November 19 2012 03:08AM
Morgan Rielly’s season just keeps going downhill.
With only 2 points in his past 7 games, the Leafs’ greatest beacon-of-hope faced further humiliation this past week. First, news surfaced that Rielly’s bobblehead release date would be pushed back “due to complications with the manufacturer.”
Now, video footage from the Subway Super Series shows Moose Jaw teammate Sam Fioretti making some disparaging (and censored) remarks about Rielly’s Movember muzzy. Leave your 'PG' guess as to what Sam Fioretti actually said to Rielly in the comments section below.
Moving on - It’s good to see that Nazem Kadri has woken up.
November 18 2012 11:44PM
Here for your entertainment, ladies and gents, are highlights from five KHL games. If you're skeptical about the KHL, watch the highlights from the CSKA Moscow-Lokomotiv game and the Dynamo Moscow-Dinamo Minsk game, because those were damn good games.
November 18 2012 08:23AM
After the jump, some of the best general interest articles from the Nation Network this week. Topics include (but are not limited to, he said in a lawyerly, small print voice): Justin Schultz, whether older players get worse over the course of a long season (don't break a hip, Ryan), the best bargains in the NHL, Hall of Fame inductees Pavel Bure and Barrie Stafford, the best and worst in jerseys, a player who isn't happy with his NHL '13 rating, and of course the lockout.
November 16 2012 08:20PM
See that Malkin face? All pissed off and such? Pretty intense. So intense in fact that if you watch these KHL highlights you'll grow 50-75 more hairs on your chest by the time you're done watching them (that goes for you too, ladies). There's other games, too. Watch those also. In fact, I'm not even going to put the Magnitogorsk pack first just to screw with you.
November 16 2012 10:31AM
After Game Six of the Subway Super Series in Victoria, I got a chance to talk to Morgan Rielly for a couple of minutes. For my article on Team Canada's defensive prospects at the World Juniors (including where Rielly stands), click here .
What would you say is the main reason for there being so many good defencemen in your age group?
That's hard to say. I think every team these days is in a hunt to have a good two-way defenceman, there's a whole group of them playing right now in pro hockey with Kris Letang and whatnot. I think there's a whole lot of great blue liners in our league and our age group and I'd say that's great for hockey.
How old were you when you made the switch to defence and who was your primary influence?
I was in atom and all the way up until atom I was kind of all over the map, and I had a chat with my Dad and he told me that if I played 'D' I'd have a whole lot more ice time and so after that we made the switch and haven't really looked back. He's taught me a whole lot about the position and the game as well. I think I've come a long way from atom.