Freddie Andersen is putting in work, but can he keep it up?

Ryan Fancey
December 31 2016 08:43AM

Not taking anything away from a solid effort by Antoine Bibeau for his first career win on Thursday night, it's no secret the Leafs have some major question marks in net beyond Freddie Andersen. And while Andersen has been other-worldly over the last couple months, vaulting himself to a place among the league leaders in save percentage, Toronto has been riding him pretty hard, starting him in 29 of their 35 games so far.

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Does James van Riemsdyk make sense for the Leafs in the long term?

Ryan Fancey
December 22 2016 12:21PM

With plenty of trade talk swirling around James van Riemsdyk in the last week or so, of course there's going to be an emerging debate over whether it's the right thing to do, under the usual disclaimer that anyone is worth trading for the right return. But some of the speculation out there has caused its fair share of worry, with the Kessel trade being cited as a potential comparison, or even the Hall-for-Larsson deal most recently. I've also seen a potential JVR-for-Josh Manson swap floated out there plenty. 

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Acting or reacting when the NHL shifts again

Ryan Fancey
December 20 2016 01:02PM

There was a somewhat recent episode of the NBA podcast The Lowe Post with Zach Lowe that gave me a lot to think about with regards to NHL and its changes in era. The early portion of the episode centered around teams adapting to relatively new playing styles and systems, like that of the Golden State Warriors, among others, and how the league will respond (or is responding now) - sort of "correcting itself" in a sense. 

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The Leafs need to be in on Dougie Hamilton if he's available

Ryan Fancey
November 16 2016 01:49PM

I don't know why Dougie Hamilton's name has crept up again in trade talks, but if there's anything to be learned from the last time it did, these situations can evolve into something quickly. [See also: P.K. Subban this past June.]

There seems to be plenty of debate among insiders and Flames fans alike about just how much substance there is to Calgary's willingness to ship Hamilton out, but as an outsider looking at things from the perspective of another team, I don't want to get too much into that. The name is out there for a reason. If Brad Treviling is fielding calls on this guy, Lou Lamoriello should be hopping on the phone as soon as possible. 

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An early glance at the 2017 draft rankings

Ryan Fancey
November 07 2016 06:53PM

Yes, that's a scary title. Don't worry though, "Tank Nation" isn't back on. No need to panic, Leafs fans.

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