August 18 2015 02:35PM
Fans in every city love their "oddball" players, who lack shyness and are abundant in borderline confusing personality traits. Various interviews and media scrums throughout the year put Viktor Loov on the map with the casual fanbase because of this; he was never shy to talk about anything from hockey, to food, to William Nylander wasting his bandwidth on Xbox One games.
But Loov has the potential to be more than just a character - he has the potential to be a legitimate two-way contributor on an NHL blueline.
August 18 2015 11:58AM
If Jacques Lamaire's new title of special assignment coach with the Maple Leafs still has you scratching your head, the former Stanley Cup champion bench boss clarified what his role entails heading into the season.
Speaking on Sportsnet's Prime Time Sports on Monday, Lemaire said both general manager Lou Lamoriello and head coach Mike Babcock both approached him with the opportunity shortly after Lamoriello was hired. Lemaire will essentially be an extra set of eyes watching from the press box (or his cottage) and reporting to Babcock regularly.
August 18 2015 09:50AM
The word ‘compete’ rang in the air, was whispered, was sighed. You would think they were praying to it. A taint of imbecile rapacity blew through it all, like a whiff from some corpse. By Gord! I’ve never seen anything so unreal in my life. And outside, the silent wilderness surrounding this cleared speck on the earth struck me as something great and invincible, like evil or truth, waiting patiently for the passing away of this fantastic invasion.
August 17 2015 04:09PM
Standing at 5 foot 9 and only 163 lbs, Dave Keon would be considered by some to be 'too small' for today's NHL. He'd possibly be put in a limited, sheltered role; he may even get waived twice in a single season.
As one of the NHL's all-time best two way forwards, though, Keon brought value and longevity to the Toronto Maple Leafs that's hard to ignore. He was a part of four Stanley Cup-winning teams, took home the Lady Byng twice, and earned himself a Calder Memorial trophy as a rookie and a Conn Smythe as a tenured vet -- as one of the last in an era of truly successful Leafs players, Keon was the perennial Selke candidate before the Selke Trophy was a thing.
August 17 2015 01:45PM
Based on Lou Lamorellio's rules about high jersey numbers and staying away from Twitter dot com, the following roster players are safe from his eventual wrath: Stephane Robidas, Richard Panik, James Reimer. I'm pretty sure Robidas is too old to use technology, Panik is nervous about his English, and heaven forbid that Reimer sees someone use naughty language on his phone.
Congratulations to those three for making the cut. Everybody else, watch your back. New signings, be cautious.