Posts Tagged ‘Toronto

11
Nov
08

Toronto Is In Calgary tonight…

and I am lucky enough to go! Toronto is finally in Western Canada for the first time in 3 years, and facing Calgary for the first time in 2 years.

I paid a pretty penny for these tickets, so once again hopefully I see a good game, but once again I have my reservations. Toronto is coming off a huge 6-3 rout of the hated Habs, while the Flames are coming off their own rout, except it was them who got manhandled by the Hawks. For this reason, I’m not expecting a win from the Blue and White. The Flames will probably want to come out flying in order to get passed their showing on Sunday, meanwhile the Leafs will probably come out flat-footed after their huge win.

The only saving grace for the Leafs could be this single fact. Toronto is 3rd in the league averaging 35.2 shots per game,  while Kipper’s SV% is 0.888. So the Maple Leafs should score at least 4 goals tonight, and since the Flames average 2.94 Goals Per Game, this should be a win for Toronto.

Depends what school of thought you belong to I guess.

23
Oct
08

Schenn Sticking in T.O?

Kind of a slow newsday today, unless you want to hear more about Sundin and his maybe, maybe not dance again. But I don’t, and I really don’t want to even write about it, so I’ll have to write some other Maple Leafs stuff, because well, when in doubt, someone will care about Toronto.

So Luke Schenn. Lukey Luke. The Human Eraser. Should he stay, or should he go? I am torn on this one, completely, utterly torn. Part of me thinks that he should go down, but only because of contract purposes. If he stays, his contract obviously kicks in, meaning his entry-level will expire by the time he is 22, making him a RFA, and thus allowing him to reach UFA by the time he is like 25. If he goes back to Kelowna, well at least that buys the Leafs one more year, and let’s face it, Leafs aren’t going to win anytime soon.

Now, the other part. Luke’s development would be much greater if he stayed with the big club this season. He could go back to Kelowna and play 30 minutes per game, albeit against far inferior talent. Or he can stay in the Big Leagues, play 22 minutes per game against the best of the best. The biggest positive about Schenn going back to the WHL, would be his eligibility to play in the World Junior Tournament as a top-two defencemen.

So, as you see, I am completely torn and have no idea what should be done with a player of his calibre at such a young age. I just hope whatever desicion the Silver Fox and Ron Wilson come to, is the best desicion for Luke.

19
Apr
08

Brunnstrom Going To Leafs?

According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Fabian Brunnstrom is leaning towards joining the Maple Leafs after Vancouver GM Dave Nonis was fired. Apparently Brunnstrom, the 23 year-old Swede, is trying to choose between a couple of teams, but has narrowed it down to two; the Red Wings and the Leafs.

Brunnstrom is thinking that the Red Wings are just too deep up front for him to get decent ice time, but with the Leafs appearing to be heading towards a rebuild, the Leafs would be capable of giving Brunnstrom more opportunity to play.

Brunnstrom is an offensively gifted forward with a decent scoring touch. A speedy skater with soft hands and good technical skills. He combines speed and stickhandling in an impressive way. Hockey sense is pretty good and he is also strong physically with a good attitude. (Elite Prospects)

03
Apr
08

Leafs With Chance To Spoil!! (yawn)

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Bye Bye… I heard the Country Club serves a killer cheeseburger! 

I was hoping to write a deep, meaningful post today… but there is nothing to really write about. The only thing that seems to really be going on today in the hockey world is that the Leafs could nearly spoil the Senators play-off hopes… but hell. I’m a Leaf fan… and I could care less!

Even if the Sens make it into the post-season, they aren’t making it out of the first round, so who cares. The Leafs should be on the golf course already, and letting the Marlies play against the Sens and Habs this week.

So that is all I am going to say today, because I just don’t care about what is going to transpire in the hockey world today!

14
Feb
08

JFJ figures the Leafs Should Be Selling…

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John Ferguson Jr. told TSN today that if he were still in charge of the Toronto Maple Leafs, “the For Sale sign would be out.”

Eat shit, JFJ. You got the team into this mess really. You didn’t have to re-sign the entire team that didn’t make play-offs last season but you did. So while most of the other Eastern teams improved, you were happy with the status quo.

Shut up. And from now on, I promise I will never mention this douche bag in my articles, he’s pissed me off way too much and continues to do so.

22
Jan
08

JFJ Fired!!!

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Here is the TSN article.

As a Leaf fan, I don’t have too much to say about this, other then…GOOD RIDDANCE!

Sadly this move comes about 4-5 months too late. Your team misses play-offs, yet you re-sign and bring back the majority of that team, trade most 1st round picks away, or top prospects for a goalie that belongs in the AHL.

I am so glad Ferguson is done, I can honestly say that I ran up the stairs and tripped up them while dropping the phone when I saw the headline, “Ferguson Fired”.

I also have to say, however, that this is not only Fergie’s fault. There is still so much that needs to be done with this organization before they can be considered a contender, but this a serious step in the right direction.

I just hope that Cliff Fletcher, who was named interim GM will make positive moves for the Blue and White. I hope he realizes that this is not a play-off team, and that he can dismantle them a bit. Begin the re-building, I would rather wait 4-5 years to have a team that can compete for the Cup, than wait another 40 years.

15
Jan
08

The Joke Of The League…

JFJ’s Dream

Ok, so I have been trying to resist writing about them since I started this whole thing, but I don’t think that is possible anymore. Here goes my thoughts on my favourite team… the Leafs.

At this point I don’t quite know what to say about them. I know they aren’t a good team by any stretch of the imagination, but at the same time, they shouldn’t be as bad as they are, yet here we are. Let’s look at the main issues that are being talked about the Leafs lately.

John Ferguson

I’ve never been a fan of him, while I must admit that I was one of those that thought that Quinn had to be let go. Since JFJ has taken over, the Leafs have drafted one, ONE, player in the first round of the draft. I remember a time when John said that he was going to put more money into scouting, so that the team could draft solidly, however, you could spend all the money in the world, if you don’t have any draft picks, it won’t make a difference.

I do think it is time for JFJ to be fired, it should have been done at the beginning of this season, it should have been done when he re-signed the entire team that missed play-offs last season. But realistically, even if the board was to fire JFJ, and bring in someone else, (whether it be on an interim basis, like Cliff Fletcher or not) would that person have enough time to evaluate the team and make positive changes before or at the trade deadline. Speaking of which…

Trade Deadline

It breaks my heart to say it, but Mats has to be traded. I realize that he says he wants to finish his career in Toronto, and as far as I can tell thats still possible. In saying that, if he truly cared about the well-being of the club, he would waive his No-Trade Clause, and get the team some high draft picks, and some solid franchise prospects. What I am thinking, is something around the lines of trading him to Anaheim for Edmonton’s old first round pick, Bobby Ryan, and then the Leafs would also have to take some salary off of the Ducks’ hands. And then, in the off-season, sign Sundin again, for a one year deal, and hope he takes a discount salary.

Other players that I hope would get traded for some young guns are Tucker, Blake, and Kubina. I realize that there are others that I would like to see go, *cough*Raycroft*cough*, but seriously, what team in their right mind would even attempt at taking a chance with him?

Paul Maurice

I like PM, I honestly do. He handles the media well, he has been to the cup finals, he is doing what he can with an under-achieving team. With that being said, if a new GM comes into place and wants to bring in a new coach, go for it.

The Board

I would love to see the Maple Leafs sold, and the board dispersed. Let’s face it, the Teachers’ Pension Fund could care less if the team is winning, as long as it is bringing in money, and it will, they are happy. Same goes with CTV globeMedia, and TD Bank. I think a single owner that is passionate about hockey and loves win would be way better suited to be the owner of this team.

So there, that’s what I think of the Leafs right now, I will go back to trying to forget that I still actually like them.