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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 02:30:02 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. 

I don't know if Nik was doing that as well, but I was banging that drum pretty hard at first. I've softened my stance on it since then though. Basically, the Leafs structured the contract to heavily incentivize Marleau to unofficially retire before his contract actually expired... the same way guys like Zetterberg and Hossa and others had their contracts structured but just to a much smaller scale. But the problem is the decision is still Marleau's. So if he feels like playing that 3rd year will give him a shot at winning his first Cup and his body is still up for it, he'll probably play the contract out.

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The Marlies have signed a pair of former NHL defencemen to PTOs: Kyle Cumiskey and Ryan Sproul. They were with the team in training camp and might see some game action now.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 02:03:43 PM »
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Elsewhere on the Nylander front, there have been rumblings out of Europe in the last 48 hours that Willy is thinking about Ufa – not his UFA status, not yet, but the city located some 1,200 kilometres east of Moscow – because KHL club Salavat Yulaev has expressed strong interest.

(Good luck unearthing a firm "yay" or "nay" on that potentially interesting tidbit from official sources.)

The only trouble is that Nylander can’t play a game in the KHL or anywhere else on the continent if he intends to return to the NHL this season, since that would require him to clear waivers immediately upon signing back in North America.

How the hell does this work?  I thought the Leafs would retain his rights as an RFA, but it seems there's a loophole here if he indeed signs in the KHL??  If he signs with the KHL he'd have to clear waivers to get back to the NHL this year?  Does that mean the Leafs would lose his rights? I'm confused what this is saying.

I think CJ has this wrong. If Nylander went to play in Europe and then came back after he signed with the Leafs, he wouldn't need to clear waivers to come back. But if Nylander went to play in Europe and signed an offer sheet that the Leafs didn't match, then he would need to clear waivers before officially joining the team he signed an offer sheet with. Basically summed up: "According to the new collective bargaining agreement, free agents who join the NHL midseason must first pass through waivers unless the player is already on that club’s restricted list.". That's from this article that described how it almost happened when the Flames signed Ryan O'Reilly to an offer sheet:

https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/ryan-oreilly-agent-pat-morris-colorado-avalanche-calgary-flames/

Funny thing, neither O'Reilly's agent or the Flames GM knew about this rule. Luckily they were sparred from embarrassment when Colorado matched (would have been absolutely hilarious if they didn't).

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 01:53:29 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.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 01:23:26 PM »
Last season 5-on-5 stats:

Marner 0.23 blocks per game
Nylander 0.22 blocks per game
Kapanen 0.18 blocks per game

Kapanen's blocked 1 shot at 5-on-5 this season. I guess Nylander's blocked 0 though.
Does that take their ice time into consideration?

Here's what it looks like per 60 minutes:

Kapanen 1.12
Marner 1.04
Nylander 0.95

Technically puts Kapanen ahead of the other two, but that difference is really pretty miniscule. Those 3, along with Brown (0.21 per game, 1.08/60 minutes) were the 4 Leafs forwards who blocked shots the least. Even JVR and Bozak had slightly more both in terms of per game and per 60 minutes.

Although as Bullfrog said, this is likely at least in part a coaching strategy. The Leafs as a team ranked 27th in total blocked shots last season. Boston ranked 30th and Tampa ranked 26th... so there's some other pretty darn good teams who do so as well.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Gaming Thread
« on: Yesterday at 01:12:11 PM »
Yeah. What they said. You can still make roster changes manually though from one of the menus if you wanted to say make Tavares a Maple Leaf.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 01:06:27 PM »
Last season 5-on-5 stats:

Marner 0.23 blocks per game
Nylander 0.22 blocks per game
Kapanen 0.18 blocks per game

Kapanen's blocked 1 shot at 5-on-5 this season. I guess Nylander's blocked 0 though.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 12:35:21 PM »
I'm actually a little surprised he's having a hearing. I think it definitely warrants a suspension, particularly because it was pretty clearly a revenge-hit/chokeslam... I just didn't expect the NHL to do it.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: Yesterday at 12:34:04 PM »
That wasn't it. It was the Detroit game.

I'm curious what bothered you about this interview. I just re-watched it with gamecentre and it was a pretty standard between period chat.

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Lol

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Morgan Rielly
« on: October 13, 2018, 10:04:15 PM »

Rielly: 13 points

Rest of the Leafs D combined: 10 points

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: October 13, 2018, 09:52:37 PM »

Good one Randy!

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: October 13, 2018, 09:45:02 PM »
This wasn't a penalty:


Some added context: Pettersson deked the pants off Matheson just seconds prior to this, so clearly Matheson was looking for some revenge. Pettersson left the game with an injury. With the way he fell onto the ice I'd guess shoulder.

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"Have you ever been in a stretch like this where the puck is just following you?"

Every boring player: No, this has been something special

Auston freaking Matthews: F Yeah

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Andersen
HM Matthews

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