April 14 2015 04:00PM
As the old saying goes, coaches are hired to be fired. Peter Horachek was probably the prototypical example of this; his promotion to head coach was labelled as interim from the start, and he was in that awkward spot in between "rising star" and "brand name". It may as well have been a death sentance for his tenure, particularly when you consider the team he was tasked to run.
With all of this said, the past four months have been a highly public audition for him. To ensure a more permanent role in another organization, he had to had to look good behind the Leafs bench. Unfortunately for him, it was a bit of a mixed bag.
April 14 2015 12:18PM
Any time you get two or more people talking about this new rebuild the Leafs are digging in to, you're probably going to hear the word "finally" thrown around a few times. Finally, this team is scorching everything and letting it grow back naturally. Finally, the proper rebuild. The low and slow approach.
If you believe a team puppet like Darren Dreger, even ex-general manager Nonis himself planned this all along. The whole league could see this had to happen, apparently.
But there was a time in the not-too-distant past where the Leafs didn't really have to rebuild, and they could have gotten away with simply building or re-tooling. If you really think about it, this whole thing isn't as overdue as it's being played up to be, and it likely could have been avoided entirely if not for a stretch of arguably the worst "GM-ing" in modern times.
April 14 2015 11:31AM
Weeks ago, Toronto Maple Leafs fans gave up on the idea that they'd get to enjoy any type of playoff success this season. Well, Leafs fans are silly people, they should've given up on that in October!
In all seriousness even sad sack Toronto sports fans can get in on the playoff fun this year with the Nations Draft Playoff Pool. It's way better than the actual real playoffs, and you can enter here at www.nationdrafts.com.
Read on for more details!
April 14 2015 10:18AM
As the dust begins to settle following Blue Sunday, the Toronto Maple Leafs have a lot of hockey people to hire.
The purge of the old regime this weekend was dramatic and thorough, and now Brendan Shanahan and his inner sanctum - which includes Mark Hunter, Brandon Pridham and Kyle Dubas - will have to fill out their staff. Among the people the Maple Leafs are expected to pursue is Arizona Coyotes goaltending coach and assistant to the general manager Sean Burke, though reportedly they're not interested in installing him into the role of Maple Leafs general manager.
April 13 2015 09:00PM
After months of various social media drama, Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul has decided to pull the plug on his presence on Twitter. This typically wouldn't be a story; Phil Kessel, for example, tweets about as frequently as Halley's Comet appears. But in typical Lupul fashion, he exited by creating, well, social media drama.