March 02 2012 07:49PM
How did an unemployment application get in there?
Well, that was unexpected. In a somewhat surprising move (the job of a coach whose team has just gone 1-9-1 is never safe) the Maple Leafs announced Friday that Ron Wilson had been fired and replace by Randy Carlyle. He of the 2007 Cup winning Anaheim Ducks and noted Burke BFF/Cronie.
March 01 2012 07:22PM
As many of our regular readers are by now probably already aware, I am a teacher by trade. At the moment, I teach a smattering of different grades and subjects, including a grade five English class where hockey discussions often get heated. It's not uncommon for these discussions to find their way into the journal entries that I have the class complete on a weekly basis. Almost any subject can, with a little creativity, be turned into a rant about hockey. Just this once, the students were specifically asked to write about their favorite or least favorite sports team.
Read on to view a piece of writing that should give beleaguered Leafs fans hope for future generations of fans carrying the torch.
Pension Plan Puppets
March 01 2012 12:04AM
There's a saying in Spanish that I think describes the game well: "jugaron como nunca, perdieron como siempre"* which loosely translates to "the Hawks may stink right now and be without Jonathan Toews but Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa are pretty good and also the Leafs are not good". The loss has left the Buffalo "$80M salary expense" Sabres and the Tampa Bay "Hilarious Goaltending" Lightning 1 point back of the Leafs with each having a game in hand on the Heroes. The Carolina "Non-Hockey Market" Hurricanes and the New York "Rebuilding Forever" Islanders are only four points back with a game in hand. In fact, the Leafs are about one bad week from being in a position to draft in the top five. So it's not all bad.
Leafs Nation Podcast
February 29 2012 10:51PM
This week's podcast features Pension Plan Puppets leader and sometimes Leafs Nation contributor Chemmy. If you are looking for some feel-good trade deadline pump-uppery, this is not the place to find it. Danny Gray (affectionately known as Granny Day), Chemmy and myself have a pretty critical look at almost all angles of the Leafs' current predicament.
February 29 2012 06:28PM
While this wasn’t an especially significant trade deadline for the near-term future of the Toronto Maple Leafs. They did however make one very significant prospect trade, sending away defenseman Keith Aulie for forward Carter Ashton (drafted 29th overall in 2009). From an organizational perspective, swapping out a defense prospect for a forward prospect makes good sense, as the Leafs are deep on the blue line.
What do we know about Ashton? After the jump, we’ll take a close look at his offensive production over the last few seasons as well as look at an in-depth scouting report.