The dream is over. The Toronto Marlies’ improbable playoff run ended last night as they fell 6-2 to the Texas Stars in Game 7 of the American Hockey League’s Western Conference Final. The Marlies had a 2-0 lead near the end of the second period before, as Kyle Cicerella writes, mental mistakes caused everything to unravel. That will happen when you allow the opposing team to pelt your goaltender with 49 shots.
Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation shares his thoughts on the Marlies’ season. The “Just Like The Leafs” jokes came fast and furious during the series with the Stars as they were outshot by a gigantic margin, but in reality, the Marlies were much better than the Toronto Maple Leafs over the course of the season in that regard.
Cam Charron of The LeafsNation offers his take on the recent rumour of the Leafs potentially trading for the first overall pick. He doesn’t really get into the rumour itself, but rather the prevailing mindset that we can look at far-from-sure-things like Matt Finn, Petter Granberg, Stuart Percy and Andrew MacWilliam and pencil them into the Leafs’ defense corps in a few years. The chances of them all making it are extremely unlikely.
Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun has more on that aforementioned rumour. According to his sources, the Leafs met with one of the top prospects at last week’s combine, suggesting they’re interested in trading into the top three. I’d just like to add I think trading Dion Phaneuf, Nazem Kadri AND the eighth overall pick would be lunacy.
The Stanley Cup Final begins tonight as the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings meet on the West Coast for Game 1. Most pundits are saying the Kings will win in a walk, but as Eric T. of FiveThirtyEight writes, Henrik Lundqvist and superior special teams for the Rangers could make this series closer than you think.