Hotdog Hockey: The Disaster in Leafland

Each Monday, 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

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

NHL Morning Papers: Tuesday Edition

With the ouster of Patrick Marleau as Sharks captain, Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News feels that Dan Boyle will be next in line for the C. Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe writes that its best for Patrick Kane to move on from the cab incident. Though Messier’s heart belongs in […]

Posted by Kyle Kosior in Boston Bruins,Buffalo Sabres,Calgary Flames,Chicago Blackhawks,NHL Morning Papers,Philadelphia Flyers,San Jose Sharks,Tampa Bay Lightning,Toronto Maple Leafs,Vancouver Canucks on August 18, 2009

On the Beat: Prospal and Predators a match?

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch previews the Maple Leafs heading into 2009/10.  That group of top-six forwards is going to be really exciting to watch on Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday… If silence fuels speculation, then let the speculation begin about the Predators’ interest in […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Nashville Predators,On the Beat,Toronto Maple Leafs on July 30, 2009

Leafs acquire second round pick from Flames

From the Globe & Mail: The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired Wayne Primeau from the Calgary Flames for defenceman Anton Stralman and forward Colin Stuart, the teams announced Monday. The Leafs will also receive a second-round draft pick in 2011 while Calgary will take a seventh-round pick in 2012. Read the story here. I have […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Calgary Flames,Toronto Maple Leafs on July 27, 2009

On the Beat: Dater says Pierre Lacroix “gambled and lost”

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Playoff teams: Pittsburgh could be two-sport champions if the Penguins win the Cup.  The Steel city is enjoying some great success as of late. Teams not in the playoffs: The Bruins ownership wants to get Peter Chiarellin signed to a contract extension this summer.  He has done a […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Columbus Blue Jackets,Edmonton Oilers,Montreal Canadiens,On the Beat,Pittsburgh Penguins,Toronto Maple Leafs,Washington Capitals on May 27, 2009