November 25 2016 04:54PM
The Las Vegas Golden Knights revealed their name and branding on Tuesday night, reminding us that this thing is really happening and that the league is about to get a little bigger. With that in mind, I decided to take a crack at the potential implications for the Toronto Maple Leafs come the day of the Expansion Draft, where one player will be dragged away to the land of Gamblor while the rest sit and watch, whether they're exempt, protected, or waiting in the balance. Let's dive in!
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November 25 2016 05:00AM
NHL power rankings, stop comparing Austin Matthews to Patrik Laine, Canucks and Anthony Duclair, Flames special teams costing them, Oilers are deep, Black Friday deals, Brent Burns, the Expansion Draft, a reason for every team in the league to be thankful, and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
November 24 2016 04:43PM
On this episode, the guys talk about why it's both fun and frustrating to be a Leafs fan right now, "Vegas", the expansion draft, and Scottish people.
November 24 2016 02:53PM
Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY SPORTS
So the Leafs lost last night, in early-season fashion: A big built up lead, a collapse, and only one point to show for the efforts while Auston Matthews internally screams "WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO HELP?". As the Leafs allowed three goals in 4:58, though, I could only think of one thing.
I feel really, really bad for Jhonas Enroth.
November 24 2016 01:14PM
Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SPORTS
Back in the summer of 2013, before hockey analytics really became a part of the mainstream lexicon, there was an article posted on Yahoo on Kyle Dubas. I'll never forget the lead to that article:
"One of the first things Kyle Dubas did when he became the general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds was buy everybody in the office a copy of Jonah Keri's The Extra 2%, a book that chronicles the overhaul by two Wall Street analysts of the Tampa Bay Rays, turning them from a laughingstock of baseball to a perennial contender in the American League East Division."
As it turns out, the guy who wrote the piece on the "not-so-secret" use of analytics by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds was a former TLN Managing Editor, a guy who's now employed by the Leafs: Cam Charron. Funny how that ends up working out.