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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Today at 10:34:22 AM »

Boom. Roasted.

I mean you know me I'm all for trashing the Oilers, but would anyone actually make either of these trades if you're Edmonton:

McDavid ($12.5mil) for Gaudreau and Monahan ($13.125mil)

Draisaitl ($8.5mil) for Backlund and Ferland ($7.1mil)

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35-19-5, 75 points | 33-22-4, 70 points

Projected Lines

Hyman-Matthews-Nylander
Marleau-Kadri-Marner
JVR-Bozak-Brown
Komarov-Moore-Kapanen

Rielly-Hainsey
Gardiner-Zaitsev
Dermott-Polak

Andersen

             
Aston‐Reese-Crosby-Sheary
Hagelin-Malkin-Rust
Guentzel-Sheahan-Kessel
Simon-Rowney-Reaves

Dumoulin-Letang
Maatta-Schultz
Cole-Oleksiak

Murray

Scratches

Connor Carrick
Josh Leivo
Matt Martin

      
Teddy Blueger
Chad Ruhwedel
Matt Hunwick


Game Notes

TOR
•Andersen (29-15-4, 2.66 GAA, .922 Sv%) will likely start for the Leafs
•The Leafs are 9-1 in their last 10 games
•Despite missing practice on Friday, Babcock said that he's expecting Gardiner to be available today. The Leafs did not call up a defencemen just in case

PIT
•Murray (21-12-2, 2.85 GAA, .908 Sv%) will likely start for the Penguins
•Pittsburgh is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games
•Malkin, Crosby, and Kessel are all tied for 4th in the league in points with 66
•Since January 1st Crosby leads the league with 31 points in 19 games. Malkin is 2nd with 30 and Kessel isn't too far behind with 24
•The Penguins have the best powerplay in the league, which really carried them through the first half of the season when they struggled at 5-on-5. Kessel-Crosby-Malkin are 1-2-3 in the league in powerplay points
•I would assume that there are other players on this team as well

Injuries

•Nathan Horton - Back - Out indefinitely
•Joffrey Lupul - Actually Injured - Out indefinitely
•Jake Gardiner - Leg - Probable Saturday
      
•Matt Hunwick - Upper Body - Injured Reserve
•Chad Ruhwedel - Upper Body - Injured Reserve
•Tom Kuhnhackl - Lower Body - Injured Reserve
•Patric Hornqvist - Lower Body - Injured Reserve

Stream Options

https://www.reddit.com/r/NHLstreams

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade Deadline
« on: Yesterday at 02:51:28 PM »

For weeks I've been so terrified that this would happen I didn't even want to bring it up.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 11:44:05 AM »
Jonathan Willis tearing into the current Oilers regime this morning:


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Eeeep. No call-up though yet, so maybe that's a good sign.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Soshnikov traded to the Blues
« on: Yesterday at 11:00:26 AM »
what are you basing that on?  hes played like 20 games in the last two seasons.  I think if JVR walks, he could be a poor man's version of him.  15-20 goals.  No worse defensively

Well for starters I don't think the Leafs have done his career many favours lately. It's tough to develop yourself as a NHL player and improve when you're basically not playing for 2 straight seasons now. I think his career has stalled and it'll just be too difficult to get back to where he should be, on this team or any other team. I know people like to laugh about the whole Corrado saga because he ended up being a dud, but he was in the same situation. Players need to play to improve, and they both didn't get a chance to do that at critical points of their careers.

But to answer your question in a more blunt way I just don't think his skating is at a NHL-level and his other talents aren't good enough to offset that.


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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Soshnikov traded to the Blues
« on: Yesterday at 10:41:50 AM »
I guess my biggest issue is that I would have rather lost Leivo for nothing on waivers than traded Sosh for a 4th. I'll be happy if he proves me wrong but I don't see Leivo being in the NHL 1-2 years from now. Fringe guy who doesn't contribute much on the 4th line and isn't good enough to play regularly any higher.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Soshnikov traded to the Blues
« on: Yesterday at 10:27:38 AM »
I think Komarov gets re-signed (2 years). I think Aaltonen might get the 3rd line LW slot if we net a good centre.

Man the days of even considering Aaltonen-types on a 3rd line are so far behind us. I've thought before that he could be brought up next season as the 4C but I'm starting to have my doubts. For starters it's been clear since the beginning that Babcock hasn't been a fan of Moore but he never once gave Aaltonen a shot at the job. Even after the Gauthier experiment failed there was still time and opportunity for him to try Aaltonen too but he went right back to Moore. Not really a good sign.

And mid-season reviews from both Wheeler at the Athletic and MLHS weren't all that raving about him. It seems to me like he's benefited greatly from playing with Johnsson and either Kapanen or Soshnikov with the Marlies. And even in that context his point totals are a little underwhelming.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade Deadline
« on: Yesterday at 10:12:51 AM »
https://theathletic.com/239110/2018/02/16/why-the-maple-leafs-should-chase-another-centre-at-the-trade-deadline/

Jonas Siegel doing the legwork on selling my idea of focusing on bolstering the centres, rather than fixating on a top-2 RHD.

This article doesn't even mention Tavares so nobody should click it.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Movie Thread
« on: Yesterday at 09:59:26 AM »
I think I will need to go out and get those Panther Gauntlets any future kids I might have.

omgomgomg

Right... for your "kids"...

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Soshnikov traded to the Blues
« on: Yesterday at 09:56:00 AM »
We used to be a team stacked with wing options, but it's entirely possible that in a span of a year we'll have lost: Leipsic, Soshnikov, JVR, Komarov, and Martin. All for possibly/likely just a 4th rounder... maybe less if we need to entice someone to take Martin. That's a lot of wing depth lost there however you cut it. And I'm not entirely sure our farm system is keeping up. The only Marlie I can see being a NHLer next season is Johnsson (and he's a lock as far as I'm concerned). Timashov and Bracco would be next up but they don't seem to be banging on that door exactly.

Korshkov and Grundstrom have certainly looked good since they've been drafted but they'll still need at least a year of AHL seasoning probably.

Basically, if the plan really is to have even two of JVR/Komarov/Martin off the team next season then Soshnikov could still have been a very valuable piece of this team going forward.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Movie Thread
« on: Yesterday at 09:44:18 AM »
I haven't watched it yet, but I already know Shuri will be my favourite.
https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/02/black-panther-who-plays-shuri-letitia-wright-profile

The whole cast is terrific but yeah she stole every scene that she was in. Which is really saying something as she was often with Boseman and/or Nyong'o.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Soshnikov traded to the Blues
« on: Yesterday at 09:28:14 AM »
I always like Sosh, he seemed to never be the same after his concussion. Before it he would bang and have the skill element.

I don't know how you can say that confidently, he only played 3 NHL games after his concussion (where he was credited with 5 total hits) and nothing about his AHL play suggests that he was playing timidly.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Movie Thread
« on: Yesterday at 08:53:36 AM »
Black Panther was the best comic book movie since TDK.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Soshnikov traded to the Blues
« on: February 15, 2018, 05:56:34 PM »
I hope the Blues did a full medical evaluation on Sosh. Trading for injured players is pretty risky.

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