What now: Dion Phaneuf

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2014-04-17

    Beginning next year Dion Phaneuf will take up a cap hit of $7 million dollars a season until the spring of 2021. Assuming the Leafs don't pull off a miracle and find someone willing to make a deal for him, they have no choice but to work with him. 

Toronto Maple Leafs WOWYs: Randy Carlyle Edition

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2014-04-17

Tracking the development of possession metrics of Toronto Maple Leafs players over the past 3 seasons. A couple of days ago I tweeted out the following picture: It shows the Corsi % of three former Toronto Maple Leaf players.  (If you're not familiar with Corsi %, it's a ratio of the shot attempts for and against while a player is on the ice.)  The blue bar is those players' Corsi % for the 64 games Ron Wilson coached before getting fired in the 2011-12 season, orange is last year under Randy Carlyle, and yellow is this year on different teams.  The effect is pretty stark: for these three players Randy Carlyle was a big drag on their possesion, probably something in th

Maple Leafs season-ending poll results

Source: Toronto Sun
Date: 2014-04-17

If new Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan needs any help, he’s come to the right place.

[Thursday LL] Playoff Hockey Sure Looks Like Fun

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2014-04-17

There were some really great games last night. Pittsburgh coming back from a 3-1 deficit, Montreal-Tampa going to overtime, and the Stars comeback falling short. Have some links, then get your playoff fix again tonight at 7 when the Flyers visit the Rangers. Vintage Leaf Memories - Michael Langlois: Evoking memories of the Maple Leafs in the playoffs in the spring of ’93: Episode 19 of “The Vintage Leaf Memories Podcast”The latest from VLM Facebook knows your favorite playoff team, and they've made a really cool map (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo SportsCanada, you should know better than to cheer for a franchise because of where it's located. The Stanley Cup playoffs ar

Canada adds Scheifele, Huberdeau, Kadri; Tippett named coach

Source: TSN
Date: 2014-04-17

Go to TSN.ca for details. #TSN

Boston Bruins Must Handle 'Favorites' Label Responsibly in 1st Playoff Round

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-04-17

Where will the Boston Bruins be two weeks from Wednesday? That question ought to resonate with New England puckheads entering the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. Their team has developed an uncanny first-round motif in the previous three tournaments, and another rerun is not an unfeasible proposition. For the fourth consecutive year, the Bruins hold home ice for their postseason opener and, if necessary, the series’ seventh contest. They tested the implications of that home ice to a maximum boundary by hosting Game 7 in 2011, 2012 and 2013. If the same happens versus Detroit, it is scheduled for the last Wednesday of April. By then, there would already be multiple layers of u

Everyone Else Is Doing It!!!

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-17

     The NHL playoffs are already begun for the Montreal Canadians and the Tampa Bay Lightning, and are also set to start tonight for Columbus, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Anaheim. I was all set to write today about the future in Washington regarding the potential free agents but unfortunately I haven't been able to access the CapGeek website all day today for some reason. C'est la vie as my six year old son Dryden likes to say. So since I can't write about what I want to today I've decided to join the cool kids club and post my playoff predictions. For today I am going to cover the Eastern conference and hopefully I don't get too many wrong...     Montreal vs Tampa

Making the Playoffs

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-16

The NHL is a different animal than it used to be. If you study the history of the game, or even just talk to a parent or grandparent, they'll regale stories of epic battles between the Leafs and Habs for hockey supremacy, the terrifying Broadstreet Bullies of the '70's, the Drive for Five, the Oilers dynasty in the 80's and generally describe a different game than we know today. This is especially true if you were born in the 1990's like I was.  As a Leafs fan I hear a lot of talk about the playoffs. And when I don't rudely insert a Jim Mora-esque shriek to the conversation, the chat usually ends with something along the lines of "I just wish we could make the playoffs." For a long ti

SHOWING SOME LOOV: Leafs Sign Swedish Defender to ELC

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2014-04-16

This was written by Justin Fisher, I'm just posting it for him because I'm a swell guy.Pretty wicked title, right?The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed 21 year old defenceman Viktor Loov to a three year entry level contract. Selected in the 7th round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Loov just wrapped up his first season in the SHL, playing for MODO. In 42 games, Loov scored five goals and added seven assists to go along with 20 penalty minutes. He was fifth in ice time amongst MODO defenders, averaging 16:20 per game.

Reasons to cheer for each of the 16 playoff teams

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-16

The Stanley Cup Playoffs officially start this evening, and that means 16 teams are starting their quest for Lord Stanley's Cup. For fans of the teams making the post-season, it is obviously an extremely exciting time to get the chance to potentially watch your favourite team go all the way. But for fans that cheer for one of the 14 teams who did not make it to the playoffs, it is certainly a very frustrating time. And trust me - I know frustration and anger when it comes to following teams that don't make the playoffs (someone tell me why I like the Hurricanes and the Maple Leafs again?) But I am not here to pout or complain about the teams that didn't make the playoffs. Even if your te

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