January 24 2015 10:07AM
Peter Horachek is 8 games into his 42-game tryout. Things aren't going so well record-wise, but there is reason for optimism. It's still far too early into the Horachek era to look at things with a sense of definition, but we are far enough into his tenure as interim head coach to start pointing the microscope in his direction. Well the all-star break is here and the Leafs are off until next week. With nothing else to pass the time, let's take our first look at how he is utilizing his players.
January 23 2015 02:03PM
At 1:33 PM on Friday, January 23, 2015 the dream of Steven Stamkos playing for the Leafs officially died and Pierre LeBrun killed it.
Steven Stamkos says similar to Kane and Toews, he envisions potentially signing an extension in July one year out before he becomes UFA.— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 23, 2015
January 23 2015 09:44AM
In the past few days, what seems like a two-year buildup of a potential Ryan O'Reilly trade has really started to reach a new level. You know things are getting serious when Bob McKenzie writes up 2000-plus words on the subject.
January 23 2015 08:00AM
It’s been a tale of two teams in Toronto this season. On one hand, you have the Leafs who seemed to be legitimate playoff contenders in mid-December, but on the other, you have the team who has fallen off a cliff by the All-Star break. The Leafs have lost their last six games and fans appear to be draft watching at this point, a far cry from where they were just two months ago when they were in the midst of a six game winning streak.
When things were riding high for the Leafs, they had a stretch between Nov. 20 and Dec. 16 where they went 10-1-1, improving their record from 9-8-2 to 19-9-3. Since Dec. 18, which was the end of their six game winning streak, the Leafs have gone 3-14-0. Over that time, their record has fallen from a very respectable 19-9-3 all the way to 22-23-3.
So which of these two versions of the Toronto Maple Leafs is legitimate? Are they as good as they seemed to be back in early December when times were good, or are they as bad as they are right now in the thick of their longest losing streak of the season? Let’s break down each streak and see.
January 23 2015 07:42AM
I tend to roll my eyes a lot at old-school media types, particularly when attempt to connect a player's birthplace to their potential value to a hockey team. Real dinosaurs are still yet to be sold that Europeans play the same sport, and some of those will even include Quebec as the unknown member of the EU. Those who aren't jurassic but are still delusional will often suggest that [team here] will only succeed if they're loaded with a core from [home state or province]. Really, it shouldn't matter where you're from, just how well you play.
But let me take a page out of their book for just one day - could the Leafs benefit from completely removing the prairie provinces from the organization?