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.
September 05 2013 12:07PM
Darren Dreger, who is Dave Nonis' cousin, went on TSN Radio 1050 today in Toronto to say a lot of silly things about Nazem Kadri. I'm not sure why Dreger did these things, but with the contract negotiations between the Leafs and Kadri going public as Kadri is still without a deal and in his first year as a restricted free agent, it seems that Dreger is using his medium to turn public sentiment against Kadri in the dispute.
He also said a lot of wrong things, and was heavy on historical revisionism.
Here's the link to the segment, and below is a transcript. I have some thoughts breaking up Dreger's spiel periodically.
September 05 2013 08:03AM
When I saw Josh Leivo come in at #7, I was pretty shocked. I had ranked him #2 overall, and #1 among Leafs forward prospects.
I still remember when Leivo was drafted in 2011. The Leafs picked him in the 3rd round, 86th overall, and the kid wasn't even ranked by NHL Central Scouting. He had a modest 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points in 64 games in his draft year with Sudbury, but a strong second-half probably caught the Leafs' attention.