1. Unforeseen Success: The NHL's Most Surprising Players This Season

    It happens every season. A player who isn't looked towards to be an offensive threat coming into the new campaign plays well beyond expectations...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about over 4 years ago 108 reads 14 comments

  2. Gunning For a Spot: Leafs Carl Gunnarsson Proving He's Ready For The NHL

    The Leafs have had some serious defensive issues this season. The kind of serious that calls for you to be air-lifted to the hospital with just minutes to live. Yes, that serious, and the heartbeat continues to weaken as the season roles on...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about over 4 years ago 178 reads 7 comments

  3. Center of Attention: Leafs Need New Middle-Man for Phil Kessel

    When Phil Kessel became a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs many wondered who on the team would be able to adequately center a line with him. It has become very apparent in the seven games he has played, that player isn't on the Leafs...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about over 4 years ago 465 reads 28 comments

  4. What Controversy?: Neither Leafs Goalie Showing They Deserve Starting Role

    When a team has a goaltending controversy, they find themselves in a situation where their backup is playing well enough to steal the job from the current starting goalie...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about over 4 years ago 161 reads 19 comments

  5. No More Mr. Nice Guy: Ron Wilson Needs to Be Tougher, Bring Up Marlies

    It's easy to switch up the lines when things aren't going well for a hockey club, though for some of the players on the Toronto Maple Leafs, new linemates just aren't working out...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about over 4 years ago 285 reads 4 comments

  6. The Worst Is Over: Leafs Improved Play Has Team Brimming with Confidence

    Henry Ford once said, "Whether you think you can or you think you can't—you are right." For the majority of this young season in Leaf land, there has been an awful lot of "thinking you can't" going on, from both the team and their fans...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about over 4 years ago 142 reads 7 comments

  7. Dawn of the Phil Kessel Era: What We Learned from His First Game as a Leaf

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. For the fourth straight game the Leafs were tied after 60 minutes and went into overtime, and for the fourth straight time the Leafs lost in or after that extra frame...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about over 4 years ago 665 reads 10 comments

  8. Commanding Respect: Tomas Kaberle Deserving of Leafs Captaincy

    Tomas Kaberle has never been one to complain during his career in Toronto. He's been here through the bad times, and the really bad times, and has simply stuck to his game...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about over 4 years ago 3,417 reads 32 comments

  9. Costume Ideas for Maple Leaf Players: A Haunted Halloween in Toronto

    It's been a scary beginning of the season for the Toronto Maple Leafs to say the least. Their record is something out of a nightmare. They now have a monster in the crease, and plenty of people in the Air Canada Center have been saying "boo...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about over 4 years ago 1,243 reads 3 comments

  10. Toronto Finger Pointing: Five Leaf Players Who Must Step Up Their Game

    If I were to ask who needed to step up their game to get the Toronto Maple Leafs out of this terrible slump, the answer might be laughable. You could say that so far, every single member of the team has played far below their potential...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about over 4 years ago 428 reads 12 comments

  11. The NHL's Greatest Goalie Fights in History: Goaltenders Gone Wild

    Think what you want about fights in the NHL, when two players drop the gloves and let the fists fly, no one in the stands stays seated for very long...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about over 4 years ago 401 reads 12 comments

  12. Trouble at Home: Road Trip Could Be Key in Turning Leafs Season Around

    For most teams in the NHL, there really is no place like home. Playing a string of games on home ice not only means you get the advantage of having a crowd behind your back, but you ...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about over 4 years ago 115 reads 2 comments

  13. Making a Name: The Best NHL Rookies You've Probably Never Heard Of

    We know about John Taveres, Victor Hedman, and Matt Duchene and the impact they are going to have on their respective teams this year...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about over 4 years ago 3,072 reads 3 comments

  14. A Sign of Hope: One Leaf Forward Who Could Finally Prove He Belongs

    Unlike any fans in the NHL, those of the Toronto Maple Leafs have found themselves hoping for a lot of things since the last Stanley Cup victory in 1967...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about almost 5 years ago 436 reads 18 comments

  15. The 50/50 Club: Alexander Ovechkin on Pace to Join Elite Group of Goal Scorers

    It's a feat that has only been accomplished eight times in NHL history, by five different players, but Capital's winger Alexander Ovechkin finds himself on pace to be the next member in the illustrious "50 in 50" club...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about almost 5 years ago 640 reads 8 comments

  16. A Monstrous Decision In Net: Where Do The Leafs Go From Here?

    With the third game of the season done, and lost, the Toronto Maple Leafs seem to have a rather large goalie controversy on their hands. At least the fans and media seem to think so...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about almost 5 years ago 175 reads 2 comments

  17. Bold Predictions for the Upcoming NHL Season: Expect the Unexpected

    Ah fall, a time when leaves change colour, the air turns crisp, and fantasy pool fanatics sweat over whether they should take Crosby, Ovechkin, or Malkin first overall...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about almost 5 years ago 314 reads 2 comments

  18. Sedin Twins in Toronto? For Brian Burke, the Price Could Be Right

    The NHL has patiently waited for the Sedin's to list their demands to the Vancouver Canuck brass as to what it would take for them to stay there. And the price might surprise you a little...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about 5 years ago 1,354 reads 8 comments

  19. Looking Back: The 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs' Most Memorable Moments

    The 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs undoubtedly will go down as one of the most exciting, drama-filled post-seasons in recent memory. The big names, big games, and fantastic story-lines that came out of every single series were a treat to watch...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about 5 years ago 581 reads 8 comments

  20. Ya Hungry? Pittsburgh Penguins' Never-Say-Die Attitude Lifts Them To Greatness

    Almost five months ago to the day, the Pittsburgh Penguins sat five points out of a playoff spot, spiraling out of control, and the dream of reaching the Cup Final once again slipping away ever so quickly...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about 5 years ago 227 reads 1 comments

  21. Seventh Heaven: The Most Memorable Game Sevens in Stanley Cup Final History

    The Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings will play the ultimate lose-or-go-home game seven on Friday night in Hockeytown USA. It marks the 15th time that a Final has gone the distance since the NHL switched to the seven-game format in 1939...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about 5 years ago 2,578 reads 15 comments

  22. Playoff Duds: NHL's Most Disappointing Postseason Performances of 2009

    Much of the talk that is done during playoff time is about the players that steal the show and the guys that step up under pressure and play a huge role in their team’s success...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about 5 years ago 474 reads 15 comments

  23. Coming Through in the Clutch: The NHL's Most Surprising Playoff Performances of 2009

    Every year in the playoffs there are certain players on a team that will come out of nowhere and shock the league with an outstanding performance...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about 5 years ago 227 reads 8 comments

  24. New Attitude Has Pittsburgh Penguins Back in Stanley Cup Finals; Yes, We Can

    "A smile is a curve that sets everything straight" - Phyllis Diller The Pittsburgh Penguins are right back to where they were last year, Eastern Conference Champions, and gearing up for the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Finals...

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about 5 years ago 377 reads 8 comments

  25. Dynamic Duo Dynasty? 2009's Version of Gretzky/Messier Supremacy

    In the 1982-1983 season the Edmonton Oilers, led by Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. They went up against the New York Islanders, the three-time defending champions, who swept the Oilers in a no-contest series

    Jon Neely Written by Jon Neely about 5 years ago 759 reads 17 comments