In our interview with Steve Spott yesterday, we found out what the individual assignments of the new assistants on the coaching staff will be -- Spott will be running the powerplay, Peter Horachek the penalty kill and defence pairings.
Steve Spott is unlikely to change anything drastic on the powerplay in terms of system (1-3-1) or personnel -- Kessel on the half wall, JvR in front, Bozak roving the slot on PP1 -- but it will be interesting to see if Cody Franson and Dion Phaneuf remain paired together or if the Leafs accompany each of those shooters with puck...
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)
Tuesday Morning Links:
VLM: Breathing a sigh of relief: in keeping Jake Gardiner, it’s clear the Leafs are building around a mobile defense
NHL.com: Kessel confident in Leafs' chances this season
Globe and Mail: Kessel says Leafs will be prepared to prevent another tailspin
CBS Sports: Phil Kessel and Roger Federer play ball hockey
Pro Hockey Talk: PK Subban vs. the League's Other Big Money Defencemen
NY Post: Claude Loiselle to replace Brendan Shanahan as VP of Player Safety
Yahoo!: Ryan Johanssen talks now a standoff over money
Puck Daddy: How much did Gary Bettman make during the lockout? About $8.8 million
Times Colonist: Bryan Trottier, Artus Irbe...
PPP: The Case for Cody Franson
The Star: Newly signed Jake Gardiner eager to get started with revamped Maple Leafs
National Post: Maple Leafs' Stephane Robidas happy to play role of defensive mentor
Hockey Fights: Maple Leafs announce two-year extension of their ECHL Affiliation with the Orlando Solar Bears
Nilsen Report: 10 Thoughts -- Toronto Maple Leafs, Kyle Dubas, Advanced Stats
Some montages on the new Leafs to aid in the mailing in of your final work day before the long weekend.
Petri Kontiola (updated version):
With James Reimer's negotiations settling on Friday, only Jake Gardiner remains of the Leafs' outstanding contract situations, and this contract quietly might be most interesting among all of the Leafs' RFAs this off-season. Do the Maple Leafs bridge him with a 2 year deal or buy some UFA years on a long term contract, pay a little more than they would have in the next few seasons, and hope it pays off down the road?
The comparative thinking here being that $4.25 million for James van Riemsdyk until 2018 is ridiculously good value. We could also point out that the...
Domenic Galamini (@MimicoHero) is a good follow on Twitter for his daily insights and data visualizations, usually with a Leafs focus. Yesterday, he put together an updated chart on the Leafs off-season additions and subtractions (stats encompass the last three seasons):
Overall, the Leafs' new additions have had their past linemates own more of the shot attempts with them than away from them. Better than the alternative, but what the Leafs' coaching staff changes or doesn't change about their 5v5 systems is going to be the biggest wildcard in all of this.
Newest addition David Booth shines particularly bright in the...
The online hockey world reacted to news of the hiring of an assistant GM like it was its own version of the LeBron sweepstakes when the Leafs brought aboard young hockey executive Kyle Dubas yesterday. That’s of little shock given the Maple Leafs had become such a flashpoint in the debate on the role and place of advanced stats/analytics in hockey-ops decisions in the past year and a half -- achieving modest success for 110 games despite ghastly underlying possession numbers and then having the floor fall out from under them when their overworked number one goalie got hurt...
Updating on Elliot's excellent piece about Monday's arbitration case, word is the Maple Leafs and Cody Franson have submitted their initial proposals and are more than $2 million apart on salary.
Being $2.2 million apart probably isn't outrageous as far as this nasty process goes, but it certainly sounds like a huge divide when the player's desired contract figure is more than double that of the club.
Always a demeaning process, the Maple Leafs have anchored their offer as if Franson is worth the same as he was paid on his previous one-year deal, which Franson felt was a pittance...
The three major remaining off season questions in Leafland, it seems: What’s RFA Jake Gardiner’s contract going to look like? What are the settlements going to be for arbitration-bound James Reimer and Cody Franson? Will the latter pair still be Leafs come September?
We’ll find out the answer on Franson’s settlement on Monday. Resident sports lawyer Elliot Saccucci will stop by a little later today with a look at that upcoming arbitration case.
Gord Dineen on TSN 1050 TSN Drive With Dave Naylor - July 17.
New Head Coach of the Toronto Marlies Gord Dineen joins Dave Naylor and Dave Feschuk to...
Fresh sheet of ice for your Monday morning.
VLM: Shanahan, patience and the Maple Leafs conundrum
National Post: Frederik Gauthier redefining expectations with scoring touch at prospects camp
NY Post: Nash is not leaving the Garden, Brooks' weekly slapshots
Adam Proteau: Anonymous source fuels your Stamkos fantasy for 2016
Dater: O'Reilly and Avalanche talks are at a standstill
Simmons: "The Blues love the deal for ex-Leaf Carl Gunnarsson. They see Gunnarsson as a top-four defenceman. They didn’t view Roman Polak that way."
ICYMI: Jim Hughes on TSN1050 talking Leafs prospects and development
ICYMI: New Leaf assistant coach Peter Horachek on TSN1050
According to Steve Simmons, it looks like some combination of Steve Spott, Gord Dineen and Derek King is going to be among the Leafs' upcoming assistant coach hires -- or perhaps more accurately, internal promotions -- with an announcement expected next week.
It would not be the most outwardly hope-inspiring of moves if there's no fresh voice/outside perspective being brought in to challenge Randy Carlyle's way of thinking.
There is also no denying the success of the Marlies the past few seasons. Steve Spott seemed aware of the obvious value in rolling four lines last year, and is ostensibly off to...
The future is the theme of the week as the Maple Leafs hold their annual summer prospect camp.
Here's the latest episode of The Leaf, entitled 'The Future is Bright," released yesterday.
Some video should be available of Wednesday's prospect camp sessions as it is the first day open to the media.
Kevin McGran: Maple Leaf scouts love draft pick Viktor Loov
Blue Chip Prospects: Watching Kessel's prime years fade away
The Leafs Nation: Phaneuf, Gardiner and Quality of Competition
Toronto Sun: Talent rising to the top at Leafs prospect camp
The summer is starting to crawl into the dog days of hockey season, but that doesn't mean there isn’t any value left on the free agent market for teams to consider.
Late last summer, the Maple Leafs invited Mason Raymond out to training camp without a contract. He ended up signing for a paltry $1,000,000 (by NHL standards) and producing 19 goals and 45 points. With that in mind, here are a few possible value buys among the players still without a job.
*Note: I'm not claiming every player listed is a fit for the Leafs specifically. This is just a...
Today, Steve Simmons had a few interesting Leafs tidbits in his Sunday column.
“Don’t expect anything sexy when the Leafs announce their coaching staff shortly. In fact don’t be surprised if the Leafs two new assistant coaches aren’t internal promotions.”
If I was Steve Spott, I would rather be head coach of the Marlies than assistant coach of the Leafs under Carlyle, but I’m not Steve Spott. That said, Gord Dineen and Derek King have been rumoured to be in the assistant coach mix from the beginning. It wouldn’t be surprising if they were promoted. The Marlies have run an excellent...
A pretty wild week since the draft last Friday.
A recap of MLHS posts from the draft until now, in case you missed the action:
Petri Kontiola: Cometh the KHL, cometh the man? Jul 4, 2014
Troy Bodie re-signed to one-year deal by the Maple Leafs Jul 3, 2014
Mike Santorelli signed by the Maple Leafs to 1-year, $1.5 million contract Jul 3, 2014
James Reimer Opts for Salary Arbitration Jul 3, 2014
Petri Kontiola Signs with Maple Leafs on a 1-year, $1.1 million deal Jul 3, 2014
Maple Leafs submit an offer to David Legwand Jul 2, 2014
Dave Nonis on Leafs Lunch on TSN 1050 Jul 2, 2014
Claude Loiselle on Robidas, Komarov,...
Will the Maple Leafs stick at eight? Who will they pick at 8? Will they move an RFA to grab another pick or two for tomorrow? Could we see something more earth-shattering? We'll find out over the course of the next 12 hours.
The rumours are aplenty. Jason Spezza (in an apparent acquire-and-flip scenario, past tense, according to Bob McKenzie), Milan Michalek and Martin Brodeur are some of the names getting batted around the Leafs rumour mill. It's all likely BS typical of this time of year, but you never know.
With the sense that there is no consensus number one...
According to Darren Dreger, the Maple Leafs have been talking to recently let-go Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato about filling one of three assistant coaching vacancies in Toronto.
The off-season following Pittsburgh's Cup win, Granato joined Pittsburgh as an assistant to Dan Bylsma (also coached under Bylsma in Sochi). Granato's focus was the forward units and the penalty kill, which for the most part was a success under his watch.
Granato would also tick off the box of having prior head coaching experience having taken over the Avalanche bench on two separate occasions (2002-04, 2008-09, amassing an 104-78-17 record). The...
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Dave Andreychuk is NHL Hall of Fame Worthy
O'Reilly hopes to remain with Avalanche
The 2014-15 NHL schedule was released yesterday, and the news wasn't great for the Maple Leafs (click to view the Leafs schedule).
Ok, i think I got this right now. Still unofficial, but I think it's right. Rested/Tired B2B in 2014-15. pic.twitter.com/a2tMyuBn8T
— Gus Katsaros (@KatsHockey) June 22, 2014
(In layman's terms, the Leafs get to play a tired team while rested only 5 times, but played a rested team while tired 14 times).
According to more of Gus's data, out of a sample of 17220 games, a tired team's winning percentage is .495 while a rested team's is .596.
At least they're in...
Corey Pronman talking draft prospects for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oiler and Florida Panthers on TSN 1050.
Morning Mashup Links
Maple Leafs host Canadiens on opening night
Spend Money, Get Points. Unless You're the Maple Leafs of Course.
Leafs' Tim Leiweke didn't want Darryl Sutter in L.A.
Colorado Avalanche hoping to return nucleus after surprisingly successful season
How Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens and other Canadian NHL teams stack up in the buyout process