April 21 2012 07:32AM
Thursday night the Toronto Marlies began their journey for the Calder Cup.
Having finished second in the Western Conference, they have home ice advantage, but this doesn't change the fact that their 1st round opponent is the Rochester Americans, a team the Marlies had some trouble with during the regular season.
April 18 2012 02:35PM
Remember that time everyone called Duncan Keith a hero because he played after losing some teeth? Bobby Baun scored a Cup winning goal on a fractured ankle, no big deal.
As eloquently summed up by Ellen Etchingham over at the Backhand Shelf, many fans and members of the media are outraged at the state of player safety and supplemental discipline in the NHL. As she points out fixing supplemental disciple and the culture surrounding headshots will be a long, arduous, and incremental process. But as much as we can try to reduce the number of concussions and increase the harshness of the punishment the issue will never be totally eradicated. As fans and observers we have to accept the fact that players will sacrifice their health and well being for the sake of winning.
The '67 Sound
April 17 2012 09:03AM
I was listening this morning, as I often do, to Justin Bourne and Rob Pizzo discussing the events of this past Sunday on their thoroughly entertaining podcast. Both of them agreed that while many of the individual incidents were unfortunate, they enjoyed the game as a whole. The word that kept popping up was "passion". Justin even joked that they had probably used the word "passion" thirty times on the podcast.
April 16 2012 10:09AM
Now that the draft lottery is done with, and the playoffs have begun, talk has shifted from how the draft is broken to how the Canucks and Penguins are broken. Fair enough. But the draft system is still the same. If you believe that teams should not be rewarded for poor performance - even if there was not really any tanking this year - then you think the system needs a shake up.
The solution is out there, but it's going to take a mad scientist to come up with the right combination of give and take to make this thing some to life. Come and watch!
Leafs Nation Podcast
April 15 2012 04:42PM
Get your listening ears on. Danny Gray and I are back with another podcast, this time featuring the very knowledgeable Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) of Hockey Prospectus. This week, we chat about Leafs' prospects, the Leafs' drafting style, and what to expect from the top 5 draft picks this season. Oh, and of course we talk playoffs.