Should the Leafs target Linus Omark? (Yes) Will they? (No)

Cam Charron
April 30 2012 03:53PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs probably won't be trading for Linus Omark at the NHL draft in June, although they probably should. There is a lot of dead weight on the roster and the third and fourth lines could probably use a massive shake-up.

One of the guys who will be made available is probably going to be Omark, and he will be shipped out of Edmonton for pennies on the dollar after committing the heinous crime of only being an "okay" hockey player, which isn't good enough for the Oilers, it seems.

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Gustavsson, Reimer and Scrivens; just the stats, sir

Cam Charron
April 24 2012 04:55PM

What follows is a dry look at three goaltenders for the Toronto Maple Leafs this past season.

In no way am I caliming that any of the following information is predictive. All I can tell you is that it is reliable, and takes into account the three Leafs' goaltenders over 81 games this season. Jussi Rynnas is not on the list because he had a single start.

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Goaltender Independent +/- rates for the Leafs

Cam Charron
April 03 2012 02:53PM

Our friend @67sound, who is going by the name Ian these days, I guess, posted some numbers to his Twitter account about the Leafs' defensive inefficiencies up front. Here's a bit of a data dump for reference.

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With average goaltending, the Leafs would have made the playoffs

Cam Charron
April 03 2012 12:44PM

Coming into this season, I don't really fault Brian Burke for wanting to get a full year out of James Reimer. After all, his rookie season was very promising with a .933 save percentage off of 939 shots against at even strength. His overall save percentage dropped (.921) because the Leafs' penalty kill was so poor, but there were certainly good things to be seen with Reimer in control.

However, Burke never got a good backup for him, a move that may have cost the Toronto Maple Leafs a playoff spot this season. Jonas Gustavsson had a .910 save percentage at evens in 2011 and another .910 in 2010. The evidence was pretty overwhelming against 'The Monster' yet Burke went with Gustavsson as Reimer's backup.

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Tie Domi lashes out at "core" players

Cam Charron
March 28 2012 01:21PM

 

The guys aren't playing hard enough, and the Toronto Maple Leafs' recent struggles can be attributed to a lack of atmosphere, both in the dressing room and at the Air Canada Centre, attests a chest-pounding Tie Domi

It's no secret that the first half of Toronto's season was a bit of an illusion thanks to an elevated shooting percentage, and while the team has showed the signs of being awful in the latter half of the year, it doesn't mean that the team's play is indicative of a lack of heart or grit or what have you. There are two problems facing the Toronto Maple Leafs: a lack of good players, and some very, very bad luck.

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