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Phil Kessel inexplicably shut out of Hart Trophy voting

The NHL Awards came and went Saturday night, and no Toronto Maple Leaf picked up hardware. That’s not a travesty, of course. There wasn’t a compelling argument for any Leaf to be nominated or win any awards, although the PHWA placed Dion Phaneuf 11th in Norris voting, Randy Carlyle came 7th in Jack Adams, and…

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Problems With A Puncher’s Payday

Yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Colton Orr to a two year contract. As with every transaction this team has made in the history of ever, there’s three groups of opinion that feel very strong about this move. Some see it as horrible. Some see it as fantastic. Some say they don’t care. Oddly, the "not caring"…

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TSN’s Scott Cullen breaks down the Leafs’ offseason game plan

We’ve begun slowly rolling out our offseason game plans. Last year, we concentrated on specific players and dedicated a post for each of them, but both the free agent and trade markets appear to be so thin right now. They will become a bit more interesting at the conclusion of the first buy-out window which…

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Leafs to re-sign Colton Orr for two years

Like it or not, in the course of an 82-game season, you need a Colton Orr. — Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) June 13, 2013 Let’s assume for a minute that Lance Hornby’s assertion is correct, and that fighting leads to wins (but it isn’t true). Why would a team need to re-up an enforcer to a…

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Thoughts on the Roman Josi contract

If you’ve been reading me for a couple years, you’d know by now that I have a lot of respect for David Poile and Don Maloney, two general managers who had consecutive playoff appearances despite playing in small markets without big-name stars. Those teams are the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes, respectively, but you could…

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Can Randy Carlyle become a smarter coach?

Something I’ve been pondering for a while, or at least for the few minutes it took me to get ready for work this morning, is whether Randy Carlyle can return to the Leafs in the fall as a better coach than he was this past season.  The whole Carlyle debate has been dug up a…

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Nation Network 2013 Mock Draft: Picks 1-10

Photo: Alaney2k/Wikimedia Mock drafts are popular this time of year, and we’ve decided to do something a little different at the Nation this summer. Instead of presenting our picks, we’ll show consensus rankings and offer up scouting reports, than ask our readers to vote on the order they would select those players in. We start…

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The Steve Dangle Podcast – June 11, 2013 – Stanley Cup Final Preview

  It’s the Stanley Cup Final preview of the Steve Dangle Podcast. This week, we’re going international! Adam calls into the show from Idaho, and Steve’s "Joining the Rush" co-host and hockey writer Andrey Osadchenko joins the show to share his own thoughts on the playoffs, and Leo Komarov’s departure back to the KHL.