Raking Leafs

Mixing metaphors and casting cliches about hockey and the Maple Leafs for the ether's pleasure since MCMLXVII.


Hockey School

First up, History 167 - Courtesy of Joe Pelletier on the 1967 Cup winning team. Read up, kiddies. The Stajan number transfer idea is something to ponder. (During HDiC, there was a profile of a Pelletier family who have an indoor rink shared with family, friends and neighbors. I suspect Joe is from the same clan, and if so, the weight of his words means much more to me; that kind of history and tradition can't be manufactured.) UPDATE : The blogger formerly known as Reality Check has a two part history of the '67 team, as does this website for the upcoming dinner honoring the team on March 22, 2007 [via]. Google Video has the cup clinching game available for viewing, though the video is missing large chunks.

Next, Capology 101. Bitter points out an outstanding Salary Cap post and spreadsheet up on letsgosabres.com.

There was an NHL Economics 330 demo last night, as the Nashville Predators traded for Forsberg and financial viability. Under the duress of abysmal attendance and market recognition, GM Poile sacrificed a roster player, a prospect, and two draft picks (1st and 3rd) in the hopes of being noticed in Nashville, winning the Stanley Cup, selling more tickets to maintain profit sharing eligibility, perhaps eliminate the desire of ownership to sell and/or relocate.

Finally, a short lesson in relativity. Despite the Leafs having the same amount of points in the same amount of games played as the NY Islanders, the Leafs remain out of the play-off picture because of goal differential (+8 vs. -2)

1. The fewer number of games played (i.e., superior points percentage).
2. The greater number of games won.
3. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included. If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, and not including any "odd" games, shall be used to determine the standing.
4. Goal differential

UPDATE - I'm still not sure if the Leafs are in or out.


  • At 2:25 PM, Blogger PPP said…

    Good links but whoever has the Leafs as ninth is wrong. The third tie-breaker goes to the Leafs so it doesn't go to goal differential. In two games against the fishermen the Leafs are 1-0-1 for 3 points and the Islanders are 1-1-0 for 2 points.

  • At 2:50 PM, Blogger ninja said…

    PPP, both games were played in Toronto, so I'm not sure if the head-to-head breaker is moot.

  • At 2:59 PM, Blogger ninja said…

    Well, you made me go check, and TSN and sportsnet.ca both have the Isles ahead of the Leafs.

  • At 11:02 AM, Blogger PPP said…

    Yeah, I don't think home ice factors in until the end of the season but I like thinking of them as being in 8th place.

  • At 12:17 PM, Blogger Tim said…

    NHL.com has them in 8th.

  • At 6:49 PM, Blogger Robert L said…

    If you are interested I have two posts up with more to come on the 1967 Leafs. Each contain dozens of article links, photo's, and bio's.



    Hope you enjoy and learn as I have about a great team in an interesting era.



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