Joe Colborne Called Up

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
April 04 2013 01:27PM

Making their first post-deadline roster move, the Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled Joe Colborne from the Toronto Marlies today, bringing the team back up to a full roster. Opinions are back and forth on this move. I’m in a weird spot where I see why it’s being done, but don’t necessarily agree with it being the best choice. Here are some things to consider..

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Maple Leafs scoring chances through 36 games

Cam Charron
April 04 2013 12:03PM

Screencap via MLHS

After our last update, the Toronto Maple Leafs were still out-chancing the opposition despite getting out-shot most nights, but their bad habits caught up to them in the third quarter of our shortened season.

I have so far counted 374 chances against the Leafs at even strength, and 356 for the Leafs. That's just even strength, since thanks to a strong penalty kill, the Leafs are overall out-chancing their opposition once you factor in special teams, 474-469.

For individual differentials for players, as well as some explanation into what a scoring chance is, click past the jump.

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If O'Byrne forces Gardiner out of the lineup, that's a problem

Cam Charron
April 03 2013 03:31PM

We know from earlier that Ryan O'Byrne is an unspectacular, yet usable defenceman that was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs for a fourth round pick. The fourth round pick hardly matters. Few fourth round picks become National Hockey Leaguers, and after about the second round teams will go into the depth sections of consensus boards and dig 6'8" defencemen out of Austria playing in the Swiss junior league.

As with the Korbinian Holzer contract, this trade indicates something worse, that the Maple Leafs current process for making decisions is flawed. I like the deal for O'Byrne in a vaccuum, since he can immediately jump on the ice and play with John-Michael Liles or Carl Gunnarsson in 2nd pairing minutes. That opens up Dion Phaneuf to play alongside Cody Franson, and gives room on the third pairing for a Jake Gardiner-Mike Kostka pairing in sheltered minutes.

Except it may not be that way.

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Toronto Maple Leafs acquire defenceman Ryan O'Byrne

Cam Charron
April 03 2013 01:57PM

There is a long history of defencemen who played alongside Andrei Markov, played well next to him, got a good free agent deal and were set for life.

Ryan O'Byrne is the first two of those things, by that he is a defenceman, and he played alongside Andrei Markov. He did not play particularly well alongside Andrei Markov and the Montreal Canadiens traded Ryan O'Byrne before he even got to free agency.

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired that defenceman Wednesday afternoon.

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Kipper stays in Calgary - Leafs Nation exhales

Cam Charron
April 03 2013 10:30AM

TSN is reporting this morning that Miikka Kiprusoff has decided to stay in Calgary. Kent Wilson over at Flames Nation has the longer take.

Why is this notable? Because for two days, Leafs Nation was sent into a frenzy as it appeared that they were in fact, interested in the veteran goaltender out of Calgary. It was a move that never really made any sense. Why would a team that has a relatively bare prospects cupboard sacrifice any of those pieces for a goaltender with a save percentage that's been unprecedented since the 1980s? (Kiprusoff has a .868). Why would a team with an emerging goaltender pay anything for another goaltender to add to the mix? Why would the Leafs add a goaltender whose salary cap hit is $5.83-million next season?

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