The Art of Scouting: No Science and Precious Little Art Here

Jim Nill, Assistant General Manager, Detroit Red Wings, agrees that predicting how a player will develop, and if he will at all, is one of the toughest parts of amateur scouting.  The varying development cycles of prospects, not only physically but mentally and emotionally, too, all make amateur scouting a head spinner. –The Art of […]

A Visit From a Ninja: Maple Leafs Annual 2011-2012

You may have noticed that this blog has fallen dormant over the last little while.  I am a ninja, and I am here to tell you about that.  Why has a ninja been sent to explain these things?  Fool! It is not the right time for you to ask questions.  When will that time be?  […]

Fuel, Meet Fire: U of T Report Says GTA Could Support 3 NHL teams

  Noted fishwrapper/parakeet cage liner the Toronto Star has news today that is guaranteed to fan the already raging nationalistic fire that burns so brightly among many about the state of professional hockey.  According to the Star, a report published today by the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation at the University of Toronto argues that […]

Welcome to the Tribe, Little Guy

I was rushing home from the office with a hot meal for a sickly Spouse (I cook only the best take out dishes), late for an appointment at the bank to clean up the latest of my absurd little financial disasters. It was Tuesday night.  The Leafs were set to face off at 7:30 (ed. […]

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

Cam Cole wrote a ridiculous article today about social media and the National Hockey League trade deadline. Cole mentions that during the intense discussions surrounding today’s NHL trade deadline, many people availed themselves of the opportunity to have a little fun;  some folk decided to create Twitter accounts that appeared to emanate from real hockey […]

Dustin Byfuglien: Jerkstore

Yes, I really wish the Leafs could’ve managed to hold on to either: (a) a one goal third-period lead vs. Pittsburgh on Saturday; OR (b) a two goal lead vs. Atlanta this afternoon. …but I’m really more worried about James Reimer.  He’s looking more and more like the future of our team between the pipes. […]

Reflections on the WJC: Still Proud, Canada

About an hour ago, everybody watching the World Junior Hockey Championships (including the half dozen viewers south of the border in Bronzeland*) saw one of the most gutsy comebacks in the history of junior hockey unfold on our television screens. Trailing 3-0 at the outset of the third period of the gold medal game, a […]

UPDATE: Pierre McGuire Still Ridiculous

My earlier post on Pierre McGuire’s controversial system of anatomy was picked up by Puck Daddy.  Kudos to Greg Wyshynski for choosing to shine a light on Pierre’s ridiculous dissembling about this hit. A few minutes after I posted the video (and my writing on the subject) last night, I saw another clip on TSN […]

Pierre McGuire: Blind or Just Obsequious?

Like most of Canada this time of year, I was watching Canada/Czech Republic at the World Junior Hockey Championship from Buffalo last night on TSN.   For the second game in a row, Team Canada started in a bit of a sleepwalking mode and surrendered an early goal.  Also for the second game in a row […]

Leafs Fans: If God Hates Us…

Tyler Seguin will outscore Phil Kessel tonight.  There is an outside chance that it will be mentioned that Toronto traded a draft pick that became Mr. Seguin in order to obtain Mr. Kessel tonight.  The over/under on the number of total references to this fact is the first Vegas over/under line in history to be […]