August 26 2013 10:00AM
The Nazem Kadri contract dispute turned ugly over the weekend, with Sportsnet's David Alter reporting information about Kadri's contract demands that was made clear came from a team source after Nazem Kadri fired back on Twitter.
Perhaps the best thing Dave Nonis has done this offseason is not cave immediately to Kadri's demands, or cave to media pressure that has anointed Kadri as the team's next homegrown superstar. I'm sure there's a pocket of nostalgic Leaf fans that see Kadri and David Clarkson as an updated version of Dougie Gilmour and Wendel Clark, 20 years in the future, and that's important because it's been so long since the team has had a superstar from the province of Ontario. Sometimes as a country we can get absurdly protectionist, and Leaf fans and media are no different from fans and media in Montreal, an environment that demands French Canadien influence on the team, or Vancouver, an environment that demands Western influence on the team.
August 26 2013 08:06AM
August 24 2013 10:32PM
David Alter, the Leafs and NHL reporter for Sportsnet 590 the Fan, reported what Nazem Kadri's camp is allegedly asking for in ongoing contract negotiations with the Leafs. Nazem Kadri responded...negatively. Before I get into what I think, here's how the conversation went.
August 23 2013 09:21AM
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
I've said for a couple of seasons now that I think Matt Stajan is still a quality player. Even when he was in the midst of his .3 PPG season in 2011-2012, some were still defending him even though scores of Flames fans clamored for a buyout. With him entering perhaps his final season in Calgary, it's time to examine exactly what went wrong.
Let's take a look at the numbers and do some analysis.
August 23 2013 08:14AM
Name: Tom Nilsson
Hometown: Tyresö, SWE
Size: 6’0", 176lb
2013 Team: Mora (Allsvenskan)
Acquired: Draft - 4th round, 2011
To say I don’t know much about Tom Nilsson is an understatement. In fact I wonder how many people really have much of idea about him other than European scouts. Even with my occasional early morning viewing of Swedish Elite League games I can’t say anything about Nilsson since this will be the year he finally moves up from Sweden’s tier two league into what is likely the fourth best hockey league in the world. My lack of knowledge of Nilsson didn’t stop me from ranking him 17th on the prospect list, one behind where he actually wound up. I guess I’m trusting that since the Leafs seem to have a good eye for Swedish defensemen that trend would continue, but I’m going to hold off on anointing him the next Niklas Lidstrom.