Author Archives: Thomas Waind

Throwback Thursday: the 2003-04 Washington Capitals

Let’s remember a few names. In honour of the Capitals finally making the Stanley Cup final, I thought I would look back at the roster that netted them the first overall pick in the 2004 draft and the right to draft Ovie. This team of studs went 23-46-10-3 (59 points) and set the foundation for one of the best regular season teams of the past decade.

Steve Konowalchuk

Konowalchuk was captain of this juggernaut Capitals squad… for 6 games. He was traded to the Colorado Avalanche with Washington’s third round pick in the 2004 draft (Casey Borer) to Colorado Avalanche for Bates Battaglia and Jonas Johansson. Since retiring in 2006 Konowalchuk became an assistant coach from 2009-2011 and served as the head coach for the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds from 2011-2017. The grit grinder is now an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks. Read more

What should the Raptors do with the NBA’s Coach of the Year?

Obviously it’s a terrible look to get swept in the second round as the conference’s 1 seed. It’s an even worse look to go 2-12 versus Lebron in the playoffs over the past three years (conference semis in 2016 (4-2), 2017 conference finals (4-0), 2018 conference semis (4-0). All of these tough losses have come in seasons where the Raptors were considered “contenders” because of the strong play of All Stars Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan with a rotating cast of solid role players. As the dust has settled on yet another playoff disappointment this year, while the Raptors core has taken their lumps, coach Dwane Casey and his future with the team has seemingly been pushed to the forefront. Read more

Should Mark Hunter get more buzz as Toronto’s next GM?

Ever since it was announced yesterday that Lou Lamoriello is stepping down as GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, rumours have been been swirling surrounding his potential successor. The dark horse pick seems to be Shanahan’s hand-picked man Kyle Dubas. The other internal option is Mark Hunter, but I think that it will shock a lot of people if Dubas wasn’t the pick. Considering Dubas is the poster boy of my current degree, Brock Sport Management, you would assume that I would be championing Dubas as my man to lead the Leafs to the promise land. But, as the title to this blog suggests, I’m going to make the case that Mark Hunter could be the better pick. Read more

2017-18 Toronto Maple Leafs Season Eulogy

I know that there’s been radio silence from me regarding the Toronto Maple Leafs since Wednesday’s crushing Game 7 loss. Well I’ve had a few days of soul searching and have decided that I’m going to continue wallow in misery because… well… I’m a Leafs fan. Of course there are reasons to be optimistic about the future of this young Leafs team. Forget that noise. All I know is that I’m miserable now and will probably be miserable tomorrow.

For full dramatic effect, hit play on the video above and read to the music.

On Wednesday April 25, 2018, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ season, a season that started out with so much promise, had the life extinguished from it far too early. There are many words used to describe the 2017-18 Toronto Maple Leafs: young, exciting, promising. The team finished with a team record 105 points with a 49-26-7 record. They entered the playoffs with the NHL’s 6th best record and finished 3rd in the Atlantic Division. But in the end they were, as always, disappointing.

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Bench Talk Episode 10: Mike Scott’s Emojis

(0:00-18:32) NHL Playoffs
(18:33) Ray’s Red Wings Draft Lottery Simulator
(20:13) NBA Payoffs
(41:54) Toronto Blue Jays Facebook Live Stream Discussion
(44:18) Big 15-5 Blue Jays win + some Luke Maile love
(48:33) The Yankees STINK
(51:57) Sporcle Quiz: Every Stanley Cup Final and Conn Smythe winner since 1980
(58:29) This or That
Pool or Beach
Hot Dogs or Burgers
Campfire or Patio
Favourite Lawn Games

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Leafs versus Bruins: 2018 First Round Series Primer

Before I get started, let’s just get this out of the way:

In 2012-13, Toronto’s top ten in ice-time were: Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak, James Van Riemsdyk, Cody Franson, Nikolai Kulemin, Carl Gunnarson, Mike Kostka, Nazem Kadri and Mark Fraser. Of that list only Bozak, JVR and Kadri remain and in completely different roles. It’s been five years. I’m over it. Apparently the trolls aren’t over it.

Regardless of the “4-0 sweeps” brackets filled out by homers from either side, this will be a tough series that will hopefully go seven games and be as entertaining as possible. For anyone trying to make sense of first round battle between the NHL’s 4th and 7th seeds (just how dumb is this playoff bracket format?) I’ll break down the matchup bit-by-bit and try to piece this thing together. Read more

Bench Talk Episode 9: Playoffs?!

 

(1:40) Toronto Blue Jays are hot
(7:50) Roberto Osuna’s 100th career save
(10:50) Shohei Otani aka The Japanese Babe Ruth
(14:31) Bartolo Colon International Man of Mystery
(16:50) Timberwolves vs. Nuggets
(24:10) Toronto Raptors Playoffs Outlook
(34:30) NHL Playoff Bracket Breakdown
(1:05:00) Cam calls in

For more NHL playoff coverage check out the Eastern Conference First Rund Preview from Cameron and the Western Preview from Ray:

EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF PREVIEW: FIRST ROUND BREAKDOWN AND PREDICTIONS

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF PREVIEW: FIRST ROUND BREAKDOWN AND PREDICTIONS

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