Maple Leafs (non)-Gameday #1 - Finding other s#&% to do

Cam Charron
October 13 2012 09:35AM

Tonight was the night the Toronto Maple Leafs were going to hit to the ice with James van Riemsdyk in a game that really counted. Millions were going to watch. The first game of the year is always special and today felt no different—many Southern Ontarians woke up this morning finding they could see their breath for the first time this year.


There is a lockout, if you haven't heard, and we need to find something else to do with our night. Luckily, Saturday is always a big day on the sports calendar, the Leafs' AAAA team opens up, there's some good OHL action and arguably the best athlete in the world competes...

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Leafs rewind: An excellent Grabovski shift leads to Lupul hat-trick goal

Cam Charron
October 12 2012 12:09PM

We like to mix it up here at the Leafs Nation. While Steve is giving away hockey cards and doing some English KHL highlights, I'm going to continue doing video breakdowns of things from the last Leafs season that interest me.

This one from today is Joffrey Lupul's hat-trick goal against New Jersey back on November 2 of last year. Not necessarily Lupul's play, but this is an all-around good shift by the Toronto Maple Leafs, particularly Mikhail Grabovski, John-Michael Liles, Clarke MacArthur and Phil Kessel.

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Steve Dangle
October 11 2012 07:29PM


Hey all! Steve Dangle here. Fellow Nations contributer Andrey Osadchenko and I have started making highlight packs in English for the KHL youtube channel this season. Like them? We can make it a regular feature here at the Nations. 

Anyway - one of these games features Nail Yakupov who scored a goal, an assist, and a pretty hilariously blatant dive.


Nail Yakupov's goal and assist were not enough as Slovan downs Neftekhimik.

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The Major League Baseball solution

Cam Charron
October 11 2012 10:26AM

I was up late last night stretching different concepts for a long-term resolve of the spending disparity between the rich and poor teams in the NHL. In the labour dispute, I'd rather not "side" with owners or players, but rather be on the side that offers the best long-term solution, one that means we won't have a lockout every seven years.

What owners want is a one-time reduction of cost, while the players want to keep the money they've already been signed to. I think both positions are reasonable, but for the NHL, there are two looming truths they haven't resolved:

  1. There probably isn't enough demand in North America for 30 NHL teams
  2. While some owners may be looking at their bottom lines, they're still competitive people who want to spend a lot of money.

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Burke's Transactions 2.0

Gus Katsaros
October 11 2012 08:33AM

Continuing from the previous post where we looked at the Maple Leafs draft picks and some of the trades involved to acquire them.
Wading through these below listings leaves one underwhelmed, aside from a few notable transactions. There's a blessing and curse in the types of transactions he didn't make. Brad Richards, Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Ilya Kovalchuk, and perhaps a trade for Roberto Luongo all could have been in a Leafs uniform to start the imaginary 2012-13 season. The only remote possibility now remians Luongo and that is on hold for the same reasons 2012-13 is as imaginary as the Great Gazoo.

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