Leafs Nation Podcast: Old Players, Old Identities, New CBA

Leafs Nation Podcast
July 16 2012 11:41PM


This week, Danny Gray and I discuss three main topics: the Winter Classic Alumni Game (and the roster that was recently announced),  this post by Michael Langlois at Vintage Leaf Memories, and, of course, the recent CBA negotiations between the NHL and the NHLPA.

Happy listening.

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Report: Leafs make pitch for Jonathan Bernier

Cam Charron
July 16 2012 08:23PM

Via CBC's Andi Petrillo.

It isn't much to go on, but it appears as if Brian Burke thinks the price may be right for the Leafs to acquire Los Angeles Kings' backup and former first-round draft pick Jonathan Bernier.

Bernier, of course, has played just 48 NHL games in his career, posting a save percentage of .910 and an even strength save percentage of .913. The NHL average over that span is .921.

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Ben Scrivens vs. the NHL

Cam Charron
July 16 2012 10:54AM

So our fact-finder Rob Pettapiece over at NHL Numbers has written a post about AHL goaltenders. Using a tested and true baseball method of looking at how these goalies did against NHL competition, we can come up with a much better metric than simply "save percentage" for evaluating how they played.

Of course, like most goaltenders, there's still little predictive value, but in the case of Ben Scrivens, say, is there a better goalie than we initially thought? Do we have a goaltender who fared better against NHL competition with the Marlies than he did against AHL competition?

In June, I wrote that Scrivens had the fourth best save percentage among AHL goaltenders who faced more than 1500 shots over the last two seasons.

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The NHL's initial proposal

Cam Charron
July 16 2012 06:18AM

The only thing we have to fear is Fehr himself

There's already some absurdist alarmist sentiment when dealing with the NHL's initial proposal to the NHLPA, details of which were leaked Friday night. 

The good news for hockey fans is that, unlike the lockout of 2004-05, the NHL's one major demand, a salary cap, was considered a non-starter for the PA. The season was missed, the PA suffered some leadership changes, and they reluctantly agreed to a deal that was a clear winner for the league at the time.

Fast-forward seven years, and the real big issue is how to split a $3 billion pie.

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Nation Radio - July 14, 2012

July 15 2012 11:22AM

While the UFA "frenzy" remains a sort of tepid, apathetic singles dance, in the distance one can hear the rumble of thunder that signifies the impending battle between the league and the NHLPA. Gary Bettman has already fired a few shots over the bow of Donald Fehr and company, so it looks like the CBA talks are going to be...contentious at the very least.

For now, we'll continue to ignore the whole "there might be another lock-out" thing and keep on talking trades and stats. This week, Allan invited number crunchers and hockey writers from around the league including Benjamin Wendorf, James Mirtle and Corey Pronman to help with our denial.

This is Nation Radio.

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