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@Mcost61 @Burtonboy Would get rid of that contract in a heart beat still no questions asked.
5 hours, 23 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
@ProfessorRance @Anthony Petrielli @Burtonboy No... Franson is a pending UFA while Perron has another year left on a good deal.
5 hours, 31 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
@Burtonboy @Anthony Petrielli Oh yeah, Dec and I drool about him all the time. So hard to get the puck off of him. Put that guy on a line with Naz and Lupul, drop Winnik down the line-up, to start trending better.
5 hours, 37 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
@Burtonboy @Anthony Petrielli Five games in and the team hasn't won a game? It's probably because he's actually hard on pucks and EDM doesn't know what that looks like so they got confused and sat him.
5 hours, 39 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
@Burtonboy Wow.. Didn't realize he was playing that little. What a waste.
5 hours, 41 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
@Great Dane @Anthony Petrielli @ingy56 @gottabe_KD @Yaknowwhat Of course... But have to start somewhere. I just wouldn't say "nothing" has changed.
9 hours, 43 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@Great Dane @ingy56 @gottabe_KD @Yaknowwhat I'd say they dump the puck in a lot less. Have gotten rid of wingers at the far blue line deflecting pucks in deep.
9 hours, 48 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@mickster To an extent... Have to play to each individual's strength but also demand more from them in their performance and positioning (to your point). You don't get a lot of teaching time in the NHL because of the tight schedule and travel.
9 hours, 54 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@MaxwellHowe Or Erik Karlsson to make it more modern day
9 hours, 55 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@Optimistic Otis @djamon I don't know what to tell you other than the data says differently. I can show you video of him stepping up. The Avalanche game especially he did an excellent job.
9 hours, 57 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@Jay_Berg Still early. Would be more optimistic if the Leafs didn't retain salary and give STL a pick. Let's see how Gunnarsson does when he returns to their line-up.
10 hours, 47 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@Cloud09 I wont indicate who an exit is occurring against on a regular basis but if I notice someone is doing well against a good player/line I'll note it. Will probably look at other sources for that information and collaborate it vs. recording it myself.
11 hours, 13 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@TML__fan @Anthony Petrielli It is very difficult to automate in hockey, although I'm sure it will be figured out. Unique exits/entries/whatever in every hockey game.
11 hours, 14 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@TML__fan My guess is most of these "analytics" bloggers hired are bean-counters on the teams that hired them, save for Dellow and Tulsky, and Mehta.
11 hours, 33 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@quinnesq @Anthony Petrielli Good point on the soft chip ins. I alluded to it but didn't flat out say it-- he rips the puck in hard and his teammates don't have a chance to retrieve those.
As you implied, feels like sometimes he just takes his foot off the because he's pedal scared of getting caught. We've seen his toe drag on occasion, but never really driving the net hard, which he should be able to do with his hands, skating, low center of gravity and skill.
11 hours, 51 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@Burtonboy @Anthony Petrielli @Yan28 Their head coach is on the Leafs bench now too. Did Ashton do something off-ice that we are unaware of????
12 hours, 2 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@Yan28 @Anthony Petrielli Yeah he's had a rough start, but pouring over the game tape you see that he's playing with wingers that can't get the puck out or do much of anything (Kozun was decent on the forecheck that's about it at 5v5). Holland needs to be better, but they have to try giving him a shot in the arm too. He's had some occasional nice shifts with players higher in the line-up.
12 hours, 6 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@quinnesq He skates himself into dead ends on the rush and bails out on the play. Against poor neutral zone teams it's easy for forwards to skate up with him and get open, but against a team like Detroit that locks it down he really struggles to initiate offense off clean entries (like the majority of this team, though).
12 hours, 9 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@quinnesq Polak makes the occasional clumsy mistake that draws the ire of the fan-base (like when he blew a tire Friday night leading to a goal against) but on the whole he's been more effective than most are willing to give him credit for.
Thanks for the nice comment.
12 hours, 11 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@Yan28 I'm a pretty big Carrick fan, but you can't give up on Holland this early (look what happened with Colborne, and it took him half the season to get going last year and now he looks awesome). I'd try Ashton-Holland-Frattin and if it's still bad and Booth isn't back then I'd start thinking about Carrick as at least a winger.
12 hours, 15 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@Cloud09 @Bruffins Rielly has been fine in that department... Gardiner not so much. One of the reasons I said I'd pair him with Polak.
12 hours, 16 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@TheLoovTrain Yeah that looks reasonable. I would not hesitate to put Santorelli up to L2 RW and play Komarov at C on L3 though.
12 hours, 25 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@dlb Mad Thanks. Some of the data collection is more difficult than I gave it credit for when I first started. I'll pause the game and take some time to really think through what happened in order to properly track the events at play-- it's not as black and white as people think.
12 hours, 42 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@MaxwellHowe Yes. Polak's strength lies in the neutral zone and puck retrieval, not outlet passes and breaking out of the zone (although he is good at stopping cycles, as mentioned). So I'd flip his usage. If they are going to talk the talk about using data to refine the line-up, I think this is a prime example of how to do it. It is completely counter-intuitive.
I don't know if Percy is healthy and ready to go in so I'd start there first for Tuesday.
12 hours, 43 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@Burtonboy The top line has been a bit stale despite their counting stats. They've combined for 7 goals... But 4 have been via special teams, plus Kessel's OT winner. I mean, according to Evan's data, Kessel is under 40% in scoring opportunities for.
12 hours, 45 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
@Great Dane @Anthony Petrielli Not even 20 games in yet. Need more time to evaluate.
1 day, 6 hours ago on Game 6 Scoring Chances: DET 1 vs. TOR 0
@Great Dane @Anthony Petrielli PDO will probably go up. Maybe the scoring wont come, but I expect better goaltending than what they've had, and good goaltending can mask a lot of problems.
@Whalz This is giving you the direct data to show how far they are away, and how big the gap is.
Edit: Hopefully one day it will show how dominant they are.
1 day, 7 hours ago on Game 6 Scoring Chances: DET 1 vs. TOR 0
@Burtonboy @Anthony Petrielli Bolland is basically retired, I think we all knew that the second he signed there.
1 day, 10 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)
@bigjim I'd flat out rather have Santorelli than Bolland, and that's before considering their salaries.
@Burtonboy @Cameron19 @Mitch92 @WendelGilmour Arguably they got hot in the playoffs twice to support their possession game... They had some real struggles both of their championship seasons, made a big deadline trade each time, and heated up in the playoffs.
@Savo43 @Anthony Petrielli @Stevinsky Can't glorify Ashton, but Panik has done nothing to justify continuing to be in the line-up so...
1 day, 19 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)
@Stevinsky Panik under 4 minutes tonight. Waste of time.
1 day, 20 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)
@Stevinsky @Anthony Petrielli Yeah. He had some really good games last year as a cycling machine and has flashed some skill in the AHL. This guy isn't a game changer, but Panik isn't even touching the puck so how you keep trotting him out is mind-boggling.
@Stevinsky Wouldn't mind trying Ashton too. How has he not played a game yet???
@loomx @Anthony Petrielli I'm at a wedding and popped on just to say it #SaturdayNights and I streamed the game on my phone during the meal!!
Kudos to Alec for writing another game review after another boring game resulting in a loss.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)
@.JVR. @Jay31 8/11 games this month vs. teams that made the playoffs last year.
2 days, 22 hours ago on Game Review: Game #5, Red Wings 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@Jay31 @Anthony Petrielli @Cloud09 I think it's really hard to move Dion's contract in the middle of the season unless a team gets really desperate/has a ton of cap room (EDM).
I think Bozak could be moved in-season pretty easily, but not sure they'd get much of a return. Would still do it though.
@djamon @Anthony Petrielli I'd keep Phil. Teams search decades to get an elite scorer, he's still young enough, and his contract is reasonable.
@Jay31 @Anthony Petrielli @Cloud09 Dion and Bozak, and then see what the team looks like. They could be 82-0 and I'd look to move them.
@Cloud09 @Anthony Petrielli Is he even in charge right now?
@djamon @Anthony Petrielli I wouldn't completely tear it down, but I'd move more than one big guy for sure. Hard trades to make.
@Cloud09 Move some big names. Pretty easy call to me.
3 days, 1 hour ago on Game Day: Game #5, Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., SNO)
@Yaknowwhat I was happy that he gave it to Kyper for saying "Babcock" and "Edmonton" in the same sentence though.
The worst thing to happen in hockey is Sportsnet getting this TV deal over TSN.
@whalz @Anthony Petrielli @Cameron19 Wouldn't give up Gardiner, Kadri or a 1st, but I'd sniff, sure.
6 days, 2 hours ago on GDT: Game 4, Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@whalz @Anthony Petrielli @Cameron19
Has Bozak scored 40 goals in a season ever? Can he play against top C's without getting his clock cleaned?
That comparison is not even ballpark Whalz.