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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: September 2, 2014

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With so much talk surrounding the increased use of analytics by various NHL teams, Kent Wilson of the Nations Network wrote a very informative advanced stats primer. Wilson includes definitions and explanations of pretty much every advanced stat you can think of, a few frequently asked questions and a case study to better understand how to put these numbers in use.

Six-time NHL All-Star defenseman Carol Vadnais died from cancer Sunday in Laval, Quebec. He was 68 years old. Vadnais won Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens in 1968 and the Boston Bruins in 1972. He also played seven seasons for the New York Rangers. Richard Goldstein of the New York Times has the story.

Kontinental Hockey League president Alexander Medvedev hinted to Russian publication Sport-Express that Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin could be returning to Russia to play full-time as soon as next season. It’s obviously very speculative and seems very outlandish at this point, but the comment is interesting nonetheless. Chris Peters of CBS Sports has more.

Matt Cubeta, Pete Jensen and Matt Sitkoff of released their individual rankings of the top-275 players in fantasy hockey. Phil Kessel (14th), James van Riemsdyk (74th) and Jonathan Bernier (122nd) are the top-ranked Toronto Maple Leafs in the consensus ranking.

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