June 09 2013 01:43PM
Dallas Eakins will be introduced as the Oilers Head Coach tomorrow. #TSN— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 9, 2013
Two bits of Leafs news today...
Dallas Eakins leaving to the NHL was essentially a done deal. When the Leafs decided to go with Randy Carlyle next season and leave Eakins with the Toronto Marlies, unless the Leafs fired Carlyle a year into his contract, Eakins would get his NHL shot with somebody else. With half a dozen teams needing to fill coaching vacancies, and possibly still more to come, it was unlikely that a team would pass over one of the most successful AHL coaches.
Jeffler will have more on Eakins a bit later. He's covered the Marlies for years at this blog and his own Marlies HQ.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 07 2013 11:33AM
Dave Feschuk put out an article in the Toronto Star today that caught my attention. His point is in no way ambiguous, being the direct headline; the Maple Leafs should trade Phil Kessel. In his eyes, "there's never been a better time". It's hard to call an opinion piece wrong, but you can make some judgements. My judgments are that his conclusions are poor, and that his basis is flawed. Let's look through it.
June 07 2013 08:45AM
There are a lot of Torontonians who like to talk about hockey. Consequently, there are a lot of Torontonians who discuss hockey very well and are a pleasure to make conversation with. This is part of the reason I joined the Toronto Maple Leafs blogosphere, because I found myself interacting online with many intelligent members of the Leafs community.
The flip side is that there are also lots of people who talk about "re-setting the standards of a once-proud NHL franchise" and honestly believe that any team in the modern NHL will be able to win handfuls of Stanley Cups in short periods of time. These are also the types of people who believe that the Leafs' issues don't result from a lack of depth, but that the team's best players are to blame for its shortcomings.
June 06 2013 11:28AM
Last week Jeff Schultz of the Washington Capitals let it be known that he has been unhappy with his ice time over the past two seasons and is looking to move on. Coincidentally the Toronto Maple Leafs are team with a horrible defense and are in the market for players that can improve their blue line. And while Edmonton seems to be collecting Schultz’s like they’re Pokemon, it’s at least considering whether Schultz makes sense for Toronto.
June 05 2013 01:31AM
We figured out last week, based on Detroit's and New York's losses in the second round, that Toronto would stick with the 21st overall pick. That's well out of the range, potentially, of game-changers like Max Domi and Bo Horvat, a couple of guys from the London Knights that the Maple Leafs could have used.
So what are we looking at? Craig Button, just for frame of reference, ranked Rimouski's Fredrick Gauthier at 21 overall Tuesday afternoon. I've never seen Gauthier play, and there are few players I have seen from the QMJHL this season, but he doesn't strike me as one of the skilled players in the class, a little lunkier than classmates Adam Erne, Anthony Mantha and Laurent Dauphin.