Tagged: Toronto Maple Leafs

Beat the Leafs and I’ll feel appreciated

Beat the Leafs and I’ll feel appreciated

It’s no secret that I don’t like the Leafs. Every season, when the NHL schedule comes out, I immediately circle the nights of the Leafs games. I’m not sure when my irrational hate for them started. Maybe it was after the Canucks beat them in 1994 en route to the Stanley Cup Finals. Maybe it was the year before that when I considered myself as much a Habs fan as a Canucks fan. Or maybe the hate came after being force fed Leafs games every freaking Saturday night on Hockey Night in Canada. I’ll admit though that I haven’t minded...

Out of Town Notebook: Surprising Habs, Surging Sabres, Slumping Sens, Waffles and More

Out of Town Notebook: Surprising Habs, Surging Sabres, Slumping Sens, Waffles and More

[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what’s happening around the NHL.] It’s hard to imagine Bob Gainey laughing. A Google image search confirms even smiles are hard-fought, often-lost battles in the corners of his mouth. Yet Bob Gainey has a lot to smile and laugh about. This Montreal Canadiens team – a team he essentially re-built in the summer of 2009, then handed off to current GM Pierre Gauthier – is a pretty good one. Making things all-the-more sweet is that Gainey essentially built this team in the face...

Out of Town Notebook: Franchise Relocation, Franchise Values, Injury Talk and Coaching Woes

Out of Town Notebook: Franchise Relocation, Franchise Values, Injury Talk and Coaching Woes

[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what’s happening around the NHL.] Photo credit: rds.ca The more things change, the more they stay the same for the Edmonton Oilers. After almost two decades of uncertain ownership, Daryl Katz’s purchase of the team in 2008 was supposed to solidify their roots for a generation, if not longer. In Katz, Oiler fans saw the embodiment of their dream owner – a life-long fan with the deep pockets to keep the team in Edmonton, and with the desire to ice a perennial winner....

%d bloggers like this: