May 02 2015 08:26PM
Thankfully, the post-Red Wings elimination fall out wasn't as bad as it could have theoretically been. Landon Ferraro would have had to clear waivers. Tomas Jurco has an international stage to hang out on. Petr Mrazek is too good to set foot in another league at this point. The only player to find his way to the Grand Rapids Griffins was Alexey Marchenko. So, it could have been worse.
But this Griffins team is still good. Very good, even, as they proved tonight by tying the series by outscoring the Toronto Marlies 5-4.
May 02 2015 03:51PM
On this episode, the guys talk about the beginning of Round Two, the stupid draft, and Jonathan Bernier.
May 02 2015 12:35PM
The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?
We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs already in full swing, let's take a moment, look back at round one, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!
May 01 2015 05:11PM
It's not often that one of the most well-respected coaches in professional hockey becomes a free agent, but here we are.
Mike Babcock's Detroit Red Wings were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the NHL playoffs, and he's now free to leave the organization and sign on with pretty much anyone he'd like. A Stanley Cup Champion and two-time Olympic Gold winner, Babcock will have the luxury of picking and choosing the right situation for him and his family; likely one where he'll be able to continue his winning ways rather quickly. A lot of people think that'll be Edmonton, which is kind of hilarious, but the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers are also looking for a bench boss. And hey, so are the Leafs.
They aren't necessarily on the cusp of success, but Toronto has the deepest pockets in the league and can also offer Babcock something he likely won't get elsewhere - control over the roster. While the Leafs might be a good fit for Babcock though, is he really the right guy for the Leafs?
Our TLN Roundtable has their say in the matter below...
May 01 2015 02:24PM
Like so many of us, I have been waiting for the other shoe to drop, and to see the exodus of Leafs players begin. Today is has started as Joakim Lindstrom has left Toronto so he can go global and take his talents to St. Petersburg SKA of the KHL.
Joakim Lindstrom's third NHL stint is over. He's signed with SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 1, 2015
Lindstrom leaves behind a proud legacy as a Leaf. He taught us that you can't just get a late round draft pick for Olli Jokinen, you've got to take back a player that the GM forgot to put on waivers the previous day.