October 13 2012 04:45PM
Four more KHL highlight packs for you, courtesy of our friends Steve Dangle and Andrey Osadchenko, who have so graciously filtered through the cyrillic lettering and thick Eastern European accents to bring us an English version.
As they do most nights, of course, here as a regular feature at the Nations. Tonight, Mikhail Grabovski scores an OT winner for Red Army and Caps prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov has a beautiful tally. Enjoy.
October 13 2012 09:35AM
Tonight was the night the Toronto Maple Leafs were going to hit to the ice with James van Riemsdyk in a game that really counted. Millions were going to watch. The first game of the year is always special and today felt no different—many Southern Ontarians woke up this morning finding they could see their breath for the first time this year.
There is a lockout, if you haven't heard, and we need to find something else to do with our night. Luckily, Saturday is always a big day on the sports calendar, the Leafs' AAAA team opens up, there's some good OHL action and arguably the best athlete in the world competes...
October 12 2012 12:09PM
We like to mix it up here at the Leafs Nation. While Steve is giving away hockey cards and doing some English KHL highlights, I'm going to continue doing video breakdowns of things from the last Leafs season that interest me.
This one from today is Joffrey Lupul's hat-trick goal against New Jersey back on November 2 of last year. Not necessarily Lupul's play, but this is an all-around good shift by the Toronto Maple Leafs, particularly Mikhail Grabovski, John-Michael Liles, Clarke MacArthur and Phil Kessel.
October 11 2012 10:26AM
I was up late last night stretching different concepts for a long-term resolve of the spending disparity between the rich and poor teams in the NHL. In the labour dispute, I'd rather not "side" with owners or players, but rather be on the side that offers the best long-term solution, one that means we won't have a lockout every seven years.
What owners want is a one-time reduction of cost, while the players want to keep the money they've already been signed to. I think both positions are reasonable, but for the NHL, there are two looming truths they haven't resolved:
- There probably isn't enough demand in North America for 30 NHL teams
- While some owners may be looking at their bottom lines, they're still competitive people who want to spend a lot of money.
October 09 2012 04:16PM
The salary cap is frustrating to some. I find it frightfully interesting, and I'm not sure if Donald Fehr's threat to remove the salary cap really benefits most of the players in the NHL.
What's ended up happening in the capped league is that the best players signed contracts for millions of dollars, locking them into a set dollar figure even while the cap around them rose. That gave teams the room to sign depth players, who make up the majority of union membership.
So perhaps Fehr's threat is harmless. It throws a wrench into this lockout speculation though, and I'm sure one of our lawyer friends speculated that the Players' Association might look into removing the cap.