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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Komarov: Sell or Keep?
« on: Yesterday at 05:20:23 PM »
In a cap world, you cannot fall in love with middle six players making more than they are worth, that's a one-way road towards mediocrity. See Montreal, Boston and the Leafs before they properly stripped the junk and committed to a rebuild.

This. Chicago remained viable for as long as they did by ruthlessly moving their outer core players to replenish their ranks with better value propositions. It helps that other GMs are suckers for 'playoff heroes' or heart and soul types from championship dressing rooms and will overpay.

True and then they got Bryan Bickell'd and lost a great young player in Teravainen (sp?). Let's hope the Leafs can avoid that fate.
It strikes me that hockey players are like stocks. Don't fall in love with either and understand that I love Komarov, he reminds me so much of Kenny the Rat, but like stocks I fell in love with... they can kill you if you hold on to long, I think its time to trade Komarov while he still has grit and perhaps part of a package for some more picks.  I would like to see Soshnikov, Kapanen and Leivo as part of a full time core.  And I don't buy stocks any more.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Komarov: Sell or Keep?
« on: Yesterday at 05:15:18 PM »
In a cap world, you cannot fall in love with middle six players making more than they are worth, that's a one-way road towards mediocrity. See Montreal, Boston and the Leafs before they properly stripped the junk and committed to a rebuild.

This. Chicago remained viable for as long as they did by ruthlessly moving their outer core players to replenish their ranks with better value propositions. It helps that other GMs are suckers for 'playoff heroes' or heart and soul types from championship dressing rooms and will overpay.

True and then they got Bryan Bickell'd and lost a great young player in Teravainen (sp?). Let's hope the Leafs can avoid that fate.

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Mitch Marner, Mat Martin..there are two many M&M's on this team and think if Maracin gets recalled? It could get frightening. ;)

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Is Montreal seriously having an award ceremony for Dave Keon in Montreal?  Why is this happening?
Because he grew up in Noranda and him and his bro are legends there.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Komarov: Sell or Keep?
« on: November 17, 2017, 05:32:45 PM »
It's not outside the realm of possibility that either Komarov, Bozak and JVR are all traded before seasons end (or some combination of above).  Sosh, Kapanen, Leivo are in the mix for these positions. Obviously we need to have or make some openings as our younguns start to mature. And for a lot less a year than the 10.95 million we are paying the vets this year and the fairly large increase we are going to have to pay JVR to keep him.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs worst 1st round pick
« on: November 17, 2017, 11:11:45 AM »
Luca had heart problems of some sort, he is still a legend in Switzerland.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Frederik Andersen
« on: November 17, 2017, 11:10:25 AM »
Great save just before Willie scored, excellent game.

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Fredo
Thor

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs worst 1st round pick
« on: November 16, 2017, 11:32:00 AM »
Luke is not a bust because he gave us JVR and I believe he is still playing somewhere in the NHL.

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What is this? What is a game-day?
I have no clue! :-\

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This has absolutely nothing directly to do with this thread but I am going to post the link here for 2 reasons:

1.  Leafs fans can relate to the Apocalypse stuff
2.  It reminds us of Renberg's crack about diving being like Italian soccer

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/14/world/europe/italy-world-cup.html

The Ikea joke is priceless.
Know this is not the place, but one cannot help to think that the Atomic Ant may have been useful to that team.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: November 13, 2017, 11:11:24 AM »
Leo Il Yung

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Bergman's play definitely dragged the pairing's numbers down. I didn't notice Carrick making any significant mistakes, and he was good with the puck when he had it on his stick. For a third pairing guy, he was having a good night.

Yeah, playing a 69-year-old Scandinavian scout on the third pair was probably a bad idea.   ;)

Nice.
Spell check, Borgman becomes Bergman, happens to all of us. Unless the Borg!

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Do you remember (we're talking years ago now) right before they fired Pat Quinn?  This run of doldrums reminds me of that.  No matter what Quinn did, he couldn't get that team -- which was pretty talented -- going.

Similar. With Quinn, I felt he was having trouble adapting his systems to the new realities of the league - and maybe he'd been with the team too long/was too close to some of the players to make it work. With the team now - I think a lot of it can be chalked up to a combination of young players struggling to adapt to the increased pressure from other teams and some veteran players who just don't have it in them to put in the 200 foot effort required to be part of a truly successful team.

Yes, I remember distinctly that people were saying that PQ had lost the room, which is obviously not in play here.  That's a big difference.
The real question is with all the rule changes that have come and will come, including the slashing and face-off obstruction rules that this game has changed to such a speed machine that we hardly can recognize the hold in the corner (forever) puck battles and all the holding that used to go on in this game. Now it is speed, speed, speed and of course some teams will enforce the trap to stop it but there is a chance that this may be even be regulated.
The fact of the matter is that we have to be patient with our young defensemen as it will take some time of adaption to keep up with speed.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Patrick Marleau
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:14:46 PM »
Not sure I liked the signing at the start but his play so far gives us a year or two of immediate possibility if the defence can shore up a bit.  Good player, comes to the game every night, better than I can say about some of the others.

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