December 14 2015 02:07PM
Hey! Today, we have answers to some of your questions in this fine mailbag post, but it's not your only opportunity to get in the conversation with the TLN Staff! In about two hours, I'll be joining a handful of smarter writers on /r/Leafs to participate in their AMA series, which we helped spawn. We hope you bring the heat; we'll literally answer any question you have about anything. In the mean time, here's a sampler to get you warmed up:
December 14 2015 11:55AM
It's been no secret the Leafs are looking to host the outdoor Winter Classic game next season as part of their centennial celebration, but now it appears the details could be in process of being hammered out about the place, and most importantly, the opponent.
December 14 2015 11:02AM
Are you hoping to get a new Leafs jersey under the Christmas tree this year? Are you looking to buy a Leafs jersey for somebody else? Does your David Clarkson third jersey need replacing? Don't worry, your 2015 Maple Leafs jersey buyer's guide is here, and just in time for the holidays.
December 14 2015 09:19AM
It's been a long time since we've seen Leafs hockey, but tomorrow night we get a glimpse into the current Leafs, and get to check out a future Leaf as well. Besides a lot of things, having only played one game last week really puts a damper on the power rankings, as it's essentially regurgitating Cat's post game summary from Tuesday.
I can give you two thousand words on how Garret Sparks makes me believe in god again, but Roman Polak reminds me that he's a spiteful god, OR we can take a different approach, and do something different this week with Power Rankings.
I chose the latter, and for that reason we'll be ranking future Leafs this week.
December 13 2015 07:12PM
It's something we've been talking about for a few weeks now - is it possible that Steven Stamkos could become a Toronto Maple Leaf on July 1st, 2016? It would be a strong possibility for sure if Stamkos decided to walk away from the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that drafted him and the only team he's ever known, but that's a big 'if'. The Leafs have a star head coach, a boatload of cap room, and a stocked cupboard of up-and-coming talent - all things that would be very, very tempting to a potential free agent.
That said, players of Stamkos's calibre rarely hit the open market. History dictates it's unlikely he ever does, but The Globe and Mail's James Mirtle seems pretty sure that Stamkos will end up leaving Florida for a fresh start somewhere else.
There's a couple of interesting things here, so let's unpack...