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@ingy56 @Mind Bomb Good thinking!

1 day, 9 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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@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.

2 days, 3 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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@FloorHockeyFlopper @Mattmark Harper will let you in if you can prove you're a Republican.

2 days, 3 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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@FloorHockeyFlopper @Mattmark New marketing strategy: Sochi... the last time anyone in the west talked to Putin.

2 days, 3 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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@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.

2 days, 3 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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@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.

2 days, 3 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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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.'

2 days, 3 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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@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?

2 days, 6 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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@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.  ;-) 

2 days, 6 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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@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.

2 days, 6 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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@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.)
 

2 days, 6 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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@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.

2 days, 6 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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@Loric76 @Mattmark @Greg Fenton You didn't miss anything, except a lot of red ink. ;-)

2 days, 6 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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@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.

2 days, 6 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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Ooooooo!  What a face to log onto.  Did you decide we needed a stiff dose of awful-tasting medicine this morning?

2 days, 6 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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@conis @peterbleafs Time to pull out the old tape cassettes of Gretzky dismantling Swedish, Czech and Russian defenses in international matches.

4 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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@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.

5 days, 18 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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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.

5 days, 19 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@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 ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@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.

1 week ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@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?'

1 week ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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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. 

1 week ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@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, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@Cameron19 Sens will do better than that, and this may be the year the Bruins start to show some cracks.

1 week, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@LeafsForLife @MaxwellHowe Now you're talking!  Er, are you available for a front office position?

1 week, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@GreekGod @Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe You can hardly blame management for thinking that if fans are okay with it!

1 week, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@distant rumblings @LeafsForLife "...he really knows the game..."

Not well enough, apparently, by his own admission.

1 week, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@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.

1 week, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@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.

1 week, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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"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 impermanent, MLSE..."

--benbarclay

1 week, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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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.

1 week, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@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.

1 week, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@BoneChompski @Mattmark It's not a question of where to lay the blame.  Read the Globe piece.

1 week, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Nothing like commitment at the top to inspire the troops.

The new corporate message: every man for himself.

1 week, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Re: Lieweke.  Nothing like commitment at the top to inspire the troops.

1 week, 1 day ago on Thursday Mashup: Analytics, Analytics… Nothing but Analytics

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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.   

1 week, 2 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Analytics, Analytics… Nothing but Analytics

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@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, 3 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@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.

1 week, 3 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@dlb Mad @Mattmark Throwing a hit that takes you out of the play is futile.

1 week, 3 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@Walter_White @Alec Brownscombe Humanities majors.  Good on things like Husserl's phenomenology of internal time consciousness, though...

1 week, 3 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@Mind Bomb @Greg Fenton @MaxwellHowe New computers for the home, the office, the car...

1 week, 3 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@dlb Mad @Burtonboy Kadri?  He gets knocked off his pins more than any pro I've ever seen.  Once a shift, minimum.

1 week, 3 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@Mind Bomb @Mattmark @Loric76 Apparently, your excuse for neglecting ever to read Plato's Allegory of the Cave is that you're a resident.  ;-)

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



1 week, 4 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@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.  ;-)

1 week, 4 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@Loric76 "There's a right way and a wrong way to do everything.  And the wrong way is to keep trying to make everyone else do it the right way."

Col. Potter, M*A*S*H

1 week, 4 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@NinetyThree @4evrblue @Burtonboy ...even without the price differential (which certainly clinches it).

1 week, 4 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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