Crumbling Leafs Part III: Scrutiny, Pressure and a Pinch of Self-Doubt

The only position in Toronto that sits upon a hotter seat is that of the lonely netminder.  The last line of defense is often the first victim of ire at the hands of the rabid media in Toronto.  Historically the most pressure-cooked position in the game of hockey, goalies in Toronto are even more highly-scrutinized for their every move.  It is such a tough market to play in as a goalie that several have it in their contracts that they can not be traded to the Leafs.  Budding stars like An.....

Crumbling Leafs, Part II: Underestimating the Power of Home-Grown Talent

There is no exact science to being successful in the NHL draft because you’re drafting 18 and 19 year-old kids who haven’t fully developed their talents.  You’re picking based on potential and projections.  Some teams have had successful track records over the years and some have not.  Toronto, at least in the last decade and a half, has not taken the world by storm when it comes to the draft.  Removing the last four drafts, because players need a few years to reach their potential,.....

Crumbling Leafs: Perpetual Failure at the Center of the Hockey Universe

Part I: Respecting Your Elders Riding the wake of the latest NHL lockout, Canada’s favourite water cooler punch line, the Toronto Maple Leafs, have slinked into yet another closely-scrutinized campaign.  Shortly after news broke about the conclusion of the agonizing lockout, the Maple Leafs stole headlines by firing their cantankerous GM Brian Burke, a mere 10 days before the opening night puck drop.  It wasn’t the fact that Burke was let go that shocked the hockey world......