Phil Kessel's Frustrated: You Would Be Too

February 07 2011 08:04AM

Phil Kessel's comments that "It might not be working out here" via the National Post have hockey fans wondering exactly what he means. Is Kessel unhappy in Toronto? Is Kessel frustrated by his recent slump?

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The First Overall Pick: Avoid Nugent-Hopkins

Jonathan Willis
February 05 2011 09:39PM



As it stands today, at least four players have a legitimate shot at going first overall: defenceman Adam Larsson of the Swedish Elite League, and forwards Sean Couturier, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog.

After looking through the numbers, I’m convinced that Nugent-Hopkins would be the wrong selection.

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Steve Lansky
February 05 2011 07:55PM

Hey, Toronto Maple there anyone among you who thinks this nightly garbage you keep turning out qualifies as entertainment? Or effort? Or professionalism? Or desire? Or heart? Or is even remotely acceptable? I hope not. Can someone explain to me why people, who consider themselves knowledgeable fans, think players like Phil Kessel are playing up to their potential? Or why people defend Jonas Gustavsson as he's demoted to the Marlies for his horsebleep play? Anyone? Any ideas?

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Whatever Happened To Dion Phaneuf’s Offence?

Jonathan Willis
February 04 2011 11:42PM

Dion Phaneuf burst on to the NHL scene in 2005-06 as part of one of the richest rookie classes in NHL history. Thanks to the NHL lockout, there were two years’ worth of rookies entering the league, and Phaneuf was one of the gems – along with Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Henrik Lundqvist.

With the way things have gone lately, it’s easy to forget what a start Phaneuf had.

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Game #51 Scoring Chances: Carolina @ Toronto, Feb. 3/11 (3-0 Win)

Slava Duris
February 03 2011 08:04PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20 771

The action didn't really pick up until nearly midway into the 2nd period, after MacArthur snuck a shot into the goal with the assistance of a Nik Kulemin screen.  The Leafs produced 8 high-quality chances on the night, with Tim Brent having the best chance of all, but he was robbed by Cam Ward in Thomas-esque fashion.  Too bad, because he deserved a goal most of all, after his three shot blocks in one shift on the PK while the Leafs were down two men.  Reimer had to withstand 7 consecutive Carolina scoring chances in the third period.  After that run, Leafs' coach Ron Wilson called a timeout in an attempt to settle the team down. Apparently it worked, as the Leafs outchanced the 'Canes for the rest of the period 9-2, including Kris Versteeg's goal.

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