March 01 2015 01:13PM
If you want to know how the game has changed, this anecdote should do it.
Recently Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan, an old-school power forward during his 1500-plus game NHL career, asked assistant general manager Kyle Dubas to explain the concept of PDO to Maple Leafs ownership, Dubas told James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail.
We don't know what case Dubas and Shanahan were making to ownership at the time, but based on what we know of recent meetings between the MLSE board and Maple Leafs management, imagining a statistic named after an internet commenter (Brian King) being used to justify dramatically remaking a flawed Maple Leafs team doesn't seem farfetched. Certainly it's less farfetched than a former theLeafsNation.com site editor weaselling his way into the club's front office...
What exactly does PDO tell us about recent Maple Leafs history? And what else did Dubas reveal at this week's Sloan Conference. Read past the jump!
Report: Leafs front office 'confident that they're at least going to get a draft pick' for Olli Jokinen
March 01 2015 11:49AM
With the NHL trade deadline rapidly approaching the Toronto Maple Leafs have already successfully moved out a trio of rental assets - Daniel Winnik, Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli - for a bounty of draft picks, and a decent prospect. Winnik, Franson and Santorelli generated a good deal of interest on the trade market, but as the deadline approaches, the Maple Leafs still have much smaller fish to fry.
Can Brendan Shanahan, Dave Nonis and company interest anyone around the league in a gently used Olli Jokinen? How about a plodding depth defender in Korbinian Holzer? An oft-injured winger in David Booth?
Apparently Maple Leafs brass believes it's possible, and there is reportedly some interest around the league.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 01 2015 10:49AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs have padded their defensive depth chart just a little bit more today, claiming Swedish-American Tim Erixon off of waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.
March 01 2015 07:00AM
We here at TLN don't like sensationalizing our hockey coverage, but we do like giving an accurate report of where things stand. With plenty of coverage here to prep you for Monday's trade deadline, we thought it was only right we used all the information we know to give you our very own big board.
No, we aren't really insiders. But we do follow them on Twitter! Using the various reports from credible insiders over the last few weeks, including TSN's big board itself, we worked to combine everything we know to paint as accurate a picture of the Leafs potential trade activity moving forward as we could. We hope you like it.
Read past the jump for more!
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 28 2015 09:52PM
When we placed Garret Sparks in the 18th spot of our mid-term Leafs prospect rankings, many of us liked to point out that he was very good at stopping hockey pucks that come flying his way, attempting to go into the back of his net. Tonight, he did similar, but in a very, very different way.