of playing in the two longest games in NHL history (winning the one he suited up in for Toronto, losing the one he suited up in for the Montreal Maroons). If we include them, though, where do we put the newer guys? WHERE DO WE FIT ANDREW RAYCROFT?
(I'm just kidding, but you see what I'm saying).
I've tried to select one goaltender from each era, which means I've probably left out a name or two that you'll inevitably be upset about. If I could write a book on the history of Leafs goaltending, I'd get to everyone we know deserves a nod - but for now, let's go through the five most important faces of the franchise's net. Feel free to pipe in with your stories about any others you loved growing up below... just remember, I can't get to them all. Blame Justin Fisher.
September 07 2015 10:32AM
We completed our TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects run on Friday when Mitch Marner was named our #1, but we thought it important to quickly recap the entire list. Click past the jump for a brief overview on each prospect and a link to the original piece!
September 07 2015 07:00AM
Up until now we've focused on which players have been responsible for the Leafs successes over the past 100 years. Today we'll shift gears and look at some of the coaches and GM's that have made the Maple Leafs great for stretches of time.
September 06 2015 10:00AM
Today, we continue to count down the ten best defencemen in Leafs history. Unlike Jon, who had to explain why he cut Rick Vaive, Phil Kessel, and Babe Dye, I don't have any cuts to explain. I will, however, tell you why I didn't include point-per-game leader Harry Cameron on my list. While one looks at his totals and screams "this dude was Karlsson and Green combined, what the hell?!", he played in an era where teams often had one defensive pairing and a rover. Points/60 wasn't a thing back then, but if it was, he'd probably be in Frazer McLaren territory. So, no Cameron.
Anyway, the top five.
September 06 2015 07:00AM
Yesterday we started the countdown of the Top Ten Leafs Forwards and in the traditional of preseason content we've stretched it out into a second day. Your exciting conclusion comes now as we look at the top 5 and the three players from the TLN All-Time Team forward group that didn't make the cut.