Leafs hire more hockey analytics staff amid rumors MLSE honcho Tim Leiweke could be leaving, Senators sign Clarke MacArthur, former Hab Alexei Kovalev criticizes P.K.. Subban, Andrew Ladd gets into Twitter trouble, plus the latest on the Oilers and Flames.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reports Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment president & CEO Tim Leiweke denied Friedman’s report claiming he would soon step down. Friedman claims Leiweke’s relationship with the MLSE board is strained.
PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski yesterday reported the Leafs hired Darryl Metcalf (creator of ExtraSkater.com) and blogger Cam Charron to work in their new hockey analytics department.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leiweke might not be stepping down now but various opinions on the matter suggest he probably won’t be in the position for long. As for the Leafs new hirings, many of us who followed ExtraSkater suspected Metcalf was probably hired by an NHL team or the league itself when his site went dark nearly two weeks ago. Our loss, however, is the Leafs gain. Metcalf and Charron are the latest among those who’ve covered hockey analytics to be hired by NHL teams this summer.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators yesterday re-signed winger Clarke MacArthur to a five year, $23.25 million contract. MacArthur was eligible for UFA status next summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A good move by the Senators. MacArthur’s performance last season was among the few bright spots for the club, as he potted a career-high in goals (24) and netted 55 points. He’s been a consistent 20-plus scorers the past three seasons who doesn’t shy away from physical play.
TSN.CA: Former Montreal Canadiens forward Alexei Kovalev was critical of P.K. Subban’s new contract and style of play, claiming he’s too risky and plays too much of an offensive style, comparing him to Brian Leetch.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yeah, that’s the type of criticism I’m sure Subban doesn’t deserve, being compared to a fellow Norris Trophy winner, who was also playoff MVP on a Stanley Cup champion and became a Hockey Hall of Famer. And since when did Kovalev become an expert on defensive hockey?
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma believes the settlement in Steve Moore’s lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi brings into questions the role of former Canucks head coach Marc Crawford into the matter.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets captain Andrew Ladd claims he accidentally favorited a tweet to a link which was critical of the club’s offseason moves.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers president Kevin Lowe expects nearly 100 percent of the club’s 1984 Stanley Cup championship roster to attend its 30-year reunion.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames have hired Jordan Sigalet as their new goaltending coach.