June 11 2012 08:04AM
Yeah, but can he punch faces with those hands?- Photo via Reuters
As I outlined earlier the Leafs have two “Top 9 Forward” spots to fill this offseason. These spots currently belong to Colby Armstrong and Matthew Lombardi. One of them is Nazem Kadri’s to lose.
June 10 2012 09:52PM
Might the Oilers pass on Yakupov and Grigorenko to select defenseman Ryan Murray?
Before you know it, it'll be draft day and hockey fans across the country are wondering: who will the Oilers select with the first overall pick? Will Lowe, Tambellini and company select speedy winger Nail Yakupov or highly touted centre Mikhail Grigorenko (whose stock seems to be taking a hit of late)? Or, might the Oilers reach and take a guy like Ryan Murray who may not have Yakupov's pedigree, but would address an area of need for the club?
Allan has plenty of draft talk on the docket this week. He's joined by former GM and player agent Tom Lynn and prospect experts Corey Pronman, Michael Spidel and Kirk Luedeke. Cam Charron stops by to talk a bit about the Calder Cup Finals, and Jeff Krushell joins Allan as well to talk athletic performance and player injuries.
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June 10 2012 03:53PM
Losing 6-1 is a tough day - let alone when it's Game 4 that eliminates you in the finals for the Calder Cup. Michael Forbes (@mforbes37) and I (@JPNikota) were in attendance, and sat down today with Danny Gray (@ACatNamedFelix) to discuss the match and, of course, NHL playoff action.
June 08 2012 12:16PM
The Leafs paid waaay too much money for this.
The next stop in our ongoing series of 'Leafs Team Needs' is a Top 9 Forward. (Previous: Top-Line centre) While the Maple Leafs lack high end talent up-front they have no shortage of options when it comes to filling the spots of Lombardi, Armstrong, and Connolly who make far too much money. I'm not sure exactly what kind of voodoo Burke is going to have to resort to in order to get rid of them, but the Leafs need to fill those holes as cheaply as possible.
June 08 2012 09:39AM
This has taken us a while to get to unfortunately, but one of my favourite hockey metricians, Rob Vollman, collected and published player usage charts from all 30 NHL teams. The Maple Leafs' chart is quite striking for a number of ways, and you'll see why below.
Before we get to it, and to fill a bit of space before the jump, I suppose, I'm going to warn you that we might spend a bit of time looking back on the 2011-12 Leafs season, hopefully in more than a "what went wrong???" capacity. Hey, we might find something optimistic that we didn't know about a particular player a year ago.
After the jump, you'll see why I like David Steckel. Also, Nazem Kadri.