May 31 2013 08:48AM
Here's a good question: What's Nazem Kadri worth?
Not in the sense of dollars and cents, but how long should the Toronto Maple Leafs choose to commit to their young centreman? In the latest Leaf Report podcast, James Mirtle and Jonas Siegel begin talking about Kadri at around the 20-minute mark, and James says that it could be a tough negotiation between the Leafs and Kadri and the likelihood of a contract holdout, in my view, is pretty high.
That's not a real good thing, and it increases the chance that Dave Nonis and the Leafs could sign somebody in the offseason as "Kadri insurance" in case this thing stretches well into October.
May 30 2013 10:15PM
Ladies and gents, welcome to our new project: The Steve Dangle Podcast
On the first ever Steve Dangle podcast, myself and Adam Wylde, (KiSS 92.5 afternoon co-host of Cash & Wylde/high school buddy) we talk about the NHL playoffs, Tim Thomas, Sidney Crosby's pants, and more.
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.