August 03 2015 10:49PM
HOCKEY? ON TELEVISION? No, those aren't vintage clips you saw on TSN tonight; hockey federations around the world taking advantage of the various offseasons to try out their best young talent in anticipation of the 2016 World Juniors. Team Canada are one of those countries, and as such have created a four game mini-series in Calgary. Tonight, the first game was played against Russia, and Leafs draft pick Mitch Marner stood out as one of the most dominant players on the ice.
August 03 2015 01:04PM
We often think of the post-lockout Leafs as one big disaster, but as Jeff mentioned in his review of the 2006-07 season, that team was only a shootout coin-flip away from a playoff showing. If not for some historically bad goaltending, that club actually may have found themselves well up the standings. In the season that followed, this would again be the case, though the results would be much worse.
It's the 2007-08 season when everything really started to take a major downturn for the last decade of Leafs teams, where they'd finish well out of the playoffs in what was the first of our Vesa Toskala Years.
August 02 2015 10:07AM
Jonathan Bernier and the Toronto Maple Leafs were $2.2 million apart just four days ago, but with three hours to spare, the two sides have avoided the need for an arbitrators ruling and agreed to terms on a new contract.
August 01 2015 07:26AM
If 2005/06 was the season that proved that the Leafs weren't qiute thinking about the radical changes ahead for the NHL, the year that followed was one of the last opportunites they had to take advantage of their short-sightedness. To be fair, a lot of things came together for this team, and 90% of what was going on made it one of the best Leafs teams of the past twenty years. However, the "bad" 10% was enough to push the team into irrelevance.
July 31 2015 10:02AM
If we're being honest with ourselves, this season was really the catalyst that brought about the steaming tire fire Shanahan finally managed to (hopefully) put out this summer.
Yes, the team finished the season with over .500 pts%. They also missed the playoffs, made a lot of really insignificant trades to jump-start everyone after a season away from the game, and then kind of became embroiled in a lot of Pat Quinn drama (that, if we're honest, has never really ended). Some key injuries kind of derailed the season, but the front office tension caused by John Ferguson's very existence in Leafsland overshadowed what wasn't altogether that awful of a year.
Oh, and then the Leafs did a thing at the 2006 Draft... but let's not talk about that yet.