The perils of evaluating a hockey player based on a small sample

Cam Charron
January 12 2014 09:16AM

I don't want to write any "I told you so" columns. Those can wait until March. I am cool with watching sportswriters twist in the wind without actually twisting in the wind.

From an October column, written when the Toronto Maple Leafs were 5-1 (and published after the Leafs went to 6-1) titled with the harbinger headline "Where are the critics of Nonis' off-season moves now?" the Toronto Sun's resident straw man assured Leafs Nation that Toronto's controversial offseason moves made the team better:

"[The online statistical geniuses] yelled that Nonis doesn’t know what he’s doing and that tone continued throughout the summer after the deal for David Bolland, the buyout of Mikhail Grabovski, the signings of David Clarkson and Tyler Bozak and the awkward contract negotiations of Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson."

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LFR7 - Game 46 - Moti and Vation - Tor 2, Wsh 3

Steve Dangle
January 11 2014 05:03PM


Taking a breath from losing, what are the Leafs trying to do with David Clarkson?

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Is it time to break out the bags?

Jim Lang
January 11 2014 09:53AM

Friday night in Washington DC the Leafs lost their fourth straight game. While their "compete" level was a hell of a lot better than it was the night before in Carolina, they still lost.

In the four losses the Leafs have been outscored by a combined 21-7.

Which begs the question; how many more games do the Leafs have to lose until the fans breakout the "bag of shame".

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LGD - Game 46: Leafs @ Capitals - Searching for answers

Cam Charron
January 10 2014 02:17PM

Well, we're right back to where we started. The Leafs were passed by both Carolina and Washington a night ago, and now gets to play the second of those teams, with both Toronto and the Capitals on the back half of a back-to-back. It's one of those games you're pretty sure one team is just going to lay an awful effort on the ice. 

With the tight schedule right now, there aren't a lot of lineup points to parse over so I'll keep a short LGD today. All we can hope for is that Jake Gardiner returns to the Leafs lineup. Again, it's important to mention that while everybody knows the Leafs biggest issue is getting out-shot, Gardiner gets out-shot the least among regular defencemen.

But we can forgive Randy, I guess. After all, Gardiner is super skilled, which begs the question: does Jake Gardiner think he's better than us?

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LFR7 - Game 45 - Liles - Tor 1, Car 6

Steve Dangle
January 10 2014 01:26PM

John-Michael Liles scores, the Leafs scratch Jake Gardiner, and I lose my bout with insanity.

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