June 03 2012 12:19PM
Mikhail Grigorenko at the NHL Draft Combine late last week.
Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press
The NHL Draft is rapidly approaching, and with the top-prospects in Toronto for the Draft Combine last week, excitement about the event is beginning to crest (especially in Edmonton). Between the upcoming draft, the hiring of Bob Hartley in Calgary, and the Oilers continued search for a head-coach: there were plenty of topics to discuss. Also, there's some meaningful hockey being played apparently, and something called "the Stanley Cup Final" gets a fair bit of air-time as well.
Joining Allan this week were Terry Jones, Jason Gregor, Jonathan Willis, Timo Seppa and Kent Wilson.
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June 01 2012 03:09PM
June 01 2012 11:28AM
Over the next few weeks heading into the draft and free agency, The Leafs Nation will be updating readers daily on potential shortterm and longterm solutions to some of the problems facing the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Obviously, the Leafs are afflicted in certain areas. They couldn't score without their top players at the end of last season. They don't have a goaltender that has shown to be successful over a full season at the NHL level, and they have a number of depth players making way too much money to be worthwhile, given what they bring to the table.
This isn't in any way an attempt to disparage the effort that some of the players bring each and every night. The effort has never been a problem over the past few seasons. The problem has been that the players that management, both old and new, has forced the coaching staff to deploy needed to bring too much effort to be legitimate NHL players.
You don't want to need nine guys who have to bust their buns to impress fans, coaches and media. The bulk of star players in the NHL make it all look so effortless. Phil Kessel, one of them, is a player nearing free agency for the first time, and the Leafs have to surround him with winning pieces and get the team back into the playoffs.
May 31 2012 12:39PM
Today the Nation Network would like to announce the winner of the NHLNumbers logo contest - Entry "D" by Gregg Beever. Gregg is a graphic designer and webmaster by trade, but he also publishes a web comic called Inglorious Hipsters, which you should definitely check out. Follow Gregg on twitter here as well.
May 30 2012 11:38AM
Most of the photos of Komarov are of him causing a ruckus in front of the net.
Per James Mirtle the Leafs have officially signed 2006 6th round pick Leo Komarov to a one year contract. It’s an entry level deal “with a cap hit of $1.2-million ($850,000 in base salary with another $350,000 in potential bonuses)”. Here is why you should be excited about a move that would go unnoticed among most other franchises.