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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leivo signs 1-year extension
« on: Yesterday at 10:14:10 PM »
I just bristle at the comment that he wouldn't be a difference maker in the playoffs.  Sure, he wouldn't light up the scoresheet, but that's not his role and I think he's pretty effective in his role.

He wouldn't be replaced by nobody. He'd be replaced by someone with other skills that could also be valuable. The value Komarov brings vs. the value his replacement would(even if it's an internal replacement) is small enough that any series that would be decided by his presence is effectively going to be a toss-up anyway and is far more likely to be decided by any one of a hundred other variables.

Again, saying he wouldn't make the difference in a playoff run isn't the same thing as saying he's without value.

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It's probably key to keep in mind that the Coyotes are a young team and probably not as bad as their record indicates. The Leafs should be better than them on any given night but you can't expect to dominate anybody in this league.

I also agree with busta. The possession numbers didn't strike me as indicative of much tonight.

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I thought literal could mean literal and figuratively now.  Because people were using it wrong literally all the time.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/15/living/literally-definition/index.html

I refuse to indulge in the dumbing down of society.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leivo signs 1-year extension
« on: Yesterday at 05:32:22 PM »
Fact check:

Washington scored 13 even strength goals during the series (12 @ 5v5), not 8. 

I'm really not sure how you could read Busta's first line there and think he was saying Washington only scored 8 goals as opposed to those three players.

And again, we're back to "He's not irreplaceable" which does not mean the same thing as "he has no value".

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But what he did last night against Montreal?  He was a literal freight train going to the net.

No.
Martin goes to the net, Matthews and Marner do their thing... and it was in the back of the net.

I think the issue is the word "literal."  Like - he didn't actually turn into a freight train a la Transformers.  He was a figurative freight train.

Well, yes. That is the opposite of what the word means.

But even beyond that it's not really an accurate description of any of the goals that took place. Martin was nowhere near the net on Matthews' first goal(the only goal where Marner touched the puck in the offensive zone). On Matthews' second goal it's not like he "freight trained" his way to the front of the net. He got around Weber when Weber moved to cut off Matthews' space and Mete didn't cover him. He didn't outmuscle anyone or go through anyone. He was untouched, standing five feet in front of the net when Matthews scored.

He may have screened Niemi some but even then it's one play in a 5-0 game with five minutes to play that was more the result of sloppy defensive coverage than any power on Martin's part.

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But what he did last night against Montreal?  He was a literal freight train going to the net.

No.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:44:07 PM »
There is an "election" on the horizon...

Sure but it's not like Putin doesn't have quite a bit of support either way. Considering the money that Malkin and Ovechkin have they could get their families out of Russia if it was something they really wanted. Regardless, I'm not inclined to think it was coerced.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:30:16 PM »
Is it worth considering that Ovechkin and Malkin both have large extended families in Russia?

I'm sure the North American media's scorn is significantly easier to handle than whatever their families would face if they didn't play ball.

That's assuming it's coerced in the first place as opposed to honest. To be honest I'm not entirely sure why the FSB would think endorsements from those guys would do much for them.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:24:56 PM »
I tend to like it when athletes speak their minds on issues. At best, it can bring attention to important subjects. At worst, at least you know more about these guys and where they stand on things.

So I'm not saying "stick to sprots" to Ovechkin or Malkin but they should probably understand that being vocally pro-Putin right now is, you know, probably going to have some blowback.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leivo signs 1-year extension
« on: November 18, 2017, 06:01:49 AM »
Yup, I'm sure we have lots of guys who can be hard-matched against Backstrom/Ovechkin for 6 games, start in the defensive zone a ton, and sport a -1.

Well, there were the other two guys on his line. Although they only shot par, they didn't manage a -1. Hockey's like golf, right?

But as integral as Komarov I'm sure was to the killer defensive strategy of letting Backstrom and Ovechkin take so many shots they eventually got tired and sleepy...I'm not sure that's evidence that he's absolutely irreplaceable or would prove to be the margin of victory in a significant playoff series.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leivo signs 1-year extension
« on: November 17, 2017, 11:00:50 PM »
Yup.  He's definitely not the type that would help you in tighter checking, more physical contests against better players.

I'll say. The Caps last year were so intimidated they only managed to take 59% of the 5v5 shots with him on the ice. 

Of course, you do have to weigh that against his one assist in 13 playoff games,

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leivo signs 1-year extension
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:32:48 PM »

Or you just don't think Leo Komarov is going to be a difference maker in the playoffs.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leivo signs 1-year extension
« on: November 17, 2017, 03:07:42 PM »

Shoot, I'd not play for half that.

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NHL Transactions / Re: Cam Atkinson extension: 7 years @ $5.875M AAV
« on: November 17, 2017, 12:59:38 PM »

I think it's a little optimistic to draw a straight line between the two deals. JVR has basically been doing it for twice as long, with generally better possession numbers and as a much bigger player(which isn't terribly significant outside of what GMs value). On top of that he's been outperforming his deal for years now.

It wouldn't shock me to see him sign something team friendly but I also wouldn't be shocked if he wants to sign for a million or so more than Atkinson did. I definitely don't think it'd be wildly out of line with what he could get on the market.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs worst 1st round pick
« on: November 16, 2017, 05:48:54 PM »
True. But at least in that case Stellick hadn't just gotten the job.

That's also true, but it wasn't like he was being provided with the full breadth of information he should have had. He was also basically a completely unqualified puppet for Ballard.

Yeah. And I'm pretty willing to believe that Ballard's craziness got exponentially worse towards the end there.

In conclusion I really hope they're poking Ballard with the rustiest of pitchforks tonight.

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