October 06 2014 12:00PM
What is there to say about Daniel “Moneypuck” Winnik? (note: I hate myself for using the term Moneypuck.) The pessimistic among us say that adding bottom six winger depth shouldn't have been an organizational priority, but we were flooded with the Komarov, Booth, Winnik signings, and of course the trade for Frattin.
The optimists will say, that if you are going to bring in a bottom six winger, a guy making $1.3 million who can hit 30 points isn't a bad guy to bring in and competition and depth will only make this team stronger.
Oddly enough, I count myself in the optimistic camp on Winnik. He certainly doesn't address any of the real issues with the Leafs, but isn't a bad guy to have, and if you’re out of the playoff picture in March he’s a great guy to deal for a late pick in order to start playing the kids more. And as you’ll see from his highlight reel, his hands aren't that bad.
October 06 2014 09:08AM
Excuse me while I take a brief victory lap around my office, as these are the best possible decisions the Leafs could have made heading into the regular season. And while the Leafs couldn't cut everyone I wanted them to, they made four correct decisions.
Nation World HQ
October 06 2014 06:30AM
The Nation Network is proud to introduce the Nation Minute, a rapid fire look around the network and the NHL every Monday morning. With the season drawing closer we take a gander at achievable milestones this year. Enjoy!
October 05 2014 02:30PM
So it turns out that everybody's Estonian-Born, Russian Hockey playing Finn can play a mean keyboard. Recent Leafs returnee Leo Komarov was recorded by fellow Finn Petri Kontiola, wreaking havoc to the electronic piano's poor keys. He's actually quite good, as you can see on Kontiola's instagram. But it makes you wonder, what other talents are hidden within the Leafs organization?
October 05 2014 10:32AM
If there's one thing Burke did right - and I mean really right - it was
stealing acquiring this fine young man from the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012 in exchange for defenseman Luke Schenn, Seriously, go hug a Flyers fan right now, they're probably very sad on the inside. In a league where elite talent is extremely hard to come by, you have to give Burke credit for getting two offensive dynamos (the other being the Phil) that now form one of the most potent scoring duos in the league. All that's left now is to fill the black hole in the middle.