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Goals, Goals, and More Goals
One of the biggest differences between this year’s Leafs team and last years is the abundance of skill. By the end of the season, the Leafs could have as many as 7 20+ goal scorers. Nothing like this has been accomplished since the 2008-2009 season. That year, Blake, Hagman, Grabovski, Antropov, and Ponikarovsky all scored at least 20. Yes, it was that long ago. Matthews and Kadri are well over that milestone while JVR, Nylander, and Marner are close behind. The Leafs will look to add to their goal total on the season tonight against the San Jose Sharks. Perhaps the addition of Brian Boyle (Leafs got him just in case you’ve been living under a rock) can contribute to even more goal scoring from team in the remaining games of the season.
The big sports stations that have all day coverage of NHL Trade Deadline Day must be so rattled. The Washington Capitals received Shattenkirk and Phoenix Copley for Zachary Stanford, Brad Malone, and a first round pick this year. The deal also includes a conditional second round pick in 2019, but the criteria for it is insane so we’ll just sweep that under the rug. This trade continues the trend at this year’s Trade Deadline in retained salary as the Blues keep 39% of Shattenkirk’s contract. Many (myself included) have had the Capitals as clear favourites for the Stanley Cup however, they never make it past the second round. With the addition of Shattenkirk, an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final is not just a strong possibility but an expectation. Shattenkirk and Ovechkin on the power play… Leafs may not keep their top spot in the league now.
Where were you when Crosby scored the game winning goal for Team Canada at the Vancouver Olympics? Being a leaf fan, the golden goal was the first taste of true victory I had felt in my lifetime. People were honking their car horns and screams of, “GO CANADA GO!” were heard everywhere. Today marks seven years since that glorious game against Team USA. Since then, Canada has gone on to win another gold medal in 2014 at Sochi. As great as it was to win again in 2014, the victory was nowhere near as emotional as it was in Vancouver. It doesn’t look like the possibility of another Olympic appearance in 2018 is likely as an agreement to let NHL players participate hasn’t been finalized. Hopefully one day, an Olympic victory by Team Canada will be able to get close to the emotional response as Crosby’s 2010 winner had.
What do you think?
Who else on the Leafs will hit the 20 goal mark? Are the Washington Capitals now the perfect Stanley Cup contender? When will be the next time Canada can relieve a moment such as the Golden Goal? Let me know with a comment down below.
Just in case the Trade Deadline is stressing you out, here’s a video of an 8-year old goalie dancing. Enjoy