April 16 2015 10:59AM
Did anyone on the Leafs have a "great year?" Not really. To be brutally honest, nearly everyone had a down year. A few highlights, plenty of lowlights, and a bunch of mediocrity from the Leafs core led to the 2014-15 season.
April 15 2015 07:53PM
It's been just a year and a handful of days since Brendan Shanahan was introduced to a throng of media as the newest Toronto Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor. He faced the same throng again on Monday afternoon, explaining why he fired practically half of his staff a day before.
One would think that, due to the Leafs being terrible and the need to fire several senior hockey executives, Shanahan probably had a pretty bad season himself.
Not true. It was beautiful.
For once in Toronto's sad existence, someone had the foresight to say "this is crap" and "this crap is not working" and most importantly "this crap will not work ever."
It was a refreshing change of pace for Leafs fans, and lead to three events executed by Shanahan over this past season that unapologetically pushed this organization in the right direction.
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McKenzie: 'Doesn't sound like it's going to be a quick marriage' between Leafs, fired Bruins GM Chiarelli
April 15 2015 05:03PM
On Wednesday the Boston Bruins fired general manager Peter Chiarelli after the club missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Tough industry.
Though Chiarelli's draft record was mixed and the Tyler Seguin trade was an unmitigated disaster, his Bruins tenure was enormously successful. He effectively built a Stanley Cup winning team, and his clubs averaged more than a series victory per year during his time with the club.
Could he be a good fit as the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs?
April 15 2015 11:08AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs are clearly in the midst of a transition. Over half the publicly-known staff has been fired, many players have been traded, and many will be walked away from. But it seems like there's still a lot left to come in terms of roster shuffling; the group from Game 82 will almost assuredly not be the one that skates on the ice for Game 1 in October.
It takes two to tango, though, and in the New Jersey Devils, the Leafs may find a dance partner.
April 15 2015 07:01AM
It's very easy to overlook Oliver Kylington based on his boxcar numbers but the resume is strong and the scouting report impressive. He arrived in the Swedish Hockey League at 16 and could be the best skating defender available at this summer's draft. Oliver Kylington is a significant talent.