March 29 2012 06:53AM
Blue and White and the number 13, I love this kid already.
The day after the Toronto Maple Leafs were officially eliminated from the playoffs for the 8th consecutive year they announced that they had signed University of Maine forward Spencer Abbott. The highly sought after 23 year old winger lead his team in scoring this season with 20 goals and 41 assists for 61 points in 39 games. He was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker award, given to the top player in the NCAA. The Toronto Star reported on Thursday the 22 that he would have his pick of NHL teams to sign with. We’ve been told for the last two months that the Leafs are a garbage franchise with no future, no hope of attracting UFAs, and need a major overhaul in order to be competitive. So why the hell did Abbott choose the Toronto Maple Leafs?
March 28 2012 01:21PM
The guys aren't playing hard enough, and the Toronto Maple Leafs' recent struggles can be attributed to a lack of atmosphere, both in the dressing room and at the Air Canada Centre, attests a chest-pounding Tie Domi.
It's no secret that the first half of Toronto's season was a bit of an illusion thanks to an elevated shooting percentage, and while the team has showed the signs of being awful in the latter half of the year, it doesn't mean that the team's play is indicative of a lack of heart or grit or what have you. There are two problems facing the Toronto Maple Leafs: a lack of good players, and some very, very bad luck.
March 28 2012 10:25AM
Show any hard hit on a star player, or any cheap shot, and someone is bound to talk about the need to dump the instigator rule. They may reference the magical time before the instigator rule was implemented, generally in a ‘back when men were men and rats were hunted down and killed’ sort of way.
It’s self-delusion, of course.
March 27 2012 10:04PM
Fore More Years
On the same night the Caps and Sabres were fighting over a position that the Leafs held onto firmly only seven weeks ago, the Leafs were engaged in a less momentous battle for 12th place. Or should I say battle for 13th place? While the bubble teams fight it out for 8th, the Leafs are in a race to dead last where the consolation prize for a disappointing season resides in a high draft pick.
Leafs Nation Podcast
March 26 2012 09:32PM
Through the rough times that have been these past seven years, fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs have been forced to grasp at the straws for some traces of hope in an otherwise disappointing season. If the team is absolutely horrible, it's only reasonable that we turn our focus from the failure of the group to a few individual successes that make the wait for the playoffs (at least somewhat) bearable.
This week, Danny Gray and I take a look at a few of the Leafs' younger players, Carter Ashton, Matt Frattin, Nazem Kadri, and Cody Franson, to name a few, and assess what we've seen of them so far under new coach Randy Carlyle.