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I just don't imagine statisticians make huge salarys.  Not normally anyway.  Maybe that Nate Silver guy, but otherwise it seems like middle class work.

4 hours, 3 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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Too expensive?  No statistician could be too expensive for MLSE.  I imagine MLSE could afford to nab talent from NASA

4 hours, 6 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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come now, they are a very small market team. Last year with a payroll of $68 million - while 14 teams had payrolls over $100 000 000.  That they're usually in the hunt is quite impressive.

5 hours, 11 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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I tend to agree BUT....the As always seem to have a good team - currently the 2nd best record in baseball.  Though baseball is probably more amenable to advanced stats usage.

5 hours, 18 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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Insofar as the "Moneyball" analogy fits, I think it really makes a difference in terms of the secondary support on a team.  Lets say the Leafs signed Stamkos for $13 million.  And they still have Kessel and Phanuef.  Now no one needs analytics to tell you the Stamkos and Crosby's of the world are great hockey players.  But now, how do you build a good supporting cast with the cap space remaining?  There is where the Leafs need a Billy Bean perspective.

5 hours, 24 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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I don't think I misread it at all, and I am not just speaking about dlb. 

6 hours ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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Your response to Toews and Saad for Bozak and Kessel:

 it's a step sideways for both teams. a simple shakeup of personalities.

With due respect brother, since Saad is better than Bozak already in his young career, that cannot be read as anything but a conclusion that Toews and Kessel are equals.  read the discussion again, that line of thought runs thru it

6 hours, 14 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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Yes - in some cases directly, in some cases implicitly. 

6 hours, 17 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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Somewhere in Illinois, Blackhawk bloggers and fans are laughing at a cut and paste of discussions at MLHS, wherein people seriously contended that Kessel and Toews are equals in terms of their value as hockey players.

Edit: laughing hysterically and appropriately

7 hours, 24 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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I'd put Crosby and Toews on the same level (tho their games differ) and say that they are the top 2 centers in the world right now.  Stamkos is close as well.

8 hours, 5 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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makes sense

8 hours, 10 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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Toews is an "elite of the elite" player.  One of the top 3 centres in the NHL. Sure the Hawks could trade Bozak and Kessel for Toews and Saad.  Then who would be Kessel's centre?

Sorry, I really don't think even Kessel is in Toews league in terms of value.

8 hours, 15 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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Bro, if you're drunk before noon, you may have a problem

8 hours, 19 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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I suppose in fairness @dlb Mad was offering it for comparison purposes.  But I really don't know how to compare Bozak to anyone. 

8 hours, 21 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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I think that kid Saad is a better hockey player than Tyler Bozak.

8 hours, 24 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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Any team that wants Kessel is going to have a better centre than Bozak for him to play alongside, unless the Leafs trade him to the Habs.

8 hours, 27 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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I think (logically) the Leafs would be less willing to trade Kessel than Phaneuf, and the differences in age is one of the reasons. 

Personally, I actually think Kessel is the less important of the two players.  I think the Leafs could get by without Kessel - goals would be harder to come by, but Lupul in that #1 RW spot could probably score 25-30.\

But without Phaneuf, the Leafs D would be an irretrievable mess.

8 hours, 40 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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then Phaneuf will be nearly 30

8 hours, 46 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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Kessel is 26

8 hours, 46 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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and the next 2 years might be the only time frame to get a helluva return.  I agree, if it goes tits up, Kessel might go. I try to imagine destinations.  Teams that are good, on the cusp of greatness but could use more scoring punch.  Like St. Louis or even Columbus.

8 hours, 49 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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No doubt, if its a real shit storm Phanuef is gone.  Kessel may be too young for them to give up without a unbelievable offer  - tho I bet Nonis would be listening - again, if the season was a garbage fire.

8 hours, 53 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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You're right, that does seem extremely dumb.

Just kidding.  I really don't know what to expect from him.  i do like Finnish players tho.  All business.

8 hours, 55 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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and Robidas

8 hours, 57 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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I like MacWilliams.  In the games I saw, he was yelling directions to teammates, doling out the hits.  There might be a place for him yet.  But the Leafs don't seem to have much luck with draft picks that go to U.S. colleges. 

9 hours, 39 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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In terms of D,  that Valiev kid seems to have promise as well.

10 hours, 52 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@Murph2417 gawd....do it myself

19 hours, 55 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@Murph2417 Cue someone posting Neil Young's "A Man Needs a Maid"

20 hours, 3 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@Murph2417 I heard that video killed the radio star.  

20 hours, 10 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@CanuckUKinToronto @MaxwellHowe Are you suggesting I find way to direct my fellow Newfie pensioners money to our benefit?  Not that I have a problem with that, just need clarification

21 hours, 51 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@CanuckUKinToronto Got stuck on step 1, that part about having 1.5 billion dollars.

21 hours, 54 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@ingy56 @Yaknowwhat looks like an asshole....wait

21 hours, 56 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@CanuckUKinToronto @MaxwellHowe You imagine we're good with money out here?

21 hours, 59 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@CanuckUKinToronto Man, you've put a lot of thought into this...even nailed down the purchase price at $1.5 billion.  Of course, you'd end up with control of the Raptors and TFC as well.

22 hours, 1 minute ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@Yaknowwhat Read somewhere that he's expected to take a position with the Clippers

22 hours, 5 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@Burtonboy @MaxwellHowe The Star reports he's working on his shot and passing.  Fine. But a little face-off work and watching video of Bergeron play in his own zone wouldn't hurt.

22 hours, 43 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@Burtonboy @MaxwellHowe well I hope so or someone's getting sued

22 hours, 46 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@newkb @mike_84 like stay on his feet for instance

22 hours, 51 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@ingy56 @MaxwellHowe No, just the thought makes me blurt out obscenities

22 hours, 53 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@mike_84 @ingy56 And how does Kontiola manage to get 3rd C above Holland AND Santorelli - give me a break

22 hours, 54 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@ingy56 Gardiner - Franson.  F off

22 hours, 55 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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Just about any change is a good thing.  

23 hours, 4 minutes ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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Reality of supply and demand, which IMO applies to RFAs as well.  Doubt the Leafs can really push him in negotiations.  I suppose Reimer might come back in excellent form and change the entire equation, but otherwise, he gets at least what Valarmov got from the Avs.

1 day, 4 hours ago on Maple Leafs sign William Nylander to three-year entry level contract

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With the lack of ready prospects, the Leafs might have to go higher and longer for Bernier

1 day, 4 hours ago on Maple Leafs sign William Nylander to three-year entry level contract

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The only tough item on the agenda in the foreseeable future is Bernier and Kadri - and Bernier will likely be the tougher of the two.

1 day, 4 hours ago on Maple Leafs sign William Nylander to three-year entry level contract

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Pronman ranked him the 4th best prospect, not the 4th most skilled prospect.  Pronman knows hockey, I assume he appreciates all the qualities necessary to produce an NHL hockey player and weighed Nylander accordingly

1 day, 4 hours ago on Maple Leafs sign William Nylander to three-year entry level contract

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I could not possibly agree with you more.  Corporate ownership is bullshit.  I wanna crazy ass owner who will move heaven and earth to make the Leafs great.  The anti - Ballard.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Maple Leafs sign William Nylander to three-year entry level contract

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Everyone hates Rogers and Bell people

1 day, 5 hours ago on Maple Leafs sign William Nylander to three-year entry level contract

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Well you were having an argument about Nylander, so you'd be having this petty spat regardless

1 day, 5 hours ago on Maple Leafs sign William Nylander to three-year entry level contract

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