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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Lou Will Not Return
« on: June 05, 2018, 03:10:00 PM »
Ok so as I was on the Islanders management page I saw this guys picture and just had to check out his profile:



This is Ken Morrow, the teams Director of Pro Scouting. According to his bio, he's held that role since 1992.

1992.

edit: Oh, he spent 10 years with the team through the 80s and won 4 Cups with them. That explains it.

This looks like a photoshopped picture of my index finger.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Lou Will Not Return
« on: May 22, 2018, 11:16:16 PM »
At this point, sickbeast is either trolling or is so relentlessly earnest in his sense of indignation that it amounts to trolling.

It's the offseason, so I'm not too bothered either way.

Regarding the topic at hand, Lou had taught Shanahan and Dubas everything he knows about how not to react when a good/bad thing happens on the ice, so it was clearly time to move on.

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I think this "being soft" thing is a load of balls. I think the side showed a huge amount of heart and grit even dragging the series to 7 games. Even more so after being pretty much down and out after a couple of games.

Their biggest problem wasn't softness, it was their inability to leave their own zone with control of the puck.

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The media is saying that Gardiner may have played his last game as a leaf.

That stuff plays well because a lot Leaf fans don't like him. The fact that he was probably their best defencemen in the second half of the season and in the first 6 games of the playoffs is easily forgotten.

The reality is that Andersen was way too leaky at an inopportune time, and our young stars didn't play like Stars. I think Babcock's wonky break-outs and defensive "system" had a lot to do with it.

The Leafs were lucky game 7 was as close as it was.

I just want to say, I think you've been pretty bang on all season long with your analysis and I also couldn't agree more with this (and your following) post. It's almost as if Babcock is trying to handicap his team. I genuinely feel that this core is so much better than the way they've been playing.

I think trading in Komarov's 16 minutes of ice time per game and Bozak/JVR's atrocious even-strength play for the (increased) likes of Johnsson and Kapanen will be a big boost.

And giving some of these young superstars more minutes certainly can't hurt.

Agreed re Komarov. A lot of people underestimate the impact that one relatively terrible player (even a fourth liner) can have on a team, particularly when he plays a central role on special teams.

I think a full year of Johnsson plus a revamped breakout system that isn't as reliant on the stretch pass/dump-out  could take the Leafs to the next level.

Also Matthews and Hyman may, at some point, have to break up.

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Where did you see that? Not that I don't believe it, but I didn't see anything. Radio? I would be shocked if they traded him this off season. His value has to be low. Feels like a knee-jerk reaction.

The media's gonna say all kinds of crazy things for the next few weeks. I wouldn't put much stock in it, it's just baseless speculation on their part. Kypreos is trying to say that there's a rift between Matthews and Babcock.

If I was a star being forced to play with two third/fourth liners throughout the playoffs, I wouldn't be all that happy either.

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The media is saying that Gardiner may have played his last game as a leaf.

That stuff plays well because a lot Leaf fans don't like him. The fact that he was probably their best defencemen in the second half of the season and in the first 6 games of the playoffs is easily forgotten.

The reality is that Andersen was way too leaky at an inopportune time, and our young stars didn't play like Stars. I think Babcock's wonky break-outs and defensive "system" had a lot to do with it.

The Leafs were lucky game 7 was as close as it was.

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Somebody should tell first overall pick Matthews that its game 7.

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Seriously.  Gardiner and Anderson are just fn brutal.

Nope that was fully on Anderson. Bad angle shot straight along the ice

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Playoffs - Casual Fan Edition
« on: April 24, 2018, 11:19:29 AM »
Just dropping by to casually say that Marner seems to slowly be taking on a leadership role. It wouldn't surprise me to see him named captain the year after next (unless management has already made up their mind about Matthews).

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I don't know if it's just me getting older and less worked up, but the team somehow seems calmer now than last year and 2013. It feels like the Leafs are going to win this series.

Also, Matthews is starting to pick his game up. If he starts flying again we should be able to beat them with speed and skill.

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If Komarov is ready for Wednesday, would you put him in for Johnsson?
I think I would, we sacrifice some speed but Bruins were owning the walls in end.

Replace Johnsson, who has been effective at both ends of the ice, with a slow giveaway machine? No, no I would not.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Playoffs - Casual Fan Edition
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:08:40 PM »
I'll start: Hainsey has been fantastic the past couple of games, even if his advanced numbers are dogpoo in them. The whole team, but him in particular, have been playing Pastrnak a lot more physically than they did earlier in the series and it's been a massive improvement.

He's been better at clearing the front of the net but man does he ever give the puck away a ton. He seems to be more effective with less ice-time though. Old man needs his rest.

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Gardiner was a rock and the only leafs defenceman capable of moving the puck up the ice. The other defenxemen have given it away constantly. Just a wacky number of unforced giveaways. We are very lucky to have the lead.

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Wouldn't be a bad time for Matthews to show a little more intensity as well

Hopefully the penalty disparity BS from last game doesn't repeat itself and they actually get to play after the first period.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Playoffs - Casual Fan Edition
« on: April 23, 2018, 02:28:04 PM »
What I find remarkable on this board is the relative absence of trolling/bullying, so some of the posts in this thread are surprising to me. Compared to Reddit this place is incredibly civilized. It's important not to lose sight of the fact that disagreeing (or even strongly disagreeing) isn't bullying, it's debate.

I also don't find this place to be especially analytics-heavy. I think the main reason readership/comments are disappearing is because message boards themselves are archaic, not because of the types of discussions happening on this board. I'm glad that some people have stuck around, but not surprised that many haven't.

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