Remembering Wade Belak

Pension Plan Puppets
August 31 2011 11:38PM

Wade Belak's passing yesterday came as a massive shock to the hockey community. It's another in a trio of incomprehensible tragedies this summer that have left hockey fans and observers trying to find patterns that may not be there in the hopes that they'll be able to prevent future deaths. Other stories will delve deeper into those topics but for now I just want to highlight some of my favourite memories of the former Maple Leaf.

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Leafs' Goalies vs. Scoring Chances, 2010-11

Slava Duris
August 31 2011 08:58PM

I've put together scoring chances data for the Leafs' goaltenders.  This includes their performance against A, B, and C grade chances, against Net Presence type chances, and against opposition Breakaways and Odd Man Rushes in each situation (Even Strength, 1-man Advantage PPs, and PKs while down 1 man).

Once again, this is from the 80 games that I recorded on the season, I do not have the detailed data for the other two games.

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Wade Belak Found Dead

Kent Wilson
August 31 2011 03:43PM



Ex-Flame and Leaf enforcer Wade Belak was reportedly found dead in his Toronto condo this afternoon. The 35-year old recently retired from hockey.

Belak's death marks the third tragic passing of an NHL tough guy this summer after Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien. The cause of his death has yet to be reported, but whatever it is, this has truly been one of the saddest offseasons in NHL memory.

More to come as details emerge. For now, sincere condolences to Belak's friends and family.

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Nazem Kadri's Rookie Season Comparables

August 30 2011 07:31PM

Nazem Kadri's rookie season didn't earn him a Calder nomination. His rookie season didn't see him make the Toronto Maple Leafs out of camp or win a spot in the Leafs' meagre top six. He actually had two stints with the big club this year. He spent 17 games with the Leafs from November 13th to December 26th, going 17GP 0G 6A 6Pts (0.35ppg) in that span. Then from March 16th to April 9th he played 12GP with 3G 3A 6Pts (0.5ppg).

He finished the season at 0.41ppg. What does that mean for the 20 year old forward?

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Net Presence Scoring Chances, Special Teams 2010-11

Slava Duris
August 30 2011 02:52PM

A few weeks ago, I introduced a category of stats known as "Net Presence Scoring Chances", which consist of rebounds, deflections, and chances through traffic (shots on goal that got through bodies in front without touching anybody enroute to the net).  We previously viewed the regular season results for the 2010-11 Toronto Maple Leafs, today we will check out their work during Special Teams play.

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