July 05 2016 11:47AM
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Remember back in 2013, when we were all yelling about shooting percentages creating a mirage for the playoff-bound Leafs? A mirage which involved the Leafs scoring way beyond their means, James Reimer looking like a Vezina candidate, and everything going from zero to amazing until the last ten minutes of the season?
A mirage that led to acquisitions to make the team tougher, grittier, and more leader-y to make sure the Leafs wouldn't get burned in their next playoff run? Yeah, well, that wasn't great. Anyway, it's a different group now, and the circumstances are a lot different. This year's Leafs team was absolutely wrecked by bad puck luck and are in a position to get some revenge. The concepts are the same as they used to be, but lets see how the odds end up in their favour.
July 05 2016 10:44AM
Everywhere you look, there's incompetency and a lack of accountability in the Detroit Red Wings franchise.
Don't believe it?
Since a pair of back to back Stanley Cup Final berths in 2008-09, the Wings have gone from class of the NHL to a fringe playoff team.
Once a team that was a given to be at the top of the standings every year, the Red Wings have willingly committed themselves to mediocrity, with no clear thought process in place to get better.
Much of it goes back to the decision-making, thought process, and strange love affair with the history and past success of the franchise.
But as Albert Einstein famously once said, the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results".
This weekend as free agency opened, once again we saw prime examples of what exactly is holding this Original Six franchise back. With the signings of Steve Ott, Darren Helm, and Frans Nielsen, a hope to return back to the glory days of the Red Wings was met only with lateral moves, at best, and confusing long-term deals, at worst.
July 04 2016 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames had a lot of problems last year, but none bigger than their goaltending. Not one of the four puckstoppers who graced the club's crease last year finished with an average SV%. As a team, the Flames finished with one of the worst save rates in the entire league at even strength at .908. That's 12 points back of merely average.
Brad Treliving clearly entered the offseason on a mission not to allow that to happen again. His moves to acquire both Brian Elliott and Chad Jonhson promise to vastly improve the netminding situation for the team next season. But how much of an improvement is it likely to be?
A big one.
July 03 2016 06:02PM
That's how long James Wisniewski played for the Carolina Hurricanes before tearing his ACL. He was subjected to two trades before, coming from the Ducks via the Blue Jackets. He wasn't able to stick at either club and various reasons were given to why he didn't stick. His contract was a bit of an albatross due to his 5.5 million dollar cap hit, which given his production wasn't as terrible as it sounds. After being bought out by the Hurricanes, where exactly does Wisniewski go next?
July 03 2016 10:01AM
With the Leafs signing fourth-liner Matt Martin to a contract worth $10 million, there's been lots of talk already about how the Leafs will probably regret that contract in the future. By extension, there's been lots of talk about how the Leafs might eventually get out from under that contract.