November 03 2015 08:40AM
Mike Babcock’s first ten games as a Leafs Head Coach will hopefully be his most forgettable games as a Leafs Head Coach. Expecting a winning record would have been a tall order, not really a desired outcome considering the desire for another high draft pick or two, but one win still hurts.
Looking back at the past few coaches to come through Toronto, rocky starts aren’t out of the ordinary, and arguably the only other coach who had to deal with being part of a total teardown was Peter Horachek. Hopefully there are some worthwhile takeaways from looking back at the results of the previous coaches in comforting us that Babcock era isn’t off to a horrible start.
November 03 2015 06:52AM
It doesn't take a genius to be of the opinion that Roman Polak is an extremely weak part of the Leafs' defensive core. Through the first eleven games of the season, Polak has the worst relative possession numbers on all defencemen, bleeds scoring chances against with nothing being sent back the other way, and has the worst offensive numbers out of anybody making substantial money (only Martin Marincin and Matt Hunwick have a lower even strength points per 60).
Maybe it's a bad start, or maybe he's just not a great defenceman; gritty and tenacious, but part of the old school style of play that the league is moving away from. You know what is great, though? This picture above. It is the best, and by the best, I mean it can be turned into the best using our friend Adobe Photoshop. As such, here are eight occupations I could totally see Roman Polak thinking about while he's on the ice.
November 02 2015 11:02PM
It's past midnight, so on Toronto paper, it's Tuesday. But I haven't gone to bed yet, so it's Monday night, sort of. The Nation Network runs on Edmonton time, so it's just past 10 PM.
November 02 2015 09:26PM
"When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you!"
"Even a Leafs win?" "Okay, almost anything." "Please?"
Apparently the Hockey Gods were created by the Disney Corporation. The Leafs, somehow, beat the high-flying Dallas Stars, in a wildly and wacky game.
November 02 2015 09:19PM
Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports
The Toronto Maple Leafs don't have a goaltending controversy on their hands just yet, but things may be trending in that direction.
The Maple Leafs have been losing games in bunches despite being a much improved team at 5-on-5. There's a few reasons for the club's brutal start - special teams and an ugly penalty differential among them - but mostly the Leafs have struggled because they haven't been able to count on a save from their goaltenders.
On Monday night James Reimer offered the club stability in net, for the first time in a while, and head coach Mike Babcock has taken notice - even taking the unusual step of confirming postgame on that Reimer would be his starter on Wednesday night, when the Leafs take on Reimer's hometown Winnipeg Jets.