July 26 2016 11:36AM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are the richest team in hockey, and if the league still had no salary cap, I don't think a single fan or local media member would care how much they were spending on their players. But as long as a cap exists, available dollars are assets, and building a team is just as much about beating the market as it is about identifying talent.
Certainly, the Leafs are closer to realizing the efficiency dream than they've ever been, but there are still a couple of shorter-term trees to pass through before they get entirely out of the woods.
July 26 2016 10:59AM
Photo from Falkland Islands Facebook
They haven't played an official IIHF event yet. One of their top players is from California. They won their first ever game 8-2 despite never playing on ice beforehand.
Meet the Falkland Islands, the smallest hockey nation in the world.
For those not familiar with the Falkland Islands, they are one of the 14 British Overseas Territories. Another member of that group, the Cayman Islands, has played ice hockey previously, competing in the 2005 World Pond Hockey Championships in Canada.
So what business do the Falkland Islands have playing ice hockey? Well, they may seem like the ultimate underdog, but their success has been evident after just two years.
July 26 2016 08:27AM
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With the signing of Auston Matthews by the Toronto Maple Leafs making it official, it's only a matter of time before he's in a Maple Leafs uniform and attempting to meet early expectations, once the regular season pucks begin dropping.
But something unique and relatively rare is happening in the same city Matthews will call home, and I'm a bit curious as to why it's not been a bigger "sell" so far.
July 25 2016 07:48PM
A lot of what happens to Edmonton's stable of prospects depends on Peter
Chiarelli's opinion of them.
July 25 2016 12:33PM
There's cool new statistical research being done in the field of hockey all the time, and Arik Parnass' work on special teams is far from the exception. In this article, we'll be taking a Leafs-centric view of his recently-unveiled ZEFR Rate, which he's shown to be the most effective metric we have at evaluating powerplays so far.