It’s been quite a ride, but unfortunately it has to come to an end. We started this podcast three years ago as three Ryerson University students (who didn’t even know each other) with a passion for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Fast forward and this show grew steadily and we have to thank each and every one of you who listened to us. So here it is, the final show ever of the Leafs Lounge podcast, featuring special guest, TSN Insider Darren Dreger.
You can hear our interview with Dreger at 35:10
We revisit the expansion draft discussion from last year and discuss which Leafs players we would protect and which we would expose. We also analyze the recent play of Jake Gardiner after being paired with Connor Carrick.
We debate Frank Corrado’s place on this roster and whether it is time to trade James van Riemsdyk for an established top 4 defenceman. We also discuss the Seth Griffith roster move and tee up James Reimer’s return to the ACC.
This is the first and only political episode of Leafs Lounge but because of its significance, we briefly recap our thoughts on the U.S. election. There is some Leafs talk too, beginning around the 17:15 mark, about the play of the Leafs rookies and their defencemen in the past week, as well as the coaching decisions by Mike Babcock. Let’s make the Maple Leafs great again!
On the first episode of the podcast for the 2016-17 season, we discuss the positives of this Leafs team, despite so many negative storylines early on. We predict how many points and goals Matthews and Nylander will finish with and what changes the Leafs should make to their lines.
To help us make sense of the craziness of the NHL Draft, Free Agent Signings, Trades and Leafs Development Camp, we bring in Steve Dangle from Sportsnet on episode 2 of the Leafs Lounge Offseason Roundtable. Our hosts David and Aaron also discuss the depth chart of the Toronto Marlies and Maple Leafs and preview what the opening night rosters might look like this coming season. If you like the video make sure to give it a thumbs up!
The NHL offseason is heating up but the Leafs Lounge podcast has concluded for the Summer. Enter a new segment to Leafs Lounge: the Offseason Roundtable, a video podcast series providing the latest news and opinions on the Toronto Maple Leafs through the NHL offseason. Here is episode 1, on Las Vegas, a preview of the draft, the Frederik Andersen trade/signing and even a few stories on running into former members of the Leafs organization. If you like the video make sure to give it a thumbs up!
By: Geoffrey Martlin
James Van Riemsdyk is a 30 goal scorer with a cap hit of $4.25 million over the next 2 years. He was on pace for 59 points and a 30 goal year last season on a consistently bad team before getting injured and he could garner an attractive price this offseason from cap crunching teams who want to win now.
The cap is only being raised $1.6 million because of the struggling Canadian Dollar and because of this many teams aren’t likely to spend a lot of money. In comes JVR, a player with a reasonable cap hit for a top-6 left winger. Read Article
As the Toronto Maple Leafs shift their focus to the 2016-17 season a bulk of the discussion will be whether 2015 1st round selection Mitch Marner is ready to take the next step and join the Leafs, rather than play another in junior, where he has nothing left to prove after winning every MVP trophy awarded throughout the OHL and CHL, as well as the Memorial Cup Championship. Another part of that discussion involves Marner’s longterm success in the NHL and how the numbers he scored in junior will translate to the pro level. I looked back at the last eleven CHL MVPs, their points per game and playoff points game in the year they won to try and find a correlation between being named CHL MVP and having longterm NHL success. Here is what I found: Read Article
By: Aaron Greenfield
The IIHF World Hockey Championships coincide every year with the NHL playoffs and while this rarely is an issue for fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs to tune in, the tournament is still widely an afterthought as most countries are unable to ice a full roster. Usually, at least one high profile player from each respective nation is still alive in the quest for the Stanley Cup, which leads these countries to instead select a different player whom otherwise would not have made the cut. It’s a fortunate break for those players just below the cut for other tournaments such as the Olympics to get their shot but often lowers the excitement level and legitimacy of the tournament for some fans, as these aren’t the true rosters that would otherwise have been picked. This has been especially true for countries such as Canada, that despite the wide pool of players to choose from, often still have less-exciting rosters because the superstars are largely on rosters of the final few NHL teams that battle for the cup, or decide not join their fellow country-men once eliminated. This year, the theme for many rosters is youth, bringing back excitement to the tournament and once again giving fans an incentive to tune in. For Leafs fans, not only will three roster players be playing and have large roles but also this tournament will feature their first overall selection in this upcoming June’s draft, and for many fans, will be the first professional games they see them play. Here are the Leafs and potential Leafs featured in this year’s tournament. Read Article