October 23 2012 10:23AM
The chart after the jump will be something called "The Mikhail Grabovski expectation". It comes from a few days of sleuthing around every single Jake Gardiner statistic I could find, looking for some kind of lead, or some kind of reasonable explanation for why a plus-Corsi defenceman on a minus-possession team like the Leafs could be potentially expendable in a trade for Roberto Luongo.
Not that I dislike Gardiner, he's just a fascinating case, and I want to learn more about him.
October 23 2012 07:13AM
Korbinian Holzer is likely the latest graduate to join the Maple Leafs once this lockout ends. There aren’t many candidates to immediately join him.
Just like how we looked at forwards with an outside chance of becoming full time Leafs, this is going to focus on the blueline and look at Mike Kostka, Jesse Blacker and Mark Fraser.
This is the sexy choice, the undrafted feel-good story who had emerged as a reliable two-way rearguard with an outside chance of an addition on an NHL blueline.
October 23 2012 07:02AM
Leafs' winger Clarke MacArthur has jetted to the 2nd German League to play for Eispiraten Crimmitschau. This was reported this morning by Paul Romanuk, or "the best World Juniors commentator ever" as he's known in some circles.
Romanuk says it's "confirmed" that MacArthur is going there. Was there a swirl of rumors surrounding this that I happened to miss out on?
October 22 2012 11:04PM
Lots of KHL goodness today. Malkin puts up 4 points and helps Nikolai Kulemin get two of his own, Ovechkin scores and helps Nicklas Backstrom get his first KHL point, and he gets a little punchy, too.
October 22 2012 12:45PM
Let's talk conspiracy theory here. Or let's talk luck, or let's talk about my theory that Brian Burke is one of the few General Managers in hockey who acts with the future interests of the team in mind and not his own.
At the end of Pierre Gauthier's run in Montreal, he left the team with Rene Bourque and Tomas Kaberle, players on longer deals than the ones he traded. I don't know where Burke stands with MLSE, but with a change of ownership and NO PLAYOFFS IN X YEARS, I really do think it would be naive of us to think that Burke won't be carefully analyzed by his superiors going into this season.
Any move, any move, to get this team back into the playoffs, mortgaging the slim future of the Leafs for a better shot. I have no doubts that trading Jake Gardiner for Roberto Luongo would help the Leafs for the next couple of years. That would guarantee Burke a couple more years in Toronto at least. The problem is whether Gardiner and the first he's packaged with, may come out to generate more value in the end than the goaltender himself and harming the Leafs for the future. I do think Burke worries more about the team's future than his own, a desirable trait in a GM.