December 01 2011 03:57PM
The response to Anaheim’s firing of Randy Carlyle has been barely contained glee in many quarters. Over at SBNation’s blog Anaheim Calling, the news was inititally celebrated with an ALL CAPS POST. Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski called the decision to swap Carlyle for Bruce Boudreau (fired on Monday by the Washington Capitals) a “genius move.” Helene Elliott opined that the Ducks had tuned Carlyle out.
However good the reasons may have been for firing Randy Carlyle, the decision does not reflect well on Ducks general manager Bob Murray. How so? I’ll explain.
December 01 2011 01:05PM
On November 12th, Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins ran Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres. Miller's teammates stood by picking flowers. They either couldn't or didn't want to do a thing. Lucic is a beast to handle, that is clear, but a team like the Sabres who feel they are on the rise needed to respond.
November 30 2011 04:03PM
In the third installment of the NHLNumbers podcast, the regular cast including myself, JW and Justin Azevedo is joined by Robert Vollman, Flamesnation contributor and Hockey Prospectus author and one of the senior figures in quantitative hockey analysis. This episode features discussions of the psychological biases and habits that make objective analysis in hockey paradoxically counter-inuitive to the way we see and think about the game.
November 29 2011 04:40PM
I couldn't help but giggle a bit when I read Danny's post on the difference between the 2008 Leafs and the 2011 version. By all measures, the 2011 version is a much better hockey team and Burke built a team was scattered short on talent to a respectable club that appear to have a shot at the playoffs at the end of November despite a slew of injuries to key players.
By looking at the roster that was posted, I had to ask, where did all these people go?
Well, I had an hour to kill, so I looked through cap geek, Hockey Reference and a few other interweb resources to find out where all the members of the 2008 Toronto Maple Leafs ended up after their tenures ended in Toronto.
November 29 2011 09:29AM
As you all know it has been exactly three years since Brian Burke was named President and GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is truly both the “Head of State” and “Head of Government” of the most storied franchise in the NHL. When he arrived he promised us a team “with proper levels of pugnacity, testosterone, belligerence, and truculence.”
While I could write out 1000 words on how Burke has reshaped both the Leafs NHL roster as well as re-stocked the Marlies and the team’s prospect system the best illustration is to compare the roster he inherited on November 29, 2008 to the one that beat Anaheim on November 27, 2011.
Those of you with weak stomachs or a heart condition might want to avert your eyes.