1. Toronto Maple Leafs: Savard? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Savard

    As much as Brian Burke has talked about "getting better now" rather than improving slowly though the draft, the Leafs still need time. They are not going to seriously challenge this coming year, with Marc Savard or without him...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about 4 years ago 727 reads 15 comments

  2. For Toronto Maple Leafs, the Missing Ingredient...Found

    It's easy to jump on the Burke bandwagon the day after the Leafs 3-0 win against the Devils last night, especially with the three new players he brought in playing such pivotal roles. But this isn't about hits, blocked shots, or fights...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about over 4 years ago 409 reads 2 comments

  3. No Matter How Boring, Toronto's Not Backtracking About Building Forward Depth

    Brian Burke seems to be done making changes to the Toronto Maple Leafs this offseason. He's upgraded the defense substantially, added a big time enforcer, and brought in a back up goalie that ...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about almost 5 years ago 1,045 reads 2 comments

  4. In Praise of Alexei Ponikarovsky

    I have to admit that I used to bash Alexei Ponikarovsky. "Doesn't use his size!" "Misses too many chances!" "Never able to elevate his game!" If there was anyone the Leafs should trade, if you asked me, it was him...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about 5 years ago 45 reads 20 comments

  5. Burke's Plan, Or, for the First Time Damien Cox Is Onto Something

    According to Damien Cox, the hyperbolic, sour grapes Leafs writer for the Toronto Star, Brian Burke has a plan...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about 5 years ago 598 reads 6 comments

  6. Why 2008-09 Has Been a Success for the Toronto Maple Leafs

    As the 2008-09 season winds down for the Leafs, it's time to take stock of this past year. Despite Burke's angst about missing the playoffs, and how that makes the season a failure, ...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about over 5 years ago 401 reads 5 comments

  7. Toronto Maple Leafs' Best Paid Players Lack Essential Character

    We all knew this was going to be a tough season, but not for this reason. Little did we know that the Leafs would actually be able to put the puck in the net. Little did we know that the team could dominate games with terrific team speed...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about over 5 years ago 428 reads 3 comments

  8. Toronto Maple Leafs Castoffs Prove Cliff Fletcher Right (Mostly)

    Over the summer, Cliff Fletcher did all he could to remove players from the Toronto Maple Leafs that had instilled a country-club atmosphere in the team...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about over 5 years ago 466 reads 14 comments

  9. Toronto Maple Leafs: Is Anyone Untouchable?

    Brian Burke hasn't done it yet, but he still could pull out a hand grenade and demolish this team as it stands. Fletcher has done a good job in putting together an almost respectable squad, with more tradeable assets than last year...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about over 5 years ago 228 reads 10 comments

  10. Could the Toronto Maple Leafs Be Turning the Corner?

    With 32 games played in the '08-09 season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are sitting in 11th place in the conference, with a mediocre .500 record...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about over 5 years ago 107 reads 6 comments

  11. Alex Steen Had to Leave the Toronto Maple Leafs

    A fan favourite, Alex Steen, is gone from the Leafs. Many people are bemoaning this trade, suggesting that the Leafs did not show enough patience with this former first-round pick. I would have loved to see Steen play better and stick around...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about over 5 years ago 574 reads 8 comments

  12. Unexpected Goals for Leafs

    During the preseason, the Leafs were expected to be a low scoring team, but also, a team that would be tough to score against...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about over 5 years ago 138 reads 0 comments

  13. Leafs-Lightning Preview: Leafs Will Have Tough Time

    As far as I can see it, the Leafs are due for a little humbling. There is no better team to deliver that than the Tampa Bay Lightning...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about over 5 years ago 157 reads 2 comments

  14. Leafs-Senators: Hard Work Nets Toronto Solid Win over Ottawa

    Back in grade school, we played hockey for gym class in the winter. We made up teams each session, and one day, by the luck of the draw, the team I was on somehow ended up with all the talented players...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about over 5 years ago 149 reads 1 comments

  15. Toronto Maple Leafs: Ten Reasons Why They're Back On Track

    10. Deadwood cleared: Vets Bell and Devereaux were sent the minors while the big club kept the likes of John Mitchell. This would not have happened last year. Mitchell has looked strong and deserving of a solid shot at the bigs...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about over 5 years ago 431 reads 11 comments

  16. Toronto Maple Leafs Game Stats: A Few Good Things in Ugly Loss to St. Louis

    The Good One good line—Hagman plus-two, Mitchell plus-two, Grabovski plus-one (surprising to see positive plus-minus in a 7-3 loss). One good goalie: The Pogge stopped 13 out of 14 shots One very-improved stat—faceoffs...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about almost 6 years ago 392 reads 1 comments

  17. Maples Leafs-Blues Stats: Individual Efforts Saved The Day

    Three Cheers for Schenn! Three hits (game high). Plus-three on the night (also a game high). Three head fakes before potting the winner. The Good Two goals for Hagman on four shots...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about almost 6 years ago 689 reads 3 comments

  18. Maple Leafs-Penguins Stats: Not Nearly Enough Grit from Toronto in Pittsburgh

    The Weak Five blocked shots—not nearly enough. One shorthanded goal against. Ouch. Five players with two or more hits, versus nine for the Pens. 33-percent success rate on face offs for Grabovski, which needs to improve...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about almost 6 years ago 764 reads 0 comments

  19. Toronto Maple Leafs' Game Stats Mostly Positive in 7-4 Win over Buffalo

    Positives: 23 blocked shots (11 for Buffalo). Four blocked shots by Jeff Finger (that's what he's here for, people!). One giveaway not by a goalie. Five hits by Ryan Hollweg...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about almost 6 years ago 927 reads 2 comments

  20. Brian McCabe Traded: Christmas Comes Early to Toronto

    A few months ago, I thought McCabe would never go. There were reports of a brewing standoff between management and the once almost-star defender...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about almost 6 years ago 260 reads 0 comments

  21. Mats Sundin's Soliloquy

    To skate or not to skate—that is the question: Whether tis nobler in the rink to sufferThe checks and slashes of outrageous goonsOr play golf and swing away my troublesAnd by retiring end them...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about almost 6 years ago 910 reads 17 comments

  22. Youthful Top Lines Welcome in Toronto

    The latest interview with Cliff Fletcher in the Toronto media indicates that Maple Leaf fans will be treated to some young legs on the top two lines come October...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about almost 6 years ago 641 reads 5 comments

  23. Expect Surprises: Of All Kinds

    Last year was one crappy year for the Leafs. After what was supposed to be a big signing in Jason Blake, and a promise by Paul Maurice that the Leafs would compete for the Stanley Cup, the wheels came off the bus...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about almost 6 years ago 192 reads 1 comments

  24. Depth at Agitator Position

    Man are the fans up in arms about Hollweg for a fifth round pick next year. I've got to admit—Fletcher is tossing around picks a wee bit more than I'd like, but you can see a team identity forming here before it even hits the preseason ice...

    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about almost 6 years ago 255 reads 5 comments

  25. Fickle Toronto Fans: Can Fletcher Trade Them Too?

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    Mark Makuch Written by Mark Makuch about almost 6 years ago 145 reads 2 comments