September 21 2015 11:30AM
Peter Holland came to this team as a result of great incompetence. In an attempt to get as gritty and great as possible, the Leafs made a bunch of crazy signings and trades that put them right against the cap, to the point where they had to trade bargain contract Joe Colborne for pennies on the dollar.
Of course, it didn't work out too well. Dave Bolland's ankle tendon exploded, Tyler Bozak injured himself, and Nazem Kadri was suspended for attempting to murder Niklas Backstrom. The Leafs were suddenly left with Jay McClement as their first line centre. When you're 12-7-1 to start the year.. this is not a situation that you want.
So the Leafs went out and made a reactionary move, and traded Jesse Blacker and a couple of picks for Holland. While he hasn't been an elite player, he's certainly represented the team well and hopes to continue to do so this season.
September 21 2015 09:19AM
There are many things I am jerkish about in hockey and tonight we stumble onto another. I spend all summer waiting for the Rookie Tournament, but as soon as it starts I go into my "you don't learn anything from these games" narrative. I feel the same way about the preseason. I don't care if the Leafs win, if Nylander averages two points per game, etc. It pretty much all comes down to what Babcock gets out of this experience, and I'm most interested in seeing what he does with what is arguably the most interesting Leafs roster in over twenty years.
Last week's power rankings were pretty much limited to who I thought would make up the Leafs opening day roster (assuming they were under contract). This week, to keep the power rankings fresh I've opened them up to be the top twenty players still in Leafs camp. Since 16 players were dropped last night you won't see Ryan Rupert on this list, so I guess I'll have to think of a new number one.
September 20 2015 05:58PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs started their training camp with a huge amount of players, so it's not surprising to see the team cut a large number of players early on. From MapleLeafs.com, Toronto has reassigned 16 players to their respective junior and minor league clubs.
September 20 2015 12:51PM
September 20 2015 12:51PM
As training camps get underway across the National Hockey League, you begin to see some familiar faces wearing different uniforms. Sometimes, it's a different logo, but in other cases, it's a jacket rather than a jersey. We've seen a mix of both today, as it's come out that Troy Bodie and Don Luce have joined the Leafs front office as professional scouts.