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@MaxwellHowe @WendelGilmour Agreed, and we're better able to back fill than last year. Lots of options.

1 day, 9 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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@MaxwellHowe @CanuckUKinToronto I think we already know Clarkson isn't a fit with Naz.

1 day, 9 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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@MaxwellHowe I like that, but think Winnik will fit in somewhere in the bottom 6.

1 day, 9 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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Ok, boys. How do you post a video on YouTube? Can I post a vid on here direct from my laptop?

6 days, 19 hours ago on Monday Mashup: 28 Days to Preseason

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@DeclanK @Burtonboy @Cameron19 @WendelGilmour While you're on, Dec. Any progress with livefyre on being able to post from my BB Z10? It's been read and like only for weeks.

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@DeclanK @WendelGilmour Agreed. I wish he were more aggressive.

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@Burtonboy @WendelGilmour I think so too. If I recall correctly any standouts get invited to stay for the main camp. Could be wrong though.

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Do rookies report before main camp?

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@Cameron19 @WendelGilmour @Burtonboy That's exactly the way I see it. Next to impossible for them to succeed under those circumstances.

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@Burtonboy @Cameron19 @WendelGilmour That's the thing. Many harp on Kadri and say he had his chance last year with Kessel, but I don't pin that all on Naz. Kessel and Kadri worked very well in that Boston series and created a lot of havoc. Boston had a lot of trouble handling them.

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@Cameron19 @WendelGilmour I agree, Cam. Injuries had much to do with it. maybe what I'm really wondering is seeing how effective it was, why he didn't do it at all last year. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Every once in awhile I get to wondering what happened to the RC that coached the Boston series. He mixed-up lines, changed on the fly. You never knew who was coming over the boards, and it kept Boston off balance. He was doing smart things. Last year anyone could predict who would be on the ice at any given time, and he never varied. Frustrating.

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@Burtonboy @WendelGilmour @Loric76 Me too. I'm hoping beyond hope Spott and Horachek can influence RC.

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@Burtonboy @WendelGilmour @Loric76 I'm hoping for the same experimenting Bboy. Lots of options to assess, and I also am afraid RC will try to force things which aren't working. He needs to be open minded and try some new things.

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@Loric76 @WendelGilmour I tend to agree. Frattin is a real wild card to me, I believe he will play 2 RW, or be the 13th guy.

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@Loric76 Morning Loric.

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@CanuckUKinToronto Agreed, ball's in his court. He has shown he has enough talent if he applies hmself.

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Speaking of camp, I sure hope one of the new guys is a fit on RW with Kadri. I don't believe it's Clarkson, and while I won't be shocked if that's what RC tries again I don't think we are good enough to give him 15-20 games to work it out. If Nylander or Leivo show well there in camp run with it.

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@Optimustic @WendelGilmour Yeah, sure looks like it.

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Morning boys.

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@Cameron19 @WendelGilmour @Burtonboy Not sure how this is blaming Dion for anything on my part, more of an indictment of RC's player deployment on the PP. Switch Franson out if you wish, my main point is what I saw was PP2 was more effective, and the fact Kadri is in on 94% of PP points while he is on the ice support my belief he should have the puck and set the plays. Many believe switching out Franson and replacing him with Reilly/Gards would be the biggest improvement to the PP, it's not. The biggest bang for your buck is getting Kadri out there and have him run it.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Friday Mashup: The Swarm & Coaching Duties

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@Cameron19 @WendelGilmour @Burtonboy That doesn't account for the lack of using the other two options, which they rarely do. More creativity would open up ice for everyone, rather than trying to force plays that aren't there.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Friday Mashup: The Swarm & Coaching Duties

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@Cameron19 @Burtonboy @WendelGilmour Other teams figuring out when to get over and block him is not on Franson, it's on the predictability of the PP. Which is why Kadri should run it, he won't make the same play every time. Watching Kessel and Phaneuf play catch always leading to the same one or two plays led to the turnovers and shorties.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Friday Mashup: The Swarm & Coaching Duties

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@Burtonboy @WendelGilmour I'm in exactly the same place, Bboy. Put what you see and numbers together as pieces of the puzzle.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Friday Mashup: The Swarm & Coaching Duties

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@Burtonboy @WendelGilmour Thanks, Bboy. Good stuff and reflects what I saw on the hocketstats site, along with some other interesting facts regarding Naz's effectiveness in different situations (down by 1, down by 2, etc). Perfect support for someone like Dubas to highlight to Shanny and RC some of his player deployment must change. 

BTW, I'm a bigger fan of pts/60 than pts/game because it actually accounts for ice-time, and if the charts in this article were reflected that way Naz's performance vs his peers is even better than shown.

Thanks for the link.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Friday Mashup: The Swarm & Coaching Duties

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@Yaknowwhat @WendelGilmour The number of folks who simply refuse to believe some players try harder than others baffles me and yes, this certainly can tip the balance in your favour.

IMO the shorties we gave up last season were a direct result of the predictability and some poor decisions setting plays. Kadri's 94% just confirms my belief he should have the puck and Kessel should be the shooter not the playmaker.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Friday Mashup: The Swarm & Coaching Duties

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I won't argue fixing the PK isn't the priority this year, but we can do better on the PP too. After David Johnson's analytics introduction I did some digging, and it confirmed what I saw. "PP2" was more effective than "PP1", and Kadri is far and away the most dangerous PP producer in on 94% of PP goals while he was on the ice. The numbers support what I've said for over a year. PP1 should be Kadri, Kessel, Lupul, Reilly, Franson, and Kadri sets the plays from the wall.

I like much of what the Leafs have done, but I will be very disappointed if Dubas, Spott, anyone don't tap RC on the shoulder and call him out when falls into his pattern of stubbornness and just sticks with PP1, or Bozak's line regardless of how they are playing. Ice time must be allotted based on how a unit, line, or individual are playing on any given night, not determined beforehand with no accounting for performance. 

With regards to the swarm, it sounds like the adjustments are more geared toward proper execution than the system itself.

As much as many dismiss compete level and being easy to play against as factors in the failure last year we can now add Spott and Horachek to the chorus of experienced hockey people who have identified these issues as areas that must improve. Hopefully they can get the players to up these levels and getting winning results gets them on a roll.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Friday Mashup: The Swarm & Coaching Duties

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Great job, David. Well explained, keep it up. Great to see much of what I see verified statistically. This should be required reading for those who still state Kadri needs to step up.

Also affirms my stance that PP2 is misnamed, it is far more dangerous and productive. PP1 should be last years "PP2" plus Kessel, with Kadri running it, IPP at 94%. Kessel, Kadri, Lupul, Rielly, Franson.


Dubs first task will be to get RC to look at these and actually use the information.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Introduction to Advanced Statistics

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@Cloud09 He should be paid what other players with similar stats are getting, regardless of where he is slotted on the Leafs. 

1 month ago on James Reimer Signs for 2 years, $2.3 million per season

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@Burtonboy @CanuckUKinToronto @mike_84 I'm hoping RC changes and plays whichever line is hot on a give night. Many games last year the "1st line" wasn't firing and still got big minutes regardless, both even strength and PP.

1 month, 1 week ago on James Reimer Signs for 2 years, $2.3 million per season

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@TheGroobster The last thing we need is another F who has trouble with intensity. Pass.

1 month, 1 week ago on Cody Franson Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year, $3.3m

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@Bring the Cup Home @WendelGilmour I think you're missing my point. JVR got 61 points last year, if Kadri got the same time on ice he would have gotten more with the same linemates. JVR plays with Kessel, and gets 1PP minutes, yet Kadri outscores him, and plays a more robust game. Go ahead and take JVR, I'd take Naz every time.

1 month, 1 week ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@Bring the Cup Home @WendelGilmour Yes, I do. Much more to the game than points, and JVR is more of a defensive liability than Naz. He just does not win board battles, at either end.

1 month, 1 week ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@Bring the Cup Home Interesting that JVR is viewed as a "lock", yet Kadri actually outscores him based on time on ice, even playing with guys like Clarkson and Kulimen. Never mind that he also plays much more aggressively than JVR and imo is still improving. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@Mind Bomb @WendelGilmour Gorgeous, gonna be a hot one. A good 10-15 minute nap floating around in the pool works wonders.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Burtonboy @WendelGilmour @TheCanucksnaphook Yeah, we'll see how much of an issue his skating is pretty quickly.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@TheCanucksnaphook @Burtonboy @WendelGilmour Yeah, a little unpredictability is good, just no dumb penalties at critical times.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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Two things I like about Spott;


- as Marlies coach he would make line changes both in game and from game to game. With the flexibility with the roster now there's no reason we should not do this. The players playing best should see the most ice-time in a game. Burns was a master at this. How many games did Holland have a strong start in a game only to see little ice later, or Kadri have a strong game on the dot, only to have RC replace him with McClement for draws anyway. Not the way to build a winning mind set. Players notice this stuff.

- he's familiar with Kadri and knows what he is capable of. IMO Kadri should get the same opportunity to play his way out of little slumps as the Bozak line, who got the majority of ice-time regardless of how they were playing.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@TheCanucksnaphook @Burtonboy @WendelGilmour Absolutely agree, Bboy. The Leafs did a fine job hiring Spott, they need to do it again to replace him, and keep the pipeline full.


Both Horachek and Spott seem to be no nonsense, direct guys who handle the media well. I am concerned also, but it seems both can build a good relationship with the media this way.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@TheCanucksnaphook @WendelGilmour Agreed. Both could help fill that void.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Burtonboy @WendelGilmour @TheCanucksnaphook Yeah. If the Leafs could just get him to pick his spots and play a heavy game he could turn out ok.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Burtonboy @WendelGilmour @TheCanucksnaphook Yep, I've read the same and Underhill seems to help everyone she works with. When I watch Finn play he seems to always be able to put himself in the proper position to be effective. Great stick and body position. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@TheCanucksnaphook @WendelGilmour I'm hoping. IMO both should be in the hunt for a 4th line role at camp. Devane seems to keep improving, and Broll got some games last year.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Burtonboy @WendelGilmour @TheCanucksnaphook Agreed. Put kids like that in roles they can succeed i at camp and preseason. IMO they both should also get at least a couple of games in that RW slot. Put them with good players and see how they produce. Make decisions as to who stays based on this, rather than age or experience. If you perform you stay.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@TheCanucksnaphook @WendelGilmour Yeah, agreed. Sounds like Granberg will get a real look. Finn, imo, has the potential to be a very very good NHL Dman and will move real quick to the top of the depth chart. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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I really like the Spott promotion. He was doing a great job with the Marlies, but you need to show your top performers they will be rewarded. Same philosophy needs to be applied to players. That's why I loved what Shanny said about purposely leaving a couple of openings for youngsters to grab. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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