Jason Gregor
July 13 2011 01:12PM

After successfully not drowning or cramping up during my first triathlon sprint over the weekend, I spent Sunday and Monday catching up on the hockey world. I was shocked not at all to see that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman had once again done nothing to deter a GM from spouting off, found some interesting arbitration comparables, was perplexed at the reaction of some Oiler fans, heard that Toronto might be getting a new rink (and possibly another team) and the NHL has some realignment plans.

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The best defensive group in the league

Cam Charron
July 12 2011 09:50PM


 (Cam Charron continues to look at general NHL issues for us here at the Nations. This week, he investigates the Sharks new top-four defense rotation and wonders if it's one of the best in the league)

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High Quality Scoring Chances, 2010-11 (at Even Strength)

Slava Duris
July 12 2011 05:11PM



Over the 2010-11 season, I tracked scoring chances for 80 of 82 Toronto Maple Leafs games, with the other two games tracked by other bloggers. I've already posted team statistics for Even Strength, Power Play, and Short Handed situations here at LeafsNation. Now we're going to dig deeper, starting with a look at High Quality Scoring Chances during even play.

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July 11 2011 03:02PM

Some little kids have that special X factor that leave you saying "yep, that kid is gonna go somewhere someday." Take this little fella dancing his heart out to MJ at Safeco Field. Even though he is six years old - or thirty - we have no kids so can't tell how old they are unless we cut them in half and count their rings - he is already a champ.

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Where Does Cody Franson Fit?

Jonathan Willis
July 10 2011 12:10PM

The trade that brought Cody Franson to Toronto seemed to be almost universally popular among Leafs fans. The team rid itself of two players they didn’t want or need, and in exchange added a very capable young defenseman – all at the price of accepting an injured player who, if healthy, will also help the team.

Where would Franson slot in on the Leafs’ depth chart if the season started today?

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