Forgive Toronto Maple Leafs fans if they are thinking championship after hiring three-time Stanley Cup champion and Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan as team president. But hope is a necessary panacea for a fan base that hasn't celebrated a Stanley Cup championship since 1967, and watched the Maple Leafs miss the playoffs in a drama-filled 2013-14 season, finishing 12th in the Eastern Conference and sixth in the Atlantic Division. And Shanahan sold hope in his introductory press conference April 14. ''I do like a lot about this group,'' Shanahan said. ''From an outsider looking in, there are some pieces that a lot of teams would covet. There are some great aspects to this team. ''I recognize what it could potentially be like (to win the Stanley Cup) in Toronto. This is the time for me to start learning about the organization from top-to-bottom. It's time for me to listen, to learn and to get to work.'' With the Leafs set to open the seaso...
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS LAST SEASON: 38-6-8, 84 points, finished 12th in the East and missed the playoffs. COACH: Randy Carlyle, fifth season with the Leafs, 343-244-77. ADDED: RW Matt Frattin, C Leo Komarov, D Roman Polak, D Stephane Robidas, C Mike Santorelli. LOST: C Dave Bolland, D Tim Gleason, D Carl Gunnerson, C Jay McClement, RW Nikolai Kulemin, LW Mason Raymond. PLAYER TO WATCH: David Clarkson. The right winger's first season with his boyhood team was one he'd rather forget. Clarkson had with 11 points (five goals and six assists) in 60 games with a minus-14 rating after agreeing to a seven-year, $36.75 million deal with Toronto. OUTLOOK: The hirings of Brendan Shanahan as team president, Kyle Dubas as the assistant general manager and the added emphasis of analytics seem to indicate a new day for the Leafs. But much of the team that lost 12 of their final 14 games last season has returned. Coupled with the fact that the Leafs are in a division with 2013-14 playoff teams...
It's never a good idea to show up at a game with the jersey of a team that's not even playing. Similar colors don't count either. When a Toronto Maple Leafs fan showed at in Dallas at a Stars vs. Lightning preseason game on Tuesday, the folks at American Airlines Center decided to call him out on the big screen. This also isn't the first time they've taken a shot at Maple Leafs fans. Last season, the Stars reminded everyone who's one of Toronto's biggest supporters.
LAST SEASON: 42-30-10, 94 points. Finished 3rd in Metropolitan Division. Sixth in Eastern Conference. Lost to New York Rangers in first round of playoffs.
Forgive Toronto Maple Leafs fans if they are thinking championship after hiring three-time Stanley Cup champion and Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan as team president.
LAST SEASON: 38-6-8, 84 points, finished 12th in the East and missed the playoffs.
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Stephane Quintal, a veteran of over 1000 NHL games, has been with the league's department of player safety from the beginning