August 15 2011 09:05AM
This week the NHL is pondering some rule changes at its annual research and development camp. James Mirtle elaborated on some of the proposals over at the Globe and Mail. The proposed changes include: no-touch icing, removal of the trapezoid, and no line-changes after an offside. In all there are over 32 new ideas on the table. While a good idea in principle the way the NHL has structured these camps actually makes change more difficult.
August 15 2011 12:18AM
In what can only be described as 'epic' - Robin Brownlee makes his inaugural appearance on NationRadio this week. After 25 episodes of refusing to appear as a guest, the legend vaults right into the big chair taking the reins as the host, filling in for Lowetide who is on a well deserved vacation. And he flipped through his rolodex and booked some pretty spectacular guests.
Not one but TWO Edmonton Oilers are on the show this week as Sam Gagner and Ryan Whitney stop by to say hello. Newly re-signed Oilers play by play man Kevin Quinn comes by too, to put the rumours of a multi-million dollar contract to bed. Oh yeah, and Oilers Head Scout Stu MacGregor? He's here too.
This is some amazing NationRadio.
August 14 2011 07:57PM
A little while back, we took a look at the frequency of High Quality Scoring Chances (aka A-chances) for and against that the Leafs produced while each individual player was on the ice. In this post, we'll finally get around to checking out the number of high percentage shots for and against for each player on the Power-Play (5v4 and 4v3) and the Penalty Kill (4v5 and 3v4).
August 14 2011 11:59AM
It’s been a while now that PPP and Chemmy have been writing here at The Leafs Nation, but it’s also been readily apparent that they’ve been lonely without their usual, er, companions. Tired of playing “Palmela Handerson” with each other, they have decided to start recruiting others to do their dirty work, and what better place to look than with the easiest “yes”s they could find? First there was Skinnyfish, and now I have joined on, as the latest “PPP girlfriend” to start writing over here as well. Internet polygamy strikes again!
August 12 2011 10:40AM
Jeff Marek posted the following on his excellent new blog "The Sheet":
Good news for the Toronto Maple Leafs as Matthew Lombardi will attend training camp. Can't imagine they'd let him jump right back in after missing pretty well all of last season with a concussion but I'd think it'll be 'kid gloves' with Lombardi for a period of time. If he's healthy and no longer feeling the effects of his concussion, Phil Kessel may finally have a playmaking centre who can keep up with his speed.
Lombardi was thought to be the reason the Lebda for Franson swap happened. The theory was that Lombardi would spend the whole year on IR and with two years left on his deal and with no insurance on his contract the Predators wanted to move his salary.
I disagree about Lombardi being a first line pivot for Kessel, Tim Connolly will start the year in that role, but Lombardi gives the Leafs flexibility and dare I say depth at center. Between Grabovski, Connolly and Lombardi the Leafs have some decent options down the middle. Lombardi is fast and can play a checking role as needed but his real strength might be...