Bullseye: Zach Hyman

For as long as I can remember, every season begins with both the fans and media picking one player to target on the Maple Leafs. In the 90s it was Larry Murphy, 2000s it was Bryan McCabe and during the Brian Burke era it was Phil Kessel. Do you remember the hot dog story? Currently … More Bullseye: Zach Hyman

Mike Babcock Effect

Coach Mike Babcock celebrated his 600th win as a NHL coach, placing him in a very small group of special coaches including Joel Quenneville, Pat Quinn, Scotty Bowman. Babcock is also the only coach to win six international titles. When Babcock chose to coach in Toronto it marked the first step in turning the Maple … More Mike Babcock Effect

The Rookie Wall

One of the main criticisms going into this season with such a young roster was that they would start strong and then hit the inevitable rookie wall which would hinder their chances at making real progress up the standings. … More The Rookie Wall

The House Shanahan Built

Very decisively Shanahan set out to reshape this organization and the fruits of his labor were on showcase last night. The game was pivotal on a couple of fronts, it gave the Maple Leafs the opportunity to give themselves some breathing room between them and the Islanders/Lightning who were both on the Maple Leafs heals for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. … More The House Shanahan Built