Americans and Russians aren't the answer. #mycolumn

Bobby Cappuccino
March 24 2015 07:00PM

It's been a tough season in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Toronto Maple Leafs, a once proud Canadian franchise, have been terrible. Hockey is Canada's game. Always has been, always will be. So it's rough when any team is bad, but when that team is Canadian is stings even more. 

The Leafs are a failure of a team. And I think we can all agree that it's because its core is made up of Americans and undrafted players. And the last Russians we had? One stunk and the other was bought out after playing terribly after signing a big fat contract. Typical. That would never happen with a Canadian player, especially a hometown boy. 

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How much of the Leafs' "core" could McDavid keep around?

Ryan Fancey
March 24 2015 03:40PM

Connor McDavid has a decent chance of becoming a Leaf. No really, it's true. He has a better chance of becoming a Sabre, Oiler or Coyote, but this year's draft lottery is a lot different - the chances of winning significantly less weighted toward the true cellar dwellers than in years past. Hell, even the Sharks have a 5% chance of drafting first at this point. 

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LFR8 - Game 74 - Dub Step - Min 2, Tor 1

Steve Dangle
March 24 2015 02:46PM

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Talking about the Leafs' effort, Dion's fist, and the new "Anything but the Leafs" segment!

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New Leafs prospect Nikita Soshnikov is prepared to develop in the minors

Andrey Osadchenko
March 24 2015 09:18AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs’ newest signing raised quite a few eyebrows at both sides of the Atlantic.

21-year-old Nikita Soshnikov signed a 3-year entry-level contract with the organization last week, and will come to town next season. Soshnikov has 93 KHL games under his belt (all with Atlant), 17 goals and 38 points. Notably, this was his first full pro season, partially due to his club’s financial problems.

“It’s been my dream to play in the NHL, so that was my main reason to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs," said Soshnikov to TASS reporter Mikhail Zislis. "I didn’t care about the money or anything else. My parents were really supportive. They said I should go while I’m still young. I had an offer to stay in Russia for another year."

Read past the jump for more.

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LEAFS POSTGAME: Helping the Wild, Wild, West

Jeff Veillette
March 23 2015 08:46PM

I got a phone call at around ten to seven this evening. It was from my aunt, on behalf of an uncle who didn't have my phone number. Up for grabs? A pair of Leafs tickets. The cost? Free. I said no; concluding that this team wasn't worth picking up the tickets and heading down to the Air Canada Centre to watch. The fans seemed to feel the same way, with this being a rare non-sellout. To those who did go, they left with the same empty feeling the team has left for months, falling 2-1 to the Minnesota Wild.

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