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Who is David Broll?

Per the Toronto Maple Leafs press release:  Brian Burke, President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the hockey club has signed 2011 draft choice David Broll to a three-year entry level contract. David Broll was drafted 152nd overall in 2011 and so I was curious as to why Toronto would…

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1985 – The Summer of Wendel: Part One

  As the summer drags on the Leafs have yet to sign their highly drafted rugged young defenseman from Saskatchewan. Talks between the Leafs GM and agent Don Meehan are ongoing with the two sides unable to agree on the dollar amount. If the two sides cannot come to an agreement it is possible that…

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THE NATION COMES TO EDMONTON

Edmonton will host most of the best under-20 players our country has to offer starting Wednesday August 3rd. Hockey Canada has invited 47 players to this year’s camp; four goalies, 17 D-men and 26 forwards, but some of the invitees will likely be in the NHL in October, and won’t be available to help Canada…

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Better Know a Bias: Anchoring

There is a moment during the Ronco Showtime Rotisserie Informercial that you begin to worry about Ron Popeil.1 He tells us that “this machine should sell for over $400”. But, “you’re not going to spend $400 for it, not $375 or $350. Not $325 or even $300”. By the time he gets down to $200…

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NATION RADIO – JULY 23, 2011

If you enjoy advertisements you are going to have to make do with this old Microsoft Ad with Steve Ballmer yelling about the wonderful features of Microsoft Paint. Because as always NationRadio is delivered to you commercial free only on the Nation Network. This week’s episode includes Kent Wilson, Scott Reynolds, Gabe Desjardins, Corey Graham, a rebroadcast…

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The Theory and Nature of Current Advanced Hockey Analysis

    Before we proceed with the rest of the Flames "mediocrity" series, it makes sense to discuss and explicate the basis of the analyses we tend to engage in here. The theory, the application and the practicality of the stats we employ and the resultant interpretations. 

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Adjusted Toronto Maple Leaf Fenwick numbers

 Remember the name  A player’s Fenwick number is an advanced +/- statistic that counts all goals, misses and shots fired at the opponent’s teams net subtracted by the number of goals, misses and shots fired at your own net when you are on the ice. It corresponds well with scoring chances and is a good…

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In Defense of Intangibles: Phil Kessel and the OK Plateau

   Many people believe that in order to truly reach his potential Phil Kessel must play with a #1 Centre. That may be one way, but it is not the only way. The best way to get more offensive production out of Phil Kessel might be to have him work on his defensive game.

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Nik Zherdev – The case for the Czar of Relative Corsi

    In light of Russian hockey journalist Dmitry Chesnokov tweeting that “[Nikolay] Zherdev’s Russian agent says the player is considering only NHL offers at this point,” you have to think that either a) the player is mulling a series of offers or b) no team has put forth a serious offer to the player.

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Net Presence Scoring Chances During Even Strength Play

I’ve got yet more scoring chances data to present, this time we will be looking at several types of scoring chances that fall under what I consider "Net Presence Chances". Over the 2010-11 season, I was able to consistently track special kinds of chances such as breakaways, odd man rushes, shots deflected on goal, rebound…

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Do Goons Help Win Games?

    If there is one place where the Leafs enjoy some measure of depth, it is among fourth liners. Mike Brown, Philippe Dupuis, Darryl Boyce, Mike Zigomanis, Joey Crabb, Colton Orr and Jay Rosehill all played at the NHL level last year. Though one might expect this logjam to create uncertainty, if there is…