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…

November 29, 2008

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…

November 28, 2008

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…

November 26, 2008

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…

November 26, 2008

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…

November 25, 2008

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,…

November 24, 2008

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…

November 20, 2008


– 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…

November 19, 2008

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…

November 14, 2008

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…

November 12, 2008