Thursday Morning Links:
- Greg Wyshynski: Will Claude Loiselle screw up the NHL’s Department of Player Safety?
- TSN: Canada downs Russia at World Junior Development Camp, Leafs’ Rinat Valiev scores for Russia
- 50 Mission Cap: Why Your Team Sucks – Atlantic Division
- 50 Mission Cap: Why Your Team Sucks – The Metropolitan Division
- The Leafs Nation: Some storylines entering 2014-15 season
- Puck Daddy: Top 10 Most Improved Teams this Off Season
- The Score: Hockey’s Statistical Revolution is in full swing, and it’s time to take the next step
- TSN1050: Jamie McLennan and Bryan Hayes talk some Leafs (couple days old)
Damn it guys! I just spent an hour in the interview thread wondering where the hell everyone was. Forgot about the mashup for general discussion.
My interview with Steve Spott is up, guys http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2014/08/07/an-interview-with-maple-leafs-assistant-coach-steve-spott/
Dallas Eakins’ rookie season as a National Hockey League head coach didn’t quite live up to the advance billing.
He arrived in Edmonton, the product of a Toronto media market that habitually overrates its hockey people, then inherited a goaltending situation in Edmonton that Scotty Bowman could not have succeeded with in his prime.
He had a plan and wasn’t afraid to say he knew how to make it succeed. But in the end, it doesn’t matter how good the driver is if the car is running on three cylinders, and the Oilers were out of the playoff picture by Dec. 1, completely irrelevant by the new year.
"Instead of admitting they were a mediocre team with good pieces but a godawful system, the Leafs instead blame “heart” and “compete level.” The Leafs are a Betamax team in a BluRay league." hahah this guy on 50 mission cap nailed it
@wiski Goes back too far. What are they for the past 10 years? Canada is still ahead but by as much, I wonder.
@sniperstar Not much more activity here is there. I just got back from a camping trip and logged on . August is a quiet month but September is just around the corner. Nothing like prospect games to start the blood flowing again after a long summer.
@TheCanucksnaphook I agree with you, it does break up the conversation. Mashup chat should be visible from every article. If the writers are looking for focused feedback then there should be a method to either filter comments, or a way to attach comments directly to the article. Having multiple pages with different conversations is disjointed, and to a new or casual reader a little confusing.
@TheCanucksnaphook I feel you man, I guess it's just a wait and see approach for when the season starts. I get where they are coming from but I also know that this site got popular even with all that and more crazy discussions going on since the beginning.
@TheCanucksnaphook The fact no one has posted here in 30 minutes may say yes.
You have to understand how the site works, Phook.
20 people comment on days like today. Thousands of people read the articles. The people reading the article as a first time visitor and that sees AC/DC videos, random talk about things unrelated to hockey are not going to engage and it shows poorly on the article to have scattered, disorganized discussion below it. I could show you quite a few studies done on it on how it negatively affects websites in every possible way.
Since we've started doing that, there is virtually always brand new commenters or people that rarely ever comment. The conversation is at a higher level, focused and there is better ideas exchanged.
It's quiet because it's August 7th and this is probably the slowest day of 2014 so far.
@TheCanucksnaphook Don't think he's back in the game.
@ShiftyD Perhaps he has designs on leaving PH9 on an island in the Bay?
@Alec Brownscombe Well done Alec, excellent interview
@Alec Brownscombe It's great go read it.
Wait Dec are you saying that .phook and I don't have high level conversations. Hmmm? It just needs to be marked better as an article and as a mashup.
@Yaknowwhat No prob