Toronto Maple Leafs need to change a lot more than just the coach

Ken Campbell
Dion Phaneuf (left) and Phil Kessel  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Regardless of whether the Toronto Maple Leafs bring in Mike Babcock, Dan Bylsma, Guy Boucher, or while we’re the ‘B’ theme, the second coming of Toe Blake or Scotty Bowman, two essential elements of the culture of this team are going to have to change if it has any hope of success.

The first is way up where the guys who have the key to the executive bathroom reside. At some point, team president Brendan Shanahan is going to have to decide who is ultimately responsible for the on-ice product. Is it Shanahan himself? Is it current GM David Nonis, or is it someone with whom Shanahan is comfortable working? Read more

Year in Review: top 10 saves of 2014

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Say what you will about an outstanding goal, but there are few things greater than a how-did-he-do-that save.

In 2014, the NHL spoiled us with some of the most incredible stops we’ve seen to date. All but one of the best saves from the calendar year come from the world’s best league, and rightfully so. Because when you’re facing the best shooters, the saves are made that much tougher.

And while the paddle save is frequent among the top 10 saves of the past year, there are a few glove stops mixed among them that will leave you shaking your head. If you like goal scoring, this may be nightmare fuel. Feast your eyes on the top 10 saves of 2014: Read more

Top 10 players of 2014: Game’s brightest shine in Olympic year

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Whether the NHL participates in the 2018 Olympics or not, it will forever be hard to top the talent seen in both the 2010 and 2014 games. Not only was the men’s game showcased on one of the brightest stages, the women’s game provided some incredible drama in the medal round.

As such, there is a pair of women on this year’s top 10 players. There are also appearances from a few future stars. One member of this list did outstanding things before becoming a pro, and is already making his mark on the NHL in his rookie season, while others are breaking out or remaining at the top of their games. Read more

Top 10 Calder Trophy candidates: Can anyone catch Filip Forsberg?

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There’s been no shortage of great stories this season, but one of the most surprising things is the cast of rookies who have quickly made names for themselves in the league.

The thing with rookies is they’re one of the most difficult groups of players to accurately forecast. With little known about how well adjusted they’ll be to the NHL, they can either boom or bust, and in some cases an injury or unfavorable situation can send the early Calder Trophy favorite to the bottom of the ballot.

Take Tampa Bay’s Jonathan Drouin, for instance, who some people thought would run away with the award but doesn’t even appear on our list. Or John Gibson, the THN consensus pick for the Calder, who had a shot at leading the Ducks this season before injury derailed his season.

These are the top 10 Calder Candidates at this point in the season: Read more

Dallas Stars poke fun at Jagr, want their practice facility key back

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Jaromir Jagr was a Dallas Star for all of 34 games, but when Jagr and the New Jersey Devils visited the Lone Star State, the Stars made sure remind fans of Jagr’s time in Dallas.

With yet another list, the Stars scoreboard operators ran down some of Jagr’s greatest achievements while a member of the team, and again, just like when pointing to things to do in Winnipeg, the list got a bit thin near the bottom. We kind of want to know about this missing key, though: Read more

Stars’ Ryan Garbutt suspended three games for slew foot on Jets’ Byfuglien

Jared Clinton
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The NHL announced on Thursday that they have suspended Dallas Stars’ winger Ryan Garbutt for three games after a slew-footing incident on Tuesday night.

On the play he was suspended for, Garbutt, who has been under some scrutiny from coach Lindy Ruff for his lack of discipline, took down Winnipeg Jets winger Dustin Byfuglien, using both his legs and upper body to throw the bulky forward to the ice. In the suspension video from the Department of Player Safety, Director of Player Safety Patrick Burke outlines the reasons for the suspension: Read more

Dallas rookie John Klingberg making it all look so easy

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By Namish Modi

P.K. Subban, Erik Karlsson and Ryan Suter all have something in common. Several things, actually. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, they are all Norris Trophy finalists or winners and very rich star defensemen in the NHL.

But none of them had the start to their career John Klingberg has had. After being recalled from the Texas Stars Nov.10, the Dallas rookie blueliner has been nothing short of brilliant with nine points in his first 14 games including eight in his first eight. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Ottawa could see more than just a coaching change

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The Ottawa Senators made headlines earlier this week by firing head coach Paul MacLean and replacing him with Dave Cameron. That might not be the only change in store for the Senators, who’ve won only three of their last 10 games entering Thursday’s tilt against the Los Angeles Kings.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports Senators GM Bryan Murray has had defenseman Patrick Wiercioch and forwards Colin Greening and Erik Condra on the trade block for some time. Murray’s also reportedly entertaining offers for center Zack Smith. Garrioch also speculates the Senators GM could draw upon his goaltending depth by peddling Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner to land an impact player. Both are under long-term contracts which could enhance their market value. Read more