August 25 2015 04:38PM
When it became obvious that the Leafs were getting ready for a fire sale last winter, everybody knew what they wanted back - picks, picks, and more picks. After all, great teams tend to utilize the draft to pick the members of their future core, and thanks to their age, allow for a lot of well-thought out planning to get them where they need to go.
So, naturally, when the Leafs traded Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators, most of the focus went to the first round draft pick they acquired. But also included in the deal was Brendan Leipsic, a player who was already exceeding expectations before joining the organization and looks poised to continue to do so.
August 25 2015 11:00AM
The Age of Analytics has helped us understand the value of players whose boxcars don't necessarily help them buy cars. Instead, it has helped players turn possessing the puck into possessing a mansion.
But somehow, analytics have cast a negative light on the group who are most vital to winning - character players.
August 25 2015 08:27AM
As we embark on our annual TLN Top 20 Prospects series, it's important to remember and recognize the special players that paved the way for tomorrow's stars. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing our first ever TLN All-Time Greatest Leafs Team, announcing a new player every day until we've filled out our 23-man roster.
The second of our three goalies on this All-Time team should stir up a little argument.
Curtis Joseph didn't play with the Leafs as long as some other netminders we could have included on this list, and along with Sundin is the only other entry we've had so far who played most of their career post-1990. But his contributions to the team are actually quite staggering when we look back at the Quinn era, the last time the city saw anything resembling a contender.
August 24 2015 05:25PM
After a few weeks of quiet speculation, it looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs have added a new player to their potential lineup. According to Matt Brown, the Leafs have signed forward Devin Setoguchi to a Professional Tryout that will allow him to join the team for the 2015/16 pre-season and attend training camp.
August 24 2015 02:55PM
Now that the Mississauga Steelheads have the rights to, and allegedly the commitment of Alex Nylander, the Leafs should take full advantage. Mississauga has William's rights as well, and as such, Toronto should send him there for next season. He'll easily break every OHL record, make his brother a bit more comfortable, and at the same time, make teams believe that Alex's natural ability is him being carried by William, thus making Alex fall in the draft rankings. The Leafs pick Alex, and then go on to win eleventeen Stanley Cups. It's the perfect plan!
Well, other than the fact that other GMs aren't that stupid and that it would stall William's development. Uhh... let's answer some questions!