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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.

I was reading Wheelerís prospect rankings over at The Athletic and he mentions that he cuts his list of at the age off 22 as this is when players are done with their aging curve.

I feel like there is a misconception that players stop developing at that point because thatís usually when theyíre peaking physically and usually have the most exponential stage in their development.

What it doesnít account for is the level of skills development work that is happening now at the highest level, I honestly believe that with high end coaching, guys are able to propel their growth forward with hard work and careful study all through their twenties.

Now rarely is anyone going to go from no hoper to superstar, but if you can turn guys that might have been tweeners into sure thing role players who can skate in the NHL you start to give yourself more options.

Being able to flip guys like Brown and Hyman when it comes time to really pay them wonít hurt as much because there will be low cost replacements.

Congrats Arn!

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2018 Offseason Review
« on: July 14, 2018, 10:40:01 AM »
Anyone else scared to look at the next expansion draft?

The Leafs will be losing a valuable asset for sure this time.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2018 Offseason Review
« on: July 13, 2018, 03:14:49 PM »
Johnsson accepted his QO, could be a smart move by him to bet on having a big year and cashing in next summer.

Cap hit of $787.5k

NHL Transactions / Re: Hellebuyck signs 6-year extension
« on: July 12, 2018, 11:06:11 AM »

Pretty good contract for a guy coming off a Vezina nomination. Not to constantly bring up my "Lou wasn't our saviour" thoughts, but this to me is more evidence that Andersen's contract was, at best, just fine.

He also has a career .917 Sv Pct.  (Andersen's is .918)  Without a doubt, his game took a leap last season but how often do goalies have career years and then falter beyond that?  Especially in years where his team is lights out.

My exact thought, thatís a huge commitment with only one real year of results.

NHL Transactions / Re: Kucherov Re-Signs 9.5M/8 years
« on: July 10, 2018, 12:50:13 PM »
They need to work the varying tax rates into the next CBA, I refuse to accept that some teams having a 10% advantage in a hard cap system is anywhere close to being fair.

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