Steve Spott is the new Marlies coach

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The Toronto Marlies are poised to announce the hiring of Steve Spott as head coach, replacing Dallas Eakins who departed for the Edmonton Oilers. While many candidates were rumored to be in the mix, it appears Spott gets the nod for his reputation as a developmental coach, something Eakins was well respected for, and certainly a top priority quality needed from the new bench boss.

Starting his professional coaching career Seneca College and later moving on to Junior A, Spott spent 11 years as an Assistant Coach under Pete DeBoer both in Plymouth and Kitchener. When DeBoer left for the NHL in 2008, Spott took over as both Head Coach and General Manager of the Rangers. In 4 seasons as Head Coach, Spott has a 148-124 record, but that tenure includes a tough 26-win season in 08-09, the year after the Rangers won the OHL championship and lost a significant number of veteran players – basically a gutted team. In the 3 years after, he coached the Rangers to 42, 38 and 42 wins, considered a very fast turnaround from a rebuild. His team appeared in seven playoff rounds in those 3 years as well.

During his tenure as head coach, the Rangers have produced a number of NHL drafted players including noteables: Jeff Skinner, Gabriel Landeskog, Radek Faksa, Matt Puempel, Ryan Murphy and Tobias Reider.

Spott has and continues to receive a lot of criticism for his handling of Team Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championships, where decisions with goaltenders and defense remain a sore point for many. Not often noted was the gold medal his team won at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. While the WJC certainly an area where critics like to point, thankfully the Marlies won’t be playing in any international tournaments that we are aware of at the time of publishing.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.

To the determent of we are not sure who, Spott is a significant downgrade in the hair department from Eakins, although he will bring a significant boost to the sharp looking suit. Eakins appeared to be fond of the slept-in look in his suits. Eakins had that hair going for him though.

Welcome to the Marlies, Spotter.

  • darthNihilus

    from everything I have read this guy is not a very good coach at all, for development or otherwise.
    I cannot believe that there was no one better.

  • Optimustic

    Eakins was great with the kids,  we’ll see how Spot does.   It’s also important to note that Spot doesn’t have the roster that Dallas had the last couple of years.

  • HeatherRickAkin

    When I see Spotts name, the first thing that comes to mind is how limited a role he assigned to our lord and savior , Morgan Rielly . Spott got lambasted because Rielly didn’t get the minuted a lot of Leaf supporters feel the kid deserved. So, it begs the question : will Spott and Rielly gel, or will it be like oil and water  ?? If Rielly is as good as we want him to be , in a hurray, he may never play under Spott . Off to another subject. We assume the Leafs will sign Clarkson, but if Nathan Horton is there for the same money, who do you sign ? I know Horton had a major concussion a year or so ago, but he seems fine, and is a high end, large power forward . Bozie vs Weiss ??? So many ???s, so little time.

    • darthNihilus

      HeatherRickAkin Rielly is ineligible to play for the marlies next season

      • HeatherRickAkin

        darthNihilus HeatherRickAkin thanks

      • HeatherRickAkin

        darthNihilus HeatherRickAkin thanks

    • darthNihilus

      HeatherRickAkin Rielly is ineligible to play for the marlies next season

    • mcloki

      HeatherRickAkin Thats High Lord and Savior

    • Uncle Otis

      HeatherRickAkin 
      Horton’s shoulders are Spott shot
      No brainer

      • HeatherRickAkin

        Uncle Otis HeatherRickAkin I am not sure its a slam dunk. Clarkson brings the edge we need, but he has to work his ass off to score 25. Horton, like Kessel, can rollout of bed and hit for 25 and up . I am not saying Horton over Clarkson. Both will get way too much $$$ , but its a closer call than you see it, I think.

        • Uncle Otis

          HeatherRickAkin 
          This will be Horton’s second go around on his shoulders if they are shot…and by all accounts they are
          6 month rehab if surgery and never the same.
          Two bad concussions. 
          6 over 5 or 6
          No way in my books

        • bear19

          Uncle Otis HeatherRickAkin  
          ditto

    • Area49th

      HeatherRickAkin Horton wants to go unnoticed, he needs his downtime. Pass on him

    • whalz

      clarkson and weiss or rebeiro….
      horton going to CLB…….
      morgan reilly was a rookie for WJC and Spott relied alot on his familiar players and vets, im sure they  will be fine together and Reilly is  not playing with the Marlies this yr anyways

  • darthNihilus

    So Weiss will be a Leaf on Friday morning?

    • HeatherRickAkin

      darthNihilus huh ??

      • darthNihilus

        HeatherRickAkin darthNihilus coach’s nephew

        • HeatherRickAkin

          darthNihilus HeatherRickAkin which coach ?? doesn’t matter, I am good to go with Weiss vs Bozie

        • darthNihilus

          HeatherRickAkin darthNihilus Weiss is Spott’s nephew. I’m ok with Weiss over Bozer if the money makes sense. Not for Bozak money.

        • darthNihilus

          HeatherRickAkin darthNihilus Weiss is Spott’s nephew. I’m ok with Weiss over Bozer if the money makes sense. Not for Bozak money.

    • HeatherRickAkin

      darthNihilus huh ??

    • mcloki

      darthNihilus spell that out for the rookies

    • Cameron19

      darthNihilus Another low quality solution to a high need problem…..

  • mr_hanie

    I did not like Spott’s coaching during the World Juniors, but you have to look at the big picture, and he has come through the coaching ranks, and has done a good job. Still cannot believe comments that Spott does look as “good” as Eakins.
    I still think if Brad Pitt was named coach of the Marlies,— all those bashing Spott based on his “image’, would be jubliant.

    • Uncle Otis

      mr_hanie 
      Brad Pitt was available ?
      damn!

    • Uncle Otis

      mr_hanie 
      Brad Pitt was available ?
      damn!

    • rustynail

      mr_hanie he was pretty ineffective as a playoff coach for the Ramgers

      • whalz

        he doesnt play on the ice,,,,,if players shit the bed not his fault,

        • rustynail

          @whalz he was outcoached IMO

        • whalz

          by who?

        • whalz

          by who?

        • Pent_House

          @whalz Hunters. 2nd round of OHL play-off vs LDN

        • Pent_House

          @whalz Hunters. 2nd round of OHL play-off vs LDN

        • whalz

          exactly, who went on to win the OHL CHAMPIONSHIP, and were considered favorites to win.  nothing wrong with losing to a Champion

  • Kouba

    Landeskog is product of Djurgarden and Faksa is product of HC Trinec imo, but I am just a troll passing by.
    I am very curious at this Spottfire, looks like a controversial person. He blew just the 2013 WJC or something else?

  • Area49th

    We endured Wilson, I’m sure this guy won’t destroy us.

  • mcloki

    I’m pretty indifferent to this signing. I’ve opnly seen him during the WJC and hey we lost. Good luck Spott.

  • Cameron19

    -Keon- I have no problem with the signing.  I’m sure he’s highly qualified.  I was just annoyed at how he coached the WJC, but that’s all I know about him.  There are politics to adhere to in that tournament though, and it’s not fair to lump all mistakes on him.

  • Uncle Otis

    -Keon- 
    Hanta yo!

  • Pent_House

    More than anything I just really hope this guy is all in favour of tough hockey. I can’t stand coaches who don’t promote and push for physical play. Especially when you consider the make-up of the Marlies next season, we have to be the toughest team in the league to have any success.

  • Scottish Leaf

    Way to stay positive guys, Spott had a poor WJC, the guy is human, I’m sure he knows himself he made mistakes, we’ll see if he learns from them or not. Give him a chance to see what he can do before judging him based on a WJC tourney.

    • leafmealone

      @Scottish Leaf I’m judging him on both his horrid WJC ineptitude as well as watching his team in the OHL for the past decade or so.

      • Scottish Leaf

        leafmealone Kitchener did well by all accounts under him, it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t play entertaining or attractive hockey, it’s a results business and his resume is pretty good in my view.

        • leafmealone

          @Scottish Leaf leafmealone He assisted under better coaches, and then inherited a great program and a very talented team. But when push came to shove each playoffs he was always outcoached by teams with equal (and sometimes lesser) talent. He can’t adjust his style based on what the other team is doing. This suggests that he’s equally inept at being able to teach players how to improve. You either succeed with his style of instruction or you fail. Not a good choice to develop young assets imo.

        • leafmealone

          @Scottish Leaf leafmealone He assisted under better coaches, and then inherited a great program and a very talented team. But when push came to shove each playoffs he was always outcoached by teams with equal (and sometimes lesser) talent. He can’t adjust his style based on what the other team is doing. This suggests that he’s equally inept at being able to teach players how to improve. You either succeed with his style of instruction or you fail. Not a good choice to develop young assets imo.

        • leafmealone

          @Scottish Leaf leafmealone He assisted under better coaches, and then inherited a great program and a very talented team. But when push came to shove each playoffs he was always outcoached by teams with equal (and sometimes lesser) talent. He can’t adjust his style based on what the other team is doing. This suggests that he’s equally inept at being able to teach players how to improve. You either succeed with his style of instruction or you fail. Not a good choice to develop young assets imo.

        • leafmealone

          @Scottish Leaf leafmealone He assisted under better coaches, and then inherited a great program and a very talented team. But when push came to shove each playoffs he was always outcoached by teams with equal (and sometimes lesser) talent. He can’t adjust his style based on what the other team is doing. This suggests that he’s equally inept at being able to teach players how to improve. You either succeed with his style of instruction or you fail. Not a good choice to develop young assets imo.

        • Scottish Leaf

          leafmealone Time will tell I guess, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt

      • Uncle Otis

        leafmealone 
        Had a buddy tell me he was a screamer/not well liked by players but they have to suck it up at that level.
        Marlies will too I guess…just seems the anti- Eakins from what I have heard.

    • leafmealone

      @Scottish Leaf I’m judging him on both his horrid WJC ineptitude as well as watching his team in the OHL for the past decade or so.

  • darthNihilus

    -Keon- Not looking for him to win the calder just to develop some youngins’

  • Jeff_Mintz

    At least we have a coach for the marlies now! hopefully now Nonis can put all his energy into getting us some quality free agents to fill out the roster.

  • mcloki

    Spott’s going to have plenty of eyes looking at his job. Carlyle, Nonis, Tim L. Not to mention the media. SO giv the guy a benefit of the doubt and let him coach a few games.

    • wiski

      mcloki He will be implementing Carlyle’s system anyway, no big deal.

      • Pent_House

        wiski mcloki He might run the same fore-check, same neutral zone, but might not follow the same philosophy. That will come out regardless.

      • Pent_House

        wiski mcloki He might run the same fore-check, same neutral zone, but might not follow the same philosophy. That will come out regardless.

  • mcloki

    Spott’s going to have plenty of eyes looking at his job. Carlyle, Nonis, Tim L. Not to mention the media. SO giv the guy a benefit of the doubt and let him coach a few games.

  • leafmealone

    Is Horton to CBJ actually the suggested landing spot or are people on here just screwing around?

    • whalz

      tweeted  by lebrun

    • whalz

      tweeted  by lebrun

    • ConnorCrisp

      leafmealone “sources” have him in CBJ this afternoon checking out the digs

    • ConnorCrisp

      leafmealone “sources” have him in CBJ this afternoon checking out the digs

    • djamon

      leafmealone Great signing…depending on the cash obviously. They’re an up and coming team for sure. Great management finally.

      • Cameron19

        djamon leafmealone With 3 first rounders this year, I have a feeling Kekalamiaa (whatever the hell his name is), just drafted his Perron, Oshie and Berglund.  Guy knows his way around the back half of the first round.

        • Loric76

          Cameron19 djamon leafmealone I just refer to him as the James Bond villain.

        • Cameron19

          Loric76 Cameron19 djamon leafmealone He looks like he might be able to outsmart Bond…

  • mcloki

    Just listening to Friedman fillin in for McCowan. Toronto Sports Call in fans are idiots. I’m surprised they have the brainpower dial the number.

    • darthNihilus

      mcloki “hammerhead alert!”

      • mcloki

        darthNihilus mcloki I know it makes me wish there was a button on your cell phone that you could press that would send an electrically shock to the callers cellphone.

      • mcloki

        darthNihilus mcloki I know it makes me wish there was a button on your cell phone that you could press that would send an electrically shock to the callers cellphone.

        • darthNihilus

          mcloki darthNihilus I’ll never forget the “nigel cadbury acquisition” LOL

        • darthNihilus

          mcloki darthNihilus I’ll never forget the “nigel cadbury acquisition” LOL

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      mcloki “Kadri’s unrestricted right?”
      “No…he’s restricted”
      “Right, so Kadri’s unrestricted right?”
      switched to TSN

      • HeatherRickAkin

        ingy56 mcloki  now that’s funny..I don’t care who ya are, that theres funny!

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          HeatherRickAkin ingy56 mcloki Sad…but funny.

      • mcloki

        ingy56 mcloki Old fart probably drunk on Sterno.

      • Pent_House

        ingy56 mcloki That guy on that call in is my mental image of the typical canadian.

      • Loric76

        ingy56 mcloki so…is he unrestricted? 😛

        • Loric76

          ingy56 mcloki cmon guys I need an answer…McCowan hung up on me lol

      • Loric76

        ingy56 mcloki so…is he unrestricted? 😛

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      mcloki “Kadri’s unrestricted right?”
      “No…he’s restricted”
      “Right, so Kadri’s unrestricted right?”
      switched to TSN

  • Jay_Berg

    Only in Toronto do people lose their minds over an AHL head coach.

    • mcloki

      Jay_Berg I’m sure we’d lose out shit for a change in skate sharpeners.

      • ConnorCrisp

        mcloki Jay_Berg WHAT? WHEN DID THIS BREAK???

      • ConnorCrisp

        Did they seriously move Brian Papineau?? WTF!!?!?!

  • Pent_House

    I bet our standard of fitness with Spott is immediately dropping.

  • Pent_House

    I bet our standard of fitness with Spott is immediately dropping.

    • darthNihilus

      Pent_House why-his players aren’t fit?

      • Pent_House

        darthNihilus Pent_House Eakins had a high standard, and was fit himself. He pushed to have the highest fitness standard in the league. Looking at Spott….I don’t see the same standards.

        • darthNihilus

          Pent_House darthNihilus Don’t judge the guy by what he looks like.

        • ProfessorRance

          darthNihilus Pent_House Agreed. I’m sure he runs a tight ship. He is a professional coach after all.

        • Uncle Otis

          Pent_House 
          Don’t do as I do,do as I say!

        • Cameron19

          Pent_House darthNihilus Carlyle’s not exactly fit himself…

        • Pent_House

          Uncle Otis Pent_House You can say that, but if you see your coach busting his ass on the bike every morning at 6AM  when you stroll into the rink, when he demands your fitness level to a certain point, you’re going to listen. I doubt Spott even will demand what Eakins demanded.

        • Pent_House

          Cameron19 Pent_House darthNihilus Yea but RC is an older guy, and is a real hard ass, and you already know he demands a very high fitness level, and a guy like RC will get what he demands. This spott guy I don’t have that confidence in.

        • Pent_House

          Cameron19 Pent_House darthNihilus Yea but RC is an older guy, and is a real hard ass, and you already know he demands a very high fitness level, and a guy like RC will get what he demands. This spott guy I don’t have that confidence in.

        • Uncle Otis

          Pent_House Uncle Otis 
          Bah..comes down to personal responsibility and motivation
          If these punks need their middle aged coach to “inspire” them that way,they’ll never make it anyway

        • ConnorCrisp

          Cameron19 Pent_House darthNihilus Carlyles also a Norris trophy winner of old

        • Pent_House

          Uncle Otis Pent_House Of course you need your own motivation, but having that guy there pushing you, him raising the bar makes a difference. Especially for these young players.

        • MikeGartner11

          Uncle Otis Pent_House I’ve heard even teams not coached by Dallas Eakins put emphasis on fitness too sometimes. 
          Eakins was a good coach and what he did worked, but we can’t hate the new guy for not being the last guy.

        • ConnorCrisp

          @MikeGartner11 Uncle Otis Pent_House .. or for not being the next guy!

        • ConnorCrisp

          @MikeGartner11 Uncle Otis Pent_House .. or for not being the next guy!

        • MikeGartner11

          ConnorCrisp Uncle Otis Pent_House Hey you leave the next guy out of this! lol

        • Uncle Otis

          @MikeGartner11 
          True that…and I don’t “hate’ him
          But I have heard through the grapevine he wasn’t well liked by palyers,so time shall see

        • dlb eh

          Pent_House darthNihilus 
          you were ready to say that no matter who was hired eh

        • dlb eh

          Pent_House darthNihilus 
          you were ready to say that no matter who was hired eh

        • Pent_House

          dlb eh Pent_House darthNihilus Not really. I’m just not a fan of this guy for many reasons. I was hoping for Gulutzan.

  • HeatherRickAkin

    Is it just me, or with this new format, do you have to scroll up and down all the time to follow new posts ? Getting dizzy here.

    • whalz

      it sucks

    • ProfessorRance

      HeatherRickAkin It’s better if you have vertigo.

    • darthNihilus

      HeatherRickAkin Yes you need a strong neck for reading around here

    • darthNihilus

      HeatherRickAkin Yes you need a strong neck for reading around here

    • ConnorCrisp

      HeatherRickAkin just rotate your screen lengthwise

      • wiski

        ConnorCrisp HeatherRickAkin Hard to do that on a laptop 😉

    • mcloki

      HeatherRickAkin if you click on the new comments in the tab at the bottom right you’re taken automatically to the post. Works about 75% of the time.

      • rustynail

        mcloki HeatherRickAkin if you do it every 5 minutes otherwise for me they do nothing but disappear and take you nowhere

      • Loric76

        mcloki HeatherRickAkin can you turn that on or off?  I get them on my work laptop but they don’t show up on my desktop at home.  Using Chrome in both cases.

      • Loric76

        mcloki HeatherRickAkin can you turn that on or off?  I get them on my work laptop but they don’t show up on my desktop at home.  Using Chrome in both cases.

  • Area49th

    I wish this place would pick up with trade proposals. Nonis must be sitting on a few GM’s while he punches them

  • Area49th

    I wish this place would pick up with trade proposals. Nonis must be sitting on a few GM’s while he punches them

    • TOHockeyNut

      Area49th I think it’s the other way around.

    • mcloki

      Area49th Trades won’t happen till after the UFA’s get sorted. It’s going to be a slow summer interspersed with chaotic afternoons.

    • mcloki

      Area49th Trades won’t happen till after the UFA’s get sorted. It’s going to be a slow summer interspersed with chaotic afternoons.

  • DWCMLHS

    I didn’t like Spott much at the WJC. That’s a small sample size, though. Haven’t seen enough of his work in the OHL closely enough to make a real judgement on him at this point.

  • DWCMLHS

    I didn’t like Spott much at the WJC. That’s a small sample size, though. Haven’t seen enough of his work in the OHL closely enough to make a real judgement on him at this point.

  • alanrodney

    I’ve noticed that the sharks are pretty close to the cap with both Thornton and marl eau UFA’s next summer. What do you think the possibility is of grabovski for either one? We get shorter term but higher cap hit, sharks get younger faster centre with cheaper cap hit for 4 more years.

    • Pent_House

      alanrodney They don’t need centres. They need some wingers.

      • alanrodney

        But I read people weren’t comfortable with the centres we have going into the season. Thornton or marleau would give the leafs a big body legit #1 centre for a season, plus get rid of the risk grabovski keeps regressing. All of our prospects that will be ready soon are wingers. We need a centre still with size.

        • Pent_House

          alanrodney Yea we need centres, but SJ doesn’t. I don’t see them wanting Grabovski, when they already have Pavelski who could play the same role but be better than Grabovski. If we wanted one of SJ”s centre’s we’d have to send them some wingers.

        • Pent_House

          alanrodney Yea we need centres, but SJ doesn’t. I don’t see them wanting Grabovski, when they already have Pavelski who could play the same role but be better than Grabovski. If we wanted one of SJ”s centre’s we’d have to send them some wingers.

  • dlb eh

    i have no opinion of this hire

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/simmonsstevehttps://twitter.com/simmonssteve/status/352534307878866945
    A free agent not being discussed at all: Will anybody sign Tim Connolly?

    • Pent_House

      wiski He should retire

    • Pent_House

      wiski He should retire

    • tucker2corson

      wiski i bet connolly plays in europe this yr or retire

    • tucker2corson

      wiski hes a great example of a player with all the tools to be a very good center.. has the sickest hands and vision… just doesnt give a shit about the sport

    • Cameron19

      wiski I think he’s too proud to take league minimum and try to battle his way back into the NHL.

      • Burtonboy

        Cameron19 wiski He’s not going to be the only vet out of a job this yr.

        • wiski

          Burtonboy Cameron19 wiski I think the average is 170 players turnover every year

        • mcloki

          Will be higher this year as AHLer’s make the team just because of the cap.

      • Burtonboy

        Cameron19 wiski He’s not going to be the only vet out of a job this yr.

      • Pent_House

        Cameron19 wiski I don’t think anyone would even give them that. As bad as he was on the Leafs, he was just as bad on the Marlies.

  • Cameron19

    https://twitter.com/adaterhttps://twitter.com/adater/status/352534828052254720
    Hearing St. Louis Blues interested in Iginla

    Where are they getting money from?

    • Area49th

      Cameron19 Heard Vancr was too, But I recall Iginla saying he hated Vancr

      • Cameron19

        Area49th Cameron19 I don’t understand all these rumors about teams that either have no money or no cap space, or both…

        • Loric76

          Cameron19 Area49th cap didn’t stop Philly, why should it stop anyone else?

        • Loric76

          Cameron19 Area49th cap didn’t stop Philly, why should it stop anyone else?

        • mcloki

          Cap doesn’t matter til September.

        • Jay_Berg

          I think time owners have learned that its worth spending a few extra million own payroll if it means the difference between being a playoff and a non playoff team. Playoff revenue is a huge factor, not just for the extra games themselves but for building momentum within the fan base going into the next season. I.e San Jose.

        • rustynail

          mcloki after 110% it does

        • rustynail

          mcloki after 110% it does

        • Cameron19

          Jay_Berg If it works.  I doubt Carolina agrees with that mentality right now.  Spent more than ever, finished lowest in a decade, lol.

        • Jay_Berg

          Lol ya but the Canes had a blue jays likes season in that everything that could go wrong basically did.

        • Jay_Berg

          Lol ya but the Canes had a blue jays likes season in that everything that could go wrong basically did.

    • djamon

      Cameron19 I know they’re dirt poor but a team like St. Louis can decide to increase their budget, especially with all the new revenue about to be generated.

      • Cameron19

        djamon Cameron19 A lot of reports have St.Louis being particularly poor though – like just about in NJ territory as far as having massive loan payments and things like that.  And unlike Colorado, and Anaheim, and you know, a lot of these other “broke” teams, I don’t think they have an ownership group that can just write massive checks.  But whatever, they seem to be finding a way….

        • djamon

          Cameron19 I hadn’t heard that specifically…just that they were a very low revenue team. Interesting.

        • djamon

          Cameron19 I hadn’t heard that specifically…just that they were a very low revenue team. Interesting.

        • Loric76

          Cameron19 djamon see and I’ve never heard that St. Louis is poor other than from here.  The only thing we have to go on that St. Louis might be cash limited is their bottom place ranking on the Forbes report on brand value.  Just cause they’re not worth much doesn’t mean the owners don’t have cash to spend.

        • Cameron19

          Loric76 Cameron19 djamon They’ve been searching for new investors constantly though, I’m pretty sure.  I think it’s a pretty unstable ownership group. 

          For a comparison sake, the Avs became super poor all of a sudden too, but their owner does have billion if he ever decides he wants to start paying for quality.  I don’t know if that’s the case with St.Louis.  I think it’s a bunch of small time rich guys.

        • Loric76

          Cameron19 Loric76 djamon interesting, didn’t know that.  I don’t think we can assume anything then – they may be conservative with their spending one moment and splurge the next.

    • dlb eh

      Cameron19 
      maybe Gunnar’s going there for one of the RFA’s who want big bucks 😀

    • dlb eh

      Cameron19 
      maybe Gunnar’s going there for one of the RFA’s who want big bucks 😀

  • dlb eh

    i’m amazed at the degree of no rumour there is today

    • Cameron19

      dlb eh What the fuck are the insiders doing?

    • Loric76

      dlb ehhttps://twitter.com/mirtlehttps://twitter.com/mirtle/status/352539081160400897
      Pretty quiet on free agency front – many teams not in huge hurry to act during new window. Keep hearing “lot of teams trying to shed money.”

      there you go

  • Cameron19

    I wonder if the Blues got Iginla, if it would make them more open to moving Stewart.

    • Burtonboy

      Cameron19 Looks like they intend taking Stewart to arbitration according to Strickland

      • Cameron19

        Burtonboy Cameron19 Ahh, maybe one of the guys the Leafs have targeted for later in summer then, like Loiselle/Poulin was saying.  Stewart will be awarded 5 million in arbitration.

        • Burtonboy

          Cameron19 Burtonboy Well they had better make sure they have the cap space. Bit surprised we have heard nothing about a second buyout . If he’s making trades for cap you would think he would want them done before the buyout window closes

        • Cameron19

          Burtonboy Cameron19 Little bit of playing chicken I imagine.  Maybe a couple teams looking at Liles and/or Grabo, but convinced we’ll buy them out if they won’t take them.  Nonis trying to convince them we really will just hang on to them…

        • Cameron19

          Burtonboy Cameron19 Little bit of playing chicken I imagine.  Maybe a couple teams looking at Liles and/or Grabo, but convinced we’ll buy them out if they won’t take them.  Nonis trying to convince them we really will just hang on to them…

        • Burtonboy

          Cameron19 Burtonboy Thats a possibility for sure

    • Burtonboy

      Cameron19 Looks like they intend taking Stewart to arbitration according to Strickland

    • Jay_Berg

      I’m still hell bent on getting Oshie and putting him back at centre.

      • Mike Bosse

        Jay_Berg Yeah I could go for that one and let Bozo go

  • Cameron19

    I wonder if the Blues got Iginla, if it would make them more open to moving Stewart.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/adaterhttps://twitter.com/adater/status/352540177589223425
    Avs will not be players in Iginla sweepstakes

  • Loric76

    Anybody find that since the weekend pictures aren’t loading on this site?  They all show up on the main page, but once you click into an article any pictures that are in the article, along with the pictures for the MLHS video’s on the right side, are missing.
    It’s happening on both my PC and my laptop, and on every article since Sunday.

    • Jay_Berg

      Stop downloading so much porn it’s messing up your computers 😉

      • dlb eh

        Jay_Berg 
        yeah, sounds like the porn threshold was breached and he’s being monitored by the US government now

        • Loric76

          dlb eh Jay_Berg can’t be…my eyesight hasn’t even gone blurry yet

        • dlb eh

          Loric76 dlb eh Jay_Berg 
          that’s a myth.  proof is all these wankers on mlhs…can’t type this fast with a brail keyboard adapter

        • Loric76

          dlb eh Loric76 Jay_Berg lol

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/Hope_Smokehttps://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/352539000482963456
    Mckenzie on TSN Radio “I think there is another move comment from Philly soon and I think it’ll probably involve Coburn”

    • Jay_Berg

      Coburn to the Oilers

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/SunGarriochhttps://twitter.com/SunGarrioch/status/352533570570551299
    Haven’t got this confirmed but I’m fairly certain the San Jose Sharks were among the teams that also reached out to Alfredsson today.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/SunGarriochhttps://twitter.com/SunGarrioch/status/352533570570551299
    Haven’t got this confirmed but I’m fairly certain the San Jose Sharks were among the teams that also reached out to Alfredsson today.

  • Jay_Berg

    Anyone else think its weird that Bob Mackenzie’s son works for Sportsnet and not TSN?

    • dlb eh

      Jay_Berg 
      what’s amazing is that he keeps the family name.  could have had a bright career…too bad..

      • Jay_Berg

        Lol not a fat head fan?

    • Burtonboy

      Jay_Berg His other son is an asst, coach with Spott so its possible he could be with the Marlies this season.

      • Mitch_S2

        Burtonboy Jay_Berg  played hockey with both good kids.

    • Pent_House

      Jay_Berg why is it weird. Two different people. Plus then they have connects as a family in the two broadcasters that dominate the game.

      • Jay_Berg

        If you worked at Coca Cola your entire life and then your son worked for Pepsi you don’t think that’d be weird?

        • dlb eh

          Jay_Berg 
          no, i;’d be happy we had jobs

        • dlb eh

          Jay_Berg 
          no, i;’d be happy we had jobs

        • Pent_House

          Jay_Berg Not really. Maybe TSN didn’t want his son. SN on the rise any way, they have more money to throw around.

        • Pent_House

          Jay_Berg Not really. Maybe TSN didn’t want his son. SN on the rise any way, they have more money to throw around.

        • Mike Bosse

          Jay_Berg I’d be glad cause I like Pepsi better anyways….bring some home son!!

        • JMAC17

          Pent_House Jay_Berg Perhaps Little Mac wanted to do things on his own and felt a job at TSN would never really be his own.

        • JMAC17

          Pent_House Jay_Berg Perhaps Little Mac wanted to do things on his own and felt a job at TSN would never really be his own.

    • Pent_House

      Jay_Berg why is it weird. Two different people. Plus then they have connects as a family in the two broadcasters that dominate the game.

  • Cameron19

    Did we ever get clarification about the situation with a potential 3rd compliance buyout that was alluded to. if an arbitration award is given out and the team requires additional space?

    • Burtonboy

      Cameron19 The way I understood it was meant to clear cap space if the arb award put you over the cap

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/DarrenDregerhttps://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/352543449519636480
    Sources say Glen Gulutzan and the Canucks are working on the details of his agreement to work as an assistant to John Tortorella.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/reporterchrishttps://twitter.com/reporterchris/status/352544066635956224
    It sounds like Nick Leddy has a new deal with the https://twitter.com/search?q=%23blackhawks&src=hash.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/reporterchrishttps://twitter.com/reporterchris/status/352544066635956224
    It sounds like Nick Leddy has a new deal with the https://twitter.com/search?q=%23blackhawks&src=hash.

  • Pent_House

    It’s too bad Iggy declined so hard, because he’d be a great fit for us right now. Power-forward RW is exactly what we need. Let’s go Clarkson.

    • normin

      Pent_House whats that mean? what did i miss

      • Pent_House

        normin Pent_House nothing.

      • Pent_House

        normin Pent_House nothing.

    • djamon

      Pent_House 33 points in 42 games last year isn’t that much of a decline, especially with the team change and playing most of games on the Flames.

      • Pent_House

        djamon Pent_House Not the same player any more though. He wasn’t great at all in Pittsburgh. I know they had him on the LW but still, he didn’t look good, especially in the play-offs. Maybe he can bounce back, but I’d be a little weary scooping him up. If he was back to form though, he’d be a perfect fit on our 2nd line RW.

        • djamon

          Pent_House No definitely not the same player…but he only has to be a better option than Clarkson. And he might be. His offense is still far superior to Clarkson (it’s not even close, IMO) and he’d only need a 3 year deal I would think.
          I’d rather spend 15m on Iginla than 30m on Clarkson.

        • djamon

          Pent_House No definitely not the same player…but he only has to be a better option than Clarkson. And he might be. His offense is still far superior to Clarkson (it’s not even close, IMO) and he’d only need a 3 year deal I would think.
          I’d rather spend 15m on Iginla than 30m on Clarkson.

    • dlb eh

      Pent_House 
      not sure what you mean exactly, but if Iggy was in his prime he’d be option A and Clarkson would be the consolation prize for all the bidding teams.  and i’d be happy with option B at the slightly lower prize than what we’d have to pay now perhaps.
      i wonder how Bozak stacks up against the available centres this year.  with other potential player movement some guys would be smart to get locked up sooner rather than later.  of course, some can wait it out and still get top dollar…which one is Tyler?
      Clarkson i imagine is going to be a hot commodity since there aren’t many like him out there.  he’s the only FA i spend on.  the others need to be bargains for us or we’ll turn to the players on the roster i imagine.
      Clarkson big bucks, and replace Liles and another D with a 5m dollar guy.  make it happen.

      • djamon

        dlb eh Actually the more I hear about the Clarkson demands, and the more I read about him from NJ fans I’m starting to worry about a Clarkson signing.
        Now I want Iggy!!

        • Mike Bosse

          djamon dlb eh Lets not get to excited Clarkson for a couple years yeah take that show, but Iggy would not fit in with the Leafs. My preference if Clarkson wants over 5 a season walk away and look for younger alternatives….RFAs who go to arbitration and the team decide to walk and there will be some good one then you make your move, not only do you get a younger player….probably cheaper too!

        • Mike Bosse

          djamon dlb eh Lets not get to excited Clarkson for a couple years yeah take that show, but Iggy would not fit in with the Leafs. My preference if Clarkson wants over 5 a season walk away and look for younger alternatives….RFAs who go to arbitration and the team decide to walk and there will be some good one then you make your move, not only do you get a younger player….probably cheaper too!

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/RenLavoieRDShttps://twitter.com/RenLavoieRDS/status/352544399311372289
    No decision should be made tonight by Daniel Brière. List of teams is now down to 6 teams. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23RDS&src=hash

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/RenLavoieRDShttps://twitter.com/RenLavoieRDS/status/352544399311372289
    No decision should be made tonight by Daniel Brière. List of teams is now down to 6 teams. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23RDS&src=hash

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Spott on fan saying he will mirror randy system and emphasize conditioning

    • whalz

      see and alot of guys were bitching…lol

    • mcloki

      Dangle_My_Berries Every coach says they will emphasize conditioning. What’s he going to say. I’m going to put the guys on a Big Mac and Chocolate Milkshake diet.

      • Loric76

        mcloki Dangle_My_Berries mmmmm milkshake

        • Reimocerous

          Loric76 mcloki Dangle_My_Berries No Big Mac love? Terrible conditioning to just have milkshakes. The Big Mac balances it out.

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/JoshRimerHockeyhttps://twitter.com/JoshRimerHockey/status/352546202555924481
    The Chicago Blackhawks have re-signed Nick Leddy to a 2 year deal confirmed!!

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/JoshRimerHockeyhttps://twitter.com/JoshRimerHockey/status/352546202555924481
    The Chicago Blackhawks have re-signed Nick Leddy to a 2 year deal confirmed!!

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrunhttps://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun/status/352547742360420352
    Multiple teams over the course of the day have reached out to Alfredsson’s agent, JP Barry. Sens captain may decide his fate Thursday…