Young, puck-moving defencemen gettin’ paid!

#480302097 / gettyimages.com The NFL season is due to start soon, which is a good thing considering my manager at work* changed me from the Sunday weekend shift to the Saturday, meaning I get Sundays off. That doesn’t seem like an appropriate header for a hockey post, but all these posts wind up having a…

Bad penalty kill? Not to worry, we won’t have to see it as much

#185599883 / gettyimages.com The plan today was to write a forecasting piece on James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier, and what people expect going into next season. To join in, simply reply to this tweet. It’s part forecast, part experiment. I want to get the impression of how much hockey fans value something like regression to…

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On Jonah Hill, Paul DePodesta, and optimism

Remember when Jonah Hill got all skinny for a year or so and didn’t look like himself? It was almost like he was anemic or had an eating disorder. Either way, skinny Jonah wasn’t funny, and though I had a tough time sitting through all three hours of The Wolf of Wall Street and Hill…

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Leafs shake up front office, hire stats Hound Dubas (seriously)

I was wondering when the first NHL team would jump on Kyle Dubas, the young Ontario Hockey League general manager who has turned around the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds program since his arrival. The Greyhounds have redefined the way they look for talent through the draft and how they break down player performance. I did…

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Exploited by Randomness, and the David Clarkson Apology Tour

Leafs management hard at work carefully considering David Clarkson’s abilities There was a post up at Sportsnet this week that worked partly to defend David Clarkson. In my mind, Clarkson has nothing to apologize for. He worked his ass off to make the NHL, puts in the hours, and got a contract that an NHL…

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The Leafs made a hire I liked. Crazy, I know!

I wasn’t able to get to it on the weekend, but I’d like to expand on a few tweets I made after the Leafs hired Peter Horachek as an assistant coach. I really like the hire. Horachek was a coach who got certain results in Florida (huh? you might ask) that I don’t think a…

Gardiner, Phaneuf, and quality of competition

#481358319 / gettyimages.com A reader writes: You think Gardiner is the Leafs’ best defenceman? According to what criteria would that be? Bolding these four words will draw the eye to those four words since they’re starkly different from the rest of the text on the page. The words themselves don’t matter, but the presentation is…

Cody Franson also elects for salary arbitration

#481353401 / gettyimages.com Cody Franson didn’t have a very good 2013-2014. His offensive numbers, a strong point for Franson throughout his entire career, dwindled. He had a career-low 0.69 even strength points per 60 minutes rate, and failed to have a very good puck-possession season despite playing over half of his minutes with Jake Gardiner,…

Arbitration and James Reimer

#168633506 / gettyimages.com James Reimer was among the first restricted free agents to file for salary arbitration this season. That means that I had to spend a good portion of my morning going back over all the arbitration rules, since I tend to forget them over the summer. The key thing to note is that…

Turning Marlies into Maple Leafs

#156526561 / gettyimages.com I saw it being shared around the Twitters, and I must say I couldn’t disagree more with Jeff Langridge’s assertion that to become an NHL player, one must effectively be drafted and seasoned in the minors for x number of years prior to becoming “NHL-ready”. There are, at any given time, 540 jobs…