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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


Toronto Maple Leafs 2011 – 2012 Season Preview

It is that time again folks. The 2011 – 2012 National Hockey League season is roughly a month away, so lets try and figure out where the beloved Toronto Maple Leafs stand going into the season. Most experts have pinned the entire hopes of Leafs nation on one man’s back. That man is none other than Optimus Reim, the Reiminator, aka James Reimer. Reimer came seemingly out of nowhere last season to take the starting goaltender’s job and run away with it. He finished the season with 20 wins in a mere 37 games. No small task considering how bad the other Leafs goaltenders were. Jonas Gustavsson was mediocre at best, and J.S. Giguere was a slip and fall away from retirement. The Leafs were looking for a saviour and Reimer was the man. The question is, was it all him? More importantly, can he do it again? Read moreRead more


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


Tyler Seguin v.s. Phil Kessel: The Great Debate

Even coaching master mind Guy Boucher couldn’t handle what the Boston Bruins threw at him last night. The Bruins won 6 – 5 in game two of the NHL Eastern Conference finals in a fire fight with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The key cog in the offense? None other than 2010 second overall pick Tyler Seguin. After being benched for the first two rounds of the playoffs, Seguin got his NHL Playoff debut only because of an injury to Boston’s Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron was expected to miss the first game of the series due to a concussion. He sat out game two as well, and in all honesty, the Bruins may be happier now that he wasn’t out there. Read moreRead more


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


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


Toronto Raptors: Where Backups Come to Start

Early on in the NBA season, one thing is painfully clear. The Toronto Raptors will have a very difficult season, struggle often, and be one of the bottom 3 teams in the league. Read moreRead more


Toronto Maple Leafs 2010 – 2011: Back to Reality

12 games into the NHL season, the Toronto Maple Leafs look a lot like the hockey team that everyone sees when they look at the roster on paper. The Leafs are deep on defense, have two reliable goaltenders, and barely any scoring. When the Leafs started the season 4 – 0, there was a lot of optimism in the Toronto area. People were thinking, “maybe this team is for real”, “maybe they will end the Toronto playoff drought and finally bring some glory back to the franchise”. I hate to say it, but I don’t think that is going to happen. Not without a major move by Brian Burke. Read moreRead more


Toronto Maple Leafs Looking Good So Far! Everything is Going According to Burke’s Plan

It’s a little bit early to start planning the parade for the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, this season’s edition of the Leafs is obviously far superior to the group that suited up in the Blue & White last year. Many people wanted Brian Burke’s head on a platter after he traded two first round picks and a second rounder for sniper Phil Kessel. There was no denying that Kessel had a good year last year, scoring 30 goals in only 70 games, playing without a legitimate center. However, the Leafs stumbled at the beginning of the season and were never really in playoff contention. Read moreRead more


Toronto Maple Leafs 2010 – 2011 Season Preview

Every time I see the jersey on the left I laugh. “Losers since 1967″. Its not a funny laugh. Its not a “laugh with you” laugh. Its a pathetic, internal, sad laugh at the state of a once proud franchise. The Toronto Maple Leafs are arguably the biggest, most valuable franchise in the NHL. They have the most rabid, loyal fanbase and media in all of hockey. Maybe that is why the Leafs haven’t been to the post season since before the lockout. Maybe the salary cap has destroyed the Leaf’s GM’s chances of BUYING their way into the playoffs. Winning teams aren’t shaped with buying power anymore. Its all about drafting, internal development, and shrewd trades by smart general managers. Maybe thats what the Leafs are missing. Read moreRead more