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The Daily Bites NHL Mock Draft - First Round 2012
The NHL draft will begin on Friday and it is a chance for every team to have some hope about their future.  This draft is very interesting because after Nail Yakupov (the consensus number one pick) there are a plethora of differing opinions among experts and scouts as to where…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 06/18/12 | Comments 1

Will the Marlies Success Translate to the Maple Leafs Next Season?
The Toronto Marlies had a great season and although they were swept in the Calder Cup final on the weekend, they had an excellent playoff run as well.  What is most impressive with the Marlies playoff run is that they have done it with a minimal amount of AHL “veterans”. …
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 06/11/12 | Comments 0

Toronto Maple Leafs Top 25 Prospects
I recently completed a series of articles analyzing the Maple Leafs organizational depth at each position.  After completing that exercise I thought it would take some time to rank the top 25 prospects in the organization and give some projections.  For each player I give their ceiling, a projection and…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 06/07/12 | Comments 5

Toronto Maple Leafs Organizational Depth Chart – Right Wing
This is the final article in a series looking at the Toronto Maple Leafs organizational depth by position.  Thus far I have completed my review of goalies, defensemen, centermen, and left wingers, which leaves us with right wingers to finish things up.  As I stated in my previous articles, most…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 05/31/12 | Comments 0

A Solution for the Maple Leafs Goaltending Issues
This past week, Bob Mackenzie indicated on TSN Radio that the Maple Leafs would not be interested in goaltender Roberto Luongo.  This seems to be a sentiment echoed throughout the media and I happen to agree with it.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Luongo is a great goalie and…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 05/27/12 | Comments 2

Toronto Maple Leafs Organizational Depth Chart – Left Wing
This is the fourth article in a series looking at the Toronto Maple Leafs organizational depth by position.  Thus far I have completed my review of goalies, defensemen and center icemen in the organization and that leaves us with wingers to round things out.  As I stated in my previous…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 05/22/12 | Comments 0

Toronto Maple Leafs Organizational Depth Chart – Center
This is the third article in a series looking at the Toronto Maple Leafs organizational depth by position.  Thus far I have completed my review of goalies and defensemen and next up will be a look at the organizational depth at the center ice position.  Since most forwards can play…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 05/13/12 | Comments 5

Can the Maple Leafs Draw Hope From the Ottawa Senators?
The Ottawa Senators ended the 2010-11 season in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and 26th place overall in the NHL and looked to be on track for a painful rebuild.  As they entered this past season they were picked by many analysts to be battling for the first overall…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 05/09/12 | Comments 0

Toronto Maple Leafs Organizational Depth Chart – Defensemen
I will be posting a series of articles looking at the Toronto Maple Leafs organizational depth by position.  I started the series last week with goaltenders and I am continuing from the net out and going with defensemen next. Defensemen on 2011-12 roster: Dion Phaneuf Carl Gunnarsson John-Michael Liles Mike…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 05/07/12 | Comments 0

Toronto Maple Leafs Organizational Depth – Goalies
I will be posting a series of articles looking at the Toronto Maple Leafs organizational depth by position.  Brian Burke says that he likes to build his teams from the net out so that is where I will be starting. Goalies on 2011-12 roster: James Reimer Jonas Gustavsson (UFA) Goaltending…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 05/02/12 | Comments 1

Two Goaltenders the Toronto Maple Leafs Should Target This Off-Season
There is no doubt that the goaltender is the single most influential player on any hockey team and rivals that of a quarterback in football for how much impact the position has on the game.  Although having good goaltending does not guarantee success, not having it is a recipe for…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 04/29/12 | Comments 5

What Can Maple Leaf Fans Expect With the Fifth Overall Pick?
With the conclusion of the NHL Draft lottery last week, reality has begun to set in for Toronto Maple Leaf fans as they were not able to move up to the first pick in the upcoming draft.  I thought I would take some time to look back at past fifth…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 04/26/12 | Comments 1

The Phil Kessel Effect
I heard a caller on the radio the other day talk about the effect the Phil Kessel trade has had on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Most people think that the trade was a disaster for the Leafs, but I was a proponent of the trade when it first happened.  However,…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 08/31/10 | Comments 2

The NHL’s Best Fans…According to Forbes
Forbes has recently put out a list of the best fans for the four major sports leagues in North America (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL).  The list includes the top four teams from each of the leagues.  The NHL is represented by the following teams: 3. Detroit Red Wings 6. Pittsburgh…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 08/04/10 | Comments 2

Top 10 Remaining UFA’s
After a flurry of activity in the first couple days of the free agent season, the market cooled off, leaving a lot of players sitting on the sidelines waiting for their phones to ring. There was a sense that everyone was waiting for Ilya Kovalchuk to sign and then the…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 07/28/10 | Comments 0

Taking a look at the Leafs Roster and Cap Situation
The Toronto Maple Leafs ended last season with a 10-5-3 record after the Olympic break, giving them the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference for that time period. Many people consider this garbage time, when the games don’t matter, but the team put up this record playing against teams…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 07/25/10 | Comments 0

Where Will Kaberle Land?
Probably the most interesting story to all Leaf fans this summer is whether Tomas Kaberle will be dealt or if he will stick with the Buds.  More importantly, if he is dealt, what kind of talent will Brian Burke get in return.  Although the Ilya Kovalchuk saga has yet to…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 07/23/10 | Comments 2

A Lost Season for “Cost Certainty”
In light of the recent debacle, known as the Ilya Kovalchuk contract saga, and listening to and reading wide ranging opinions on various radio stations and print media, I can’t help but thinking back to the lockout and lost season of 2004-2005. The main issue of the CBA negotiations was…
Posted by @TheDailyBites on 07/22/10 | Comments 3