Tag: Maple Leafs

2016, Hockey, Personal, Sports

Am I Still a Leafs Fan?

As I find myself wrapped up in the success of The Blue Jays so far this playoff, and eagerly awaiting the NBA season, I wonder to myself if I still care about the Maple Leafs, this at a time when there is more legitimate optimism around the team than perhaps there ever has been before …

Hockey, Sports

Top 33 Maple Leafs Draft Picks of All Time

More than a little while ago now (this past summer), Scott Wheeler (of PPP, etc.) claimed that Mitch Marner might be the most talented hockey player ever drafted by the Maple Leafs. And now that the Leafs have the #1 overall pick for the first time in over 30 years, Marner might be only the …

2015, Hockey, Sports

Your 2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs

[So I accidentally published this before I was done. Um, oops. This is now the complete version.] I watched as little of the Leafs this year as I have since I was 16, more than half my life ago. I did this becuse Burke and then Nonis killed my passion for the team after JFJ …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis is Over!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Here is an assessment I pretty much completely agree with. I am not writing my own at this time because I am currently working on two other hockey posts I hope to have published very soon.

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Casey Bailey

The Leafs are continuing to sign amateur / international pro prospects to dry and find a diamond in the rough. Maple Leafs get: Casey Bailey, 23, RW: Entry level contract, which will last two years past this season because he is going to play now; 45G, 35A for 80P in 96 NCAA games; Led Penn …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Nikita Soshnikov

The Leafs have signed 21-year-old Russian forward Nikita Soshnikov to a three-year entry level contract. This is reminiscent of the March signings of US college free agents that Burke helped pioneer a number of years ago (and that left the Leafs with Tyler Bozak) only Soshnikov is playing in the pros. Leafs get: Nikita Soshnikov, …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: The Clarkson Trade

YaaaaaaaaaaaHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Blue Jackets get: David Clarkson, 30, RW: $5.75 mil per season until 2020 15G, 11A for 26P, -25; 14:29 ATOI in 118 games for the Leafs 82-game average: 17G, 12A for 30P, -9; 14:12 ATOI Leafs get: Nathan Horton, 29, RW: $5.3 mil per season until 2020 5G, 14A for 19P, -3; 15:27 ATOI …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: The Winnik Trade

Penguins get: Daniel Winnik, 29, LW/C: UFA 7G, 18A for 25P, +15; 16:50 ATOI in 58 games with the Leafs 82-game average: 8G, 18A for 26P, +3; 15:20 ATOI Leafs get: Zach Sill, 26, C: UFA 1G, 2A for 3P, -7; 8:18 ATOI in 42 games with the Pens 33, 40 277 82-game AHL average: …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: The Second Franson Trade

After not having any idea what to do with him for most of his tenure, the Maple Leafs have moved Cody Franson back to his original team. Let’s look at the trade. Predators get: Cody Franson, 27, D: UFA 20G, 95A for 115P, -24; 19:24 ATOI in 236 games for the Leafs 82-game average: 7G, …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Ashton and Broll

It has been literally ages since I wrote one of these posts, in part because it’s so hard to fucking care any more and in part because, frankly, nothing has been done in some time. I mean, with the exception of firing Carlyle – the benefits of which have been documented well elsewhere – Nonis …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

David Clarkson is the Worst

Just in case you didn’t know this when the signing happened, and just in case you didn’t know this from watching the Leafs, there is now definitive proof that David Clarkson cannot pass. The highlights from this article from Pension Plan Puppets include: David Clarkson cannot pass; Clarkson has only 10 assists in his career …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Jake Gardiner

I think it’s safe to say that Nonis has had a pretty mediocre summer. No, he didn’t break the bank on any underwhelming free agents, like he did last year, but he also didn’t demonstrably improve the Leafs in any significant way – if anything they are shallower than they were last season – and …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Bodie, Kontiola, Santorelli

I’ve been busy lately and didn’t have time to comment on the Leafs signings of last week. Well, now’s the time: Leafs Re-Sign Troy Bodie, RW, 29, $600,000 for one year Last season: 3G, 7A for 10P, +5 in 47 games, 8:37 ATOI; Career: 9G, 12A for 21P -10 in 154 games, 8:40 ATOI; 82-game average: …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Leo Komarov

After doing absolutely nothing on the first day of free agency – which is alright by me – Nonis signed ex-Leaf Leo Komarov to a 4 year, $11.8 mil deal. To which I say, I liked Komarov, but why exactly is he getting nearly $3 mil per season? Let’s remember Komarov’s one and only NHL …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Stephane Robidas

Nonis’ biggest free agent signing yesterday was Stephane Robidas, a 36-year-old D, who I used to love, who broke his leg multiple times last season. The price was cheap for his ability (when healthy), at $3 million per season, but the term is long for someone his age (3 years) and he’s over 35, so …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Roman Polak

I messed up with my draft summary the other day, I’m sorry to say. I somehow completely missed a trade Nonis made Saturday morning. Oops. St. Louis gets: Carl Gunnarsson, 27, D: 20:14 ATOI; 15G, 71A for 86P, +15 in 304 games $3.15 mil per season until 2016 (but Leafs pay retain $200,000 of his salary) …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: The Maple Leafs’ 2014 Draft

The Leafs missed the playoffs for the 8th time in 9 seasons and, as a result of that failure to improve in any tangible way over the last decade, the Leafs were handed their 3rd Top 10 pick since 2008 (though it should have been their 5th Top 10 pick, but that’s another story). So …

Hockey, Sports

2013-14 Toronto Maple Leafs Review

I must admit, I am pretty much done with the Leafs at this point. Not so much the team, but management. Both Burke and Nonis have made numerous avoidable mistakes – Nonis is making Burke look practically visionary so far – and the Leafs haven’t been a playoff team in a decade. (We should regard …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Mark Fraser

Oilers Get: Mark Fraser, 27, D: By any stretch of the imagination, Fraser had a career year last season. He had been a depth / AHL D for his entire career before Burke picked him up for minor league depth. He was one of Carlyle’s two experiments on the backend last season (the one that …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Dion Phaneuf and the Liles Trade

On New Year’s Eve the Leafs extended Dion Phaneuf. On Year’s Eve they traded John-Michael Liles and a prospect for Tim Gleason. First, the Phaneuf deal: The Leafs signed Phaneuf to a $49 million, 7 year deal. It’s a tiny raise, in sports terms. In terms of Cap hits, the only people making the same …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

Steen’s Hot Start

I know Steen’s hot start this year is unsustainable and likely going to end very soon – his GPG is currently .93 on the season! But I can’t help regretting that the Leafs let him go and, moreover, that I supported the move at the time. I supported the move at the time because I …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: 2013-14 Maple Leafs Season Preview

I feel somewhat embarassed to say that I completely missed the Franson extension that I had been hammering my drum about. All I can say is that it’s been busy at work lately, and I have had less energy to read NHL transaction logs at night. As previously, I am relying on Capgeek’s depth chart …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

Extending Franson and Kessel

I have been a little busy lately and for that I apologize. The primary reason for the business – as pertains to this blog – will be revealed shortly. (Ooh, the mystery!) And I regret to say that my 2013-14 Leafs Preview will be late this year. I haven’t had the time but hopefully it …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

Why did the Leafs even trade for Cody Franson?

On July 3, 2011 Brian Burke made one of the best trades of his tenure. He traded away the following players to the Predators: Brett Lebda, who had managed 540 minutes of playing time the previous season, where he was the 8th D and managed a -14; Robert Slaney, a career minor leaguer who at …

Hockey, Sports

Leafs Extend Kadri

So the Leafs finally extended Kadri, to the tune of $2.9 mil per year for two years. Incredibly this makes Kadri the 7th highest paid forward on the team. But I think that speaks more to mismanagement of other contracts than to the inappropriateness of this one. This is a smart deal: we can see …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

And the hits just keep on coming: The Leafs Extend Mark Fraser

So the Leafs avoided arbitration with…Mark Fraser. Most of us were hoping that sentence ended with Nazem Kadri but alas, it does not. The 1 year, $1.275 mil salary is a raise of 100% which is surely fitting in this market because of his career year. But I think we have to think about Fraser …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Paul Ranger: Oops

Remember that post I wrote the other day about how the Leafs were making it very difficult for themselves to extend Franson and Kadri? Well it just got harder: the Leafs just re-signed the illustrious Paul Ranger to a one year / $1 mil deal. Now, he played for the Marlies last season so here’s …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

Gunnarsson and the Leafs financial flexibility

I am happy to see Gunnarsson re-signed for a reasonable amount of money: 3 years @ $3.15 mil. As I have said elsewhere, I think he has been the most consistent Leafs D for a couple of years now. The salary is a substantial raise, but what else could we have expected? Gunnarsson and his agent …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

Free Agent Frenzy: Nonis panics and signs players he doesn’t even need

Consider the following four NHL players: Player A 27 years old 238 regular season games 82 game average: 18G, 28A, -14, 19:20 ATOI Player B 29 years old 426 regular season games 82 game average: 19G, 14A, -6, 14:07 ATOI Player C 29 years old 367 regular season games 82 game average: 21G, 28A, -2, …