Where Are They Now?

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We’ve always wondered, what happens to our favourite hockey players? The average NHL career is 5.5 years (source: http://www.rsvlts.com/2013/07/22/longest-sports-careers/). So what happens to them when they’re no longer in the NHL? Well they do other things. In our first instalment of this series, we follow four players; a former 1st Overall Pick, a 2nd Rounder, a former Calder winner, and a former Amazing Race winner. I’ve never been a man of unneccesary words, so without further to do, here’s our first instalment of Where Are They Now?

Rick DiPietro

Former 1st Overall Pick in the 2000 NHL Draft, Rick DiPietro signed the 1st 15 year contract for a whopping $67.5M (granted that’s not too much in pro sports nowadays) in 2006. As most people know, he was bought out in 2013, and will be paid $1.5M till 2029 (he’s pretty much set for life). After getting bought out, he played 5 games with the Charlotte Checkers before retiring. He’s now a radio host at 98.7 ESPN Radio in New York. He hosts the show 7-10PM on weekdays and you can check it out here: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/newyork/play.

Eddie Caron
Probably most well known as being the guy with the lowest grade ever on Hockey’s Future with a 0.5A (http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/eddie_caron/). He was drafted in 2001 with the 52nd Overall pick. He was drafted 3 picks ahead of Jason Pominville. He was a raw player but had some talent. So where is he now? He played one season in the ECHL where he scored 10G in 54 games in the ECHL. He is no longer in hockey and is actually in the field of finance. So he’s doing pretty well outside of hockey!

Andrew Raycroft
The former Calder trophy winner was part of one of the more lopsided trades in recent memory. He was traded for the rights of Tuukka Rask and didn’t play too well for Toronto. After going to Dallas, he left and ended up playing in Italy playing for Milano Rossoblu. After Italy, he played in Sweden and subsequently retired. He’s currently a 1st Year Volunteer Assistant Coach of the University of Connecticut Huskies ice hockey team.

Bates Battaglia
The former Leaf, Avalanche, Capital, and Hurricane is well known for winning the Amazing Race 22 with his brother Anthony. After winning the million dollar prize, many people aren’t sure where he went. Well he’s opened a bar in Raleigh, North Carolina called Lucky B’s Bar. Make sure to check it out!

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Mock Draft 2.0

Now that some of the dust has settled, here are my updated predictions for hte 2015 NHL Draft.

1. Edmonton Oilers – Connor McDavid
Oh Buffalo. Can’t even tank right. I don’t think there’s another pick that fits in this spot.

2. Buffalo Sabres – Jack Eichel
That’s not that bad of a consolation prize. He’ll be a really good 1C, but probably not a generational player like McDavid.

3. Arizona Coyotes – Noah Hanifin
They’re the big loser of the draft lottery. They try to tank, and end up not getting either McDavid or Eichel. It’s a toss up between Strome and Hanifin for me. Both great picks, but Arizona has some depth at the Center position with players such as Max Domi, Laurent Dauphin, and Ryan Macinnis. On defense though, I believe there is a drop in talent after Brandon Gormley.

4. Toronto Maple Leafs – Dylan Strome
The Leafs need a big strong 1C. Strome fits that role. He also plays a nice defensive game. If the Coyotes get Hanifin, the Leafs get Strome. If the Coyotes get Strome, the Leafs get Hanifin. It’s a two horse race for me. I don’t believe the Leafs will get Marner or Crouse.

5. Carolina Hurricanes – Mitchell Marner
Nice speedy winger with a bit of toughness and a defensive game. If this draft wasn’t so top heavy, he’d be the first overall pick in the draft.

6. New Jersey Devils – Lawson Crouse
Big power forward. Can play both wings. I project him as a James Van Riemsdyk type of player. Big strong player, can score some goals. Had 29G in 56GP this season in the OHL.

7. Philadelphia Flyers – Mikko Rantanen
After this, the draft is kind of wide open. Most people have a defenseman in the 7 spot, but the Flyers have a few strong defenseman prospects such as Travis Sanheim, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Samuel Morin. Mikko Rantanen can play the wing where they are a little weak on high level depth.

8. Columbus Blue Jackets – Zach Werenski
9. San Jose Sharks – Matthew Barzal
10. Colorado Avalanche – Ivan Provorov
He is the highest ranked Russian in the draft. Good strong defenseman. Has a great passing game.

11. Florida Panthers – Timo Meier
Florida has quite of few good young centers such as Nick Bjugstad, and Jonathan Huberdeau, Rocco Grimaldi and a few good young defenseman such as Ian McCoshen and Mike Matheson. They’re a little weak on the wing and Timo Meier will be a good addition for the team.

12. Dallas Stars – Pavel Zacha
Dallas has a very strong system with many good young players in the system. They don’t have to draft for need, but instead can draft the best player available. Zacha has great size, an elite shot, and isn’t scared of hitting. Plays a great two way game.

13. Los Angeles Kings – Kyle Connor
Great two way player. Plans on playing at U of Michigan next year. Nice two way players. Curious how he plays against higher level competition versus the USHL.

14. Boston Bruins – Nick Merkley
15. Calgary Flames – Jansen Harkins
16. Edmonton Oilers – Oliver Kylington
The Oilers are vey strong up front and needs to pick up some high level defenseman. Kylington is the best defenseman on the board, and will immediately improve the defensive aspects of the Oilers’ system.

17. Winnipeg Jets – Travis Konecny
18. Ottawa Senators – Jakub Zboril
19. Detroit Red Wings – Yevgeni Svechnikov
20. Minnesota Wild – Paul Bittner
I personally love Bittner’s game. Big powerful forward that isn’t all about banging into others. He can score as well; scoring 34 goals in 66 games in the WHL.

21. Buffalo Sabres – Thomas Chabot
The Sabres will pick a defenseman in this spot. That is unless the Sabres totally lose their mind and pick Hanifin instead of Eichel. If that happens, then the Sabres will pick a forward. But really? That’s not happening.

22. Washington Capitals – Daniel Sprong
23. Vancouver Canucks – Jeremy Roy
24. Arizona Coyotes – Brock Boeser
25. Toronto Maple Leafs – Brandon Carlo
26. Philadelphia Flyers – Anthony Beauvillier
Most scouting reports have him going a bit later, but I think he fits in well with the Flyers. They’ve got a lot of gritty players and Beauvillier is a quick centerman, with a knack for scoring. He scored 42 goals in 67 games with the Shawinigan Cataractes this year.

27. Winnipeg Jets – Colin White
28. Anaheim Ducks – Filip Chlapik
29. Montreal Canadiens – Jordan Greenway
30. Tampa Bay Lightning – Jacob Larsson

First Goalie to be taken: Mackenzie Blackwood
I’d go with somewhere in the mid to late 2nd round.

That’s my list. Where does your team fit? Let us know. Comment below. Don’t agree with us? Let us know as well by commenting, or tweeting at me @hkyblogger. Make sure to share it with your friends!

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2015 Mock Draft 1.0

This is the first version of the 2015 NHL Mock Draft. There’s obviously some picks you disagree with me and that’s perfectly understandable. However, I want to know your point of view so make sure to let me know by commenting, telling us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog or tweet me @hkyblogger!

1. Buffalo Sabres – Connor McDavid
– Don’t think there’s any arguments on this one.

2. Edmonton Oilers – Jack Eichel
– Like I mentioned before,

Don’t think anyone would complain though if Jack Eichel turned out to be like Patrick Kane.

3. Arizona Coyotes -Noah Hanifin
– Cornerstone defenseman. Not much argument here. Could make an amazing pair with Ekman-Larsson

4. Carolina Hurricanes – Mitchell Marner
– Very quick hands. Needs to work a bit on his defense

5. Toronto Maple Leafs – Dylan Strome
– I’m more interested on which Strome will have a better career.

6. Columbus Blue Jackets – Lawson Crouse
– Nice power forward. Uses frame well. Columbus should not be disappointed to get a player like Crouse.

7. New Jersey Devils – Kyle Connor
– The top 6 were easy IMO. Now this is where it gets a bit harder. I know this is a major reach, but New Jersey loves it’s possession and Connor has top notch possession skills.

8. Philadelphia Flyers – Zach Werenski
– Will make a formidable pair with 2014 pick Sam Morin.

9. Dallas Stars – Matthew Barzal
10.Colorado Avalanche – Mikko Rantanen
11. Ottawa Senators – Ivan Provorov
12. Florida Panthers – Pavel Zacha
13. Winnipeg Jets – Thomas Chabot
– Great two player. Love his shot.

14. San Jose Sharks – Travis Konecky
15. Carolina Hurricanes – Timo Meier
16. Boston Bruins – Paul Bittner
– Love Paul Bittner’s game and size. Could be the steal of the draft

17. Vancouver Canucks – Brandon Carlo
18. Minnesota Wild – Oliver Kylington
– Really depends who you ask. Some people will tell you he’s a top 10 pick, but others will tell you he’s more top 20.

19. Calgary Flames – Jordan Greenway
20. Washington Capitals – Nick Merkley
21. Detroit Red Wings –  Daniel Sprong
22. Arizona Coyotes – Jansen Harkins
23. Edmonton Oilers – Jakub Zboril
24. Buffalo Sabres – Colin White
– Some fall here, but Sabres fans will be happy to pick up Colin White.

25. Philadelphia Flyers –  Evgeny Svechnikov
26. Toronto Maple Leafs – Jeremy Bracco
27. Montreal Canadiens – Jeremy Roy
28. Buffalo Sabres – Jacob Larsson
– After focusing on forwards, it’s a nice pick up and a nice focus on D.

29. Tampa Bay Lightning – Brock Boeser
30. Anaheim Ducks – Jake DeBrusk

Players to watch for:

– Denis Godla (G), highly doubt he gets drafted in the earlier rounds, but he was the U-20 best goalie. Fun player to watch.

– Ryan Pilon (D), he’ll get drafted in the 2nd round. Something about his all around game just makes me interested in him.

 

Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

Since the deadline is basically over when I’m writing this (2:58PM EST), I might as well start writing the Trade Deadline Winners and Losers. Most people write about which team won and what not, here’s my alternative view on who won and lost this trade deadline. Tell us how you think! Tell us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog on Twitter @hkyblogger or simply comment below!

Winners:
Jeff Petry

Man oh man. Lucky Jeff Petry. He gets traded from the worst team in the league to one of the best. You really can’t complain here if you’re Jeff Petry.

Jordan Leopold’s family
Just read the letter.

Losers:
TSN Twitter Box

Well uh… Not exactly what I’d call great for the network? Some poor intern is getting fired. It did bring everyone some giggles and laughs but probably not the smartest move and Lupul is definitely not happy.

Ouch. TMZ is bad enough already… Maybe just screen all the tweets next time?

Llamas in the TSN studio
Well what the f*ck was this.

It was during the empty period near lunch time and I guess TSN just had nothing to do. TSN’s not really having the greatest TradeCenter right now… A little bit of context. CNN had spent several hours the other day tracking some escaped Llamas. TSN tried to do the same thing and I have no words to explain what happened… All I know is that if this was in the States, PETA would lose their minds…

Fans everywhere
This deadline day was rather boring. No big trades. The only big trades happened at the wee hours of the night. All of the fans at who spent the entire days glued to the TV were surely disappointed. Cause I surely am.

Trade Deadline Live Post!

So with the deadline creeping Not Your Average Hockey Blog has its own live deadline show going on. Keep refreshing for real time updates!

1:30AM TBL trades Brett CONNOLLY to BOS for 2 2nd Rounders
Thoughts: Effectively takes them out of the Chris Stewart sweepstakes. Good trade for BOS. Gives them a young strong player for the future.

1:30AM PHI trades Braydon COBURN to TBL for 2015 1st Rounder, 3rd Rounder and Radko GUDAS.
Thoughts: PHI just robbed TBL. A deep draft, and an intimidating player? Shocking.

9:15AM Jeff PETRY traded from EDM to MTL for 2015 2nd Rounder and Conditional 3rd or 5th.
Thoughts: Wow. Rentals are pricey this year.

9:45AM FLA GM Dale Tallon doesn’t expect to make many trades today. Jimmy Hayes FLA WILL NOT be traded.

9:55AM Contrary to rumours. LAK Slava VOYNOV has not been traded PHI. Cannot be traded right now as he is suspended.

9:56AM Renaud of TVA reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs are trying to trade both Dion PHANEUF and Phil KESSEL.
Quick Thoughts: It’s going to be hard for Phaneuf if no money is retained. Kessel it will be hard to get fair value.
Update: John Shannon doesn’t believe that Phaneuf will be traded today.

10:04AM Marc Antoine Godin reports that MTL wants to trade PA PARENTEAU.
Quick Thoughts: It’s going to be hard. He’s been relegated to 4th line or healthy scratch status. Coming back from an injury it will be tough. But hey, Clarkson got traded so anyone can be traded.

10:17AM Petry was offered 4M for 4 years by EDM. He said no.
Quick Thoughts: Petry really wants to get out of there..

10:22AM Jim Nill has said that there’s a lot of hockey moves out there.

10:27AM Zbynek Michalek may have been traded to STL.

10:28AM Brian Lawton reports that BUF will trade Chris Stewart for a 4th and a conditional.
Quick Thoughts: No one wants him? Surprising. He does a bit of everything…

10:46AM MTL acquires Brian FLYNN from BUF for a 2016 5th Rounder.
Quick Thoughts: Not a big trade. BUF continues their stockpile, MTL gets a 4th liner.

10:55AM Michalek has been traded to STL like it was posted at 10:27AM.

11:47AM We’re still here. Nothing to report…

11:49AM Maxim LETUNOV is the prospect back to AZ for Michalek and conditional 3rd round pick.

12:30PM Something with WIDEMAN could possibly be going on…

12:56PM SJS trade Andrew DESJARDINS to CHI for Ben SMITH.
Quick Thoughts: FINALLY A TRADE. Not much to report here. Small move. Gives SJS a bit more grit.

1:06PM NJD acquires a conditional 2016 3rd Rd Pick from DET for Marek Zidlicky.
Quick Thoughts: Oh the dominos are falling. Condition is reported that if DET makes the Cup Finals it becomes a 2nd. Does this close the door on Phaneuf to DET?

1:19PM SJS trades Tyler KENNEDY to NYI for a conditional pick.

1:31PM COL acquires Freddie Hamilton from SJS for Karl STOLLERY

1:32PM PIT acquires Ian COLE from STL for Robert BORTUZZO.
Quick Thoughts: I love Bortuzzo. Good move for the future. PIT gets a good player right now. Some insurance for the future.

1:38PM DET is all done according to the Detroit Free Press. So Phaneuf to DET is a dead deal.

1:43PM NEUVRITH to NYI for JOHNSON and a conditional 3rd.
Quick Thoughts: Can we just give BUF all 211 picks?

2:07PM VAN acquires Corey CONACHER from NYI for Dustin JEFFREYS.
Quick Thoughts: Move along.

2:14PM NYI trade David LEGGIO to AZ.
Quick Thoughts: This is only important if Leggio tips the net in Arizona.

2:15PM CBJ trades Jordan LEOPOLD to MIN for Justin FALK and a 5th.
Quick Thoughts: Not worth much. MIN gets a nice 5 or 6D. Falk on a 1 year 2 way deal. Not bad.
UPDATE: Michael Russo says that Falk asked for a trade.

2:26PM TOR trades Olli Jokinen to STL for a late round pick
Quick Thoughts: Expected. Leafs had no use for Jokinen. It’s good to know the Leafs got something for him. STL get a nice piece for the long run. We had reported that the Leafs wanted a fifth for him. Price may have dropped due to the time.
UPDATE: Yup. Conditional 6th. The Leafs were hoping for a fifth as we reported, but a conditional 6th isn’t a bad return.
UPDATE 2: If Jokinen plays a role and the Blues made finals, it turns into a 4th.
Update 3: Leafs get Joakim Lidstrom as well.
Quick Thought #2: How do you define “plays a role”?

2:57PM MTL acquires Torrey MITCHELL from BUF.
Quick Thought: I bet it’s picks.

2:58PM BOS trades Jordan CARON.

3:00PM TRADE DEADLINE IS UP. But there are some trades waiting at NHL HQ.

3:00PM Chris STEWART has been traded.
Update 1: Pittsburgh has been floating around.
Update 2: It’s not Stewart.
Update 3: STEWART to MIN. I know it’s for picks.
Update 4: STEWART FOR MIN 2017 2ND ROUNDER.

3:02PM PIT has a trade for a D man.
Update 1: PIT re-acquires Ben LOVEJOY from ANA.
Update 2: PIT gives up DEPRES for LOVEJOY
Quick Thoughts: Uhm. Why. Just why did PIT do that?

3:12PM CAL may have traded Sven BAERTSCHI?
Update 1: Traded to Canucks.
Update 2: Traded for a 2nd Round pick?
Update 3: Apparently 2015 2nd Rounder.
Quick Thoughts: That’s a steal for the Canucks.

3:29PM Putting two and two together and starting to feel it’s COL giving up Max TALBOT to BOS for Jordan CARON.

3:36PM CBJ trades James WISNIEWSKI and a 3rd Rounder to ANA for a 2nd Rounder, William KARLSSON and Rene BOURQUE
Quick thoughts: BOOM BIG TRADE THERE.

4:02PM ANA trades Michael SGARBOSSA to COL for Mat CLARK
Quick Thoughts: DOES THIS COUNT AS A THREE WAY TRADE.

4:13PM Leafs may not be done.

4:21PM TOR trades Korbinian HOLZER to ANA for 5th Rounder and Eric BREWER.

4:59PM BOS trades friend of the site Jared KNIGHT to MIN for Zach PHILLIPS.

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Interview With Brett MacLean!

We recently caught up with Brett MacLean. He’s a former NHLer, AHLer, OHL leading scorer who was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2nd Round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. So you might ask, “Where is Brett now?”. Don’t you worry. We have you covered. However, we’re not going to tell you right now. Make sure to listen to our interview to find out what he’s been up to!

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Who’s Going to Replace Carlyle? The Best Options Out There for The Maple Leafs

Better late than never, am I right? The Toronto Maple Leafs have finally fired Randy Carlyle; honestly a move that should’ve happened during this past summer. Now I have nothing against Carlyle himself, in the interviews I’ve seen, he genuinely seems like a nice guy. But the problem wasn’t Carlyle’s personality it was the lack of actions he took to make the team better. The reason that the firing came now is that management had finally found a trend with the Leafs under the control of Carlyle. The fact was that Carlyle’s leafs were a terrible defensive team, giving up 40+ shots a night and really using luck to get wins rather than just using skill. But this isn’t an article shaming Carlyle’s old teaching methods and how he didn’t react to huge defensive problems that were right in front of him. The rest of this article is going to be much more positive! I’ll try my best to analyze the top five picks of people to take the helm of the Toronto Maple Leafs (and all the pressure and controversy with it!)

  1. Dallas Eakins

The reason that Eakins is in the last spot is because right now he has little amount of credibility. Just being the most recent coach fired from the Oilers, not many teams are eager to pick him up. But the Leafs have a nice history with him and I think management can look past that one bad year. The problem in Edmonton wasn’t him. He just happened to be the easiest person to turn into the management’s scapegoat. The biggest factor is that Eakins already has experience with a lot of players on the Leafs’ bench. He coached Kadri, Gardiner, Reimer and less notably players like Matt Frattin and Korbinian Holzer in his days as the Marlies head coach. He can help develop these players even more and he does know how much leash he can give to each of these players. The only reason I have him on the last pick of this list is the blemish on his resume that is the Edmonton Oilers’ coaching gig. But for this reason I think he can come onto the team’s assistant coaching staff and work his way up the ladder that way. In fact I rather have him do it that way so he receives less heat. But onto the fourth and third pick.

4.) Paul MacLean and 3.)Peter DeBoer

The reason I grouped Peter DeBoer and Paul MacLean together is that they’re both coming from similar places. The only difference is that people remember MacLean’s firing better than they remember DeBoer. They both got fired because their eastern conference teams weren’t doing good enough and there had to be some kind of change. Of course, the coach is the easiest position to get rid of. I’m doing this list out of likeliness of the coach being hired. If I was doing this list by coaches that I think will do a good job with the Leafs these two would be behind Eakins. But in all likelihood either one of DeBoer or MacLean get the job because of their ‘playoff experience.’ DeBoer did make the Stanley Cup Finals recently and MacLean did help Ottawa string a few playoff wins. This playoff experience is pretty much what got Randy his job and look how his tenure went. In my eyes these two are going to have to prove a lot to keep the job for long. Most people would argue that the only reason that MacLean got his Jack Adams Award (for best coach in the NHL) is because of the extremely good play of goalie Craig Anderson that year. Now fast forward to now, Anderson has a couple of streaky seasons and MacLean doesn’t look like the genius he once was. DeBoer had an pretty good team when he and the Devils went to the finals. He also has taken a few terrible Devils teams and surprised me many times (take last year for example.) DeBoer has proven himself a few times as being able to make the most of the players he has (last season with the Devils for example.) That’s why I have him ahead of MacLean. Now onto my favorite coach out of all of them.

  1. Dale Hunter

Does this name sound familiar? Well it should if you’ve been watching the NHL for the past couple of season. Dale Hunter is the former head coach of the Washington Capitals. I was originally going to put him in the 4th or 3rd spot but I couldn’t find any reason why the others should be ahead of him other than lack of experience. That’s really the only problem, Hunter only coached in the NHL for a season. But his situation is unique, unlike everyone else on this list he left on his own terms after he made such a big impact to the Washington Capitals. Before Hunter took over the Capitals were just an offensive power house with a pitiful defense. The defense was so bad that when it came to playoff time they would get knocked out by either a goalie that went on a hot streak (Jaroslav Halak) or just a really good defensive team.

Now let me think, which team in the Atlantic division relies on their streak offense but has a laughable defensive structure. Well if you guessed the Toronto Maple Leafs then you would be right! I feel he would be able to develop the Leafs’ defensive game to make it better than in past years. The only problem is getting him here. Would Hunter give up the good life of coaching the OHL dynasty that is the London Knights to coach in Toronto? To go from a calm and winning environment to the hell that Toronto media would force upon him? Everything he does will be poked and picked a part to the very bone. We’ll see, maybe Hunter likes a challenge. Hunter is the type of coach that takes risks and action for the better of the team (like benching Ovechkin in the third period of a Game Four against the Boston Bruins and winning.) Hunter is my dream pick, the likelihood of him being the head coach are slim but I’m stating my case of why I want him to be the next head coach. Now on to our number one pick, not my favorite out of all of them but the most likely if the Leafs don’t wait for Mike Babcock.

  1. Dan Bylsma

Yes Bylsma is my number one pick, he has the most ‘playoff experience’ out of all the candidates I’ve mentioned (expect for Babcock of course.) He’s won a cup with the Penguins (which means nothing because Carlyle has also won a cup) and has made deep runs in the playoffs multiple times. He’s coached some of the best players in the world (Crosby, Malkin, Letang just to name a few) he has almost always finished at the top of the league standings. Now if he earned those stats or was it just the amount of sheer talent on those teams is up to debate. I’m pretty sure that having a team with Crosby and Malkin can coach itself but we’ll never really know the skill that Bylsma has until he takes on another team. Why is he a good fit for the Leafs? He’s not the perfect fit, he is the best option out there. Can he take an offensive reliant team like the Leafs and make their defensive game more reliable? Or can he at least develop the team to a point where they can hold a multi-goal lead and not going to a defensive shell. Bylsma is the safe pick and the most obvious one, he can bring the experience of coaching superstars and help develop younger players like Kadri and Gardiner.

 

Honorable Mentions

Those are all my likely picks but I want to have some fun now and entertain the thoughts of other coaches for the Leafs.

John Tortorella

I just smirk whenever I think of Tortz being the coach of the Maple Leafs. Him just cussing out the Toronto media because they let up a three goal lead. Just visualize it! I really hope that it doesn’t happen.

Mike Babcock

This could happen, I just don’t see it happening. Why would Babcock give up his legendary tenure with the Red Wings and tarnish it by coaching the Maple Leafs. Only way I see him ending up in Toronto is that he wants to end his career by conquering the biggest challenge of all. Ending the Leafs cup drought. It might happen at the end of the season when his contract runs out with the Red Wings.

Ron Wilson

I don’t know why, but I just think it would be fun to see this after what he said about Phil Kessel being ‘uncoachable’.

Anyways that’s all the coaches I can think of, the rest of the Leafs options rely on if said coaches’ teams release them (Adam Oates.) Or in my mind might not be able to handle the spot light and pressure that comes to coaching a hockey city. (Guy Boucher.) Hey maybe Toronto hires someone that I didn’t even think of, or maybe they hire someone that I didn’t take as a serious candidate (Jaques Martin or Brent Sutter.) But we’ll see, whoever they decide to go with I’m sure it’s going to be fun to watch. Thank you all for reading!