The Art of Scouting: No Science and Precious Little Art Here

Jim Nill, Assistant General Manager, Detroit Red Wings, agrees that predicting how a player will develop, and if he will at all, is one of the toughest parts of amateur scouting.  The varying development cycles of prospects, not only physically but mentally and emotionally, too, all make amateur scouting a head spinner. –The Art of […]

A Visit From a Ninja: Maple Leafs Annual 2011-2012

You may have noticed that this blog has fallen dormant over the last little while.  I am a ninja, and I am here to tell you about that.  Why has a ninja been sent to explain these things?  Fool! It is not the right time for you to ask questions.  When will that time be?  […]

Fuel, Meet Fire: U of T Report Says GTA Could Support 3 NHL teams

  Noted fishwrapper/parakeet cage liner the Toronto Star has news today that is guaranteed to fan the already raging nationalistic fire that burns so brightly among many about the state of professional hockey.  According to the Star, a report published today by the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation at the University of Toronto argues that […]

Welcome to the Tribe, Little Guy

I was rushing home from the office with a hot meal for a sickly Spouse (I cook only the best take out dishes), late for an appointment at the bank to clean up the latest of my absurd little financial disasters. It was Tuesday night.  The Leafs were set to face off at 7:30 (ed. […]

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

Cam Cole wrote a ridiculous article today about social media and the National Hockey League trade deadline. Cole mentions that during the intense discussions surrounding today’s NHL trade deadline, many people availed themselves of the opportunity to have a little fun;  some folk decided to create Twitter accounts that appeared to emanate from real hockey […]

Dustin Byfuglien: Jerkstore

Yes, I really wish the Leafs could’ve managed to hold on to either: (a) a one goal third-period lead vs. Pittsburgh on Saturday; OR (b) a two goal lead vs. Atlanta this afternoon. …but I’m really more worried about James Reimer.  He’s looking more and more like the future of our team between the pipes. […]

Leafs Fans: If God Hates Us…

Tyler Seguin will outscore Phil Kessel tonight.  There is an outside chance that it will be mentioned that Toronto traded a draft pick that became Mr. Seguin in order to obtain Mr. Kessel tonight.  The over/under on the number of total references to this fact is the first Vegas over/under line in history to be […]

We’ve Got A Team

It’s between the second and third period of the game against the Penguins as I type this.  The Leafs are up 4-3 following another late period surge by the Penguins. I am prepared to decree that we have a team.  We have a team that skates hard and forces turnovers.  We have a team that […]

Who the F%#% is Tim Brent?

Who the fuck is Tim Brent?  It’s a question that has circulated in the Barilkosphere – sometimes semi-seriously, mostly in jest – since some time after he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization as a free agent on July 6, 2009. Now, there’s “Ilya Kovalchuk free agency”, and then there’s “Tim Brent free agency.”  […]

Maple Leafs 2010-2011: Game On(e)!

Watched the Leafs’ home opener last night; originally scheduled to be at a prenatal class, my plans changed when Spouse came down with a cold. Because of work thingys, I ended up getting home a little late, which was fine because we could PVR the game. It rocks skipping over commercials, and my timing was […]