Welcome Aboard, Randall Ritchey and Thursday Leaf Links


In case you haven’t noticed, things have gotten a little slower around here in the past few months. My life has been a bit crazy, and unfortunately, this blog has suffered as a result. I’d like to take a second to welcome Randall Ritchey to Editor-in-Leaf. Randall has already proven he knows what it takes to operate a successful blog, and I look forward to working with another experienced writer. Eventually, Randall will be taking over for me as lead writer, as I’ll be joining the Army once I get some immigration red tape cleared up, but I plan on continuing to contribute here indefinitely. Obviously, there will be stretches of time where that won’t be possible, but I have no plans on abandoning this blog at any point in the foreseeable future. (Until the Leafs win the Cup, then I might drown myself in a pool of Labatt Blue). That said, I’m ecstatic that Randall is on board, because I can get away from the daily drudgery of the dreaded and incredibly boring Gameday Preview, and back to what I love doing and what inspired me to start this blog – writing about my beloved Leafs.

Here in Massachusetts, we got dumped on again, with another 16 inches of snow, so I’ve got a hell of a day ahead of me but here’s today’s links after the jump.

  • With the trade deadline approaching, there’s going to be all kinds of specualtion around the Leafs. A team-by-team breakdown of the most attractive option for the Buds from LeafsHQ.
  • Another solid start from James Reimer against Tampa Bay this week, and James Mirtle from the Globe and Mail takes a look at his future with the club.
  • Dear Sweet God in Heaven – What the hell is the Guardian Project? I haven’t given my opinion on this catastrophe enough around here, but I can tell you I’m certainly not a fan. The Maple Leaf was released on Sunday – a giant maple tree described as immovable (out of the league cellar?) and capable of growing infinitely larger as needed. Here’s the full description from NHL.com
  • Phil Kessel will almost always be the subject of criticism in Toronto, until he proves he was worth the infamous two first round picks. LeafsNation is still holding out hope for the kid – He’s only 23, eh?
  • Finally, with the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft coming up this weekend, Down Goes Brown has some pretty foolproof strategies for drafting the winning squad.