The Summer of 1997: Metamorphosis

Danny Gray
August 19 2011 07:08AM



The summer of 1997 brought a drastic re-structuring of the Maple Leafs front office and off-ice management team. The preceding year was an abysmal season that saw the Leafs miss the playoffs for the first time in four years. Changes were coming that would drastically alter the franchise.

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Phil Kessel, better with Joffrey Lupul?

Cam Charron
August 18 2011 09:30PM



So far, we've looked at how Keith Aulie and Luke Schenn performed during the stretch run compared to their early season minutes. While in both cases there was some improvement for each young defenseman, both players saw their PDO's increase thanks to the stellar play of one James Reimer.

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NHL Announces US National TV Schedule

August 18 2011 12:38PM



The NHL announced the games that'll be shown on Versus/NBC this year and the list is pretty bizarre. There are some teams with a ton of appearances that make sense. The four way tie for second place between Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Washington sees them with 14 potential appearances each. They're all major ratings draws due to being in large American hockey markets, having recent success and/or having Crosby and Ovechkin.

In first place is the New York Rangers with 16 potential appearances which makes little to no sense. The Rangers will be mediocre again like they are every year and despite NYC being the largest US media market most people outside of New York hate NYC and the Rangers.

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Jason Gregor
August 16 2011 10:04PM

Yesterday we saw the distinct difference between sports and real life. It was a good day for hockey, but it was also an awful one.

Let's start with the good: The Hockey News picked the Oilers to finish last in the Western Conference.

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When a horrible contract is not that horrible

Cam Charron
August 16 2011 03:13PM




There may not be a player in hockey whose positive on-ice performance is painted in such a negative due to his contract than Scott Gomez. Gomez is going to be 32 in December and makes a staggeringly Sather-esque $7.4M a season to be a serviceable two-way forward for the Montreal Canadiens. He scored just seven goals with 38 points this past season and was a minus-15. Yikes.

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