September 27 2016 09:43AM
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Every year, a panel of voters scribbles on a ballot and decides, in their infinite wisdom, who the best coach in the National Hockey League was for the season that just concluded. The winner of those ballots picks up the Jack Adams Award, which basically guarantees them a job in pro hockey as long as they want one. Often, their choice creates a ton of debate, due to the recent history of picking whoever coached the team that made the biggest standings leap.
Now, the season hasn't started yet, and I don't think it matters to him all that much, but it's hard to imagine a scenario where the ballots spit out a winner other than Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock. Here's my reasoning:
September 26 2016 06:18PM
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The World Cup of Hockey still has two or three games left to go, but as far as the Toronto Maple Leafs' players are concerned, it's over. Mike Babcock remains, but the rest are waiting for tonight's game in Halifax to pass before joining their team in camp. We didn't see much of the goalies; Jhonas Enroth watched from the sidelines after getting shelled in his first exhibition game and Frederik Andersen went from Europe's projected starter to the IR. But we did get to see seven skaters play in preliminary, round robin, and in one case, knockout games; here's how they did.
September 26 2016 11:59AM
Through his agent, Kevin Overhardt, Jacob Trouba sent out a press release updating his status with the Winnipeg Jets. This release essentially stated that the primary reason for Trouba wishing to be traded was due to him wanting to play top-four as a right-side defender. It stressed that this request was revolving development over financials.
Ignoring whether or not this release should be taken at face value, how justified is Trouba that his deployment was suboptimal and how much of an impact did that have on him and the team?
September 25 2016 06:06PM
Essentially any time a player is publicly put on the trade block, either by management shopping them around or by their own doing, we get to weigh in on whether Toronto makes sense as a destination. It's always a fun exercise, but plenty of times if there's a great player out there, the fit isn't, and we have to jump through a few hoops to convince ourselves it could work. That isn't really the case with recent trade-requester Jacob Trouba, as he represents a clear target for the Leafs to address their biggest weakness: a top pairing right-shot defenceman.
But something I've noticed in reading up on this Trouba news since it broke yesterday is that he's being unsurprisingly undersold by opposing fans envisioning a trade. If Lamoriello could pull this off, it's going to cost the Leafs a ton. It will for any team.
September 25 2016 11:55AM
A lot of conversation today about Darnell Nurse, mostly in regard to possible trade options involving Jacob Trouba of the Winnipeg Jets. The lightning rod player? Darnell Nurse. It seems much of Oilers Nation is up in arms over the idea of not sending Nurse to Winnipeg immediately—even though we have no real evidence that there is a trade to be made built around these two players. Today, I would like to look at another side of this story: What do the Edmonton Oilers think of Darnell Nurse? The answer informs the future.