By: Adam Rosenbaum
t’s hard to be much more hockey than the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The franchise, in its first season, won the National Hockey League’s first Stanley Cup. Only the Montreal Canadiens have won more than the Leafs’ 13 cups. The city is home to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Toronto Maple Leafs Big Three of Leo Komarov, Tyler Bozak, and James van Riemsdyk are all set to hit unrestricted free agency this summer. No one really knows which direction Toronto is going to go with the three. In a perfect world, the Maple Leafs would most likely re-sign all three – but they live in the cap world and with Toronto’s cap situation clouded with question marks because of the extensions due to some of their young stars, Toronto is going to have to walk away from one, or a few, of their veteran free agents.
This season is the first time in a long time that the Toronto Maple Leafs are clearly buyers at the NHL Trade Deadline. For years Toronto has sold their assets at the deadline for picks and young players. This year could be different.
Look, we all sadly know the NHL won’t be sending its players to the Olympics for the first time since 1994. It sucks, in all honesty. My entire life all I have ever known and seen is the best players in the world playing, well, the best players in the world. Canada will be looking for a three-peat, and its fourth gold in five Olympics, not to mention a World Cup of Hockey win in 2016. This time however, the team is made up of names some may remember. Mason Raymond, Derek Roy, Ben Scrivens, just to name a few. For people who are curious on what they will see, here’s a link to the full roster:
The Ottawa Senators made a splash a week or so ago when they acquired Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene in a three-team deal. The Senators showed they are in it to win this year, shipping off prospects, to Colorado and centre Kyle Turris to Nashville. Nashville would send prospects and draft picks of their own.
It is with great sadness that the late, great Roy Halladay has passed away at the young age of 40. Halladay is survived by his loving wife Brandy, and two sons Ryan and Braden.
23. Yes, I’m aware that isn’t the number up in in title, but I think that makes it all the more amazing. Isn’t it crazy to be so young, yet so talented? Think back Leaf fans… when was the last time we had a true number one defensemen? And I don’t mean guys like Dion, and Kaberle. As good...