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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade Deadline
« on: Today at 01:39:16 PM »
As of last night, Bob McKenzie said he thinks Glendening rumors to Toronto are dead based on the Wings asking price and Leafs won't offer up a higher pick.  Rumor is Leafs offered a 5th rounder.

If Lou isn't completely put off by the media getting wind of the deal - especially specifics of the deal - I imagine they'll revisit it closer to the deadline. That being said, with the amount of out there, I think it's basically dead.

I think it was Friedman who mentioned this the other day. That if a Lou trade gets leaked, it probably means the deal is already dead.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade Deadline
« on: February 19, 2018, 07:22:15 PM »
Perhaps the Wings could use Leivo?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Soshnikov traded to the Blues
« on: February 18, 2018, 12:39:05 PM »
Per Pierre LeBrun’s notes, it sounds like the Leafs let Sosh’s agent look for openings and basically let Sosh decide where he wanted to go for his opportunity.

Players, agents and other GMs remember that kind of thing. If you're good to folk when you're able to it can come around  for you down the road. Lou's been dealing with GMs from the other conference for a long, long time. There's a reason Marty Brodeur took a haircut for so long in New Jersey. Be competent, surround me with a winner and we can bear fruit together for a decade. Bodes well for negotiations with all our top players.
For every nice treatment of a player like this you get a Leivo story too. How's Leivo's agent feeling about his client not being allowed to play anywhere?

Leivo's agent had his client sign a one-way deal with a team that wasn't playing him. There was always a risk of him just sitting, which I assume his agent would have warned him of.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Seattle Expansion: Protection List
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:52:25 PM »
The NHL is coo-coo for Coco-puffs.  They should be expanding to Quebec.  I like a lot of what Gary Bettman has done, but losing the Quebec City franchise hurts.  Plus we could easily support another team in Southern Ontario.

That's where the Sens will be moving to.

I've lived in Seattle for about 20 years now. When the Seattle Thunderbirds moved to the other side of the worst traffic in the city, I gave up my season tickets. The though of being near an NHL team again is exciting.

Perhaps the Leafs could expose Matthews for me.

Remember the audacity of Rick Nash resigning in CLB? He was to supposed to come to TOR as UFA. I am still mad at him and CLB...

I don't know how audacious it was considering how bad the Leafs were at the time, they were in the midst of missing the playoffs for a million years in a row.
The Leafs are entitled to first dibs on every upcoming UFA didn't you know that?

Oh I know, and if Tavares doesn't sign here I'm gonna blame some of the people on this forum.

I heard he's already signed, they just can't announce it until July.

Not sure why defenders keep falling for 34's signature move.

Players/goaltenders are trained to square up to shots to the puck's POV.

Matthews likes to shoot off the drag, but he can also shoot it traditional (and even a bit further out). So basically, if he is reading the defense and the goaltender, they have very little chance of guessing where he will launch from. Just from the trigonometry of it all, minor changes from Matthews requires far larger angle adjustments from the goalie, which is how he finds seams to the net so regularly.

It's also something he didn't really do until the summer before his draft year under the tutelage of Darryl Belfry. It added a dimension of deception to a shot that was already very quick, hard, and accurate.

OK, thanks for the explanation!  On this goal, it just seems that if the defender hadn't gone for the wide fake Matthews wouldn't have had anything to shoot at.  But I guess it would take exceptional situational awareness on DiDo's part to know that.

After watching that again in real time/speed, I think the defender is screwed either way. Matthews changes his release point so quickly, it's just sort of a blur. I don't think I'll ever get tired of watching him do that, and I'm not sure that goalies will find an effective weapon against it.

Too easy...

nic cage youtube stream for any who need it. follow his facebook page for the posted link pre-game.

Disco, I need this please.  ::)

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade Deadline
« on: February 08, 2018, 07:45:31 PM »
If Karlsson is avaliable i would try a Kessel like package + JVR as they can flip him for more future assets
Something like: 2 1st rounders + a 2nd + JVR for Karlsson

Even if he was available, I can't imagine that would be enough.

Given the state of the team/ownership in Ottawa, I would be surprised if he re-signed there. I would maybe wait and see if he's available at the end of his contract, but giving up those assets in a trade would be a real break in the draft and develop philosophy the Leafs have employed.

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Tavares
« on: February 01, 2018, 12:01:55 PM »
WARNING. 'Head in the Clouds' comment coming...
I know it would be virtually impossible, but if the Leafs could add Tavares and either Karlsson or Doughty without giving up a big name player, I'd have to think they'd become instant Stanley cup favourites.
The 2 d-men there aren't due until summer of 2019, and let me know how you can fit all those cap hits into the equation. No doubt though, hell of team.

If they were somehow able to lure Tavares, I'd think they'd be freed up to move either Marner or Nylander for one of NSH or CAR's many top-pairing calibre defensemen... That's not quite Doughty or Karlsson, but it ain't far off.

If the Leafs were able to ice Matthews, Tavares and Kadri up the middle, I'm not really sure they'd need to add a first-pairing defenceman to be a serious threat to win. Doughty will be pushing 30 when he's available and will certainly want max term and probably at least $10 million/year. The way he plays I'm not sure he'll last that long, and that's a pretty big contract to hold. Karlsson is younger, but who knows how he holds up after his Achilles injury.

I don't see any reason to trade Marner or Nylander. The Leafs appear to be doing a credible job of drafting/developing defencemen, and I think we'll start to see more of them making the jump. I'd sign Tavares and take my chances.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: January 29, 2018, 05:53:43 PM »
Whatever the cause, the conclusion is the same: goalies need bigger pads.   8)

Tampering charges to follow

The real tampering came with Karlsson. The Doughty thing was just a little sleight of hand.

Trolling the Habs in a Stars GDT?  I love you.

I agree, please don't ever stop with the Montreal references.  :D

I was honestly hoping to read that Calvin Pickard had been recalled for the game tonight, given how long McElhinney has been off. But in checking both the Marlies' roster and Leafs' roster, he doesn't appear on either.... so apparently I'm out of touch.  :-\

Have the Leafs ever won in OT on a PS?

That's a real good question.

The criminal part of this game was that Matthews didn't get an assist on the winning goal. That little pass to spring Nylander at the start of overtime was a thing of beauty, but so simple it might be overlooked.



This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

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