October 10 2012 08:38AM
With the lockout killing our creativity (especially mine) over the last while, I figured I'd open the floor to another discussion piece. The question this time being: Is there a team in the NHL as funky as the Leafs? And I don't mean like, good funky, either.
We've heard on many occasions that the Maple Leafs are a team without identity. We've heard that Phil Kessel doesn't have a backbone and the team is made up of a bunch of misfits. We've written about Burke turning a blind eye to goaltending and remaining on a mission to load up on a hundred defencemen. And recently it's been the news surrounding Francois Allaire that's had us in "what the hell?" mode.
October 09 2012 09:51PM
October 09 2012 04:16PM
The salary cap is frustrating to some. I find it frightfully interesting, and I'm not sure if Donald Fehr's threat to remove the salary cap really benefits most of the players in the NHL.
What's ended up happening in the capped league is that the best players signed contracts for millions of dollars, locking them into a set dollar figure even while the cap around them rose. That gave teams the room to sign depth players, who make up the majority of union membership.
So perhaps Fehr's threat is harmless. It throws a wrench into this lockout speculation though, and I'm sure one of our lawyer friends speculated that the Players' Association might look into removing the cap.
October 09 2012 12:50PM
He's playing with a relatively newfound commitment and dedication in all three zones – the 200-foot player as Brian Burke likes to describe it. Winning battles along the boards, chipping pucks out in the defensive zone, back-checking with vigour, [He] is dedicating himself to the finer elements of the game.
Which Toronto Maple Leaf is Jonas Siegel writing about in this paragraph from October 16, 2011? Click past the jump to find out.
October 09 2012 07:55AM
From the 2009 draft through 2012, the Leafs made 14 of 29 selections in NHL Entry Drafts that were their own. That means, 15 picks were acquired, whether it was for a player, or just as a strategy to move up in the draft order.
I’ve been going over transactions over the Brian Burke regime. There’s too much for just one post, so I’ll break it up in two with an introduction here and get more in depth later this week.
This post will focus on the Maple Leafs draft pick transactions since November 29, 2008, the date Burke took over the team.