Archive for March, 2012

Toronto Maple Leafs Officially Eliminated From The Playoffs

March 27th, 2012 10 Comments

With yet another disappointing loss in the bank our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs were officially eliminated from the playoffs for the seventh straight season. For Toronto fans, the 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night marked the tenth straight loss for the club at Home, which made it 50 days since the Maple Leafs last put together a win on Home ice. Having trouble thinking back that far? It was February sixth the last time the Maple Leafs won at Home. Go back further and you’ll find that the Maple Leafs have not been in a playoff game since May 4th, 2004 …that’s just under eight years ago, which is disgusting! The Maple Leafs looked sluggish and disinterested throughout the contest. In fact, the only bright spot was the play of Jussi Rynnas (who made his NHL debut)

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Brian Burke: Which Player Will He Draft?

March 26th, 2012 3 Comments

With another disappointing season nearly in the books, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and his scouting staff are just a few weeks away from finding out where they will draft. Should the Leafs finish where they currently sit in the standings Burke can expect to draft seventh overall. If Toronto falters down the final stretch there is a good possibility that they may fall into a lottery pick slot, which could potentially land Burke the number one overall pick. Luck has never been a friend of the Maple Leafs organization, especially when it comes to the NHL Entry Draft. With that in mind, look for the Maple Leafs to finish just out of a lottery position, which should garner plenty of four letter words from the Leafs Nation. If Burke was lucky enough to land a lottery pick

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Toronto Maple Leafs Embarrassed By Boston Bruins

March 20th, 2012 8 Comments

The Boston Bruins continued their dominance over the Toronto Maple Leafs this season Monday night, punishing the Blue and White to the tune of an 8-0 shellacking. Monday nights win over the Maple Leafs gave Boston a sweep in the six game series, with Chris Kelly netting the game winner at 02:25 of the first period, which gave Kelly four game winners against Toronto this season. Boston emerged from the first period with a 4-0 lead and started off the second period where they left off when Benoit Pouliot scored his 12th goal of the season and second of the game at 02:31 of the second. Boston would earn two power play markers on the night. When everything was said and done the Bruins had outscored the Maple Leafs by a final score of 8-0 on the night and 36-10 in

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Trio Of Boston Bruins Could Be The Target Of Brian Burke

March 16th, 2012 6 Comments

With another disappointing season inching closer to being in the books it has become very apparent that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will have to make some roster changes this summer. One of the key areas Burke will have to address will be team toughness. With few options on the farm, Burke will have to find a way to bring in some toughness via trade, or more likely, free agency. When you look at the free agents that will be available this summer the overall scope is pretty weak. That said, there are a few players that should get a measure of interest from Burke. Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Smyth’s leadership and physical presence would be a nice fit in Toronto, but with Smyth hell bent on staying in Edmonton to finish his career there is little chance

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Is Brian Burke’s Plan Flawed?

March 14th, 2012 16 Comments

If you have ever played a game of Texas Hold’em Poker you will inevitably watch a number of short stacked players make a final push to stay in the game by offering up an all-in move. An all-in move involves a player pushing all off his poker chips into the pot with the hopes that he will (against the odds) get lucky and win the pot. More times than not the final push leads to a loss with the player having to push in his chair after losing what little money he had left. Building a hockey team can be like a game of poker. Every team has its fair share of ups and downs just as every player has its fair share of winning hands and bad beats. Ultimately, one player or one team will emerge as the winner and

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Toronto Maple Leafs Looking At Yet Another Lost Season: But A Lottery Pick Is In Sight!

March 8th, 2012 14 Comments

“What could have been?” These four words have haunted many a Toronto Maple Leaf fan for decades. The 2011-12 season has had its fair share of “what ifs”, including “what if Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke had the foresight to add a veteran goaltender to the roster this summer?”, to the question that is on everyone’s mind these days, “what if the Maple Leafs had avoided their late season collapse?” As the 2011-12 season inches closer to the end, it appears as if—barring a miracle from the hockey Gods—that the Maple Leafs will miss the playoffs for the seventh straight season. The way things are going Toronto fans can no longer scoff at the suggestion that their beloved Maple Leafs may go an entire decade without participating in the playoffs. Sound crazy? Perhaps. But keep in mind, the Maple

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