A few thoughts on the Sens' attendance problem

Ryan Fancey
April 28 2017 01:41PM

Chances are you've heard a lot about the Ottawa Senators' inability to sell out playoff games over the last few days, especially if you're a hockey fan living in Ontario. On one hand you have folks living in Ottawa going on the defensive about it, and those down in the Golden Horseshoe using it as a rallying point to troll their intraprovincial rivals. Either way, this situation is getting a lot of air time (or Twitter focus, I guess), and as a person residing in the the nation's capital, I've given it my fair share of thought.

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Brian Boyle makes sense for the Leafs, but Tampa's asking price may not

Ryan Fancey
February 15 2017 09:55AM

Outside of some Shattenkirk chatter last month, it doesn't seem like there's a huge amount of excitement around the Leafs when it comes to the approaching trade deadline. And while it's a bit of a change-up from previous years, this isn't exactly surprising. The team has somewhat over-achieved and found themselves on the playoff bubble, but also abides to a strict long-term plan. They probably won't be seen as buyers or sellers at the end of the month, and I doubt much of the fanbase disagrees with that strategy.

That said, while it's difficult to envision any core pieces or large salaries moving, there could be a tweak or two. If teams want to unload late-round picks for the likes of Hunwick or Polak, I'm sure that's a deal that could make sense. And as for adding, there are some good depth options out there that likely won't require selling the farm, some of whom the Leafs have already been tied to. 

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Freddie Andersen is putting in work, but can he keep it up?

Ryan Fancey
December 31 2016 08:43AM

Not taking anything away from a solid effort by Antoine Bibeau for his first career win on Thursday night, it's no secret the Leafs have some major question marks in net beyond Freddie Andersen. And while Andersen has been other-worldly over the last couple months, vaulting himself to a place among the league leaders in save percentage, Toronto has been riding him pretty hard, starting him in 29 of their 35 games so far.

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Does James van Riemsdyk make sense for the Leafs in the long term?

Ryan Fancey
December 22 2016 12:21PM

With plenty of trade talk swirling around James van Riemsdyk in the last week or so, of course there's going to be an emerging debate over whether it's the right thing to do, under the usual disclaimer that anyone is worth trading for the right return. But some of the speculation out there has caused its fair share of worry, with the Kessel trade being cited as a potential comparison, or even the Hall-for-Larsson deal most recently. I've also seen a potential JVR-for-Josh Manson swap floated out there plenty. 

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Acting or reacting when the NHL shifts again

Ryan Fancey
December 20 2016 01:02PM

There was a somewhat recent episode of the NBA podcast The Lowe Post with Zach Lowe that gave me a lot to think about with regards to NHL and its changes in era. The early portion of the episode centered around teams adapting to relatively new playing styles and systems, like that of the Golden State Warriors, among others, and how the league will respond (or is responding now) - sort of "correcting itself" in a sense. 

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