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If Komarov is ready for Wednesday, would you put him in for Johnsson?
I think I would, we sacrifice some speed but Bruins were owning the walls in end.

You don't change a winning lineup like that. Leafs have won 3 of 4 without him. You take your best shot in game 7 with the group that got you there.

So they've released the identity of the suspect and it doesn't appear to be any sort of organized terrorist thing.

There's some speculation he was inspired by/admired Elliot Rodger, who killed 6 people and injured 14 more in 2014 because he couldn't get a date.

Apparently the guy that was driving the van appeared to pull a gun out and point at police.  The bravest cop I ever saw (on video) just walks up and arrests the guy, the perp drops his gun (or whatever it was) before the cop arrests him.

I'm pretty confident that wasn't a gun in his hand, and I imagine the officer saw that as well. I think the guy was hoping to get shot instead of having to face the consequences of his actions.

(Not to downplay the bravery of the officer - regardless of whether or not he identified it was a gun, he acted fearlessly.)

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 10:12:35 AM »
The Oilers are apparently signing a soon-to-be 30 year old KHL goalie because he put up good stats while playing on that SKA super team. Goaltending problems = solved.

Not to mention that this goalie struggled in the AHL when he played there, and wasn't particularly good int he KHL playoffs, either.

Not really.  Here are the left wingers that are UFA's in the summer:

They're not limited to the UFA market. There will be some trade options available that won't come with a huge asset cost.

I can't see the Leafs bringing JVR or Bozak back.

I can see Bozak coming back on a cheap deal, but only if the Leafs don't sign Tavares or Thornton. On JvR, I think they look for a cheaper piece - a 20ish goal winger who is better defensively. Not sure who might be available to fit that mold, but I imagine there's a couple potential options.

That's the Leafs style tho. They love the stretch pass

And it doesn't work super well against good teams. So, you know, they probably need to fix that. They can still incorporate the stretch pass while being more defensively responsible and providing better support to their blue liners. These things aren't mutually exclusive. Part of the learning curve is finding that balance. Until they do, they're not going to win many playoff series.

I don't think the Leafs need to improve so much on the blueline as they need to diversify. Their left side guys are all too similar, their right side guys are all too similarly mediocre.

That's a fair point. They need better options. And, honestly, watching the team, one of their biggest issues defensively is still that the forwards aren't helping enough - they're still forcing their teammates to make long passes instead of providing easy outs. It's a big part of what has been causing the defensive zone giveaways.

To me, that still leaves them short a real top-pairing guy.  I think Rielly and Gardiner have been very good most nights, but if they are our 2 best defensemen I just don't see a contender there.  Doughty's rather brutally frank remark a few months ago was right.

Maybe, but the type of guy who is a clear upgrade isn't going to be available for the Leafs - even for the types of pieces they might be willing to part with. They don't get moved unless they're at the end of their contracts and their teams are basically going nowhere (and they're not being moved to the other team's biggest rival).

To the Leafs' D's credit, they played much better at home.  But upgrades are definitely in order, and I expect at least one forward we would rather not see traded is going to have to go to make it happen.

I'm not so sure that's going to be necessary - and, if Dubas does indeed take the helm, I don't think it'll happen. More ice time for Dermott, an upgrade on Polak (like, possibly, Liljagren) and a little less ice for Zaitsev (who I think would benefit from having less responsibility - I feel like he's be a lot better as more of a ~18 minute a night guy than a ~22 minute a night guy) combined with some better defensive play and support from the forwards could go a long way.

Like I said at that start of the playoffs, the only way I'll be disappointed is if we get blown out in the 1st round.  Going out in 5 would qualify.

Even more frustrating since, after the 1st period of game 2, I feel like the Leafs have been the better team by a fair margin. They're just not finishing, and the Bruins are taking advantage of their mistakes.

2018 NHL Playoffs / Re: Lightning (A1) vs. Devils (WC2)
« on: April 19, 2018, 11:21:13 AM »
Man, I don't know. I've always been a big proponent of DOPS punishing head shots but just like the Doughty one I don't see how you can suspend a guy for that type of hit.

If Doughty didn't get suspended for his, I would have agreed, but, being as he got a game for a virtually identical hit . . .

2018 NHL Playoffs / Re: Jets (C2) vs. Wild (C3)
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:57:11 PM »
1 game suspension for Morrisey.
I don’t know the band well enough to even make a song lyric pun out of it.

Accidental glancing blow to the head? 1 game.
Crosscheck directly to the head? That's basically the same thing. 1 game.

2018 NHL Playoffs / Re: Lightning (A1) vs. Devils (WC2)
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:55:59 PM »
Carbon copy of the Doughty hit?  Gotta think Kutcherov gets 1 game.

This one, the head is the principal point of contact, so, yeah, at least a game. Though, based on the Morrissey standard, only a game.

2018 NHL Playoffs / Re: Jets (C2) vs. Wild (C3)
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:01:35 AM »

No penalty on the play. So far, no announcement of a hearing from player safety.

If Doughty's hit was worth a game, that should be 2.

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