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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: Today at 12:53:43 PM »
There is a downside to signing Tavares that I did not consider. 

At some point throughout the season I will be torn between whether I want Babcock to put Nylander, Matthews and Marner together for multiple shifts to see what happens or to put Nylander, Tavares, and Marner together for multiple shifts to see what happens. 

Kadri-Matthews-Marner
Tavares-Nylander

We're winning the Stanley Cup this year, aren't we?

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: Yesterday at 10:13:13 AM »
I think a large portion of his base legitimately finds it amusing instead of embarrassing; the latter of which would be the proper reaction.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: Yesterday at 08:57:41 AM »
wow.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official TV Thread
« on: August 13, 2018, 07:01:32 PM »


It's true crime, so I thought the ending was obvious. lol

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official TV Thread
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:19:13 PM »
Ya, I finished that a few weeks ago. I have no idea how that man was convicted. I'm not saying he didn't do it, but I don't see how the jury could believe him to be guilty beyond reasonable doubt. I'm also quite surprised they didn't enter the "owl defense." Look it up once you're done the show.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: August 09, 2018, 01:38:36 PM »
Here's a money question - is your PP#1 unit:

Tavares - net front
Marner - high right slot
Matthews - high left slot
Nylander - low boards left
Rielly - Point

Or do you split Tavares-Marner and Matthews-Nylander onto two separate PP units?

The more interesting question for me is where Kadri fits into these lines? Or does he get tried out on penalty kill?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: August 09, 2018, 10:48:49 AM »
...Adding Tavares instead gives the Leafs an overmatch on lines 2-4, if not also on 1 (playing less DZ hockey). Tavares also fairly recently invested in developing his own play away from the puck (to Selke levels) and you can bet those lessons will be imparted to the young forward core of the Leafs.

I temporarily forgot that we added Tavares. I just got excited again about the season! One of the reasons I was so initially excited about Tavares is my understanding that he's really a complete player. Regardless of how well known he is, I think a lot of fans are going to be surprised by just how good his overall game is.

Matthews-Tavares-Kadri

just ridiculous

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: August 07, 2018, 07:28:52 AM »

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2018-19
« on: August 06, 2018, 02:42:31 PM »
Agreed Mr Carl, that's how I see it and is also why I find it encouraging. If it was up to me, every single pick would be based on offensive potential.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2018-19
« on: August 06, 2018, 01:14:00 PM »
I think it's nonetheless engcouraging. I've always been of the opinion that even "defensive specialists" have to be able to produce big-time offense at the junior level. If you're already starting with someone who can't score at junior level, it's less likely they'll amount to anything at higher levels.

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Hard work can make up for talent when the high-end talent is extremely lazy, unmotivated, or otherwise impaired. When we're talking about the highest level of professional hockey, high-end talent wins......everytime. Someone with high-end talent can work just as hard as someone without high-end talent and there will be a gap that just can't be made up.

I know you like your feel-good stories (and that's great), but these athletes are high-end machines. "just trying harder" makes very little difference at this level.

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What he lacks in high end talent, he makes up for with hard work.

It doesn't work that way.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2018-19
« on: August 02, 2018, 12:55:52 PM »
I think it is. RW is Marner-Nylander-Kapanen-Brown. LW locked up is Marleau, Hyman, and Johnsson. After that it's open: Leivo, Tyler Ennis (though he's probably 4th centre)

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: August 01, 2018, 06:40:55 AM »
Boy, Trump and the NRA are going to have to do a lot of mental gymnastics to figure out how they can logically support gun ownership rights without background checks and yet also be strongly opposed to 3D-printed guns that happen to cut the gun manufacturers out of the sales loop.

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a certified and purchased-through-an-authorized-reseller gun.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: July 30, 2018, 03:26:17 PM »
Let's get a move on. The last thing Nylander needs is to be asked about it 32 times per day. Maybe Dubas is in cahoots with the media and is trying aggravate Nylander into less $.

Or maybe they are patiently examining comparables and building a mutually beneficial contract using financial creativity (a la Tavares' signing bonus-laden deal) so that everybody wins (unlike Doughty).
Well they already have the Tavares template so let's go.

I wouldn't be surprised if they announce all 3 at once since they're all dependent on one another.

I'll be extremely surprised if they announce all 3 at once. I'd say it's extremely unlikely to happen. I don't think they're dependent on each other. Sure, they are all viewed in a team context, but I don't that'll have too much of an influence.

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