September 17 2012 09:16AM
Whenever we get a new writer here at the Nations, I warn them about the software. I have lost countless posts to the bowels of the Internet and most of the formatting is done manually through HTML, so the "post-production" phase of a post usually takes a while.
But at least I have software, and at least we have a platform. François Allaire, goaltending coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, well, formerly, apparently, was basically a blogger without any software, or a computer for that matter. So news of him quitting out of frustration would be acceptable. He was pretty much Batman:
He’s the goalie coach Toronto deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll blame last year’s .900 on him, because he can take it.— Ryan Etics (@ryantologist) September 17, 2012
Of course, Batman had a utility belt. Allaire had Vesa Toskala and Jonas Gustavsson.
September 16 2012 06:50PM
And it's official. As of midnight last night, the NHL has locked out its players from practicing, from training camps, and from games. We somewhat know the issues. The NHL wants to cut costs, the PA want to have their current contracts honoured, it's a ripe big mess and an indication that despite having all the leverage in 2005, the NHL didn't fix anything they wanted to fix.
The general consensus is that the league will restart before it misses out on significant dollars, and those come when games start being broadcast on national TV starting with the Winter Classic on January 1st. My money's on Detroit and Toronto being the first game of the season.
Some reaction, stories filed for publishing at 12:01 am Sunday morning:
September 16 2012 12:06PM
This may be an extended offseason, so to break up the time, some of the writers on TLN are exchanging emails to each other, discussing the Toronto Maple Leafs and NHL hockey as whole. Today's topic is whether we were too hard on Luke Schenn.
From: Cam Charron
To: Danny Gray, Gus Katsaros, Steve Dangle, Ryan Fancey, Steve Dangle
Subj: Luke Schenn
I have to ask, are we too hard on Luke Schenn?
From: Ryan Fancey
To: Cam Charron, Danny Gray, Gus Katsaros, JP Nikota, Steve Dangle
Subj: RE: Luke Schenn
Who cares. He's Philly's problem now. Woooo
From: Danny Gray
To: Ryan Fancey, Cam Charron, Gus Katsaros, JP Nikota, Steve Dangle
Subj: RE: Re: Luke Schenn
And he sucks.
September 15 2012 01:38PM
Today is September 15, the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHLPA. Tonight, barring an 11th-hour miracle, the league will lock out its players and begin yet another in a seemingly endless cycle of work stoppages.
If that happens, I have a promise to both sides.
September 15 2012 11:33AM
Not that you’re likely to remember but a few months ago I thought it would be a good idea to copy the excellent “ABC’s of the Senators” over at Silver Seven Sens by writing a post on the greatest player in Leafs’ history for each letter of the alphabet. I had a list saved in a document with names for almost every letter. The problem was that there were too many names on some letters and I’m terribly indecisive. I mean Sundins, Sittler, Salming, Smythe, how could I choose one and not the other. So I decided to re-jig the project and use sweater numbers instead. Since we don’t have any hockey to talk about I think a few history lessons on some of the great, and lesser known Leafs would distract us from the fact that there are no games to watch. There are 72 numbers to cover, let’s get started.