October 15 2016 01:36PM
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It's what could be considered some form of "synchronicity" (no, not just the Police's 2nd best album of all-time behind "Ghost In The Machine", but events that can be considered "meaningful coincidences"), Auston Matthews became the first-ever NHL player to score four goals in his first game, followed 48 hours later by the Maple Leafs introducing their Top 100 All-Time Maple Leafs list, which of course, as it's supposed to do, sparked debate, discussion, and even mild controversy.
No, Matthews isn't on the list already. But it's truly all there for the taking. Yes, number ONE is available, if Matthews plays 15 years of All-Star level hockey and accomplishes the mere task of adding any sort of hardware to the Leafs' collection.
October 14 2016 02:00PM
It happened so quickly, and yet with the Flames so slowly, that it is possible you may have missed it. With Brandon Bollig clearing waivers last Tuesday, it is possible that the last pure enforcer has played for the Calgary Flames.
To start this season, the Flames have decided that, at best, their lineup would have players who could punch faces if need be and not as their modus operandi. Big deal right? Well, to many who have grown up watching the Flames, or most NHL franchises for that matter, this is a departure from essential NHL roster construction and a direct path to how some fell in love with the game itself. Let's talk about this after the jump.
October 14 2016 09:00AM
One of the few positives to exist in the first game of the regular season was the improved special teams, specifically the Calgary Flames' penalty kill. This season is significant, with hopes of the team finding success after last season's fraudulent excuse for a PK.
On Wednesday night we caught a glimpse into what Paul Jerrard was preaching throughout training camp and the preseason: an aggressive, intelligent penalty kill that is opportunistic in every sense of the word.
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October 14 2016 05:00AM
Auston Mattew's has ridiculous first NHL game, McDavid puts on a show at Rogers Place, Jets have reason's to be excited, Flames fall flat in opener, Oilers dump Yakupov, a look at bigger goalies, all kinds of predictions for 2016-17 and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
October 12 2016 03:44PM
So I was reading Thomas Drance's piece on the Canucks over at Sportsnet the other day and I couldn't help but play the video of Benning talking about the Gudbranson trade.
What really struck me was how he describe the trade coming together:
"...it came together fast...they called us...they asked us about Jared...they brought up Eric's name..."
Now, if you've ever been involved in any kind of business negotiations, you might recognize this as somebody that took a very passive approach to making this deal. Florida clearly had the entire negotiation process mapped out. They decided how they wanted it to go, and pulled every trick in the negotiating book to make sure it did.
But listening to Benning talk, it suddenly became clear that the Panthers pulled off the perfect crime. Benning was had, and he didn't even know it.
So let's take a look at how you get away with plunder...