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Posts tagged ‘Leafs’

25
Mar

Toronto Blue Jays Season Preview

As the weather warms up in Toronto, my thoughts turn to two things. One, is that the Leafs and Raptors are almost done another miserable season where they will both miss the playoffs by a considerable margin, and probably finish just high enough in the standings to NOT get the chance to draft a franchise player to turn these miserable teams around. My second thought is a little bit more pleasant. That the Toronto Blue Jays are about to embark on a brand new season in Major League Baseball’s hell, the American League East. All is not lost for the Jays. Many industry gurus and prognosticators have the Jays labeled as a “sleeper” pick to upset a lot of higher payroll teams and win the new Wild Card that is being introduced this season. For the first time in Major League baseball history, there will be TWO wild cards handed out in each league. The two wild cards will playoff in a one game do or die format where the winner will face the first place team in the league in the first round of the playoffs. That means that hypothetically, the Jays can finish third in their division and still qualify for the Wild Card. Its not a lock, but it could happen. Here are the things that need to occur for the Jays to have a shot. Read moreRead more

2
Mar

What is Wrong With The Toronto Maple Leafs?


Months back, I wrote an article begging Brian Burke not to re sign Ron Wilson until the team actually took a step forward under his tutelage and made the Stanley Cup Playoffs. You can view that article here I wasn’t delusional. I didn’t say “wait for them to WIN the Cup”, I only asked that they’d qualify for the playoffs for the first time in a team record seven years. Don’t mistake me for a hater. I am a Toronto boy, I am a Leafs fan. All I want is to have a team to cheer for, to have pride in, and that will have some success. The Leafs haven’t had any success in years. They haven’t qualified for the playoffs. They haven’t drafted any up and coming superstars. Their mediocrity has begun to swallow Leafs nation whole. The Air Canada Center is always full of Leaf fans. Constant sell outs, and now the die hard fans who empty their wallets on over priced tickets are finally losing faith in their club, and there is good reason for it. Read moreRead more

16
Dec

Leafs Should Trade for Staal

Ever since Brian Burke took over the Toronto Maple Leafs, he has always lacked one thing. He traded for his top pair big defense man, Dion Phaneuf. He traded for his top line sniper, Phil Kessel. He thinks he has a franchise goalie in James Reimer. However, he is still missing the vital piece that any Stanley Cup contender has. The undisputed top line center. If you look at the most successful teams in the NHL today, what do they all have in common? Read moreRead more

3
Jul

Leafs Make Splash in Free Agency and Sign Tim Connolly

Leafs fans have been waiting and wondering when the Leafs would finally make a splash into the free agent market and sign a player that could help the Leafs out.  Yesterday afternoon after the Leafs found out that Brad Richards signed with the New York Rangers, so they focused their attention on center Tim Connolly of the Buffalo Sabres. The Leafs offered him a two year deal worth $9.5 million dollars, which comes out to $5.5 million in the first year and then $4 million in the second year of the deal. Read moreRead more

29
Jun

Toronto Maple Leafs Off Season Moves

Many critics of the Toronto Maple Leafs would have you believe that the team has not progressed at all since the lockout. The Leafs streak of playoff free seasons is now up to 7 and without significant moves on the horizon, I wouldn’t be shocked to see it reach 8. However, for the first time in a long time, the long term outlook for the Leafs can actually be characterized as positive. Brian Burke has definitely made some questionable moves (the Komisarek signing, the Kessel trade to name a few) but he has also made some positive moves to strengthen the future of the franchise. Read moreRead more

2
Jan

New Years Resolution: What Can The Leafs Do To Improve?

As we close in on the half way mark of the NHL Season several things have been established. Teams like Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Boston are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, while the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs are going to be stuck on the outside looking in when the Cup is handed out this summer. There are reasons why teams sit at certain positions in the standings. The top teams in the league have benefitted from internal player development, and shrewd trades. The teams at the bottom have suffered from various ailments, be it players not developing quickly enough, poor decisions by general management or injuries to key players. Read moreRead more

4
Dec

The Toronto Maple Leafs Suck

Doesn’t the title of this post speak for itself?  The Leafs just plain suck.  As a Torontonian and a Leaf fan, the Leaf’s situation is looking bleaker by the day.  We are plummeting down the standings, and are in a massive funk.  We can’t even get empty net goals and close out teams.  We are losing games with ten seconds left.  We cannot put the puck in the net, as evidenced by the thorough 5 – 0 shellacking we received at the hands of the younger Edmonton Oilers.  We are set to finish in the bottom 3 again, and give Boston another potential superstar. Read moreRead more

25
Sep

Toronto Maple Leafs Pre Season So Far

As a Leaf fan and a hockey fan, I can’t deny it. I was excited for the NHL pre season to begin. After seeing the Leafs stink it up for the majority of last season, and only turn it on when it no longer mattered (as they have the last couple seasons in a row) I wanted to see what they could do from the outset this year. Read moreRead more

23
Jul

Toronto Team Woes

Is it just me, or does it really suck to be a Toronto sports fan?  Whether you love hockey, baseball, basketball, football, or soccer, it just plain sucks to be in Toronto.  Look at all of the major professional sports teams we have.  The Leafs, the Raptors, the Jays.  What do they all have in common?  They all stink!  It seems like its been a decade since we’ve had a playoff series, never mind a meaningful one.  The last set of playoffs I can remember was when the Raps lost in the first round to the Magic.  Was anyone really suprised?  None of our teams are built to win it all, and most aren’t even capable of qualifying for the post season. Read moreRead more

15
Jul

Should the Leafs take a risk and go after Demitra or Frolov??

Toronto fans are still waiting to see what else Brian Burke can pull off to make the Leafs better upfront. Yes he brought in Kris Versteeg who averaged 20goals a season while playing in Chicago. He also brought in gritty winger Colby Armstrong  who is a solid pickup and can average around 15-20 goals a season and be a great penalty killing specialist. Read moreRead more