Leafs make three personnel moves, set opening night roster

Cam Charron
September 30 2013 04:21PM

The last moves have been finalized. The Toronto Maple Leafs have sent down John-Michael Liles, called up Troy Bodie, and send Frazer McLaren to the long-term injured reserve, setting their opening night roster.

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Flortheast Division Previews: The Toronto Maple Leafs

Cam Charron
September 30 2013 12:54PM


-via @TheStanchion

Over the next few days, we'll take a brief look at the teams in Toronto's newest division. The division is called the "Atlantic" but only three of the teams in the division are even close to the Atlantic Ocean. Given there are six teams in the Northeast and two in the state of Florida, the hockey community as a whole has decided to rebrand this division "The Flortheast". We will get team bloggers from each group to profile their teams as we get ready to start the season…

Today's second preview comes from the former editor of this blog, Cobourg, Ontario's own Julian, or "PPP" who blogs over at Pension Plan Puppets. He will take a look at the Maple Leafs.

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John-Michael Liles clears waivers, will likely report to Marlies

Cam Charron
September 30 2013 10:04AM


-Image from Twitter via Mark Masters

Rosters must be set by 5 p.m. Eastern today, meaning that all teams need to be salary cap-compliant and under 23 men. The Toronto Maple Leafs don't have to worry about rosters limits: it's the minimum number of players they can carry around that should worry them at this point, as too much salary cap waste has cost the team potential gameday reinforcements, but we'll get to that later.

The first big news is that Morgan Rielly may have made the Maple Leafs, as one of the seven defencemen on the ice. John-Michael Liles, however, was not. He was placed on waivers yesterday and should expect to be sent down to the Toronto Marlies after having cleared. I'm guessing that the Maple Leafs dangled Joe Colborne as bait in an effort to deal Liles at some point, so it was probably wishful thinking that a team would claim Liles and his $3.875-million salary cap hit with three years remaining. Chances are, he's not on the Leafs roster, especially not if Rielly is. 

This leads to a couple of questions.

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Reviewing the 2013-2014 Hockey Prospectus Guide

Cam Charron
September 30 2013 08:53AM


Cover of the .pdf version

The 2013-2014 Hockey Prospectus Annual is a book much different in style and content than the 2013 Hockey Abstract written by Robert Vollman. The Abstract was Vollman's general look at where statistical hockey analysis is in the year 2013, while Prospectus focuses on teams and players, and less on theory.

The writing is primarily done by Vollman, but there are many familiar names that pop up if you read often about hockey metrics online, such as Adam Gretz, Ryan Wagman and Corey Sznajder. With Vollman writing up many of the essays introducing teams and players, it's no surprise that the tome is heavily stocked with player usage and performance charts.

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Flortheast Division Previews: The Tampa Bay Lightning

Cam Charron
September 30 2013 06:02AM

Over the next few days, we'll take a brief look at the teams in Toronto's newest division. The division is called the "Atlantic" but only three of the teams in the division are even close to the Atlantic Ocean. Given there are six teams in the Northeast and two in the state of Florida, the hockey community as a whole has decided to rebrand this division "The Flortheast". We will get team bloggers from each group to profile their teams as we get ready to start the season…

Today's first preview comes courtesy of Kyle Alexander of Bolts Statistics and Raw Charge, who does a fantastic job breaking down the Tampa Bay Lightning...

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