The Best of the Nation – 10.7.12

Jonathan Willis
October 07 2012 09:13AM

After the jump: why the 2012-13 season won't be cancelled, looking at the possibility of replacement players, trying to identify players that raise their game in the post-season, and a lot more.

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Video breakdown: Marlies beat the Bulldogs 3-1 in Cobourg

Cam Charron
October 07 2012 08:25AM

Well, the Toronto Marlies defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-1 in Cobourg Saturday night. If the highlight video is any indication, it may be useful to not watch any highlight videos without first turning off your computer speakers. This is the time of year when the familiar sounds of sticks, pucks and skates are expected and perhaps the Marlies would have been better off letting the sounds of the game explain themselves.

So, what happened in each of the above clips? Well, I'll break down the video, quite literally:

0:00 - 0:02: Ben Scrivens and Mark Owuya lead the team out onto the ice.

0:03 - 0:04: Nazem Kadri, Greg Scott and Jesse Blacker are seen lining up for the national anthem.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs after 78 games

Cam Charron
October 05 2012 01:29PM

So we all know that the National Hockey League has cancelled the schedule on 82 games, which has, in essence, cost the Toronto Maple Leafs four games on the schedule unless the league pretends they can tack those games somewhere once a deal gets done October 24th. (right?)

Let's pretend for a brief second that the NHL season last year was only 78 games. What would have happened to the Leafs? We do know that Toronto had a very strong and unsustainable first half of the year, so would they have been closer to the playoffs?

Eastern Conference standings after 78 games:

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Doug Gilmour, the 1993 Maple Leafs, and the need for perspective

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 05 2012 05:49AM

Our friend Jeff Veillette from
Leafs HQ and Marlies HQ will stop by from time to time to give us his perspective on the Marlies and ruminate on the Leafs. Today, he takes issue with a Maple Leafs fan poll that listed Doug Gilmour as the best centreman in Leafs history .

Remember that team? The one that was one win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals after a couple of dismal seasons? Their regular season and playoff points leader may have been a little bit on the short side, but his dazzling passing ability brought the team back from the dead.  Then, who could forget the whiz kid sniper! He may not have been from around here, and his production may have dropped come playoff time, but he was always good for a goal that lifted you off your seat. How about the veteran leader, who's best days were thought to be behind him, but still had a solid year and a massive trio of playoff rounds?

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NHL cancels part of October schedule, other Leaflets

Cam Charron
October 04 2012 03:54PM

This isn't the first time that the NHL has cancelled the schedule, but it's the first time that they've cancelled regular season games in 2012. Last season, the NBA cancelled games, not the schedule, but the actual, legitimate games, 34 days in advance. The NHL is about a fortnight behind. 

According to the NBA last season, it would take about 30 days to get everything ready between agreement and the start of the season. The NHL, presumably, will need 20 days to get everything in order, which includes creating a new schedule. Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy notes that the NHL has only cancelled the schedule, so the chance of an 82-game season is theoretically possible, but the dates on the calendar that you may have circled beforehand can go in the trash now. Even if there is a season, the schedule will have to be re-done.

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