Sunday, April 26, 2015

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For those interested, the Oilers press conference announcing their management reshuffle and the hiring of Peter Chiarelli will air live below at 3 p.m. EST. Friday Links: Luke Fox: Sharks have interest in ex-Leafs coach Carlyle ( The San Jose Sharks have obtained permission to speak to Randy Carlyle for their vacant coaching job. I Greg Wyshynski: Peter Chiarelli taking over Edmonton hockey ops, Oilers hit jackpot again (Puck Daddy) Getting talented hockey people to come to Edmonton has always been a challenge. The Oilers have to overpay or overpromise, and then that individual would have to overcome his apprehensions over geography and the direction of...
Dave Nonis Leafs

After a getaway vacation following his dismissal, Dave Nonis gave his first interview since being let go as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He offered some reflections on his time in Toronto and thoughts on the status of his former core players. On Phil Kessel: “I don’t think they have to move Phil Kessel,” said Nonis. “You only move him if you decide the return is worth it. If you don’t get value for him, you’re only hurting your team. I believe the baggage that comes with Phil is overblown. Are there things he has to change? Absolutely. But I can...
William Nylander & Connor Brown on Leafs Lunch Leafs

William Nylander & Connor Brown on Leafs Lunch
Dion Phaneuf, Nazem Kadri

 Thursday Links: TSN Radio: Nylander and Brown on Marlies' season, playoffs (TSN 1050) Connor Brown and William Nylander talk about the Marlies' strong finish to the season, look ahead to the AHL playoffs and discuss the Oilers winning the draft lottery. I James Mirtle: Why NHL teams should stop spending big on (most) goalies (The Globe and Mail) The chart below is all 72 of the goalies that have made any type of playoff run in the salary-cap era, going back to 2006. A “run” in this case is defined as appearing in at least eight games, meaning they were into at least the...

2716 Tuesday Links: The Neutral: Todd McLellan, Sharks mutually part ways (Fear The Fin) Todd McLellan has become the first casualty of the Sharks' disappointing season, with general manager Doug Wilson announcing today that the team's head coach of seven years won't be returning to the bench for an eighth season. I Eric Duhatschek: Maple Leafs, Oilers would be wise to reach out to McLellan (The Globe and Mail) Many believe the reason the Maple Leafs waited so long to clarify Randy Carlyle’s status with Toronto last summer, or why the coaching hire in Florida took forever was because NHL teams were waiting to see if...
Kyle Dubas

Kyle Dubas joined Brady and Walker earlier this afternoon to discuss the Toronto Marlies, the lottery results, the management dynamics under Brendan Shanahan, the upcoming 2015 NHL draft and the NHL playoffs. On the Marlies making the playoffs after their great run: Especially because of who the players are that have really pushed the team forward in the second half; particularly after the trade deadline at the NHL level, the team has been really driven by Connor Brown, William Nylander, Brendan Leipsic, so on and so forth. It’s been really nice for us to watch from a management perspective as our...

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...