February 24 2016 11:55AM
A few weeks ago, we asked you to play the role of Lou Lamoriello (or Kyle Dubas, for those of you who read your hockey news on your phones) and submit your trade proposals to make the team better, be it now or eventually. Of course, a quarter of the organization has moved in that time frame, but a few ideas survived.
Now, its in your hands. It's up you to decide who the best Armchair GM in the classroom is.
February 24 2016 11:07AM
From the beginning of this whole Jonathan Drouin saga, it seemed like just a matter of time before we heard the Leafs being name-dropped as a potential suitor. After all, they are a buyer in the biggest way when it comes to trying to accumulate young talent, and rumours seem to follow them more than any other team given the major media market in Toronto.
The Drouin talk has quieted down a little over the last couple weeks while he waits at home for a deal, but in the past 24-48 hours or so it's been ramped up again. As Bob McKenzie from TSN explains, it seems as though teams are getting wind of what's being proposed by others, and many are circling back to make a push before the deadline. It appears the Leafs are now part of what's become a long list.
February 24 2016 09:41AM
The Edmonton Oilers are a pretty silly organization, all things considered. Having four recent first overall picks, Leon Draisatl, Jordan Eberle, and Darnell Nurse, the Oilers should, by most accounts, be a better team than they are.
And yet, they've never once made the playoffs in the Taylor Hall era, having done a very poor job of supplementing their core pieces with talented depth players.
It's about time they did something else stupid, and moved one of their bigger-name talents for less than they're worth.
February 24 2016 06:20AM
We've all heard the narrative, 'Mark Hunter favors former London Knights'. Many have pointed to this as the reason the Leafs made Mitch Marner the 4th overall draft pick this past summer over Noah Hanifin. The fact is Marner was likely the best player at that spot and it wouldn't have mattered if he played for Kitchener, Windsor, or any other OHL team. That being said, every hockey executive has their preferences. They rely on familiarity and you will often see new management bring in players they have a history with. Today and tomorrow I will look at some players the Leafs may target before the trade deadline as a result of having a history in the OHL with both Mark hunter and Kyle Dubas.
February 23 2016 08:42PM
The Leafs these days are a really fickle team to watch.
Recently, they've had a trend of either getting blown out and losing, or playing well, and losing by a little. Basically, they lose a lot.
By the time it all came down to it tonight, it was a 3-2 regulation loss for the hometown Maples against Nashville. Best-case scenario, I suppose in a lost cause season.