October 10 2016 04:15PM
It's quite rare to see not one, not two but potentially three top-nine calibre forwards placed on waivers. Many eyebrows seemed to be raised when Teemu Pulkkinen, Seth Griffith and PA Parenteau all ended up on waivers this morning. But a day before NHL rosters must be finalized and cap compliant, three intriguing players have made their way to the waiver wire and likely will get claimed which will surely lead to more roster shuffling before opening night.
October 10 2016 01:25PM
Now we're beginning to inch towards the contenders. These are playoff teams. Well, they should be, so long as everything goes according to plan. These are teams with the upside to do some damage in the playoffs, but they're far enough from sure things that it's just as easy to visualize them on the outside looking in. These are teams 15-11 on the NHLN power rankings.
October 10 2016 11:22AM
As a result, the pair of restricted free agents have gone unsigned and may miss time during the regular season that begins in just a few days. While the matter of how the Ducks will manage to sign both players with just $7.5 million in cap space is a discussion for another day, it’s worth looking at, in a vacuum, what kind of contracts the players might receive.
October 10 2016 10:25AM
We've been waiting for a while for the good names to start showing up on the waiver wire. On Monday, it happened.
October 10 2016 07:00AM
The biggest roster move the Leafs made this summer was acquiring Frederik Andersen from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for 30th overall, a 2017 second round draft pick, and Jonathan Bernier. One of the things that jumps out about Andersen is his size. At 6'4" and 230 pounds, he's one of the NHL's larger goalies, both in terms of height and width. Lamoriello said that was one of the things the Leafs liked about Andersen: "He gives us size which today is a necessity the way the game is played." Lou followed up by adding that, "his athleticism is exceptional."
While goaltending analysis has a lot of room to grow, we have a couple of extra tools available today than we did a few years ago. One of the things we can do is splitting up the shots a goalie faces based on "danger zones". If we divide shots into low, medium, and high danger zones (far, medium, and close distance, respectively), it turns out that whether low or medium danger shots become goals is almost entirely random. It seems to be the case that the only shots where differences in goaltender talent matter much are high danger shots.