June 10 2014 09:09PM
The good thing about today? I managed to take care of so many day-to-day errands that I can't actually remember most of the day's events. The not so good thing? It's 10:44 AM and I'm about to do my second mailbag in three days. It sucks, I know, but at least we're getting to the bottom of the inbox. Besides, I'm hoping to get our first Wayback Wednesday post in a while up tomorrow, so that will be something, right?
June 10 2014 03:10PM
It’s summer at the Nation Network. All five sites’ teams missed the playoffs this season -- a new record -- so thanks guys. The annual “the Oilers missed the playoffs so Wanye goes running off into the world to backpack and pout” trip is now over. We are looking straight down the barrel of another Charity draft party and are starting to shill tickets.
The machine can't stop turning just because every single team we cover has failed epically.
June 10 2014 02:04PM
I saw it being shared around the Twitters, and I must say I couldn't disagree more with Jeff Langridge's assertion that to become an NHL player, one must effectively be drafted and seasoned in the minors for x number of years prior to becoming "NHL-ready".
There are, at any given time, 540 jobs for skaters in the NHL, and only half of those players should be deemed at a high-enough level above replacement that a player of a similar skill level couldn't be picked up freely on waivers, like Jussi Jokinen, or close to free via a low round pick, like Mathieu Perreault. That means that when you draft a player, you're hoping that he'll wind up in the Top 270 or thereabouts.
June 10 2014 12:16PM
The LA up 3-0 over New York, I am convinced that the Kings are the Bane of the NHL.
June 09 2014 02:29PM
It is the worst day of all days. It's what you come to dread after the final buzzer of the final game. It's the opposite of what any fan of the sport could possibly want. It's that imperfect spot in the sea of news.
Today, it is 4PM and nothing is going on with the Toronto Maple Leafs.