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@traNsplantEdneWfie All he's saying is that it is a big monetary commitment for MLSE to make. Which it is. Still a good deal. 

1 week ago on GDT: Game #61, Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN)

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@Claymish Hanifin is the first guy I'd want from that group. Him and Rielly would be our top pairing, and we could get a center next year when we're in the running for a bottom 3 pick.

1 week, 1 day ago on Friedman, Lebrun, Kypreos on Joffrey Lupul rumours

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@Top_Jimmy If you are checking by log-ins, it might have been me. I'm living in Oban, though I'm from Canada.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Dave Nonis on Hockey Central at Noon

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@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @Nylanderthal @The Toronto Maple Leaf Buffalo should improve quite a bit next year by virtue of McDavid/Eichel alone, not to mention all the young first rounders they've piled up slowing becoming ready to join/make some sort of impact. I'm not saying playoffs, but 5th-12th last could be possible for them.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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Remember with this rebuild that starting next year the top 3 picks are all lottery picks. We could finish dead last for the next 3 years but still land as low as a 4th pick.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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@wiski @mcloki I guess you don't need to know what a comma is to be a hockey commentator. 

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Game 54 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 5 vs. Oilers 1

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@Weekend_at_Berniers Ashton was never given a shot in toronto. He would play about 4-5 minutes with Orr or Smith despite doing well in the OHL.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #53, Toronto Maple Leafs at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m., SNO)

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@wiski @The Toronto Maple Leaf You can give away worse players than Ashton for contract spots. At worst he is a proven scorer for the Marlies whose success helps our prospects.


3 weeks, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #53, Toronto Maple Leafs at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m., SNO)

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Jesus, that trade was awful. At least try Ashton out for around 10 games at over 8 minutes a night before deciding to trade him ALONG with Broll for a CONDITIONAL 7th rounder. What does that even mean? If they dont both score 20 goeals each no picks at all?

3 weeks, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #53, Toronto Maple Leafs at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m., SNO)

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As great as it would be, we need to stop theorizing that Bettman will rig the lottery for us. I found a post elsewhere explaining how the lottery works - turns out it is legit.

This post is from hfboards:

" all 30 teams have a representative observing the process.


Televising the lottery would be the most boring show on TV.

It's not like the balls have team logos on them.

There are 14 balls (numbered 1-14) and they pick 4 - and then look up the result in a table. There are 1001 possible combinations randomly assigned to the teams based on their lottery odds - the #1 team has 200 combinations (20%), the #2 135 (13.5%), etc. One of the combinations is invalid - if it comes up, they pick again.

The NBA uses the same methodology.

And, when you do multiple lottery picks (like the NBA or the NHL starting in '16) you have to do them in pick order, and then potentially discard/redo subsequent picks if the same team comes up again.

The process is supervised by a major accounting firm (Ernst & Young) and all 30 teams have representatives observing.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/peng...ttery-1.559504

Quote:The actual lottery took place behind a closed-door gathering with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, representatives from the accounting firm Ernst and Young and a representative from each of the 30 teams.

A bunch of Getty Images pics from the 2008 draft lottery:

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/search/events/80538056



2008 NHL Draft Drawing
Credit: Bruce Bennett / Staff

Caption:NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Joe Crotty of Ernst & Young announces the order of balls during the 2008 NHL Draft Drawing on April 7, 2008 at the National Hockey League headquarters in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images for the NHL)"

4 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: On the Hunt for Picks

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@Burtonboy @nrandreycharles More likely Robidas.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Wednesday Mashup: The Small Victories

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@mtommy No one is giving up either of those in a million years.

1 month ago on Game 51 Scoring Chances: Flyers 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@Anthony Petrielli @The Toronto Maple Leaf @DeclanK Would whether the players are generating or not matter? Or is it all taken within context? 

1 month ago on GDT: Game #49, New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., SN)

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@DeclanK Now I don't know how to feel. It seems like a must lose game, but we want them to look good for the scouts.


1 month ago on GDT: Game #49, New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., SN)

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If the Leafs can get a first rounder make the trade ASAP. It's a strong draft and they will probably finish in the 10-20 range.

1 month ago on Wednesday Mashup: Back At It vs. Devils

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@Cameron19 I would try and sell Franson ASAP for that reason, though I imagine other teams might want to see what Franson looks like without Phaneuf now that they have the chance before committing.

1 month, 1 week ago on Tuesday Mashup: Life without Dion

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This isn't much better but I would try

Gardiner - Franson
Rielly - Polak
Percy - Holzer/Granberg

1 month, 1 week ago on Tuesday Mashup: Life without Dion

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@DCDC At the same time, you don't want to throw him into the deep end after only one and a half seasons in the NHL.

1 month, 1 week ago on Tuesday Mashup: Life without Dion

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@ShotgunCharlie I would imagine both would garner 2nd round picks. Might be worth it because of our deficit of 2nd rounders, but they're hard workers and good examples for the prospects who will be joining the team.

1 month, 1 week ago on Wednesday Mashup: Tank Battles of Ontario

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@Pent_House If a pure center is not available, I'd take a D-man in the 6-10 range. It's far from guaranteed Rielly will be a 1D and even if he is, he will need a 2D to play with.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@peterbleafs @The Toronto Maple Leaf I agree that that is the most likely scenerio, I'm just responding to the Oilers' tweet that their first was up for grabs for a young player further along the developmental road.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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Here is what we know about the Oilers situation (though I bet you they end up keeping it)

- The Oilers want young players who are further along in their development.
- They will most likely want two-way players, as they have enough one dimensional offensive players.
- Their greatest weaknesses are at C and G.
- It's going to take a lot to get that #1 pick.

As pointed earlier, Rielly may be too young to be considered. In which case I would offer Kadri, Bernier, and either Gardiner or Franson. Keep our first overall. I would rather keep Kadri than JVR, but like I mentioned, I think they would be hoping for a more well rounded player.

Only problem is, how much better does this make Edmonton? Could they go from bottom 3 pick to top 10 pick?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@wendelsfist @philthethrill Not nearly enough. We're talking getting a franchise centre back, You'd need tobe trading a potential all star.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@philthethrill Rielly + Beiner for their first might work, but still probably under the asking price.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@philthethrill I would trade Rielly for their pick.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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Thank you very much for putting this together, it's a great resource and I am looking forward to seeing it updated! I am very encouraged by seeing Loov towards the top - do you see him as having a higher ceiling than Percy? Furthermore, is Finn still looking like a future Top 4 NHLer? His stock seems to have dropped quite a bit. Also, great to see how Brown has been doing this year. I wonder if Granberg is still in the picture after being so hyped two summers ago.

2 months, 1 week ago on Maple Leafs Prospect Rankings – End of 2014

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If we can somehow find a way to move Robidas, and the cap goes up to around 72,000,000 we should be able to keep Franson while making room for Percy. I doubt we can move Robidas, however, which will be a big problem as we start to get a log jam of young D ready to start coming up over the next two years.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: Flames and Wings This Week

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Oof, Stuart Percy is -10 with no points.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: Flames and Wings This Week

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So what is the nature of Percy and Granberg's injuries? How long are they out for?

3 months, 1 week ago on Tuesday Mashup: Quinn tributes, Lupul and Booth set to return, Holzer recalled

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Also, good on Clarkson. Still a bad contract, but at least it is not an abyss.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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"Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, for what it’s worth, was scathing when it came to his team’s effort tonight: “We executed like it was the first day of training camp.”

I think it is important to remember this, as the Bruins' coach offered a similar sentiment after our game against them. Perhaps the Lightning thought they could take the night off against the stumbling Leafs?

Nonetheless, it was a good effort, but its all about consistency. 

13 minutes for Kadri? 5 for Leivo? Reflects poorly on coaching. Even if we are not concerned with getting better short term (for purposes of picks) changing coaches would certainly help from a long term development standpoint.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@KingTon @TorontoMapleLeafs Just looked at that site, it is full of people who jumped ship from here. I liked quite a few of the guys, but its a lot of off-topic conversation over there which this site worked to move on from. It's too bad they left, but to be honest I'm glad all that off-topic conversation is gone from here.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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(I do not count Gauthier as he is projecting to be more of a 3/4C)

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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I'd be interested to see a rough tally of who is hoping the Leafs finish in the bottom 5 or 7, and who is hoping for a playoff spot?
This isn't just in reaction to the last two games, I don't think this team can have any meaningful success and if a bottom spot ensures another high draft pick and a roster shake up I would opt for that rather than continuing to move horizontally. 
We have Rielly and Nylander, now we need to surround them with a strong two-way center to round out a potential core that can compete in a few years.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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Are there any websites that track the Corsi and PDO percentages of teams across the league? I'm just looking to see how the teams are ranked in this regard.


3 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@dlb Mad @The Toronto Maple Leaf Fair enough. I enjoyed it, I don't watch the Flames so it was useful for explaining their sudden rise and what we can reasonably expect from them. Most of what I've heard about the Flames is just that they compete and score well, so it was new to me.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: Preds in town tonight

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@dlb Mad Wait, why do you feel sorry for him?

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: Preds in town tonight

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@Burtonboy @Mind Bomb Maybe Yahoo made the mistake between the two?

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: Predators tomorrow

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@Mind Bomb I was just about to come on and ask about that as well. Since nothing has been reported, perhaps it is a mistake?


3 months, 2 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: Predators tomorrow

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@kxbarillas As per 4/5, analytics have been moving towards showing what strategies are most effective and which are ineffective to maximize and minimize scoring against. We can say in hindsight that we could have figured that the 12/13 Leafs were winning in an unsustainable way. They maximized scoring through opportunistic scoring (cheating for rushes) and minimized scoring through unsustainably high goaltending, but the stats crowd said that could not be a foundation for success. During the analytics/watch with my eyes wars of the summer of 2013, the watch with my eyes crowd (which I admit I was with) thought that this team would take the next step and were generally disdainful of the analytics crowd. 2013/2014 proved who was right. Now we say we can tell with our eyes many of the things that analytics point out, but we now do this because we are better at knowing what to look out for thanks to analytics. As such, I disagree with your point 1 that every aspect of the game could be analyzed by watching alone. You need both, and will continue to need both as analytics continues to unveil new trends.
In point 3 you say Neither can give you the picture on their own, which I agree with, but this goes against points 1 and 2 that the game could be analyzed by watching along, but isn't due to time restraints.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – November 17

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Thank you for putting together the article, I'm looking forward to the team analysis. 
One thing that might need correcting is that you have Holland with 2 goals and 2 assists, whereas he has 4 goals and 4 assists. Hope this helps!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on An Advanced Stats Look at Leaf Players through 18 games

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Reimer has had a pretty solid season this year, every goalie has their off games. Remember Rask was pulled on Wednesday? Let's not erase all the goodwill he has earned because of last night. (I'm of the opinion that last season's collapse was concussion related from the run in on him with the Kings)

The vehemence directed towards Reimer by some members of the fanbase on twitter/talk radio, etc. is shameful.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #18, Buffalo Sabres 6 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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Hope_Smoke @Hope_Smoke · 9h9 hours ago

Over the course of this long season for the Leafs, the reality is that they are a heavily flawed, capped out team that is poorly coached.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #18, Buffalo Sabres 6 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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Hope_Smoke @Hope_Smoke · 9h9 hours ago

Leafs didn’t win the Cup on Wednesday when they beat the Bruins & they’re not being relegated after losing to Buffalo tonight. Long season

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #18, Buffalo Sabres 6 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@kxbarillas @Burtonboy
Kessel - Kadri - Lupul
JVR - Bozak - Clarkson
Komarov - Holland - Winnick
Kozun/Panik - Santo - Booth

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: Bruins Wednesday

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If Percy is going to be regularly scratched keep him down with the Marlies and call up Holzer as 7D.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #15, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Senators 3

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My fantasy goal tending duo is Rask and Rinne. Thinking of changing Rinne for Schnieder who went undrafted. Advice?

5 months ago on Saturday Mashup: final rosters to come shortly

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