Breaking Down A Break Down

Pension Plan Puppets
February 21 2012 10:54PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs fell to the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime on a goal that could only be described as mind boggling awful. While Jonas Gustavsson has to wear the goat horns for three of the four goals - not so bad you might say if you're Gustavsson's relative - the first goal was the Leafs' defensive efforts on the season in a nutshell. Ok, maybe the bad goaltending is the nutshell. Or maybe the Leafs' season has two nuts in one shell. Whatever. Come after the jump for a highly technical breakdown.

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Luke Schenn: Broken and Busted?

Kent Wilson
February 21 2012 08:36AM

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.


During Wednesday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers, Luke Schenn found himself watching from the press box, not as an injured player, but as a healthy scratch. Ron Wilson felt that it was best for Luke and the Leafs that he sit out and watch, hopefully thinking about how he needs to try harder, and how he wants to become a better hockey if he wasn't doing that already.

Schenn has met success everywhere he's gone in his career, from the WHL, to the World Junior Hockey Championship, to the NHL. This kid knows how to play hockey, evidenced by his two out of four outstanding seasons, wedged around two rather disappointing ones.

I don't have rose tinted glasses towards Luke, I know he's had some struggles and I've cursed his name more than a few times while watching a game, but I wonder was he the right choice to scratch against the Oilers? Did he deserve to be benched?

Follow me over the jump to find out.

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Leafs Nation Podcast Episode 4

February 20 2012 10:23AM


This is the second consecutive Leafs Nation podcast to be completed with the Leafs on a Western Canadian road trip, and so, once again, Danny Gray and I had the pleasure of being joined by another Western writer in Cam Charron, of Nucks Misconduct, Backhand Shelf, the Nation Network, and... did I forget another site? In any case, with Cam around, this podcast has plenty of insight on the Canucks as well as the Leafs.

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Nation Radio - February 18, 2012

February 19 2012 01:34PM



Playoffs are a distant hope for the third straight season in Edmonton this year. The focus now shifts to the pending trade deadline, the kids and, eventually, the draft. This week Allan visits with California hockey fan and writer Earl Sleek, welcomes various voices familiar with both pro and amateur Edmonton prospects and shares some reader/listener thoughts on the rapidly approaching deadline.

This is Nation Radio.

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February 18 2012 12:49AM

"Rather than spit some outsider gibberish about what we think about the trade deadline we asked friend of the Nation Brian Sutherby - veteran of 460 NHL games and a fella who has been traded twice - what its like to go through the deadline as an NHL player. 

It's kinda like cheating on a test. Why learn math when we can ask the smartest kid in the class to take the test for us? That's good thinkin' right there.

The rest of this article is all him as they say* But we take all the credit for forcing him to write it with all the threatening BBMs that we have sent that arrive in the middle of the night due to the time difference.

Classic." - Wanye

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