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Win or lose, are we witnessing the end of the Blackhawks?

Source: Down Goes Brown
Date: 2015-05-28

Heading into Game 6 of the Western Conference final last night, the Anaheim Ducks held a 3-2 series lead, making it impossible not to watch the game without thinking that this might be the end of the Blackhawks.Not the end of the Blackhawks’ 2015 season, mind you. That wasn’t the source of the drama. It was the realization that had the Ducks eliminated Chicago on Wednesday, they would be finishing off the Hawks for years to come. Finishing off the team that has spent the past seven years winning two Cups, going to five conference finals, and generally being just about the closest thing the league has seen to a dynasty in the salary-cap era.Those Blackhawks are a brilliantly constructed t

Report: Toronto Looking to Add Granato, Hiller and Brewer to Coaching Staff

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2015-05-28

View image | gettyimages.com It appears as if Toronto isn't done poaching coaches from the Detroit Red Wings. It's believed Mike Babcock has reached out to Tony Granato about joining him with Leafs. DET also wants Granato back.— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) May 28, 2015 Leafs have asked permission to speak to DET assistants Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer. Both likely to join Mike Babcock's staff.— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) May 28, 2015 We already knew that Hiller and Brewer in particular were rumoured to be heading to Toronto, but I'm not sure I've heard any firm reports about the Leafs' (and Babcock's) interest in bringing in Granato until now.

PHOTO: David Booth's offseason stretching routine is heavy on smooching

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2015-05-28

Courtesy: @ashleyboothDavid Booth hasn't developed into the everyday top-six forward and difference maker that many expected, but when he's healthy, he's still a credible NHL caliber forward and, occasionally, he's even better than that. The problem for the best Toronto Maple Leafs player of the short-lived Peter Horachek era (talk about damning with faint praise), aside from being a sub-average finisher and a shooting percentage drag, is that he's struggled enormously to stay on the ice. Durability issues have sabotaged Booth's once promising NHL career, so it makes sense that he'd be trying a new routine this summer to stay limber. Surely it can't hurt for a guy that once pulled

JVR on his off-season, last season and Babcock

Source: Toronot Maple Leafs
Date: 2015-05-28

Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk joined Toronto's Sportsnet 590 The FAN on the phone from his off-season home in Minnesota on Wednesday to talk about last season, his off-season and the Leafs coaching change. Here's what he had to say... O...

Thursday Mashup: We’re going 7(s)

Source: Maple Leafs Hotstove
Date: 2015-05-28

For the first time since 2000—and only the 2nd time since expansion—both Conference Finals are going to a Game 7. The hockey has been excellent—especially in the Western Conference in the Ducks/Blackhawks series—and Game 7s deciding on who goes to the Stanley Cup Final are always exciting, despite the Maple Leafs not being involved, as is tradition. Based on play and roster construction, it would appear that these will be the be the best series of the playoffs. The New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning, while trying to lock it down, are playing a looser brand of hockey, The post Thursday Mashup: We’re going 7(s) appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.

#TBT: Montreal Meltdown

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2015-05-28

View image | gettyimages.com On TLN, this new feature of #TBT or "Throwback Thursday" as the kids call it, will showcase some of the highlights (and occasionally lowlights) of the Leafs' history. This week we're taking a look at the Leafs' 6-0 destruction of the Habs in Montreal during the 2013 lockout-shortened season. It was the first game I'd ever attended at the Bell Centre, so it definitely holds a special place in my heart.

Stripping ‘C’ off Phaneuf Is Not the Answer

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-05-28

If Dion Phaneuf is to remain a Leaf next season, one of the more pressing questions is whether or not new coach Mike Babcock wants him as his captain. Phaneuf, who has worn the ‘C’ for five years now in Toronto, has long been the subject of much debate, comparison and even worthiness of being the leader of one the league’s biggest markets. The pressure often seems to weigh on him, and becomes a distraction he otherwise doesn’t need. Stripping the Captaincy Dion Phaneuf was named the Leafs’ 18th captain to much fanfare by then-coach Ron Wilson in June 2010 (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press) Babcock will be Phaneuf’s fourth coach in six years dating back to Ron Wilson, who h

[Thursday's FTB]: EKane pushes back against THW

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2015-05-28

Last night during the western conference final, Evander Kane fulfilled our deepest desires to see a player not take shit. Remember yesterday's story about Evander Kane, written by a contributor to The Hockey Writers? I'm not going to link to it, but it's posted in the comments to the Wednesday FTB. Consensus was that the article was crap, the writer was deluded, and the ten-year-old kid mentioned in it was much more mature than the author was. One of the "points" of the article was that EKane cast a shadow on the glory of Jets #9 -- Bobby Hull. Our colleague Bruce Peters pointed out very dryly that Kane would probably help elevate the number: "You know, negativity and shame to the

WWYDW - Who's Your Pick at 24th Overall?

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2015-05-27

View image | gettyimages.com It's easy to pick a good hockey player with the fourth overall pick, but as swell guy Kyle Dubas has already told us, the Toronto Maple Leafs need to hit a home run with their 24th overall selection as well. Good teams pick good players when the good players are supposed to be all gone, and the idea is that the Leafs want to be a good team.We at TLN have already begun prepping you with profiles of players that might be available to Toronto come pick #24 - here's Nick Merkley and Travis Konecny and Thomas Chabot. We'll continue to roll a lot more of these profiles out as the Draft nears, but that doesn't mean you guys have to sit quiet until then. 

Roy praises fellow coach’s new contract

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2015-05-27

Patrick Roy has never been shy about speaking his mind. Tuesday night Roy was honored at the final of the Mastercard Memorial Cup which is the championship for the Canadian Hockey League. Prior to the ceremony Roy spoke to the press about fellow NHL head coach Mike Babcock’s new 8-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs worth an average of $6.25 million per year. “If you look at all the sports, I think hockey was a little behind, looking at coaches being paid,” Roy said. “And not just the coaches, the assistant coaches as well. I think our game needs to look at this and I hoe that the what happened with Mike will help other coaches and assistant coaches one day.” Roy signed a 3-

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