First Star, Worst Star: March 1, 2015

March 01 2015 07:30PM


Spring is almost here! The trade deadline is almost here! First Star, Worst Star? It's here RIGHT NOW! 

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LGD - Toronto Tanks Roll On Washington

Justin Fisher
March 01 2015 03:35PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to bounce back from an embarrassing 4-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens last night when they meet up with the Washington Capitals this evening. On the other hand, Toronto Maple Leafs fans will look for their favourite team to continue their losing ways, as they are so, so, so near the bottom of the standings, and looking ever more likely to secure a top-5 draft pick.

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LFR8 - Game 62 - Inglorious Leafers - Tor 0, MTL 4

Steve Dangle
March 01 2015 02:38PM

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Eyes on the prize, Leafs Nation. Eyes on the prize.

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Report: Oilers scouting Leafs' goaltenders

Ryan Fancey
March 01 2015 02:03PM

According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA, the Edmonton Oilers want to address their goaltending situation and may be looking to Toronto for help. The Leafs have reportedly been listening to offers on Jonathan Bernier, but according to Dreger they aren't exactly shopping the pending restricted free agent, so James Reimer could be in play here as well. 

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Brendan Shanahan asked Kyle Dubas to explain PDO to MLSE board

Thomas Drance
March 01 2015 01:13PM

If you want to know how the game has changed, this anecdote should do it.

Recently Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan, an old-school power forward during his 1500-plus game NHL career, asked assistant general manager Kyle Dubas to explain the concept of PDO to Maple Leafs ownership, Dubas told James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail

We don't know what case Dubas and Shanahan were making to ownership at the time, but based on what we know of recent meetings between the MLSE board and Maple Leafs management, imagining a statistic named after an internet commenter (Brian King) being used to justify dramatically remaking a flawed Maple Leafs team doesn't seem farfetched. Certainly it's less farfetched than a former site editor weaselling his way into the club's front office... 

What exactly does PDO tell us about recent Maple Leafs history? And what else did Dubas reveal at this week's Sloan Conference. Read past the jump! 

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