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This Jim Hiller situation is a bit strange

In a long-talked-about move, on Thursday the Leafs and assistant coach D.J. Smith parted ways, as he took the vacant head job in Ottawa. I say they “parted ways” instead of him being poached because it was unclear, and perhaps unlikely, that he was ever coming back with Toronto beyond this season anyway. Much has…

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Carcone hat trick wins Game 4 for Marlies, ties Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2

With three goals, including the overtime winner, and an assist in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 23-year-old prospect Michael Carcone’s performance was the driving force of the Toronto Marlies’ 4-3 win on Thursday evening. “It’s big time. That’s the only words,” Jeremy Bracco, Carcone’s linemate, said post game. “It’s playoff hockey. This is…

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Report: Leafs Expected To Hire Paul McFarland As Assistant Coach

Not long after it was announced that former Leafs assistant coach DJ Smith would be taking over the bench in Ottawa, Elliotte Friedman had another interesting tidbit of information to share: With DJ Smith’s move to OTT and expectation that Jim Hiller will be going elsewhere too, there are openings on the TOR bench. One…

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Leafs on Deck Episode 25: Losing Game 3, Marchment, Engvall

This week on Leafs on Deck, Marlies reporters Jacob Stoller and Mike Stephens discussed… – The Marlies’ back to back losses in Game 2 and 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. –  Whether or not Mason Marchment has had a good playoff showing (Jake thinks so, Mike does not) –  Why Pierre Engvall is destined…

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What building from the core out could look like for the Leafs

The core. It’s pretty important and when you think about it we’re really only three seasons removed from the Leafs having nothing resembling a core at all. The Leafs had nice prospects and some good developing young players, but nothing resembling a core. Now it seems like the Leafs have some really good players that…

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Why the Leafs Should Explore Trading Andreas Johnsson

The primary reason that hockey teams make trades is that they identify a change they’d like to make and they see some kind of swap of assets as the best way to accomplish it. It could be that they want to add some depth for the playoffs, or lower the amount of money they’re spending,…