Leafs' Lupul skeptical of scorched earth rebuild: 'Who are we going to put on the ice next year? A bunch of draft picks?'
February 21 2015 12:02PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs seem to be open to shedding salary, accumulating future assets, and trading away every player who isn't nailed down to the floor (by a bloated bulletproof contract).
As actual trades and reports of potential deals mount, what's becoming clear is that management isn't willing to keep rolling the dice on the flawed core assembled by Brian Burke and his successor and current Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis. That means that everyone from Phil Kessel, to Dion Phaneuf, to Tyler Bozak, to Jonathan Bernier could be on the block over the next week, or in the offseason.
For the most part Maple Leafs fans seem willing and eager to see the club dramatically overhaul the roster. On Saturday, brittle Maple Leafs scoring winger Joffrey Lupul, who is set to return from his latest injury, warned that the grass isn't always greener on the other side of a teardown.
February 21 2015 11:00AM
The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets faced off, Dustin Byfuglien was a one-man wrecking crew; the kind of force that could stop a tank in its tracks, rough it up, and after 60 minutes or so let that tank roll along its happy merry way. Byfuglien had a goal, an assist, laid a bunch of people out flat, and the Jets won by a lopsided score of 5-1.
Tonight, the Jets will move Byfuglien up to forward... Byfuglien on the forecheck gives me nightmares.
February 20 2015 10:16PM
The Leafs are losers and so am I.
February 20 2015 07:42PM
Who would have thought that this would be one of the biggest games of the year? Sure enough, the Leafs and Hurricanes are in a race for the bottom, and a big zero points tonight would be a big boost to the tank. Thankfully, that's exactly what they got.
February 20 2015 07:20PM
It's not likely, but at this point in the season, the Toronto Marlies still have a chance of making the Calder Cup palyoffs. At seven points back of eighth in the Western Conference, however, it would require a couple of solid winning streaks. This three-game weekend would have been a good place to start, but unfortunately, a 5-2 loss to the Utica Comets won't help accelerate the process.