February 10 2015 05:00PM
In case you missed it, Toronto Maple Leafs interim head coach Peter Horachek and winger David Clarkson had a heated discussion during practice this morning after Clarkson was told he'd be a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
As no one from TLN was within earshot of this "animated" exchange (we don't watch the games, let alone the practices), all we can really do is speculate as to what was discussed. Here's our best, most educated guesses:
February 10 2015 11:03AM
Yesterday afternoon, Sportsnet's Damien Cox posted a Weekend Takeaways article online that suggested the Toronto Maple Leafs should consider retaining current General Manager Dave Nonis, despite many believing that he's as good as gone come the offseason.
While some want to sum up the entire Nonis era with the two words “David Clarkson,” a more thoughtful analysis of what he inherited from Brian Burke, what he’s done with it and overall patience with which the team has proceeded in all areas under his watch suggests Shanahan would do well to seriously consider retaining his services beyond this season.
February 09 2015 11:14AM
The Hockey News has released the cover of their upcoming deadline special and, well...
Cover of the upcoming Trade Deadline Preview edition of The Hockey News, which will be on sale late this week. pic.twitter.com/O382alx8UF— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 9, 2015
February 08 2015 11:37AM
Dave Nonis is In Your City, Scouting Your Players
Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis's magical scouting tour continues, as was reported last night by Elliotte Friedman during Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday Headlines segment.
After spending some time in Nashville to take in the Predators-Ducks tilt on Thursday evening, Nonis popped up in a foreign press box once again yesterday to scout the Los Angeles Kings' 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
February 07 2015 07:22PM
#5 - Josh Leivo
For a couple of years now, it’s seemed like Josh Leivo is right on the cusp of earning his keep with the big club. Since wrapping up a strong junior career with the Sudbury Wolves and Kitchener Rangers, Leivo has done nothing but produce in the pros. The former third-round pick scored 23 goals in his debut season in the AHL last year. This year, he has 13 points in 22 AHL games. Not stellar numbers, but steady. Leivo also measures well in shot-based metrics: he’s averaging 2.64 shots on goal on a per-game basis this year. Most eventual top-nine NHL forwards average in the realm of 3 per game in the minors.