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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2018 Draft Thread
« on: June 23, 2018, 12:27:40 AM »
Better than Al MacInnis!

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Hoffman is a very good player.  If he can shed his baggage, this is a steal for both San Jose and Florida.  Ottawa is a dumpster fire.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Ontario Election 2018
« on: June 10, 2018, 11:52:52 AM »
Modern and informative sex ed curriculum, increased minimum wage so people don't have to live in poverty, perceived (and possible) improprieties with Ontario Hydro.

Seriously, people donít like sex education? (Is that a joke?)

Has the increase in minimum wage led to any adverse consequences for Ontario business? 

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Ontario Election 2018
« on: June 09, 2018, 09:13:41 PM »
I donít live in Canada any more and donít keep up with the politics as I should but Iím curious ó what specific policies made the liberals so unpopular?

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Tavares
« on: May 28, 2018, 01:59:16 PM »
I'm pretty comfortable with $10m X 7. 

Having said that, this signing is likely to have an inflationary effect on the rest of the re-signings that are going to go down shortly...so that might be a little concerning.

I would be comfortable with this too.  However, one is typically uncomfortable with UFA signings.  If the only option was Tavares at $12 or no Tavares, would you sign him?

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Tavares
« on: May 28, 2018, 12:00:29 PM »
If Tavares said he'd come to Toronto for $12 million for 7 years and not a penny less, I'd welcome him to the team.  The Athletic article demonstrates you can make the cap math work even when Matthews, Nylander and Marner are all getting paid (at $11, $7 and $7.5 respectively, which seem like reasonable estimates). 

The Athletic article does put Gardiner at $5 million in that year, which I am skeptical of.  It seems likely that Gardiner will get at least $6 if not $7 million as a UFA.

If Gardiner does want $7, hypothetically, would the team be better in the long run if you keep him and trade one of Marner and/or Nylander for cheaper help?  Or is it better to let Gardiner go?  Acquiring defensive talent just seems so difficult these days whereas we have the center talent to boost any wingers that play with them. 

If adding Tavares meant that we wound up trading Marner or Nylander, doing so would seem to be a good outcome to me.  Tavares seems much more valuable as a rarely-injured, near-ppg center than either of them will likely ever be.  But the assets that you get back by trading either one of them in their primes (a first round pick, a second round pick plus a top prospect?) would be incredibly valuable for maintaining cheap depth for years to come.

And of course, the idea of throwing Matthews on Tavares' wing while Marner plays with Kadri in order to press for a goal during the 3rd period is pretty exciting. 

So overall, Tavares for $12 seems like a pretty easy call for me.  Now, Tavares for $13 or $14?  That seems tougher.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: May 21, 2018, 12:55:53 PM »
A lot of these numbers look lower than I'd expect (as opposed to lower than I'd want if I were signing the guy to my team).  My rule of thumb on UFA contracts is to ask what the upper limit on "good" contract is and then add 50% or a couple of million, whichever is more. 

Also, why would people pay Maroon more than JVR?  Maroon has 42 and 43 points the 2 years, some of it playing with McDavid?


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Our 3rd centre next season will be Tavares, Thornton, or Nylander. You can take that to the bank.

They'll try for the first two, and if they strike out it'll be Willie.
So you're saying the Leafs will get rid of Nylander if they can then, right?  Because they're not going to have room under the cap to sign Tavares or Thornton for more than one year.  Even for a king's ransom I can't see either of those guys signing a one year deal.  I could be wrong.

You can absolutely fit Tavares and the big-3 into the cap long-term. Especially if the team can make the 3rd year of Marleau's contract disappear. It's a topic that was looked at here: https://mapleleafsnation.com/2018/04/10/the-leafs-and-john-tavares-are-a-great-match/

It would of course effect the teams ability to get a big name RD but who knows if the opportunity for that will ever come up in free agency.

If the big name RD was a possibility then it would make sense to investigate flipping Nylander (for example) for picks/prospects -- we'll need to continue to have a pipeline of cheap guys coming up from the minors.  Tavares is better (though more expensive) and at a more valuable position (center ... at least he's better at center than Nylander will ber in the short term) than Nylander so replacing Nylander with Tavares on the roster is a win.  Getting back a treasure trove of picks and prospects for Nylander would make it even more of a win.

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When does round 2 start for the Leafs?

lol.  ballsy.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Playoffs - Casual Fan Edition
« on: April 24, 2018, 12:27:58 PM »
Does anyone know what kind of witchcraft Jake Guentzel applies pre-playoffs to make himself into a 70 goal scorer year after year?  Can we get some of that?

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A stressful game.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Playoffs - Casual Fan Edition
« on: April 23, 2018, 10:57:56 PM »
Are we allowed to mention save percentage in this thread because I think the leafs have a strong chance whenever their save percentage is .970 or higher.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Playoffs - Casual Fan Edition
« on: April 23, 2018, 09:08:47 PM »
Go leafs go.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Playoffs - Casual Fan Edition
« on: April 23, 2018, 09:08:23 PM »
I liked the idea of having a low key, fan boy, all positive thread.

It would be great if this was that thread.

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