December 11 2015 12:48PM
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December 11 2015 10:00AM
1. What's going on?
A quick look at the Leafs' ice time alone this season notes an interesting development: Mike Babcock, widely considered one of the smartest coaches in hockey, is using Matt Hunwick as a top-pairing defenseman.
This is, I think we'd all agree, not a particularly ideal situation. The 22:28 he's playing every night exceeds the 21:31 that was his previous high (in the lockout-shortened season with Colorado) and it otherwise more about 2.25 minutes per night higher than his career average. And so you have to ask: What's the thinking here?
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December 11 2015 06:30AM
Leafs fans still think Stamkos is coming, Oilers and Flames both heating up, a look back at the Evander Kane trade, Prust happy with fine for spear on Marchand, NHL expansion, 2016 draft lottery and salary cap, a big left hand, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings
December 10 2015 09:28PM
On this episode, the Stamkostastrophe, Michel Therrien, and Steve tells Adam to tell him things from time to time. Oh, and we just can't get over Game 7.
December 10 2015 01:00PM
The Leafs having a week without games makes it challenging to come up with current Leafs content (did you know that Joffrey Lupul led stretches in practice today?). Since the Board of Governors are meeting this week and they discussed expansion, that seems like as good a reason as any to do some long form speculation.
Over the past few years we’ve seen the excitement sucked out of the trade deadline, free agency, and while the draft is still a joy, the amount of trading has been in step decline there too. That’s why I think the prospect of the NHL expanding is so exciting for many of us, because it’s an opportunity to tune in and watch two full teams of players relocate in a matter of hours (I’m going to assume two teams purely out of my hatred of an odd number team league.)
While the NHL in no way needs to or should expand, the prospect of an expansion draft is quite exciting and potentially has a number of benefits for a team like the Leafs that spend to the cap ceiling and certainly aren’t short on salaries that are worth clearing out as well.