May 17 2012 06:50PM
This isn't pretty. I'm also only doing this because @67sound asked me to, but I looked at the Leafs with and without Colby Armstrong over the last two seasons.
First, what is Colby Armstrong? He was an average scorer before coming to Toronto, busted up by a pretty favourable shooting percentage in Atlanta:
May 17 2012 05:39PM
Unlike the NHL post-season, the AHL Western Conference hasn’t brought a lot of surprises to the table so far. The teams who made it to the Calder Cup semifinals finished fittingly first and second in the regular season – the Oklahoma City Barons and Toronto Marlies.
They split the regular season series and even the scoring was tied as each team managed to score 3 goals. Interestingly enough, the Marlies and Barons are the only two teams in the AHL playoffs that haven’t lost a game on the road. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know about the series.
May 17 2012 03:43PM
Time heals all wounds. Almost 20 years ago at this time the LA Kings were on quite a Cup drive. Sound familiar? They were taking out Canadian teams as if they were the Phoenix Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche and Gary Bettman all rolled into one. The Kings defeated the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks before hunkering down for seven games with the Leafs. We all know what happened, but those suffering from PTSD or ignorance can catch up here:
May 16 2012 09:54AM
I won't lie, this article was brought about by two others I just read this morning: Should the Oilers go after Jordin Tootoo? by Jonathan Willis at Oilers Nation, and Why GMs Overpay for Bottom Six Players by the Leafs Nation's own Danny Gray.
Before you close your browser thinking "this idiot is going to suggest Tootoo to (to to to) the Leafs", don't! I will do no such thing. By the end of the Oilers Nation piece, where Willis pointed out Tootoo's crazy playoff tirade, I was quite positive that I wanted that guy as far away from the Leafs as possible. Not that I really care about players who say dumb things, but Tootoo really seems like a bit of a risk when you don't need to take one for a player of his skill level.
May 15 2012 04:11PM
Armstrong was somehow injured on this play.
A lot of the off season moves in the NHL are about “keeping up with the Joneses”. One of the first things a new GM, or a team with a new owner does is open up the wallet and dole out some cash to UFAs on July 1. This sends a variety of messages. It tells their owner and fans they’ll do what it takes to make the team better. It tells opposing GMs that their team will be tougher to play against next year. And it tells me that they may have fallen victim to the Prius Effect.