June 23 2013 11:00AM
Kings receive forward Matt Frattin, Ben Scrivens and Leafs second round pick in either the 2014 or 2015 NHL Entry Draft.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) June 23, 2013
Well, there you have it.
For the first time since the Ed Belfour era, the Toronto Maple Leafs didn't need a goaltender. Then they traded three assets for a man who is most likely to be the team's backup.
We'll have a little more on this later, but the initial prognosis is that that's a fairly underwhelming return for the Kings. We all know about Ben Scrivens (and we will miss him, he's probably the smartest NHLer in the game) but Matt Frattin isn't a player you can conceivably expect to play in your Top Six. He's a good bottom-end player with good forechecking ability and speed, but his finish and defensive game isn't necessarily there.
June 21 2013 03:11PM
Bernier is the same age as James Reimer, as half as much NHL experience and not as high of a save percentage in that brief span. If the Maple Leafs were to be making a deal for Bernier, they would be paying purely for potential because there just isn't enough evidence on the surface showing that Bernier has what it takes to be a capable starter in the NHL.
June 20 2013 09:00AM
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This website likes to encourage as much conversation as possible, and generally that means we want readers and contributors to challenge their own personal beliefs and biases and look at hockey from a different perspective.
There is no shred of objective data that exists that shows that Bozak is a reasonable option as a Top Six centreman in the NHL. I keep scouring for any sort of information that would point me to a different conclusion. The guy was a first line centreman for a playoff team, right? So what am I missing? Is there a different way that I can look at the numbers as they're presented and change my mindset?
It's not likely. At least, not with the two most common defences of Tyler Bozak I get via Twitter. Read on.
June 19 2013 03:41PM
A full assembly of NHL general managers are kicking around Boston this week for annual meetings. The group approved the rule tweaks proposed by the competition committee, which involved shallower nets and hybrid icing [links to come when it's more than just tweets] but those still have yet to be approved by the Board of Governors.
Regular muckraker and Sportsnet reporter Chris Johnston is kicking around the scene and got a couple of good quotes from Leafs GM Dave Nonis, while Nick Kypreos snapped the above picture of Nonis and new Oilers GM Craig MacTavish "POSSIBLY TALKING ABOUT A DEFENCEMAN FOR A PICK". There could be a few "agreements in principle" made this week to be announced once the Stanley Cup Finals are over, but so far the Leafs have been quiet.
Anyway, those quotes.
June 18 2013 02:39PM
Our pal Steve Dangle wrote a post on Monday afternoon about David Clarkson and why the Toronto Maple Leafs shouldn't sign him. His primary reason was that unrestricted free agents usually end up being disappointments. It's tough to disagree with that assertion. Generally, players peak in scoring between ages 24 and 27, not later, so signed UFAs on average are, well, disappointments.
But I want to get into Clarkson a little more as a commodity, and specifically, isolate his key characteristics—size and shots per game rate—and see how players that produced at his level from ages 26 to 28 produced ages 29 through 32.
Also, just to be clear before we get into it, I went into this bit of research firmly in the anti-David Clarkson on the Leafs camp, but mostly because I think Toronto has enough wingers to compete. I don't think their Top Six is too small and I think Jonathan Willis has proved that good teams aren't necessarily good because of size. Toronto's organizational strength lies in wingers.
However, I was open to the possibility that Clarkson's traits, particularly his 2.86 shots per game rate over his last three seasons, may make him more valuable perhaps than others.