October 07 2015 02:05PM
We / aren't / very / optimistic / for / the Toronto Maple Leafs's odds at success this year. We'd love to be proven wrong, but in the meantime, we've accepted this season as a rebuilding year where a group of players will work their behinds off, not be basement-level terrible for a bit, while building up value for a good old-fashioned asset shorting and freefall in the spring.
That's okay. It's part of the Shanaplan, and for the most part, we have trust in it. But I will say one thing; a win tonight would be a fantastic exception to the rule. It's the season opener, it's Mike Babcock's official debut, and nobody likes the Habs. If they lose the next 81, that's fine; but make this game count.
October 07 2015 12:21PM
Photo Credit: Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports
The best result for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, in my view, would be to end the season with good lottery odds.
No one in professional hockey likes to lose though, and that's especially true of uber-competitive executives and coaches like Mike Babcock, Brendan Shanahan and Lou Lamoriello. 'Likes' may not factor into it for a Maple Leafs team that is expected - based solely on their personnel - to struggle to both score and defend adequately this season.
So what's Babcock's big picture goal for the season? It's not the playoffs, and it's clearly not to bottom out. No, according to the league's best paid bench boss the Maple Leafs' goal for this upcoming season is something much vaguer and more ephemeral:
October 07 2015 10:42AM
The Toronto Marlies somehow just got a lot scarier today, as Leafs forward Richard Panik successfully cleared waivers and has been assigned to the team's AHL affiliate. This comes a day after the claim of Frank Corrado from the Vancouver Canucks, and will likely be accompanied by the recall of Scott Harrington in time for tonight's season opener.
October 07 2015 09:01AM
Grab a bag, buckle up, and all aboard the Barfmobile!
October 06 2015 09:48PM
On this episode, the guys preview the 2015-16 NHL season, the cap crunch, Kassian, and a few stories about teeth.