August 14 2011 11:59AM
It’s been a while now that PPP and Chemmy have been writing here at The Leafs Nation, but it’s also been readily apparent that they’ve been lonely without their usual, er, companions. Tired of playing “Palmela Handerson” with each other, they have decided to start recruiting others to do their dirty work, and what better place to look than with the easiest “yes”s they could find? First there was Skinnyfish, and now I have joined on, as the latest “PPP girlfriend” to start writing over here as well. Internet polygamy strikes again!
August 12 2011 10:40AM
Jeff Marek posted the following on his excellent new blog "The Sheet":
Good news for the Toronto Maple Leafs as Matthew Lombardi will attend training camp. Can't imagine they'd let him jump right back in after missing pretty well all of last season with a concussion but I'd think it'll be 'kid gloves' with Lombardi for a period of time. If he's healthy and no longer feeling the effects of his concussion, Phil Kessel may finally have a playmaking centre who can keep up with his speed.
Lombardi was thought to be the reason the Lebda for Franson swap happened. The theory was that Lombardi would spend the whole year on IR and with two years left on his deal and with no insurance on his contract the Predators wanted to move his salary.
I disagree about Lombardi being a first line pivot for Kessel, Tim Connolly will start the year in that role, but Lombardi gives the Leafs flexibility and dare I say depth at center. Between Grabovski, Connolly and Lombardi the Leafs have some decent options down the middle. Lombardi is fast and can play a checking role as needed but his real strength might be...
August 11 2011 11:42AM
There was no question that Clark had the skills to play in the NHL. What was a matter of some contention was which position he should play and who his linemates should be.
August 10 2011 12:39PM
In Part I of this series, I explored whether Keith Aulie was better in his second call-up versus his first time up in the big leagues. The conclusion turned out to be symmetric with the hypothesis: Aulie played much better on both sides of the puck with Phaneuf in the second half of the season, his successes in offensive situations balancing out his defensive misgivings.
August 10 2011 11:24AM
That's Mark Letestu directly to the right of Sidney Crosby. In part one of Jungle B: Road to the NHL, Letestu gave some insight into his incredible, and rare, ascent up the hockey chain. From a 17-year-old in Junior B in Alberta (Junior C in Ontario), to three years in the AJHL, followed by one year at Western Mighigan and then signing a two-year NHL entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins; Letestu's dream hit a snag in the AHL.