January 07 2014 10:34AM
Canada finally announced their 2014 roster for the Sochi Olympics, and without a doubt the biggest surprise is Claude Giroux not making the team.
There are eleven returning players on the 25-man roster, but in my eyes Rick Nash continues to be the most overrated player in the NHL. Nash has had one 70-point season, and since the 2010 Olympics he has scored 185 points in 228 games, 25th most amongst Canadian-born players. In that same time span Marty St.Louis has scored the most points, 271, while Giroux is third with 255.
January 06 2014 12:44PM
Randy Carlyle was running with some new defensive pairings today, and the new-look top pair, which will presumably be unveiled tomorrow night, is a familiar possibility to those of you that read here often:
Carlyle is considering juggling his defence pairings. Look at practice today saw Gleason-Phaneuf, Gardiner-Rielly, Fraser-Franson.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) January 6, 2014
I think Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly are excellent possession players and will succeed no matter who they're with. There's some evidence that both players have made their teammates better this season and we'll get to that down the road. The third pairing is a re-construction of last year's pair that led the league in PDO and Randy desperately wants to re-create. Unfortunately, injuries and lack of ability have really limited Mark Fraser this season and you get the feeling that every successive game is another potential "last as a Leaf".
But the first pairing is what I want to focus on. That's Tim Gleason in Carl Gunnarsson's familiar spot. Gunnarsson was knocked out of the game against New York and will have to be replaced by somebody. Looks like Gleason's the guy.
January 06 2014 07:45AM
Wrapping up the Leafs and Red Wings 24/7 with the fourth and final Aftershow.
January 05 2014 02:49PM
So how come the Leafs stink?
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 05 2014 12:31AM
The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs spent this past week celebrating the game of hockey in the best way they saw fit; by taking the sport back to its roots and playing a bunch of games outdoors. Representing The Leafs Nation for a few days, and Pension Plan Puppets for another, I made my way and crossed the border for a few days to see what the fuss was about. The following is part one of several posts detailing my trip.