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I can't see Sparks settling for one more year in the NHL.

No McBackup will be the one

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: August 15, 2018, 02:20:45 PM »
We better before I croak

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Hunter Will Not Return Either
« on: August 12, 2018, 08:37:05 PM »
I don't think that's necessarily true. Or a fair comment, frankly.
Yeah I'm sure Hunter could have gotten another head scout or even assistant-GM position but he most likely wants to be a GM so why settle for a lesser role in the NHL? He'll have more control in London and someone will come calling in a year or 2

I was being slightly fictitious with my comment, but I do think that if he was as highly thought of as the media made us believe he could have definitely been hired somewhere as an AGM with a close-to-GM salary. Most of them considered him a shoe-in for the GM job with Lou. And if he doesn't want to continue working in an assistant role and would rather just hang around London until someone comes calling with a GM job, then I don't know how much that is going to work out for him. There's still a ton of highly regarded AGM's around the league who bust their butts in that role for years and haven't been able to move up yet. I'd be surprised if he re-surfaced in the NHL now, much like his brother Dale.
Supposedly he has amassed quite a small fortune investing in farmland and is an astute businessman. Not saying he doesn't love hockey but he may want to enjoy his later years and enjoy his life, than be an Empire builder.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: August 08, 2018, 06:45:58 PM »
Pretty is not bad, witty and gay right behind.  Charming and alarming a close 4th and 5th.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2018-19
« on: August 08, 2018, 11:55:43 AM »
yes Rasanen has been hijacked

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: August 08, 2018, 11:52:19 AM »
This story sounds unbelievable but oh so sickeningly true.  According to reports, human trafficking is a "$99M industry".   Perhaps you're wondering what does this have to do with sporting events?  Everything, from PGA tournaments to World Cup to HOF inductions, etc., etc.

The Athletic Cleveland reporter Tom Reed unlocked the article below so that many can read the shocking underworld of human trafficking, be it female sex slaves or cheap labour.  Though the article specifically deals with the above in the US, it can pertain to anywhere in the world, at any moment, at any event.

My wife, son and I went to the Phoenix Open a few years back.  This tournament draws far more spectators than any other golf event, over 100,000 + people on the course each day.  We were amazed at the amount of "working girls" walking around.  Wherever large amounts of men with cash and booze are, you are going to find a huge amount of sex trade workers. Unfortunately there is a huge dark underbelly to all of this.
Was very bizarre and we never went back to the event.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: August 07, 2018, 12:28:36 PM »
Just to clarify things, I only said it was harder to win the Stanley Cup than the World Series.
To clarify, I am talking NHL, MLB, NBA and NFL

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: August 06, 2018, 06:25:47 PM »
Winning the Cup is the hardest championship to win in pro sports.  In saying that name another team with more firepower than the Leafs this coming year?

1. No it's not, and 2. That isn't even close to what the quote was, so I don't understand the relevance of the question.

Take a chill pill Bro.  It is heavily agreed that winning the Stanley Cup is the hardest professional trophy to win, no question,it is.  Also you seem to be saying that the Leafs are not on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup.  May not win it ever again, agreed, but now they have the firepower to score tons of points. Freddie is a pretty good Goalie and the D will be better. If they are not on the verge, who is?  or when do you think they may be on the "verge"?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: August 06, 2018, 05:28:23 PM »
I don't mean to sound negative here, but I think too much of the Leafs' press over the past few years has been a little too flattering of management.

Nylander was a pick of Nonis, as was Johnsson.  They had practically nothing to do with Johnsson's development, as he spent most of his development years over in Sweden.

In 2015, they picked Marner, and that looks to be a great pick, but he was ranked to go there.  Dermott looks promising, but again, he was picked 34th overall, so it's not like they were reaching there either.  Other than that, not much there from 2015.

In 2016, they won the lottery, so...  Kadri re-signed and blew the doors of his previous numbers.  I'll hand some credit to the coaching staff there.  But you had a 7th overall pick in Nylander getting into the lineup along with a 4th overall pick, and a first overall pick.   They managed to get into the playoffs, but were out in the first round.

The 2017-18 season had mostly carry-overs in terms of productive players, but they also added UFA Marleau.  No members of the 2017 draft, save maybe Liljegren, really appreciated in value over the past season.  They had a stronger regular season, but were disposed of in the first round, again.

So I'm not really sure how Hunter left the Leafs on the verge of a Stanley Cup, or who the pivotal players on the roster that we should attribute to his expertise are and should be so thankful to watch.

I was questioning that quote in another thread. On the verge of a Stanley Cup?  Ridiculous

I think saying any team being on the "verge" of a Stanley Cup is a hyperbole red flag.
Winning the Cup is the hardest championship to win in pro sports.  In saying that name another team with more firepower than the Leafs this coming year?

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2018-19
« on: August 06, 2018, 05:13:38 PM »
And really, just to add to my comment, I'm getting a little sick and tired of reading about how Dubas is about drafting skill, and Hunter/Lou was about size.

Hunter/Lou drafted plenty of skill over size over the past few years here.  They may have swung for the fences with some big d-men, but Dermott is a pretty strong example of what they drafted when they were picking high...other than the stupid Korshkov pick.
What do you mean Frankie, Koshkov could become the next Fred Modin

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Justin Holl re-signs 2 years @ $675,000 AAV
« on: August 01, 2018, 07:54:39 PM »
He is going to have a Holl of a year, one goal per game guaranteed.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: July 30, 2018, 07:31:09 PM »
Can't stain the corporate brand with that kind of thing, Christ they let go of Gregg Zaun for inappropriate behaviour, not beating the S__t out of his girlfriend.
I knew he was toast the minute my son told me the report.


All three drink the Dubas koolaid and take less money on the cap to help the team win over the next half decade. 

All three suspiciously start appearing in just about every major commercial campaign in Canada.

Dubas promises to make them whole on the next deals after they’ve won multiple cups.
Sell them equity into the company empire! Far more than a paltry 10 to 12 million

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: The Matthews Extension
« on: July 27, 2018, 06:23:03 PM »
I see no way Matthew's takes less than Eichel which isnt that much less than Tavares.
I think we get Mathews cheaper then everyone thinks.  As Traveres is on his main contract aka the big one. but Mathews is only on his first pay day. the big big bucks will come on his next one, and the same for the other two.  I think everyone is over blowing the amount they should get.
perhaps a smidgen more than Brad Pitt or a fraction less then Tom Cruise.

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