May 03 2015 05:41PM
Many thought this series was over after what we saw last weekend. The Toronto Marlies, a team that has spent months playing with their backs against the wall, rallied from adversity not once, but twice, to take a 2-0 lead in their best of five opening round series against the Grand Rapids Griffins. The past few days haven't been helpful to their cause, though; the Griffins rebounded and tied the series with two wins of tonight. Tonight's game offered two paths; another 4+ games of hockey, or a dead end.
Unfortunately, the Griffins proved to be too much for them, winning Game 5 by a score of 3-1.
May 02 2015 08:26PM
Thankfully, the post-Red Wings elimination fall out wasn't as bad as it could have theoretically been. Landon Ferraro would have had to clear waivers. Tomas Jurco has an international stage to hang out on. Petr Mrazek is too good to set foot in another league at this point. The only player to find his way to the Grand Rapids Griffins was Alexey Marchenko. So, it could have been worse.
But this Griffins team is still good. Very good, even, as they proved tonight by tying the series by outscoring the Toronto Marlies 5-4.
May 02 2015 03:51PM
On this episode, the guys talk about the beginning of Round Two, the stupid draft, and Jonathan Bernier.
May 02 2015 12:35PM
The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?
We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs already in full swing, let's take a moment, look back at round one, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!
May 01 2015 05:11PM
It's not often that one of the most well-respected coaches in professional hockey becomes a free agent, but here we are.
Mike Babcock's Detroit Red Wings were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the NHL playoffs, and he's now free to leave the organization and sign on with pretty much anyone he'd like. A Stanley Cup Champion and two-time Olympic Gold winner, Babcock will have the luxury of picking and choosing the right situation for him and his family; likely one where he'll be able to continue his winning ways rather quickly. A lot of people think that'll be Edmonton, which is kind of hilarious, but the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers are also looking for a bench boss. And hey, so are the Leafs.
They aren't necessarily on the cusp of success, but Toronto has the deepest pockets in the league and can also offer Babcock something he likely won't get elsewhere - control over the roster. While the Leafs might be a good fit for Babcock though, is he really the right guy for the Leafs?
Our TLN Roundtable has their say in the matter below...