TOR GM Dave Nonis expected to make official announcement on Carlyle staying/assistant(s) going. New assistants have not yet been hired.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 8, 2014
Well, this makes no sense on any level. The Toronto Maple Leafs' systems under Randy Carlyle have allowed more shots against than any other team over the course of a season. Think about the worst NHL teams, and then place the Leafs with the likes of: Kessel, JVR, Lupul, Kadri, Phaneuf, Gardiner, Rielly along with some nice complementary pieces and one of the best goaltending tandems in the league. This is a head scratcher for...
TORONTO - On Wednesday morning, the Toronto Marlies took to the ice at Ricoh Coliseum as they prepare to head to Chicago on Thursday for their 2nd round matchup against the Wolves. Here's what you need to know:
Spencer Abbott and Peter Holland were cleared for contact and traded their red non-contact uniforms for white ones. Abbott, who's been out since March 31st with an upper body injury, looked great on the ice.
Abbott and Holland were re-united with Carter Ashton to form the team's top line
Towards the end of practice, Steve Spott had the 5 on 3 and 5...
MLSE president & CEO Tim Leiweke says that the Raptors are feeding off of the enthusiasm their fans are displaying at the ACC and "Jurassic Park," a passion that other teams in the league have taken notice of. Tim Leiweke on the fan-fuelled Raptors, Sterling fallout, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brendan Shanahan and more. Sportsnet 590.
TORONTO - Whether it's positive or negative, the Maple Leafs are consistently the talk of Toronto. The Toronto Marlies, often left behind in all the commotion, are now the centre of attention with the Maple Leafs out of the playoffs. On Saturday night, the Toronto Marlies gave their fans something to smile about. A tough matchup on paper against the Milwaukee Admirals was made to be just a fairytale by Toronto on Friday in game #1. The Marlies defeated the Admirals 6-2 on Friday and were looking to take a 2-0 series lead on Saturday night.
The first period was a rough one...
TORONTO - On Friday night the Toronto Marlies and Milwaukee Admirals dropped the puck on hockey's second season. The North Division champion Toronto Marlies struggled towards the end of the season but we're able to end the year on a high note with a win against the Rochester Americans. For the Marlies, the matchup versus the Admirals would be one that would test patience, hockey sense, and most importantly their discipline.
In the first period Toronto struck first. A fairly even period for the most part, the Marlies benefitted from a Milwaukee mis-communication. With less than five minutes to play in...
Frederik Gauthier will join the Toronto Marlies for the playoff run on an ATO, meaning he'll use the facilities and work with the Marlies development staff, as the Leafs like to do at year's end with their eligible prospects. With centers Peter Holland, Trevor Smith, Greg McKegg, Sam Carrick and Jerred Smithson on the roster, it seems unlikely he will be thrust into his first AHL action during playoff time.
After 52 points in 54 games in the regular season, Gauthier added 3 goals and 9 points in 11 games in the playoffs. Nothing to shake a stick at, and...
Randy Carlyle is still twisting in the wind as the Maple Leafs' head coach despite some damning quotes from the new boss.
YES! MT @Hope_Smoke: Shanahan with Paul Hendrick "There are some good pieces here. Sometimes pieces are misused or mismanaged"”
— 67Sound (@67sound) April 16, 2014
For now, let's look into another available head coach candidate, former Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette (fired after his team's 0-3 start earlier in the season), with Eric T. of Broad Street Hockey.
How would you describe Peter Laviolette’s systems?
Eric T: Peter Laviolette generally seems to prefer an up-tempo, aggressive game. But he's not dogmatic about it; he...
LeafsLunch: As far as the culture that's something that's been talked about today. The way the hockey team plays, what has to change for them to be a more difficult team to play against and basically play better in their own end?
Dave Nonis: Well, I mean you've watched us play for a couple years. You know, you never want to just point back to last year but, we by and large had the same personnel this year with a few exceptions but, the bulk of our team was back and if you look at our GF and GA they're...
Live streaming video of the Brendan Shanahan Press Conference, where he is to be introduced as President of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
You really shouldn't cheer for the Leafs to lose to the Senators, ever. It is a veritable fanclub-card-revoking offence. But an educated fan should always enter a game like this knowing the draft stakes.
A regulation loss tonight ensures the Leafs will not pass the Senators or Predators (who each have two games left), and ensures the Leafs will draft at worst 8th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Winnipeg, who won their final game of the season last night, would pass the Leafs on the head-to-head tie breaker.
A regulation loss would still leave the 7th overall pick as...
According to Damien Cox, Brendan Shanahan is set to leave his post as the NHL's chief of player discipline to join the Toronto Maple Leafs in the role of President.
While his precise job could not be confirmed, sources suggest the Hall of Fame winger will likely be named president of the Leafs hockey club, not only president of hockey operations.
- Toronto Star
First off, what does this mean for General Manager Dave Nonis? If you believe Steve Simmons (something rarely advised, but this theory at least holds some water), he knew of the pending introduction of this role for...
(NHL.com) On Thursday, The Toronto Maple Leafs signed London Knights forward Ryan Rupert to a three-year entry-level contract.
Rupert, 19, had 73 points (21 goals, 52 assists), 54 penalty minutes and a plus-36 rating in 68 regular-season games for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. In 10 playoff games so far with London, Rupert has three goals, seven assists and 10 penalty minutes.
Selected by the Maple Leafs in the sixth round (No. 157) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Rupert has 194 points (58 goals, 136 assists) and 279 penalty minutes in 224 games with the Knights over...
One game remains before the Leafs' sure to be long and interesting off-season gets underway. First matter of business? The draft lottery for all non-playoff teams, to be held next Tuesday, April 15.
After Toronto's loss to the Panthers combined with wins by Nashville and Ottawa on Thursday, the Leafs currently hold the 9th overall pick in the draft (remarkable considering they were 9th in the League 20-odd days ago).
The Leafs could still wind up with as high as the 7th overall pick, but a lot of things would have to go right (or wrong, however you want to...
There's been no formal offer submitted by MLSE, and no formal interest from Brendan Shanahan, but there is "some level of interest" in Brendan Shanahan for the role of President of the Toronto Maple Leafs (or some variation thereof) on the part of MLSE Pres Time Leiweke, according to Bob McKenzie on TSN 1050.
McKenzie "I think Shanahan is intrigued by the Leafs. He has deep roots in NY. NHL job works well for him"— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) April 9, 2014
The Leafs wouldn't be the first NHL team to usher in a high-profile former player into a "President" role in their...
Leafs fans, be sure to tweet your appreciation to the Blackhawks’ @BenASmith12 for his game-winning goal over the Blue Jackets with three seconds remaining in regulation in tonight’s 4-3 Chicago win over Columbus. The Blue Jackets are now one point ahead of the Leafs with one game in hand instead of two.
After their game against the Islanders on Sunday (have to figure it’s a win), the Jackets will have to play two teams that are fighting for their playoff lives in the West in Phoenix and Dallas (currently tied for the last wildcard spot in the West) in...
The Maple Leafs were done after the Red Wings loss, but would that stop them from turning it on in their final six games, you ask? Are you new to being a Leafs fan? Of course not.
It’s always dramatic in Leafland.
There were a couple of crazy storylines within the overarching storyline in this one, too.
The Leafs, league leaders in third period leads forfeited, gave up another one, which was another multi-goal lead squandered to the Bruins. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, as they say.
Jonathan Bernier left the game hurt, just as the...
There is an old saying that a good coach might only help you win an extra handful games over the course of a season, but a bad coach will cause you to lose far more than you should.
Here is the question facing management right now: Did they think this was a playoff team all along, or did they always believe it was going to be an uphill battle to actually make the dance?
If they think the 2013-2014 Maple Leafs were supposed to be a playoff team, they have to start asking some serious questions about what is happening here.