October 23 2015 09:50AM
If there was ever a moment in the current management regime's top-down restructuring that made it all make sense, it's this one. Some people have questioned the idea of the Leafs organization seemingly signing any hockey player that wasn't signed elsewhere, but in less than eleven months, the approach has shown its first significant payoff with the recall of Byron Froese.
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October 23 2015 06:45AM
Babcock is who Leafs thought, Canucks Army picks player goal songs, what the numbers say about the Jets, Glencross retires, pondering an All-Alberta team, the brief history of Bennett and McDavid, baby vs blogger, the 2016 NHL Draft pre-season rankings and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
October 22 2015 10:29PM
On this episode, we talk the Blue Jays, the disaster that is the Columbus Blue Jackets and the potential cause behind it, Nail Yakupov's resurgence on the Edmonton Oilers, and then Stalin and children's cartoons for some reason.
October 22 2015 03:32PM
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Toronto Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri will probably never live up to the wildest 'he's almost like if you combined Doug Gilmour with Wayne Gretzky' expectations foisted upon him by a landslide of fortunate bounces during the lockout abbreviated 2013 campaign, but he may yet emerge as a bona fide top-line centre.
Kadri, 25, is still in his statistical prime and for the first time in his career has received plum first-line opportunities for the Leafs for an extended stretch. The early returns on the 'Kadri as first-line pivot' experiment - in particular his negative on-ice goal differential and his three points in six games - aren't awe inspiring, but if you look a bit deeper, there are signs that Kadri may be poised to breakout in a major way. And for real this time.
October 22 2015 12:39PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a sudden and, to some, startling move, sending defenceman Frank Corrado to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. The move is a temporary one, and is being labelled as a conditioning stint.