The Steve Dangle Podcast - August 11, 2013 - David Alter talks Leafs, is badass

Steve Dangle
August 11 2013 02:51PM

David Alter, the Leafs reporter for Sportsnet 590 the Fan joins the guys in studio to talk everything Leafs, from covering the team, to some of the biggest stories of the past two years. Some World Juniors and Olympic talk sprinkled in, as well.

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Story Time

Jason Strudwick
August 11 2013 12:51PM

All this Gretzky trade talk the last week stirred up the old story machine in my head. Looking at some of the other players involved in the trade I ran across Marty McSorley's name.

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Who should play with Kessel and Bozak?

Blake Murphy
August 11 2013 11:19AM

Like it or not, there's a strong chance that the Toronto Maple Leafs enter 2013-14 with Tyler Bozak manning the pivot on the top line alongside Phil Kessel. The Leafs Nation has beaten to death why that's not the optimal situation, but it's high time the focus turns to making the best out of a bad situation.

So, if Bozak and Kessel are on the top unit, who should be the winger alongside them?

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - August 8, 2013 - #Confirmed

Steve Dangle
August 08 2013 08:37PM

In this episode, the boys stumble upon a tip that some NHL players used to regularly use steroids. They also hatch a plan to buy Panthers season seats, and pick a KHL team to be loyal to.

It's up on iTunes right here!

And if you prefer SoundCloud, here it is:

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Rob Vollman's Hockey Abstract

Cam Charron
August 07 2013 04:31AM

The Ottawa Senators will be the best team in the league, the Toronto Maple Leafs were the luckiest in the league last season, Alexander Mogilny is Steven Stamkos' closest historical match and Toronto is expected to be 28th in the league next season.

This is all buried within Rob Vollman's first self-published Hockey Abstract, available in print at Amazon or as a .pdf. No e-book version is available, but if you have a tablet or an e-reader that's comfortable loading .pdf files, you'll be fine. Vollman says the novella isn't a textbook, and it makes for a much easier read than anticipated, simply attacking the same problems in a different way rather than attempting to write a treatise between stat-oriented and viewing-oriented hockey fans.

Among the questions answered: "Who is the best defensive player?" "Who is the best goalie?" It's not anything groundbreaking in that regard, and fans who have been reading Vollman's work (he's a major player in the hockey analytics blogosphere) won't be blown away by too much new data, but it's a good reference point with how to attack these problems with the data we have in 2013. Hockey Prospectus' proprietary GVT "Goals Versus Threshold" ranking is leaned on heavily here, as is data from BehindTheNet.ca and HockeyReference.

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