November 10 2015 01:25PM
Last season, I had the Stars as my sleeper playoff threat - so naturally Kari Lehtonen looked like a hot mess, the team's defense was forgettable and (at times) downright upsetting aside from John Klingberg, and Tyler Seguin, Val Nichushkin, and Patrik Nemeth all missed significant time.
This year, I figured the swap of Johnny Oduya and Trevor Daley was too much of a lateral movement to have much of an impact. I figured they're remain a poor possession team, getting marginally better without Ryan Garbutt but continuing to need a ton of work.
Instead, they're tearing it up.
November 10 2015 07:53AM
The Leafs have been a bit of a strange beast this season. They've lost a lot, like we thought they would. They've had trouble scoring goals, like we thought they would. But one area where the sense was they should be set up quite well, between the pipes, has been getting a lot of attention in the last week, and now there are rumblings of the team looking to make some changes there with the long term in mind.
First off, we have to note that James Reimer is having a good November so a section of Leafs fans don't try to burn down my house. But it's tough to say if the team has anyone in the organization they feel is reliable in terms of turning out quality starts consistently over the next couple years as they try to turn the corner and call up more highly-skilled youngsters. It seems they're not convinced.
November 09 2015 06:24PM
This week I decided to give ol’ Jeffy boy a well deserved break from the mailbag. You can only answer so many questions about which Marlie will be the next call up. The result of said takeover was a number of replies disappointed that Bobby Cappuccino or literally any other TLN writer didn’t get the mailbag duty instead. For those people this post will be like the Leafs season, full of disappointment. For the rest of you, enjoy the handsome answers to questions by beautiful people.
November 09 2015 04:55PM
Since the Leafs' season has so far shown to be as expected, most fans have now settled in nicely for draft lottery talk and looking forward to next year as more prospects in the currently system mature to hopefully hit their NHL stride in 2016.
But there's still Stamkos Watch.
November 09 2015 12:48PM
While the Toronto Marlies have made most of their headlines for scoring a league-leading 51 goals in their first 13 games, the team has been pretty good at keeping them out of their net as well. Garret Sparks has been a significant part of that, and as such, the American Hockey League has named him as its player of the week.