Named after former Toronto Maple Leaf great Bill Barilko, the Barilkosphere is a network of blogs and websites devoted to bringing you the news, information and opinion (and lots of it) regarding the Leafs you crave as a fan. This feature is dedicated to bringing you the best of the Barilkosphere every day except Sunday. So sit back and relax, pour yourself another cup of Joe and enjoy today’s round of fresh links.
Steve Simmons apparently has a source that says no one is willing to pay what Grabbo and his agent think he’s worth. Still, as Joe Yerdon of ProHockeyTalk points out, there are plenty of teams that could use his services.
So Leo wants to play in the NHL again, just not for the Leafs. Sounds about right. From Sportsnet.ca.
You don’t have to be an “associate professor of statistics” to realize signing a 34-year-old to a four-year deal worth $13.5-million probably isn’t a good idea. But at least hockey analytics are getting a shout-out from a major newspaper. Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe has the story.
I tend to agree with Patrick Burke that all of this media coverage is doing a pretty good job of shaming the Russian government on its own. The Zetterberg and Hedman comments were especially encouraging to hear. From Kevin Allen of USA Today.
From the good (Bower and Sawchuk) to the bad (Raycroft and Toskala), Terry Harris of Tip of the Tower has a brief history lesson on Leafs’ goaltending tandems.
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