The case for Brooks Laich as a first line centre

Cam Charron
June 20 2011 04:09PM

 

 

With the days being crossed off the June calendar as we head to the opening of free agency, we know that the Toronto Maple Leafs have, among their pressing needs, a requirement to get a first line centre for Phil Kessel.

The prevailing wisdom is that the Leafs would be best-served by signing unrestricted free agent Brad Richards, and, why not? Brad Richards is a terrific hockey player who lifts the games of his teammates and has a terrific shot, is effective on the powerplay and has won a Conn Smythe Trophy to boot after a terrific playoff run with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.

However, there are two potential turn-offs:

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Playoff Prediction Project: Final Standings

Jonathan Willis
June 20 2011 01:04PM

In the wake of the Stanley Cup finals and the build-up to the NHL Entry Draft, I completely forgot to post the final standings for the Nation Network’s playoff prediction contest.

After the jump, the final results.

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Leafs hire Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin

Chemmy
June 20 2011 11:37AM

Brian Burke has made a coaching change in Toronto; Keith Acton and Tim Hunter are out and in their place the Leafs have brought in Scott Gordon (ex-Islanders) and Greg Cronin (ex-Northeastern Huskies [NCAA]). My first reaction to news like this is that Toronto is shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic but thinking longer I'm not sure that's the case.

"Burke says special teams play was a catalyst for this, but he used the word "stale" to describe the Leafs' coaching staff before changes." - Dan Rosen

The Leafs have had abyssmal special teams for a long time, even considering the limited talent available, and it's something that needs to be addressed. Follow me over the jump for more about Cronin and Gordon.

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NATION RADIO - JUNE 18, 2011

NationRadio
June 19 2011 10:30PM

It takes a lot go get NationRadio on the air every week. Technology, entertaining guests and of course the legendary Lowetide.

This week Mark Lamb makes an appearance on the show, as does Scott Reynolds from Copper and Blue, Kirk Luedeke, Kent Simpson, Matt Bugg and Jason Gregor.

This is NationRadio.

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GAME DAY BITCHES

Wanye
June 15 2011 01:14AM

Get a load of our fellow Justice League: Twitter edition cohort. @faqu94 sends his best along with a picture of himself getting ready for Game 7. @michealrioux later pointed out: “I love how he wolfed down a bag of Old Dutch chips right before the pic."

Classic case of crushing Old Dutch and taking an epic pic if you ask us.

Game 7 for all the beans is all that’s left Nation. It's a good old fashioned GDB: SCF7.

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