May 05 2015 02:33PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs insisted to the media this week that they're going to be patient in developing their top prospects. The more pertinent question for the Brendan Shanahan and Maple Leafs management isn't whether their organization can stick to their guns on this, it's whether or not the fans in a success starved Toronto sports market can be patient with them.
When assistant general manager and wunderkid Kyle Dubas addressed the media for Toronto Marlies garbage bag day this week - Jeff Veillette recapped the press conference ably earlier today - the spectre of a lengthy rebuild was never far from the surface.
This could be a long process for the Maple Leafs, and if Dubas' commendable discipline in staying on message indicates anything, it's that selling the rebuild to fans is a foremost priority for Leafs management.
May 05 2015 09:05AM
Now that the Maple Leafs, Marlies, and Solar Bears are all out of hockey games to play, the focus of everybody has started to shift into the off-season, if not directly into next year. Many are already curious to see where exactly William Nylander and Connor Brown could slot into a potential Leafs lineup come October. According to Kyle Dubas, however, there's no rush to make such a thing happen just yet.
May 04 2015 04:00PM
May 04 2015 10:58AM
It’s a long way to go before the Leafs are playing hockey again, and that means the occasional Player Power Rankings may have to go off the beaten path, and look at players who aren’t Leafs (yet.) This week I’m looking to the HFBoards to help me out, and here are the Power Rankings of players acquired by the HFBoards for the Leafs.
May 03 2015 05:41PM
Many thought this series was over after what we saw last weekend. The Toronto Marlies, a team that has spent months playing with their backs against the wall, rallied from adversity not once, but twice, to take a 2-0 lead in their best of five opening round series against the Grand Rapids Griffins. The past few days haven't been helpful to their cause, though; the Griffins rebounded and tied the series with two wins of tonight. Tonight's game offered two paths; another 4+ games of hockey, or a dead end.
Unfortunately, the Griffins proved to be too much for them, winning Game 5 by a score of 3-1.