Toronto Maple Leafs: Thoughts From Around the NHL

May 10, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ilya Mikheyev (65) celebrates a goal by forward William Nylander (not pictured) against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the third period of game five of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
May 10, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ilya Mikheyev (65) celebrates a goal by forward William Nylander (not pictured) against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the third period of game five of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are no longer playing hockey, and usually when that happens, I am done.

82 Toronto Maple Leafs games + the Playoffs + writing about them daily means that when the boys in blue are done, I usually have to at least take one round off from watching.

In the pandemic year, I don’t think I watched a second after the Leafs went down, but that was August so who could blame me?

Last year, I had to skip the second round, but I really did enjoy watching watching Tampa in rounds three and four.

Ex Toronto Maple Leafs Finding Success in Playoffs

This year, if you had of asked me last week, I’d have said I was probably done, but then Calgary beat Edmonton 9-6 (now that is “playoff hockey“!) and I was sucked back in.

Last night’s game wasn’t quite as crazy, but there were still eight goals.  The greatest series of all-time is now tied at ones, and there have been 23 goals over two games.

As fantastic as all these goals are, and as great as it will be to see Edmonton advance (I don’t think this high scoring favors the Flames) it’s a bit annoying that Zach Hyman and Frederick Andersen are already in round two and likely going farther.

Yes, the Hurricanes are up 2-0 on the Rangers.  As much as I want to be upset that Hyman and Andersen are finding success elsewhere, I am a huge fan of both players and I think it would be great to see either of them win a Cup.

On Trading William Nylander

You are out of ideas.  Stop saying this.  This is a bad idea, that has been beaten into the ground for six years and you need to get over it.  This is lazy.  He isn’t getting traded. The end.

On the Jack Adams Finalists

Who cares, what a dumb trophy.  Guess what ? There are only 31 coaches and there are at least one-million people on earth who could coach a hockey team in the NHL.  The 31 who fluked into these jobs? They are all winners.

Takes on Takes

Someone actually suggested firing Sheldon Keefe and bringing in Rick Bowness.   But they didn’t just float this horribly stupid idea, they framed like “if Bowness is available, do it now before someone else does.”    No thanks, we’re fine.   Honestly, does this guy even know Barry Melrose is available?

“Run It Back”

Don’t really care if you do or not, but stop saying this.  The Internet Age has a lot of problems, and overusing a catch phrase and running into the ground in three to four days is one of the worst ones.

Half the Forwards Are Going to Change. dark. Next

You could add “Battle of Alberta” to that list as well. Oh well, It’s going to be a long summer for the Toronto Maple Leafs and friends.