November 20 2015 10:07AM
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It doesn't take much in the Toronto marketplace for Maple Leafs players to be asked about the possibility of making the postseason.
The current iteration of the Maple Leafs are bad. They play like a good team, with structure through the neutral zone, and quality special teams units, but they're not built like one.
And they're not on pace to make the postseason. In fact, in what is arguably the weakest (or second weakest) division in hockey, the Maple Leafs sit dead last. They're on pace for 69 points, which is nice, but not playoff worthy.
Recently the Maple Leafs have been winning though. They've racked up wins against teams like the Nashville Predators, the Dallas Stars, the Vancouver Canucks, and the Colorado Avalanche of late and they've taken points in seven of nine overall. While this recent streak of decent play has been a welcome relief from the near-constant losing Maple Leafs fans have endured over the past two seasons, it hasn't changed the club's overall strategy. This is still a team intent on self-immolation at the NHL trade deadline.
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November 20 2015 06:45AM
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November 19 2015 09:38PM
On this episode, the guys talk about Travis Hamonic, Tyler Bozak, Reddit, dying on Internet hills, and more.
November 19 2015 12:35PM
Road trips are meant to be tough. You're moving around from city to city, never quite feeling like you're at home, and never having time to stop and rest. When you're not squeezing yourself into equipment, you're squeezing yourself into a bus. It's two-to-three weeks of departure from the norm, all while opposing arena's cheer against you.
These stretches are the ones that make home ice advantage all the more useful. You're not there to lose, but you expect that it'll be harder to win than at home, where you're supposed to stockpile points.
The Toronto Marlies apparently didn't get the memo explaining this. Last night's 1-0 victory of Rochester sealed off their best November road trip in history.
November 18 2015 02:27PM
Imagine the disappointment of being put on waivers. Imagine the disappointment of realizing that being put on waivers means you are potentially moving to Utica, New York. Imagine the excitement you would have felt knowing that instead of going to Utica, you'd be staying in the NHL and playing for your hometown team.
That was a month and a half and 19 games ago and we are still yet to see Frank Corrado dress for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He's had a brief conditioning stint on the Marlies where he's played seven games and picked up 3 assists, a perfectly reasonable showing for a defenseman, but even that conditioning stint has been over for two weeks and still no sign of Corrado.