September 30 2015 12:38PM
"Who am I going to pick!?!?!?" - Mike Babcock, probably.
We're exactly one week away from NHL regular season hockey and the Toronto Maple Leafs' opening night roster has yet to be defined. Here at TLN, we're a very impatient, know-it-all bunch - we don't want to wait until next Tuesday to find out what the roster is. We want rosters now, dammit - and that's why we're polling our beautiful and handsome readers (that's you!).
September 30 2015 11:47AM
Magnus Paajarvi (STL) an interesting name on waivers today— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 30, 2015
It's not everyday that a former top ten draft pick hits waivers, so Paajarvi's second ride on the waiver wire is certainly noteworthy (He cleared last December). The 24 year old 6'3 Swedish winger has had his challenges, he struggled on a bad Oilers team, and he hasn't been able to earn a place in a very deep Blues top nine forward group, though to be fair, he's been leapfrogged a number of times.
The Leafs on the other hand aren't exactly short on forwards who are huge question marks, and at this point there's no reason to believe that Paajarvi simply needs a change of scenery, so is it a good idea to claim him? I'm going to make the argument that yes they should.
September 30 2015 07:32AM
Jake Gardiner is what most would consider a core player for the Leafs, and what often goes hand-in-hand with that sort of designation these days is a lot of debate over his true value. You see, when a team is as poorly managed and poorly coached as this one has been, it's tough to get a read on how much their success (or in this case, lack thereof) is a product of talent level or the way players are being deployed, what tactics (if any) they're using, and so on. Because of all this, Gardiner is seen as the best defenceman on the team by some, and a liability by others. Heading into this season, he doesn't fit either of those titles.
September 29 2015 11:12PM
Today on the podcast the guys talk Mike Babcock, Andrew Ference, the Barclays Centre, and WE HAVE A GIANT ANNOUNCEMENT about the podcast.
September 29 2015 07:41PM
Know that train of anger, determination, and long memories that the Buffalo Sabres always seem to hop on when they want to deliver a mercy killing to a team they have no business beating?
Well, Evan Rodrigues decided to drive that train tonight.