August 04 2011 09:20PM
A principle problem of mainstream hockey talk revolves around finding the right value for a defensive player. Evaluating a player's defensive attributes, unfortunately, falls into some pitfalls on the surface. It is absolutely impossible to watch every game and judge each player well defensively, which causes some problems when it comes to handing out individual awards at the end of the season.
August 04 2011 09:29AM
In a post earlier this summer, I posted adjusted Fenwick numbers for Toronto Maple Leafs this past season. Scroll to the comment section and there were requests to look at split-season statistics for a few players, which will be a feature I will be running throughout August on TLN.
The '67 Sound
August 03 2011 10:08AM
Yesterday, we looked at the Leafs forwards results from the perspecitve of possession metrics. Today we continue that investigation, this time with an eye to the Leafs blueline.
The '67 Sound
August 02 2011 12:01PM
Barring any unexpected trades, it now appears that the Leafs roster is largely set. The question then becomes what we can reasonably expect from this team.
The short answer is "it depends on the goaltending". If the Bruins and Leafs had swapped goaltending last year, the Leafs would not have been Cup contenders and the Bruins probably would not have missed the playoffs, but there is a fair chance the Leafs would have passed the Bruins in the standings. Goaltending is that important, and the Leafs' fortunes will rise or fall in significant part on the performance of James Reimer.
August 02 2011 07:41AM
When you ponder a trade proposal suggested by a fan on Twitter or HF Boards long enough you reach the inescapable conclusion that its author has only recently mastered tying their shoes. The proposed swaps tend to be incredibly lop-sided and often complicated deals, offering a collection of underwhelming players in the belief that quantity trumps quality.