August 09 2012 06:04AM
When the Leafs traded Luke Schenn to the Flyers for James van Riemsdyk, a Flyers fan asked me for my thoughts. I gave them. Doing Leafs videos for the last few seasons, I've obviously seen quite a bit of Luke Schenn. I even interviewed the guy a few times. Since getting drafted in 2008, we saw him at his best, and his worst.
James van Riemsdyk on the other hand? I have to admit, I haven't watched JVR play very much, and whenever I get asked about how he'll improve the Leafs' lineup, I'm not sure what to say. That very same guy who tweeted me however, Jordan Kuhns, happens to have quite the in-depth opinion about James van Riemsdyk.
Jordan (aka @jckuhns) was kind enough to give TLN a writeup on his thoughts regardings JVR. Jordan's young, but has been working in sports for several years now, including a gig as a video production intern for the Leafs' ECHL affiliate Reading Royals.
Now let's look at James van Rimesdyk:
August 08 2012 03:00PM
Those plucky Markhamites.
First, Markham decided that they would like to become a "city" instead of a "town", and then they decide to go ahead with helping businessman Graeme Roustan's plan to build a second major arena in the Greater Toronto Area.
This arena, owned by "GTA Sports & Entertainment", is currently known just as the GTA Centre. Does this mean a second team in Southern Ontario?
August 08 2012 09:59AM
As a first line winger, I've begrudgingly accepted Joffrey Lupul as somewhat valuable and completely immovable. This is the summer after Lupul has scored a near career-high 31.1 goals per 82 games. He scored 25 in his 66 games with the Leafs this season.
This is exactly why the Toronto Maple Leafs ought to trade him. If there is any way for the Leafs to salvage the fact that they traded François Beauchemin, it comes with what happens with Joffrey Lupul.
Lupul has one more year left on his deal. He'll make $4.25M according to Capgeek. His cap hit is identical to his salary, and should the Leafs wait until the deadline to take any parts for Lupul, they won't get as good of a package. Even coming off an injury, Lupul is at his most valuable as a trading piece right now.
August 06 2012 05:32AM
The Canadian under-18 camp is live at Etobicoke's MasterCard Centre. If you're reading this early enough in the morning and are in the area, it may be worth getting out to the rink to catch a free hockey game with some top-tiered talent in an air conditioned building in August.
None of those players have been drafted, however. There are a couple of Maple Leafs draftees at the Team USA National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY. The White and the Blue teams will play exhibition games against rosters sent in from Sweden and Finland this week, kicking that off today.
Tyler Biggs and Garrett Sparks, Leafs' draft picks by way of the Guelph Storm and the Oshawa Generals, were each in action.
August 05 2012 12:39PM
It's the August long weekend! Hockey may be on the back-burner for many, but that doesn't mean that Nation Radio is hurting for things to discuss. Host Allan Mitchell talks about the Oilers with Jason Gregor, the Canucks with Thomas Drance, the NHL in general with Eric T., the AHL with Jim Byers and the WHL with Guy Flaming, with a little soccer talk with Scott Francis Winder in acknowledgement of the fact that when the thermometer is pushing 30 degrees all the talk can't be about hockey.