February 26 2012 11:00AM
It was trade deadline eve, eve this Saturday and all of hockey fans thoughts turned to rumors and speculation. Monday will likely turn out to be slightly less interesting for Oilers faithful now that Hemsky has signed, but that doesn't mean they and some of the other Nations teams won't be making a move or two. This week, Allan investigates what the Jets, Flames, Leafs and Canucks are thinking heading into the frenzy.
This is Nation Radio
February 25 2012 02:30PM
The move wasn't exactly a big surprise, but it was nevertheless exciting. The Leafs waiving Jay Rosehill and Darryl Boyce was good news all around, but especially so for Matt Frattin.
Pension Plan Puppets
February 25 2012 09:30AM
Editor's Note: This is an entry in our search for Fresh Blood at TLN. Every possible contributor will get three posts to strut their stuff and then we'll ask you readers to help us choose who is going to join.This is blog post #3 for Matt.
BY: MATT STEPHEN @MATTYSTEPHEN
Every team has a few marquee players that can provide a face and brand for the franchise, something for fans to grab hold of. The current incarnation of the Leafs should have enough star power in their two Art Ross candidates Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel, as well as a recognizable captain in Phaneuf. However, it's still hard to put your finger on a cohesive personality for this team, unlike, for example, when Sundin led a likeable (at least off-ice) group including Tie Domi, Darcy Tucker, and the late Wade Belak.
February 24 2012 06:56AM
I think most of us can recognize that the Leafs currently have more trouble preventing goals than they do scoring them, but that doesn't mean that Brian Burke shouldn't add to his forward corps if a good player comes available. It wouldn't take a Rick Nash or a Dustin Brown to improve this current Leafs' forward group either; there are other names out there, I'm sure, that could help the Leafs that aren't being discussed on message boards all over the internet.
Pension Plan Puppets
February 22 2012 11:31AM
Editor's Note: This is an entry in our search for Fresh Blood at TLN. Every possible contributor will get three posts to strut their stuff and then we'll ask you readers to help us choose who is going to join.
By: John Lofranco @jtlinmtl
One positive thing about being a Leaf fan in Montreal is that I get to experience the wacky Montreal media and fanbase, and that gives me some much needed perspective on what gets written about the Leafs by Toronto-based "journalists" and the bulk of the Leaf-loving population in Southern Ontario.
The best, most recent example of this was the "Randy Cunneyworth doesn't speak French" debacle. I get that it is somewhat of a cultural issue, but this tempest in a wine glass (French equivalent of teapot?) was mostly media-created. Why would they do such a thing? Because they are jerks, mostly, I think. Also, to get readers, and partially, in some cases, for political purposes. And of course as soon as the media kicks it off, that mushy middle of under-informed, overly-passionate fan runs with it. I won't get into the whole debate here, but suffice it to say, it was nice to see someone else's media being stupid for once.
But we of the Leafs Nation are not without our own, stupid, cultural controversy.