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@TheCanucksnaphook @Cloud09 Just like Biggs, eh. Great.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: Catching up

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@hockeyanalysis @Dan39 No, I'm saying on a line with Kessel and JVR, if his responsibility was defense for the line, presumably his IPP% would be expected to be lower than that of his team mates. Does that make sense? 


As to the WOWYs, I think you explained why his CF% would be lower without Kessel and I explained why Kessel's would be higher without him. Of course, Kessel is also a great player. 


I don't know for certain, it just seems like you can explain at least part of why Bozak's advanced stats are so terrible in these ways. I don't know to what extent, though. 


2 months, 3 weeks ago on Introduction to Advanced Statistics

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Hi David, thanks for the article. Can you address this question, might have gotten lost below?


Re Bozak, don't the CF% and IPP% just show that he's the one on the line responsible for defense? With IPP%, it's obvious what I mean. With CF%, it seems to me his with-numbers may indicate more defensive assignments and the without% perhaps when Kessel is deployed on a rush or prolonged offensive zone period to add more offense.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Introduction to Advanced Statistics

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@hockeyanalysis @deedrag Re Bozak, don't the CF% and IPP% just show that he's the one on the line responsible for defense? With IPP%, it's obvious what I mean. With CF%, it seems to me his with-numbers may indicate more defensive assignments and the without% perhaps when Kessel is deployed on a rush or prolonged offensive zone period to add more offense.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Introduction to Advanced Statistics

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@vinoa @Yaknowwhat Truth.

11 months, 1 week ago on Friday Mashup: A Tale of Two Teams

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Despite trying to talk myself into it, couldn't get the motivation up to watch the game last night. I'm guessing since they lost, the boys were playing shinny hockey? 

Leafs never seem to do well when they try and play a low-intensity style and that was always going to be the game plan for a soft team like Nashville that can't match us physically. 

Perhaps an occasion where Dion could have showed some leadership and landed a big hit or talked someone into a scrap (like the captain of the Sabres did with Clarkson) to get the team engaged?

Speaking of Phaneuf, the boxscore suggests he was comprehensively outplayed by Weber, like he was by Suter in the game with the Wild. He's still elite though, right.? Maybe not elite elite though. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Friday Mashup: A Tale of Two Teams

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@Alec Brownscombe @Dan39 Heh, I was hoping you would appreciate the "bloggers frequently speculating [McLaren would sit] (in error)" comment. 


11 months, 1 week ago on Game Preview: Kadri returns as Leafs host Preds

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@MaxwellHowe @Dan39 Yeah, well he appears to be sitting tonight, which does not surprise me in the least as, like you say, they have more than enough muscle for tonight. 

Against the tough teams, though, different story. The future is Broll and Devane though and they're faster, probably even than the whittled, sharpened up , version of Orr we have seen this season. 



11 months, 1 week ago on Game Preview: Kadri returns as Leafs host Preds

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@Xxxxxnew So he is sitting McLaren then? As I suspected, the Predators are one of the weakest teams in the entire NHL after all. 

Clune 
Hendricks
Nystrom

Maybe Clarkson gets a fight - that's all I can see potential for. Unless Clune wants to follow old man Nystrom's lead to the quiet room. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game Preview: Kadri returns as Leafs host Preds

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@Bobsyouruncle Dramatically worse. Eakins got lucky on player development curves and was hoping to do the same with the Oilers. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game Preview: Kadri returns as Leafs host Preds

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@Armchair GM I believe it - he's an immature, asshole. His DUI + drunk/disorderly total is up to 2 or 3 now? 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game Preview: Kadri returns as Leafs host Preds

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@steele123 @Mattmark @Jmessih On pace for 24 pts, for a soft/skill player, that's a one-way ticket to the AHL. Colborne is a huge, mushy, bust. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game Preview: Kadri returns as Leafs host Preds

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@Burtonboy I hope we smash the shit out them with all kinds of other dangerous aspects of our game. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game Preview: Kadri returns as Leafs host Preds

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@Airfreshener @Alec Brownscombe Tell him? I was really enjoying your rant up until that point. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game Preview: Kadri returns as Leafs host Preds

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If there was ever a night that Carlyle was going to sit McLaren, as the anti-fighting activists endlessly advocate, and the bloggers frequently speculate (in error), this would be the night to do it. 

The fact that their primary enforcement comes from Rich Clune, who as an absolute punching bag down in the AHL is now simply endangering himself in the NHL, tells you what you need to know. 

But it gets worse. 

'Backing up' Clune, you have the Dorsett-esque Matt Hendricks (you know, the one who inexplicably gave Broll stage fright in a bout earlier this year) and old man Eric Nystrom. 

Although, I'm not even sure you get the latter. After Gramps got it up to trade with Glass last week, and briefly threw with intent, he ate a series of hard rights to send him down to the ice and then on to the quite room.

Go collar grip for collar grip and straight right for straight right with Orr and it's not the quite room, it's the emergency room that you're heading to.  

This is a franchise that foolishly traded away Brian McGrattan (shocking that this team is forever in financial distress, eh?) and is now vulnerable for our 'lost boys' to regain their identity. McLaren then may dress yet. 

And now I've talked myself into getting excited for a game with the Nashville Predators. 


11 months, 1 week ago on Game Preview: Kadri returns as Leafs host Preds

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@Knights2Leafs @rustynail Care to elaborate? 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game Preview: Kadri returns as Leafs host Preds

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@mlclearwater @Dan39 I like Carrick and I like him more now that I know he is not just a pure agitator but a fighting agitator, like a Tucker or something. I hope he continues with this improved form. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Cameron19 Going with Finn as my brother works with the dad. Percy is very solid, though - that's the way I would describe him. Finn I have not seen but these rumours of open ice hits are very compelling.  

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@mlclearwater Fuck, I desperately want to see the replay of that game. The one game I miss at Ricoh there were what three fights and Leivo comes alive, McKegg had a good game? These are all things I wanted to see.

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Cameron19 @Dan39 @newkb @djamon I prefer the term "fight", but appreciated nonetheless. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Cameron19 @Dan39 @newkb @djamon Okay, enough - I have a 7AM presentation so I'm up at 5 tomorrow. Sigh  

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Cameron19 @Dan39 @newkb @djamon And that's enough Cameron. Ultimately we're just arguing about degrees of greatness here...

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Cameron19 @Dan39 @newkb @djamon Lol, the media made Babcock not select him if he doesn't get selected. |If he does get selected, presumably that was on merit? Flawless.

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Cameron19 @newkb @djamon Not to mention the fact that he is not playing anywhere near the same minutes this year and yet even you have admitted the quality of minutes between the two is roughly even. You should drop the argument, but you should do it because suggesting Phaneuf is on the same approximate level as Suter is utterly ridiculous. You are a complete homer, in total ignorance of the facts before you, if you believe that. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Cameron19 @Dan39 @newkb @djamon Only to point out that he wasn't even being discussed. It is the Team Canada management that is not going to select him - you still have to deal with that far greater problem with your argument. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@rustynail @Cloud09 What did Stoner do to deserve that? 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Cameron19 @Dan39 @newkb @djamon And there is no need to insult me, I was being civil. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Cameron19 @Dan39 @newkb @djamon Yeah, I'm a moron and so are the people who select Team Canada and yet you, who do what - do you even go to hockey games? - are genius. OKay...

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@newkb @Dan39 @Cameron19 @djamon That is not the only quality I was talking about - we got onto a tangent because Cameron insisted on it. Suter also plays at least as good as Phaneuf in the minutes he does play. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Cameron19 @Dan39 @djamon Significantly more minutes every night this season. You're focusing on specifics and exceptions, because your overall argument is so obviously wrong. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@newkb @Dan39 @Cameron19 @djamon All season Suter has played vastly more minutes. Look it up.

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@newkb @Cameron19 @Dan39 @djamon Well it depends on your definition, To me elite is Team Canada. Phaneuf is not going to make Team Canada and, in fact, he's not even in the discussion amongst the media. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Cameron19 @Dan39 @djamon Okay, let's say the quality of minutes were the same. Now |Suter is only 40% better. How can Phaneuf be in the same class if Suter is that much better?

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Cameron19 @Dan39 @djamon PLayed better minutes and 40% more minutes. That equals a greater than 40%-more contribution, i.e. it wasn't close at all. It's very simple...

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@djamon @Dan39 The first contribution was the only one required and that was a breakdown of Suter (elite) vs Phaneuf (not) after everyone had the Wild vs Leafs game freshly planted in their minds. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Cameron19 @Dan39 @BurkiesBigBlue I'm not making any further contribution on this subject.

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@TheCanucksnaphook @Dan39 @MikeGartner11 @Shift_Disturber1 Do you expect less from me? Seriously, nepotism is a curse on our society as it limits progress of indiviudals on merit - that needs ot be confronted at every turn, however small the issue seems there is more at stake. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@BurkiesBigBlue You need to handle the Phaneuf situation with kid gloves - lot of fans here. (I actually like him too, but I don't think he is elite as some would suggest).

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Shift_Disturber1 @Dan39 I would suggest a lack of character and commitment has always been the enemy to our dressing room and nobody but Colborne exemplified that more than Mac during his time on the Leafs. Made me sick watching those two. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Shift_Disturber1 MacA was always capable of skilled plays - his capability was never the issue... 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@MikeGartner11 @Shift_Disturber1 Too many of them and it's not based on genetics, it's largely down to coaching from dad and dad calling in favours with other coaches, name recognition with scouts, etc. The media has this warm and fuzzy approach to it all, but I personally dislike nepotism. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Mind Bomb @Loric76 Speaking of reffing, I think they should consider going back to one ref plus two linesman. There are far too many terrible calls now and I think less whistles would help. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Jmessih @Dan39 Thx buddy, I appreciate it. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@wiski @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan It's $100 per face, which is I think is 1/8th of a cord or something in Toronto lol.

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Loric76 @Dan39 @Burtonboy @mcloki Except if they were right-wing, tea party, lunatics, I might actually like them. They're the opposite - they're like the left-wing fringe. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@MaxwellHowe @lukethenuke Yeah, for Tavares, you're talking equivalent of 8 first round picks. Kadri counts for one or two of those, Reimer is worth one or two, so you add some more from there and when you get to about half of the team you've probably got the sides of the deal balanced out. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@Burtonboy @mcloki Argggh I hate those guys. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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@mcloki @deedrag Yeah, but Tavares is not replaceable at all. It would be like us trading Kessel. In fact, we probably would have to trade Kessel to get Tavares and that would be unpalatable to both sides. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2

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