June 15 2013 06:14PM
The NHL Awards came and went Saturday night, and no Toronto Maple Leaf picked up hardware. That's not a travesty, of course. There wasn't a compelling argument for any Leaf to be nominated or win any awards, although the PHWA placed Dion Phaneuf 11th in Norris voting, Randy Carlyle came 7th in Jack Adams, and Sporting News bro Jesse Spector gave James Reimer a 5th place Hart Trophy vote.
Here's where I'm particularly surprised: Phil Kessel, the fourth-leading scorer among players on teams that made the playoffs, did not get a single vote for the Hart Trophy. I thought going in that he had a case to be at least in the discussion, if not among the finalists,. He ought to have merited consideration for the top five most valuable players in the NHL, but he wasn't.
Phil Kessel did not get a single vote for the Hart Trophy, left off of all 179 ballots cast.
June 15 2013 07:04AM
Over the past few days, the readers of the various sites in the Nation Network have been voting on their rankings of prospects for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Today, we reveal the results.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 14 2013 12:57PM
Yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Colton Orr to a two year contract. As with every transaction this team has made in the history of ever, there's three groups of opinion that feel very strong about this move. Some see it as horrible. Some see it as fantastic. Some say they don't care. Oddly, the "not caring" crowd seems to be the loudest, but it's a matter of who has the most powerful scream, as everybody appears to have something to say. Personally, I don't think it's in the best interests of the team, but wanted to take all factors into consideration. Here's an over-analysis:
June 14 2013 10:10AM
The Nation Network’s 2013 Mock Draft continues, with the close of the first round.
June 14 2013 09:43AM
We've begun slowly rolling out our offseason game plans. Last year, we concentrated on specific players and dedicated a post for each of them, but both the free agent and trade markets appear to be so thin right now. They will become a bit more interesting at the conclusion of the first buy-out window which I believe is 48 hours after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals until July 4 at 5:00 p.m.
TSN's Scott Cullen, an excellent columnist, had a very good breakdown for the Leafs' offseason game plan and generally came to the same conclusions we often do at The Leafs Nation: the Leafs still have some holes to fill and they can't assume they'll make the playoffs in an 82-game season based off last season's success.
As always there will be personnel decisions to address, but the first order of business for the Maple Leafs is understanding that they overachieved last season. That is, their place in the standings was not supported by sustainable underlying statistics, so they can't rest on their playoff laurels thinking that they are simply a playoff team going forward.
Bolded the fun bit that will surely draw lots of agreement in the TSN comment section. Read past the jump.