After four seasons coming up short, the Tampa Bay Lightning are back in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Leafs made a big trade last week, effectively stealing the spotlight from the playoffs by dealing Kasperi Kapanen to the Penguins. The Canadiens then decided they should do the same thing.
After having to use the Maple Leafs’ top pick in the 2020 draft to dump Patrick Marleau’s contract, Kyle Dubas has traded his way back into the first round.
That could have been Jason Spezza’s final game in the NHL.
According to Pierre LeBrun, the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement features NHL participation in the 2022 and 2026 Olympics, barring negotiations with the International Olympic Committee.
Though there hasn’t yet been an announcement, it appears as though Toronto is going to be named as one of the NHL’s hub cities for the 2020 playoffs.
The NHL will be feeling the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic for years to come.
I kicked off this series by naming Cliff Fletcher’s re-acquisition of Wendel Clark — the one that ultimately cost them the first-round draft pick that was used on Roberto Luongo — as the fifth-worst trade in the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs (since 1967).
Tuukka Rask is the all-time leader in wins among goaltenders drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Every single one of those wins has been with the Boston Bruins.
Best Leafs Trades Since 1967 Countdown – No. 2: Getting Doug Gilmour from the Flames in a 10-player swap
We’ll pick up where we left off yesterday with the Leafs sitting second-last in the league after a miserable failure of a season in 1990-91.
There are multiple examples of the Leafs trading away their first-round pick way too early and it blowing up in their face. It’s amazing that the organization didn’t learn its lesson after the 1991 debacle.
Best Leafs Trades Since 1967 Countdown – No. 3: Grant Fuhr for Dave Andreychuk, Darren Puppa, and a first-round pick
In the early-1990s, the small-market Edmonton Oilers were blowing their team up and selling off all of the key players remaining from their 1980s dynasty. The Leafs, who hadn’t been a serious contender in years, decided to get in on the sale.