Pension Plan Puppets
October 11 2011 06:07AM
From time to time this year, the staff at Future Considerations , will be providing updates on Leafs prospects via their network of writers. First up, Brian Huddle with an update on Sondre Olden of the Erie Otters.
The road to the NHL can take many different paths. Sondre Olden believes his road needs to go through the Canadian Hockey League.
More specifically, the Erie Otters.
"[I came] just to learn the North American hockey style; it's better hockey here," said the six-foot-four Toronto Maple Leafs prospect. "If you want to make the jump to the NHL, you have to know how to play the game over here."
October 09 2011 06:36PM
Oh baby what a game. Last night’s tilt was an emotional roller coaster. I told JP that I thought the Leafs would jump out to a big lead and then let their foot off the gas. I had no idea that they would abandon the car completely.
October 08 2011 09:02PM
In the second period of the game, with the Leafs leading 4-0, it seemed fitting to begin writing this game recap with a reminder of the brutal turn for the worse that the Leafs' last season took, right after they jumped out to a 4-0-0-0 start. "Let's not let anyone get ahead of themselves", I was going to say.
By the end of the third period, however, there really was no need to remind anyone that this year's Leafs' squad isn't so different that last year's incarnation. We had plenty of in-game reminders.
In a perfect world, the fact that the Leafs actually managed to hold off their opponents would be a sign that instead of coughing up the lead in these games, they'd finally learned to close out a game. Really though, the Sens should never have had a hope.
Nuts to moral victories though, we'll take the two points.
October 08 2011 03:30PM
The 2011-12 NHL season is officially underway and there is a whole bunch of good this week on NationRadio to celebrate. Former Oiler Sean Brown chats with Lowetide as does Timo Seppa - Managing Editor of Hockey Prospectus, Thomas Drance from CanucksArmy, Oil Kings play by play man Corey Graham and finally Matt Bugg from Dobber Hockey.
This is NationRadio.
Pension Plan Puppets
October 08 2011 12:53PM
Luke Schenn usually saves his best for the Senators
Once upon a time, the Ottawa Senators were a regular season powerhouse. The rivalry with Toronto was, post-lockout, christened "The Rape and Pillage of Lower Ontario" by Chris Selley of the National Post because of how brutally the newcomers to the NHL would pummel the Heroes. They even made a Stanley Cup Final in 2007! And then a funny thing happened on the way to a repeat appearance in the Final: the Senators imploded.
And so now, the Leafs sport a healthy 11-5-2 record against them over the past three seasons and with the Senators heading towards a battle for 30th for the next couple of seasons that record needs to improve if the Buds want to make the playoffs.