July 14 2016 07:17AM
Matt Martin's contract with the Leafs seems to be one of the most divisive additions the team has made in the post-Nonis era. Many fans are excited about a player Mike Babcock described as "a real good skater, real good forechecker." Babcock added that he sees Martin as a player who will "keep the flies off our team and give us a presence out there." The Leafs Nation's own Jess Pincente reflected the other side when she described the signing as "questionable" and "somewhat hard to justify."
Whatever the case, the Leafs have Martin on a 4-year contract now, so it's worth trying to figure out what exactly they can expect to get for $2.5 million per season. Some people, like Babcock, see Martin as bringing qualities in terms of his personality and style of play that will help the Leafs' younger players adjust to and excel in the National Hockey League. I'll leave that kind of analysis to others. What I'm going to take a look at here is how Matt Martin stacks up statistically. In particular, I'll look at him from three angles: offensive production, puck possession, and neutral zone play.
July 13 2016 08:49AM
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Many suspect that barring several quantity-for-quality or pure dumping trades, the Toronto Maple Leafs' training camp is going to be an absolute dogfight for the various available positions. Simply put, while the Leafs might be presently lacking the top-end talent necessary to be a threat in the Eastern Conference, they have more B-Level depth than just about everyone else through a combination of taking on contracts and playing well on the draft podium.
But there's a problem here, and it's that the team might have no choice but to part ways with some players if a couple of the kids impress in September.
July 12 2016 06:53PM
On today's podcast, Ben Scrivens calls in to talk about pretty much everything. Not much exaggeration there. His season, the Oilers, the Hall trade, the Canadiens, the Subban trade his wife Jenny, playing in Australia, Game 7 (that one) and much, much more. This episode is like a box of chocolates.
July 12 2016 09:36AM
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The Toronto Marlies added to their AHL-only wing of the roster over the past two days, adding Cason Hohmann and bringing back occasional contributor Eric Faille on one-year deals.
July 12 2016 08:27AM
Some of you are already sick of the Pokemon GO jokes and references taking social media by storm, and quite frankly, you are objectively wrong. This game might be one of the best things to happen to the Western Hemisphere in ages. Nostalgia is bringing the masses together, and it's also convincing everybody to go outside.
The day that the game came out in the US, I downloaded the leaked APK file and went for an hour long bike ride at 12:30 AM. Last night, I ran into a couple outside a church after dark, as we were both trying to hit up a Pokestop. I did my best to pretend that I didn't catch the Zubat that they were also trying to get.
I named him Leo, which is probably the only time I will ever make a Steve Dangle Podcast reference.
With the game already making Nintendo rich as hell again on its way to world domination, let's open the morning by comparing Toronto's three best prospects to the three Pokemon you start your adventure with.