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NHL Entry Draft: Why Reward Failure?

April 12th, 2016 1 Comment

With the 2016 NHL Entry Draft just a few weeks away, many fans and NHL executives have been dreading the possibility of the Edmonton Oilers landing the first overall pick for the third time in six years. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly recently stated that there will be more discussions within the NHL offices with regards to making additional changes to be implemented should Edmonton land the coveted first overall pick. While many fans will applaud the Leagues efforts to review the Draft process, it would seem to me that, unless the NHL is willing to make significant changes to the Draft, we run the risk of finding ourselves in the same situation sooner rather than later. In a recent episode of Sportsnet’s Tim and Sid show, Daly went on the record about Edmonton winning the lottery. “I think there’s

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Would Toronto Trade Auston Matthews???

April 11th, 2016 No Comments

Listening to the Toronto Maple Leafs management team, there is a sense of pride and contentment with regards to their current stable of prospects and what the team may be able to acquire during the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. As the NHL’s last place club, the Maple Leafs have secured a 20 percent chance of landing the first overall pick. Simple math tells us that the Maple Leafs’ also have an 80 percent chance of missing out on the coveted first overall pick. Of course, having finished last in the NHL means the Maple Leafs can do no worse than a top-four pick in the upcoming NHL Draft. The top three prospects are American-born centre Auston Matthews and Finnish wingers Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi, with the fourth ranked prospect often differing depending on which mock draft you read. Should the Maple

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Alex Lyon: Is He Worth A Gamble?

March 19th, 2016 No Comments

Like many NHL clubs, the Toronto Maple Leafs have dipped their toes into the NCAA free agent waters on occasion. Last year, the Maple Leafs signed highly touted forward Casey Bailey to a free agent contract, only to move him to Ottawa this winter as part of the Dion Phaneuf deal. Some of the other players the Maple Leafs have signed out of college include, Tyler Bozak, Christian Hanson and Ben Scrivens. Obviously, Bozak has been a serviceable NHL’er, Scrivens has bounced around the NHL, but is still getting some ice time (now with the Montreal Canadiens) while Hanson (yes, he is related to the iconic “Hanson Brothers”) was nothing short of a bust. Some of the more successful free agent college signings include Bozak, Andy Greene, Ryan Carter, Teddy Purcell, Darroll Powe, Danny DeKeyser, Davis Drewiske, Matt Gilroy, Cam

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Leafs Prospects Give Fans Something To Believe In

March 1st, 2016 No Comments

In what was probably the first time in the history of the modern day franchise, the Toronto Maple Leafs had seven players making their Maple Leafs’ debut last night when the Blue and White faced off against Steven Stamkos and the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. Acquired via trades, Brooks Laich, Zach Hyman (NHL Debut) and Ben Smith found themselves inserted into last nights lineup, while five of Toronto’s most intriguing prospects in forwards William Nylander, Kasperi Kapanen, Nikita Soshnikov, goaltender Garret Sparks and defenseman Connor Carrick also dressed for the Maple Leafs. Nylander, Kapanen, Hyman and Soshnikov all made their NHL debuts and none of them disappointed. All four will likely represent a good portion of Toronto’s future success but, for the most part, with all due respect to the other kids, the fans were there to watch blue chip

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Trade Deadline: What To Expect From Brian Burke

February 27th, 2012 No Comments

With the trade deadline now in it’s final hours it appears as if Toronto Maple Leafs general manager would like to make a couple of moves, but given the lack of movement thus far, Burke may not be able to make anything of significance happen. A top-six forward (Rick Nash) and a goaltender (Evgeni Nabokov), look to be Burke’s biggest needs, but neither one of those players will be easy to pry away from their current teams. The names of Mikhail Grabovski (who is a UFA this summer), Clarke MacArthur (who has some value on the trade market) Nikolai Kulemin (who has struggled this season) and defenseman Luke Schenn look to be the three most likely candidates to be traded from the Maple Leafs, but don’t expect any of them to be had unless Burke’s asking price, which is likely

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Does The Ales Hemsky Deal Signal An End To Grabovski In Toronto?

February 25th, 2012 3 Comments

The recent signing of Ales Hemsky by the Edmonton Oilers brings to mind a quote from Forest Gump. “Stupid is as stupid does”, and the Edmonton Oilers look to have made a stupid move by signing Hemsky to a 2-year, $10 million deal. Hall of Fame forward Mike Modano let his feelings be known via twitter last night when he tweeted “2 yrs/10 million for Hemsky. Scored over 20 goals twice in 9yrs.. WTF..!!?”. Mr. Modano, I think you said it best and I must concur with your sentiments…”WTF..!!?” With Monday’s trade deadline fast approaching, there has been a lot of talk about Mikhail Grabovski’s future with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Initial reports indicated that Grabovski was looking for a long term deal that would see him make upwards of $5 million per season, which seemed out of line at

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