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Agreed... this guy had a good 30 game stretch at the right time. It could workout for SJS but I don't feel the contract was earned.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Marlies' Playoff Games
« on: Today at 09:00:43 AM »


Errybody hates Marchment :)
Weak sauce... I would call that a goalie pad shove not a kick.

2018 NHL Playoffs / Re: Lightning (A1) vs. Capitals (M1)
« on: Today at 08:54:41 AM »
Ovie the rockstar is going to the final!

2018 NHL Playoffs / Re: Lightning (A1) vs. Capitals (M1)
« on: Today at 08:53:07 AM »
Stamkos only averaged 17:37 in the playoffs.

Is there a rift between him and Cooper?
Cooper road trip to visit him? Will we hear about it? What does Kyperos think?

All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2017-1018 NFL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 04:35:08 PM »

OOOOoooo! It's a sleeping bear, let's stomp on it's head.

This interview was noteworthy to me because in it he talked a little about the Dubas-to-Colorado situation. Shanny, completely unprompted in any way, said Dubas wasn't very pleased that he was blocked from going there at first but was still completely professional about it.

Dubas obliquely mentioned the same in his opening presser (or one of the follow up interviews that first day).

You have to [sic] potential – if not the opportunity – to take the job in Colorado, and your President stands in the way of that. Did it piss you off?

Dubas: I think in the short term, you have an opportunity, and you have tried to work towards that, but after the initial discussion with Brendan and kind of getting over that, I just said, “You can look at it and feel sorry for yourself, or you can get to work on the season ahead with the Maple Leafs.” I think that’s really where my relationship with Lou was a big benefit, in leaning on Lou during that and leaning on Lou during the year to help improve myself and thus help improve the hockey club.

After reading a bunch of stories, seeing the fallout from Shanahan's decision in choosing Dubas, I just have to say that Shanahan has some huge brass balls.  He blocked Colorado from poaching Dubas last year so he could hand over the organization to him this season.  He's put a ton of faith in this kid.  If it works out, I'll be the first guy to go and worship at the statue of Brendan Shanahan.  If the Leafs become a Cup champion, and a perennial contender from all this, he (Shanahan) will be spoken about in Leafs circles the same way as Conn Smythe.
If Matt Martin plays one shift of one playoff game in a Stanley Cup winning year he would be a God in Toronto. To play any role what's so ever when this team's win your royalty forever.

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Tavares
« on: May 22, 2018, 01:43:29 PM »
Now that Lou is on the island, I don't see us getting Tavares.  It  was a dream I knew as a Leaf fan would fall apart somehow, and it did.  Oh well I guess the center issue will go another route.  Bummer though... Them three would have been awesome.

Lou being here, the Islanders, or any other team doesn't really have that much of an impact on things. The truth is, if Tavares has already decided he'd prefer to stay with NYI, whoever was in charge would have been able to get that done. If he already decided to hit the open market, the Leafs still have as much chance to sign him as they did before. And, if he's undecided, Lou isn't going to move the needle much, as the reason he's undecided is not going to be significantly impacted by having another person as part of the front office without the core group of decision makers being removed or significantly altered.

I think Lou being in NY might alter the equation for Tavares staying put.  The Islanders have been viewed as a joke organization with no direction for quite a few years now.  With Lou in place, at least they are now perceived as having a strong voice at the top, no more outside distractions with the team, everyone pulling in the same direction yada yada yada.  I think the biggest reason Tavares would have for leaving is the fact that the Islanders had no clear direction with Garth Snow running things, at least now Lou can sell him on a vision of bringing back the Islander glory years, complete with cap circumvention in some way shape or form.
He needs to go, he owes the Islanders nothing. To little to late. Terribly ownership over the years, a bad arena, Dipietro, bad management, why not make your current backup a GM?

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Marlies' Playoff Games
« on: May 18, 2018, 01:14:00 PM »

Here's the schedule for the conference finals:

2018 Calder Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Finals on TSN2
Game 1 – Sat., May 19 – Lehigh Valley at Toronto, 4 p.m. ET
Game 2 – Sun., May 20 – Lehigh Valley at Toronto, 4 p.m. ET
Game 3 – Wed., May 23 – Toronto at Lehigh Valley, 7 p.m. ET
Game 4 – Fri., May 25 – Toronto at Lehigh Valley, 7 p.m. ET
*Game 5 – Sat., May 26 – Toronto at Lehigh Valley, 7 p.m. ET
*Game 6 – Mon., May 28 – Lehigh Valley at Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
*Game 7 – Wed., May 30 – Lehigh Valley at Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
*if necessary

Any predictions if this gets higher ratings than the Stanley Cup playoffs?
It won't.

Team Canada needed OT in eliminating Team Russia 5-4 on Ryan O'Reilly's OT PP goal out in front of the Russian net on a passout from Connor McDavid.

McDavid had three assists in the game while Canada got goals from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Colton Parayko, Kyle Turris, and Pierre-Luc DuBois.

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Nikita Zaltsev had three assists for his squad.

The game played at the Royal Arena here in Copenhagen featured exciting offence with Canada in the lead and Russia tying it up.  The Canadians held a lead three tines in the game, only to have thw Russians cone back to tie ip the score each time.

It took OT to finally decide the winner.  Make that a power-play advantage too.

Team Canada will face Team Switzerland for the Semi-final on Saturday.

Unreal pass by McDavid in OT for the winner.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Marlies' Playoff Games
« on: May 17, 2018, 05:10:53 PM »
Finland out at worlds. Anyone know if Kappy can suit up for the Marlies playoff run now ?

Yes he can.  Doesn't mean they will ask him to.

Moving on, moving on, moving on and on and on.

Shake and bake.

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: May 16, 2018, 04:07:28 PM »
He's not known to be strong in his own end. Although a right shot, I would group in with similar style of d man as Gardiner/Reilly/Dermott. We need someone with a very strong defensive game.

I don't agree with the tunnel focus on development right now, we have a young stellar pitching core that is fantastic on paper and a MVP. I think you build around that. 

Donaldson is 32 years old and the pitching core might look good on paper but they haven't been very good on the actual field. It's not like they're Sale-Kershaw level talents anyway.

Look at teams like the Yankees or Astros or Cubs or Indians. You're talking about multiple young all-star players developed by the organization. The Jays just simply don't have that. If they want a shot at long term success they need to build something like that.
I didn't really agree with the claim that Toronto completely leveraged the future for their recent playoff runs. I felt we kept huge pieces of the future in Stroman, Sanchez and Osuna.

Weird thing is I was a bigger fan before the two recent playoff runs. It's like I waited and waited and finally got some reward and now I am over waiting. Expectation was high and recent results have been low.

I don't agree with the tunnel focus on development right now, we have a young stellar pitching core that is fantastic on paper and a MVP. I think you build around that. 

But, if Osuna is in fact done that might just be the straw that breaks the camel's back and we move into a full blown rebuild.

Got to say I am not surprised seats are empty in Toronto. Jays fans will support a winner that is very clear but management has chosen to sit on their wallets the last few off seasons. Attendance per game: 2016: 41,878, 2017: 39,554, 2018: 26,110. I guess those additional 15,000 people in seats isn't enough motivation to spend. Trade Donaldson and let's get on with it.

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