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My cousin, Mike Sullivan (wicked guy, follow him on twitter @mickeysullz) and I have been talking about doing some interviews with bands for a while now and we have our first one up. We’re proud to have Heavy Metal Gods “Sacrifice” as our first guests.
The 14th General Manager in Leafs history Dave Nonis sits down with Bob McCown and Damien Cox on Prime Time Sports. Afterwards McCown, Cox, Brian Lawton and Mike Smith have an interesting conversation on the firing of Brian Burke.
No, this wasn’t a move that was waiting in the wings. Last night, Dave Nonis and Brian Burke were taking in a Marlies game expecting to be the assistant GM and President and GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, respectively, for the upcoming 2012-13 season. It came as a bombshell to absolutely everybody short of Tom Anselmi and some board members. If that’s not raising red flags in your head already, it should be.
The Toronto Marlies look to continue their strong play of late (1st in the Western Conference) as they face-off against the slumping Hamilton Bulldogs. Toronto leads the season series 4-2 over Hamilton.
The Toronto Marlies earned three out of a possible four points this past week. On Friday night in Michigan, the Marlies fell to the Grand Rapids Griffins, AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, by a score of 3-2 in a shootout. Will Acton and Matt Frattin recorded goals for Toronto in regulation and Ben Scrivens stopped 24 of 26 shots. The Griffins managed two goals in the shootout, while Joe Colborne registered the only tally for Toronto. Saturday night marked the second half of a back-to-back between the two teams. Toronto defeated Grand Rapids by a score of 3-1 at the Van Andel arena. Ryan Hamilton had his third multi-goal game of the season and Carter Ashton added the other tally for Toronto. Jussi Rynnas made 27 saves to earn his fifth victory of the year.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins will return to the AHL AllStar game for the second time in as many seasons. He was an assistant coach for Oklahoma City’s Todd Nelson last year
The Marlies have won 10 of their last 13 games and are currently on an eight game point streak
Paul Ranger ranks seventh (tie) in AHL plus/minus (+14)
Captain Ryan Hamilton ranks eighth (tie) in AHL goals (14). Hamilton has nine goals in his last 11 games
Keith Aucoin ranks sixth (tie) in AHL points (32) and second (tie) in AHL assists (25)
Mike Kostka ranks third in AHL powerplay assists (12)
Toronto has not lost back-to-back games since November 25
Toronto plays host to the Hamilton Bulldogs, AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, tonight at Ricoh Coliseum. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. Toronto has posted a record of 4-2-0-0 against Hamilton so far this season. Gabriel Dumont and Brendan Gallagher lead the Bulldogs in points with 18 in 31 games. On Saturday afternoon, Toronto will play host to the Rockford IceHogs, AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, at 3 p.m.
Martin St. Pierre leads the IceHogs in points with 30 in 33 games. Rockford currently ranks eighth in the Western Conference with 36 points.
In their last game of the week, the Marlies travel to Hamilton for a Tuesday night game with the Bulldogs. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. The game will mark the eighth of 12 meetings between the two teams this season.
The Toronto Marlies (18-9-1) take on the Grand Rapids Griffins (17-9-1) 7pm on TSN 1050 and AHL Live. Depending on how the Charlotte Checkers fare tonight, the Marlies could move into first place in the West with a win.
Toronto is one of—if not the hottest team in the league the last 10 games (7-1-1-1), while Detroit’s AHL club is almost equally hot (7-3-0-0).
Jussi Rynnas is expected to get the start in goal tonight. There may be some movement amongst the skaters, but firm lineups won’t be available until closer to game time.
Dylan Yeo will cycle back into active duty replacing Paul Ranger for Saturday’s game marking only the fifth game missed by the Whitby born rear guard. Nicolas Deschamps also returns after sitting out on Friday, Kenny Ryan expected to sit in his place.
EXPECTED MARLIES LINEUP
IN GOAL: #40 Jussi Rynnas
Hamilton – Aucoin – Abbott
Ashton – Colborne – Scott
D’Amigo – McKegg – Frattin
Ross – Acton – Deschamps
The Abbotsford Heat (13-4-3-2), the top team in the AHL, came into town to face off with one of the hottest teams in the AHL, the Toronto MarliesÂ (13-8-0-1). The Marlies played and won their last game less than 24hrs ago against the Rochester Americans and entered this game on the strength of a four-game winning streak and great play at home (7-1-0-1).
Forbes released their annual NHL franchise valuations today alongside an article detailing the financials of league’s 30 teams. Unsurprisingly, the Toronto Maple Leafs top the list â€” by a lot. With the recent sale to Bell/Rogers, the value of the team became more concrete and Forbes has estimated they are worth $250,000,000 more than the next team, The New York Rangers. Simply staggering numbers. The Leafs are the first team to break $1 billion dollars in value.
On the ice, the National Hockey League has never been more competitive than it has been over the course of its of its last collective bargaining agreement that began with the 2005-06 season. A different team has won the Stanley Cup each season, with the champion coming from big markets like Los Angeles and Chicago, as well as small ones such as Pittsburgh and Raleigh. A total of 12 different teams reached the finals during the seven-year CBA.
So why have the owners thus far cancelled 422 regular season games of the 2012-13 season, as well as the All Star Game, insisting on a new CBA that drastically reduces the amount of money (currently 57% of hockey-related revenue) that can be spent on player salaries?
The reason is because on the financial scoreboard, the leagueâ€™s 30 teams have never been further apart.
Consider the two most recent team sales. In May, Tom Stillman acquired the St. Louis Blues, the teamâ€™s American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen, the lease to Scottrade Center, and a piece of the Peabody Opera House for just $130 million. One month later, the NHL approved the Ontario Teachersâ€™ Pension Plan sale of its controlling interest in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which owns Torontoâ€™s Maple Leafs (NHL) and Raptors (NBA), and the Air Canada Centre, for an enterprise value of $2.05 billion. We estimate the transaction placed a value of $1 billion on the Maple Leafs.
Our data illustrates the leagueâ€™s conundrum. Fueled by a 9% increase in overall revenue to $3.4 billion during the 2011-12 season, the average National Hockey League team is now worth $282 million, 18% more than a year ago. The increase in revenue and value speaks to the leagues ability to raise the average ticket price an average of 5% last season, fill its arenas to 95.6% of capacity and renew or secure new sponsorships with Discover, Geico, Honda, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, McDonaldâ€™s, Paramount Pictures, Tim Hortons, Verizon and Visa.
But the spread between the rich and poor teams is dramatic. The top five teamsâ€“Maple Leafs ($1 billion), New York Rangers ($750 million), Montreal Canadiens ($575 million), Chicago Blackhawks ($350 million) and Boston Bruins ($348 million)â€“are worth $605 million, on average. The five least valuableâ€“Carolina Hurricanes ($162 million), New York Islanders ($155 million), Columbus Blue Jackets ($145 million), Phoenix Coyotes ($134 million) and St. Louis Blues ($130 million)â€“are worth just $145 million, on average.
There is also an incredible bifurcation of cash flow. Overall operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) almost doubled during the 2011-12 season, to $250 million. But the sportâ€™s three most profitable teamsâ€“Maple Leafs ($81.9 million), Rangers ($74 million), Canadiens ($51.6 million)â€“accounted for 83% of the leagueâ€™s income, while 13 of 30 teams lost money, before non-cash expenses and interest payments.
If the salary cap were lowered to, say, 50% of revenue and the subsidies given from high-revenue teams to their low-revenue rivals was increased to $200 million from the current $150 million, which is essentially what where the two sides seem to be headed, small-market team values would get a big boost (as was the case in the NBA when the New Orleans Hornets and Memphis Grizzles sold for $338 million and $330 million, respectively, after the league worked out a new labor pact last year), and the leagueâ€™s overall profitability would increase. But teams like the Carolina Hurricanes, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets would still have trouble making money unless they went at least two rounds in the playoffs.
Drew Dorweiler, managing partner of Dartmouth Partners in Montreal, thinks the league needs to move some teams. â€œThe Sunbelt has had plenty of time to prove that the viability doesnâ€™t work.â€ Dorweiler thinks Quebec, where ground has already been broken for a new arena, will eventually get an NHL team, and he also thinks Portland, where minor league hockey is popular, and Seattle, where the city has approved a new arena, would be better cities to house teams than Arizona, North Carolina and Florida, where NHL teams are losing money.
The success of the Winnipeg Jets buttresses Dorweilerâ€™s case for moving a team to Quebec. Last year, True North Sports & Entertainment bought the Atlanta Thrashers for $170 million (including a $60 million relocation fee paid the the NHL). The team moved to Winnipeg and was renamed the Jets, after the original franchise that moved to Phoenix for the 1996 season. The team lost a pile of money playing in Atlanta but posted an operating income of $13.3 million last season, when they sold out every game at their new arena. We think the Jets are now worth $200 million.
The emboldened excerpt there is shocking even knowing beforehand the growth in revenue was driven by a wealth imbalance. Three teams responsible for 83% of the league’s income.
From Forbes’ Mike Ozanian:
There will always be a huge gap in team values because telecommunications companies like Rogers and Bell Canada can leverage the media rights for the Maple Leafs multiples of what Stillman can command in media fees for the Blues. But a new CBA in the NHL along the lines of what the NBA has, coupled with the relocation of some teams, would shrink the disparity in hockeyâ€™s operating income. Hopefully, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA director Donald Fehr stop fighting and start skating toward that goal before the entire season is lost.
The internal data of this table is corrupted!
The $1 billion valuation ties Leafs with the NFLâ€™s Carolina Panthers and MLBs Boston Red Sox at No. 23 and 24. How a losing team can make this much money is hard to wrap your head around. If that wasn’t bad enough, this was Mike Ozanian’s response to a question about their value if they were to actually become a winning team.
$1.5 Billion would put them at about the 6th most valuable sports franchise in the world behind Machester United ($2.33 billion), Real Madrid ($1.88 billion), The New York Yankees ($1.85 billion), The Dallas Cowboys ($1.85 billions), The Washington Red Skins ($1.56 billion) and just ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers ($1.4 billion).
Toronto Marlies defeat the Oklahoma City Barons 6-5 in OT
The Toronto Marlies defeated the Oklahoma City Barons 6-5 in what was a wild, high-scoring affair.
Toronto Marlies vs Oklahoma City Baron’s Highlights
Nicolas Deschamps Goal
Kenny Ryan Goal
Greg Scott Goal
Jake Gardiner OT Winner
Mike Zigomanis Goal
Korbinian Holzer’s Huge Hit
Jake Gardiner Interview
For a more detailed account, here is a live blog transcript from the Edmonton Journal.
9:37Â â€“ That didnâ€™t take long. 1-0 Marlies on a soft goal on Roy. The Baronsâ€™ defenceman (didnâ€™t see who it was for sure) couldnâ€™t get over to cut off the Marliesâ€™ Will Acton, and he fired a hard shot from the far side of the left wing that squeezed between Royâ€™s arm and body.
9:39Â â€“ No replay on the goal, so Iâ€™ll try to go back and look at it at the intermission.
9:45Â - Magnus Paajarvi drew a penalty with some good work in the corner, and this first power play shift has been a shooting gallery; no goals yet but Hall and Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins keep getting shots from good areas.
9:47Â â€“ No goal on the power play. Nelson went right to the fourth line for the shift after the man advantage ended â€“ with veteran Dane Byers alongside defensive forwards Chris VandeVelde and Tanner House, this seems to be his preferred line for defensive matchups when an opportunity (own zone draws late in the third, after power plays, etc.) arises. Theyâ€™ve had a strong game so far and do a nice job covering the Kadri line.
9:50Â â€“ Hybrid icing call on a long Teubert dump. I really like this rule â€“ it makes the game go by quicker (it eliminates all those long skates back to the red line) and removes those ugly plays where everybody knows one guy will get there first so the other guy just goes for a hard hit on a player in a vulnerable spot. A faster game, less injury risk, and they donâ€™t blow the whistle when the other team can negate the icing. This is an excellent rule change.
9:52Â â€“ Marincin takes a nice shot at point blank range off a nice setup by Chris VandeVelde.
9:54Â â€“ Magnus Paajarvi generates all sorts of trouble on a 2-on-2 rush, going wide around the Marlies defender and then cutting in; heâ€™s an ice fit with Hartikainen because even though Paajarviâ€™s initial shot was weak Hartikainenâ€™s presence in the crease made it exponentially more dangerous. Hartikainen with a nice chance off the rebound too, which Rynnas was equal too.
9:54Â â€“ Nugent-Hopkins rings a shot off the post.
9:56Â â€“ Mark Arcobello bails out Alex Plante. Plante had two strides on the forechecking Marlies forward racing for a loose puck, but got beat; Arcobello came in and turned the 1-on-1 battle into a 2-on-1, which got the puck moving the other way.
9:59Â â€“ Entering the offensive zone, Chris VandeVelde flipped the puck high and over to Tanner House. Even though it was a difficult pass to intercept, Nazem Kadri (impressively) batted it out of the air and went the other way. Without missing a beat, VandeVelde wheeled and caught up with him by center ice, pinning him against the boards and preventing a rush the other way. A small play, to be sure, but impressive hand/eye coordination by Kadri and a very nice recovery for VandeVelde.
10:02Â â€“ The Marliesâ€™ Aucoin snuck behind the Schultz/Marincin pairing andÂ receivedÂ a breakout pass, but Schultz wheeled back and cut him off before anything could happen. A good play for Schultz, who I think was the defenceman who misplayed Aucoin on the first goal.
10:03Â â€“ Teubertâ€™s stick breaks, and chaos ensues around the crease. Itâ€™s now 2-0 Marlies on the play. As with the first goal, I believe I caught what happened but Iâ€™ll wait until the end of the period to confirm.
10:04Â â€“ A hard shot from the slot off a weird bounce beats Roy cleanly. That will do it for Roy, who had a clear look at the shot and really should have had it. 3-0 Marlies.
10:05Â â€“ This is turning into a rout. There was a long shot from the point that Danis kicked out, but the defence failed to adequately cover the crease and a Marlies forward scored from point blank range. 4-0 Marlies.
10:07Â â€“ Jake Gardiner rushes in on left wing and Colten Teubert canâ€™t keep up, so he goes for the bear hug. The Marlies head to the power play.
10:08Â â€“ Thatâ€™s it for the first. Now Iâ€™ll try and get replays and more detailed descriptions of the scoring plays.
10:09Â â€“ Eberle calls the first period â€œembarrassing,â€ and says the Barons are â€œgetting beat all over the ice.â€
10:15Â â€“ Reviewing the 1-0 goal. All three Barons forwards (Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins and Hall) were trapped deep as the play started back toward the Barons zone; this left Justin Schultz and Martin Marincin facing a 3-on-2 rush. Nugent-Hopkins got back to the zone in time to do something but floated ineffectually rather than picking a check. Schultz cheated to the middle to handle the puck carrier and gave Will Acton lots of room on his side of the ice, and then couldnâ€™t get back in time to prevent a good shot. Roy should have had it â€“ it was a shot from a good area, but it wasnâ€™t especially hard or fast and he had a clear look, but there was lots of blame to go around on the play.
10:20Â â€“ Reviewing the 2-0 goal. This was just an ugly, ugly sequence as the Baronsâ€™ NHL line was thoroughly outworked for the entire shift leading up to the goal. On the goal itself, Colten Teubert got caught running around a bit, but then took Paul Ranger behind the net, which should have been fine because three Barons â€“ Taylor Fedun, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins â€“ were clustered in the crease area versus just two Marlies. Fedun took his man away at the side of the net, but Nugent-Hopkins and Hall watched from the crease area as a totally ignored Nicolas Deschamps took the Ranger pass and scored from right in front of Roy. No chance for the goaltender here; this one is on the forwards (and to a lesser extent Teubert).
10:24Â â€“ Reviewing the 3-0 goal. This one is on Curtis Hamilton. Alex Plante lumbered around ineffectively â€“ Mark Arcobello beat him to a loose puck at the back of the net and played it up to Hamilton, who had time to do something with the puck. Instead, Hamilton allowed the puck to be taken off his stick by Kenny Ryan, Plante closed the gap with Ryan too slowly to be able to do anything, and Ryan beat Roy cleanly. Roy had a good look at the shot, but itâ€™s hard to put a lot of blame on him for that one.
10:30Â â€“ Reviewing the 4-0 goal. This essentially comes about after Justin Schultz is left in a 2-on-1 situation in front of the crease. Martin Marincin and Chris VandeVelde were both patrolling the area right in front of Yann Danis moments earlier, where they bumped into each other accidentally. Both responded to the bump by moving away from the net and into the slot. Schultz took Joe Colborne right in front of the net (Schultz has shifted to the left side of the net here, though heâ€™s the right side defenceman, because heâ€™s the only guy back for the Barons), but that left Greg Scott alone almost n the blue paint; when the point shot crept through there was nothing anybody could do to stop him. Schultz was tied up with Colborne; both Marincin and VandeVelde had been pulled forward when the puck went to the point. Danis is pretty much blameless on the play, Schultz deserves some fire for committing to Colborne with nobody else around, but Marincin gets most of the blame for leaving his position to wander around aimlessly. The bump with VandeVelde seemed to throw him and VandeVelde is far from perfect here, but Marincin getting sucked into no-manâ€™s land is the biggest problem.
10:33Â â€“ Nugent-Hopkins stopped on a backhand shot; I still donâ€™t know how that didnâ€™t go in. It was a bit of a sloppy shift for the Oilers line but they created a glorious opportunity off a broken play there.
10:35Â â€“ Yann Danis stops Joe Colborne at point blank range; Colborne snuck in behind Plante and Danis was forced to make a great save.
10:36Â â€“ Justin Schultz with a nice pokecheck on a Kenny Ryan rush; Ryan fell flat on his backside and the puck went out of danger.
10:38Â â€“ Teemu Hartikainen draws a tripping penalty with a partial break where he bulled toward the middle of the ice.
10:40Â â€“ A great shot by Schultz leads to a rebound; Jordan Eberle skates in tight with the puck but Rynnas manages to stop him. Once again, the Oklahoma power play looks great but they arenâ€™t quite able to score.
10:46Â â€“ 3-on-2 rush for Toronto. Marincin made a great play to knock the puck away, but the trailer picked it up and got a good shot anyway. Marincin didnâ€™t like the way the Marlies rushed the net after Danis made the save, and took a penalty for going after one Marlies forward (didnâ€™t catch the number).
10:48Â â€“ The Barons are out shooting Toronto 18-13 heading into this penalty kill.
10:52Â â€“ Magnus Paajarvi just playing keep away in a now 4-on-4 situation. Goes for a skate here, a skate there, doesnâ€™t allow the Marlies the puck but doesnâ€™t do much with the possession either.
10:56Â â€“ A little bit of revenge for the Baronsâ€™ NHL line. A gorgeous passing play on the power play makes it 4-1 Marlies.
10:56Â â€“ Hall finished the play off; primary assists go to Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle. The nicest goal of the morning.
11:02Â â€“ That was a much better second period, although there were some ugly moments. The game is now 4-1 Marlies. Things seem heated between the teams â€“ Iâ€™m not sure if itâ€™s a product of the score (guys like Hall are involved in hostilities) or last yearâ€™s playoffs.
11:06Â â€“ Reviewing the 4-1 goal. Just nice puck movement all the way around; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made the final pass to a streaking Hall in front of the net and Hall just touched the puck home for a goal. Whatever else can be said about the NHL kids in this game, theyâ€™ve been superb on the power play.
11:23Â â€“ Some faceoff statistics, courtesy of the Barons play-by-play crew: Chris VandeVelde has gone 6-for-9, Nugent-Hopkins 4-for-9, Arcobello 9-for-14 and Lander 7-for-11.
11:24Â â€“ Tyler Pitlick with a nice rush down the left wing; it was a solid play and he blew by Paul Ranger but he couldnâ€™t quite cut into the middle for a scoring chance. He did manage to draw a penalty, though.
11:26Â â€“ A weird start to the power play; the Barons couldnâ€™t gain the zone and seemed out of sync in their own end. Ultimately the puck wobbled into the offensive zone and goaltender Jussi Rynnas came way, way, way out of his net to freeze it.
11:28Â â€“ Mark Arcobello with a goal to make it 4-2 with just a second left on the power play. Tyler Pitlick made a nice pass to Martin Marincin on the side boards; Marincin took a hard shot and Arcobello was in place to put the rebound home.
11:29Â â€“ Marincin took three shots in maybe thirty seconds to close out the power play there, all of them good shots to take. It will be interesting to see what he can do running the first unit once Schultz is promoted to the NHL.
11:31Â â€“ Odd play. Nugent-Hopkins loses the draw (just outside the blue line) cleanly to Acton, who wins it back to the defenceman Mike Kostka, who promptly ices it.
11:32Â â€“ The Barons are going on the penalty kill. Taylor Hall got his stick in Joe Colborneâ€™s skates as the latter attempted to exit his own end with the puck, resulting in a tripping minor.
11:34Â â€“ 5-2 Marlies. A point shot on the power play was tipped in front of the net; not much else to say about that one.
11:37Â â€“ Lander with a quick stick to break up a hard pass. Landerâ€™s line is the only one that hasnâ€™t been scored against today.
11:40Â â€“ Hall is frustrated. He tried to split the Paul Ranger/Dylan Yeo pairing and couldnâ€™t quite do it; he ended up on his back. As he got back up he punched at Ranger. No penalty on the play, but the frustration was obvious.
11:42Â â€“ Another scrum in front of the net, as the line of Paajarvi, Lander and Hartikainen mix it up yet again. Theyâ€™ve easily been that Baronsâ€™ best even-strength line on the game.
11:43Â â€“ Great pass from Nugent-Hopkins to Eberle; Eberle fired the puck quickly and it went off first goaltender Jussi Rynnas and then the crossbar before heading over the glass.
11:48Â â€“ The Barons were headed to the power play, and with the goalie pulled for the extra man defenceman Jordan Henry tried to carry the puck into the Marlies zone. As he pulled up to the blue line, Marlies rearguard Korbinian Holzer hammered Henry with a hip check; Henry went down and stayed down for a minute. Predictably a scrum ensued, as Dane Byers went after Holzer immediately. Henry looks okay; it was a big, tough, clean check by Holzer.
11:50Â â€“ Barons power play results. It looks like Mike Zigomanis took the initial minor, and that Byers and Mark Fraser will both be penalized. Interestingly Byers is sitting in the box, but it seems that Fraser has been ejected from the game.
11:51Â â€“ Byers and Fraser both got roughing minors and 10 minute misconducts.
11:52Â â€“ Carter Ashton, killing the penalty, takes a hooking minor. Lengthy 5-on-3 coming up.
11:53Â â€“ Eberle robbed at the side of the net by Jussi Rynnas; the 5-on-3 is nearly over.
11:54Â â€“ Rynnas tried to head to create a break by asking for water prior to the Marliesâ€™ defensive zone draw; a little transparent perhaps but the sort of thing that needs to be tried.
11:54Â â€“ Another 5-on-3. The Marlies take a bench minor; it isnâ€™t clear why but the commentators are guessing that Dallas Eakins is getting it for yapping at the referees. Apparently Eakins has been tossed from the game.
11:55Â â€“ It looked like Nugent-Hopkins had just scored; it will probably be reviewed but the referee waved it off immediately.
11:57Â â€“ 3:16 left in the game, and the Barons have a two-man advantage for almost a full minute yet. The Nugent-Hopkins shot is till under review; the AHL live feed has yet to supply a replay. The Nugent-Hopkins shot is ruled a goal, making it 5-3 and giving the Barons a 5-on-4 power play.
11:58Â â€“ The Nugent-Hopkins goal was a nice shot from the side of the net with the 5-on-3 advantage; it must have just squeaked across the line.
12:00Â â€“ The Barons pull their goalie and score on the 6-on-4 advantage. They shave enough time to tie this game. Eberle tallied his seventh of the year with a hard low shot through a crowd.
12:02Â â€“ 5-5! With the goalie pulled the Barons score again, with Nugent-Hopkins slapping the puck over the line on a broken play.
12:06Â â€“ A deflected shot goes high and catches Paul Ranger, who is lying on the ice and in some difficulty. The score is still 5-5; overtime coming up.
12:10Â â€“ Back and forth here in the extra frame, but no great chances so far.
12:12Â â€“ Shout-out to the Cult of Hockey on the Baronsâ€™ official feed. Right now theyâ€™re reveling in the fact that colour guy Doug Sauterâ€™s prediction â€“ that Toronto might blow this 4-0 lead â€“ turned out to be true. Absolutely need to enjoy that kind of prediction!
12:13Â â€“ Barons on the 4-on-3 penalty kill now. VandeVelde, House and Teubert out for Oklahoma.
12:15Â â€“ Danis makes a big save after Colten Teubert failed to clear the puck; finally the penalty killers get a break.
12:16Â â€“ Lander gets a quick cameo, and then Nelson goes right back to VandeVelde and House.
12:17Â â€“ Jake Gardiner scores moments after the penalty to Alex Plante (hooking) expires; the Marlies walk away with a 6-5 win despite blowing a 5-2 lead in just over three minutes in the third period.
St. Croix spent parts of seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He served as an assistant for the Winnipeg Jets in the late 1980â€²s and was the Dallas Starsâ€™ goalie coach when they won their Stanley Cup in 1999 with Ed Belfour, and later the goaltending coach for Marty Turco.
Most recently, St. Croix was goaltending coach for the Manitoba Moose and worked with Cory Schneider, Eddie Lack and Eddie Pasquale with great success. He worked with Randy Carlyle in Manitoba.
St. Croix has been running his own popular goaltending school for roughly 20 years.
Mike Ulmer sat down with Brian Burke to clear the airwaves regarding some disparaging remarks Francois Allaire about the Toronto Maple Leafs organization upon his exit.
â€œI regret that I have to deal with this matter publicly but I feel the need to respond. Was there interference from the staff as he said there was? Yes. But it was done reluctantly and it was done to change elements of our goaltending that was sub-par.â€
The Leafs GM said Allaireâ€™s comments forced him to step away from his long-standing policy of never criticizing a current or past member of his staff and offered his trademark good wishes and thanks.
Burke, who steadfastly defended Allaire throughout media calls for his ouster, then shredded the job delivered by the most famous goalie coach in the sport.
Allaireâ€™s approach with his goalies, Burke said, hadnâ€™t altered even though rule changes meant his insistence on the butterfly technique wasnâ€™t working.
â€œThe position has evolved in the last three to five years,â€ Burke said. “Nobody plays the classic stand-up any more either. Everything advances.â€
Rules to minimize obstruction and limit goaltending equipment prompted the evolution of hybrid goalies who retain the solid elements of the butterfly by striving to be square to the shooter and rotating with pads down and body erect during scrums. Hybrid goalies usually stay on their feet longer and use their hands to snare pucks rather than chance rebounds. Jonathan Quick of the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings and franchise goalies such as the Rangers Henrik Lundqvist, Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen and Nashvilleâ€™s Pekka Rinne are considered hybrid goalies.
Burke said he expected to name a successor within a matter of days.
Certainly, Burkeâ€™s goalies have stayed true to the longstanding code of never criticizing coaches.
It’s a collective message from prominent NHL players: “If you can play, you can play.” Homophobia has no place in Canada’s game.
The You Can Play project was created to honour the memory of Brendan Burke. His father, Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to tell us how professional sports can move beyond the concept of a “gay athlete,” to simply an “athlete.”
Brian Burke and Bob McCown dance a dance about unnamed goalies with long term contracts *cough*, unproven, but equally highly regarded young goalies playing behind established staters *cough* and older goalies that played well in defensively stiff teams *cough*.
Maple Leafs’ vice-president of hockey operations Dave Poulin joined Hockey Central @ Noon to update the team’s plans in free agency yesterday and discusses how the thin free agency pool has opened up a trade market that hasn’t existed for some time. Click to hear.