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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.

1 year ago on Game in 10: Game #5, Leafs 4 at Predators 0

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@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.

1 year ago on Why I have become more open-minded about hockey analytics — and a blurb on Morgan Rielly

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@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.

1 year ago on Why I have become more open-minded about hockey analytics — and a blurb on Morgan Rielly

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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.

1 year ago on Why I have become more open-minded about hockey analytics — and a blurb on Morgan Rielly

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@Xxxxxnew Yeah and his life only got more bizzare. I read the book.Some people just seem to have no control over their destiny.

1 year ago on Why I have become more open-minded about hockey analytics — and a blurb on Morgan Rielly

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@Xxxxxnew 

Yep. Leafs history is full of some great and some infamous stories.

Here it is for those who are to young too remember: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Spencer

1 year ago on Why I have become more open-minded about hockey analytics — and a blurb on Morgan Rielly

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@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.

1 year ago on Why I have become more open-minded about hockey analytics — and a blurb on Morgan Rielly

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@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.

1 year ago on Why I have become more open-minded about hockey analytics — and a blurb on Morgan Rielly

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@Loric76 I was feeling a little ill myself in the second period...until the goaltending change.

1 year ago on Why I have become more open-minded about hockey analytics — and a blurb on Morgan Rielly

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Advanced stats are like: Would you rather have sex, or would you prefer to hear Dr. Ruth Westheimer talk about sex?

1 year ago on Why I have become more open-minded about hockey analytics — and a blurb on Morgan Rielly

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@mcloki How about the Barilko division? Now there's a name I could get behind... 

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Thursday Morning Leafs Roundtable: I Came, I Saw, I Awakened Leafs Nation<!--:-->

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@rustynail I suppose if your only travelling 5 miles between back-to-back games it's not as big of an issue.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->NHL Announces 2013-2014 Regular Season Schedule<!--:-->

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@Bandit22 Continental drift actually..it's gonna be one hell of an earthquake...buckle up!

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->NHL Announces 2013-2014 Regular Season Schedule<!--:-->

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@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!

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->NHL Announces 2013-2014 Regular Season Schedule<!--:-->

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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.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->NHL Announces 2013-2014 Regular Season Schedule<!--:-->

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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.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Leiweke on NFL in Toronto, Maple Leafs, `Winning’<!--:-->

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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!

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Leiweke on NFL in Toronto, Maple Leafs, `Winning’<!--:-->

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@palmspringsleafer Actually closer to $7m buyout ($10.5m left on contract), about $1.75m for four years.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->

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@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.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->

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@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.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->

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@Uncle Otis Come to think of it, that's most likely. There's a new deal with NBC I think? CBC is up too I believe. Could be a big jump ahead.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->

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@CallumConnorKnight Yep, Reimer to Philly for their first. They run through goalies faster than a bad burrito.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->

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@Uncle Otis @getstanley1 Yeah that's why I think the Phaneuf rumours have legs. No way you sign him and Kessel next year and have any money left for Bolland, Reimer et al.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->

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@Xxxxxnew always liked Franson. What the hell was Wilson thinking?

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->

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@CallumConnorKnight I'm still scratching my head as to why Komi wasn't a regular buyout...should have held on to the freebie...going to need it next year for sure, if not this year.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->

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@wiski LOL, Irv Weinstein and firetrucks? Bowling Lanes?

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->

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@Xxxxxnew Exceedingly hard to judge on a small sample size of success (Toskala anyone?).

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->

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@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan The problem with Grabovski's contract was the dearth of FA centres last year. There was no way you could afford not to sign him. Probably 2 million over actual value due to the market shortage.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->

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@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Obviously that varies wildly...You can use that million variance though to judge the value of a UFA contract (sort of a premium fee for zero player assets expended). ex. Bozak worth 3.2 - probably

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->

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@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan It's difficult to compare an RFA contract with a UFA contract. Realistically UFA's seem to get about a $1million more than their worth due to the competition.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->

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I got curious...

http://www.puckreport.com/2013/06/2013-stanley-cup-rings-on-roster.html

I recall the Leafs had quite a few in the dressing room in the early 90's when they were serious contenders. We picked up a couple (3?) recently.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->

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@moimoi The only stat I'm concerned with are the number of Stanley Cup rings in the dressing room...

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Damn it man, I’m a metrician, not a magician! <!--:-->

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@hoogy I liked Ference when he was with Calgary too. I always wondered why they gave up on him. An underrated D in my opinion. He's not splashy but he's solid, reliable.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->With the bulk of the storm over, where do the Leafs stand?<!--:-->

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@rustynail Thanks for the backstory. I don't really follow junior (barely time for the NHL). Do you think Bolland has upside as an offensive player in the NHL?

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->With the bulk of the storm over, where do the Leafs stand?<!--:-->

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@Claymish Back to my earlier comment on Bozak, it should be noted that Bolland played a defensive role in Chicago, whereas Bozak has been playing mainly with Kessel, Lupul, and JVR. Here's Bolland's last year of junior:

2005-06 London OHL 59GP 57G 73A 130Pts

For comparison, here's Kadri's final year junior numbers:

2009-10 London OHL 56GP 35G 58A 93Pts

Clearly this is something Nonis was thinking when he said he saw an expanded role for Bolland.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->With the bulk of the storm over, where do the Leafs stand?<!--:-->

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@B_Leaf Helpful, thanks. How does Ottawa stack up?

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->With the bulk of the storm over, where do the Leafs stand?<!--:-->

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@MegaJon Tyler Seguin: Putting the twit in twitter since 2013...

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->With the bulk of the storm over, where do the Leafs stand?<!--:-->

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@NotInsane @MTK @getstanley1  I agree. My ponderance has more to do with the suggested dissappointment in the article and various comments on Bozak as a number one. I think the lineup will be more fluid this year, as it should be.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->With the bulk of the storm over, where do the Leafs stand?<!--:-->

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@MTK @getstanley1 Bolland will likely be making more than Bozak next year as he heads to UFA. I think they are pretty interchangable at 2 and 3 depending on the game situation.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->With the bulk of the storm over, where do the Leafs stand?<!--:-->

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Long time since I've posted...

One thing that has been overlooked here is Nonis comment upon the aquisition of Bolland, is that they would be looking to put him in an expanded role. I'm wondering if Bozak is actually your third line centre, with Bolland taking on second line duties (Kadri first). I think they believe Bolland has upside offensive potential.

1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->With the bulk of the storm over, where do the Leafs stand?<!--:-->

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