September 30 2014 08:17AM
In hindsight I am now looking to the Roman Polak trade with a sense of satisfaction. Sure, the Leafs gave up a far better defenseman in order to acquire a right handed shot. Sure, it doesn’t matter which hand Polak uses because you don’t want to see him handling the puck, and sure it seems somewhat foolish that the Leafs retained a portion of Gunnarsson’s salary and threw in a 4th round pick in order to get the deal completed, but it doesn’t change the fact that there was a silver lining. This deal was likely the beginning of the end of the Nonis regime.
September 29 2014 10:02PM
To say that watching the Leafs get shutout by the Detroit Red Wings is difficult to watch is understandable, but make no mistake - this was one of the most unwatchable games I've ever watched. Did you tape it? Going to watch it later? Don't. There are many more enjoyable activities you could be doing instead, such as paying the bills, or sorting the recycling.
September 29 2014 07:15PM
Last time around, we got some comments on our new wheels. Some liked the old school mail delivery truck feel. Justin felt it looked like an Ice Cream Truck, probably because he forgot why exactly he was loafing around and eating ice cream while looking out the window. Whatever the case, it may have to become an ambulance with all of these injuries hitting the Leafs lineup. Anyway, lets answer some questions.
September 29 2014 02:30PM
It's rare to come across an article or television segment these days that doesn't refer to Dion Phaneuf as a "lightning rod", or the Leafs' most polarizing player. While differing opinions of players like Kessel or Bozak usually just pin those who believe in grit and Mimico against the folks who simply value skill, discussing Phaneuf is something different. It gets everyone fired up. Seriously, no one's safe.
The reason for much of this, of course, is that many of us really don't know what to think about the Leafs' captain. League-wide, Phaneuf is arguably the toughest player to get a read on, and given Toronto's coaching woes, and the apparent difficulty that comes with evaluating defencemen through advanced analysis, a lot of times the debates about his value end up going in circles.
September 29 2014 12:06PM
Ah it’s been quite a week. First we got to announce Jeanshorts is joining the Nation Network full time to head up our new video department. Then last Thursday we told you that The Royal Half has joined the Nation Network as our first American team site.
And now today the grand daddy of them all: we have purchased the immensely popular HockeyFights.com, making it the 9th site in the Nation Network.