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My season-long project to chart Toronto Maple Leaf scoring chances mercifully finished on Saturday; you can take a look at my methodology in my first post at MLHS. The key moment of the season was the firing of Randy Carlyle, and you can see that while the team's record went south after the coaching change, that wasn't reflected in their chance numbers. There was no difference between the two coaches in ES Close chances, even as the Toronto Maple Leafs' record plummeted. The Maple Leafs were better at ES overall under Horachek, but that may be down to score effects, as...

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All of your coverage from the past few days in one spot: Brendan Shanahan well aware of past managerial downfalls Brendan Shanahan's Media Address: Notable Passages Brendan Shanahan's Media Address: Video Bob McKenzie: Mike Futa could be perfect fit as Leafs GM Leafs fire Director of Pro Scouting Steve Kasper and Director of Player Development Jimmy Hughes; Director of Amateur Scouting Dave Morrison expected to stay on Leafs fire Dave Nonis, Peter Horachek, Steve Spott, Chris Dennis, Rick St. Croix Tuesday Links:I Kyle Cicerella: Kyle Dubas, Maple Leafs implementing a new vision for player development (Kyle The Reporter) “I think to pigeonhole a player with the Marlies as...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46ikAhw198g The Marlies will have a three-game set this Friday-Saturday-Sunday in need of at least two of six points to clinch a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs. http://twitter.com/kylethereporter/status/588167591849431040   SCORING SUMMARY TORONTO: G. McKegg (J. Leivo, V. Loov), B. Froese (M. Frattin), B. Mikkelson (B. Leipsic, S. Percy), G. McKegg (J. Leivo, T. Brennan), M. Frattin IOWA: B. Brassart (S. Veilleux, J. Chouinard), M. Hagel (J. Blum, Z. Mitchell) MARLIES NOTES MATT FRATTIN collected a goal and an assist playing in his 100th AHL game GREG MCKEGG scored his 20th and 21st  goals of the season, opening the scoring for the Marlies and surpassing his career high for...

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As we continue to bat around candidates for the vacant Leafs GM role, Elliotte Friedman reported today that he's hearing the Leafs will try to request permission from Tampa Bay to speak to Julien BriseBois (as well Director of Player Personnel, Pat Verbeek, who oversees pro scouting for the Lighting). No confirmation, but other teams would be surprised if Toronto did not at least try to interview both Julien BriseBois and Pat Verbeek from Tampa. No doubt there will be more. Verbeek played with both Shanahan (in New Jersey) and Hunter (in Hartford). As you can imagine, there were a...

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There's so much that has to happen still before this management regime has my faith, but I thought Brendan Shanahan's press conference today hit all the right notes. While watching I couldn't stop drawing the contrasts: Brendan Shanahan's approach couldn't be more starkly different from Brian Burke's in the early days of his tenure. It was almost like he was utilizing the early-days Burke era example as a manual for what not to say. Shanahan gave Leafs fans more credit for their patience and desire to follow a draft and development model than Burke. He implicitly acknowledged the need to...

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Some of the more interesting passages from today's media address by Brendan Shanahan: For the full video, click here. On the replacement GM: One thing I don't want to do this early in the process is eliminate anyone from the process. We have time, there are people who available now, there will be more available obviously as the summer goes along. We want someone who shares our vision. We need to have at team with greater character, we need to have people who represent this team and this city as it deserves. We have an incredibly loyal, resilient fanbase. We need to have...
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It should be a busy day on the media rounds for Leafs players and management to say the least, with the exit interviews coming a day after what's being described as the biggest, swiftest organizational overhaul in Leafs history. With the clearcutting more or less complete, we should get some more information on who all remains among the scouts today and maybe some hints about what the direction is going to be in terms of replacements for the jettisoned personnel. Brendan Shanahan's press conference will air at 2 p.m. We'll have the stream up here when the time comes. Monday Links: Alec Brownscombe...