Leafs Postgame: Started From The Bottom (Now We There Again)

Jeff Veillette
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.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Jan 26, 2016 - Bite Your Tongue

Steve Dangle
January 26 2016 08:32PM

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On this episode, the guys talk about the mess in Montreal, Aleksander Barkov, Hockey Night in Cinema, and Steve bites his tongue (literally).

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LGD: Heading South

Tom Hunter
January 26 2016 12:30PM

As the Maple Leafs head south for their annual winter snowbird tour, we get to see a Florida Panthers team that sits at the top of the standings and may look pretty similar to what fans in Toronto hope the Leafs will resemble in a few years. Barkov as the young stud center every team wants (Nylander), Huberdeau as the ultra-talented winger that does things with the puck that most can't (Marner), Bjugstad as the undervalued secondary center (Kadri), Brian Campbell as the useful but overpaid veteran defender (Phaneuf) and Jagr as the grizzled old veteran (a 46-year-old Jaromir Jagr playing on a competitive Leafs team a few years from now would be wonderful wouldn't it?). Now all we need is a 19-year old franchise defenceman and an all-world goalie. Those are the easy pieces, right? 

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TLN Consolidated 2016 Draft Rankings: January

Jon Steitzer
January 26 2016 10:00AM

As January comes to a close we are about to enter the time when conversations start shifting more and more towards the draft. This week we have the CHL Top Prospects game. Next week we’ll have probably have two of the most highly regarded draft lists released from Corey Pronman and from Bob McKenzie, both which carry significant influence in how the most people will regard the draft.

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Why the return of Dave Keon is a sign that the Leafs are headed in the right direction

Jeff Veillette
January 26 2016 08:47AM

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Dave Keon stepped onto the ice of the Air Canada Centre with the daughters of Turk Broda and Tim Horton on Saturday night as part of the revealing of his Legends Row statue. It a rare appearance for him, and the first time that he's come out to accept an individual accolade from the club. The crowd gave him a heroes welcome. He played along. It was a great moment.

In fact, maybe it was more than a great moment. To me, it's a sign that, after decades of perceived (and often proven) ineptitude, the Toronto Maple Leafs, on a grand scale, have their heads in check.

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