September 12 2012 04:45AM
The second agreement reached today allows veteran minor-leaguers – those on non-entry two-way contracts – to be passed through waivers before midnight Saturday, when the CBA expires.
The “waiver window” had to be created by the league and union, otherwise those players would have been “stuck” at the NHL level and unable to play in the American Hockey League during the lockout. For the Blue Jackets, it affects forwards Cody Bass, Nick Drazenovich, Andrew Joudrey and Ryan Russell, defenseman Nick Holden, and goaltender Curtis McElhinney.
Hey, at least they agree on something now. The only current Maple Leaf this affects will be Ben Scrivens, and that's only if he's signed to a deal by the time the lockout hits. Cody Franson, who also doesn't have a deal, would have to sign a two-way deal, depending on the terms of this agreement.
September 11 2012 02:28PM
Jake Gardiner was on the ice for 62 even strength goals against last season, and Lord help us if we don't go through each and every one to try and pin the blame on somebody else.
I've been planning this project for a while now, but now that Michal Roszival has decided to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks, it's a tinge more urgent. The Toronto Maple Leafs still have one defenceman that I consider to be good enough to be in an NHL top four, but Gardiner and Carl Gunnarsson both have potential.
Gardiner's first NHL season was a bit of a paradox. He played simultaneously the easiest minutes on the Maple Leafs defence—a 56% offensive zone start rate and a -0.328 Corsi Rel QoC—and the toughest, playing alongside Luke Schenn more than any other Toronto player did.
September 11 2012 01:03PM
September 11 2012 07:12AM
By all accounts, Gary Bettman is, and has been throughout his career, a very successful, intelligent, and hardworking individual, who, if his salary is any indication, commands great respect amongst the NHL's owners. He is an ivy-league graduate (Cornell) in Industrial and Labour Relations, and has his J.D. from New York University Law. Under his tenure, the league has grown both in size and in overall profitability, and exposure south of the 49th paralell has been well-nurtured. He is at the helm of the most competitive hockey league in the world, and has been for nearly twenty years.
So why can't I stop making silly photochops of a man who has dedicated his life to fostering the growth of hockey?
September 10 2012 11:50AM
Brian Burke addressed the media today in Toronto. There is lots to go through, but the big thing is the goaltenders. From our pal Sean Fitz-Gerald:
On whether James Reimer will be the team’s starting goaltender:
“We believe in James Reimer. We have said, from the get-go, that if we get the opportunity to upgrade at the goaltending position, we’re going to do it. That’s still the case. But it’s not a frantic search for a goaltender. We believe in James Reimer … We believe there’s no reason why he can’t be ‘the guy.’”
Is there any reason this is anything more than damage control at this point and saving face? Well, maybe. Burke has talked about adding a goalie, but truly, unless Burke was willing to pay an expensive premium for Roberto Luongo, nobody really popped up.
I think going with Reimer is the right move, and the vision of many a Leaf fan is clouded from the perception of Reimer after last season.