1. Vancouver Canucks Goalie Situation Puts Mike Gillis in a Bit of a Pickle

    No offense to Canucks fans in general, or Mike Gillis in particular, but what exactly has Gillis done for the Canucks hockey club to give him such exalted status? And more curiously, ...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about 2 years ago 2,439 reads 1 comments

  2. Toronto Maple Leafs Should Look Long and Hard at Mikhail Grigorenko This Draft

    I don't know what bed Mikhail peed in or more specifically, what particular game(s) the scouts were watching, to so drastically reduce his draft ranking...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 2 years ago 2,248 reads 54 comments

  3. Hey Brian Burke: Why Can't Mike Zigomanis Play for the Toronto Maple Leafs?

    Mike Zigomanis was originally drafted in the second round by Buffalo in 1999 and then re-entered the draft and was grabbed by Carolina in 2001. He's posted bad NHL numbers at 40 points in 197 games with a minus 21...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 2 years ago 1,074 reads 7 comments

  4. Toronto Maple Leafs: Can They Acquire This Year's 1st and 2nd Overall Selection?

    For the record, I do not for a minute think this will happen; and further, if it did happen, I would question giving up so many assets to acquire the 1st- and 2nd-round selections...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 2 years ago 1,981 reads 19 comments

  5. Toronto Maple Leafs 2012 Draft Strategy

    With the Stanley Cup finals just starting and my beloved Leafs on the golf courses, I cannot help but become the armchair GM for this up coming draft. With the Leafs at the 5 slot - things are actually looking pretty good...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 2 years ago 3,143 reads 38 comments

  6. Why the Toronto Maple Leafs Won't Be Trading for Roberto Luongo

    It's no secret that Brian Burke and the Toronto Maple Leafs need to improve their goaltending drastically in order to finally reach the playoffs. In their search they will be limited in their options...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 2 years ago 3,478 reads 35 comments

  7. Toronto Maple Leafs Offseason Game Plan for 2012-13

    They need to get bigger up front with consistency (Colby Armstrong hasn't been). They need a quality No. 1 centre and they need better goaltending. Sprinkle in some veteran leadership, too, for that matter...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 2 years ago 1,847 reads 21 comments

  8. Toronto Maple Leafs: Fans Should Be Wary of Overrating Rick Nash

    Straight off the bat I want to say that I think Rick Nash is a great player, who plays the game hard-nosed with the right set of skills to put the puck in the net with consistency...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 2 years ago 792 reads 6 comments

  9. Toronto Maple Leafs Could Land Talented Superstar

    Yeah I know—pure fabrication, but it's Canada Day and I've have a few beers out in the sun. I'm assuming too, that Brad Richards has signed with another lover...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about 3 years ago 2,783 reads 34 comments

  10. Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke: A Complete Draft History

    I was wanting to see how Brian Burke's draft record measured up going into this Friday's draft. This exercise was not an attempt to mock Brian Burke as a General Manager, as there are many more aspects to managing than drafting young kids...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 3 years ago 4,384 reads 14 comments

  11. NHL 2011 Draft in Minnesota: 13 Possible Late-Round Dark-Horse Draft Steals

    NHL teams are always finding mid-to-late round talents; All-Star players who were looked over by many teams through many rounds. Often times, these players go on to have far better careers than many first and second-round picks in their draft year...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 3 years ago 2,204 reads 6 comments

  12. NHL Mock Draft 2011: How It'll Play out

    Not in a long time has the NHL entry draft been this wide open. As many as five players could be going first overall. To quote Oilers GM Steve Tambellini, "I think there's at least five players that can be in play and arguably qualify as the No...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 3 years ago 2,264 reads 26 comments

  13. Top 25 Oddest, Coolest and Most Unusual Names for NHL Hockey Players

    I was reading an NHL book the other day, and I was fascinated by the number of odd, unusual and awesome names of NHL hockey players...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 3 years ago 34,651 reads 1 comments

  14. Toronto Maple Leafs & the Dallas Stars: Trading for Their Centre

    This spring and early summer, everyone is talking about Brad Richards' pending UFA status. People assume his bags are packed, and he's ready to go to Broadway. I think there's a great chance he'll resign with Dallas pending a trade...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 3 years ago 2,722 reads 22 comments

  15. Toronto Maple Leafs & the Colorado Avalanche: Summer Trade Partners?

    As the summer approaches, Leaf Nation will begin speculating on how Brian Burke can get that coveted first-line centre they need. He can do three things: stand pat, sign Richards or trade...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 3 years ago 7,760 reads 154 comments

  16. Toronto Maple Leafs: 12 Players They Should Attempt to Draft in 2011

    It's that time again soon where Leaf Nation can begin to speculate on how the Leafs will draft this year. Unfortunately we won't be able to draft our position as Boston holds our ninth selection...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 3 years ago 5,236 reads 59 comments

  17. Toronto Maple Leafs Can Land Steven Stamkos: And Here's How

    Before I start, I'd like to say immediately that this has about a five percent chance of happening. Tampa Bay Lightning will try very hard to sign Steven Stamkos for a long time and at a very good wage...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 3 years ago 8,302 reads 107 comments

  18. Toronto Maple Leafs Talk Trade With The Boston Bruins For Kaberle : Be The GM

    Rumor has it that Kaberle will only lift his no-trade clause to the Boston Bruins . It’s no secret that Toronto and Boston ’s GM & Assistant GM were in talks during Tuesday nights game between the Leafs & the Bruins...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 3 years ago 1,691 reads 44 comments

  19. Toronto Maple Leafs Coach Ron Wilson and Why He Needs To Be Replaced

    Ron Wilson has had an outstanding career as a hockey coach. Six hundred-plus wins in the NHL is nothing to sneeze at. Nor is 16 years as a head coach, making it to the cup finals in just his fifth season...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about over 3 years ago 259 reads 5 comments

  20. Toronto Maple Leafs: Forever Cursed By the Hockey Gods

    If history tells us anything, it’s that the Hockey Gods do not like the Toronto Maple Leafs . One has to simply recall the ‘93 non-call by Fraser to validate this claim...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about almost 4 years ago 976 reads 13 comments

  21. Toronto Maple Leafs - Conference Underdogs will Surprise in 2010

    One thing that bothers me with sporting forecasts is that no one ever has any balls to out on a limb and make a prediction that flies in the face of the previous year’s statistics...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about 4 years ago 452 reads 8 comments

  22. NHL Trade Rumors: Toronto Maple Leafs & Boston Bruins

    Could Toronto & Boston once again be trading partners? Right up until August 15th - Kaberle's trade deadline - and maybe even to the start of training camp, we’ll certainly find out...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about 4 years ago 6,710 reads 9 comments

  23. NHL Draft Lottery "Busts" from 1999 until 2006

    Rather than do an "all time NHL draft busts" I wanted to focus more on players drafted within the top 5 from from 1999 until 2006...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about 4 years ago 2,024 reads 1 comments

  24. Toronto Maple Leafs: Lesser Known Prospects

    Seeing as this is prospects week, I thought I'd do a spotlight on a few of our lesser known prospects - players usually from the later rounds, and all of them projects of sorts...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about 4 years ago 2,613 reads 13 comments

  25. NHL Trade Rumors: Toronto Maple Leafs & L.A. Kings Trading Partners?

    In recent days leading up to the July 4th long weekend, it has been speculated that Kaberle—possibly with a package of others—could be traded to an interested L.A. Kings. That's the current rumour anyways...

    Smiley Gimbel Written by Smiley Gimbel about 4 years ago 11,676 reads 22 comments