June 04 2015 07:43PM
I give goal tenders a hard time. I have high expectations for any net minder. They spend the most time on the ice, they have a single job, one that requires extreme skill and focus, and they are the last line of defence. I believe strongly that to build a complete team you need to start at the net.
I come by this attitude honestly. I was raised in an era of not just good, but great goal tenders. I feel as though anyone with an eye on the job in the Leafs' crease better be worthy of wearing the blue and white. And clearly not all of them are.
So for today's #TBT I bring you to an amazing first-round playoff series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Leafs. A goal tender's series.
The year was 1994. I was 12, and a young goaltender named Felix Potvin was 22. He had just finished his second season in the NHL with a 2.89 GAA record, proving to the world that not everyone succumbs to the sophomore slump, and he was about to take on Chicago Blackhawks' goal tender Ed Belfour.
June 04 2015 04:50PM
According to an article from the Denver Post, the Leafs are among three teams looking at acquiring the services of Derek Ryan, an American-born player who spent last season in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).
June 04 2015 03:29PM
After months of speculation and occasional fan panic, the Toronto Maple Leafs have delighted prospect enthusiasts everywhere by finally signing Swedish prospect Andreas Johnson to a three-year, entry-level contract.
June 04 2015 02:31PM
Another day, another prospect profile. Today we look at Daniel Sprong, a highly talented Dutch-born winger playing for the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL.
First of all, Sprong is right up there among the other top draft-eligible forwards coming out of the QMJHL. His point per game numbers are just a shade behind the likes of Timo Meier, Evgeni Svechnikov, and Anthony Beauvillier, and his shot per game totals are a fair deal behind Meier and Beauvillier but still well ahead of Svechnikov. Overall, by the numbers he ranks solidly among the best QMJHLers in the draft.
June 04 2015 12:44PM
Mike Futa, who we profiled last month as a potential Leafs general manager candidate, isn't going to Toronto or anywhere else, according to Dean Lombardi.