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Poor start again, although it probably doesn't help when the lines are changing every third shift.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Komarov: Sell or Keep?
« on: Yesterday at 08:36:36 PM »
Obviously from a future pipeline perspective, you turn the asset.

But as it stands today, the Leafs' record is 3rd in the league.  If they're in and around 3rd in the league at the trade deadline, do you really mess with your shot at a Cup this year?  I don't think I do.

If I was flirting with being the 10th-12th best team in the league, I think I turn JVR, Bozak, and Komarov...but I don't think I do that if I'm in a position where I'm amongst the very best teams in the league. 

You still have to pick your spots to take a run.

Yes, I'd trade all three, being passive is for losers.

Hyman - God - Marner
Marleau - Kadri - Soshnikov
Kapanen - Nylander - Brown
Martin - Gauthier - Leivo

Let the kids play and drive up their value while we wait for Liljegren and other extra help on defense.

The three UFA's will fetch a significant return, one or more of which could help sooner rather than later.

If we are going to shelter the third line, I'd rather they shelter young offensive monsters and allow Nylander to take the reigns of his own line.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Komarov: Sell or Keep?
« on: Yesterday at 04:41:29 PM »
Do you think St. Louis thought keeping Shattenkirk would give them the best shot at winning that season?

You can't just burn assets, you have to keep recycling or you'll reach the point of having an empty/mediocre pipeline.

All things considered, Soshnikov is probably already better than Komarov and that's not to mention the other guys in the system that can play that role too.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: Yesterday at 01:52:53 AM »

Anyone get emotional watching that?

Nah, me neither.

What a strange game, Leafs were the better team tonight and dropped it.

I dunno. It didn't really feel like the Leafs were the better team. I know they were up big in terms of possession, but it didn't feel like they dominated or had a ton of high danger chances or anything. In terms of quality of play, it felt pretty even - with the Leafs not really being able to execute for most of the night. Definitely felt like the Yotes did a better job of executing their game plan.

I think it was pretty sloppy, but even with more advanced metrics than possession, the Leafs dominated 5v5.

The Yotes PP and a few great stops by Raanta was the story.

Apart from the bottom pair, all but two players were positive possession players tonight.

Borgman and Carrick got buried.

What a strange game, Leafs were the better team tonight and dropped it.

They've been second best and winning games lately.

The Yotes have a lot of good young talent, they're much better than their record suggests.

I thought they'd be much better than this. I'm surprised they didn't chase a couple of Winnik/Parenteau types (or just literally those two) this off season to shore up their bottom-6.

Agreed, having Rinaldo take a regular shift is pretty surprising on a Chayka team.

The Leafs have been dominant at 5v5 from what I've seen, they should still win tonight if they can kill this penalty to start the third.

The Yotes have a lot of good young talent, they're much better than their record suggests.

F*ck You Freddie is a joy to watch.

Anyone surprised that Greg Millen is bad at lip reading?

I'm surprised that he hasn't accidentally walked into traffic by now.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Komarov: Sell or Keep?
« on: November 20, 2017, 07:21:58 PM »
If I had to guess it would be that while Komarov is a valuable PK'er and plays a hard-nosed game, he isn't the second coming of Frank Selke or Patrice Bergeron.

He is making more than his production suggests he is worth.

Someone like Soshnikov has all of the base elements that Komarov has to his game in terms of PK and physicality and can do so with more offensive flair and at a cheaper price point.

Komarov is likely to look for a contract that sets his family up financially and at his age and with his style of play, that might not be a smart move.

In a cap world, you cannot fall in love with middle six players making more than they are worth, that's a one-way road towards mediocrity. See Montreal, Boston and the Leafs before they properly stripped the junk and committed to a rebuild.

Montreal took liberties with Kadri there, if you’re dressing Martin he better fill someone in.

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