July 09 2015 01:06PM
Once upon a time the Toronto Maple Leafs had a player called
Phil Kessel. With this special player offence just kind of happened for their
hockey team and whether he was playing with Joey Crabb or Tyler Bozak he
managed to make goals happen. One day the Toronto Maple Leafs realized that
they were a pretty awful hockey team and decided to trade Phil Kessel to a
place where he could be happy and they could young players who might one day
make them better. Some fans accepted it, other fans did not, but all fans are
left with the one lingering question, “who will drive the Leafs offence now?”
July 09 2015 11:51AM
In just a few days it seems the problem that's caused the Leafs (and their fans) the most headaches in recent years might be solved. Toronto has apparently gone from having no centers to all the centers.
Well, maybe not so fast. But they're definitely trying.
The Leafs have had a glaring weakness in their lineup for a while now, and many other teams have fallen in the same boat. Acquiring an elite-level center is nearly impossible it seems, and in the last two summers Toronto has, somewhat oddly, managed to draft two top-notch prospects - Marner and Nylander - who can both play wing and down the middle. Because of their size, however, they've gone on to be projected as wingers at the NHL level by most. But that might have to change.
July 08 2015 07:11PM
When an organization like the Leafs undergoes a major overhaul from top to bottom, there are big headlines that come with it. The hiring of future management superstar Kyle Dubas. The hiring of one of the best coaches in hockey. Having an exceptional, potentially franchise-altering draft. Trading your best player to change the culture.
July 07 2015 09:27PM
On this episode, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman joins the show to discuss all things hockey, fights with Don Cherry, Mike Babcock, and making it in sports media.
July 07 2015 03:13PM
It's been almost a couple of weeks since the draft, and there is little question that it went remarkably well for the Maple Leafs. From the first round right through to the seventh there wasn't a shortage of players drafted with the potential to be a high end player for Toronto.