Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 07 2014 01:13PM
Do you know what I've noticed? Whenever anybody says something over the top about Phil Kessel, it's always negative. If it's about his personal life, his physique, his play style, whatever, the baseball bat is always swung at a dead, critical horse. You never see somebody overstep their boundaries to controversially praise the best player on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
I'll break from that norm today. Phil Kessel could be argued to already be the best Leafs winger of all time.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 06 2014 03:24PM
Hockey is upon us! I guess if we're honest with ourselves, it has been for a few weeks now, but we can finally have arguments about games that matter in the standings! Did that thing that just happen push the Leafs closer to the playoffs, or Connor McDavid? Does that giveaway mean Randy Carlyle should be fired, or the luxury box caterer? Why do my feet hurt?
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October 06 2014 12:00PM
What is there to say about Daniel “Moneypuck” Winnik? (note: I hate myself for using the term Moneypuck.) The pessimistic among us say that adding bottom six winger depth shouldn't have been an organizational priority, but we were flooded with the Komarov, Booth, Winnik signings, and of course the trade for Frattin.
The optimists will say, that if you are going to bring in a bottom six winger, a guy making $1.3 million who can hit 30 points isn't a bad guy to bring in and competition and depth will only make this team stronger.
Oddly enough, I count myself in the optimistic camp on Winnik. He certainly doesn't address any of the real issues with the Leafs, but isn't a bad guy to have, and if you’re out of the playoff picture in March he’s a great guy to deal for a late pick in order to start playing the kids more. And as you’ll see from his highlight reel, his hands aren't that bad.
October 06 2014 09:08AM
Excuse me while I take a brief victory lap around my office, as these are the best possible decisions the Leafs could have made heading into the regular season. And while the Leafs couldn't cut everyone I wanted them to, they made four correct decisions.
Nation World HQ
October 06 2014 06:30AM
The Nation Network is proud to introduce the Nation Minute, a rapid fire look around the network and the NHL every Monday morning. With the season drawing closer we take a gander at achievable milestones this year. Enjoy!