Leafs Problem: Tanenbaum, Maurice

A couple days ago I wrote an article about the Leafs problems and mentioned that it is probably time for John Ferguson Jr. to be let go whether he deserves it or not. But after listening and reading media reports over the past coupld days I think firing John Ferguson Jr. would be a mistake, at least at this time. I have come to the conclusion that there are two problems with the Leafs. 1. Larry Tanenbaum From all reports it is Larry Tanenbaum who most wants John Ferguson Jr. relieved of his duties as General Manager and it was

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Goaltending. Goaltending. Goaltending.

In Real Estate they say the value of a property is all about location, location and location. In hockey I believe success is all about goaltending, goaltending and goaltending. I recently wrote an article about young franchise players and I ranked Henrik Lundqvist and Roberto Luongo at the top of the list ahead of players like Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza, Dion Phaneuf, etc. In the comments to that post several people argued against me putting two goalies at the top of the list saying that goalies aren’t that valuable. The following is some evidence to show

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NHL Power Rankings – Nov. 27, 2007

With everything that is happening in Leaf land these days I feel like this is piling on but hey, the numbers are the numbers. This weeks Power Rankings see the Leafs fall from 9th to 23rd with the losses to Boston, Dallas and Phoenix. But the Leafs are not alone as a couple of other teams saw dramatic falls in the standings. Carolina fell from 7th to 17th and Atlanta who was making a resurgence in the rankings fell from 18th to 27th. Going the other direction was Buffalo, Dallas and Phoenix who are on 5 and 6 and 4

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Time for an Overhaul

The Leafs have lost 4 of their last 5 games, are 3-6-2 in November, and 8-11-5 on the season. At times they have showed some signs of life like their pair of shutout 3-0 wins over division rivals Buffalo and Ottawa where they played a smart team defensive game while at other times they look disinterested and a bunch of individuals playing for themselves and not the team. If there were signs of improving consistency you could probably argue that it is worth waiting a little longer to see of the current crew can work it out but they looked

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Who Is Your Franchise Player

The question I pose to all of you today is this: If you were a GM of a team and you could choose any player in the NHL to be the anchor of your franchise for the next 8-10 years, who would it be? My Answer: If you are looking for 8-10 years and beyond, you have to be looking at a fairly young player. With that in mind I am going to target players born in 1980 or later. I also am looking for a player that has shown himself to be healthy and durable as well as being

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NHL Power Rankings – Nov. 20, 2007

The mover of the week is the Atlanta Thrashers. The Thrashers who finished last season horribly and started this season off 0-6 have turned it around and are 10-4 under new coach (and current GM) Don Waddell and have won 6 of their last 7 games. That has allowed them to jump into 18th spot from 27th last week. In the “who’d have guessed it category” the whole central division ranks in the top 11 teams. They accomplished that by being a combined 31-17-2 vs. teams outside their division. Nashville has the worst outside division record with a measley .500

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HockeyAnalysis.com is Expanding

It’s a big day here because today I get to announce some big plans for the future of HockeyAnalysis.com. Over the last couple of days I have been working on upgrading my blogging software to where I will be able to host multiple blogs. It is not yet 100% ironed out but it is close (thanks to help from the great guys at Canadian Web Hosting, I highly recommend them) and I am ready to announce the first step in what should be some great things for HockeyAnalysis.com. When I started this website I initially wanted it to be a

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View from a Brit…

I was doing some web searching for some other hockey related article that I am considering writing and I somewhat accidentally came across this blog post from a British sports fan talking about hockey and the Ducks-Kings games that were played in London to start the season. What is interesting is to see what a relative outsider thinks of hockey. “…there is a hell of a lot of skill involved besides just trying to knock as many teeth out of an opponents gum as possible, even if that is the biggest crowd puller.” He then goes on to post a

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Power Rankings – Nov. 13, 2007

This weeks story is about two young teams going in different directions. The Chicago Blackhawks led by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have jumped into second spot with three big wins over highly ranked Columbus, Detroit and St. Louis while the Crosby and Malkin led Penguins have lost 4 straight and 6 of 7 in November to fall to 20th spot. Rank 7 DaysAgo Team AdjWinP SchedStr PowerRank 1 1 Ottawa 0.844 0.524 0.860 2 13 Chicago 0.559 0.546 0.681 3 3 Montreal 0.594 0.542 0.679 4 10 Detroit 0.735 0.486 0.671 5 2 Carolina 0.676 0.490 0.624 6 12

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