Five NHL Coaches On The Hotseat

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2014-08-31

With the hockey season around the corner, it’s going to be make or break time for five NHL coaches. Let’s see who’s job might be on the line if his team does not succeed this season. Randy Carlyle – Toronto Maple Leafs The Maple Leafs made the playoffs in Carlyle’s first campaign, only to suffer a heartbreaking defeat in Game 7 to the Boston Bruins. The way they lost seemed to be a preview for what would happen in seasons to come. Up 4-1 in the third period, the Maple Leafs coughed up the lead and then lost in overtime. In the following seasons, Toronto seemed prime to squeeze into the playoffs as a lower seed, but complete collapses would crush any playoff hopes they had. With so

Kadri gunning for goals in contract year

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2014-08-31

“Are you happy now that Randy Carlyle is no longer your coach?” The question, directed at Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri, comes out of left field and spurs Leafs TV’s Paul Hendrick to mock-check his Twitter feed for some breaking news he might have missed. The questioner, perhaps a victim of too much talk radio or an HBO viewer who drew conclusions from last year’s 24/7, cannot be faulted for his inaccuracy. He can’t be more than 14 years old. Kids say the darndest things. And though he’ll chuckle about it later, Kadri takes the kid’s pointed query in stride, explaining that his head coach, in fact, signed an extension this summer and that sometimes the people who

Morning Hits: Leafs, the “No Sense” Part of Expansion and Burns

Source: My NHL Trade Rumors
Date: 2014-08-31

Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: The Maple Leafs are considering splitting up Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk as they are concerned that there is too much fire power on their first line and not enough on their second line. Things that make no sense with regards to NHL expansion: 1. Seattle has a […]

A Few Hockey Notes In Late August

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2014-08-31

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - A few things that make no sense regarding the NHL expansion story that got all kinds of play this week: 1. Seattle has a willing owner, a promise from the NHL, but no building to play in and no real fan base; 2. Las Vegas has a building to play in but no owner. 3. The NHL would be foolish to lump Toronto in with other expansion bids. A Toronto expansion team could sell for almost twice the price of teams in Seattle or Vegas. 4. Quebec is the most NHL-ready market, with owner and building. The NHL needs as a fallback position for a franchise in need of a move such as Florida or Arizona. 5. Having 34 NHL teams doesn’t make sense, 32 does. - 

Report: Toronto group decides Bon Jovi is bad medicine

Source: Editor in Leaf
Date: 2014-08-30

According to a report, the Toronto-based group pursuing ownership of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills has dumped rocker Jon Bon Jovi. The New York Post reported that the group—which now includes just Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment chairman Larry Tanenbaum and Rogers Communications chairman Edward Rogers—was concerned that Bon Jovi’s continued involvement with the group would […] Report: Toronto group decides Bon Jovi is bad medicine - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 280+ Sites

TLN Top Twenty Prospects: #15 Andrew MacWilliam

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2014-08-30

In a world where we're beginning to value moving up drastically more than we do shutting down, the stock of defensive defencemen on the whole is beginning to drop. But that's not in the eyes of everybody. Even if it was, you'd have to concede this to be, in the most extreme scenario, a transitionary phase in hockey strategy. As such, teams will actively be looking for players of the shutdown mold.As far as the Leafs organization goes, Andrew MacWilliam is perhaps the best personification of that type of player, which brings him to the 15 spot on our Top 20.

PICTURE: Maple Leafs Hockey is Like Watching Paint Dry

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2014-08-30

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Predicting the Statistical Leaders for the Montreal Canadiens in 2014-15

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-08-30

The Montreal Canadiens' 2014-15 season is approaching. Opening night against the Toronto Maple Leafs is just five weeks away. It seems like a good time to start making predictions about the upcoming year.  One question that's always on the mind of hockey fans before a season begins is who will lead the team in statistical categories.  The Habs have been led offensively by two young stars over the past couple of seasons, and that will likely happen again. The penalty-minutes leader also seems obvious for 2014-15, while plus/minus is much harder to forecast.  Here are some predictions for the Montreal Canadiens' statistical leaders in 2014-15.  All stats from NHL.com.

Top Leafs pick Nylander set for rookie challenge

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2014-08-29

There is no such thing as meaningless competition right now for William Nylander. The Maple Leafs’ No. 1 draft pick in June wants to show he’s not all flash at this stage of his career and that he can stay in the job picture into October when training camp begins next month. So when Thursday’s scrimmage ended at the club’s practice rink, the drudgery for rookies to collect pucks turned into a contest for Nylander and fellow rookies Stu Percy, Connor Brown and Josh Leivo. They tried to out-do each other flipping the discs into the bucket from a few feet away, not wanting to quit until the Zamboni’s loud approach nudged them off the ice. If this had been a game on the CNE midwa

PPP's Top 25 Under 25 - #16 Frederik Gauthier

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2014-08-29

The big centre takes a dip in our rankings, after failing to find an offensive boost after the draft. Former first round draft picks generally get held to a higher standard. That might seem a little bit unfair, but let’s think about this for a second. Teams plan all season for the Entry Draft; scouting hundreds of players, watching thousands of games, conducting countless interviews. They break down as much minutiae of a player’s physical, mental and intangible skills and then try and figure out who can actually be useful to an NHL team years down the road. Then, at the end of all that, each team gets an opportunity to place their bets that this kid will be the one to achieve the p

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