February 02 2016 06:22PM
Trade chatter has been pretty quiet on the Leafs front this season. But with the trade deadline now just a shade under four weeks away, we're getting to that point in the season where the rumors are going to start coming in fast and furious.
While people might like to imagine scenarios that see the Leafs massively overhaul the shape of their roster - think trades involving the likes of Dion Phaneuf, Tyler Bozak, or Leo Komarov - such moves may be unlikely. After all, it's difficult to move players with term on their contracts mid-season. Likewise, you need somebody on your team to finish out the season, and given some of the smaller pieces that the Leafs may have an easier time moving, the focus should probably shift to the veterans on expiring deals.
That notion was echoed by Darren Dreger tonight in TSN's latest segment of Insider Trading. On the Leafs, and in particular reference to Roman Polak (who TSN has 7th on their ambiguous "trade bait" board), Dreger had this to say:
February 02 2016 01:54PM
It’s taken me well into my thirties for me to realize it’s possible that the Leafs can look at Tyler Bozak as an asset around the trade deadline. Reality has set in for me now that Bozak has demonstrated some offensive production away from Phil Kessel and he presently is on pace for his first 50 point season.
February 02 2016 12:32PM
The good news is that there's actually hockey tonight. The bad news is that's against the leaky medical waste bag that is the Boston Bruins. Why visiting teams aren't allowed to play in hazmat suits when they're in Boston I'll never know.
We can at least take comfort in the fact that the Bruins are barely holding onto their playoff spot, and although tanking is fun, perhaps for just one night being a spoiler could be more fun.
February 02 2016 07:50AM
I think the last time I wrote a headline like the one above, it was to pass along news that Mike Babcock wouldn't be hired by the Leafs. How embarrassing. [To be fair, how often is McKenzie off the mark like that?]
Anyway, this time around I'm quite confident this piece is going to stand up. The idea of Steven Stamkos being a pre-deadline acquisition by the Leafs is all but dead. Maybe it was never alive.
February 02 2016 05:00AM
Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs will reveal their newest logo in the fifth episode of their The Leaf: Blueprint documentary series. We already have a pretty good idea of what it's going to look like, but before we see the official logo, let's take a look at all of the blue and white (and sometimes green) Maple Leafs logos of years past. And because this is the internet, let's rank them... because that's what we do, right?
According to SportsLogos.net, the Leafs have used eight primary logos throughout their 99-year history, with what I'd call four truly unique designs and four more that were slight variations of others. While the Leafs have actually used far more variations in jerseys and merchandise, we're going to stick to ranking the eight core logos. Contributing to this vote was Jeff Veillette, Jon Steitzer, Shawn Reis and myself. While it's fair to question Jeff's sense of style, I assure you these rankings are extremely correct. Let's get started...