Tag: NHL

Hall of Fame, Hockey, Sports

50 Years of Misawarding the Conn Smythe

The awarding of the Conn Smythe in 2015 to Duncan Keith felt like a dose of sanity, he was well deserving of it. Unfortunately, since the award’s introduction in the mid ’60s, it hasn’t always been so obvious and oftentimes the writers responsible for voting for the award have picked odd, sometimes even terrible winners. …

2018, Hockey, Philosophy, Society, Sports

The Nihilist Hockey League

I have been a fan of the hockey comedian/commentator Down Goes Brown for some time. I don’t remember when I became aware of him, but it was before he started writing for Grantland. I have appreciated both his comedic takes on what is a very silly league and also his perspective, which often seems to …

2017, Hockey, Movies, Sports

The NHL: 100 Years (2017)

This, the official documentary history of the NHL, is an adequate history of the NHL if you don’t watch hockey and didn’t grow up watching hockey OR you like having the old hockey myths repeated to you by different people than the people who usually told you these myths. As an actual history of the …

2016, Hockey, Personal, Sports

Am I Still a Leafs Fan?

As I find myself wrapped up in the success of The Blue Jays so far this playoff, and eagerly awaiting the NBA season, I wonder to myself if I still care about the Maple Leafs, this at a time when there is more legitimate optimism around the team than perhaps there ever has been before …

Hall of Fame, Hockey, Sports

Does Kimmo Timonen Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Based on the assumption that Timonen is retiring after his Cup win, I’m asking my usual question. In this case the answer is pretty obvious, but I enjoy asking the question anyway. Career: 16 seasons, 15 quality 117G, 454A for 571P, +35 in 1108 games (6th Finn), 101.4 PS (4th Finn) 82-game average: 9G, 34A …

2015, Hockey, Sports

Your 2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs

[So I accidentally published this before I was done. Um, oops. This is now the complete version.] I watched as little of the Leafs this year as I have since I was 16, more than half my life ago. I did this becuse Burke and then Nonis killed my passion for the team after JFJ …

Hall of Fame, Hockey, Sports

Is Alex Ovechkin the Greatest Pure Goal Scorer of All Time?

A few weeks ago, Alex Ovechkin joined some elite company, he became only the fifth player in NHL history to score 30 goals per season in his first 10 seasons. More recently, he joined even more elite company, he became only the sixth player in NHL history to score 50 goals six times. Now while …

Hall of Fame, Hockey, Sports

Is Jaromir Jagr the Greatest Right Winger in Hockey History?

Usually, I try to assess the legacy of an NHL player when he retires (or some time after) but I am kind of in awe at what Jagr has accomplished (and could have accomplished) and so I cannot help myself. I want to re-ask a question I asked a few years ago, and answered with …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis is Over!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Here is an assessment I pretty much completely agree with. I am not writing my own at this time because I am currently working on two other hockey posts I hope to have published very soon.

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Casey Bailey

The Leafs are continuing to sign amateur / international pro prospects to dry and find a diamond in the rough. Maple Leafs get: Casey Bailey, 23, RW: Entry level contract, which will last two years past this season because he is going to play now; 45G, 35A for 80P in 96 NCAA games; Led Penn …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Nikita Soshnikov

The Leafs have signed 21-year-old Russian forward Nikita Soshnikov to a three-year entry level contract. This is reminiscent of the March signings of US college free agents that Burke helped pioneer a number of years ago (and that left the Leafs with Tyler Bozak) only Soshnikov is playing in the pros. Leafs get: Nikita Soshnikov, …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Trade Deadline 2015

The Leafs didn’t make any major moves today – I for one am disappointed to see Bozak and Lupul still on this team – but they did make a couple. Blues get: Olli Jokinen, 36, C: UFA; 0G, 1A for 1P, +1; 14:18 ATOI in 6 games for the Leafs;  3G, 3A for 6P, +2; 13:31 …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: The Clarkson Trade

YaaaaaaaaaaaHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Blue Jackets get: David Clarkson, 30, RW: $5.75 mil per season until 2020 15G, 11A for 26P, -25; 14:29 ATOI in 118 games for the Leafs 82-game average: 17G, 12A for 30P, -9; 14:12 ATOI Leafs get: Nathan Horton, 29, RW: $5.3 mil per season until 2020 5G, 14A for 19P, -3; 15:27 ATOI …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: The Winnik Trade

Penguins get: Daniel Winnik, 29, LW/C: UFA 7G, 18A for 25P, +15; 16:50 ATOI in 58 games with the Leafs 82-game average: 8G, 18A for 26P, +3; 15:20 ATOI Leafs get: Zach Sill, 26, C: UFA 1G, 2A for 3P, -7; 8:18 ATOI in 42 games with the Pens 33, 40 277 82-game AHL average: …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: The Second Franson Trade

After not having any idea what to do with him for most of his tenure, the Maple Leafs have moved Cody Franson back to his original team. Let’s look at the trade.

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Ashton and Broll

It has been literally ages since I wrote one of these posts, in part because it’s so hard to fucking care any more and in part because, frankly, nothing has been done in some time. I mean, with the exception of firing Carlyle – the benefits of which have been documented well elsewhere – Nonis …

Hockey, Sports

2014-2015 NHL 1/2 Season Awards

The Maple Leafs played their 41st game of the season on Saturday – a loss, unsurprisingly, as it’s that time of year – and so I guess it’s time for a little report on the NHL Awards Arms Race. I don’t know the last time I’ve done one of these, both because of personal issues …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Jake Gardiner

I think it’s safe to say that Toronto Maple Leafs Dave Nonis has had a pretty mediocre summer. No, he didn’t break the bank on any underwhelming free agents, like he did in 2013, but he also didn’t demonstrably improve the Leafs in any significant way – if anything they are shallower than they were …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Leo Komarov

After doing absolutely nothing on the first day of free agency – which is alright by me – Nonis signed ex-Leaf Leo Komarov to a 4 year, $11.8 mil deal. To which I say, I liked Komarov, but why exactly is he getting nearly $3 million per season?

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: The Maple Leafs’ 2014 Draft

The Leafs missed the playoffs for the 8th time in the last 9 seasons and, as a result of that failure to improve in any tangible way over the last decade, the Leafs were handed their 3rd Top 10 pick since 2008. (Though it should have been their 5th Top 10 pick, but that’s another …

Hockey, Playoffs, Sports

Did Justin Williams Deserve the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Professional Hockey Writers Association’s members love clutch goals. At least recently, that appears to be the driving force in so many of the Conn Smythe winners’ resumes, whenever those players are not goalies. So Justin Williams has been given the award this year. Did he deserve it?

Hockey, Sports

2013-14 Toronto Maple Leafs Review

I must admit, I am pretty much done with the Leafs at this point. Not so much the team, but management. Both Burke and Nonis have made numerous avoidable mistakes – Nonis is making Burke look practically visionary so far – and the Leafs haven’t been a playoff team in a decade. (We should regard …