This week, we have seen the Laine/Matthews debate continue. It’s full of hot takes. A number of people believe Laine deserves the Calder Trophy because he’s a prolific scorer, while others believe that Matthews deserves it because of his complete game.
The Laine/Matthews debate is just surface of what has been a fierce Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets rivalry. The teams simply do not like each other. Adding Laine and Matthews into the fold thanks to 2016 lottery balls is a YUGE add for what could make for a potential Stanley Cup Final between the two teams.
I had the (Babcock voice) OPPORTUNITY to interview the creators of Babsocks, Jake Mednick and Thomas McCole. They have some merch planned, but couldn’t reveal what’s coming. McCole and Mednick are life-long Leafs fans, and stand for a number of great initiatives as they continue their venture with Babsocks.
So who do you think should win the Calder trophy? Laine or Matthews? What’s coming next for Babsocks?
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have had an interesting past couple of weeks. The team has gone 7-2-1 in their last ten games, but have given up leads in FOUR of their SIX recent games. The problem hasn’t been their lack of scoring. They’re averaging almost five goals per game. The problem hasn’t been their goaltending. Frederik Andersen has a .918 save percentage despite a forgettable 12-game start to the season! The problem has been the team taking the foot off the gas pedal after a period and a half.
Beneath their recent success has been a goaltending carousel. Jhonas Enroth was waived and sent to the Toronto Marlies. The Marlies had signed Karri Ramo to an Amateur Tryout, posting an unenticing 3.80 goals against average and an .880 save percentage in just three games. Antoine Bibeau posted a friendly .927 save percentage with a 1.99 goals against average in just two games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. And on January 10, the Leafs claimed goaltender Curtis McElhinney off of waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Continue reading Something Has to Give
February 1, 2015: Elliotte Friedman mentioned in 30 thoughts that contract talks have begun with Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly. Rielly, 21 has his contract ending at the conclusion of 2015-16 with an entry-level cap hit of $894 166. So what can the Leafs do with their top defenceman of the future?
Morgan Rielly can be considered as the Leafs’ top defenceman. Therefore, the Leafs can either lock him up long term or bridge him for the short term.
Continue reading Show Me the Money!!!
Will top forwards James van Riemsdyk or Nazem Kadri be shipped to the New Jersey Devils in a trade that includes Travis Zajac? It is certainly a puzzling idea of Travis Zajac rumoured to come to Toronto, but having only Zajac in return is highly unlikely. The idea of having Kadri shipped from the Leafs is hard to imagine, especially because Babcock has now given him a longer leash to thrive in the 200-foot game. Will it be JVR? Is Zajac realistically enough?
Continue reading Devils Cooling Down?
Friday, June 26, 2015 is the day of the NHL Draft in Florida. Who will be picked? Only time will tell. Sorry to remind the Sabres fans, but you most likely won’t be drafting McDavid, but Eichel is a great consolation. Below is my prediction of who will be drafted Top 10:
Continue reading 2015 Draft Prediction
Being a fan of any sports team is similar to a marriage. You have to “choose” a team to stick with, through losing (sickness) and winning (health). Fans have accepted the idea of being a fan of their favourite hockey team until death, even though it might be tough. Realizing that the process of winning a championship takes time, fans must be patient to watch their favourite team develop as a top contender. It takes time to draft top players and develop them to be the keystones of a team that could win the hardest trophy to win in sports. The Winnipeg Jets’ and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ fan bases are perfect examples of fans having to be patient of a team’s management that could bring success of winning the Stanley Cup.
Continue reading Marrying Your Favourite Team