Wednesday, February 28, 2007
1. Buffalo - 2-17-0
2. New Jersey - 3-14-1
3. Pittsburgh - 9-11-0
4. Ottawa - 7-11-1
5. Tampa Bay - 8-8-1
6. Atlanta - 9-7-1
7. N.Y. Islanders - 10-8-1
8. Montreal - 10-5-1
9. Carolina - 11-6-0
10. Toronto - 12-6-0
11. Boston - 14-5-1
12. N.Y. Rangers - 13-5-1
13. Florida - 15-3-0
14. Washington - 17-1-0
15. Philadelphia - Eliminated (max 80)
What is this?
It's all based on the premise that, if you get 93 points in the Eastern Conference standings, you'll make the playoffs. It lists what each team needs to do in their remaining games to finish in the top 8.
Sorry Leaf fans, but it looks real grim. Weak team defense and inconsistent goaltending, combined with a brutal schedule makes a .667 winning percentage just not in the cards. Yannic Perrault doesn't begin to address these problems and will not get them into the playoffs. So they have now wasted a decent prospect (Bell) and a high draft pick (2nd round, 2007).
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
I think Sundin summed it up well last week, about needing to be "more effective." What should be happening is either Ponikarovsky supports the puck and Antropov plants himself in front of the net, or vice. It drives me nuts watching this line control the puck for extended periods of time with two players facing the boards while a third sits in a position that is either too acute of an angle for a quick shot, or blocks a wall-sitter from coming to the front of the net with any efficacy.
And to further magnify this deficiency the third line of Pohl, Bates, and Kilger cycle the puck with speed and anticipation. How many times have you seen the passing lane open up only for Ponikarovsky to recognize it late and pass after the lane has closed, or Antropov waiting for the centering pass so close to the goal line you can see Sundin's facial expression say "Guess I'll have to drive the net for a wrap-around"?
I just don't see Ponikarovsky and Antropov as first line players.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Management continues to insist that no overhaul of the team is needed. This is despite that fact that the core of the team couldn't make the post season last year and the same core is struggling to qualify this year. So if you are just fine-tuning then why not acquire a shootout specialist so you can get those few extra points you need to grab a playoff spot.
What would one of Petteri Nummelin (6 for6 in shootout); Mikko Koivu (8 for 13); Erik Christensen (5 for 8) or the ever-deadly Jussi Jokinen (5 for 9) cost the Leafs? These aren’t the big names that get thrown around in trade talk hype or as prime off-season acquisitions, yet they’re helping to put those much-needed shootout wins on the board for their respective teams.
At a collective 6-13 lifetime in the shoot-out, something certainly has to give. Poor Alex Ponikarovsky is dead last in the NHL shoot-out this season (0 for 7) and yet Maurice keeps calling his name and sending him over the boards. Quinn was criticized for doing the same thing last year.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Note: I've been informed that the official scorer was incorrect on the Storm's 5th goal and it was scored by Jackie with an assist from Sheri.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
- Buffalo - 4-17-0
- New Jersey - 6-14-1
- Tampa Bay - 10-9-1
- Pittsburgh - 9-12-1
- Ottawa - 10-10-1
- Atlanta - 11-7-1
- Montreal - 12-6-1
- Carolina - 13-6-0
- N.Y. Islanders - 13-7-1
- Toronto - 14-7-0
- N.Y. Rangers - 16-4-1
- Boston - 16-6-1
- Florida - 18-2-0
- Washington - 19-1-1
- Philadelphia - Eliminated (max 84)
The first thing we need to know is that the NHL Upper Salary Cap Limit this season is $44 million. Because there are 187 days in the 2006-2007 regular season, a team is allowed to spend $235,294 each day in cap dollars.
Each player's cap figure is simply the average salary through the life of his contract. For example, Bryan McCabe's cap hit for this season is $5.75 million because he signed a five-year deal which pays him $28.75 million although his actual salary this season is $7.15 million.
Each team's cap figure can change on a daily basis, depending on a variety of reasons. If a team does not use all of its $235,294 daily cap allowance, they can bank the unused amount and use it later in the season. This unused amount is called the team's "payroll room." At no point in the season can a team ever go over its payroll room. This means a team's payroll room cannot be negative, even if the team plans on evening it out later in the season. Basically, you can't borrow money from the future.
Who Counts Toward The Cap?
In short, every player on a team's roster is counted toward the cap. That includes the team's 23-man active roster along with any other player who is under contract — including injured ones. Also included are those contract bought out (Belfour and Domi).
Furthermore, players who are on a team as of 5 p.m. on any particular day count toward their team's cap allowance for that day. A player will also count toward the daily cap allowance if they were assigned to the minors on that same day they either practiced, played or traveled with the team prior to 5 p.m. So having the Marlies in town allows the team to easily transfer players on two-way contracts to save some dollars.
Long-Term Injuries (LTI) and How They Affect The Cap
This is one intricacy in the NHL's new CBA that does pertain to the Leafs . And reports on how it works vary from source to source. If a player has an injury that causes him to miss at least 10 games or 24 days of the season, he can be put on long-term injured reserve. What this does is give the injured player's team additional cap room — only if needed — to replace him. So if a team has a season-long cap figure of $43 million and they place a player who has a cap hit of $3 million on LTI, that team's upper cap limit becomes $46 million, $1 million of which goes against the cap and the additional $2 million the team is allowed to exceed as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
As with all good things, there is a catch. Once the injured player is ready to return to the lineup, the team must come into compliance with the cap again before re-activating the injured player. This means the team's upper cap limit is lowered back to $44 million. Also, if a team chooses not to replace the injured player, that extra cap allowance does NOT get banked.
So this is where long term injuries to Tucker, Wellwood and Peca become interesting. The Leafs do not save money by having long term injuries, it only allows them to spend above the cap during the period that those players are injured. According to various reports the Leafs have only about $1 million in cap space leading up to the trading deadline. Therefore, if they were to acquire expensive players at the trading deadline, they would have to dump salary. Now if Peca were to be injured right into the playoffs then I understand the higher cap would continue which would allow the Leafs more cap space when making a deal.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
The Storm has a 1-0 lead in the best 2 out 3 series in the first round of North Metro playoff. In the Provincial Playdown round robin, the Storm are tied with Leaside Wildcats with one win.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
- Buffalo - 6-17-0
- New Jersey - 8-14-1
- Pittsburgh - 12-13-0
- Ottawa - 12-11-0
- Tampa Bay - 13-9-0
- Atlanta - 13-8-0
- Toronto - 14-8-1
- Carolina - 14-7-0
- N.Y. Islanders - 15-7-1
- Montreal - 15-6-1
- N.Y. Rangers - 17-7-0
- Boston - 18-6-1
- Florida - 19-3-0
- Washington - 20-4-0
- Philadelphia - Eliminated (max 88)
It's all based on the premise that, if you get 95 points in the standings, you'll make the playoffs. There's a chance you can sneak in with 93, maybe even 92, but beyond that, it's going to be pretty unlikely under the NHL's kooky everybody-gets-a-point system. The number next to each team indicates the record they must achieve in their remaining games to get into the playoffs.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Credit JFJ for convincing Keon to come out for the reunion.
And of course the fans saved the loudest ovation for Keon. So why is he still so popular...well he played all-out, every game. He wore his heart on his sleeve - he had the passion.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Front Row: George Amstrong, Bob Pulford
Second Row: Johnny Bower, Dave Keon, Kent Douglas, Red Kelly, Frank Mahovlich, Tim Horton, Bob Baun, Terry Sawchuck
Third Row: Ron Ellis, Marcel Pronovost, Brian Conacher, Allan Stanley, Eddie Shack, Larry Jeffrey, Mike Walton
Fourth Row: ???, Pete Stemkowski, Jim Pappin, Larry Hillman,
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
There will also be a tribute dinner to the team on March 22, 2007 at the Convention Centre.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
4th Prince of Wales
There aren't a lot of 8th place teams winning Stanley Cups. Yes on occasion a lower ranked team might advance the the Finals but only superior teams win the Cup.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
His parents insist they will not call Scott by his new name. But his brother Kyle says he will.
Obviously more that just a little alcohol was involved here. What ever happened to just shaving your head when you lose a bet?
The team finishes 2nd in the division which is the highest finish for the Midget B team. They are guaranteed to finish no worse than 3rd in the Tier. Team records include most wins in a season (13), most points (29), most goals (52), most shutouts (7) and longest undefeated streak (9 games). And lets hope there are more milestones and achievements still to come. Congratulations to everyone!
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
CBS - 14th (+6) (updated Feb 6)
Sports Illustrated - 14th (+2) (updated Feb 6)
TSN - 15th (+6) (updated Feb 5)
Mirtle (Globe) - 16th (+4) (updated Feb 6)
ESPN - 16th (+3) (updated Feb 5)
CBC - 16th (+1) (updated Feb 2)
Fox - 17th (+5) (updated Feb 6)
The team received some very unfortunate news prior to the start of the game when it was announced that 1st year defenseman Sarah-Kate would be undergoing knee surgery for a torn ACL and would be out of the line up for the rest of the season. We all wish S.K. a full recovery and hope to see her on the ice next season.
Monday, February 05, 2007
However, Tuesday is game night. See everyone there.