Steve Lansky
March 17 2011 07:27AM

So, this is the Dion Phaneuf we've been waiting for. This is the guy that Flames' fans saw in his rookie season. This is the guy who was Pierre McGuire's "Monster" every single time he played. And, boy, did Dion ever pick the right time to find his game in Toronto. But there’s more to the Leafs’ D, right now, than just Phaneuf. It’s a Three-Headed Monster.

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Game #71 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs @ Hurricanes, Mar. 16/11 (3-1 Win)

Slava Duris
March 16 2011 07:50PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 21051

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On Relative Worth of Draft Picks

March 16 2011 02:42PM

Avalanche blogger Jibblescribbits went to the trouble to figure out a way to value NHL draft picks to determine their relative worth here (go read it now, I'll wait).

I went ahead and started with this approximation:

Or Player Value = (Career TOI/g) / (Position average TOI/g)

I decided that a player who plays more would, on most occasions, be a better player than one who played little minutes.

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March 16 2011 12:30PM

The average NFL team is worth a billion dollars and every single team is profitable. The Superbowl is regularly the most watched TV show of the year - if not the history of television. So of course they are going on strike and are running the risk of having to lose part or potentially all of a season of football.

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It's all about youthful energy now

Steve Lansky
March 16 2011 07:51AM

So many times this season, the Leafs' success has been tied to energy - or lack of. So, after an incredibly disappointing effort v. Tampa Bay on Monday night, and after Colby Armstrong's season was likely ended by a broken foot in the same game, the Leafs have called Nazem Kadri up from the Marlies. In 44 games this season with the Leafs' AHL affiliate, Kadri had 17 goals, 41 points. But that's irrelevant now. The big question is: What will Kadri add to this Leafs' line-up...and will his presence add some lightning and fire to the club in its late-season playoff push?

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