March 08 2016 01:00PM
With the Leafs now winding down the last month of their season, fans of the team are mainly looking at two things day-to-day from here on: Their loss column as they tank for a top four pick, and the Pittsburgh Penguins' place in the standings.
As it stands, the Penguins hold down the first wildcard slot, just ahead of Detroit, and they're three points in the clear of the Flyers who are on the outside trying to squeak in.
As we're mostly all aware, the Leafs will hold Pittsburgh's first round selection this summer if the Pens can hold on over the next few weeks, and if that happens, Toronto would fork over the second-round pick from the Winnik deal. This would essentially clue up the Kessel trade.
But there are a couple other ways this could play out, and while most Leafs fans would look upon the Penguins dropping out of the playoff picture this year as some kind of disaster, that isn't really the case.
March 08 2016 11:54AM
The "out for the year" club just gained another member this year. The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that they'll be shutting down Matt Hunwick for the remainder of the season, so he can undergo surgery
March 08 2016 10:23AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue their shuffle of mysteriously (but probably legitimately) injured players, taking minute-eating defenceman Matt Hunwick out of the roster and replacing him with Swdish rookie Viktor Loov.
March 08 2016 09:17AM
Good young performances, close game, great moments... annnd a loss. And the beat goes on...
March 07 2016 09:03PM
There has to be something possessed about the Leafs right now (and I'm not talking about holding onto the puck). The Leafs, starting the game off with a 2-0 lead against the Buffalo Sabres which they then moved up to a 3-1 lead right before the end of the second period, looked to be in the clear to snap their five-game losing streak.
But Buffalo fought back, forced overtime, and handed the Leafs their fifth consecutive one-goal loss (and seventh in nine games), albeit this time in a shootout. When it was all said and done, the Leafs were looking up at the scoreboard and seeing a 3 next to their name and a 4 next to Buffalo's.