February 27 2017 06:01PM
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It's been a long time since the Toronto Maple Leafs have been buyers at the deadline. I'm not even talking all-in, trading the youth core, throwing away first round picks levels of buying. In the past thirteen years, the Leafs' idea of "going for it" in late-February, early-March has been trading for Yanic Perreault in 2007 and Ryan O'Byrne in 2013.
But, just a year removed from the basement, the Leafs have made their first splash, and possibly not their last. It's not quite a blockbuster, but in Brian Boyle, the Leafs have made a significant upgrade to their depth down the middle.
February 27 2017 12:02PM
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Fans haven't been shy about voicing their discontent with one Nic Petan and how he's played. Fairly or otherwise, he's firmly in their crosshairs.
I tend to think much of this is borne of Petan's suffering a 95.8 PDO. That number is likely to regress to the league's mean, and as it does, it will influence how fans and experts alike view Petan's season. Bad luck might not be the only factor at work here, though. What if deployment and usage are responsible for Petan's poor outward perception?
Let's take a deeper look.
February 27 2017 10:00AM
Just over a year ago, I put together my list of the best value contracts for the Calgary Flames. Knowing we're right up on the trade deadline, and knowing how tight Calgary's cap situation is going to be going forward, I thought I'd revisit the conversation and assess what we've seen during the 2016-17 season. Who's giving the Flames the most bang for their buck this year?
February 27 2017 07:00AM
The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don't quite deserve their own article.
The trades have begun. After a inactive start to the season, actual moves have been made with real impact players. Patrick Eaves and Tomas Jurco were sent to Anaheim and Chicago last Friday night. Los Angeles acquired Ben Bishop? Martin Hanzal gets released from the shackles of the Arizona Coyotes and irrelevant hockey.
February 26 2017 11:05AM
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On Saturday Night Headlines, Nick Kypreos reported that the Leafs are inquiring about Brendan Smith and Riley Sheahan.
A number of pieces have already been written, including several by myself, analyzing the state of the Leafs' fourth line centre situation. Here, here, here, and here. One might suggest that all that can be said has been said (I definitely plan to leave it be after this unless an acquisition is made). And, other than the new factor of the pursuit of Riley Sheahan, that certainly seems true. So this piece will focus entirely on the value of Sheahan himself and the Leafs' apparent pursuit thereof.