April 17 2015 04:00PM
Looking back on the season it's safe to say it’s been a mixed year for Leafs role players. There was some good, it may not leap out at you looking at the roster right now, but when you figure that Daniel Winnik and Mike Santorelli brought in a return of Brendan Leipsic, a 2nd and 4th, the Leafs clearly knew what they were doing late last summer. This make a strong case for sitting out the early days of free agency.
Unfortunately after those two names there is a substantial drop in the quality. There have been players who have had nice stretches over parts of the season, but generally there should be a lack of excitement over the current depth of this roster.
April 17 2015 01:55PM
On this episode, the guys talk about first impressions of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and a little insight on concussions.
April 17 2015 01:00PM
It's been just five days since the Leafs relieved Dave Nonis of his general manager duties but as you might expect there has been little shortage of speculation as to who the Leafs' next GM might be. One of the more heavily rumored names has been that of Sean Burke, who since 2008 has served in a myriad of roles for the Arizona Coyotes. Today, those roles include serving as the Coyotes goaltending coach as well as assistant to the general manager Don Maloney. However, Burke has been given permission by the Coyotes to look for employment elsewhere and he's not expected to be back in the desert come the start of next season. TSN's Darren Dreger put some gasoline on the Leafs' GM search fire today, tweeting "[Brendan] Shanahan requested and was given permission from the Arizona Coyotes to speak with Sean Burke earlier this week. Ongoing discussions."
April 17 2015 08:52AM
There's a 9.5% chance our lives could change tomorrow. No, not our personal lives, but our "sports lives" as Leafs fans could take a massive swing.
The league is entering what looks to be a franchise-altering draft this summer, and while we know Toronto will at least walk out of it with essentially a "can't-miss" prospect regardless of how the lottery balls tumble, tomorrow they'll know if they'll end up leaving with a Crosby-like talent: Connor McDavid. Generational.
In the past we've written about how moving up would shift the Leafs' rebuild plans and perhaps present management with some tough decisions on a number of current players, so this week we asked our own writers how they believe the organization's approach will deviate with a lottery win. Do the plans for the Leafs' "core" change? And how would it influence the search for a new coach?
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April 17 2015 06:30AM
The first round, Leaf's mass firing, Canucks defense could be problematic, Jets least likely to win Cup, Jay Feaster's Flames, a look at Mac T's first 2 years as Oilers GM and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.