The 10 Worst Shootout Options In The NHL

Last night, watching the negative reaction to Tom Renney’s selection of Shawn Horcoff for shootout duty, I was struck by how poorly a player’s shootout ability is reflected in his overall offensive totals (Horcoff has, when used, been one of the league’s best shootout options). So I decided to look at who the worst shootout…

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Fantasy Hockey Bargains

The launch of a new hockey season also means the launch of a new fantasy hockey season. For those who like something a little more interactive than hockey pools, Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey is a popular and ever-growing option. While most teams have already made tweaks, some will still be looking for a little help on…

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Straight Talk From Joffrey Lupul

  It is a rare thing, but every so often an NHL player will move beyond banalities and say something interesting. Usually it is not a particularly good thing for the player involved. I think Joffrey Lupul’s comments to Mike Brophy on line-mate Phil Kessel qualify on both counts.

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Nation Network Projected Finishes, 2011-12

We’ve gone from one end of the Nation Network to the other, polling writers from Canucks Army on the West Coast to Leafs Nation in the East (readers of the latter site, please feel free to substitute "Universal Center" for "East" in your minds) and everywhere in between. What we’ve come back with are the…

Tim Connolly, Special Teams Ace

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ special teams the last few seasons have not been very good. The power play has, at best, managed to be an average unit, while the penalty kill is consistently one of the worst in the NHL. The addition of Tim Connolly should help in both areas.

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#PhilKesselMyths

Two seasons into his Maple Leafs’ career, there continue to be plenty of misconceptions about the club’s top goal-scorer, Phil Kessel. It’s not always easy to find a succinct summary of these fallacies, but Mike Brophy, who will cover the Leafs for Sportsnet this season, does a great job of hitting all of the high…

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What Should the Leafs Do With Jake Gardiner?

Regardless of team, regardless of year, there always seems to be one player that comes from well back of the pack and makes a serious charge at an NHL roster spot. For the 2011-12 Toronto Maple Leafs, that player appears to be highly-touted defenseman Jake Gardiner. With Gardiner charging hard for a roster spot, what…

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What They’re Saying About The Toronto Maple Leafs

With a new season come new hockey magazines, many of which offer some insight into the Toronto Maple Leafs. After the jump, Leafs Nation will look at what eight different publications had to say about the fortunes of the blue and white – ranked by where each publication projects the Leafs to finish in 2011-12.

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Is Keith Aulie Ready For A Top-Four Role?

With the Maple Leafs boasting a deep group of defensemen, there will naturally be competition for ice-time. Beyond Dion Phaneuf, Luke Schenn and John-Michael Liles – the sure things – the Leafs still possess one-time marquee free agent Mike Komisarek, summer addition Cody Franson, and Carl Gunnarsson, whose poise earned him increased ice-time as the…

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Paying For Schenn’s Minutes

Prior to the announcement that the Maple Leafs had signed Luke Schenn to a five year/$18.0 million contract, this site ran a post titled “What’s Luke Schenn Worth?” That post looked at a given set of comparable players to Schenn – defensive defensemen with roughly the same age, minutes played, and NHL experience as Schenn….