June 05 2012 07:04PM
After talking to Nail Yakupov, the Nation Network's Andrey Osadchenko had a chance to sit down with his agent (and Hockey Hall of Famer) Igor Larionov. Larionov represents not only Yakupov, but another player - Alex Galchenyuk - in contention for a top-five spot at this year's NHL Entry Draft.
June 05 2012 09:51AM
On the unrestricted free agent goalie front, no goaltender under the age of 35 is as battle-tested as Josh Harding. At 27, Harding gets his second crack at free agency, after missing the entire 2011 season, he was able to re-up for $750K with the Minnesota Wild last season.
Harding has been a backup for his entire career. 900 shots is the most he's faced in his career (in 2012) and he also played more minutes this past season than any other, appearing 1855 times. His numbers are good enough to earn him a starters job in the National Hockey League, and being the only legitimate starter on the UFA market at this point, he will probably get a sizeable raise.
June 05 2012 07:28AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on their official website today that Dallas Eakins, the head coach of the Toronto Marlies, has signed a three-year extension with the team.
June 04 2012 01:49PM
For a Monday in early June, it was actually a pretty busy day for hockey news, with a couple of stories relating to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
First, obviously, is the announcement from MLSE that the Toronto Marlies have come to terms with head coach Dallas Eakins and his two assistants for a three-year extension to coach the Leafs' AHL club.
June 04 2012 09:49AM
So the talk in this town for the last week or so has been about Roberto Luongo, or more specifically, Roberto Luongo joining the Toronto Maple Leafs.
While Luongo is a very good goaltender who was one of the best in the league last season, it's a move that doesn't make a lot of sense for Toronto, despite how badly the team need a goaltender in the short-term. The problem is that they also need cap space in the long term, and investing a lot of money in a goaltender on the wrong side of 30 is probably not the best thing Brian Burke could do at this point, even if funds were moved the other way.