October 09 2015 12:51PM
In Toronto's opening season loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night, we saw what looked like a completely different Maple Leafs team than we watched last year. A strong possession game, an abandon of the dump-and-chase... A noticeable lack of skill and finish. We don't expect this team to win a lot of games this season, but it'll still be worth tuning in if this Mike Babcock team can but in the same consistent effort on a daily basis.
Nation World HQ
October 09 2015 06:45AM
Cocaine and the NHL, Leafs prepare for misery, Flames fear some regression, how much of an impact will Canucks rookies have his year, Ference gives up 'C' in Edmonton, the NHL All-hipster team, predictions and forecasts for the 2015-16 season and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings
October 08 2015 11:26PM
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 08 2015 05:20PM
Before they were the ECHL team with the most NHL prospects in the league, the Orlando Solar Bears were best known for having the best branding in hockey. The contrast between the city and the name was only topped by the graceful yet over the top look of the logo, and the jerseys that just screamed Sunbelt hockey. It was deliciously meta, quite like the original Phoenix Coyotes jerseys were basically Arizona on a shirt.
But the team has one-upped themselves.
October 08 2015 12:19PM
Against all odds, the Toronto Maple Leafs have filled me with unexpected optimism and soul-crushing despair after just one game. This is gonna be a long season!