September 19 2014 11:36AM
There has been a lot of talk lately about how the Leafs have used stats in the past few years, and that they’ve got internal ways of measuring players success. I found this interesting, because any stat they are using would seemingly defy any logical means to assess a player’s success. The other thing that can’t be ignored is the fact that the Leafs management carryovers (Nonis and Carlyle) seemingly have a love affair with the term compete level. Compete level until now has had no definition, but I felt it is time to give it one, and the proper statistic support to back it up.
September 19 2014 08:43AM
Since his arrival from Nashville in 2011, Cody Franson hasn't had a fair shake as a Leaf. The trade was a steal (thank you, Lebda), but the 6-foot-5 defender hasn't been utilized to his full potential. The penchant for Franson to make 'the big mistake' has put him in the coach's doghouse on numerous occasions and given Leafs management some commitment issues. After signing yet another one-year deal, Franson becomes a UFA after this season. With a glut of defensemen on the roster, his days as a Leaf are probably numbered.
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September 19 2014 05:30AM
Training camps open, Taylor Hall just getting started, David Clarkson and his contract, TJ Brodie with a Norris in his future, Markus Naslund to the hall of fame and more in this week's Roundup.
September 18 2014 09:45PM
On this episode, the guys talk about Kessel vs Spott, Selanne vs Boudreau, Burrows vs Tortorella, and more!
September 18 2014 11:25AM
Let's call a spade a spade - David Clarkson has the worst contract in the history of the National Hockey League. There's no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Remove everything before the Salary Cap (because who cares), and you won't find a deal that is so perfectly combines being too much, too long, too waiver proof, and too buyout proof. There isn't even a chance of compliance buyouts before it ends! Even Rick DiPietro had that.
But in the mean time, he's a Toronto Maple Leaf, and is expected to be on the ice this year (along with five more after that). So, what can we expect out of the 36 million dollar man?