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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: September 17, 2018, 08:13:37 PM »
Happy 21st.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: September 17, 2018, 06:55:58 PM »
Just heard on Tim and Sid that Nylander's agent also reps Johnny Gaudreau, who in 2016 went all the way to October 10th, the day before the season started, to sign his RFA contract. He went on to have the worst statistical season of his career.

A good one too. Leafs Blueprint: Dermott/Holl/father's trip episode from last season.

Auston has a sense of humor:
Reporter: "Any personal goals for the upcoming season?"
AM: "Yeah, they're personal."
Reporter: "Is it fair to say you have high expectations with regards to this upcoming season?"
AM: "We have high expectations with regards to the upcoming season."

I think a lot of the young guys are really grateful having a lot of veteran talent around to help answer questions. And I think JT will be yuge for Auston's growth, just having that superstar 1C around. Some of the pressure's off, he can really come out of his shell. I'm sure it can get pretty monotonous, reporters constantly trying to feed the beast. Tavares is so adept at it, there's Marleau, Rielly, Naz and Haisey around. We really have a great blend. I was thinking about the Eugene Melnyk interview recently with one of his players. He was trying to sell hope (sounds familiar) talking about character and their "rebuild". It sounded a bit delusional. The question up to them is do you want to finish bottom-5 for about 3 years or 10? The difference is weather you're delusional or not.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: September 16, 2018, 12:53:18 PM »
I'm anticipating an "internal-cap" moving forward with Willy, Mitchy, Auston and beyond, as many more learned pundits have pontificated. If you're interesting in shaving a million off market-value in order to be surrounded by elite players and cheap young talent in perpetual contention for cups for the next decade, then by all means, please do business with The Toronto Maple Leafs moving forward. If you need full market value at all costs, well, all the best to you. Some player's priorities are a bit different. Kyle said something similar fielding questions at his alma mater the other day along the lines of being able to keep this core of young talent together long term.

Johnny Toronto looks beautiful in that Royal Blue and White :)

If this becomes a thing I'm taking sole and exclusive credit.

Leafs Blueprint Marleau episode:
First it was Patty, then it was JT :D

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: September 14, 2018, 02:52:54 PM »

JT beats AM in opening faceoff of scrimmage. 1C confirmed.

Rielly, Tavares and Marleau with the A's this year. The C still in storage.

Johnny Toronto looks beautiful in that Royal Blue and White :)

Auston and JT with Friedman. Nice little chat.

General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: September 13, 2018, 04:10:24 PM »
Sharks get a year of Karlsson and hope he has a bounce-back season. He'll certainly be motivated, playing for his next/last huge contract. Sens get what they can for his last year. What a difference a couple of years make (Leafs/Sens/Habs...) :D Assuming he has a good season this year, where does Erik sign for 2018-2019? Tampa Bay with Hedman and Karlsson would be a scary. We'd be crashing against them for the next decade. Would be terrific hockey :) Two teams fully in their Cup window in the same division.

Karlsson presser:

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: September 13, 2018, 03:44:47 PM »
We all know Willy's awesome and we want him here forever. And we all know it's all about that cap cheese. Only so much to go around. It's about more than points I'd argue, Willy was on Auston Matthews' right side almost the entire time he's been in the league. A fine place to be for amassing those points. I think Dubie's shrewd enough to make all the contracts work long-term. We shall see.

Didn't we learn with Bolland that you don't sign guys for big money who have had Achilles tears.

Good point. Was last season a temporary dip for EK playing on a crap team with a soon-to-be expiring contract or a sign that his injury has dropped him from elite to very good status? He's going to cash in big-time and long-term. Any team will be taking the plunge. Tough to be sure.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: September 13, 2018, 03:36:00 PM »
Welcome Goaliedave31!
Welcome Goaliedave31, wish we had more fresh blood on this board.

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE GOALIEDAVE31. Highlander and Carleton were the two gentlemen that welcomed me here a few years ago on post #1. I perpetuate the cycle. A fine season indeed to be a Buds Booster. The talk these days is our young superstars and their contracts, a far cry from discussing the merits of having Clarke Wilm in the lineup ;)

Also, a fricking TIM KERR sighting.

Also, John Tavares.

Superb 2018-2019 hype vid with JT highlights.

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