February 19 2012 01:34PM
Playoffs are a distant hope for the third straight season in Edmonton this year. The focus now shifts to the pending trade deadline, the kids and, eventually, the draft. This week Allan visits with California hockey fan and writer Earl Sleek, welcomes various voices familiar with both pro and amateur Edmonton prospects and shares some reader/listener thoughts on the rapidly approaching deadline.
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February 18 2012 12:49AM
"Rather than spit some outsider gibberish about what we think about the trade deadline we asked friend of the Nation Brian Sutherby - veteran of 460 NHL games and a fella who has been traded twice - what its like to go through the deadline as an NHL player.
It's kinda like cheating on a test. Why learn math when we can ask the smartest kid in the class to take the test for us? That's good thinkin' right there.
The rest of this article is all him as they say* But we take all the credit for forcing him to write it with all the threatening BBMs that we have sent that arrive in the middle of the night due to the time difference.
Classic." - Wanye
February 17 2012 08:11AM
For only the second time during Brian Burke’s tenure as GM the Toronto Maple Leafs posses their own first round selection in the upcoming NHL entry draft. While the draft is still a few months away, it’s possible that the pick is burning a hole in Burke’s pocket and could be gone by the February 27th Trade Deadline.
February 16 2012 01:57PM
Dallas Eakins played pro hockey for 15 years. He was an elite journeyman defenceman. He played for 18 different organizations in the AHL, IHL and NHL. He played 273 in the IHL, 609 in the AHL and 120 in the Show. He also spent another 220 watching from NHL pressboxes.
He understood his role and knew his limitations as a player, but he was lucky enough to play for and watch some of the best coaches: Roger Neilson, Mike Keenan, Lindy Ruff, Randy Carlyle, Perry Pearn, Pat Quinn and others, and Eakins was smart enough to monitored what worked for them as coaches.
Pension Plan Puppets
February 16 2012 09:17AM
Why so blue?
Editor's Note: This is an entry in our search for Fresh Blood at TLN. Every possible contributor will get three posts to strut their stuff and then we'll ask you readers to help us choose who is going to join.This is blog post #2 for Matt.
By: Matt Stephen @mattystephen
The Leafs will face many obstacles on their way to a playoff berth: the Eastern Conference bottleneck, poor special teams and, of course, their own fans.