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@Jmessih Certainly can't disagree with the opinion that we've "got to trade better."
1 day, 5 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
@CanuckUKinToronto @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Marlies Man What we really have is too many fans prone to making this sort of disparaging remark about their fellow fans. Why don't you select the blend of optimism and pessimism you feel is appropriate for you and let others do the same?
@ingy56 @Mind Bomb Good thinking!
3 days, 19 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
@FloorHockeyFlopper @Mattmark Have to agree with you about the quality of hockey... especially Team Canada emerging from its own end. Puck instantly retrieved and then fed unerringly ahead to a streaking forward. Maybe one d-to-d pass, maximum. When Leafs struggle with this concept the result is like watching a slow-motion re-run of some other sport.
4 days, 12 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
@FloorHockeyFlopper @Mattmark Harper will let you in if you can prove you're a Republican.
@FloorHockeyFlopper @Mattmark New marketing strategy: Sochi... the last time anyone in the west talked to Putin.
@ingy56 @Mattmark Was hoping for September. That was the lag last time, but I can't find any evidence online that anybody is working on the project. No sign of advance promotion.
@Luke_R @Dangle_My_Berries @LN-093 @Mcost61 Can't believe the Board asked for an unconditional long-term commitment from him (in effect, suggesting that he surrender the autonomy granted him in the contract they'd signed), when they clearly have the right to fire him whenever they want.
4 days, 13 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
There are DVD sets for Canada's Olympic hockey golds at both the 2002 and 2010 Winter Games. Has anyone heard if a similar set is in the works for Sochi?
Love reading this sentence in the Wikipedia entry on Ice Hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics:
"Canada went undefeated throughout both the men and women's tournaments and
repeated as gold medalists, after winning both tournaments on home soil in Vancouver."
Could have added, 'The women's final was a classic for the ages.'
@ingy56 @Mattmark @Loric76 @Greg Fenton I presume the Petes are secure... they have a long and respectable history. We'll peg out long before any of this speculative future history comes to pass, but hockey will never die! The Haliburton Highlanders?
4 days, 15 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
@ingy56 @Mattmark @Loric76 @Greg Fenton Yes, of course, but maybe one day Matt's son or grandson will be able to develop that talent closer to home with the Minden Minnows or Muskoka Muskies. About the same time they're debating the wisdom of a second pro team in the Windsor-London-Kitchener-Waterloo conurbation. ;-)
@ingy56 @Mattmark @Loric76 @Greg Fenton There is that danger. But it's also part of a logical demographic evolution for the feeder teams to migrate to smaller centres that are growing. Matt Duchene is from Haliburton.
@ingy56 @Mattmark @Loric76 @Greg Fenton Kitchener-Waterloo or London would obviously be very logical choices, each drawing support from the other. (K-W could draw support from Hamilton, too, so that is a better idea, though London supports the Knights really well.)
@ingy56 @Mattmark @Loric76 @Greg Fenton They may actually be the better analogy. Most people regarded them as a curiosity, I think, but they still drew respectable crowds--proof positive (as if more were needed) that this is the world's top hockey market.
What's wrong with the idea of a professional hockey team in Hamilton? That would certainly present no problem of divided loyalties for Leafs fans (do Argos fans root for the Ticats?), and demography suggests it would probably be one of the stronger financial franchises.
@Loric76 @Mattmark @Greg Fenton You didn't miss anything, except a lot of red ink. ;-)
4 days, 16 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
@Loric76 @Greg Fenton Anyone remember the Toronto Rifles, the professional football team (in the Continental League) that tried to give the Argos a run for their money in the mid-sixties? Vanished without a trace.
Ooooooo! What a face to log onto. Did you decide we needed a stiff dose of awful-tasting medicine this morning?
@conis @peterbleafs Time to pull out the old tape cassettes of Gretzky dismantling Swedish, Czech and Russian defenses in international matches.
6 days, 18 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links
@Pent_House @Mattmark Might have slotted those two in the 21-25 range. Broll could still make it, though it would probably have to be in the next few picks. Be surprised if you see Carrick at all now.
P.S. The guy I did overlook is Ashton.
1 week, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto
PPP's Top 25 Prospects countdown has listed five players thus far, so there are twenty to go. My guess would be something like the following (20-1): Engvall, Sparks, Nilsson, Herzog, Loov, Johnson, McKegg, Valiev, Finn, Percy, Verhaeghe, Brown, Leivo, Gauthier, Granberg, Holland, Nylander, Kadri, Gardiner, Rielly.
@Burtonboy @Mattmark With Strombo (Qualifications??) slated to do the hosting, I solemnly swear not to watch any portion of the telecasts prior to one second before puck-drop.
1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto
@Burtonboy @Mattmark If the game can survive Peter Puck, you'd think it ought to be able to survive anything. They certainly do manage to surround it with a lot of tedious bs., though.
@Burtonboy @Mattmark Not looking forward to the day they succeed in mucking that up. You've heard the song, 'What Have They Done to the Rain?'
Illiterates. Incompetents. Political crazies. Sociopaths. Racial disharmony. Shootings. Ebola. ISIL/ISIS. Boko Haram. Ford Nation. (Sigh!) Maybe I should just log into the forum here
permanently. Seems to be the sole patch
of cyberspace sanity my computer can connect with at the moment.
@distant rumblings @Mattmark @LeafsForLife Problem is, Carlyle isn't young. He's the one who's supposed to be dispensing the Buddha-like wisdom now... ;-)
1 week, 3 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto
@Cameron19 Sens will do better than that, and this may be the year the Bruins start to show some cracks.
@LeafsForLife @MaxwellHowe Now you're talking! Er, are you available for a front office position?
@GreekGod @Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe You can hardly blame management for thinking that if fans are okay with it!
@distant rumblings @LeafsForLife "...he really knows the game..."
Not well enough, apparently, by his own admission.
@LeafsForLife It was rather an inept thing for Carlyle to say. The equivalent of 'Search me!' comes across as pretty feeble from any professional who's being well paid to figure things out in his supposed area of expertise.
@BoneChompski @Mattmark In short, the Board wanted him to voluntarily surrender some of the previously negotiated autonomy guaranteed him in the contract they'd signed. It's hard to imagine any employee agreeing to such a 'renegotiation' without seeking something substantial in return. In the absence of any such offer of compensation, most employees would simply refuse the concession while starting their own search for a less treacherous employer.
"The blame game won't help MLSE one iota. They should have done
everything in their power to support Leiweke, and wrung every possible
drop of expertise out of him, until he left "someday".
"Now, they've turned his earliest exit date into his certain departure
date, and rendered the next year of his employment "lame duck". Life is
1 week, 4 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto
Dear MLSE Board,
A history lesson:
"You ask for a promise without limit of time and for all conditions. I cannot give it."
--The reply of the Prussian king that France took as suitable
justification for precipitating the Franco-Prussian War... thanks to
decision-making ineptitude of MLSE-like proportions, and much to their
own subsequent sorrow.
@BoneChompski @Mattmark The piece suggests to this reader that Kelly is a big fan of seeing positive things actually getting done... and there's no reason to suppose his feelings about Leiweke one way or the other impair his ability to assess the extent to which that's been happening during the past year, in sharp contrast to the previous couple of decades.
@BoneChompski @Mattmark It's not a question of where to lay the blame. Read the Globe piece.
Nothing like commitment at the top to inspire the troops.
The new corporate message: every man for himself.
Re: Lieweke. Nothing like commitment at the top to inspire the troops.
1 week, 4 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Analytics, Analytics… Nothing but Analytics
@Cameron19 @Xxxxxnew https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxAX74gM8DY
There's nothing wrong with statistical analysis, in principle. The problem in hockey is trying to figure out just what it is you're analyzing. Two teams could finish with 100 points in a season (the only stat that really matters, in the end), each of them boasting two 40-goal scorers and each of them averaging 42.5 shots per game. But the play that went into creating those totals is basically unquantifiable. One team could be blessed with mobile d-men and pure snipers who can score from anywhere; the other may have a rock-ribbed defense and a couple of guys who can't be moved from in front of the net and pile up their points on deflections and rebounds. Every time a team goes down the ice, five guys can touch the puck in patterns that will never be repeated.
Since the dawn of social science, statisticians have tried to establish meaningful relationships between quantity and quality (surveys, after all, are the life-blood of social science); but the relationships never turn out to be neat one-to-one mappings, so economic models remain unreliable and policy formation can be largely guess-work. (The daily racing form won't tell you which horse is going to win the next race either, no matter how carefully you peruse it.) I have a strong suspicion the same will prove true of hockey analytics. There'll be a general relation between a player's ability and the stats he generates--enough to make the analysis interesting. But this will never yield algorithms from which individual or team success can reliably be predicted.
@Alec Brownscombe @dlb Mad If he's not up to the mark, Shanahan will replace him with somebody who is.
Speaking of being 'up to the mark,' please accept my sincere compliments on the wonderful way this forum has evolved over the past couple of years. It's thoroughly professional, unfailingly current, and full of great analysis. Definitely always worth a visit and fun when you get here. I'm sure it represents a real labour of love, but the hard work shows.
1 week, 5 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM
@dlb Mad @Mattmark ;-)
@dlb Mad @Mattmark No need to be rude. Cover your mouth with your hand, please. Kadri careens around and crashes into people, but he doesn't win puck battles along the boards. Usually ends up in a heap at the other guy's feet when he tries.
@dlb Mad @Mattmark Throwing a hit that takes you out of the play is futile.
@Walter_White @Alec Brownscombe Humanities majors. Good on things like Husserl's phenomenology of internal time consciousness, though...
@Mind Bomb @Greg Fenton @MaxwellHowe New computers for the home, the office, the car...
@dlb Mad @Burtonboy Kadri? He gets knocked off his pins more than any pro I've ever seen. Once a shift, minimum.
@Mind Bomb @Mattmark @Loric76 Oh, all right, I'll spoon-feed you:
1 week, 6 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM
@Mind Bomb @Mattmark @Loric76 Apparently, your excuse for neglecting ever to read Plato's Allegory of the Cave is that you're a resident. ;-)
@Loric76 You do realize, don't you, that Socrates never wrote anything. All 'quotes' attributed to Socrates are the creation of Plato, who may or may not have been worried about accuracy. ;-)