Neutral Zone Playing Styles and the Leafs

Shawn Reis
August 03 2016 10:41AM

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Alex Novet recently did some interesting work building off of Corey Sznajder's ambitious (and awesome) zone entry project from the 2013-2014 season. Today, I'm going to take a Leafs-centric look at what Alex came up with last month.

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July Deep Dive: An imperfect, but acceptable month

Jeff Veillette
August 02 2016 04:15PM

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I don't think this was the summer that many people expected. Some expected massive, foundation-shaking moves, while others expected radio silence. What we got was somewhere in between, and it left a lot of questions to be asked. But looking strictly at July, how did the Leafs do?

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Did the Rangers make a mistake with JT Miller's bridge deal?

Pat Keogh
August 02 2016 11:00AM

The New York Rangers found themselves in a fairly unique situation this offseason, with four different RFAs filing for arbitration. Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, JT Miller, and Dylan McIlrath all opted to file for arbitration, although each one of them settled before their set date. 

Chris Kreider was the only one to sign a long-term deal, inking a four-year deal that pays him an average of $4.625 million per year. The other three all signed bridge deals, which may be prudent in the cases of Dylan McIlrath and Kevin Hayes (or not, but that’s a discussion for another day) but with regards to JT Miller, the Rangers might be setting themselves up for more cap issues down the road.

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Referees and the Calgary Flames - Part 1

RexLibris
August 02 2016 11:00AM

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In March I took an interest in examining called and uncalled penalties and undertook an exercise to record and examine the relative rates at which a team committed a foul and how often they were penalized.

The primary focus of this project was the Oilers, but I gathered corresponding data on the Flames and a few other teams to use as a sort of control group against which to compare the Oilers' data.

I realized quickly that the Flames' data could, in and of itself, provide some intriguing insight into how the officials interact with the Flames.

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3 Ways the Vancouver Canucks Can Trade Luca Sbisa

J.D. Burke
August 02 2016 11:00AM

The Vancouver Canucks have been trying to trade Luca Sbisa for a while now. It's the worst kept secret in town.

Summing up the Canucks plans in the wake of free agency, Jason Botchford of The Province had this to say on the handsomely compensated defenceman.

Some around the league suggested a possible Luca Sbisa trade was being discussed this weekend.

If true, it would make sense because Gudbranson is essentially an upgrade on Sbisa, who will be battling for ice time on the third defensive pair.

Which only confirmed much of what I heard elsewhere. The fact that every hypothetical trade the Canucks have been involved in features the Swiss rearguard doesn't really fan the fires, either. Vancouver's run out of room for Sbisa and don't have the time or space to afford him a chance to reward their once defiant faith in him.

Finding a partner has proven difficult, though. Think of all the question marks on the Canucks' blue line and consider for a second that Sbisa's future therein isn't guaranteed, even with the $3.6-million owed him for the next two season. It kind of makes sense.

I've seen worse players with worse deals in murkier salary situations dealt, though. So colour me unconvinced that this is an immovable player. It just might require a little creativity on the Canucks part. Let's look at three such ways they might accomplish this.

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