Yeah, The Maple Leafs Aren’t As Bad As Columbus

Jonathan Willis
March 19 2012 12:26PM

According to the Toronto Star this morning, the Maple Leafs are virtually the same team as the Columbus Blue Jackets. Sports reporters Mark Zwolinski and Bob Mitchell did a “top to bottom” assessment of both teams and concluded that the Leafs “are on par with” the Blue Jackets.

I’m afraid it wasn’t an assessment well-grounded in the facts.

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How Low Can The Leafs Go?

Jonathan Willis
March 17 2012 11:22AM

Brian Burke has shown in the past that tanking for a draft pick is not something he’s willing to consider. At trade deadlines in the past, he’s even done ludicrous things – such as adding Martin Gerber to a going-nowhere team in 2008-09 – to prove that fact.

Nevertheless, the Leafs are realistically out of things, eight points back of eighth place with 10 games remaining. Barring the most miraculous of runs and some good fortune too, they’re done. The question now isn’t whether or not they’re in the playoffs; it’s how high they’ll select at the 2012 Draft.

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NN Hockey Pool Update: March 12th Edition

Jonathan Willis
March 12 2012 11:19PM

Once again, it’s been a bit since we’ve taken a look at the Nation Network standings. For the vast majority of those 40 days, it’s been my fault for putting it off. Yesterday, it was the fault of the good folks at Oilers Nation for writing so many things.

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Trouble for Hockey Night in Canada?

Jonathan Willis
March 11 2012 09:26AM

An interesting article appeared in the Globe and Mail yesterday, an article that suggested Hockey Night in Canada’s problems with the NHL go well beyond the Don Cherry/Brian Burke feud.

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Brian Burke on Mistakes

Jonathan Willis
March 09 2012 01:54PM

Jason Farris’ new book Behind the Moves (website here) is one that I’d describe as a must-read for any hockey fan. Filled with quotes from a myriad of NHL managers, it’s as close as we can get to a consensus picture of what general managers are thinking.

The above is especially true for people hoping to understand Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, who wrote the book’s forward and is quoted extensively throughout. After the jump, we’ll look at one such quote – some valued advice that Burke got on mistakes when he first became a general manager.

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