February 13 2015 08:49PM
The Toronto Marlies are creeping their way back into the playoff picture. As such, they needed a big game tonight against their arch-rivals, and boy, did they ever get it, winning 4-2 over the Hamilton Bulldogs in this weekend's lone matchup.
February 13 2015 05:35PM
It's been a really, really interesting few days in Leafs Nation. First, we found out that Brendan Shanahan has the blessing of the MLSE Board to strip this team down to the wood and build it up all over again. Then we had the Leafs' best player, Phil Kessel, tell reporters that he loves Toronto, but "if it's not here, it's not here".
It's going down, guys. It's the beginning of the end for this team.
There are, of course, some perceived untouchables. Pretty much everyone agrees that players like Morgan Rielly, William Nylander, and any future draft picks shouldn't be moved for any reason, while others include Kessel in that group.
We asked the TLN staff to share their opinion on the idea of trading Kessel - here's what we got...
February 13 2015 01:41PM
February 13 2015 12:51PM
Almost seamlessly we move from Friedman’s Leaf thoughts into Darren Dreger’s with the weekly Dreger Report. Dreger has a lot on the possibility of Antoine Vermette wanting to stay put, which certainly would impact the Bozak rumours that Friedman touched on.
Most importantly, Dreger has updated his chart of the probability of which Leafs get moved. The most notable riser is (unexpectedly) Mike Santorelli, but a couple more names also appear at the bottom of the list.
February 13 2015 12:12PM
There are few things greater for hockey fans than Elliotte Friedman 30 Thoughts articles when we are within stone’s throw of the trade deadline. With the Leafs being in tank/possible rebuild mode these articles are about the glimpse of hope have that someone may in fact be righting the ship.
“2. There’s increased chatter around Bozak, as Damien Cox reported last Saturday. As a general rule, the tightened cap has teams nervous about term, and he’s got three years remaining with a $4.2M hit. He’s had a rough year and a change of scenery benefits everyone. What do potential trade partners see in him? If it’s a No. 2 centre, that cap number is reasonable. If a No. 3, it’s high. But this is a move Toronto is trying to make.”