September 06 2011 06:45PM
Brian Burke was bullish about the Maple Leafs’ playoff hopes at a press conference earlier today, and one quote in particular stood out to me:
“We think there’s a couple of catchable teams. I’m not going to name them. No reason to start with bulletin board material before the season even begins, but we think there are catchable teams.
Which teams might he be talking about?
September 06 2011 08:45AM
Big things are expected from James Reimer this season, but he's third in our rankings.
Image courtesy Brendan Hoare.
Earlier this summer, I asked independent goalie scout and hockey writer Justin Goldman (AKA The Goalie Guild) for his take on who was likely to have the best career among James Reimer, Devan Dubnyk and Cory Schneider. He told me he liked all of them, but that at gunpoint he’d go with Cory Schneider. As a Canucks fan I was happy to hear that, but I was unsatisfied by the 140 character limit answer – I needed to know why. So I e-mailed him, and asked if he’d be interested in discussing the matter further with me. What follows is the elaborate answer I was looking for. Today we profile: James Reimer.
James Reimer: what does he do well, and what does he need to work on?
James Reimer is extremely confident in his abilities. He’s thick-skinned, and has a lot of faith in himself. Those qualities compensate for his slight lack of mobility. Also, he’s well-suited for Francois Allaire's teaching of the “blocking” save. Reimer relies on positioning to make himself big, but obviously isn't the quickest goalie, especially when compared to a guy like Dubnyk or Schneider, it's just not at the same level.
September 05 2011 01:08PM
What would you say if you could speak to a long-gone player from your team? Would you try to bring them back? Would you pad their ego?
“Hey you’ve reached Alex leave a message”
September 04 2011 04:00PM
There is a little something from everywhere this week on NationRadio. Red Deer Rebels talk starts it off, then it swings over to the Winnipeg Jets. Then Jason Bonsignore emerges from the mists of time to talk about his stint as an Oiler so many years ago.
Then some AHL talk and a look ahead at the Oilers special teams rounds out the week. Oh and what's that? A Toronto Maple Leafs update if anyone West of Mississauga cares to hear about that sort of nonsense.
This is NationRadio.
September 04 2011 11:09AM
Most people know the story of Pavlov’s dogs. He conditioned dogs to expect food at the sound of a bell. As a result when they heard the bell they began to salivate, even if no food was presented. Diehard hockey fans are similarly conditioned. The elation and misery experienced by fans can be explained by a tiny molecule in our brains called dopamine. It’s not hockey we’re all addicted to, it’s dopamine.