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28 goals once, career high of 43 points.  Nine seasons into his career so you can't really make a huge argument that he's still learning the game, yeah, makes a lot of sense.
By signing him, SJ also has to give Buffalo their first round pick instead of a second.  This is a real bone headed move IMO.

Fine there have been worse contracts.  But this one is really bad IMO.

Do you have a short memory? How about either of Clarkson or Finger?  Kane contract might be high but at least he can play.
This contract is nuts. SJ is completely nuts. Kane is a cancer to the team. Not a team player. Off ice issues. Dressing room issues. I'm not sure I have seen a worse contract.
True those are indeed worse. However at the time they were signed they probably looked much better. You can't predict an injury. However we can predict Evander Kane's shenanigans.

Quick Vlad update:

Hitting .435 with a 1.211 OPS with 10 HR and 48 RBI in 168 At Bats. He has a 18:17 BB to SO ratio.

He turned 19 two months ago  :o
His defense is suspect from what I hear.  If he came up to Toronto he would probably DH.  And Morales would be gone or else used off the bench.

This contract is nuts. SJ is completely nuts. Kane is a cancer to the team. Not a team player. Off ice issues. Dressing room issues. I'm not sure I have seen a worse contract.

Guys Osuna is gone.  He will never play another game as a Blue Jay.  Look at what Rogers did with Gregg Zaun.  Osuna will be traded and I don't think the Jays have any chance of getting fair market value for him.  I guess the good news is that there was some merit in trading Osuna anyway.  However we have seen lately what happens without him.  Clippard has been blowing games late and he was shaky again last night.

If they Jays can't turn it around on the upcoming road trip, management will start to blow up the team, IMO.  We're seeing lack of hustle from guys like Morales last night standing and admiring what turned out to be a single (that should have been a double) when he represented the tying run in the bottom of the ninth.  Pathetic and unacceptable, particularly considering that he has been struggling and could be DFA'ed with Guerrero coming up to replace him.

2018 NHL Playoffs / Re: Lightning (A1) vs. Capitals (M1)
« on: May 24, 2018, 07:37:33 PM »
I'm really happy for Ovechkin and I think this is going to be one of the best Stanley Cup finals in a long time.  I'd like to see Ovechkin win the cup, personally.  But I would be happy for Vegas also.  They are a really nice story.  I like Marc-Andre Fleury a lot.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: May 23, 2018, 05:59:42 PM »
No, it doesn't expire. There's always use for a useless thread.
I'm tempted to create an even more useless thread.

I still think it's going to be hard to not only replace JVR and Bozak's goals but also do better as a team, because this season they clearly weren't quite good enough. We will see. What you guys are saying makes sense but a lot has to go right for it to happen. It will be interesting to see how Dubas uses the extra cap space he has for the upcoming season. He will probably do a very nice job.

I honestly think the whole thing with Dubas is either going to go really well or else really badly. It's a real trial by fire for him. He's either going to sink or swim. We'll see. I am cautiously optimistic personally. His stat knowledge is impressive. But there is something to be said for Lou's years of experience running a team. Things like trades and negotiations worry me somewhat with Dubas. We'll see. I was not happy with what Lou did at the end of this season. He should have stocked assets.

It's got to be either one or the other.  Unless the Leafs are just mediocre, which I suppose will be viewed as "really bad".  The problem is, especially with the draft strategy, you need a bit of time and distance to appreciate picks made outside the first round.  You can see that from people tying to evaluate Hunter's draft record.  Outside of the first round picks (and Dermott in round 2), we haven't seen any breakthroughs on the players that Hunter decided on.  Does that mean he did a piss poor job in drafting?  For now it appears that way, but  maybe a few of the players picked later make contributions next season or the year after and we look back and realize Hunter actually did a fairly good job.  The same will apply to Dubas.  People will want to see changes right away, but often times it doesn't work that fast. 

I guess the immediate changes he could make to improve the team for next season is the subtraction of guys like Martin, Komarov, Polak and the Leafs promote from within to give some speedy Marlies a shot.  It'll be interesting to see if he pulls off any signing or trades for players we might not expect who are currently undervalued by the NHL.

The market is going to want to see results fast.  This team had 105 points this season, but lost in round 1.  That's not going to cut it for this upcoming season.  If the team doesn't progress past round 1 again, it'll be viewed as a huge failure and the stories will begin that Dubas didn't do enough to improve the Leafs.  Man he's got a tough job.
The big question is, how are they going to replace JVR's 40 goals? Not to mention Bozak.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: May 22, 2018, 11:08:38 PM »
Does this thread ever expire? Maybe if it becomes useless? It was created in 2011.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Lou Will Not Return
« on: May 22, 2018, 10:52:06 PM »
So I have come to the conclusion that this is a ruthless forum. You guys like arguing and debating endlessly. The place is largely unmoderated. I'm not used to it. But I will try to stay and adapt. We'll see.

Well, you got part of it right, at least.

With respect to being unmoderated, I'd  imagine it's a rare thread that Carlton (to name one individual) hasn't read and taken appropriate action when needed. And ruthless? I'm not seeing it.
That's part of what makes this place so ruthless. You guys don't even realize that you're ruthless.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: May 22, 2018, 10:29:37 PM »
I will also say to you guys that the queen holds a full veto power here. That is without question.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: May 22, 2018, 10:24:31 PM »
Sure enough in 1975 in Australia the queen disposed of a sitting prime minister from the labour party, the equivalent of our Liberals or even NDP.

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