Pension Plan Puppets
June 28 2011 07:55AM
You shall not pass
Friday the Toronto Maple Leafs took the first step towards addressing their powerplay problems and to fill out their back end by sending a second rounder in 2012 to the Colorado Avalanche for John-Michael Liles. Liles will definitely be parachuted in to quarterback the powerplay. As Scott Cullen notes, he has six straight years of at least 15 powerplay assists. He's been a big part of a powerplay that, while not exactly lighting the world on fire, has been much better than Toronto's. JML will carry a $4.2M cap hit in the last season of his contract that will actually see him paid $4.55M. Liles is a product of the US National Team Development Program as well as four years at Michigan State University.
More scouting reports after the jump
June 27 2011 02:40PM
If you're like me, you might have gone and looked through the list of forwards at Behind The Net to find a few of the guys who performed well with good Corsi and Fenwick numbers but did not produce much due to low shooting percentages. One of the names among the many that pops up is that of Niclas Bergfors.
June 27 2011 12:48AM
Some problems on the Team 1260 end this week held up the file transfers to Nation Command this week. So gnash your teeth all you like, it isn't your ol' pal Wanye's fault that this didn't go live sooner. So here is what we have which includes the full podcast but there is no segment 7 for now.
Stay tuned for next week when Wanye makes a mistake preventing the NationRadio files from being uploaded sooner.
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Pension Plan Puppets
June 25 2011 11:06AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs spent the first day of the draft on a couple of solid if unspectacular draft picks. They did make a move to grab a player that they coveted in the bruising Tyler Biggs in the 22nd slot from the US National Team Development Program. The Leafs moved the 30th (from Boston) and 39th (their own) seleciton to Anaheim for the right to pick Biggs. Reports suggest that either Pittsbugh or Detroit were intent on selecting Biggs and Detroit's trade out of the first round immediately following the selection lends some anecdotal credence to the theory. Biggs' comparables during the draft telecast - for what it's worth it would be interesting to see how these compare a few years down the line - were Colby Armstrong and Milan Lucic. The former is kind of depressing but the latter is positively mouth watering. While the Leafs have certainly made strides in getting tougher to play against
They then used the pick they received from Philadelphia in the Kris Versteeg trade to draft defenceman Stuart Percy from the Mississauga St. Mike's Majors of the OHL. Percy is a lifelong Leafs fan that grew up in Oakville and played all of his minor hockey in the GTA. He sports the number five because he wants to model his game after Nik Lidstrom's. He was a player that many saw as possibly being chosen with the Leafs' 30th overall pick but the Leafs were higher on him after a strong playoff run.
Below is audio captured by Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey Blog and after the jump are videos of the two newest Maple Leafs.
June 24 2011 02:17PM
From a stand-alone perspective, trading Jeff Carter to Columbus is not a bad trade for the Philadelphia Flyers. Everything that happened afterwards is chaotic, as Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren laid his team's foundation and future through 2012 on a roulette table.
Where the Jeff Carter trade baffles me is that it meant more than a long contract for salary cap relief, a young roster player (Jakub Voracek) and a couple of picks, one of them #8 in a pretty decent draft. Philadelphia used all the long-term money they save on a piece that they may not have needed. An oft-repeated cliché is that the Flyers were just a goalie away from the Stanley Cup. They haven't won one since Bernie Parent.