August 14 2012 02:58PM
This may be an extended offseason, so to break up the time, some of the writers on TLN are exchanging emails to each other, discussing the Toronto Maple Leafs and NHL hockey as whole. Today's topic is whether or not the Leafs ought to make it a priority to acquire a goaltender, or if they ought to focus on building the roster first.
From: Cam Charron
To: JP Nikota, Ryan Fancey
I mostly want to ask JP this question because we had a mini-discussion in a comment thread earlier this week about the Leafs' priorities. I think the priority for Brian Burke ought to be to acquire another defenceman, but JP suggested that they need a goalie.
August 14 2012 10:58AM
Original source Toronto Sun
What I like about the Canada-Russia Challenge is that it's giving us a good look at several of the members for Team Canada at the World Juniors, playing together on the same team. We get to know a little about the style that coach Steve Spott is going to bring to the table, and, if any of the first three games are any indication, the Canadians are going to play a very up-tempo game wherein they activate the defence often.
That's good news for Leafs fans. Morgan Rielly, the No. 5 overall pick from June is on the team and he's an offensive defenceman with good skating instincts and he looked pretty good in Game Three. Here's a brief rundown on what people are saying:
August 13 2012 08:47PM
August 13 2012 11:41AM
Somebody ask Stephane da Costa how his rookie season went.
It's been 925 days now since Brian Burke pulled the trigger on arguably his best deal: On January 31, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded Matt Stajan, Ian White, Jamal Mayers and Niklas Hagman for Fredrik Sjostrom, Keith Aulie and, of course, Dion Phaneuf. Phaneuf has become the Captain of the team and the clear #1 defenceman, while White was the only player going in return who has managed to make himself worth anything in this league. He played with Nick Lidstrom in Detroit.
Aulie is since gone, traded for Carter Ashton, and Fredrik Sjostrom is no longer. The only remaining piece of this deal is the 6'3" 214-lb rugged Phaneuf, who has calmed down since joining the Leafs and has become a strong two-way force who plays against tough competition.
August 13 2012 09:35AM
We're in the midst of the interminable mid-August hockey lull, and news is sparse. But neither CBA uncertainty, nor a lack of material can deter Allan Mitchell! On this week's episode of Nation Radio, Allan is joined by the likes of player agent Tom Lynn, Andrey Osadchenko, Nations overlord Kent Wilson and Scott Reynolds of NHLNumbers and Copper and Blue. Allan and his guests breakdown the news of the week, gush about Nail Yakupov's play at the Subway Super Series and, of course, suss out some reasonable expectations for Jordan Eberle.
This is Nation Radio.