February 17 2012 08:11AM
For only the second time during Brian Burke’s tenure as GM the Toronto Maple Leafs posses their own first round selection in the upcoming NHL entry draft. While the draft is still a few months away, it’s possible that the pick is burning a hole in Burke’s pocket and could be gone by the February 27th Trade Deadline.
February 16 2012 01:57PM
Dallas Eakins played pro hockey for 15 years. He was an elite journeyman defenceman. He played for 18 different organizations in the AHL, IHL and NHL. He played 273 in the IHL, 609 in the AHL and 120 in the Show. He also spent another 220 watching from NHL pressboxes.
He understood his role and knew his limitations as a player, but he was lucky enough to play for and watch some of the best coaches: Roger Neilson, Mike Keenan, Lindy Ruff, Randy Carlyle, Perry Pearn, Pat Quinn and others, and Eakins was smart enough to monitored what worked for them as coaches.
Pension Plan Puppets
February 16 2012 09:17AM
Why so blue?
Editor's Note: This is an entry in our search for Fresh Blood at TLN. Every possible contributor will get three posts to strut their stuff and then we'll ask you readers to help us choose who is going to join.This is blog post #2 for Matt.
By: Matt Stephen @mattystephen
The Leafs will face many obstacles on their way to a playoff berth: the Eastern Conference bottleneck, poor special teams and, of course, their own fans.
Pension Plan Puppets
February 15 2012 03:37PM
"You put your right skate in...you take your right skate out..."
Editor's Note: Andrey Osadchenko has another interview with a Leafs prospect. This time it's PPP's # 5 on their ranking of the Top 25 Under 25 Maple Leafs prospects: Joe Colborne .
You were recently sent down from the NHL where ironically enough you played 2 games against the team that originally drafted you - the Boston Bruins. What was that like?
It was a pretty cool experience obviously. Playing in the NHL it's a dream come true. The Bruins are a great team. They dominated us pretty bad but it's still great to play against a team that let you go. You kind of want to go and show them what they've missed. Again, they had a great season so far. Hopefully the Leafs are going to make it to the play-offs and we're going ot beat them there.
February 14 2012 09:47PM
Final Score: 5-1 W