Maple Leafs Lose, but Nylander Scores & Non-All-Star Marner Shines

What a difference a month makes. On Dec. 1, the Toronto Maple Leafs went into St. Paul and beat the Minnesota Wild 5-3 on Nazem Kadri’s tie-breaking goal. On Thursday afternoon, the same Wild team came into Toronto and beat the Maple Leafs 4-3 on Zach Parise’s tie-breaking goal. Perhaps more interesting, is that William […]

William Nylander at Practice with the Maple Leafs

TORONTO — William Nylander jumps on a loose puck during a power-play drill and rifles a shot inside the far post. That lightning-quick release is on display again a couple minutes later, the puck on and off his stick in a split second for a pair of goals off the rush. In between those sequences, however, the Maple Leafs winger is often […]

The Hockey Writers Podcast – Episode 1: Nylander, Wilson, Fuhr, More

On the very first episode of the new Hockey Writers Podcast, I went from Edmonton to San Jose, stopped in Buffalo and Toronto and had a lengthy conversation for NHL Hall of Famer and former goaltender Grant Fuhr. What to Expect on the Podcast This Week… Segment 1: The NHL 5-Minute Runaround As we travel the […]

NHL Rumors: Gardiner, Simmonds, McAvoy, More

In today’s rumor rundown, William Nylander’s deal is having reaching effects in both Toronto and for other teams in the NHL. Another forward in Philly is salivating at Nylander’s extension and in Boston, Charlie McAvoy seems to know what he wants. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, Wayne Simmonds asking price might mean the Flyers are looking at […]

Off the Crossbar: Nylander Saga Finally Gets Some Media Coverage

The end of the William Nylander saga is near. It’s crunch time for mainstream media outlets, especially TSN, the Toronto Star and Toronto Sun to begin their initial coverage of what will become of the restricted free agent. Since the end of last season, finding an article, interview, talk show or podcast on the player’s […]

Babcock on Nylander ‘We think he’s going to be a career Leaf’

Toronto head coach Mike Babcock remains confident William Nylander and the Maple Leafs have a future together. Whether or not that’s actually the case will become clear before the team takes the ice Saturday night. Babcock has repeatedly used the word “when” and not “if” — sometimes without prompting — while discussing the restricted free agent’s potential return throughout a contract impasse that has dragged 26 […]

BSC’s Bruins’ Mailbag: Trades, Bjork, AHL Recalls, Sweeney & More

It’s Mailbag time! The Boston Bruins are dealing with significant injuries to their lineup once again this season but are maintaining their spot near the top of the NHL standings. The team is earning points despite the absence of some of their best players but it’s still created concern among fans of the team who […]

Maple Leafs’ Tyler Ennis: More Valuable Than Nylander?

The Toronto Maple Leafs made a huge signing prior to the 2018-19 NHL season, but one huge non-signing continues to angst Maple Leafs’ fans. No question: getting John Tavares was a huge addition to the team. Also, without question, not signing emerging star William Nylander subtracts from the team’s skill level. However, under most people’s […]