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.
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?
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.
And if you prefer SoundCloud, here it is:
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.
August 06 2013 06:09AM
The second buy-out window for the Toronto Maple Leafs came and went, and it's good to see that Dave Nonis did not use it to use it on John-Michael Liles. He had the opportunity to give his team the short-term cap relief necessary to have the space to easily re-sign Cody Franson and Nazem Kadri, but at a severe price to the future.
So that didn't happen, but Al Strachan, the ex-writer sounding off on Gary Bettman last night, used an odd excuse to explain why Nonis has yet to up the Leafs' second best scorer and top defensive scorer from last season: it's all the cap's fault.