Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment president and chief executive officer Tim Leiweke made the Toronto sports talk radio rounds yesterday to discuss a variety of topics. Most notably, he said Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan is close to making decisions regarding this hockey club. What those decisions may be, we don’t know, but it’s a good bet they’re going to come to a conclusion whether or not Randy Carlyle will be the head coach next season in the near future. Michael Traikos of the National Post has more on that decision, and possible reasons why Shanahan is being so patient.
The Toronto Marlies continue their first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Admirals tonight with Game 3 and a chance to sweep their opponents on home ice. The Marlies are due to get some reinforcements in Carter Ashton and Andrew MacWilliam back, but it looks like Spencer Abbott and Peter Holland are still not quite ready to return. Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation has everything you need to know to get ready for tonight’s game at Ricoh Coliseum.
The Guelph Storm are getting ready to begin the Ontario Hockey League final against the North Bay Battalion tonight. Storm defenseman and Leafs prospect Matt Finn will be counted on to lead the team to a Memorial Cup berth. The 20-year-old Toronto native had 61 points in 66 games during the regular season and has 10 in 15 in the playoffs so far. The Leafs could have two prospects in the Memorial Cup if goaltender Antoine Bibeau and the Val d’Or Foreurs win the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title. Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star has more on Finn and his unique relationship with former Leafs defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo.
Every year, the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association casts their votes for all the major NHL awards. The good people over at The Royal Half decided to contact a bunch of hockey bloggers and put together the Professional Hockey Bloggers’ Association, or the PHBA. You can see all of their votes for every award right here.
After last night’s terrific trifecta of Game 7s, the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs is set. Nicholas Emptage of Puck Prediction offers his, um, prediction of how the second round will unfold. Do you agree with him?