Is Hockey Coming Back This Season?

They’re calling it COVID fatigue. It’s not that people are relaxing, it’s simply that folks have been locked down for so long that they just want to do things that give them a sense of normalcy again. Like Christmas shopping, or giving somebody a hug. You know, all those terrible things we aren’t allowed to … Read more

Draft Re-cap and Free Agency

The Draft  Small, skilled wingers, offensive defenders that need to work on defending, and a few 5’9” centres were chosen by the Leafs at the draft.  Smart, smart players that were a steal for the Leafs…… apparently.  That’s all I have for you on that. I really do hope some of these picks turn into … Read more

Free Agents, The Draft And The Expansion Draft

The NHL Entry Draft (Oct 6-7) and Free Agency (Oct 9) are quickly approaching, and, spoiler alert, Alex Pietrangelo isn’t about to be a Toronto Maple Leaf.  Can I say that with any kind of certainty?  Yes. Yes, I can.  You’ve read it all before but I’ll do a quick recap anyway.  Yes, technically they … Read more

Identity Pt 4: Goalies, Coaches And Above All, Management

To truly change the culture and identity of an organization you need time, stability, and a clear and concise vision of what you want that identity to be.  As of this date I don’t believe that vision exists within the management group.  After Brendan Shannahan was hired as President and Alternate Governor a lot of … Read more

Identity Pt. 2: Leafs Forwards

As we all know, the identity of a team doesn’t lie within a single player, coach, or somebody in management. It’s something an organization carries with them throughout years and, much of the time, decades.  It takes an impossibly long time to build, and thus becomes something that’s ingrained within the fibers of the jersey, … Read more

Identity

Identity: the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.  We’re told that this core of Toronto Maple Leafs are still looking for their identity. When we talk about teams and their identity we often grasp at obscure concepts rather than concrete definitions. Terms such as “gritty” and “heart” get thrown around, … Read more

NHL Officially Suspends The 2019-2020 Season

Following the NBA’s decision last night the NHL has opted to suspend the 2019-2020 Season effective immediately. For how long? Nobody really knows. However, it’s tough to disagree with this decision from the NHL. The health of the players and their families, the staff that works in and around the games, media and fans, is … Read more

Puckin Leafs | Blue’s “Bag of Pucks” Mailbag

The first question for this week’s installment of Blue’s “Bag of Pucks” mailbag comes from Tommy Cat via Twitter: What Leaf special team are you most disappointed in this year? — Tommy Cat (@TommyCa59436681) March 8, 2020 This isn’t even close for me, it’s the penalty kill.  As of this writing the Leafs have a … Read more