Edmonton - Nov. 21, 2014: When Craig MacTavis decided to “upgrade” his blueline during the off-season, a large portion of the Edmonton Oilers fan base bought into the illusion that this team’s backend was going to be drastically improved over the mess we saw on a nightly basis during what truly was a disastrous 2013-14 campaign. We are now nineteen games into 2014-15 season and not surprisingly, little has changed when it comes to the Oilers defence. FULL STORY
- Nov. 21, 2014: The NHL belongs to the Western Conference. The best teams over the last half decade have largely resided in out west, with four of the last five Stanley Cup winners coming from that conference. Teams like the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings have not only produced multiple title runs, but done so in dominant fashion. FULL STORY
Stoney Point - Nov. 20, 2014: There was not a member of Leafs Nation tonight who wasn’t pleased to see the Toronto Maple Leafs skate to a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Air Canada Centre. That said, there was likely nobody more relieved to get the win than Head Coach Randy Carlyle. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Nov. 20, 2014: With the Edmonton Oilers in the midst of what is starting to look like another tough season for both the team and their fans, one has to wonder if general manager Craig MacTavish is seriously regretting his decision to sign defenceman Nikita Nikitin to a two year $9 million deal in the summer. FULL STORY
Montreal - Nov. 19, 2014: I first talked to Pat Burns - alone - on August 1988, the day of the Gretzky trade. Burns hadn't coached an NHL game yet - he had been hired by the Habs just two months earlier - but had worked for Gretzky while coaching Hull in QMJHL. It was the middle of the summer, a lot of people were away from their desks (including, famously, Red Fisher) and I couldn't get Gretzky or the man who traded him - Peter Pocklington. Nor the man who was beginning to shake up the NHL - Bruce McNall. So I called Pat.
Edmonton - Nov. 19, 2014: There were more than a few Edmonton Oilers fans that were hoping to hear news of their club placing in a claim for Minnesota Wild netminder Josh Harding on Tuesday morning. Unfortunately for them, Craig MacTavish did not take the bait but to be perfectly honest, the Oilers general manager made the right call on taking a pass on the thirty year old native of Regina, Saskatchewan.
Toronto - Nov. 19, 2014: Tuesday night the Nashville Predators dismantled the Toronto Maple Leafs 9-2. Despite the best efforts of Nazem Kadri and Mike Santorelli to produce offence, the Leafs had no hope as the Predators scored 4 goals in the first 6 minutes of the third period.
Toronto - Nov. 18, 2014: Tyler Bozak is struggling to put up points, even alongside superstar Phil Kessel. With Bozak struggling, and a number of young centers all wanting to prove they can play, is Bozak's time with the Leafs coming to a close?