Carolina Beats Philadelphia, Lock in Leafs at 27th

Justin Fisher
April 09 2015 08:31PM

Congratulations everyone, we did it. The tank was a success.

The Maple Leafs are now locked into the 27th overall in the standings - a truly horrible result - after the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this evening. The Hurricanes are now four points ahead of the Leafs with 71, and can no longer be caught.

That of course means that, according to this year's NHL Entry Draft lottery rules, Toronto has the fourth-best chance, with 9.5%, at winning the first overall pick and the opportunity to draft Connor McDavid.

More after the jump...

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Leafs Postgame - Is It Over Yet?

Justin Fisher
April 08 2015 09:16PM

There isn't a non-playoff team out there that's hurt their draft stock more than the Columbus Blue Jackets. To put things in perspective, the Blue Jackets have gone 9-0-1 in their last ten games, and they're still 10 points behind the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. They're a good team that suffered through significant injury problems and fell behind the pack, but my God did they apparently not want a high draft pick. Columbus is legitimately the hottest team in the entire league.

And that's hella good news for a supposed-to-be-tanking Toronto team that's been slowly creeping closer to the Carolina Hurricanes in the standings.

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Rinat Valiev is Joining the Marlies

Justin Fisher
April 08 2015 12:14PM

With his WHL season over, it looks like Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Rinat Valiev is ready to make the full jump to pro hockey.

Valiev's Kootenay Ice were eliminated from the WHL playoffs on Monday evening, stretching their series with the Calgary Hitmen to seven games but ultimately failing to make it out of the first round.

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Here Comes The Nation Draft Playoff Pool!

Justin Fisher
April 04 2015 09:23AM

prizes

Weeks ago, Toronto Maple Leafs fans gave up on the idea that they'd get to enjoy any type of playoff success this season. Well, Leafs fans are silly people.

You've never heard to the Nations Draft Playoff Pool? It's way better than the actual real playoffs, and you can enter here at www.nationdrafts.com.

Let's break it down:

You draft a team of playoff-bound NHL stars and earn points in the Nations Draft Playoff Pool based on their production. If you are a nails fantasy GM, Nations sends you some sweet prizes. You can check out all the rules at www.nationdrafts.com/rules.

About those prizes...

  • The Grand Prize, a $1500 VISA gift card
  • 2nd place gets a $500 Visa gift card
  • 3rd gets a $200 Visa gift card
  • 4th place nabs $100 Visa gift card
  • If you finish 5th through 10th, that's a $30 iTunes card
  • And lastly, 11th-20th hey $10 iTunes card
  • Everyone else gets a creepy pat on the back from Bobby Cappuccino

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TLN Roundtable - Is "Tanking" a Problem?

Justin Fisher
April 03 2015 01:00PM

In the upcoming NHL Draft Lottery, the league's worst team will be guaranteed one of the top two picks in the 2015 Draft. That's pretty big, especially considering the consensus top two picks - the Erie Otters' Connor McDavid and Boston University's Jack Eichel - are two extremely high end, franchise-making prospects. 

Not surprisingly, some NHL clubs (perhaps smartly) recognized that they were going to be enduring 'down years' anyways, and decided to actively "tank" their season. 

Is that the right thing to do though? Those teams may very well be acting with the organization's long term interests in mind - drafting a McDavid could set you up for decades of success - but what about the fans and season ticket holders? Is it fair to them to actively ice an awful team? 

Simply, does the NHL have a tanking problem? Our TLN Roundtable tackles the subject...

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