March 04 2015 08:16PM
In the fall, I asked an NHL scout about the CHL's western league and was informed it was a 'down year' and there might not be a Top 10 overall selection in the WHL. Six months later? Ivan Provorov has changed the landscape.
March 04 2015 05:19PM
If you are at all like me (God help you), you were a little confused by the announcement from TSN (the Totally Sorry Network) yesterday afternoon that they would be apologizing to Dion Phaneuf, Elisha Cuthert and Joffrey Lupul "on the air tonight".
I mean, if you're going to apologize, just do it. Don't delay it any longer than necessary, for God's sake.
But then it hit me, what better way to get people to actually bother tuning in to watch a game between the Leafs and the Panthers!
Anyway, that line tweaked a thought in my head and since I will go to any lengths to do this drum solo, with apologies to Phil Collins, I present: On The Air Tonight...
How Kessel treats the media shouldn't impact coverage of his play, but it should shape how we view his media criticism
March 04 2015 12:07PM
Unlike the team he plays for, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel is worth the price of admission.
The high-scoring winger is a bona fide elite offensive talent. The skill level, the deceptive wrist shot and the speed is breathtaking. Over the past few seasons, playing on a flawed team without a true first-line centre, Kessel has arguably been the NHL's single most dynamic game breaker.
If you're looking to find fault with anyone for the Maple Leafs' continued struggles, Kessel is probably the last person anyone should be pointing their finger at. Yet here we are, and Kessel is in the middle of another media controversy.
March 04 2015 11:06AM
This game was fun. Sports are fun. Let's get back to having fun.