Justin Faulk and why I don’t want the Leafs to acquire him

June 25, 2017

There is a lot of speculation about the Leafs and what they will do to improve their defense. One name that often comes up is Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes. His name came up on twitter once again this week. In response I called Justin Faulk ‘terrible’ but I want to clarify that a little. He isn’t terrible, he is just not very good defensively. He does have some…


Followup on Rielly’s Save Percentage

June 20, 2017

The other day I wrote about Rielly and his on-ice save percentage. A brief twitter discussion with Tyler Dellow occurred which ended with Dellow asking me to explain how Rielly went from -0.9 Sv% Rel in 2015-16 to -2.8 Sv% Rel in 2016-17 while playing similar shut down roles in both seasons.   He was -.009 relative to team in 15-16 playing the same “shut down” workload as most of…


Who should Leafs target to improve Defense?

May 7, 2017

Earlier this week James Mirtle wrote about¬†whether the Leafs should trade some of the future to improve the Leafs defense now¬†(requires subscription). Specifically he identified the need for a top pairing right side defenseman to play with Gardiner. The second pairing would be Rielly with Zaitsev and the proposed third pairing would be Dermott with Carrick. For that top pairing right side defenseman Mirtle identified 7 potential targets: Justin Faulk,…