September 14 2011 04:54PM
Luke Schenn needs a new contract and this late in the game it's incredibly unlikely he won't be a Toronto Maple Leaf at the start of training camp. He's a guy that Brian Burke loves: he hits, he fights, he blocks shots and he's apparently a good kid in the locker room if you're into that sort of thing.
What odd is that the rumors swirling around have Luke Schenn earning almost $4M per season and that seems pretty high given Schenn's skillset. Defensive defensemen are generally fairly underrated. Mike Komisarek got $4.5M to be a big shutdown guy in Toronto (ignore that he actually sucks, he was a premiere free agent). Francois Beauchemin got $3.8M to be a shutdown guy. Anton Volchenkov got $4.25M in free agency. All of those guys were unrestricted free agents and while I understand paying for potential the reality is you need to put the squeeze on your RFAs.
September 14 2011 01:51PM
It's a good thing they put his name at the bottom otherwise he'd be unrecognizable
I think after public speaking and death the most common fear is change. Generally speaking people like things the way they are. If it's not broke, don't fix it. The NHL has had a tempestuous history with changes to the game over the years, especially in matters of player safety.
September 14 2011 01:28PM
Rumors of a purported deal with RFA Luke Schenn are swirling today. Suggested numbers put the deal between $3-4M per year.
September 13 2011 12:59PM
EA Sports released their much anticipated NHL12 today. Reviews and reports of game play/mechanics have been trickling in on my twitetr feed today, some of which I have decided to share. Apparently EA has gotten quite clever with this iteration and the "Be a GM" game mode hides some rather idiosyncratic quirks and pitfalls.
September 13 2011 09:21AM
Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players.
This month, somewhat regularly, I will break down types of players and teams in an effort to localize player talents and figure out exactly what certain teams need. There's definitely more to a hockey player than simply being "good" or "bad" and by how much, so today I will profile the defensive forward.