August 21 2012 08:37AM
It wasn't a very long time ago that Paul Ranger was one of the up-and-coming defencemen in the NHL. In looking back through the archives, Ranger was a core piece on a good-looking young defensive unit, and Tortorella apparently said he had one of the best first passes in the NHL at 23.
August 21 2012 07:26AM
It's the offseason, and I was able to get a hold of Ben Scrivens for a lengthy interview, cut into three parts. The first part deals with Scrivens' 2012 season, both with the Maple Leafs, and with the Marlies for their Calder Cup run in the spring.
What were your expectations heading into last season?
My expectations were to challenge for a spot with the Leafs right away. I expected myself to come in and have a strong camp and I think I did that. I don't think it was realistic for me to think I was going to make the team, but I did want to force them to have to make a tough decision to send me down, and that's really all I could've done. Then from there, it was just to have a solid, consistent season, put up good numbers, help the team make the playoffs – that was a big thing for me. We didn't make the playoffs the year before, so to play a full season being the guy in net for the Marlies, and to make the playoffs, that was my goal going in.
August 21 2012 07:11AM
As the billionaires ready themselves to lock-out the millionaires over a few percentage points of total revenues, we here at Nation Radio nevertheless resolutely march on with continued hockey coverage. It may be mid-August and we may be talking about the same stuff in November because the powers-that-be are having their white collar slap fight, but what the hell...it's why we're all here right?
This week, Allan invited some tried and true guests like Corey Pronman, Jonathan Willis and Corey Graham to talk about Oilers prospects, other high-end kids and summer tournaments.
This is Nation Radio.
August 20 2012 09:21PM
A source I trust has confirmed the rumours that former Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Paul Ranger has signed with the Toronto Marlies.
Over the last few days, several reports have come out that Ranger had signed an AHL deal in Toronto. If true, Ranger will be set to play his first professional hockey since his 8 games with Tampa Bay during the 2009-10 season before taking a mysterious leave of absense that left many Lightning fans scratching their heads.
Ranger was a restricted free agent with the Lightning at the time he left the team due to "personal issues."
August 20 2012 08:33AM
I've been blogging about the Leafs for a short time, and after watching maybe about 40 games last season and looking at all the data available, there are fewer things on this world I am more sure about than "Mikhail Grabovski is the #1 centreman on this team".
This doesn't mean the Leafs need to look at more options to get a better second-line centreman. In fact, that ought to be their second priority behind another top-three defenceman. Unfortunately, with so many quality players locked into long contracts with their current clubs, pickings are slim.