What Bryan Did < What Brian Did

Okay, Leafs fans, admit it – it was tough to see Tyler Seguin pulling on that Bruins jersey earlier tonight when the Beantowners picked him with the Leafs’ first rounder, courtesy of the Phil Kessel trade. I tweeted about this earlier today, though.  Boston fans got to watch one highlight today that Leaf fans find […]

Invitation: The 2009-2010 Maple Leafs End of Season Banquet

Look what I found lying around yesterday… March 25, 2010 Dear Valued Employee: As a Toronto Maple Leaf player, you are invited to attend the annual Toronto Maple Leafs end-of-season banquet and awards ceremony.  This year, the banquet will be held on Saturday April 17th, 2010 at Jack Astor’s, unless of course we make the […]

What a Day for the Leafs: Now 100% Vesa Toskala Free!

A huge day for the Toronto Maple Leafs today: they traded Matt Stajan, Nik Hagman, Ian White and Jamal Mayers to Calgary for Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom and Keith Aulie. Stajan, White and Mayers are all on expiring contracts, so they are essentially rentals. Hagman has two years to go on an economical 3 million […]

Meeting Brian Burke: Hope for Haiti at the Kings Game

I went down to the Leafs/Kings game at the Air Canada Centre last night with my Dad. I’ll wait a moment or two while you make whatever derogatory, insulting and completely justified remarks about the woeful performance of the Blue and White. (taps foot.  scratches ear.  coughs.  looks at watch.  scratches ear again. yawns.  checks […]

For Maple Leafs Annual Buyers: A Welcome

I am told that the Maple Leafs Annual is now available in many Chapters Indigo stores.  My Dad picked up his copy in a store in Burlington today.  Other reports via Twitter suggest that copies have been found in places like Wal-Mart elsewhere in the province. If you’re someone who has already bought a copy […]

Maple Leafs Annual 2009-2010: IT’S HERE!!!

RED LETTER DAY FOR ME!!! My complimentary copy of the 2009-2010 Maple Leafs Annual – the Leafs season preview magazine containing my article on the arc of the Leafs’ rebuild and published by the “lunatic millionaires” who are “allergic to money” has arrived! Can you believe it, my piece was published on page 85, well […]

Anton Stralman Traded

Anton Stralman is not now, nor will he ever be, Bobby Orr. Realistically, Stralman has failed to crack the Leafs lineup over the last two years under either Coach Wilson or Paul Maurice.  The Leafs’ defence has been paper thin in this time period.  Stralman is not old at 23, but it’s fair to say […]

Project “C’est Something Nice”: Talking to Habs Fans

There has been much joy and mirth not only in these virtual parts but also elsewhere in the Barilkosphere of late.  Brian Burke’s succesful efforts to assemble a Brobdingnagian blueline and to complement it with a Colossus in the crease have been largely responsible for the festive atmosphere in Leafdom. But it has to be […]

Monster’s Inked: Jonas Gustavsson is a Maple Leaf

Last night, I painted a metaphorical picture of  Maple Leafs’ defenceman Francois “Happy Trails” Beauchemin and his bulky blueline brethren as  each being rather like a rampaging Godzilla, treating the opposition like so many unfortunate stomped-upon movie extras.  Today, Brian Burke brought us a real live Monster;  the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Swedish goaltender […]

Happy Trails, Indeed: Francois Beauchemin is a Maple Leaf

The Maple Leafs signed defenceman Francois Beauchemin, late of the Anaheim Ducks, to a 4 year deal today.  The deal brings an annual cap hit of about $3.8 million. I am a huge fan of this signing, for several reasons: It will be hilarious to watch Montreal’s Lollipop Guild of Cammalleri, Gomez and Gionta spontaneously pee […]