According to a fascinatingly in-depth report from TSN’s Travis Yost, Babcock’s philosophy is impacting Toronto and the numbers don’t lie.
Yost pointed to the difficult task that laid ahead for Babcock, who was taking over for Randy Carlyle and his excessive shift times on to his star players.
Yost also demonstrated the average shift length per season for the Leafs, over the past three seasons:
As the infographic clearly shows, most players are in the high 30s or low 40s and Babcock has continuously worked to bring that down.
Babcock believes that players on quick, short shifts can play a more effective two-way game over longer periods of time during a given game but the coach must find a balance to ensure the success of this implementation.
The balance between playing his best players too much and resisting the call to play them on extended shifts will be key.
But Babcock’s impact is certainly measurable and for that, the coach deserves kudos for a job well done.
And so does Yost for his incredible analysis.
Penguins Sign Oula Palve
Palve’s new deal is for the league minimum $700K and includes a $92.5K signing bonuses. There are also games-played incentives that could total $132.5K.
Palve is coming off a solid season withTPS Turku in the Finnish sm-Liiga , leading the team with 16 goals and 35 assists in 53 games.
Caps’ T.J. Oshie Likely Out For The Playoffs
The Washington Capitals will be without winger T.J. Oshie for whjat appears to be the entire postseason, according to Isabelle Khurshudyan and Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.
Oshie’s injury is being termed as an upper-body issue by the team, but Oshie was seen in a sling following a hit from Carolina Hurricanes winger Warren Foegele.
Despite the hit, the Department of Player Safety opted not to hand anything down in terms of discipline on Foegele.
Red Wings Hire Steve Yzerman
Current general manager, Ken Holland, will move to a position called Senior Vice President and has inked a multi-year contract extension to remain with the club, according to TSN’s Gord Miller.
Yzerman stepped down from his role as GM of the Lightning in September but he is largely responsible for building the roster that led Tampa Bay to a President’s Cup this season, matching the NHL record for wins in a single season, posting a 62-16-4 record this past season.
Yzerman could be bringing some members of the Lightning front office to Detroit with him, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
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