What might Burke do?

So Brian Burke is set to officially, and finally, take over the Leafs general manager position this afternoon. So, what does that mean in the short, medium and long term? Let’s take a look at what Brian Burke might do. When Brian Burke took over the GM position of the Anaheim Ducks in 2005 he inherited a relatively bad team, not unlike the Leafs. But, unlike the Leafs, there was a lot of high end talent in the system like Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Dustin Penner, etc. and he also had an elite level goalie which went a long way

» Read more

Toronto Radio Interview

Just want to let everyone know that I will be doing a radio segment on The Bill Watters Show today at 5:10 eastern on AM640 in Toronto, Home of the Leafs, to discuss HockeyAnalysis.com and maybe some other hockey related stuff. Bill Watters is off on vacation this week so I will be chatting with guest host Bill Hayes, who apparently is a fan of the site. For those in Toronto you can tune in at AM 640, those elsewhere should be able to get a live feed at http://640toronto.com. Update: You can hear the AM640 interview here.

» Read more

2007-08 Rookie Update

There were no Sidney Crosby’s or Alex Ovechkin’s in last years rookie class but there were several who had very good seasons with Patrick Kane and Nicklas Backstrom leading the pack with 72 and 69 points while Jonathan Toews led all rookies with 24 goals (in just 64 games).  So how are last years rookies faring this season? 2007-08 2008-09 Player Team Pos GP G A Pts GP G A Pts Patrick Kane CHI R 82 21 51 72 19 11 14 25 Nicklas Backstrom WSH C 82 14 55 69 21 5 15 20 Jonathan Toews CHI C 64

» Read more

Jumping on the Bad Goaltending Bandwagon

For those that have been reading this blog for the past couple years know that I have been one of the harshest critics of the Leafs goaltending for a long time.. When Andrew Raycroft was setting records for wins by a Maple Leaf, I was contending that he was a bad goalie and benefited from a good team in front of him but far too many in the media and the Leaf fan base blamed the Leafs woes on their defense and lack of scoring punch (which was largely a myth). In the seasons since, Raycroft has proven to be

» Read more

Achieving Playoff Pace

We are just about at the quarter pole of the NHL season with 305 of the 1230 games having been played. Some teams such as the Sharks, Red Wings, Bruins, Rangers, etc. have gotten off to very good starts which has put them in a solid position to make the playoffs. Other teams such as Dallas, Tampa, Ottawa, have gotten off to very disappointing starts and if they are to make the playoffs they will need to significantly improve their games. But, how much of a comfort zone have the good teams build for themselves and how much of a

» Read more

Trade: Colaiacovo, Steen for Stempniak

It is no surprise that the Leafs have trade a defenseman since they had an abundance of them. What might be a surprise is they did so when they are suffer from several injuries on defense (Van Ryn, Frogren and Colaiacovo himself) and possibly just days before Brian Burke takes over as GM. If you subscribe to the theory that the team who gets the best player wins the trade, you have to give the edge to the Leafs. But I am not convinced that the Blues didn’t do very well in this trade. Yes Colaiacovo had his health issues

» Read more

The Useless +/- Stat

James Mirtle from From the Rink and the Edmonton Journal’s David Staples are questioning the usefulness of the +/- stat and maybe abandoning it altogether. I have wrote about this here before and I have to agree, it is the most useless stat in the NHL. The big flaw in it is that a player gets penalized if he plays with a group of bad players or gets a big benefit if he is playing with a group of really good players, regardless of how good or bad the individualy player is. James Mirtle goes on to refer to sites

» Read more

Thoughts…

– No surprise from anyone that Dustin Penner got benched by Craig MacTavish. The $4.25m man never lived up to expectations and probably never well. Brian Burke felt that the massive overpayment would have ramifications on the free agent market, but it didn’t, but regardless Burke gets the last laugh because now the Oilers are stuck with Penner for a long time. Except the hockey gods are giving Penner another chance, now with Fernando Pisani is sidelined with a broken ankle. – Craig Hartsburg is once again going to re-unite the Pizza Line. I never understood the fascination with breaking

» Read more

Lightning Strikes Melrose

The Lightning are seemingly trying their best to become the laughing stock of the NHL taking the crown away from the New York “lets promote our backup goalie to General Manager” Islanders. Just 16 games into the season the Lightning have fired head coach Barry Melrose. This comes just a couple days after Melrose skipped out on practice and rumours of part owner Len Barrie stepping into the dressing room to draw up power play tactics earlier in the season. It is becoming apparent that the Lightning’s new ownerships management style is better known as a revolving door. Matt Carle

» Read more

Burke no longer GM of Ducks?

It seems that in about 20 minutes or so that the Ducks will announce that Brian Burke is no longer GM of the Ducks and that Bob Murray will take over. This isn’t really all that surprising considering that it has been rumoured for a long time that Brian Burke has a desire to work on the east coast closer to his family in Boston. Additionally, it has been rumoured for some time that Ducks ownership has had a very lucrative contract extension on the table for months now and it is likely that if Burke really wanted to stay

» Read more
1 2