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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 06:02:13 PM »

Patrice Bergeron's career high in blocked shots? 67

Anze Kopitar? 65

Pavel Datysuk? 42

Jonathan Toews? 38

In conclusion, not even the best defensive forwards in the game give a crap about blocking shots.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 05:54:20 PM »

William Nylander, soft, greedy and small, only had 18 blocked shots in 1350 minutes last year.

The Captain of the Stanley Cup Champions had 21 blocked shots in 1650 minutes.

Nylander blocked more shots than Kessel, Kucherov, Kane and lots of other players whose names don't start with K.

In conclusion, who gives a crap about blocked shots?

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Gaming Thread
« on: Yesterday at 05:07:41 PM »
Anyone excited for RDR2?

I really liked the first one anyway. For me though a lot of Rockstar's games really succeed or fail on story/setting/tone more than actual gameplay so I'll probably wait and see what people say about it before getting it myself.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 03:43:54 PM »
Yeah, the cap has shrunk the pool of cash available for the league's middle-class. The superstars and stars get their fat pay-days and the scrubs, role-players and rookie ELC's get their minimum.

I don't think that's true. I think mid-tier guys do just fine in the current set-up. Bozak got a pretty decent payday, as do a lot of guys of that ilk in free agency.

The bigger issue is the way that the league took out the backdiving deals. Chicago and LA were really only able to build the teams they did because they could get away with really good players on artificially low AAVs.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 02:54:18 PM »
I seem to recall Nik saying at the time that there was no way in hell Marleau would still be around for that 3rd year.  But I could easily be misremembering.

No, you got me on that one. I still think the Leafs could effectively force the issue but in my defense I didn't think Marleau would look as spry as he looks.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 02:10:48 PM »
Burkie made some good points on PTS. It used to be ELC, bridge deal, and then you get your money. Now we're seeing guys wanted/getting their money immediately after their ELC. Also it used to be playoff/Cup success and then guys cashing in on the club. The Leafs haven't even won a round yet and already they're having to manage it. Just the reality.

Yeah, Burke would probably know quite a bit about guys wanting big money on their second deals given how the Kessel situation played out.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 01:58:15 PM »
I really wouldn't blame Matthews for taking 5 years. Toews, Kane, Malkin, Benn, Crosby, and Stamkos all took 5-year contracts after their ELC and all of them re-signed with their original clubs after that. As long as the Leafs are still good it shouldn't be an issue.

edit: You can add Perry and Getzlaf to that list too, although they're a step below in terms of talent. Still, it really isn't that unusual or a cause for alarm.

Plus, you have to imagine seeing a NHL salary landscape where Ovechkin and Crosby are making less than Jack Eichel will convince some young guys that long, long term deals aren't the way to go.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 01:50:40 PM »
I guess it all depends on what happened in those 5 years.  A lot can change for anyone in a situation and if he suddenly sours to the Toronto market for whatever reason, he'll have an earlier opportunity at exiting.  Sure it'll be smart for him to sign a 5 year deal followed by an 8 year extension with the Leafs, but that first 5 year deal would make me sweat.

Man, some of you guys need to forget about the tigers and just eat the strawberry.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 01:44:12 PM »
I don't know why but I've never thought Matthews would stay in Toronto his whole career. He just doesn't look comfortable to me but then again it could just be the way he is??  This year's Matthews might be a little too much for sleepy AZ hockey though?? 

I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that this has anything to do with him wanting to play elsewhere, he may just want to be able to maximize his earnings.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 01:37:01 PM »
Wouldn't five years take Matthews to UFA?  Might be hard to keep him after that.

Right, which is why Matthews might prefer it.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 01:31:21 PM »

Interesting article from Chris Johnston at sportsnet that touches a bit on the Nylander situation(basically just talking about the way RFA compensation is calculated that we've gone over)

More interestingly, I think, is his talking about Matthews. We all generally assume the Leafs will give Matthews what he wants but, as Johnston says, Matthews may not be like McDavid and Eichel and want long-term security. He may want a 5 year deal at his preferred cap hit and then look for a raise again ASAP.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Gaming Thread
« on: Yesterday at 01:18:18 PM »
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.

Yeah, if you haven't played EA games in 15 years you might be surprised at how they've morphed from a company that makes a solid product that provides years of enjoyment to soulless bloodsuckers constantly after you to spend more and more money.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 01:16:58 PM »
I really don't understand the point you're trying to make here.

That's because you seem to be responding to a comment that isn't really about the current situation with Nylander under that the premise that it is entirely Nylander focused. The post of mine that LK is referencing is about people's attitudes during the labour disputes.

I know you've gone on record in the past as saying you don't care if the Leafs ever win a Cup in your lifetime, as you're just interested in the Leafs being a contender year in and year out even if they never win a Cup.

I'm pretty sure I haven't gone on record with saying that. I may have said I wouldn't let it define me though.

Also, I realize the cap is a bad system for teams like the Leafs in their goal to become a champion, but I have no control over that.  It's not like anything I can say or do will change the NHL system, so the Leafs have to live with it just like every other team.

Similarly, I have no real control over whether or not the Leafs win a championship. As such, I don't let the pursuit of it determine how I behave or particularly influence how I feel about other things. That's not "not caring". It's just accepting the overall reality of my influence over being a sports fan, the reality of what is effectively a passive hobby.

I don't get what your position is, apparently you're all "pro player", so are you a Leafs fan or not?

I wouldn't define myself as explicitly "pro-player" particularly. Broadly speaking I might say politically I'm pro-labour but only that is in the context of the way labour has generally speaking gotten the short end of the stick in the last 30 years or so(see the % of new wealth generated that's actually gone to working people)

If I woke up tomorrow and no players were making more than 200k that would be fine by me provided that 200k was a genuine reflection of a top player's worth, negotiated in a free and fair environment. What I object to is the clamping down on player salaries not as an accurate reflection of player value but to artificially lower salaries purely in the interests of teams and their billionaire owners.

Nylander will make a ton of money in his career regardless of whether he gets a contract with a $6 or and $8 as the starting number, so it's difficult for the average fan to really feel that badly for him.

Again, I don't think I've ever said anyone should feel bad for Nylander. He's a good looking 22 year old athlete who's going to be a millionaire many times over and, hopefully, have a very nice life.

In fact, I think if you went back through this thread you wouldn't see me saying anything like:

- Nylander "should" get X amount of money
- Dubas is morally wrong for his tactics or bad to be self-motivated
- Nylander is "right" in any of his asks

I think what I've been saying could more accurately be condensed as:

- What a player is "worth" is a floating target, not entirely determined by the league's existing salary structure and people seem to only be using the comps that suit their arguments
- Everyone involved is self-interested, so I make no moral judgements.
- I think the Leafs are making a tactical mistake, which I think they shouldn't

I think the only reason that comes off as "pro-player" is because so many other people are so reflexively anti-player, which again is the sort of attitude we saw during the lockout that LK and I were referencing.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: Yesterday at 12:43:11 PM »
You could be right.  If the choice is between Matthews and X, no matter who X is (outside of the owner), X will be gone.  But wasn't Lou at the end of his contract anyway?

Sure, like I said I don't think that's the only reason they moved on, maybe it was always the intention to go with Dubas after three years, but this may have made the decision easier.

In which case maybe they tolerated Grampa Lou's hatred of hippie sideburns because they knew it was temporary.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: Yesterday at 12:33:43 PM »
He's got an attitude, and while it may not be endearing it does seem as if he no longer feels reined in, on and off the ice, and it's hard to argue with the results (so far).  I wouldn't want to exaggerate this, but Lou's departure has made a difference.

He said in one of those fashion interviews that he really admired Russell Westbrook, both in terms of dress sense and in terms of attitude, so I think we can expect a fair bit of self-confidence and individuality from Matthews going forward. I think it's endearing anyway.

And I wonder re: Lamoriello if it's maybe the other way around. While I wouldn't attribute it directly I wonder if realizing that some guys on the team weren't really a good fit for Lamoriello's outdated rules maybe helped grease the skids.

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