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The Jersday Blog November 22, 2018

The Weekly Jersey Round-Up

Limited Edition Calvin Johnson Blue on Blue Detroit Lions Nike Jersey

This is one of my favourite submissions so far. Just a sweet Detroit Lions look coming in hot on Thanksgiving Thursday. The Lions definitely could’ve used Johnson today considering they lost 23-16 to Chase Daniels this afternoon. Since trading Golden Tate to the Eagles the Lions top receiver is… Kenny Golladay?

I’m sure the 33 year old Johnson could still suit up and probably dominate. When Megatron retired two years ago, he left on top of the game. Johnson, along with Marvin Harrison, Torry Holt, and Antonio Brown are the only receivers with seasons of 1,600 yards receiving. In 2012 Johnson broke the record for the most receiving yards in a single season with 1,964 yards. At his peak he was a 6’5″ beast who could run, jump and catch with the best of them.

 

Boone Jenner Oshawa Generals Reebok Jersey

Boone Jenner straight out of the Shwa. I’m a huge fan of junior hockey jerseys and Jenner is no exception. I’m curious as to what level of Jenner/Coloumbus/Oshawa fan you’d have to be to scoop this one up. Oshawa Generals jerseys have a clean classic look and are probably one of my favourite OHL sweaters. The more I think about it I’m all about this jersey. Jenner is the perfect intersection of grit, scoring, obscure and is just low-key good.

Colin Kaepernick San Fransisco 49ers Jersey

If you don’t sympathize with the plight of Colin Kaepernick then you’re kind of an ass hole. He’s good enough that he should at least be on a roster. In 2016 he had a 90.7 Quarterback Rating which would be 20th in the league this year sandwiched between Matt Stafford and Andy Dalton. Now Kap has never been as great as he showed in that 2012 Super Bowl run, but when he had it going the guy played like a god damn video game. Decent arm, had some size and could run like the wind. Just a fun, fun player to watch.

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Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs Reebok Winter Classic Jersey

The Leafs are third in the NHL despite having Matthews stapled to IR since October 27th. This team is a wagon, Autson Matthews is a stud (10 goals in 11 games noooot a big deeeeeal) and it finally feels like its all coming together for the Leafs. This Winter Classic jersey bangs.

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Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs Adidas Jersey

I just realized I only own point guard jerseys. I guess you don’t see your patterns until its right in front of you. I have Steve Nash, Jose Calderon, Spud Webb, Cory Joseph, Damian Lillard and Tony Parker. It’s like I’ve unintentionally boycotted dunking. Regardless of my point guard fetish, I think the Tony Parker jersey plays. 4 time NBA champ, 2007 Finals MVP and a 6-time all-star.

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Autographed Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors Jersey

Ibaka’s resurgence has been a huge part of the Raptor’s scorching hot 15-4 start. The guy is blocking shots and working in the paint like a maniac. He hasn’t been this effective since the Thunder had Durant and Harden (laugh out loud hilarious that the Thunder chose to pay Ibaka over Harden (laugh out laugh hilarious that the Magic traded Oladipo for Ibaka (laugh out loud hilarious that the Thunder flipped Oladipo for Paul George))).

After a questionable first year and a half into his Raptors tenure, Ibaka is now dominating on the court and in the kitchen. Bon Apetit.

Ron Francis Hartford Whalers Jersey

Shout out to Doctor Hyatt! An esteemed professor in Brock University’s sport management program, Hyatt’s love for the Hartford Whalers is only matched by his love for Tim Raines and the Houston Astrodome. Listening to his lectures in second year History of Pro Sport (yes that was a real class) were some of the funniest and most informative rants that I have ever witnessed. Tim Raines is only in the Hall of Fame because of champions like Hyatt fighting for his cause. And if he had his way, the Hartford Whalers would be back in the NHL. Hyatt Fun Fact of the Day: the Hartford Whalers logo contains a whale tail, the letter “W”, AND the letter “H” is hidden in the middle of the logo. Fascinating stuff.

Jersey Dump

These are beautiful. Buckeyes haven’t been relevant since Jared Sullinger but these jerseys queue their comeback. Bad teams don’t wear jerseys this nice.

These jerseys land square in the middle in the Venn Diagram of my Yankee hate and Notre Dame hate.

The NFL needs more colour rush… Bring back colour rush Thursdays!

 

Throwback to a time when the Bills still didn’t win the Super Bowl! Still nice though.

 

Gonna have to pop on a Beltre jersey. Just don’t know which team it’d be…

I don’t love the Marlins new look. It’s better than the bright orange era but definitely worse than their 90’s look.

Probably a decent call to get rid of the Chief Wahoo logo. Big fan of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitar patch on the sleeve. Cleveland Rocks.

 

I saw some hate on the powder blues on Twitter but I’m a big fan.

These make me dizzy and nauseous.

Mike Modano, Eddie the Eagle, Jere Lehtinen, Sergei Zubov, Derian Hatcher. Now that is Texas hockey.

If you want to show off a sweet jersey or want to put a buddy with a jersey-buying problem on blast, be sure to send your submissions to me over Twitter @twaind4

NHL Week In Review – Joel Quenneville, The Resilient Red Wings, And The Senators Wild Ride

Hello, beautiful Bench-Lifers. I am back again for another look at the biggest NHL storylines from the past week. There was a ton to talk about during the past seven days so let’s jump right in.

Blackhawk Down

A new day has dawned for the Chicago Blackhawks. On Tuesday morning, in the midst of a five-game losing streak, the team fired long-time head coach Joel Quenneville. The mustachioed bench boss was the longest-tenured coach in the NHL at the time of his firing and had won three Stanley Cup championships over his 10 seasons with the team. Jeremy Colliton, who was coaching the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL, was named his successor and became the youngest coach in the league at 38-years-old.

Quenneville is the second-winningest coach in NHL history (890 wins), trailing only the legendary Scotty Bowman (1,244 wins). Ironically enough, the Bowman regime has a massive part to play in this whole scenario. Stan Bowman, the Blackhawks general manager (and Scotty’s son), butted-heads with Quenneville over organizational matters throughout the entirety of their working relationship. Mark Lazerus has a fantastic piece about the whole situation on The Athletic, but basically, there were three main points of contention that the article covered.

  1. In the 2011-12 season, Bowman forced Barry Smith upon Quenneville as an assistant coach. Scotty Bowman was a senior advisor in the organization at the time and Smith was an old friend who had coached with him for over 15 seasons. The decision infuriated Quenneville and started a theme of resentment between him and the Bowman clan. Interestingly enough, Smith was immediately brought back this past week as an assistant coach once Quenneville was canned.
  2. At the end of the 2016-17 season, Quenneville’s best friend/assistant coach Mike Kitchen was fired by Bowman. The two started coaching together in 1998 with the St. Louis Blues and had spent over 12 seasons alongside one another behind the bench.
  3. Bowman had made some trades that Quenneville vehemently disagreed with over the past few years, most notably, the Niklas Hjalmarsson and Artemi Panarin deals.

The way I see it is that Bowman saved his own ass by firing Quenneville. Apparently, that is how former Blackhawks’ tough guy Daniel Carcillo sees it too.

Now, the head coach was not perfect by any means. He was not some infallible deity that could do no wrong with the hockey gods. Quenneville routinely frustrated fans by showing blind loyalty to veteran players while youthful talent waited for their chance. The Blackhawks had first-round exits in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons before completely bottoming-out last year. Due to this, changes definitely had to be made. With that being said, Bowman is more responsible for an under-performing roster than Quenneville was.

The head coach did not trade Hjalmarsson to the Coyotes nor did he make the Panarin for Brandon Saad swap. He did not trade Teuvo Teravainen, Philip Danault, or Vinnie Hinistroza in the past two years. The general manager is responsible for those moves. Furthermore, Bowman inherited his Cup-winning core from Dale Tallon when he was hired in 2009. He did not draft Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, or Corey Crawford. Likewise, Bowman responded to the Blackhawks’ worst season in a decade by signing Chris Kunitz, Brandon Manning, and Cam Ward this past offseason. Talk about some real game changers.

Negativity aside, I fully believe Bowman deserves credit for the moves he made during the 2012-13 and 2014-15 Cup wins. Players like Johnny Oduya, Michal Handzus, and Antoine Vermette were integral playoff pieces and shrewd acquisitions.

All of this adds up to the Blackhawks losing the first two games of Colliton’s NHL coaching career. Their losing streak now sits at seven games. After a 6-2-2 start, their record sits at 6-8-3. Quenneville was caught up in a power struggle, and he ultimately deserved a better fate. Regardless, he will be able to coach again any time he wants to as certain teams are likely drooling at the thought of bringing him in. Quenneville will be fine. I am not sure the same can be said about the Blackhawks.

Comebacks And Curly Fries In The Motor City

Before saying anything else, the Detroit Red Wings are not a good team. I am a diehard fan myself, and while they have been incredibly fun lately, I am not mistaking them for a team with realistic playoff aspirations.

With that being said, OH MY GOD THE RED WINGS REBUILD IS IN FULL SWING! WE’LL BE BACK IN NO TIME! IN LARKIN WE TRUST!

*ahem*

Yes, the Red Wings have won six of their last seven games after a dismal 1-7-2 start to the year. They have won three straight games despite trailing by multiple goals in each contest. It is the first time in franchise history that the team has accomplished such a feat. Up front, there have been fantastic performances from some of their young leaders. In particular, Dylan Larkin is playing like an absolute stud. He has seven goals and 10 assists through 17 games this season including the overtime winner against the New York Rangers on Friday.

Similarly, Andreas Athanasiou has been dangerous on a nightly basis. He has four points in his past two games and 10 points through 13 games this season. On Saturday, Anthony Mantha single-handedly spearheaded the comeback against the Carolina Hurricanes with two goals in the third period. Tyler Bertuzzi has shown he belongs at the NHL level and 2017 first-round pick Michael Rasmussen has delivered tantalizing flashes of his power-forward potential.

With that in mind, perhaps the best part about the whole start to the season has been 2016 first-round pick Dennis Cholowski on the back end. On draft night, many fans (including myself) were skeptical when the team traded down, jettisoning Pavel Datsyuk’s contract to the Arizona Coyotes, but passing on Jakob Chychrun in the process. Cholowski was a moderately unknown commodity at the time as he played in the BCHL during his draft year. On the other hand, Chychrun had been considered a top-10 pick early on in 2016 while playing for the Sarnia Sting in the OHL. Cholowski surprised many people out of training camp this season and ultimately wound up on the team for opening night. Since then, all he has done is impress with two goals, six assists, and a poise that far exceeded expectations.

Again, the Red Wings are not good. This is a team that was so bad early on in the season, that Arby’s changed a decade-old curly fries promotion. In years past, fans would get a free order of curly fries whenever a Red Wings player scored a hat trick. All they had to do was bring in a box score of the game. Now, Arby’s is giving away a free order of curly fries whenever the Red Wings score three goals in a game. There is lowering the bar, and then there is that. But hey, since the changeover the Red Wings have scored at least three goals in seven of eight games. All praise the power of the curly fry.

The Uber Ride Heard ‘Round The World

At this point, I hope we all know what happened. If not, here is the video. During a road trip to Arizona in late October, several Ottawa Senators players were unknowingly recorded by their Uber driver as they mocked their coaching staff in a five-minute rant. Matt Duchene was the most vocal of the bunch and continuously mentioned how clueless assistant coach Martin Raymond was while Chris Wideman and Thomas Chabot laughed at the team’s inefficient penalty killing.

Now, this is not a great situation, especially for a franchise that has had such a tumultuous year. It is embarrassing for the players and provided an unnecessary headache in an already challenging season. With that being said, I thought this whole ordeal was blown way out of proportion. I mean, who hasn’t badmouthed a co-worker, customer or boss before? The difference is, if you knew you were being recorded, you probably would have kept your opinions to yourself. Gerard Gallant, head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights, had a great take on the situation when asked by a Toronto Sun reporter.

“All the players talk about coaches all the time, believe me, and vice versa.” He paused to laugh. “We talk about them too.”

Obviously! It is cliche, but you cannot please everyone. A hockey team consists of a ton of individuals having to try and work together to achieve a common goal. Not everybody is going agree with the methods, and in return, they will vent about it in privacy. This video never should have surfaced because all it is are athletes voicing their frustrations.

Thankfully, the Senators won two of their four games this week, including a wild comeback against the powerful Tampa Bay Lightning. Things would have been brutal if they went on a massive losing streak after this media firestorm.

I will say, one positive from the whole situation is that this tweet was made (sorry Sens fans).

Fabulous Firsts

These players scored the first NHL goal of their careers this week: Denis Gurianov (DAL), Brett Seney (NJD), Jeremy Lauzon (BOS).

Quick Hits

The Boston Bruins top line of Brad Marchand (2G,3A), Patrice Bergeron (2G,4A), and David Pastrnak (5G,2A) absolutely dominated during four games this week. The trio has accounted for 58% of the Bruins goals this season (31/53). They are simply terrific.

Continuing on with the Bruins, shoutout to Jaroslav Halak who has been downright magnificent with Beantown this season. Halak has posted a 6-1-2 record with a 1.77 goals-against average, .945 save percentage, and two shutouts to start 2018-19. Aside from a five-goal clunker against the Canucks on Thursday, he has been practically unbeatable. Tuukka Rask remains on personal leave which means Halak is manning the crease for the near future.

The Minnesota Wild have been quietly formidable through their first portion of the season. They are riding an 8-2-0 record in their last 10 games and sit at 11-4-2 on the year. Zach Parise’s resurgence has been a big part of their success. He has delivered seven goals and nine assists through his first 17 games after posting back-to-back seasons with less than 50 points. Here’s hoping he stays healthy!

William Nylander continues to play the waiting game with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The slick Swedish forward has until 5PM on December 1st to sign a contract or else he will be ineligible to play this season. Both parties are apparently still quite far apart with the financials. I understand the hesitation from Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas. 1). This is his first big contract dispute as an NHL general manager. If he caves and gives Nylander a big contract, agents will prey on him for years to come. 2). He has to try his best to get Nylander signed to a reasonable contract that will not handcuff the team’s financial abilities in the future. Apparently, the Leafs have reached out to possible trade partners in recent days. Dubas has continuously stated that he will not trade Nylander, but with the clock ticking, desperation may set in during the coming weeks. Not having Nylander playing and/or not having assets in return would severely hurt the Leafs chances of getting past Tampa Bay and Boston in the playoffs this season.

A couple of streaks were extended for Florida Panthers players on Sunday evening. Mike Hoffman and Evgenii Dadonov both picked up an assist during a 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. This extended their point streaks to 12 and 11 games, respectively. The two have formed a daunting unit with Aleksander Barkov on the top line.

The Nashville Predators have become the third team in NHL history to win their first eight road games of the season. Last year’s President Trophy winners are well on their way to another magnificent campaign. They sit atop the NHL standings with a 13-3-0 record and are currently rolling on a five-game win streak.

About three weeks ago, New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle announced that his leukemia was in remission. Boyle was diagnosed with the disease back in 2017. On Tuesday, which was coincidentally Hockey Fights Cancer night in Pittsburgh, Boyle scored the first hat trick of his 705-game NHL career. Sometimes sports can be pure poetry. What a touching moment for Boyle and his family. Good luck to him the rest of the season.

Milestone Makers

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton played in his 1500th career game on Thursday night during a 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars.

Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise scored the 700th point of his career on Thursday night during a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Patrick Marleau picked up the 600th assist of his career on Friday night during a 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Thanks for reading and see you next week!

The Jersday Blog November 8, 2018

Jersey Round-Up

Buddy Hield New Orleans Pelicans Alternate Adidas Jersey

Buddy Buckets baby. Is there a riskier lottery pick than the limitless range college assassin? For every Steph Curry there seems to be hundreds of busts like Jimmer Fredette, Doug McDermott and Nik Stauskas.

Buddy is still young enough that he could still figure it out and develop into a CJ McCollum type game breaker. It was probably a bit of a stretch for the Kings to make him the centre piece of the Boogie Cousins trade but the offensive upside still remains.

I’m not a huge fan of the Pelicans jerseys or colour scheme in general so for me to pick one up it would purely be because of the name on the back. The shortlist of Pelicans that move the needle for me: Anthony Davis, Demarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, any Lance Stephenson jersey plays, Jimmer Freddette (a bust but a legend) and Buddy Hield. If you don’t think Buddy is worth your hard earned cash soak up some of these college highlights:

Oklahoma Buddy Hield was a tsunami of buckets.

Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers Away Adidas Jersey

I like the cut of Damian Lillard’s gib. He’s an all-star calibre point guard who is just on the outside looking in when it comes to the upper echelon of point guards. While some players would be content with that standing and the paycheque it comes with, Dame Dolla plays with a chip on his shoulder. Whether he’s spitting bars or hitting game winning jumpers, Lillard’s a fun guy to root for.

This is one of my favourite jerseys in my closet because of Portland’s unique and sleek design. Also Lillard is a good enough player that people want to rock his jersey and just fringy enough to impress some basketball fans. Plus I got this one super cheap from the NBA store when the league was shifting to the Nike brand so every old Adidas jersey was on clearance. Pro tip: keep an eye on the MLB or any team stores when the league shifts from Majestic to Under Armour in the winter of 2020.

Lebron James Cleveland Cavaliers Mid-2000s Away Adidas Jersey

The 2000’s Cavaliers jerseys are so bland and inoffensive it’s hard to really love them. The 2000’s in general were a time for pale colours, bland designs and mediocre logos. But wearing this era of Lebron jersey really shows that my boy Mikey G as a day one Lebron fan. Before Lebron gained 50 pounds, won his rings and moved to LA, he was a high-flying freak who carried the decrepit corpse of a Cavs roster to the 2007 NBA Finals. Championship Lebron had Wade, Bosh, Kyrie and Love. 2007 Lebron had Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes and Zydrunas Ilgauskas. 2007 Lebron was my favourite Lebron.

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Phil Kessel Toronto Maple Leafs Alternate Reebok Jersey

If you don’t love me at my:

Then you don’t deserve me at my:

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Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup champion. Deal with it Steve Simmons.

Any Leafs fan with a jersey circa 2016 (the year of our saviour Auston Matthews) is a true ride or die fan.

Steve Yzerman 1984 Campbell Division All-Star Jersey

Ray continues to hit home runs with his jersey game. This Yzerman jersey brings some major heat. When Yzerman wore this jersey in 1984, he was the the third-youngest to play in an NHL All-Star Game at 18 years and 267 days old. Per Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com:

“He was the third-youngest to play in an NHL All-Star Game, after Fleming Mackell of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1947 (18 years, 166 days) and Larry Hillman of the Red Wings in 1955 (18 years, 259 days). But Yzerman was the youngest to play in an All-Star Game who wasn’t a member of a defending Stanley Cup champion, which was the old format.

Not until Jan. 30, 2011, when Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner played in the All-Star Game at age 18 years, 259 days, did someone younger do it.

He found himself in the locker room at the All-Star Game with Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey, Grant Fuhr, Wayne Gretzky, Lanny McDonald, Mark Messier and Denis Savard, with whom he now is enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.”

Charlie Conway Mighty Ducks Jersey

The Charlie Conway jersey seen around the world:

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As someone with a front row seat to this scene, I can say with certainty that this video from the 2017 Brock St. Patties Day must be the hardest that someone has been hit by a door. Once you get past the linebacker trying to run through the door and the unsuspecting recipient of the door’s wrath, it is obvious that the star of this video is Adam AKA the laughing captain Charlie Conway.

The Weekly Jersey Dump

I had these Heat ranked as my number one in my quick hitting City Jersey Power Rankings last week. I’ll dedicate a whole blog to the jerseys once they’ve all been released.

The Cavaliers continue to be a punching bag. While I like that they didn’t play it safe with their City Jerseys… they maybe should’ve played it safe with their City Jerseys.

Pandering to the huge Chinese basketball market is never a bad idea. Money is money.

I’m not a big camo guy so these jerseys don’t  really do it for me. I’m sure the intersection of hype beasts and hoops fans will gobble these up.

 

 

Fortnite! Football! Sure!

These are actually pretty cool!

So are these!

These are not!

The Red Wings jersey is basic, the Bruins jersey has too much going on, the Leafs jerseys are rip-offs of the old Summit Series jerseys,

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the Rangers jerseys look like Tommy Hilfiger sweaters, the Black Hawks are just gross looking and Montreal…just sucks. Good for the NHL to try something new with their video game-exclusive jerseys, but the end result looks like they’re not even trying.

 

Speaking of not trying, what’s up with Tampa Bays new jerseys?

The Kings alternate is fine if not unspectacular. The St. Pats jerseys always seem to play with the hockey jersey crowd when the Leafs bring them back.

These are very sharp. My early impression is that I think that they’re my favourite Bruins Stadium Series/Winter Classic jerseys to date. Which is saying a lot because the Bruins always seem to hit these out of the park.

**Update because jersey news doesn’t rest**

The Toronto Raptors may as well just take my money right now.

These are kind of cool in the sense that you don’t see a lot of pure black with white accent colour schemes. The ones that immediately come to mind are the old Islanders third jersey and the current Brooklyn Nets look. Although these do kinda make Toews look like a bit of a jail bird.

Also shout out to my boy Mitch interning at the Brampton Beast. Meant to get this jersey in the blog earlier. These Remembrance Day jerseys are really nice.

Jersey Foul

 

 

 

These jerseys went viral last Sunday when the Packers and Patriots squared off in one of the most anticipated games of the weekend. In my mind nothing encapsulates the participation trophy generation more than these kids. Sports are about winning and being the best. Sports fandoms deal in absolutes and passion. It means participating in Lebron vs. Jordan debates and not hedging in saying “well I think they both have their merits and are certainly two of the best of all-time.”

Sports aren’t a democracy. It’s supposed to be entertainment. Have a take. Believe in something. Sports are irrational. There is no rationality in the Rodgers vs. Brady discussion. Brady has the rings. Rodgers has the arm. But if you sew together a custom combo jersey you’re an all-time cuckold. Pick a lane and stay in it. That’s true sports fandom.

If you want to show off a sweet jersey or want to put a buddy with a jersey-buying problem on blast, be sure to send your submissions to me over Twitter @twaind4

For Leafs fans: A look at the last ten 25th Overall picks

This is Kyle Dubas’ first draft at the helm of the Toronto Maple Leafs warship. Toronto has the 25th overall pick, and as the following list will show you, this range of the draft is incredibly hit or miss. If the Leafs are going to make the jump from first round playoff fodder to full-blown contender, they will have to hit on these picks in order to give their core of Matthews, Marner and Nylander a solid and affordable supporting cast.

2017 Ryan Poehling, Montreal

Poehling was the youngest player in the NCAA when the Habs took him in last year’s draft. It seemed like a weird pick at the time, but the center from St. Cloud State had an excellent 2017-18 that saw him score 31 points in 36 college games as well as center the US’s top line at the World Juniors. April’s Hockey News “Future Watch” has him ranked as  the 37th best prospect in hockey and Montreal’s top prospect.  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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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

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