How Long Has It Been Since the Leafs Had a Player Other Teams Were Afraid Of? - Mike Langlois at Vintage Leaf Memories
...In the ‘80s, yes, for me it was Gretzky. He loved playing the Leafs, being a Southern Ontario guy and more often than not, he had huge games against the blue and white.This all leads me to think: when was the last time we (the Leafs) had somebody that made the other team game-plan for us? And as importantly, when was the last time we had a player that made fans on another team worry about our guy?I mean, we’ve had some wonderful players over the past 50 years that I’ve been following the Leafs—Keon, Sittler, Salming, Clark, Gilmour, Sundin to name just a few.
But have we ever had a guy that would make, say, a Boston fan, or a Habs fan, go, "Oh God, he’s on the ice again. Damn…."
Could Phil Kessel be one of those players? More links after the jump.
Toronto Maple Leafs Awards Droughthttp://www.sbnation.com/admin/entries/new?community_id=129&entry_type=Story
Dirty Dangle with the last award winner by trophy for the Leafs. Without looking, can you guess the last trophy winner?
PPP recants on the Soviets we used to have.
Blue Chip Prospects revisits his pre-season predictions
Jeffler recaps October for the Leafs.
Jeffler recaps October for the Marlies.
Joey Crabb Recalled by Maple Leafs
Frattin down to the Marlies.
It's Movember at Vintage Leafs
Check out Harold's moustachey photogoodness.
Hope in the Big Smoke wonders is this year might mimic last with regards to our goalies.
Making the Grade: NHL First Midterm Report Card
But it's not midterm.......
Inside Gary Bettman's Halloween Party
DGB infiltrates this invite-only gathering.
Lastly, a bit of self plugging but at least it's for the betterment of all. I'm keeping a spreadsheet that tracks game-by-game stats for the Leafs; gives you their running totals; to date game averages; and projected totals for season's end based on their current stats. You can find said spreadsheet here. Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see added.