September 07 2013 11:03PM
Hey look! The Leafs coughed up a late le- OK there's only so many times I can make that joke.
The Leafs remain undefeated in rookie tournament action as they top the Pittsburgh Penguins rookies 4-3 in the shootout.
Here's a brief recap, followed by some thoughts.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 07 2013 10:16PM
If this is your first visit to TheLeafsNation.com, welcome! Stay a while, and enjoy the vast variety in topics we like to talk about. If it isn't, you'll know very well that we're big fans of Tyler Bozak on this site. Cam Charron loves him (also this, and this, and this, and this, and this). Jon Steitzer thinks that he's right up there with other first line centres. Blake Murphy is also a fan. Steve Dangle wants to throw him a party. Emily G has been proven to be in love with him. I've got nothing for you on Ryan and Justin, but I'm sure they also have shrines in their rooms. Last but not least, I am his biggest fan. More than anybody else. I'm changing my middle name to Bozak. He's the best.
...okay, maybe not so much. Anyway, like everybody else on the Internet that has ever said, thought, rapped, or improvise danced a negative opinion or feeling to or about Tyler Bozak, I have been blocked by him on Twitter. When? So long ago, that I still thought that he was a good solution to the Leafs top line problems.
Contrary to popular belief, I don't hate Tyler Bozak. I think he brings down the first line by being an obvious not first liner, I think his intangible abilities are grossly overstated, and I think his production doesn't make his paycheque, but I don't hate him. I think he is an NHL level talent. I think his contract is even okay compared to market value, and I don't blame him for signing it. He seems like an good guy 364 days a year, and he appears to get along with his teammates well. He's a decent player that his management sees far too much in.
But he also has me blocked on Twitter. I don't like that, to the point where last year, I tried to get everybody who has me blocked on twitter to unblock me. Even Damien Cox gave in. Now, all that remains are Bozak, Alan Walsh, and a few Leafs fans who dislike my point of view so much that they decided they never wanted to see it again. Today, I tried to fix that.
September 06 2013 12:37PM
I'm not a sports gambler, but I do find betting lines interesting and have spent the occasional afternoon looking at the spreads of a vast number of football games to see if there's a team that is overvalued or undervalued by the betting markets. Sports markets are pretty interesting—they're designed to get an equal amount of action on either end of the bet, not designed to project actual performance in the standings.
Any big change in the line is always pretty interesting. After the Maple Leafs fired Brian Burke last year, odds the Leafs would win the Stanley Cup grew from 40/1 to 33/1 within 48 hours. That's not a dramatic shift, but it was worth noting. Odds change to shift the mood of the betting public, and while Nonis only made minor moves last season and there was no reason to think he would do anything other than that.
September 06 2013 12:36PM
September 05 2013 09:30PM
It wasn't pretty, but the Leafs' rookies pulled off a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks' rookies in the shootout in their rookie tournament debut.
Rather than go through scoring chances and stats like Cam would during the regular season and playoffs, here's simply what happened, and some thoughts.