Nation Radio - February 11, 2012

NationRadio
February 12 2012 01:27PM

 

 

With the trade deadline looking on the horizon and injuries starting to pile up acorss various rosters, the buyers and sellers are starting to line up across the league. Topics this week include Hockey day in Canada, Oiler memories and some of the needs and wants of Canadian NHL teams leading up to February 28.

This is Nation Radio.

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Nazem Kadri Interview

Andrey Osadchenko
February 12 2012 12:39PM

Editor's Note : This is an interview courtesy of the Nations' roving Russian Reporter Andrey Osadchenko ( @aosadchenko

The best part of your season production-wise so far was probably November and early December. Why would you say your production went downhill since then?

I don't know if it went downhill. I wouldn't put it that way. Obviously, I was up and down. My production hasn't been constant because I wasn't in the same league. I was just playing simple, tried to get some pucks deep and also getting bounces. As a hockey player sometimes you can do things right and not score. And then you would all of a sudden have a great game and product 4-5 points. It definitely goes both ways.

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Four Years After 13

Pension Plan Puppets
February 12 2012 11:05AM

Editor's Note:  1. This is our first entrant in our search for Fresh Blood at TLN. Every possible contributor will get three posts to strut their stuff and then we'll ask you readers to help us choose who is going to join.

BY DAVE MCCLELLAND  @DBMCCLELLAND

On March 29th, 2008 the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 in the last game of the regular season. Anton Stralman and Jiri Tlusty had a pair of goals each, Bryan McCabe led Toronto in ice time at just under 27 minutes, and the Leafs finished the season mired in the depths of the Eastern Conference, far from a playoff berth. And it just so happened to be Mats Sundin's final game in a Leafs jersey.

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I Tell You One Thing: We're Better Together

Pension Plan Puppets
February 10 2012 10:30AM

 
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Editor's Note: This is an entry in our search for Fresh Blood at TLN. Every possible contributor will get three posts to strut their stuff and then we'll ask you readers to help us choose who is going to join. 

BY: ANDREW BATES @THESILVERFOXTO

A couple of weeks ago, after a disappointing loss to the Ottawa Senators, Maple Leafs' coach Ron Wilson, in an effort to stimulate the offence, made a very public decision to split up the best pair of wingers this season; Phil Kessel and Joffery Lupul. To some surprise Lupul was dominant in that next game, putting up three points in a 4-1 win. It seemed as though Kessel and Lupul were apart for good. However, before the end of the next game the pair were back together, and have been since.

Having Kessel and Lupul on separate lines (and having it work), would give the Leafs two extremely dangerous lines and be a dream come true for Leafs fans. Although, would splitting up the pair be the smartest decision? I considered this and determined the best way to look at it would be to see what the best teams in the league did with their top scorers, i.e. do they play together a lot, or do they play on separate lines?

Follow me over the jump to find out.

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Maple Leafs 30 Thoughts: Quotable Quotes

Pension Plan Puppets
February 10 2012 07:17AM

Editor's Note: This is an entry in our search for Fresh Blood at TLN. Every possible contributor will get three posts to strut their stuff and then we'll ask you readers to help us choose who is going to join. 

BY: MATT WRIGHT @MATTWRIGHT9

Tomorrow, I'm travelling from Newfoundland to watch the Leafs host the Habs on Saturday night. I haven't been at a game since the last playoff run the Leafs had. My mother had bought tickets for Mama Mia and my dad strategically said he wanted to take a "walk" to see what the playoff atmosphere was like in Toronto. Several hundred dollars, two scalpers, and one furious mother, my dad and I saw Gary Roberts pot the only two goals in a 2-0 shutout win against the Senators.

So here's the game plan:  Friday we arrive at lunch and essentially have no plans. We're getting up Saturday to do the Eaton Centre and Hockey Hall of Fame. We've got a reservation at Real Sports for dinner, then to the ACC, then going out. Sunday we're hitting the Raptors/Lakers and heading home shortly after. Anyone who has recommendations for four 23 year old Newfoundlanders to fill up the remainder of our time, please tweet them to @mattwright9.

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