Should The Leafs Extend Ron Wilson?

The subject of Ron Wilson’s future in Toronto has been a popular one for fans and media alike for quite some time now. Last season, of course, the question was typically, “So, how soon should the Leafs fire Wilson?” as opposed to the more favoured, “Should the Leafs give Wilson an extension now?” question of…


STAJAN-WATCH: Blakey Come Lately

   Christmas came early for Flames fans this year. On November 25, 2011 the Calgary Flames claimed Blake Comeau off waivers from the New York Islanders. In 16 games on Long Island this season Blake had failed to register a single point. All that changed when he arrived at the Saddledome. In his 7 games…


NHLNumbers Podcast Episode 4

    The first three episodes of the NHLNumbers podcast focused mostly on definitions and theory in general. In episode four, we move on to applying what we’ve talked about to particular teams/players/news in the league. This week, we decided to focus on the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers – a couple of clubs with a…


To The Line, But Not Out: When your gut predicts a goal

  Immediately after Carl Gunnarsson whiffed on a point shot early in overtime against the Devils, I got that feeling. You know the one I’m talking about; that sensation of feeling your stomach plummet into your feet.  My palms got a little clammier, my heart began beating a little faster. Before I could verbalize anything…


Liar liar: Jonas Gustavsson’s phantom Saturday start

  Kevin McGran, in his story about James Reimer getting Saturday’s start in Boston, wrote that head coach Ron Wilson had been only “indicating that Reimer would only back up in Boston.” At Friday’s practice, the Leafs coach said that “more than likely [the starter] is going to be [Jonas] Gustavsson”. Later in the same…


NHL Realignment Approved

The NHL announced last night that its Board of Governors were able to come to an agreement on a realignment of the league, one that will abolish the current East/West system and instead create four different conferences.


Phil Kessel and possession totals

Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul currently sit at one and three in the NHL in scoring with a very successful first quarter to the season. Offensively, that is. On defense, there is still a lot of work to be done.

Did Ron Wilson Lie To The Toronto Media? If So, Does It Matter?

Various members of the Toronto media have been in a frenzy since Saturday, when Jonas Gustavsson, the goaltender the coach indicated would start the game against Boston, sat. Instead, James Reimer made his return from injury. Did Ron Wilson lie to the Toronto media? If he did lie, is it something that matters?

Nation Network Hockey Pool, December 4th Edition

Martin Brodeur is killing my team, and the teams of a bunch of different entrants. His zero shutouts and 0.879 SV% give him a pool value of -52.5, by far the worst of any current player. Nobody carrying him on their team is in the top-25 this week.



The first NationRadio broadcast of December 2011 is a real Canadian affair. The Oilers, Jets, Flames and Leafs are all given their due with the legendary Lowetide. What about the Canadiens and Senators you ask? Well, we just don’t care about them is all. This is NationRadio.

What To Do With Nikolai Kulemin?

The Toronto Maple Leafs have, for the most part, been blessed in terms of shooting percentage in the early portion of this season. From Clarke MacArthur to Phil Kessel to Joffrey Lupul to Mikhail Grabovski, the team has a lot of guys converting shots into goals at higher than their career rates. The primary exception…


Nazem Kadri Named AHL Player of the Month

  A franchise long derided for the poor quality of its farm system appears to be enjoying something of a renaissance. After Leafs’ prospect Joe Colborne was named the AHL Player of the Month for October, Nazem Kadri matched his achievement by earning Player of the Month honours for the Marlies in November.