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Browsing the Barilkosphere - August 16, 2013

Named after former Toronto Maple Leaf great Bill Barilko, the Barilkosphere is a network of blogs and websites devoted to bringing you the news, information and opinion (and lots of it) regarding the Leafs you crave as a fan. This feature is dedicated to bringing you the best of the Barilkosphere every day except Sunday. So sit back and relax, pour yourself another cup of Joe and enjoy today’s round of fresh links.

Big Minutes: Breaking down Dion Phaneuf

This analysis reaffirms much of what I already think about Phaneuf: He’s an offensively inclined defenseman who doesn’t thrive in a shut-down role. Hopefully a fully healthy Carl Gunnarsson this season will help carry the load. From Cam Charron of The LeafsNation.

PPP Book Club: Rob Vollman’s Hockey Abstract

Another well-written review of a book I haven’t gotten around to buying yet. Definitely a book worth checking out if you’re interested in learning more about hockey analytics. From Draglikepull of Pension Plan Puppets.

Top 25 Under 25 – #18 Garret Sparks

The 20-year-old goaltender has improved every year in junior, but struggled in three games last year with the Marlies. He’ll battle Christopher Gibson for the backup spot behind Drew McIntyre with the AHL team this year. From clrkaitken of PPP.

NHL delays testing for human growth hormone until 2014-15 season at earliest

“Daly said the NHL will not implement any HGH testing program until the league and its players union feel comfortable with it.” What? The players don’t “feel comfortable” with being tested for a performance-enhancing drug? What a surprise! From Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star.

Toews: ‘Naive’ to think no NHLers are juicing

If it were up to Jonathan Toews, he’d start testing yesterday. For the record, if Toews speaks out, the NHL better listen. From the Toronto Sun.

Reinhart, Nylander and Ekblad top the first look at the 2014 NHL draft class

So the list of top 2014 draft prospects includes the brother of Griffin and Max Reinhart, the son of Michael Nylander, the brother of Erik Karlsson and the brother of Brett Ritchie. How them bloodlines? From Kelly Friesen of Buzzing The Net.

The P.K. Subban Bridge Contract: Huge Miscalculation Or Stroke Of Genius?

I wish I could be a fly on the wall during contract negotiations between Subban’s agent and Marc Bergevin. Needless to say, he’ll be looking for a massive raise. From Lisa Fiorelli of A Winning Habit.

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