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Yeah, that was one ugly game. Luckily Freddy made some good saves. I'm a bit tired of hearing the team has to figure out the system. Give them an understandable system.

You guys talk about systems like it removes the player's ability to think. What I'm seeing is poor decisions repeatedly. Not poor planning.

It does not of course, but the answer to poor structure isnít to abandon all structure which is essentially what they are doing by giving the puck possession away so frivolously. 

The reason an adherence to a somewhat strict structure is so important is so that when you are tired, pressured and unable to think creatively to make a play, you can fall back on structure. I am here, I therefore know there are players in spot x, y and z that will allow us to transition quickly.

The ceding of possession should be a last resort when all else has failed. 

There was a similar mindset in other sports where going long all the time was seen to be pragmatic because it took the ball/puck away from your goal.

Ultimately though the teams that have a solid structure that produce large possession disparities are by a significant majority the ones who win.

Owning the puck will allow the skill of our players to shine through.

Iím not sure Babcock is willing to be that expansive though and thus we will likely see more of the glass play and stationary tip ins with limited speedy forecheck.


Matthews demoted due to 5v5 performance, Ennis sucked.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: September 23, 2018, 11:12:28 AM »
Hey kids

I hope youíre well amigo.


Sandin-Liljegren would be a great bottom pair. Donít @ me.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: September 16, 2018, 05:15:36 PM »
Just as an aside, another of the marquee RFA's in the same sort of boat as Nylander just signed a 2-year bridge deal.

Josh Morrissey 2 x $3.15

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: August 05, 2018, 03:43:24 PM »
Those would have been my guesses too. Although I still think Goat has bottom line defensive specialist potential. His skating took a real knock when he suffered a horrific leg injury just over a year ago.

To that point he had taken his game to another level largely due to improved skating allowing him to dominate with the defensive game and produce subsequent offence.

I think with continued strength and rehab work the Goat can get back to that level.

Given how much the coaching staff raves about him, I doubt itís Freddie.

I thought Nielsenís stock had already fallen, but perhaps he still has some of his Junior shine remaining.

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: August 04, 2018, 07:28:46 PM »
Weird question time.

Bourne speculated about minor league prospects still having a higher reputation than their performance merits.

He said specifically that there was one very clear one on the Marlies that it would be wise to trade while still valuable.

Care to speculate as to who he was talking about?

I would have liked this better for Buffalo if they still had Ryan O'Reilly

That trade still baffles me from their perspective.

The best theory I saw tossed around was that the owners REALLY objected to his exit interview after they had made his indiscretions essentially disappear and flat out refused to hand him that signing bonus cheque.

I know that stinks of cutting your nose off to spite your face, but itís the only real plausible explanation Iíve seen.

If they can get him to re-sign on a decent deal then this could be a highway robbery.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Justin Holl re-signs 2 years @ $675,000 AAV
« on: August 01, 2018, 01:52:45 PM »
Crazy prediction time. 

Reilly-Holl is the 1st pair for more than 50% of games this season.


All three drink the Dubas koolaid and take less money on the cap to help the team win over the next half decade. 

All three suspiciously start appearing in just about every major commercial campaign in Canada.

Dubas promises to make them whole on the next deals after theyíve won multiple cups.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Lou Will Not Return
« on: July 25, 2018, 04:49:25 PM »
What is becoming more common is teams allowing coaches to also have a private consultancy.

I wonder if Briere will continue to work with some of the Marlies guys on a private coaching basis.

General NHL News & Views / Russians in the NHL
« on: July 17, 2018, 01:32:21 PM »
I think if diplomatic relations deteriorate to the point that the countries are essentially at war, you have to allow the people to hold whatever beliefs they may privately, but make it clear that publicly or materially supporting such a regime is unacceptable in our society.

 Such a regime is the antithesis of what we believe to be right and just and youíll be asked to leave if you are found to be doing so.

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