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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Tavares
« Last post by Guilt Trip on Yesterday at 09:33:32 PM »
I knew when Lou joined the NYI the chances of JT coming went down, but now that Trotts has been hired, the chances are now gone IMO.  I guess we look elsewhere for our much needed center help.
I dont think it changes anything pertaining to the Leafs. If he had the dream of playing for us or anyone else, that wont change his mind. I think he's going to free agency just to see whats out there. If the Leafs offer up the right amount of cash and term to go witg his desite, if there is one, he'll be a Leaf. We'll see soon eniugh.
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Aaltonen returning to KHL next season.
« Last post by CarltonTheBear on Yesterday at 09:33:22 PM »
Huge meh.
All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
« Last post by Nik the Trik on Yesterday at 09:22:33 PM »

The NBA draft is so brutal for no reason. With the 10th pick the 76ers took this kid Mikal Bridges who was a Philly native, who went to school in the city and whose Mom works for the Sixers. They interview the kid about how happy he is to be playing for the Sixers, his Mom talks about how thrilled she is that he's staying at home and it's a real nice moment.

Then 15 minutes later it's announced he's been traded to Phoenix.
More money and a bigger role, no doubt.  I would have liked to have seen get a few games with the Leafs.

Absolutely, he can be a star in the KHL.
More money and a bigger role, no doubt.  I would have liked to have seen get a few games with the Leafs.
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« Last post by AvroArrow on Yesterday at 08:05:46 PM »
Not sure if it's been mentioned, but the cap is set at $79.5M for next season.
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Aaltonen returning to KHL next season.
« Last post by WhatIfGodWasALeaf on Yesterday at 08:03:51 PM »
Im a little disappointed because outside of the face off circle I really liked his game. His line almost never gave up chances against in the AHL and he was a big part of its defensive conscience.

Unfortunately Babs demands faceoff ability from his fourth line pivot and that was never something Aaltonen excelled at even in the KHL.

If the Leafs werent so stacked at wing I think hed be a very competent bottom six winger.
General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« Last post by Nik the Trik on Yesterday at 07:15:30 PM »
Most of the trades you are referencing might be trade deadline deals for guys with little term left though.  Not often do really high-end defensemen get traded for futures in the off-season.  The Dougie Hamilton trade is probably the only recent example you could pull out.

High-end defensemen don't get traded much full-stop. So I'm not saying it's necessarily an inevitable but even if we downgrade the requirements I think the point still stands. If a high value defenseman becomes available and a team is looking for futures, it's better to be asset-rich.
Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« Last post by Darryl on Yesterday at 07:02:43 PM »
Why not do both? Trade Happ now and talk to him about re-signing in the off-season. Win win.
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Ontario Election 2018
« Last post by Nik the Trik on Yesterday at 07:01:20 PM »
We'll disagree on a lot of politics, but I'm a business guy, and Ontario is in $350 billion worth of debt that gets serviced with your tax dollars.

So, yeah, there's going to be some cuts to programs that people will be upset about.  As long as they can get that deficit to $0, or ideally a surplus, quit adding to the mountain, and start to chip away it at, I'm expecting some things to come down the pipe that aren't going to be popular with many, including me.

Again, the money here came from the cap and trade program. If Ford keeps the cap and trade program and the revenues raised, that's one thing but he's already said he won't.

This is taking a relatively small amount of money raised from big businesses, invested into the green energy economy via small businesses and homeowners, that will now just go back to the big businesses who pay into cap and trade. It's not staying in the public coffers.
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