So lately I've been focusing on how the Leafs will or will not make the playoffs, goaltending, defense, forwards, etc. Now it's time for a change, let's take a look at the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate for the Maple Leafs.
Last Season the Marlies finished with a record of 33-35-6, missing the playoffs. This season though will be different, as some expect that the Marlies will be contenders.
With the likely additions of Brayden Irwin, Luca Caputi, Jerry D'Amigo, Jeff Finger and Matt Lashoff, will improve the team's core. Ben Ondrus is the key subtraction on the team.
The goaltending arrival of Jussai Rynnas, will take some of the pressure off of James Reimer.
Starting September 14th I will be counting down to the Leafs regular season opener on October 7th.
To do this I will be introducing a new feature I will be doing called "A Player-a-Day" Starting with the role players (Sjostrom, Finger etc) and build up to the key players (Kessel, Phaneuf etc)
So watch for it starting September 14th, shortly after the conclusion of "The Future"
Now that the summer of Kovalchuk is finally over, and Kovy's contract is accepted and now his cap hit is in effect, the Devils are over the cap.
So The Devils need to move someone...
One or Two of thses playeers need to leave. There's a couple of teams that would be willing to take on some cap for the Devils. Including the Maple Leafs.
I'm sure Brian Burke will be talking to Lou about a possible deal, likely based around one of the top two names. The Leafs are short on cap space themselves so a player like Mikhail Grabovski or Jeff Finger would need to go the other way in a deal for Elias, while for Langenbrunner ...
What is stopping the Leafs from ending their playoff drought? Is it the goaltending? No, the goalies are willing and able to carry the load of a playoff team. Ah! The defense! Well no, it's our strongest position. So What about the forwards? Well...
The Leafs enter the 2010-11 season with a much improved forward corps. With the additions of Mike Brown, Kris Versteeg and Colby Armstrong, and the likely arrival of top prospect Nazem Kadri, the Leafs will no doubt be a much more violent team (if Ron Wilson allows them to play their own game) and threatening in terms of offensive fire power.
Let's take a look at the Leafs options for the top 6:
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to end their playoff drought this season, and after their successful off-season, it no longer seems to be a long shot. The strongest part of this club is their defence, and I will take a trip into the Maple Leafs back-end core which welcomes three new faces in Matt Lashoff, Danny Richmond and Brett Lebda.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are arguably in the top 5 for defence in all of the NHL. Lead by Captain Dion Phaneuf, outcast Tomas Kaberle and 3rd year player Luke Schenn, not to mention potential bounce-back hopefuls Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin, and young potential star named Carl Gunnarson. It's a top six you cannot balk at, but the additions of t...
This Season the Maple Leafs hope to once again make the post-season. There are many factors that will decide if the Leafs reach this goal. Today I will look at the Leafs goaltending and if it can be good enough to steal around 10 games for Toronto.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will enter the upcoming season with a 1A - 1B goaltending tandem between Jean-Sebastien "Giggy" Giguere and Jonas "The Monster" Gustavsson. A solid tandem for sure, but will it be enough to lead the Leafs to the playoffs?
Last Season, Giggy started the year with the Anaheim Ducks, backing up Jonas Hiller, to whom he lost the starting role a season earlier. Giggy played 20 games with the Ducks in which he held a recor...
For the first time since the 2003-04 season, the Toronto Maple Leafs may be on the verge of ending its post-season drought.
Many factors led to the Leafs' demise during the 2009-10 campaign, which ultimately meant the relinquishment of Tyler Seguin to the Boston Bruins. Inconsistency was the primary issue, as many key players were ineffective or downright useless---I'm looking at you, Vesa Toskala. The off-season acquisitions of Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin had fans salivating at the potential of the team's defense corps. However, things took an unfortunate turn for the worse when both Beauchemin and Komisarek---it was later revealed he required season-ending surgery for a p...
The Atlanta Thrashers (Maxim Afinogenov) and Montreal Canadiens (Marc-Andre Bergeron) can attest to it: unrestricted free agent signings deep in the off-season could pay dividends.
Yes, those two particular players may not play for those respective teams anymore, but they both provided their clubs with offensive boosts (Afinogenov scored 61 points; Bergeron 13 goals and 34 points in 60 games). The point is that there are plenty of quality players available in free agency if the contract terms are reasonable. Luckily for the Toronto Maple Leafs, they have some breathing room, and options, to maneuver around the salary cap.
The Leafs will have approximatively $5 million in cap space ...