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Great responses Anthony. I'll be interested to see how Holland might be utilized during remainder of this year, but more importantly next. Got to be a way to get this kid into the lineup on a full-time basis. He may not be ready for center on the top two lines, but is at the development stage where he needs some decent NHL minutes.
4 days, 6 hours ago on AP’s Mailbag: Deadline targets, bottom 6, “impact” prospects, PK and shots against
Well, nice to get a chance to talk about hockey metrics on CBC, but that short piece was like walking a kid by a candy store, but not even going inside to see what they have.
4 weeks ago on Michael Stephens on the CBC
Regarding Leafs PK, there are a couple of other observations that are worth noting. With the addition of Gleason these numbers should change, but certainly prior to his arrival both Gunnarsson and Franson were playing substantially more PK minutes per game. Also, as much as we might think of Fraser as a 7th or 8th D-man, he was playing a lot of PK minutes last year. Holzer also ate up some PK minutes. They had size and could block shots or clear bodies from in front of the net.
The other big change is the absense of Leo Komorov on the PK this year, plus of course that Bolland has been missing for much of the season.
With Gleason in on the PK now, and assuming Bolland can come back and be effective, the PK should improve considerably. What would also help tremendously is for the Leafs to take fewer penalties and simply reduce the amount of time they are shorthanded!
1 month, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook – January 27
The note about Gleason and Liles is certainly a valid one. Not sure many saw this scenario possibly unfolding where the Leafs could exchange Liles for another D from another team who has a similar contract. Their styles are complete opposite, but seem to nicely fill the void on the other team. Who would have thought. Credit to the Leafs making it work.
@-Keon-Hopefully the injury issues are behind him and he can return to form. Assuming Ranger is on track and can get a solid game going, the D will become a much stronger group of 7.
2 months ago on New Year, New Beginnings
Anyone heard from Tim Gleason as to his thoughts of coming to the Leafs? Have not seen any quotes from him as yet. Also, I would think Fraser is now the odd man out. Any word on whether he is being discussed in trade talks, or would Leafs simply put him on waivers and send him down.
@Burtonboy Well although that's not hard to do, its encouraging. Hopefully he can keep up with Orr and MacLaren. ;-)
4 months ago on Leafs Sign Jerred Smithson
Is Smithson just a smaller version of what the Leafs had with Steckel? Someone good on faceoffs, who can play some PK and some 4th line minutes. Not liking that he is a slow skater though.
I'd go back to Bernier in net against the Hawks for a couple of reasons. Gives him a chance to shake off that bad goal and redeem himself. Also he's watched and played against the Blackhawks more and should be slightly better prepared. May also give Reimer another day or two to make sure his head is 100%.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #8, Canes 3 at Leafs 2
some interesting points raised during this HotStove....
As Aaron mentioned, Reimer has noticeably improved his glove hand this year. I'm not sure it was a true weakness before, but it does seem stronger this year.
Also the point about the changes to the goalie equipment, and limiting the length of the pads. Not sure it has that big an impact, but anytime a goalie allows a puck to get through the "5-hole", commentators/analysts immediately reference the change in goalie pads and imply the goalie is more vulnerable. As Eli said, it may be simply a case of "stick discipline" rather than pad changes.
5 months ago on Maple Leafs Hot Stove Hangout – Episode #5
@dlb eh By 5on5, I meant "even strength". In the playoff series Leafs (other than game 1 and 3) played pretty well. If you recall, they got dominated in game 1 and we're outshot two to one.
This year they have new players and hopefully in the coming weeks the players will work out the kinks and start to play better. Have to cut down the turnovers and improve their defensive zone coverage. It will come, hopefully.
5 months ago on Why I have become more open-minded about hockey analytics — and a blurb on Morgan Rielly
@dlb eh Well, if I were in his shoes I'd certainly credit Bernier stepping in and buying time for Leafs to crawl back into the game. Well done. Maybe even say Raymond had a solid game for the Leafs.
But Lupul's PP goal got the Leafs back in the game late in the second period. That was off a dumb penalty. Call it an excuse if you will. but changed the complexion of the game.
@dlb eh You can't win without good special teams and decent goaltending. But you can't go very far if you can't match up with your opposition 5on5 also.
@dlb eh He wasn't using it as an excuse, but rather identifying it as something they can't afford to do. Dumb penatlies often come back to hurt a team.
@Cameron19 The Leafs relied heavily on both last year. And yes, a number of Leafs' play have drawn important penalties which can hurt the other side. As a Leaf fan I would like to see them improve their 5on5 play as well, and not have to rely on excpeptional goaltending to keep them in games.
@dlb eh The penalties he was referrring to, were penalties out of their own zone, that were not needed to break up a Leafs scoring opportunity. I'm not implying Ottawa didn't have its own problems, only the main reason why their coach felt they lost the game.
@dlb eh @TML__fan Actually he was far more disappointed his team took needless penalties. He sighted the reason they lost was allowing Leafs too much PP time. They gave up 2 goals to the Leafs powerplay. All four Ottawa goals were at even strength.
Puck posession time (and zone) is quite important.
Two of the more meaningful stats are "Turnovers" for and against, and "Scoring chances" for and against. Just because there is a shot, doesn't mean it was a quality scoring chance. Analysts like to say that the "quality" of a scoring chance is weighted within all shots, so in a large sample size they are meaningless.
Last night the Leafs had a lot of defensive zone turnovers, and gave up far too many quality scoring chances. If it wasn't for the PP and some quality goaltending, they wouldn't have stood a chance.
@Dangle_My_Berries Some speculation it was "flu-like" symptoms, but suppose enough the doctors recommended he go to hospital. Either that or Nonis was coughing up uncontrollably, not unlike Ranger was coughing up the puck last night. Hard to stomach watching as many turnovers as they have been making the last couple games!
The conditions for a 3rd rounder haven't been disclosed yet, have they? Someone suggested 10 goals 35 points, but do we really know this to be true?? Just glad to hear Flames will try him at centre and hope he can fit in their rebuild. Joe is now back home in Calgary, where I'm sure he will want to play well in front of his hometown fans.
5 months, 1 week ago on Joe Colborne Traded to Calgary Flames for 4th round pick