Pension Plan Puppets
September 27 2011 11:03PM
More traffic on the powerplay will help...
After continuing a string of horrific special teams results last year, Brian Burke took action this summer. Out went Tim Hunter and Keith "No Discernible Role" Acton and in came Greg Cronin and Scott Gordon. James Mirtle looked at the impact that both have had in a short time on what is accept as one of the team's most pressing areas of concern:
Chief among the duties the revamped coaching staff has is to fix Toronto’s penalty kill, which was 28th in the NHL last season and dead last in both 2009-10 and 2008-09.
But just how much of an impact will any improvements have on the team's chances this year?
September 27 2011 08:30PM
The Maple Leafs downed the Senators 5-3 in Kanata after falling behind 2-0 early. Some thoughts and news after the jump.
The '67 Sound
September 27 2011 10:42AM
Leafs Nation responds to Grantland's Stephen Marche. By '67 Sound, concept courtesy Danny Gray.
Dateline: Boston, September 27, 2001. As another fruitless baseball season draws to a close, Hub fans, it's time to face the sad reality: Boston is the worst sports city in America.
September 26 2011 11:13PM
Two seasons into his Maple Leafs’ career, there continue to be plenty of misconceptions about the club’s top goal-scorer, Phil Kessel. It’s not always easy to find a succinct summary of these fallacies, but Mike Brophy, who will cover the Leafs for Sportsnet this season, does a great job of hitting all of the high points in a single paragraph.
September 26 2011 01:49PM
The biggest story in this year’s training camp has been the performance of Jake Gardiner. Per Dave Shoalts, Gardiner’s play has given the Leafs brass a problem they haven’t encountered in recent pre-seasons, a prospect forcing his way onto the team. “As the days go by, Gardiner is taking the accompli out of fait accompli. The 21-year-old native of Deephaven, Minn., is the best defenceman at camp. This may require some more deliberation by the Leafs’ brain trust before the start of the regular season, but no one is complaining.” His performance mirrors that of Tomas Kaberle playing his way into the Leafs' starting line-up in the fall of 1998.