NHLNumbers Logo Contest Winner

Today the Nation Network would like to announce the winner of the NHLNumbers logo contest – Entry "D" by Gregg Beever. Gregg is a graphic designer and webmaster by trade, but he also publishes a web comic called Inglorious Hipsters, which you should definitely check out. Follow Gregg on twitter here as well.


Why You Should Be Happy About The Komarov Deal

Most of the photos of Komarov are of him causing a ruckus in front of the net. Per James Mirtle the Leafs have officially signed 2006 6th round pick Leo Komarov to a one year contract. It’s an entry level deal “with a cap hit of $1.2-million ($850,000 in base salary with another $350,000 in…


Phil Kessel’s Awkward Draft Combine Adventure

  Nothing good ever happens to Kessel when sitting in a folding chair.  Today is the annual NHL Draft Combine, a day in which draft eligibile players bench press, standing high jump, and pedal hooked up to giant tubes. Ostensibly it gives scouts and GMs an opportunity to evaluate each player’s physical fitness. But it…


The Thing About Advanced Stats

It’s not as though I was a reluctant convert to advanced statistics. Heck, I’ve tried to come up with one or two of my own. But I can’t help but notice how antithetical advanced statistics are to traditional hockey player ideologies. When thinking about hockey, I actually completely separate the logic I use to analyze…


NHLNumbers Logo Contest Entries

    Just over a week ago we announced a contest to design a new NHLNumbers logo. And aside from those designers who castigated us for soliciting spec work or something, the response was fairly positive. We received a number of excellent entries which we have been poring over with serious minds and profound thoughts….


The Latest Tamp-tation of Brian Burke

  Talking to Justin Schultz: Tha’ts a Tamperin’ According to some speculation from reporter Michael Russo the Anaheim Ducks are preparing to file tampering charges with the leauge once Justin Schultz signs elsewhere on July 1st, 2012. While he didn’t name names, this story on the Wisconsin SBN site shows that he believes that Shultz…


Leafs Nation Podcast 14: We’re Back

  Sometimes, life happens. Both Danny Gray and I have been too busy to record podcasts for the last month or so, but we’re back on track, and finally have these things being posed to iTunes. Follow me over the jump for today’s topics and audio.


Nation Radio – May 26, 2012

Hands up anyone who picked an LAK/NJD Stanley Cup final heading into the season. Anyone? Bueller? It’s been an especially odd post-season, with favorites falling and previously apathetic fanbases awakening suddenly to their team’s unexpected success. If the Kings win the cup, as they should, will that victory be met with a bang or a whimper…


How a boring hockey game is like a colonoscopy

BOOOOOORING  Throughout the NHL playoffs many fans and media members have been complaining about what they deem "boring" hockey. Specific complaints have ranged from too much shot blocking to too many low scoring games. Every game people all over Twitter are complaining about one thing or another. Yet we haven’t heard too many complaints from…



Scouting isn’t an exact science. Every scout has stories of a player they loved who never panned out, or a guy they weren’t high on who played 10 years in the Show. There are rare exceptions, Sidney Crosby, where every scout ranks him #1 and labels him "can’t miss." Those players are very, very rare,…


Nation Radio – May 19, 2012

In Alberta the off-season has become a question of coaches with both the Flames and Oilers looking to fill vacancies behind the bench. With the NHL playoffs winding down and the Memorial cup firing up, attentions are turning towards prospects and the impending free agent season as well. The guests this week include Jonathan Willis, Tom…