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.
June 03 2013 08:43AM
On this episode of the Steve Dangle Podcast, Steve goes off on Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and the entire Pittsburgh Penguins squad. Adam Wylde & Steve also discuss the coaching changes around the league, and Adam’s connection to feminine hygiene.
June 01 2013 12:23PM
Yesterday a bit of a kerfuffle erupted online when a translation of a hockeysvierge piece found the Internet. I like foreign interviews because players tend to say more interesting things in both their native languages, and the ones tabloid reporters don't speak.
If you went to hockeysvierge's website and clicked on the translation page, the quoted Gunnarsson bit from the article was "Do not think I need to stay". I've put the image above, so ya'll can see it. However, Google Translations aren't exactly accurate, so we sent off the article to the Leafs Nation's Swedish Bureau to give us a real translation of the piece.
That's after the jump. Read on and discuss.