As William Nylander, Morgan Reilly et al give Toronto fans hope of success in years to come, questions remain between the pipes.
With James Reimer gone (at least for the moment), Jonathan Bernier struggling and Garret Spark’s NHL career in its infancy, the Maple Leafs have no clear number one goaltender right now. And while that isn’t a major issue this season, it’s a situation that would benefit from some degree of resolution in the near future, to ensure the rebuilding process is effective.
David Alter of the National Post joins me on this week’s One Puck Short Podcast to talk about the Maple Leafs start to the new season and the clubs current direction.
Film maker Mark Greczmiel also stops by to discuss his forthcoming documentary on the California Golden Seals.
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The new NHL season is right around the corner, and the Atlantic Division has one bona fide contender, one team hoping to start over and six teams who could do great things….or nothing at all.
MapleLeafs.com writer David Alter joins me on this week’s One Puck Short Podcast.
We look at whose impressed during the opening games of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the coaching merry-go-round that’s already begun and the state of the Oilers.
David also offers his insight in to the Leafs rebuild – including the search for a new Head Coach and General Manager, the changes the club are trying to make this summer and their use of ‘the analytics of body movement’ as a means to aid player development.
Thanks to David for joining me today – you can follow him on Twitter @dalter
A healthy scratch for the third time this season on Saturday, Jake Gardiner’s future with Toronto continues to be hotly debated.
A 5-year, $20m extension, signed in the summer, made Gardiner the second highest paid blue liner on the Maple Leafs roster – but with a potential cap crunch coming this summer, his place on the team was pulled under the microscope again yesterday.
Whilst a knee jerk reaction is unlikely; at some point soon, the Maple Leafs are going to have to make a decision on the 24-year old’s future.
Puck Daddy writer Ryan Lambert joins me on this week’s One Puck Short Podcast to discuss the other teen phenom available at the 2015 Draft – Jack Eichel.
We also discussed the Maple Leaf’s need to tear it down RIGHT FREAKIN’ NOW, 2016 top prospect Austin Matthews future and Jason Spezza’s new contract with Dallas.
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If ever there was a week to engage in a little Maple Leafs related hyperbole, this is it.
From the circus that surrounded Phil Kessel’s PR skills to Tuesday night’s obliteration at the hands of Nashville, it’s hard to believe things could get any worse for the much loved/maligned franchise.
But in spite of three straight defeats (and a clash with the NHL’s highest scoring team, Tampa Bay, tonight), Toronto is still on the bubble – which is precisely where most people expected them to be this year.
The dizzying highs and crushing lows the club seems to drag its fan base through masquerade a question which seems to be seldom asked of a team rich in resources but starved of success – where exactly is this team heading?