Our friends at Maple Leafs Hot Stove reached out to us last night to ask about a worrisome rumor. Darren Dreger reported yesterday that Adam Oates is being considered for a position as assistant coach in Toronto. We’re still unsure there’s any substance to the rumor, but I shared my thoughts on what that might mean for the Maple Leafs. Call it my last chance to go to the well. Now here’s an absurdly large link:

Five Questions on Maple Leafs Assistant Coach candidate Adam Oates

Thanks to the guys at MLHS for having me again.

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Michael Latta: 2013-14 Season Review

Michael Latta came out of nowhere (Nashville’s farm system) to bring dynamism to the bottom line this season. Latta didn’t get a lot of ice in his 17 games, but should he get another crack at the bigs this fall I think we’ll find that Latta is a legit NHL player.

By the Numbers

17 Games played
7.4 Average time on ice per game
1 Goals
3 Assists
48.2% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
50.0% Goal percentage during 5v5
9.1% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
92.7% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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Brooks Laich: 2013-14 Season Review

Brooks Laich suffered a groin injury during the 2013 lockout that has changed the trajectory of his career.  The former 20-goal scorer now struggles to play a full schedule and struggles to justify his 4.5 million dollar cap hit. After an operation this spring, there are now two futures waiting for Laich: a return to glory is one. The path of Tom Poti is the other.

By the Numbers

51 Games played
16.9 Average time on ice per game
8 Goals
7 Assists
48.0% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
45.5% Goal percentage during 5v5
7.6% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
92.5% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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Should the Washington Capitals Sign Ryan Miller?

After extending Brian Elliott on Monday, the St. Louis Blues appear unlikely to sign UFA goalie Ryan Miller. Miller, you recall, spent his entire career with Buffalo up until the 2014 trade deadline, when he jumped to St. Louis. Miller put up a .903 save percentage with the Blues over 19 games. I guess that was all Doug Armstrong needed to see.

Now, once again, we face an interesting question: should the Capitals sign Miller? Do they need stability in net before they can jumpstart their offense? Would an injection of experience even out a weary defense? Can he make the big saves in big games, which are definitely more important than the small saves in minuscule games.

Let’s weigh the matter carefully.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov: 2013-14 Season Review

It took four years, but Evgeny Kuznetsov finally suited up with the Washington Capitals. And with that, millions of Facebook commenters immediately stopped saying stuff like, “beleive it when i see it” and “already sick of his premadonna russian already [sic].” That alone made his season a success to me, but let’s consult the stats anyway.

BTW, today is Kuznetsov’s 22nd birthday!

By the Numbers

17 Games played
13.1 Average time on ice per game
3 Goals
6 Assists
42.3% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
41.2% Goal percentage during 5v5
10.4% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
91.2% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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Don Sweeney, Paul Fenton, and The Great One

The Capitals’ search for a new general manager continues, and while the process is pretty hush-hush, some details have gotten out.

Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts column names several candidates for new Caps GM, including Don Sweeney, Paul Fenton, and Ray Shero. He also mentions that Wayne Gretzky could be brought in to run the organization:

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During Sunday’s World Championships game between Germany and Russia, Alex Ovechkin was injured. Ovechkin’s right knee collided with a German player on open ice, sending Ovechkin flying.

The injury appears significant.

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Marcus Johansson: 2013-14 Season Review

Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn

Marcus Johansson played on the top line with Alex Ovechkin pretty much all season but scored just two goals during 5v5. I bet you could score three.

By the Numbers

80 Games played
17.1 Average time on ice per game
8 Goals
36 Assists
48.3% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
41.7% Goal percentage during 5v5
7.1% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
91.4% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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Braden Holtby: 2013-14 Season Review

The once and future franchise goalie, Braden Holtby might’ve suffered the Oates Effect worse than anyone else. But doesn’t that mean he’ll rebound higher than anyone else next season? Yes. Yes, it does. I think.

By the Numbers

48 Games played
93.0% 5v5 save percentage
1107 5v5 shots faced
2.8 Goal support per sixty minutes
86.8% Shorthanded save percentage
235 Shots faced while shorthanded

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Jack Hillen: 2013-14 Season Review

Glass Jack Hillen had another short season. He might be a good hockey player, but we just don’t know.

By the Numbers

13 Games played
17.8 Average time on ice per game
0 Goals
1 Assists
42.9% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
22.2% Goal percentage during 5v5
2.4% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
94.3% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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