October 13 2015 06:21PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs got their big fish in Mike Babcock this summer - addressing apparent issues off the ice instead of on the ice. But if you ask me Randy Carlyle was a hockey board, hockey player, and bench away from the real problem. Yet the Leafs didn't address the real issues, and that's showing already.
October 13 2015 02:25PM
It appears that the NHL Standings aren’t the only ones that have the Leafs at the bottom lately. Just when you feel you haven’t been reminded enough about what a disaster the Leafs are, BOOM! here come the ESPN “Ultimate” Standings, which ranking teams from the big four sports leagues by a number of criteria, and for the third time in four years, the Maple Leafs are dead last at 122nd overall.
Now, there are lots of reasons to not care about what ESPN and what the average sports fan thinks of the Leafs. There are plenty of people, including Leafs fans, who would purposely rank the Leafs lower in polls and surveys because of sports hate, and there are plenty of flaws in a criteria that values stadium experience three times more than it values the coaching staff, but hidden in this clickbaity poll are actually some unfortunate truths about this organization.
October 12 2015 08:47PM
When you sign a grocery list's worth of players to contracts across the organization, it's not surprising when one or two don't go according to plan. Such is the case with forward Nikolai Skladnichenko, who the Marlies have agreed to part ways with so he can pursue other opportunities.
October 12 2015 11:10AM
It's Turkey Day! Today, we're thankful for every single one of you who comes back and makes us feel like our insanity placed in the form of paragraphs is worth something. We're also thankful that we had no expectations for this team to do great things this year, because if we did, we might be spending this weekend in an institution. This is going to be a weird six or so months..
Anyway, we have a bunch of questions this week, as we usually do. Let's get started!
October 11 2015 09:22PM
Now that the NHL regular season is underway and all of the organization's prospects have returned to their respective junior and club teams, it's about that time we kick off another year of weekly prospects updates.
When I joined TLN, this was my gig - prospect reports. Looking back, I spent my first year fawning over Morgan Rielly of the Moose Jaw Warriors and not a whole lot else. In my first ever TLN article, I wrote about Rielly, Joshua Leivo, Stuart Percy and Garret Sparks - not because they were doing anything remarkable, but because they were the best prospects in the organization.
Fast track to today, and we can see just how far this group has come. Rielly is on his way to becoming a legitimate top pairing talent, while Leivo, Percy, and Sparks are all pro hockey players with the Toronto Marlies. The good news is that none of the latter three are considered top prospects any longer, having been passed over by a number of extremely talented kids that the Leafs have since drafted or acquired by trade. The organization has as good a prospect pool as it has ever had, and that's why following them closely this year will be such a blast.
Let's get started...