June 13 2013 01:23PM
Like it or not, in the course of an 82-game season, you need a Colton Orr.— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) June 13, 2013
Let's assume for a minute that Lance Hornby's assertion is correct, and that fighting leads to wins (but it isn't true).
Why would a team need to re-up an enforcer to a two-year deal, even if fighting mattered (which it doesn't).
Let's take a look at a few transactions that happened this season, and keep that in mind when you ponder why the Toronto Maple Leafs just gave Colton Orr a two-year contract, especially when you consider that on Orr's last contract, he was sent down to the minors in his third year.
June 13 2013 01:01PM
If you've been reading me for a couple years, you'd know by now that I have a lot of respect for David Poile and Don Maloney, two general managers who had consecutive playoff appearances despite playing in small markets without big-name stars. Those teams are the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes, respectively, but you could probably add in Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues and Garth Snow of the New York Islanders. The Blues were a floor team this season, won 29 games (4th in the NHL) after a year they won 49 games (also 4th in the NHL). They'll probably have a higher salary cap this season, because they have four of their stars needing new contracts, but they drafted and developed possibly better than any team in the league, finding lots of hidden gems in the later parts of the first round.
June 13 2013 10:14AM
Yesterday we asked readers network-wide to vote their choices for the first 10 slots in this year’s entry draft. The results are in; which teams landed which players?
June 12 2013 11:03AM
Something I've been pondering for a while, or at least for the few minutes it took me to get ready for work this morning, is whether Randy Carlyle can return to the Leafs in the fall as a better coach than he was this past season.
The whole Carlyle debate has been dug up a little more again with the recent departure of Marlies' coach Dallas Eakins to the Edmonton Oilers.
June 12 2013 08:29AM
Mock drafts are popular this time of year, and we’ve decided to do something a little different at the Nation this summer. Instead of presenting our picks, we’ll show consensus rankings and offer up scouting reports, than ask our readers to vote on the order they would select those players in.
We start with the top-10 selections.