January 27 2016 12:18PM
The Leafs once again have the opportunity to check in on their future star Steven Stamkos. It's kind of hard with tampering rules and all that, but it's a good chance to see that he's okay and that he's still comfortable with playing in an inferior market in the most backwards state in the union.
Hopefully, he's focusing on the joy of playing for Mike Babcock, daydreaming about the quality of life he'd be able to have when all of his Toronto-based endorsements come to fruition, and acknowledging the joy he'd feel lifting the Stanley Cup over his head for fans who actually know what the Stanley Cup is.
January 27 2016 10:29AM
Tonight marks the last night of NHL play before the All-Star break, no NHL games will be scheduled tomorrow night, and the professional ice hockey you’ll get this weekend will be 3 on 3’s featuring players who were unsuccessful at faking injuries this week to get out of going.
You’re in luck if you want to watch worthwhile hockey, though. Thursday is the CHL Top Prospect game, and unlike the NHL All-Star Game, this showcase actually sees players compete at their highest level, is fast paced, and potentially there are more Leafs in this one (we just don’t know who they are yet).
January 27 2016 07:12AM
Graeme Townshend's path to the NHL was unlike any other before him. Born in Jamaica, he became the first player in the league from the island better known in the athletic world for their bobsled and track and field efforts.
Today, he's working hard to achieve a dream for many youth players once seemed impossible. As the head coach of Team Jamaica's ice hockey team, Townshend is among the leaders of a developmental movement looking to eventually ice an internationally-competitive team at the IIHF level. A long journey, perhaps, but one that's making important progressive steps right in Toronto.
January 26 2016 10:01PM
In honour of the Toronto Maple Leafs finding their way to the bottom of the NHL standings, we are very proud to announce a rebranding of The Leafs Nation and officially endorsing the tank. You can now visit us at thetanknation.com. No, seriously. It works.
January 26 2016 09:56PM
You knew it was coming. No matter how many pucks James Reimer stopped, no matter how much better Mike Babcock was at executing a system than his predecessors, and no matter how nifty Nazem Kadri's mittens were, the Leafs simply didn't have the talent to make a serious run.
Or half of a run. Or a spot away from the bottom of the division. Or a spot away from the bottom of the conference.
Or the bottom of the league. In front of the collective fatherhood of the roster, the Leafs suffered a blowout loss to the Florida Panthers, which, with the help of a few other games, moved the team into a tie for the bottom seed.