With the thrilling 2013 Stanley Cup Finals now in the record books, today we gaze into our crystal ball to see if the four teams that played in the two NHL Conference Championship series can retain that lofty level and get back into the hearts of the Canadian sports betting public during NHL 2013-14 action.
Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup Champions are loaded with talent
Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks on their recent Stanley Cup victory – their second in four years. Can they make it three out of five to begin the “dynasty” talk? If the 2013 free agent period is...
I hope everyone is starting to feel a little better this morning. Plenty of eulogies were written and the last couple of days have been brutal to say the least. I haven't seen the Game in 6 or any of the player interviews. I barely have any idea what's going on in the playoffs right now, even as two two-way titans, Toews and Datsyuk, square off in the West.
Two things in my mind were abundantly clear following Monday night. You know that cliche players like to use after a tough loss? "Oh yeah, that was a character building game...
Reimer, Reimer, gotta be startin’ Reimer.
The Dave Morrison Connection
No secret to any hockey fan older than Rebecca Black is that Toronto Maple Leafs have a long history of poor scouting, drafting, and player development. Back in 1989, the Leafs had three first round picks of which to restock their prospect cupboard and build for the future. Instead, the budget was cut and the scouting director at the time was told to focus on one junior team and one team only – the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League.
The 1989 draft was noted for its abundance of serviceable hockey...
With the playoffs set to get going tonight, and the Leafs vs. Bruins on tap for Wednesday, I figure that this is a good time to take a quick pause and look back at the regular season that was.
I'm sure that after the playoffs are over we'll take another look back and evaluate things on a bigger scale, but for now I just want to reflect on some games that I feel produced some key moments for the team, and just as importantly, the fans.
Yes, I know that all games are worth the same amount of points in the...
With the fast and furious 48-game 2013 regular season in the books, presented below are 82-game points projections for each Leaf player, for whatever they're worth.
The Leafs wrapped up the season with two defenceman in the top ten in scoring - Franson with 29 points finished 8th and Phaneuf finished 10th with 28.
Cody Franson finished third in points among defenceman 25 and under, behind only PK Subban and Kris Letang.
Phil Kessel finished 8th in point scoring among forwards, Kadri 22nd, JvR 63rd. Kessel finished 13th in goals.
Nazem Kadri finished in a tie for seventh in points among NHLers 24...
Despite splitting the state of Florida, it’s been a pretty terrific week for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The club finished the road portion of the regular season with a record of 13 – 8 – 3, earning a respectable 29 of their 57 points on the season away from the ACC. James Reimer recorded his fourth shutout and 19th win in only his 33rd start of the season. Phil Kessel scored three goals in the two games to leap into sixth in the league in scoring with 51 points.
Are you ready for the most uplifting (small sample size) Four...
It was a bit of an eventful weekend with the CBA Memo of Understanding signed, Burke getting off his parting shots, Nonis making his big splash with the signing of Mike Mottau, and we finally have a schedule for the season (Full Schedule can be found here.)
I normally like to be a bit more detailed than this, but it’s Sunday night, I’m tired and a little annoyed that all trades we were promised haven’t materialized. There’s a good chance I sat around all day waiting for something worthwhile to write about, and when that didn’t show up you got...
Former NFL coach Buddy Ryan once famously said, 'If you listen to the fans, you'll be sitting up there with them.'
At the risk of pointing out the obvious, it means that, as a GM or coach of a pro franchise, your job is to do what is best for the team regardless of what the fans believe. Thus, when a person is commenting on the Leafs and says, "Toronto isn't patient enough to let the Leafs rebuild," I can't help but wonder what the hell they are talking about, and why it would even matter.
Let's start with the facts,...
MapleLeafs.com will be live streaming the Leafs' practice at 2 p.m. this afternoon.
James van Riemsdyk
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Tune in at 2 p.m. for the live practice.
Five games against Montreal and Ottawa (3 at home vs. Montreal, 3 away vs. Ottawa), four against Boston and Buffalo, and three games against each of the other 10 inner-Conference, non-divisional opponents.
The NHLPA has ratified the new CBA, now the NHL and NHLPA will sign off on the pre-CBA document known as a Memorandum of Understanding. Two hours after the ink is dry on the MOU, player signings and trades can begin in preparation for the new season.
For the Leafs' part, they are expected to announce the signing of defenceman Cody Franson to a one-year deal for a shade over a $1 million: A cheap one-year re-up to bring the right-hander back from Sweden in time for camp and have him compete for the spot vacated by Luke Schenn. Failing...
In a Leaf era fraught with frustration and mistrust, nobody brought forth these feelings in fans more than Luke Schenn over the past couple years. After what many would call a promising start, Schenn's career became known more for blunders than smart defensive plays. Though I have written on how Schenn's stats seem to indicate underlying problems in his defensive game, I will admit that the goalies in Toronto have made everyone look bad lately. Brian Burke eventually saw what the fans saw in Schenn, trading him for James van Riemsdyk, another young player who had been somewhat soured...
When Brian Burke took over the GM job in Toronto, there was nothing but talk about building from the net out. A defence first philosophy is a valid one, though recent Stanley Cup winners have shed light on the benefits of fast offence. Ultimately, Burke's initial plan was sidetracked by players like Mike Komisarek and Colby Armstrong. It should therefore have come as little surprise to see Burke dip back into the defensive forward game, snagging Jay McClement for an AAV of $1.5 million.
McClement comes with more defensive pedigree than Colby Armstrong ever did. Avalanche fans were noticeably upset...
It seems like a fruitless endeavor to make full season predictions with the uncertainty of when the actual season does begin.
Regardless, here we are. Under ideal circumstances, the season would start as per the current schedule and should both parties salvage a full season, we need to be ready.
Every summer we get the McKeen's Hockey Yearbook together and about this time, I'm usually done with Leafs predictions.
It's a summer tradition to post Leafs predictions here, and I wanted to continue the custom.
With so little Leafs news, we need something to do besides gaming at www.partycasino.com (just in case.. remember,...