May 30 2013 09:17AM
At the moment there are three coaching vacancies sitting open in the NHL (thanks Tortorella for opening up another spot.) There’s been no shortage of interest in Dallas Eakins for head coaching jobs in the past, and it sounds like he’s been actively interviewing this summer. There is a very real possibility that the Marlies start the next season with a new coach. While I can’t say I’ve been a believer in Dallas the way that some people have been, there’s no doubt in my mind he would have been better suited for the Leafs than Carlyle at the time of Wilsons departure, and it’s also important to point out that he has been excellent in getting the most out of the Leafs shallow prospect pool. So with not knowing what way the winds are blowing and with months of time to fill before the Leafs start playing again, I can’t think of a better way to kill time than to speculate on what’s happening with an AHL coach.
May 29 2013 11:34AM
Steve shared this bit from Kevin McGran on Twitter this morning. It was a mostly factual, albeit obvious, bit about how the Pittsburgh Penguins are so good because of their depth. Depth, moreso than top talent, is what drives team's success through the regular season and into the playoffs when too often blame for a team's elimination is placed squarely on one guy.
But then McGran started getting into goaltending. The stats community, I guess you could call us, have been pretty "anti"-Marc-Andre Fleury for quite some time now. Straight up, his save percentages aren't good enough to warrant the talk of him being an elite goalie. Jared Lunsford covered this to some extent in his Penguins preview at NHL Numbers from the from this fall.
May 28 2013 07:20PM
It's a little dull around here during the offseason, but we're exploring our boundaries with media other than writing. Steve of course has the excellent Maple Leafs montage from the 2013 season set to Adele's "Skyfall" which can be found here, and Cam was found on TSN 1050 Tuesday night with Jim Tatti and former Leaf Jeff O'Neill discussing a few of the upcoming issues facing the Maple Leafs this month including the draft, Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur.
May 27 2013 09:18PM
I made a montage of the Leafs' 2013 season. During the week that the end of the lockout was announced, and shortly after Brian Burke was fired, I heard Adele's song Skyfall that she made for the new James Bond movie with the same name. I'm always video editing and always tinkering with highlights, and it struck me as the perfect song to end the Leafs' season.
That is, of course, if the season wasn't an utter disaster.
With the haunting "18-wheeler off of a cliff" collapse in the final months of the 2011-12 season, compounded with the sudden firing of Brian Burke, Toronto seemed destined for another disappointing non-playoff season. Well, it wasn't always pretty, but the Leafs fought hard, ended the drought, and brought the playoff rush that had been missing in Leafs Nation for nearly a decade.
May 27 2013 02:58AM
The season is over, so the pickings are very slim for posts. We'll have some stuff later this week on the contract that the Leafs should give to Nazem Kadri. Meanwhile, Jeffler is digging around some team data in all the Maple Leafs games this year. Maybe we'll talk about the Eastern Conference Finals. Probably not, since people seem to think that because the Leafs were impressive against Boston, had they held on in Game 7 then they would have had as easy a time against the New York Rangers as the Bruins did.
The only major Leafs news out of the weekend was more Canucks-related. Vancouver fired their head coach of seven years Alain Vigneault, and a lot of names have been rumoured to be the replacement. One of them appears to be Dallas Eakins.