25Sep
2014

Mind Boggling

Note: It was brought to my attention that Randy Carlyle’s complete quote was “the players should be embarrassed, because we were”. I can’t understand how Longley permitted himself to not include that part into his tweet, he had more than enough room for it. There is no excuse on my end for just going with Longley’s tweet. I should have double checked myself. I have now watched the Carlyle interview with James Duthie (can be viewed here) and heard exactly […]

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24Sep
2014

Observations

Evaluating players or teams based on pre-season performances is usually a recipe for disaster. Pre-season is enjoyable primarily because it allows us fans to finally get hockey back into our life in addition to getting a very (blurry) glimpse into what roles coaches may have for players moving forward. When it comes to veteran NHLers the idea of roles in the pre-season becomes even more prominent. We know these veterans will have an NHL job come October, and they aren’t really […]

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September 20, 2014

Let’s Be Real

Over the past few seasons I think the Toronto Maple Leafs have struggled with placing hockey players in roles that best maximize their abilities. There are a few reasons for this: 1) they have just had to shoehorn players into those roles due to a lack of talent on their roster (Carl Gunnarsson as a first pairing defenseman comes to mind); and 2) the Leafs have misjudged what they have in certain players and caused them to play in situations that […]

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September 8, 2014

If It Walks Like A Duck…

There has been a lot of talk this summer surrounding Randy Carlyle and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Heading into it the common assumption would be that the Leafs were going to part ways with the old-school Carlyle and head in a different direction. Therefore, when Brendan Shanahan decided to not only keep Carlyle as head coach, but extend him for two additional seasons, it left many fans (myself included) confused. Carlyle’s assistant coaches were made out to be the scapegoats […]

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September 1, 2014

Here and There

With both rookie camp and then training camp on the horizon, there will be plenty of new content on the site in the near future. At the moment, I’m resting and trying to get back to a good place healthwise. I apologize for the lack of posts and appreciate the support and patience of the readers here. In time though, there will be a lot of stuff here to discuss.

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August 24, 2014

Penny Dreadful

Following the conclusion of the disastrous 2013-14 Toronto Maple Leafs campaign, the common theme discussed by “General Manager” Dave Nonis was how the team needed to get back to their 2012-13 identity. Coincidentally enough, since the Kyle Dubas hiring, that idea hasn’t really been discussed as frequently. That could either be to the fact that the new kids on the block have changed the tone of the conversation surrounding the Leafs, or that some of the people who believed the Leafs […]

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August 21, 2014

Hockey Night in Stouffville

The 4th annual Hockey Night in Stouffville will take place tonight. All proceeds for this event will go towards the child and adolescent services at the Markham-Stouffville hospital. While this is the 4th annual event, it will be the first time that I will be attending. The event is littered with former (Keith Acton), current (Stephen Weiss) and, perhaps, future NHL players (Sam Carrick) from the surrounding area. There are also some media members that take part. It is short […]

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August 19, 2014

The Surprising Summer Continues

I missed you and I hope some of you missed me. There is no time for that, though. It’s been a long time, and there is a lot of stuff to get into, so let’s get on with it. Last summer I wrote an article about the Leafs odd decisions. I was motivated to finally question what was going on once Dave Nonis was handed a 5 year extension after what was an admittedly 15 minute conversation between himself and […]

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April 16, 2014

Sponge

The NHL Playoffs are set to begin tonight and, once again, Leaf fans will be sitting on the sidelines watching other teams compete for the Stanley Cup. With the emphasis shifted from a march to the Cup to the upcoming draft, there was some reason for optimism in Leafland yesterday. The annual announcement of which players would take part in the consolation tournament known as the World Championships has begun: Morgan Rielly also representing Canada at the Worlds. — Darren […]

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April 15, 2014

Teach Me How To Corsi

Teach Me How To Corsi

The growing analytics movement is something that is slowly gaining more and more steam around the NHL. The fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs’ crash to earth was something that these analytics were repeatedly insisting would occur – as they were simultaneously being mocked by many factions of the media and Leaf fanbase – has brought many around to the idea that perhaps there is something here worth looking at. This isn’t an article about what form of identifying and […]

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