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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: Today at 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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Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Stamkos in Two Years?
« on: Today at 11:14:05 AM »
I've been here for years now and I really haven't noticed much of a difference in the quality of posts.

I'd say I've noticed a general increase in the quality. For the most part, people here understand that we're mostly looking for a more informed discussion than most of the other hockey message boards out there.

You miss out on great HFBoards trade proposals though:


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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

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Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Stamkos in Two Years?
« on: Today at 10:51:56 AM »
I only visit this site a few times a year. A lot has changed since I was a regular many years ago.

For instance, if someone doesn't know any better and posts something that is already posted somewhere else the nice folks here used to let that person know via a PM or a mod would merge it. Now you just get treated like the redheaded step child who is not in the cool club.

I wonder why all these years later it's the same old people bantering back and forth.

Yea I don't post on here anymore either.  I remember when it was a fun place to hang out....no more.

Yeah the know-it-allism of some is to blame.  Like those robots guys.

Yet who are the people publicly insulting others here?  Take a look in the mirror, certain posters derailed this thread with some vendetta or something.  You can always block those posters you really can't stand, or even PM them and talk about it. 

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Also interesting from a piece by Scott Cullen:

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On other topics, we talked about employing four forwards on the ice at times. He said the Greyhounds were experimenting with it, adding a top-line forward when the other team put their fourth line on the ice, figuring that there was a potential mismatch available, with minimal downside because other teams' fourth lines weren't necessarily a big threat. Merely thinking that little bit outside the box qualifies as creative in hockey circles and it's the open-minded approach to try it that makes Dubas such an intriguing hire. He's not stuck on the same old, same old because that's the way it has always been done.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=457789

Hopefully we'll slowly start to see the Leafs employing some different ideas.  I bet there are a number of 4th lines in the league you could attempt that against from time to time.

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From Michael Grange with really interesting comments from Soo coach Sheldon Keefe on how they integrated a more statistical approach into their traditional coaching:

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How much can Dubas influence Carlyle’s style?

The OHL is a long way from the NHL and it goes without saying that coaching the Soo Greyhounds bears little resemblance to coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs.

But Sheldon Keefe has an interesting perspective on what impact Kyle Dubas, the Leafs stats-friendly newbie executive can have on a hockey coach, and as far as he’s concerned, it’s considerable.

“The biggest thing on our staff was that it created daily discussions and debate,” says Keefe of the spreadsheets he’d be given to review after games and the more in-depth breakdowns he’d look at during various points in the season. “What did we see in the game and the video compared with what the numbers said?

“We were constantly looking for solutions to try and make everything make sense. Instead of going just with the numbers or just what we thought we saw on the ice, we tried to go through everything to make it all compute so we could come up with a solution and a direction.”

There was enough success to turn Keefe from being curious about so-called ‘fancy stats’ to a believer.

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Analytics or advanced statistics weren’t a big point of the interview process when Keefe was hired by Dubas to take over the Greyhounds midway through the 2012-13 season. Dubas didn’t hire Keefe from the Central Canada Hockey League’s Pembroke Lumber Kings – the Junior A franchise Keefe owned and led to five league titles and the 2011 national championship — because he was versant in Corsi or Fenwick or PDO. Keefe had nothing more than a passing knowledge of advanced stats and most of what he knew he’d gleaned from following Dubas and others on Twitter.

“He began to build an interest,” says Dubas. “And then he began to see the synergies between what the theory was and what the numbers were saying and the value in altering our strategy a little bit. It just takes time. It’s slow and you have to slowly present the ideas and they might be rejected or they might be wholly accepted or it might be somewhere in between.”

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“I look back at what I valued and how I coached in Jr. A and I don’t even recognize myself,” Keefe said while taking a moment to talk about his old boss while on vacation in Arizona. “I believe I have an understanding of the game now that works for me and our organization that I just did not have previously before getting introduced to this.”

Now, how much impact a 28-year-old, rookie assistant general manager can have on the likes of Leafs coach Randy Carlyle, who was playing in his 10th NHL season the year Dubas was born, is a matter of debate.

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When Leafs president Brendan Shanahan talked Tuesday about those in the organization who were “afraid” of certain terms and concepts, it was hard not to imagine general manager Dave Nonis or more significantly, Carlyle as foremost among those who recoiled at the idea of ‘spreadsheet hockey.’

But Keefe says change can come quickly to those open to them, and Dubas is the right kind of teacher.

“He has a very articulate way of explaining how these numbers can help and the theories behind them versus saying ‘hey, look at these numbers’,” says Keefe. “He presents them in a way that’s a lot less intimidating.”

In the beginning, Keefe says his implementation of advanced stats wasn’t very advanced: It was the basics — Corsi, Fenwick and PDO – which taken together capture how much each team has the puck; how often they shoot it and how much ‘puck luck’ and goaltending are reflected in goals for and against.

Last season Keefe said he began incorporating data – more as a guideline or a support — in how he deployed his lineups.

But the real breakthrough came when he found himself developing his own data to test his theories about how to play and coach the game.

“I ended up being hungry for the numbers and what they could do as far as helping develop a system of play that could possibly influence those numbers,” said Keefe.

The biggest revelation, he said, was finding the relative risk of a turnover in the defensive zone by over-handling the puck in their own end was far out-weighed by the benefits of exiting the defensive zone in control of the puck, which in turn allowed the Greyhounds to enter to offensive zone in position to make plays.

Chipping pucks out or rimming them off the glass became taboo. Instead the emphasis was on making as many passes inside their own zone as needed to leave the zone with control.

With a small, young, skilled team battling on the wall wasn’t conducive to the lineup he had, and by doing his own analysis – “I don’t have a fancy name for it” – he found that there was strong correlation between having the puck exiting the zone and keeping it in the other team’s end.

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“Just like anyone else I valued size and strength and toughness and physicality – and I still do,” says Keefe. “However at the Junior level and Kyle feels the same way – we weren’t prepared to sacrifice skill and ability in order to get bigger or tougher.”

There are risks – “we looked kind of chaotic at times,” said Keefe – but upon review the damage caused by the inevitable turnovers in their own zone were minimal compared to the benefits of making the plays needed to control the puck.

Full article

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That video reminds me of an article during the year where a bunch of players on the team commented on how strong Kessel was, especially his legs, and how he was basically just naturally good at so many sports.  It's also remarkable how he almost never gets injured (knocks on wood).

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Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Stamkos in Two Years?
« on: Yesterday at 07:45:15 PM »
Can we not do this until Stamkos becoming a UFA or being traded becomes a real possibility?

That's why I kept my breaking news "P5" rumour in the Random Rumours section like the civilized foaming-at-the-mouth fan that I am.
Peklund??

I'm glad one person got it.  I'll let my mom know - it IS funny!

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