Sunday, September 29, 2013

Leafs Trade Joe Colborne for Nothing

joe colborne leafs flames trade
The Maple Leafs traded Joe Colborne for a song because the organization values face punching over skill.

Late Saturday night the Maple Leafs dealt Joe Colborne to the Calgary Flames, a team even more desperate for centres, for a conditional fourth-round draft pick. The pick could turn into a third-round pick "if certain conditions are met in the upcoming season".

Saturday, September 28, 2013

2013-14 Toronto Maple Leafs Season Preview

jake gardiner leafs
The 2013-14 NHL season gets underway on Oct. 1 with the Leafs and Canadiens renewing rivalries, and what better way to get set than a season preview giving you the five reasons to be optimistic, pessimistic, and realistic about the Leafs' chances?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

2013 Fantasy Hockey Avatars

david backes fantasy hockey
Backes to the Future
Fantasy hockey sleepers studied? Check. Funny fantasy hockey team name? Check. All that stands between you and league domination is a killer fantasy hockey team logo. And you're in luck, because I have a fresh batch, most of which aren't as poorly Photoshopped as last year's logos.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Training Camp Stories That Write Themselves

mason raymond leafs training camp
Training camps are open and that means hockey is back. Huzzah, we are safe to watch Sportscentre highlights again!

It also means there is plenty to write about, unless you're super lazy, in which case you can dust off your notebook and pick from one of the tried and true cliché storylines that comes up every training camp. Just add in different names from this year's roster like a Mad Libs story and you're set.

Stick tap to this Bill Simmons article for the inspiration.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

2013-2014 Fantasy Hockey Sleepers

beau bennett fantasy hockey sleeper
On your road to fantasy hockey dominance, the first step is picking an awesome team name. Even if you're a powerhouse team, none of your friends will respect you if you named your team something lame.

The second step is a little more difficult: Identifying who is going to have a great season. Advanced stats can help you find players likely to rebound or breakout, but that level of research can be quite time consuming. To help make your life easier, I came up with a list of players who you should think about come draft day. Some don't fit the traditional definition of a sleeper, but are still going low enough in Yahoo! leagues that you can get major value by drafting them.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

How Advanced Stats Can Help You Win Your Fantasy Hockey League

jordan eberle oilers advanced stats
Unless you're playing with a bunch of neglectful owners (the absentee parents of fantasy hockey) you will probably need to find an extra edge to outsmart your opponents and win your fantasy hockey league.

Usually, that means finding the best sleepers. But with a bunch of knowledgeable opponents who have all done research and checked the Internet's sleeper lists, you're all likely going after the same players. And when you're all going after the same players it means you're going to have to overpay to get some sleepers, which somewhat defeats the purpose of a sleeper. And if you overpay for a sleeper you better be sure your investment pays off.

For the owner looking for that extra edge, that extra bit of knowledge about a player, which can help you decide whether the sleeper is worth it or whether last year's breakout star can repeat, advanced stats can help.

Monday, September 2, 2013

2013 Fantasy Hockey Team Names

fantasy hockey team names logos
It's hard to ease back into regular production after posting a dramatic, emotionally-charged coming out story. So to make the transition easier I'll post something that goes in the exact opposite direction—the world famous Fantasy Hockey Team Names list!

Unlike in previous years, I actually didn't have to scour the internet for many fantasy names this time around. That's because my friend Mike (who usually provides a healthy number of the names) went wild this year, sending me probably 95% of the names listed below. He has a gift.

If you somehow can't find a name that tickles your funny bone from the many below, be sure to check out the fantasy hockey team names from 2012, 2011, and 2010. And if you're looking for a logo that strikes fear (and laughter) into your opponents, make sure to check out my bad Photoshop skills.
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