February 25 2013 12:30PM
Saturday night on the Hotstove, hockey reporter extraordinaire Elliotte Friedman reported the NHL's new realignment plan. Unlike the plan that was approved by the NHL and rejected by the NHLPA in 2011, both "Eastern" conferences would have eight teams rather than seven, with Detroit and Columbus moving to the more geographically appropriate centres.
Above is a screen cap, via Harrison Mooney and Puck Daddy, of the proposed changes. Everybody has seen them by now. The Leafs and the Red Wings used to play in the NHL's "Central" Division back before the Gary Bettman expansion in the late-1990s.
February 25 2013 11:37AM
Remember that move by James van Riemsdyk stepping around Luke Schenn? Anyway...
Per Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Randy Carlyle took the Leafs' loss in Ottawa a little hard:
"I think I've got to bear responsibility, I should have called a timeout with 28 seconds left for the faceoff. Those are the things that you have to do.
Curiously, the play came with No. 1 defenceman Dion Phaneuf and centre Tyler Bozak, the team's best faceoff man, on the bench. Had Carlyle called the timeout, he could have given both players some rest and kept them out there for another shift.
"It would have settled everything down and put a little bit of a plan in," said Carlyle. "(The timeout) is only 30 seconds, but it usually gives you an opportunity to rest your people, maybe some of them just got off the ice because Dion just did. We would have maybe had a different centremen or second centre.
February 24 2013 02:45PM
It's time for a good, old fashioned rant.
Props to the Sens for a good win, but this stupid "Leafs fans aren't welcome at Sens games" story is getting annoying.
February 24 2013 02:08PM
Fans of a lot of different NHL clubs claim their team could use Ryan O’Reilly the most. I think the Toronto Maple Leafs are at the top of that list. ROR in this instance means more than just rate of return. It’s a potential perfect fit. I believe he is the most logical fit between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul.
Rob Vollman did the statistical breakdown for the restricted free agent so there’s no point in duplicating the work but it’s a good overall look.
This is Ryan O’Reilly’s writeup as it appeared in the McKeen’s Hockey Yearbook:
February 24 2013 10:51AM
After the jump: the Nation Network turns five, predicting the end-of-season standings, talking about dirty hits and franchise-defining trades, and lots more good stuff from the past week.