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Not the best Bozak comparison.  When Bozak signed his deal, he was career 0.56 PPG and Brassard is career 0.56 PPG.  Only Bozak has had around 4:00 more TOI per game than Brassard has.  So one is doing it in 1st line minutes and the other in 2nd line minutes (or arguably maybe even 3rd line minutes).  Perhaps it's an indication there is more you could get out of Brassard in a larger role, but I don't know the player well enough to know what his situation is.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Reimer avoids arbitration
« on: July 26, 2014, 06:16:12 PM »
I'm losing the plot a bit. A month ago he was asking for a trade out of town.

Why would he sign a two year deal?

Because this is probably as good of a situation as he's going to find, there's not many (if any) starting goalie positions available and almost no teams where he would be the clear #1.  Bernier doesn't have a long history of being a #1 and it's in Reimer's best interests to perform well and make a trade more possible.  As it stands right now there's not much of a market so it's in everyone's interest for him to perform well.  2-year deal is likely just to make him more marketable in a deal too.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Reimer avoids arbitration
« on: July 26, 2014, 09:29:35 AM »
And this is all true.  Reimer was a problem for the Leafs, especially down the stretch.  The first two months he was very good and then he wasn't anymore December (.909), January (.865), February (.896).  Part of that was the team just completely collapsed but he was struggling to keep himself in control.

But overall a .911 SV% for a backup is not bad.  His ending of the season makes it seem worse than it really was.  Even Bernier was bad in that stretch (injury of course).

But the season is the season.  You can't say his seemed worse than it really was.  It was exactly as bad as it really was. 

Exactly, the season is the season not only one bad stretch.

Keeping in mind that the point of a season is to get into the playoffs.  Since he was unable to help the team do that, I think it's hard to claim that his season seemed worse than it was.  Missing the playoffs is worseness.

I'm saying that's not all on him, so I'm not defining his entire season based on that.  But I wouldn't define the entire team based on that stretch either.

I agree.  I just think you have to look at the end result when assessing the overall quality of a player's season.  I like Reimer but were we not still in a playoff spot when he had to take over?  In any case, as I mentioned before if you want to be considered a good backup (let alone a starter) you have steal a game or two, even if it has to be done in back of the world-class clowncollege that is the Leafs D.

Even in that rough stretch of his he did steal at least 1 game.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Reimer avoids arbitration
« on: July 26, 2014, 08:03:33 AM »
And this is all true.  Reimer was a problem for the Leafs, especially down the stretch.  The first two months he was very good and then he wasn't anymore December (.909), January (.865), February (.896).  Part of that was the team just completely collapsed but he was struggling to keep himself in control.

But overall a .911 SV% for a backup is not bad.  His ending of the season makes it seem worse than it really was.  Even Bernier was bad in that stretch (injury of course).

But the season is the season.  You can't say his seemed worse than it really was.  It was exactly as bad as it really was. 

Exactly, the season is the season not only one bad stretch.

Keeping in mind that the point of a season is to get into the playoffs.  Since he was unable to help the team do that, I think it's hard to claim that his season seemed worse than it was.  Missing the playoffs is worseness.

I'm saying that's not all on him, so I'm not defining his entire season based on that.  But I wouldn't define the entire team based on that stretch either.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Reimer avoids arbitration
« on: July 25, 2014, 10:17:48 PM »
And this is all true.  Reimer was a problem for the Leafs, especially down the stretch.  The first two months he was very good and then he wasn't anymore December (.909), January (.865), February (.896).  Part of that was the team just completely collapsed but he was struggling to keep himself in control.

But overall a .911 SV% for a backup is not bad.  His ending of the season makes it seem worse than it really was.  Even Bernier was bad in that stretch (injury of course).

But the season is the season.  You can't say his seemed worse than it really was.  It was exactly as bad as it really was. 

Exactly, the season is the season not only one bad stretch.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Reimer avoids arbitration
« on: July 25, 2014, 09:17:20 PM »
And this is all true.  Reimer was a problem for the Leafs, especially down the stretch.  The first two months he was very good and then he wasn't anymore December (.909), January (.865), February (.896).  Part of that was the team just completely collapsed but he was struggling to keep himself in control.

But overall a .911 SV% for a backup is not bad.  His ending of the season makes it seem worse than it really was.  Even Bernier was bad in that stretch (injury of course).

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Reimer avoids arbitration
« on: July 25, 2014, 05:19:48 PM »
In a year when they have to lock up Bernier, 2.3M will be far too much for a backup. In fact, that's too much now. Sign him to trade him maybe?

Bernier's RFA when his deal ends so the decision can wait a little while at least.  As it stands this season it's not too much $ for a tandem.

Hawt take:

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@DamoSpin

Reimer's inability to fill for injured Bernier costs 3 coaches, 2 execs their jobs. And he gets $4.6 million.

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I will assume that Nonis made the offer being the GM.

And I doubt Shanahan made the Nylander pick considering he was hired only just over 2 months before the draft.  He's made a point to say how he's trying to learn as much as he can but being so new on the job it's almost a certainty he deferred to Morrison and Nonis on the pick.

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NHL Transactions / Habs re-sign Eller to 4-year deal
« on: July 24, 2014, 03:27:50 PM »
4 years, $3.5M avg per year.

The breakdown:

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@FriedgeHNIC 

Eller -- 2.5, 2.5, 4.5, 4.75

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Leafs offer was 5 x $4.75M per Dreger and confirmed by Bolland's agent.

IMO still too high

Yep, Leafs signed something like 5 players now for the combined annual salary Florida gave him.

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Leafs offer was 5 x $4.75M per Dreger and confirmed by Bolland's agent.

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One of the best things I've heard from his interviews: "our team had the lowest number of fights in the league."

They also had one of the highest PIM's in the league.  Soooo...

They had the 2nd lowest PIM's in the league: http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/standings/show/ls_season/49/subtype/1

 :-[ I stand corrected then.  Swear I read that in one of the articles on the day Dubas was hired.  I did work 16 hours that day so might be me. :P

I think he mentioned the 2nd lowest PIMs in his media availability in response to a question so probably just mis-heard/remembered it.  As a Greyhounds fan I'd say their discipline was a huge part of their success last season - and helped them have the #1 overall PK% in the league.

I'd prefer to know the number of power plays vs. penalty kills are rather than the total number of penalty minutes... It is not too hard for one team to get a lot of coincidental 5-minute majors but few non-coincidental minors (or majors).  It is the non-coincidental ones that lead to the goals for or against.

By times shorthanded they were 3rd fewest in the league.  They drew the 5th most PP's.

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James Mirtle @mirtle  ·  Jul 23
Shanahan's next renovation will be the scouting department. No reason Leafs shouldn't have one of league's best.


All this talk about when they'll hire a replacement GM for Nonis. Maybe they already did in mid April and all they screwed up on was forgetting to adjust the job titles.

I'm not complaining. I don't mind Shanahan at all as a hockey personality and generally as an executive at this point though my jury hasn't even sat down to examine the testimony and evidence yet.

I'm just experiencing a bit of surprise at how hands on Shanahan appears to be in the decisions arguably a GM would "normally" make.

Is that normally a GM's decision?  I can't really find any info one way or another.

There's certainly no firm "rule" that says it's "normal". Teams do vary some in their management structure and have for as long as I can remember.

"Normally", my impression has been the GM handles such hiring. Commonly, the President has been more of a financial guy and/or a non-hockey executive - not a hockey guy.

That maybe shifting some with hirings like Joe Sakic (and Shanahan) in the position of President.

Leiweke said this at the time so it's not really too surprising to me:

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“We’re going to give him full authority,” said Leiweke. “Everybody on the hockey side, everybody on the business side for the Toronto Maple Leafs reports in to Brendan Shanahan. He’s the boss.”

http://sports.nationalpost.com/2014/04/14/brendan-shanahan-to-have-full-authority-as-toronto-maple-leafs-president-alternate-governor/

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James Mirtle @mirtle  ·  Jul 23
Shanahan's next renovation will be the scouting department. No reason Leafs shouldn't have one of league's best.


All this talk about when they'll hire a replacement GM for Nonis. Maybe they already did in mid April and all they screwed up on was forgetting to adjust the job titles.

I'm not complaining. I don't mind Shanahan at all as a hockey personality and generally as an executive at this point though my jury hasn't even sat down to examine the testimony and evidence yet.

I'm just experiencing a bit of surprise at how hands on Shanahan appears to be in the decisions arguably a GM would "normally" make.

Is that normally a GM's decision?  I can't really find any info one way or another.

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One of the best things I've heard from his interviews: "our team had the lowest number of fights in the league."

They also had one of the highest PIM's in the league.  Soooo...

They had the 2nd lowest PIM's in the league: http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/standings/show/ls_season/49/subtype/1

 :-[ I stand corrected then.  Swear I read that in one of the articles on the day Dubas was hired.  I did work 16 hours that day so might be me. :P

I think he mentioned the 2nd lowest PIMs in his media availability in response to a question so probably just mis-heard/remembered it.  As a Greyhounds fan I'd say their discipline was a huge part of their success last season - and helped them have the #1 overall PK% in the league.

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