YakovMironov's Leaflets: Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore

Jon Steitzer
May 24 2013 01:12AM

In case you missed it over the past season, it’s become clear that Randy Carlyle seems to think fighting gives the Leafs some kind of competitive advantage. While I admit to some enjoyment from the occasional sideshow, it seemed ridiculous to link the success of the team to bad hockey players dropping their gloves to punch other bad hockey players. Since that seemed pretty stupid I decided to track it to see what kind of impact fights have for the Leafs.

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YakovMironov's Leaflets: May 16th

Jon Steitzer
May 16 2013 09:41AM

Say Good Night Gracie 

I guess it would be foolish not to start off this post with at least addressing Game Seven, though frankly, I’m over it. There is nothing this franchise can do anymore that legitimately surprises me. While a collapse like this is unprecedented and unlikely statistically, it doesn’t change the fact that the Leafs struggle defensively, and the Bruins are a more talented team that Toronto is incapable of matching when they are firing on all cylinders.

I’ve divorced myself from the last ten minutes of the Leafs season, which is a pleasant change after normally trying to rid my brain of entire Leaf seasons, instead I’ll put myself back in the mindset I was in after Game Four. “At least the Leafs didn’t get swept.” Despite picking the Leafs to win the series in six, all I ever wanted out of this series was to avoid a sweep, for the Leafs to not be embarrassed by Seguin, Hamilton, and Rask, and for Phil Kessel to prove that he can play against Zdeno Chara. All of those things happened, and we got to watch some really good hockey before heading into summer hiatus.

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YakovMironov's Leaflets: Playoff Edition

Jon Steitzer
May 02 2013 01:10PM

LESSONS LEARNED

At the very least we can now say everyone on the roster has playoff experience. The Leafs are still getting reacquainted with the post season so it seems only fair that there are few things that needed to be relearned.

  1. One goon in your lineup in the playoffs is pointless, but two is a complete disaster. No matter how much you want to pretend that Orr and McLaren pushing around Chara and McQuaid in the first few minutes of the game had an impact, it’s much more likely that Orr’s pointless penalty three minutes into the third hindered any attempt obtaining a respectable outcome. At what point does Carlyle just rely on Mark Fraser as his enforcer? He certainly can’t rely on him for reliable defense.

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YakovMironov's Leaflets: Playoff Bingo!

Jon Steitzer
April 25 2013 12:57AM

Playoff Bingo


(bigger, more playable card)

“What’s more fun than playing Bingo?”

“Nothing!” answers your 90 year old Grandmother.

Well it’s time for Leafs Nation to catch Playoff Bingo fever with this handy dandy Bingo card which should be easy to complete by the end of Game One.

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YakovMironov's Leaflets: April 18th - Just say "No-Zak"

Jon Steitzer
April 18 2013 10:38AM

Leaflets is a weekly rundown of thoughts and notes on the Leafs by Jon Steitzer that will usually appear on Thursdays. Follow him on Twitter @YakovMironov

JUST SAY NO-ZAK

Darren Dreger stated yesterday that Tyler Bozak is seeking five million dollars a season. A player who is a disappointment at $1.5 million wants more? In the NHL this seems right, but I’d hope this is enough to finally punch his ticket out of town. Rather than go into the comparables (SkinnyPPPhish has done that here) or into how Bozak isn’t very good (Hockey Analysis has that here) I’d like to focus on the alternatives to not bringing Bozak back.

First consider who is available and what their price and term would be relative to Bozak’s potential $5 million.

Player

Age

2012-13 Cap Hit

Ribeiro, Mike

33

$5,000,000

McDonald, Andy

35

$4,700,000

Roy, Derek

29

$4,000,000

Zubrus, Dainius

34

$3,400,000

Weiss, Stephen

30

$3,100,000

( numbers from Capgeek.com )

None of these names are exciting, and all of these players are older (and in some cases significantly older) than Bozak, but without argument they are all more capable a filling in a top six role than Bozak and it’s likely that only Weiss and Ribeiro could also be in that $5m range that Bozak is seeking.

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