June 17 2013 01:39PM
I love covering sports for a living. Even on a bad day, I can peel off all the layers of a problem and go "Yes, but, I'm covering sports for a living. But wow am I not an athlete.
After participating in a dragonboat regatta this weekend, and after two nights of sleeping on a cottage bed, I tried to go wakeboarding. I didn't get up on the board properly, crick, and now my back's out.
So while laying here on the floor, I asked the Twitter-folk if they had any questions I could write a blog about. I thought this one deserved its own blog.
@Steve_Dangle is it worth it signing David Clarkson?— Hunter Crowther (@HunterCrowther) June 17, 2013
June 17 2013 04:04AM
Midway through the MMVA's last night, the humble editors of The Leafs Nation dot com took to the stage to present the winners of the Leafs Nation dot com's first annual awards ceremony. You'll recall at the conclusion of the regular season, we put together a list of nominees and people voted.
Now that the NHL has released its vote winners, TLN has its champions. Shocker: Phil Kessel and James Reimer were both rewarded by the voters for their play all season.
June 15 2013 06:14PM
The NHL Awards came and went Saturday night, and no Toronto Maple Leaf picked up hardware. That's not a travesty, of course. There wasn't a compelling argument for any Leaf to be nominated or win any awards, although the PHWA placed Dion Phaneuf 11th in Norris voting, Randy Carlyle came 7th in Jack Adams, and Sporting News bro Jesse Spector gave James Reimer a 5th place Hart Trophy vote.
Here's where I'm particularly surprised: Phil Kessel, the fourth-leading scorer among players on teams that made the playoffs, did not get a single vote for the Hart Trophy. I thought going in that he had a case to be at least in the discussion, if not among the finalists,. He ought to have merited consideration for the top five most valuable players in the NHL, but he wasn't.
Phil Kessel did not get a single vote for the Hart Trophy, left off of all 179 ballots cast.
June 15 2013 07:04AM
Over the past few days, the readers of the various sites in the Nation Network have been voting on their rankings of prospects for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Today, we reveal the results.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 14 2013 12:57PM
Yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Colton Orr to a two year contract. As with every transaction this team has made in the history of ever, there's three groups of opinion that feel very strong about this move. Some see it as horrible. Some see it as fantastic. Some say they don't care. Oddly, the "not caring" crowd seems to be the loudest, but it's a matter of who has the most powerful scream, as everybody appears to have something to say. Personally, I don't think it's in the best interests of the team, but wanted to take all factors into consideration. Here's an over-analysis: