February 24 2016 06:20AM
We've all heard the narrative, 'Mark Hunter favors former London Knights'. Many have pointed to this as the reason the Leafs made Mitch Marner the 4th overall draft pick this past summer over Noah Hanifin. The fact is Marner was likely the best player at that spot and it wouldn't have mattered if he played for Kitchener, Windsor, or any other OHL team. That being said, every hockey executive has their preferences. They rely on familiarity and you will often see new management bring in players they have a history with. Today and tomorrow I will look at some players the Leafs may target before the trade deadline as a result of having a history in the OHL with both Mark hunter and Kyle Dubas.
February 23 2016 08:42PM
The Leafs these days are a really fickle team to watch.
Recently, they've had a trend of either getting blown out and losing, or playing well, and losing by a little. Basically, they lose a lot.
By the time it all came down to it tonight, it was a 3-2 regulation loss for the hometown Maples against Nashville. Best-case scenario, I suppose in a lost cause season.
February 23 2016 06:30PM
On this episode, the guys talk about the Leafs trades, why the Canucks are doomed, Brooklyn, and more.
February 23 2016 12:59PM
It's 30 Thoughts Day! While we are dealing with a much more tight lipped front office this year and as a result there have been fewer leaks to insiders, Elliotte Friedman still manages to deliver the goods.
He elaborated on his Kadri to St. Louis speculation from his Reddit AMA, but he also dropped this new tidbit for us.
22. Sounds like contract talks have started with Morgan Rielly. Next time we hear about it will probably be when he signs.
February 23 2016 12:00PM
In a season that has become far less about the product on the ice and far more about what the management team is doing, the games this week seem even more buried that usual. With only six more sleeps before the trade deadline, the Maple Leafs are well into the fire sale and there's a good chance fans at the ACC will be more interested in the speculation on Twitter than how mark Arcobello is doing on the second powerplay unit.
In any season, getting up for a game against Nashville on a Tuesday in late-February is a difficult task but this season more than most, the outcome of the game will be of little interest beyond "are we below the Oilers in the standings yet?"