Maple Leafs: John Tavares Named Team Captain

The Toronto Maple Leafs have named John Tavares their new team captain. By the time the new captain took the ice on Wednesday’s season opener against the Ottawa Senators, the news surprised nobody. But for a time there were theatrics about the decision, with Auston Matthews batted around as a possible captain. That did notContinue reading “Maple Leafs: John Tavares Named Team Captain”

2019-2020 Season Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs

It was another hot summer for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team that never ceases to make headlines. Whether it was the overdue Mitch Marner contract, which will be contested ad infinitum, or the alleged pants-dropping actions of Auston Matthews and the story still unfolding out of Arizona, the Six is certainly in the news.Continue reading “2019-2020 Season Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs”

What Went Wrong: Toronto Maple Leafs

Expectations were high for the Toronto Maple Leafs going into the 2018-2019 season, what with the arrival of John Tavares from the New York Islanders in July of 2018 and the preceding saga to sign William Nylander taking up an awful lot of press. The 23-year-old didn’t sign a contract until the last minute onContinue reading “What Went Wrong: Toronto Maple Leafs”

What Went Wrong: New York Islanders

The New York Islanders entered life without John Tavares and made themselves into a better hockey team, finishing the 2018-2019 season with a 48-27-7 record. That marked a vast improvement on their 35-37-10 record a year prior. The Islanders finished 2018-2019 with 103 points, good for fourth in the Eastern Conference and second to theContinue reading “What Went Wrong: New York Islanders”

Maple Leafs: Will Signing Bonuses Entice Mitch Marner?

For the Toronto Maple Leafs, Friday was all about positioning. As most know by now, the Maple Leafs signed Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson to extensions and solidified their market position ahead of offering a deal to Mitch Marner. Both deals are front-loaded, which is Kyle Dubas’ big advantage going into the free agent signingContinue reading “Maple Leafs: Will Signing Bonuses Entice Mitch Marner?”