June 18 2013 10:22AM
Odd tweet sent out here from Nick Kypreos:
I don't think that Jonathan Bernier is a bad goaltender. It may even be reasonable to suggest that Bernier would have success as James Reimer's backup. The Leafs will need a guy who can give the team 30 starts, but at this point in Bernier's career he wants to be a starting goaltender. As a restricted free agent, he's going to be looking for a contract worth more than that of a backup because there is going to be some team who sees "former first round pick" and pays for potential.
As for the Leafs? They have their young guy, and their Goalie Of The Future™. James Reimer is the same age as Bernier and has more experience than Bernier. Full stop.
June 17 2013 04:47PM
Here's an interesting possibility that's come up.
The Philadelphia Flyers did Philadelphia Flyers things today, signing 36-year-old Mark Streit to a four-year contract worth $21M. It's a big number, it's four years, and we know that the Flyers can't possibly fit this team under the salary cap.
That team simply has more money than brains, and after the ill-advised decision to sign Ilya Bryzgalov two summers ago, it's looking like a certainty that he'll be out. Darren Dreger and Bob MacKenzie have each theorized that the second amnesty buy-out used by the Flyers will be on centreman Danny Briere.
June 17 2013 01:39PM
I love covering sports for a living. Even on a bad day, I can peel off all the layers of a problem and go "Yes, but, I'm covering sports for a living. But wow am I not an athlete.
After participating in a dragonboat regatta this weekend, and after two nights of sleeping on a cottage bed, I tried to go wakeboarding. I didn't get up on the board properly, crick, and now my back's out.
So while laying here on the floor, I asked the Twitter-folk if they had any questions I could write a blog about. I thought this one deserved its own blog.
@Steve_Dangle is it worth it signing David Clarkson?— Hunter Crowther (@HunterCrowther) June 17, 2013
June 17 2013 04:04AM
Midway through the MMVA's last night, the humble editors of The Leafs Nation dot com took to the stage to present the winners of the Leafs Nation dot com's first annual awards ceremony. You'll recall at the conclusion of the regular season, we put together a list of nominees and people voted.
Now that the NHL has released its vote winners, TLN has its champions. Shocker: Phil Kessel and James Reimer were both rewarded by the voters for their play all season.
June 15 2013 06:14PM
The NHL Awards came and went Saturday night, and no Toronto Maple Leaf picked up hardware. That's not a travesty, of course. There wasn't a compelling argument for any Leaf to be nominated or win any awards, although the PHWA placed Dion Phaneuf 11th in Norris voting, Randy Carlyle came 7th in Jack Adams, and Sporting News bro Jesse Spector gave James Reimer a 5th place Hart Trophy vote.
Here's where I'm particularly surprised: Phil Kessel, the fourth-leading scorer among players on teams that made the playoffs, did not get a single vote for the Hart Trophy. I thought going in that he had a case to be at least in the discussion, if not among the finalists,. He ought to have merited consideration for the top five most valuable players in the NHL, but he wasn't.
Phil Kessel did not get a single vote for the Hart Trophy, left off of all 179 ballots cast.