August 05 2012 12:39PM
It's the August long weekend! Hockey may be on the back-burner for many, but that doesn't mean that Nation Radio is hurting for things to discuss. Host Allan Mitchell talks about the Oilers with Jason Gregor, the Canucks with Thomas Drance, the NHL in general with Eric T., the AHL with Jim Byers and the WHL with Guy Flaming, with a little soccer talk with Scott Francis Winder in acknowledgement of the fact that when the thermometer is pushing 30 degrees all the talk can't be about hockey.
August 03 2012 02:59PM
As reported by everybody, Morgan Rielly's three-year entry-level deal was signed Friday afternoon. Not too much of a story here because it's rare that a team won't sign its first round pick.
However it's interesting that the Leafs stuck with the three-year term. For the new collective bargaining agreement, part of the owners' proposal was to lengthen entry-level deals to five years. The Leafs aren't the only team to sign their first rounder, but I'm wondering whether there was no thought on the part of the team to "well, why don't we see if ELCs are lengthened in the CBA"?
August 03 2012 12:03PM
It's August 3. We all miss hockey. It's the Friday of a long weekend so you weren't going to do any work today anyway. Let's watch some hockey montages. Here are my favourite CBC Pre-Game Montages in no particular order:
August 03 2012 06:02AM
Not too much recent Leafs news, so I'll string together a pair of thoughts this morning into one digestible post. These might be a little more apparent throughout the summer as we continue our in-depth analysis of players and coaches that will make up the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs.
The big news yesterday was a few more names added to the alumni rosters. In addition to guys like Wendel Clark, Darryl Sittler and Doug Gilmour, the Maple Leafs added Russ Courtnall, Bill Derlago, Bob McGill, Vincent Damphousse, Dave Ellett and Gary Leeman to their roster.
August 02 2012 07:03AM
I'm not sure what will happen with Jonas Gustavsson next year, but the ex-Toronto Maple Leaf is still a pretty important key in finding out exactly the effect a goaltender has on a team, or a team on a goaltender.
Gustavsson played three years in Toronto, all of them pretty mediocre numerically. He started 96 games, more than any Toronto goaltender in that span, but stopped just 90% of shots faced, held a 2.92 goals against average and had just five shutouts.
Even if Detroit's defence could slip now that Nicklas Lidstrom has retired, it is a good opportunity for Gustavsson to show that he has more to offer.
So were Gustavsson's struggles in Toronto due to bad defence or bad goaltending?