Hotdog Hockey: The Disaster in Leafland

Each Monday, IllegalCurve.com will be contributing an E-Take to our friends over at Hotdog Hockey.  This week, I wrote my column on the struggles of the Maple Leafs and the mounting pressure facing both the team and management to get things turned around. Here is an excerpt: Brian Burke is a shrewd general manager and […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Hotdog Hockey Column,Toronto Maple Leafs on October 20, 2009

Andrei Markov out 2 to 4 months

From Sean Gordon of the Globe & Mail: The Montreal Canadiens’ 4-3 overtime victory against hated rival Toronto on opening night has come at a very steep cost. Star defenceman Andrei Markov, broadly considered the team’s best player, reportedly spent the night in a Toronto-area hospital where he was operated for a sliced tendon in […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Montreal Canadiens on October 2, 2009

Toronto Maple Leafs 2009-10 Season Preview

Brian Burke and Bryan Colangelo went move for move this summer in attempting to reshape both of the much heralded MLSE franchises in Toronto.  Well, so far, the reviews on each of their moves has been quite positive.  Quite honestly, it should be; as the Leafs have certainly improved on paper.  The question now is:  […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Season Previews,Toronto Maple Leafs on September 29, 2009

Ottawa Senators 2009-10 Season Preview

Last season was an unmitigated disaster in Ottawa and that disaster extended all the way through the summer in the form of the Dany Heatley trade demand.  After beginning the 2008/09 season with Craig Hartsburg behind the bench and a lot of optimism, the Senators faltered early and did not take well to Hartsburg’s tough-love […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Ottawa Senators,Season Previews on September 22, 2009