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So....going back to Coaches Corner. Was Cherry basically saying he deserved to be slammed to the ice because he dared to demonstrate that he's a better player?

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Taking my son to this one tonight, and were pumped!!

Nice! Looking forward to a thorough report.  Have fun.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: October 17, 2018, 03:06:25 PM »
I should add to my comment: Andersen's deal expires in 2021. Unless they draft or trade for a young goalie (Matt Murray, for example), I think it's very unlikely that a legit, established starter comes in less than $5M.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: October 17. 2018. Legalized Pot Day
« on: October 17, 2018, 03:04:11 PM »
That's nuts.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: October 17, 2018, 02:57:22 PM »
I agree. Bridging Nylander gets them through the worst of it (Marleau, but also Andersen) and gives them the flexibility to extend Gardiner, unless he wants an open-market deal (5.5-6 vs 7).

Only becomes a (potential) problem if Marner and Matthews also want bridges.

I don't agree on the Andersen part. I don't see how they get an equivalent starting goalie for less than $5M.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: October 17. 2018. Legalized Pot Day
« on: October 17, 2018, 02:19:51 PM »
That sounds completely like a conspiracy theory. Even on some of the "Border Patrol" shows I've seen, they don't care as long as you're not possessing it while crossing the border.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: October 14, 2018, 05:10:31 PM »
The thing is, at this point, it seems like addition by subtraction with Nylander.  You guys have seen the videos of Nylander refusing to block shots, yes?  That screams of a "me first" mentality.  Look at how well Auston Matthews is doing with Kapanen, a guy who plays hard, plays well defensively, and does all the little things.

Come on now. Addition by subtraction? He's 22 years old and has two straight 60 point seasons. That is very high-end production for a young player.

Not blocking shots screams to me "I don't want to get injured". It also tells me he's probably listening to the coaches. Here's an article with Rask asking his players to not try to stop the puck:

“Just stay in the lane and try not to play goalie,” Rask said of what he wants from the men in front of him. “A lot of times when you try to stop it like a goalie, you open up holes and screen the goalie even more. Our guys do a pretty good job of focusing on the puck, staying in the lane, and not trying to do too much.”
So are you telling me that you think Auston Matthews would be playing even better with Nylander on his line instead of Kapanen?  I don't, quite honestly.  And have a look at the Tavares line's stats.  I wouldn't mess with that line either.  They are arguably playing even better than the Auston Matthews line, with way fewer goals against allowed.  So where does that leave Nylander?  On the third line?  Sure I guess he could be just the shot in the arm Kadri needs right now, but are you willing to pay $8 million per year for a third line winger that's going to get relatively limited ice time?  I would much rather allocate that money elsewhere, personally, even considering just how talented Nylander is.

The short answer is yes, I do think he'd be doing better.........5-on-5. More importantly, the team would be doing better with Nylander in the lineup. Kadri now gets one of Marner (unlikely), Nylander, or Kapanen.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: October 14, 2018, 12:56:55 PM »
The thing is, at this point, it seems like addition by subtraction with Nylander.  You guys have seen the videos of Nylander refusing to block shots, yes?  That screams of a "me first" mentality.  Look at how well Auston Matthews is doing with Kapanen, a guy who plays hard, plays well defensively, and does all the little things.

Come on now. Addition by subtraction? He's 22 years old and has two straight 60 point seasons. That is very high-end production for a young player.

Not blocking shots screams to me "I don't want to get injured". It also tells me he's probably listening to the coaches. Here's an article with Rask asking his players to not try to stop the puck:

“Just stay in the lane and try not to play goalie,” Rask said of what he wants from the men in front of him. “A lot of times when you try to stop it like a goalie, you open up holes and screen the goalie even more. Our guys do a pretty good job of focusing on the puck, staying in the lane, and not trying to do too much.”

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Gaming Thread
« on: October 14, 2018, 08:46:45 AM »
My 9-year old son and I bought an Xbox One S and I got EA NHL 18. It's slightly different than NHL 2003, which is the last version I played.

Does anyone know how I can get current rosters? The latest official roster from EA is from April 2018.

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Good game by Ozhiganov so far.

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I'm not sure Babcock is going to make a decision. I can see them swapping in and out all year.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kasperi Kapanen
« on: October 13, 2018, 12:10:24 PM »
He's only 2.5 months younger than Nylander.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: October 12, 2018, 10:16:49 PM »

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: October 12, 2018, 09:30:19 AM »
I'm guessing Friedman hasn't negotiated multi-million dollar contracts before. Though it seems otherworldly to most of us, this isn't pretend money. If it was as simple as rolling up their sleeves and getting to work, it'd be done already.

I'm not going to click through but to give the benefit of the doubt to Friedman he may be using "roll up your sleeves" to effectively mean bite the bullet and just give Matthews what he wants.

Obviously I don't know to what extent Dubas may be willing to use his Nylander negotiating strategy to try and get Matthews or Marner to sign more team-friendly contracts but assuming he doesn't want to go that route with Matthews you could argue that every day that Matthews is unsigned but playing like he is is another day of Matthews feeling emboldened to go after the NHL's highest salary.

The McDavid deal got done as quickly as it did because the Oilers were willing to give McDavid what he wanted. The Leafs may want to do the same with Matthews.

I completely misread the quote. I thought it said Nylander.  oopsie

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: October 11, 2018, 04:03:02 PM »
I don't see why teams would do this for short suspensions. Why have someone sit in the pressbox and count towards the cap if the suspended player is also counting towards the cap? Teams can handle having one less roster player for a short time, but not for 40 games.

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