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@Cameron19 @gjdevlin I'd like to see Kadri take a page from Bernier and just steal the friggin' job from Bozak. Dig deep man.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #5, Leafs 4 at Predators 0
@JeffNB @wiski Very true. Posession time on special teams is like +/-. It doesn't really apply. I'm guessing stats guys take that into account. although if you have the puck for 2 minutes you can be pretty sure you won't get scored on unless Vesa Toskala is in net.
5 months ago on Why I have become more open-minded about hockey analytics — and a blurb on Morgan Rielly
@wiski True but that's a different situation. You're not going to get much posession time on the PK but when you do it's marvelous to watch. Love watching guys like Mcclement and Kulemin kill penalties in the other end of the ice by holding onto the puck and burning 20-30 seconds. It's not practical to expect that often though and possession time isn't relative to special teams in the same way as 5 on 5.
I've always been of the opinion that possession time is very important, as is faceoff wins. A faceoff win is worth 20-30 seconds of possession time. Win 20 out of 30 and you can pick up 3 to 5 minutes more puck time than your opponent. All else being equal your team has the puck for 33-35 minutes while your opponents get the remaining 25-27 minutes. It's much easier to score in 35 minutes than in 25.
A good posession team only adds to that imbalance.
@Xxxxxnew Yeah and his life only got more bizzare. I read the book.Some people just seem to have no control over their destiny.
Yep. Leafs history is full of some great and some infamous stories.
Here it is for those who are to young too remember:
@wendelsway1 I can understand the disappointment. I'm in Victoria and I can't tell you how pissed I am when the CBC chooses to show the habs over the leafs. I was thinking as I watched that it would be irritating for a canucks fan but there is no way you cut away from a game in progress. It's unfortunate for the CBC cause they can't be everything to everybody. Besides they have to worry about Brian Spencer's dad bursting into the TV station.
@mORRganRielly I'd prefer advanced stats over the Toronto Sun anyday. Us troglodytes just believe that advanced stats quantify the obvious to some extent and the correlated inferences can be suspect. I'm fairly confident in my ablity to assess player abilities without them. Don't take it too personal though, you're writing is very, very much appreciated.
@Loric76 I was feeling a little ill myself in the second period...until the goaltending change.
Advanced stats are like: Would you rather have sex, or would you prefer to hear Dr. Ruth Westheimer talk about sex?
@mcloki How about the Barilko division? Now there's a name I could get behind...
7 months, 3 weeks ago on <!--:en-->Thursday Morning Leafs Roundtable: I Came, I Saw, I Awakened Leafs Nation<!--:-->
@rustynail I suppose if your only travelling 5 miles between back-to-back games it's not as big of an issue.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on <!--:en-->NHL Announces 2013-2014 Regular Season Schedule<!--:-->
@Bandit22 Continental drift actually..it's gonna be one hell of an earthquake...buckle up!
@Jmessih Not really. 5th biggest market in the US. Lots of potential US TV rights money is the main motive. Has always been a decent minor league market. But I get what your saying...hockey in the desert? Especially with Canadian markets dying to have a team? Senseless, indeed!
Honestly, how many times can the NHL shoot itself in the foot and carry on...Metro division? Besides being a meaningless term in this context, there are 6 teams in this division that are closer to the Atlantic Ocean than every team in the so-called Atlantic division except Boston (?!?). Who thinks up this crap? I want his job, not because I'm looking for a job where incompetence is a skill requirement; I just hate to see someone doing a piss poor job of the simplest tasks.
Really didn't get the CFL comment...is he like saying the NFL could move to 3 downs?
I guess we can expect a lot more Bloomberg interviews 'cause this guy knows corporate spin better than an oil company spokesperson. He's got bones for everyone.
Sorry to be so harsh on the new guy but this is a deeply knowledgable market and that shit won't fly for long.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on <!--:en-->Leiweke on NFL in Toronto, Maple Leafs, `Winning’<!--:-->
Blah, blah, blah...not saying much. This was about as interesting as a locker room interview.
Who is the dude taking pictures of himself though? That was entertaining!
@palmspringsleafer Actually closer to $7m buyout ($10.5m left on contract), about $1.75m for four years.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->
@palmspringsleafer While it will be cheap for the Leafs cash-wise in that case, the cap hit is averaged over the contract term, and as I understand it, the cap hit on a buyout wouldn`t change based on actual dollars paid. I believe $6.5m buyout (total of two-thirds for two years) spread over four years. So $1.625m cap hit for 4 years.
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @getstanley1 @wiski I think that's why Leaf fans have never really developed a hate-on for the Sabres like some of our other rivals. We've had a window on their strange little world and hold it with some affection.
8 months ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->