Dynasty Hockey League

Leafs no longer Marooned?

It’s been a crazy season in Leaf Nation so far. After a blazing start thanks in part to puck-luck and a shooting percentage that was guaranteed to drop the Leafs found themselves in a four-way tie for the at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. Toronto’s struggles continued after the addition of veterans depth players Brian Boyle and Travis Zajac leading to GM Mathieu doing something he hadn’t planned for at least another one-to-two seasons, trade starting goalie Martin Jones.

“As a management group, we assessed the current DHL climate and came to the conclusion that we needed to make a move that would hopefully spark this team into playing like we know they can.”

Toronto sent Jones and highly touted defensive prospect Phillipe Myers to San Jose in exchange for Fredrik Andersen and a 2nd round pick. It was a lot to give up, but sometimes the group needs to be reminded that winning is the goal of this game, especially for a franchise mired in as much disappointment as the Leafs. While Andersen has been playing well, posting career numbers: a 9-4 record, 2 shutouts, a 2.39GAA and .915SV% the leafs still continued with consistency issues, unable to string multiple wins together.

After careful examination of the depth chart, it seems Mathieu wanted to bring a bit more of a presence to the top six. Oshie, Skinner, Marner, Ehlers, and to a point JVR don’t provide a ton of physicality and sometimes that’s what is needed to kick start a team. Mathieu flew to Dallas and quite quickly, orchestrated a deal with the Stars’ management to acquire hulking power-forward, Patrick Maroon. Toronto was able to add size and scoring without losing any of their current top-six, shipping the talented but often underutilized Oscar Lindberg and 10 million dollars to acquire the 29 year old with three years remaining on his contract including this one. Maroon seems to have been the spark the team needed to start heading in the right direction. Toronto is currently riding a five game win streak with Maroon posting three points in four games and landing a blistering average of eighteen hits per game. Toronto’s next game is against Maroon’s former team the Dallas Stars and the Leafs can’t be complacent, while there’s likely no “easy” matchup in the East, getting the best results during the regular season is still the top priority.

Leafs Notes:

  • the leafs sent out a ridiculous 4th line of Zajac, Marner, and Ehlers last night and looks to continue with this deployment until further notice.
  • Austin Czarnik has voiced his concern for ice-time and GM Mathieu has expressed his willingness to move him. Czarnik is currently destroying the AHL with 10pts in 5 games and with Boston’s terrible start to the NHL season, is likely to be the first call up.
  • The Leafs are one of the few teams in the DHL that will expose actual talent to Florida in the upcoming season and lose a valuable asset, rumour has it that Florida and Toronto have been in talks and have finalized a deal that would see Florida get a considerable return for Toronto’s peace of mind in knowing who was being plucked from their depth chart. When pressed for a comment, Mathieu said “That’s what happens when half the league is allowed to manage their franchises with no-valuable depth past their pro-roster and no penalty for doing so.” When asked specifically about the rumoured deal he was clear: “You’ll find out in time.”

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