April 27 2015 01:33PM
Ever since the Toronto Maple Leafs were locked in with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the debate over who they should target has focused on a handful of players - Erie's Dylan Strome, London's Mitch Marner and Boston College's Noah Hanifin. Also, there were a few who mentioned Lawson Crouse's name but they've since been silenced. Permanently.
This week, we'll be taking a closer look at each of these three players (plus a couple surprise dark horses that are not named Lawson Crouse). Today, we'll start with Hanifin, and focus on the three key reasons why he'd be a good fit for the Leafs.
More past the jump...
April 26 2015 04:14PM
You know what's cool? Winning a playoff game. You know what's cooler? Winning a playoff series. The Toronto Marlies couldn't just sit there and be happy with what they did last night. If they wanted this push to matter,, today had to be as good of a performance if not better. Fortunately for them, after a slow start, they hit the gas pedal and scrolled up the gears, setting themselves up for a 5-2 win to push the Grand Rapids Griffins to the brink of elimination.
April 25 2015 03:48PM
The playoff push was a hell of an entertaining ride. A fifty seven game stretch that was defined by its conclusions saw the Marlies rise from a last place spot to the seventh seed in the west, and they deserve all the credit in the world for that. But the season has become the postseason, and new expectations have been set. Success has gone from a pleasant surprise to an expectation. Tonight, they delivered on the initial hype, scoring seven even strength goals to win by a three tally margin.
April 24 2015 11:53AM
The Leafs already did a pretty good job of flipping the majority of their unrestricted free agents for assets at the Trade Deadline, but there's still a number of players who will need new contracts before they take to the ice next season. Below, our TLN Roundtable discusses Toronto's current restricted free agents, and decides who's worth keeping and who's worth letting go.
Let's get this out of the way first, since it's obvious that Toronto shouldn't be letting Nazem Kadri or Jonathan Bernier go by way of free agency. Kadri is the kind of player the Leafs should be signing for four-plus years at as low a salary as they can, and I'm still not convinced it's time to give up on Bernier. That's not to say I wouldn't trade him and roll with James Reimer if the offer was right, but you can't simply let him walk. Both of the Leafs' big fish RFAs need to stay.
April 24 2015 08:14AM
If you thought Dave Nonis was just going to disappear from all media coverage after being let go by the Leafs, you were wrong. Unlike Ron Wilson, who we can only assume was tucked away in a cabin somewhere drawing up bad hockey plays on his iPad before emerging to join TSN and spit fire at this year's trade deadline, Nonis was ready to talk just a couple weeks after Brendan Shanahan cleared out the ACC.