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Which Leafs Are Most Consistent?

One idea that is persistent in all sports, including hockey, is that there is a certain desirability to players that are consistent. We like the guys that show up to play every night, even if we need to sacrifice some upside for boredom. When it comes to the Leafs, this concept is even more pervasive,…

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Assessing the Leafs Playoff History: 3 Charts

Steely Dan’s 1972 single “Do It Again” details a man who is constantly screwing things up – first with violence, then with women, and finally with money. The chorus belts “You go back, Jack, do it again” – pointing to the surety of more destruction that lay in Jack’s path. It is a proper metaphor…

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What to expect from Ilya Mikheyev this summer

No Leafs free agency signing has better captured the imagination of the fan base than Ilya Mikheyev. The KHL forward instantly made splashes on Leafs twitter and blogs with his unconditional love for soup, and further cemented his popularity with his speed and gritty play on the ice. For the Leafs, the addition of Mikheyev…

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Analyzing Leafs Lines: 3 Charts

This is the first in a perpetual series that will use visual representations and charts in hopes of teaching us something new about the Leafs. There are always difficult choices that are made when visually representing data, and so feedback and discussion on the graphics and their implications are encouraged. For now, I plan on…

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A League of Their Own: Comparing Leafs’ Salaries in the Atlantic

The uncertainty surrounding the continuation of the 2019-2020 season, and our day-to-day lives for that matter, has made it easy to forget about the inventive though precarious Leafs roster and salary distribution. The growing unlikelihood of an increasing salary cap in the coming years, given the hit to revenue from the pandemic, while make these…

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Reopening Risks: The Realities of Return to Play

I’ve had genuine dreams about the NHL returning to play games again – they used to entail the Leafs making a dramatic playoff run through Boston and Tampa, but now a 10pm snoozer against Anaheim would be enough to get me excited. While details remain pretty sparse, the league has formed a Return to Play…

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Assessing Kasperi Kapanen’s Value

Kasperi Kapanen can be a difficult player to evaluate – he will dazzle then frustrate, surprise then disappoint, sometimes in the course of a single shift. He’s had strings of games where he looks to be a first line winger, like at the start of the 2018-19 season where he stepped into that role for…