Anthony Petrielli of Maple Leafs Hot Stove was watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the rest of us and came up with 10 lessons the Toronto Maple Leafs can learn from the top teams in the National Hockey League. Among them: Find a fourth line that can actually play, bring in some defensemen who can play tough minutes and acquire a centre who can go head-to-head with Jonathan Toews, Anze Kopitar, Sidney Crosby and other top offensive centres. It’s easier said than done, but I can’t say I disagree.
Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation has some scattered thoughts about the offseason happenings around the league. One alarming thing he alludes to is the Toronto Maple Leafs’ website’s obsession with all things Dave Bolland. It’s worrisome because he’s not even under contract for next season, yet it seems very likely the team is going to re-sign him for way too much money.
Greg Sinclair of Pension Plan Puppets presented at the first ever Alberta Analytics Conference and shared some of the information he learned. There’s some pretty cool stuff in there about the NHL and how they’re embracing (or in some cases, not embracing) the use of analytics.
Patrick King of Sportsnet joined the ranks of mock drafters who foresee the Toronto Maple Leafs taking Nick Ritchie with the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft at the end of the month. I wouldn’t mind that pick, but if things go the way King thinks, I would like the Leafs to take Willie Nylander, who I see as a bona fide first-line centre.
Ville Leino of the Sabres, David Booth of the Canucks and Aaron Rome of the Stars were all put on waivers with the intention of being bought out today. Teams have until tomorrow at noon to make a claim for either Leino or Booth, while Rome already cleared waivers.