October 08 2012 10:43AM
The Toronto Marlies home opener. The Barrie Colts and the Sudbury Wolves. Drive a little north, and you get the Oshawa Generals on the road against the stacked Belleville Bulls. That doesn't count Friday night's game where Ottawa visit Mississauga, or Sunday's matinee where the Saginaw Spirit pay a visit to the Brampton Battalion.
This also doesn't include the countless minor hockey and junior games taking place around the province and country. Yes, next Saturday's "Hockey Not in Canada" protest organized by some folks over at We Want A Cup dot Com is not only counter-productive, but also shortsighted and indicative of Canada's dirty secret.
October 07 2012 09:13AM
After the jump: why the 2012-13 season won't be cancelled, looking at the possibility of replacement players, trying to identify players that raise their game in the post-season, and a lot more.
October 07 2012 08:25AM
Well, the Toronto Marlies defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-1 in Cobourg Saturday night. If the highlight video is any indication, it may be useful to not watch any highlight videos without first turning off your computer speakers. This is the time of year when the familiar sounds of sticks, pucks and skates are expected and perhaps the Marlies would have been better off letting the sounds of the game explain themselves.
So, what happened in each of the above clips? Well, I'll break down the video, quite literally:
0:00 - 0:02: Ben Scrivens and Mark Owuya lead the team out onto the ice.
0:03 - 0:04: Nazem Kadri, Greg Scott and Jesse Blacker are seen lining up for the national anthem.
October 05 2012 01:29PM
So we all know that the National Hockey League has cancelled the schedule on 82 games, which has, in essence, cost the Toronto Maple Leafs four games on the schedule unless the league pretends they can tack those games somewhere once a deal gets done October 24th. (right?)
Let's pretend for a brief second that the NHL season last year was only 78 games. What would have happened to the Leafs? We do know that Toronto had a very strong and unsustainable first half of the year, so would they have been closer to the playoffs?
Eastern Conference standings after 78 games:
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 05 2012 05:49AM
Our friend Jeff Veillette from Leafs HQ and Marlies HQ will stop by from time to time to give us his perspective on the Marlies and ruminate on the Leafs. Today, he takes issue with a Maple Leafs fan poll that listed Doug Gilmour as the best centreman in Leafs history .
Remember that team? The one that was one win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals after a couple of dismal seasons? Their regular season and playoff points leader may have been a little bit on the short side, but his dazzling passing ability brought the team back from the dead. Then, who could forget the whiz kid sniper! He may not have been from around here, and his production may have dropped come playoff time, but he was always good for a goal that lifted you off your seat. How about the veteran leader, who's best days were thought to be behind him, but still had a solid year and a massive trio of playoff rounds?