October 24 2012 08:04AM
Contrary to popular belief, greed has not been the driving force behind the NHL lockout.
No. To date, it's just been business. And in business, you exploit your position to extract the maximum profits the market will bear. You do this either by squeezing out the competition so you have free reign to raise prices, or you use leverage to drive costs out of your supply chain. There is no greed involved. It's just math.
In fact, if greed has a role to play, it will be in saving the NHL hockey season. Here's why...
October 23 2012 07:36PM
Here's your tasty KHL goodness for the day!...Well that sounded weird...hm...
Well anyway - enjoy!
October 23 2012 10:23AM
The chart after the jump will be something called "The Mikhail Grabovski expectation". It comes from a few days of sleuthing around every single Jake Gardiner statistic I could find, looking for some kind of lead, or some kind of reasonable explanation for why a plus-Corsi defenceman on a minus-possession team like the Leafs could be potentially expendable in a trade for Roberto Luongo.
Not that I dislike Gardiner, he's just a fascinating case, and I want to learn more about him.
October 23 2012 07:13AM
Korbinian Holzer is likely the latest graduate to join the Maple Leafs once this lockout ends. There aren’t many candidates to immediately join him.
Just like how we looked at forwards with an outside chance of becoming full time Leafs, this is going to focus on the blueline and look at Mike Kostka, Jesse Blacker and Mark Fraser.
This is the sexy choice, the undrafted feel-good story who had emerged as a reliable two-way rearguard with an outside chance of an addition on an NHL blueline.
October 23 2012 07:02AM
Leafs' winger Clarke MacArthur has jetted to the 2nd German League to play for Eispiraten Crimmitschau. This was reported this morning by Paul Romanuk, or "the best World Juniors commentator ever" as he's known in some circles.
Romanuk says it's "confirmed" that MacArthur is going there. Was there a swirl of rumors surrounding this that I happened to miss out on?