August 13 2013 01:42PM
By virtually any metric you can consult, Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf played some of the toughest minutes in the National Hockey League last season. According to Behind the Net's Corsi Rel QoC measure, his 2.144 rank placed him third in the NHL behind Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Zbynek Michalek of Phoenix. According to the opposition goals for per 20 minutes over at David Johnson's Hockey Analysis website, Dion Phaneuf's opposition's 0.813 goals was 2nd to Zdeno Chara's 0.816 goals.
Yesterday, Muneeb Alam of Red Line Station came out with a list of the average time on ice of opposing forwards. Phaneuf led the league in that category, slightly ahead of Chara, Dan Girardi, and Michalek. His opposition played an average of 16.58 minutes per game.
August 13 2013 09:07AM
Just saw someone claim Matt Stajan is better than Tyler Bozak. Hands down the funniest thing I've read in months... #Leafs— Anthony Nicholson (@N24Nicholson) August 12, 2013
Funny thing about this claim, by any reasonable metric it’s 100% right. In the 55 games that Matt Stajan had his time overlap with Phil Kessel’s in Toronto Matt Stajan put up 41 points, a .745ppg pace, and not one that was entirely dependent on Kessel as Stajan was one of many centres rotated onto Kessel’s line. Arguably it was these numbers that made him capable of being a key piece in the deal that would bring Phaneuf to Toronto.
August 12 2013 09:06AM
"He says he's rather disappointed with the lack of progress so far" says the TSN teaser for their video promoting a clip of a Nazem Kadri interview at a golf tournament. It's rare to have any kind of real hockey news in August, so I have to say my interest was piqued, and I was looking forward to hearing Kadri have some harsh words (although nobody will match Mikhail Grabovski this summer, ever) on the Leafs management for not locking up Kadri yet.
And then you hear Kadri's interview and you hear, well, this:
You know I know both of us want me in a Maple Leaf blue and white jersey next year so I think we'll make something happen but as far as that goes right now you know we're still standing in the same spot.
August 12 2013 07:43AM
There's only a month left until training camp starts, which means we're soon to be done living through the slowest time of year for hockey talk. For Leafs fans, we wait for Franson and Kadri to have their new contracts sorted out, while arguing every day about whether this team has made the right moves so far this summer. It'll all be on the ice starting in September.
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.