March 28 2016 07:34AM
You've got to be kidding me.
We already knew about the Leafs interest in CSKA Moscow defenceman Nikita Zaitsev, what with him visiting Toronto and touring the Leafs' facilities and pretty much agreeing to a handshake deal that would see him in a blue and white uniform next season. But hey... this is new.
According to AllHockey.ru, members of the Leafs' front office are currently in Moscow talking contract with Zaitsev and former NHLer Alexander Radulov. Remember him? The former Nashville first-rounder that looked like a star-in-the-making before bolting back to Russia for all those rubles? And then came back to the Predators for like, a handful games and a short playoff run, and the bolted again? Yeah. That guy.
More past the jump...
March 26 2016 11:14AM
Tonight's game is rather insignificant from the Toronto's perspective. There's no Stanley Cup to be won this year, and say what you will about fighting for jobs next season but the vast majority of this group either won't be back at all or will simply inherit roster spots by default. That said, playing the spoiler is always fun, and Toronto will have an opportunity to do just that tonight when they host the Bruins.
This is a reeling Boston squad that's barely holding on to a playoff spot. Currently holding the third seed in the Atlantic Division with 86 points, the Detroit Red Wings sit only one point behind the B's with a game in hand. And while the rest of the Atlantic lags far behind, the Metropolitan Division has a number of teams in the wild card mix that could easily force the Bruins out of the postseason entirely. Boston have lost five straight games in regulation and desperately need a win tonight, against what should be an easy opponent, if they have any playoff aspirations.
March 25 2016 06:04PM
Earlier in the week during the Monday Mailbag, I was asked who I would draft if I held the fourth overall pick in the upcoming 2016 Draft (to which I answered Matthew Tkachuk, which is apparently wrong). We followed up on this again in Wednesday's WWYDW article and it garnered an enormous response from you fine folks. Today, we're going back to that same well (perhaps out of laziness) and asking some of our own staff who they'd pick if it were them on the draft floor. They did have some pretty strong opinions earlier in the week, so this should be fun.
March 25 2016 12:00PM
What do you know about the Nation Network? Well, you know it's a kick-ass family of websites that cover a bunch of different (mostly non-playoff) hockey teams - but did you know the Nation wants to make sure that when you do tear yourself away from our hot hockey takes and go outside, you look good too?
It's true! That's what NationGear is all about. Put that shersey away, son. We got you.
And finally - finally - we have some new TLN and Leafs-inspired gear to share with you. We're not talking one crummy t-shirt, either... we're talking a whole lineup of sick threads, with even more arriving shortly. The best part, though? A portion of all proceeds will go to Earth Group in an effort to help provide life essentials to needy folks around the world. You get to look good and do good when you cop from us.
March 25 2016 08:30AM
Another week, another... three straight wins? What the actual hell is this? I thought Toronto was supposed to be tanking? I just don't know what to believe anymore.
But hey, three straight wins means there must have been a number of Leafs stepping up and exceeding expectations. Let's grade them, shall we? Here's the latest TLN Report Card. Thumbs up... Thumbs down... I'll let you fine folks figure it out on your own.