September 01 2012 10:49AM
With September the 15th approaching fast, NHL players can’t help but start looking at their respective plan Bs. For some of them, like Nikolai Kulemin, finding a new place with a fat paycheque won’t be a problem.
The Leafs winger was born in Magnitogorsk, Russia and began his pro career with the local Metallurg. His agent Gary Grinstein recently said via Sovetsky Sport that his client is more than likely to spend the season in his hometown if the lockout occurs.
‘Metallurg Magnitogorsk, who owns Nikolai’s rights in the KHL, has already stated they are interested in him,’ said Grinstein. ‘However, nobody wants another lockout. So the battle will go on until the 15th of September. If the lockout happens, Nikolai will play in Magnitogorsk. I’m not going to lie, though, he has a few other offers from the KHL.’
August 31 2012 01:16PM
Just to update you on some of the proceedings around The Leafs Nation HQ.
As a website, we've had a very good summer. Even without any Maple Leafs hockey to discuss, we're drawing people in to talk hockey and our readership has grown substantially. So to all of our new and returning readers, thanks.
Another order of business, Lindy's Sports' Leafs magazine recently dropped into newsstands. For $10, you can get cover-to-cover quality Leafs content, and there's quite a bit of TLN representation in there. JP Nikota, as well as our new man Gus Katsaros, are both prominently featured. I also have an article on the state of the Leafs' defence, fancystat-free, with a small exerpt here:
August 31 2012 10:19AM
If you're signing pictures of a goal, you know it's a big deal.
Danny: Mats Sundin's Game Six goal in 2002 to send it to OT
JP: Joe Nieuwendyk's second Game Seven goal in 2004
Steve: Any of Steve Thomas' OT winners from the playoffs
Ryan: Sundin's 500th
Cam: Sundin's 500th
August 30 2012 03:20PM
August 30 2012 12:01PM
Guys, Brian Burke isn't perfect. Well, he's far from it. In fact, he's been pretty mediocre during his tenure in Toronto and he'd be the first to tell you that. But I think the moves he's made this summer—trading for James van Riemsdyk, signing Jay McClement, getting rid of Luke Schenn and Colby Armstrong—are signs of progress and that he's at least recognizing deficiencies.
Anyway, here are some helpful tips for Brian Burke from ESPN.com writers Tim Boughton, Paul Grant and David Walter. They are really quite something. Here are a few of my favourites: