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CHL & NCAA Hockey / Euro Hockey
« on: October 26, 2017, 11:23:16 AM »
Just since I can't think of anywhere else to put this, a thread for people who maybe follow Euro hockey, including our overseas members like myself.

Anyway in the top UK Elite League this incident happened on Sunday. Apparently worth a one game ban. Feel free to discuss.

(Leafs link, Belfast coach is Sheldon Keefe's brother, Adam)

In other news the player on the end of the attack was banned 3 games for kicking

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Home Run Derby
« on: July 10, 2017, 09:28:24 PM »
Haven't actually sat and watched one of these in a while and I don't recall there being a time limit before, but that timer is making some quite entertaining matchups.

Judge v Bour was a great contest. And some of these guys hit the ball really, really hard.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Happy St Patrick's Day
« on: March 16, 2017, 10:39:16 PM »
To one and all. Treat yourselves to a Guinness!

And remember, it's St Paddy, not St Patty

General NHL News & Views / Checking the Goalie...
« on: March 09, 2017, 09:40:56 AM »

Non-Hockey Chatter / Happy 2017!
« on: December 31, 2016, 07:49:29 PM »
Happy New Year to all at TML Fans.

Hopefully the year brings only good to everyone!

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / The Trade Deadline and the Goalie Issue
« on: February 04, 2016, 05:50:09 PM »
(Sorry for kind of plagiarising the Thread title from the Phaneuf thread)

Just read this piece by Mirtle in the Globe and Mail

Obviously we've known that Reimer contract is up this year while Bernier still has term left.

There were some interesting stats also came up on. The general gist is that Reimer outperforms Bernier in the analytics.

In the "red zone" (basically the slot right out in front of the crease to between the hash marks where around 50% of goals in the NHL are scored from) Reimer ranks 2nd in the NHL for save percentage on shots from here (83.5%) while Bernier is significantly below league average with 66.3%. League average is 75.5%.

So, do you trade Reimer as his contract is ending, and value probably particularly high. Or do you try and work out a way to trade Bernier?

Or do you just keep both? Who, if anyone, is likely available in free agency that would be a better bet?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / The Leo Komarov Question
« on: December 22, 2015, 04:11:13 AM »
So this was brought up in one of the recent game day thread, and now that Komarov has passed his career high in goals in any professional season I guess it's worth further discussion. Do you try and trade Komarov?

My take on it personally is that I'm a big fan of Komarov - and have been in all his time as a Leaf. He was a competitor even on the poorer Leafs teams in the past. Now he's a competitor on an improving team trying to create an identity. I think he brings some almost veteran leadership to the side. He comes across as a good guy to have in a dressing room and a good pro with experience of different leagues for younger guys to learn from. He also seems a pretty smart guy.

But his offensive production so far is off the charts this year, probably above what anyone would expect. So do you sell high against all the positives I think he brings as mentioned above? Thinking back to Kulemin when he had his huge offensive season he never came close again. Will Komarov?

To me it would be nice to have a guy for the next few years who the team could build an identity around and fans could get behind. But if someone offers  you up a 1st round pick, I think you have to take it. A 2nd or lower, I think I hang on to him.

CHL & NCAA Hockey / NCAA Belfast
« on: November 26, 2015, 08:26:25 AM »
This weekend sees the NCAA play a tournament outside the USA for the first time.

UMass Lowell, Colgate, Brown and North Eastern are playing in the inaugural "Belpot" or "Friendship Four"  at the Belfast Giants Odyssey Arena in Northern Ireland.

Friday night sees Colgate v Brown in an ECAC conference game and UMass Lowell face Noth Eastern in a Hockey East Conference game. The winners then go on to play in the Belpot final on Saturday.

I believe all the games (there is also a 3rd/4th game) will be broadcast on TSN and NESN.

If you want to follow some buildup coverage the following twitter people are doing good work (This is my podcast if anyone wants to listen, we did a good preview show)

Or the hashtag #friendshipfour

There's also a preview here from the BBC

I'm pretty excited about seeing something other than British Elite League anyway... (And my money is on UMass to win the tournament).

General NHL News & Views / NHL GoPro video
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:41:01 PM »
I think this is awesome. Love the look back at Lundqvist's eyes as he tracks the puck.


General NHL News & Views / Champions Hockey League (Europe)
« on: September 04, 2014, 08:02:40 AM »
I wasn't sure which section to put this in, so mods feel free to move.

For anyone needing a hockey fix, a new Europe wide competition has just gotten underway. Based on the model of the UEFA Champions League it's made up of teams from all of the top European leagues (apart from the KHL) including Sweden, Finland, Czech, Swiss, Austrian, German, French and British.

Game day 3 is tonight and tomorrow and the games are being streamed live for a cost of 5 for a day pass which allows you to watch any game. Face offs are around 7pm European time so 2pm east coast time.

Potential big game tonight is Frolunda of Sweden v Geneve-Servette of Switzerland (coached by Chris McSorley).
Tomorrow night Djurgarden of Stockholm play Eisbaren of Berlin which could be a great game with a great atmosphere.

Information is here :

Schedules here:

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Joe Bowen Interview
« on: January 22, 2014, 07:39:19 AM »
Guys, firstly I hope this is in the right place and nobody minds me posting it up. As many of you know I'm based in Belfast and a big fan of the Belfast Giants as well as the Leafs. A few years back I founded and regularly contributed to a fan run podcast for the Giants. Unfortunately I can't contribute as much as I did in the past but it has now been adopted as the official podcast of the Belfast Giants organisation.

This week via the medium of twitter I had a bit of an interaction with Joe Bowen which ended up with him agreeing to speak to my good friend Patrick Smyth who presents the show. It's a really enjoyable interview and covers various topics.

If anyone wants to listen the podcast pages are HERE in the most recent podcast named "Holy Mackinaw" and if you want to hear just the interview with Bowen it is about half way into the show.

You can also get it via iTunes if you wish HERE and the Bowen interview starts around the 54 minute mark if you want to listen to it through iTunes.

It's a great interview with Bowen and well worth a listen. And hopefully I can recruit a few more of you as Belfast Giants fans as well  ;D

Non-Hockey Chatter / The "Things to do in Toronto when you visit" thread
« on: October 24, 2013, 04:55:33 AM »
Hi all. In early December I shall be spending a week in Toronto. I last visited in 2004 when I spent 3 days as part of a tour round Eastern Canada.

I'm just opening this thread to ask for suggestions on things to do when I visit. Obviously I hope to take in a Leafs game (and potentially a Marlies game dependent on convincing the other half to allow me more than one night of not shopping!). I've had a look and there's no Raptors games on.

Basically I'm looking for any ideas of things to do - I know of the like of the CN Tower and HHoF and the main tourist spots, but any other suggestions welcome, especially of things that may be a bit off the beaten tourist track.

Also thoughts on restaurants and the like to visit would be most appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

General NHL News & Views / Belfast Giants
« on: May 10, 2013, 07:39:49 AM »
My local team, the Belfast Giants are becoming known for the videos they produce and are probably most popular for the All I Want for Christmas video from a couple of years back.

They've just produced a little teaser video for next season, a bit cheesey, but very good:


Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Leafs Special Teams
« on: March 24, 2013, 08:01:08 AM »
First up, the penalty Kill.

Since the last lockout, the Leafs have never been above 24th in the league in PK

05/06 24th 80.0% 99 PPGA
06/07 27th 78.5% 90 PPGA
07/08 29th 78.1% 77 PPGA
08/09 30th 74.7% 78 PPGA
09/10 30th 74.6% 73 PPGA
10/11 28th 77.4% 62 PPGA
11/12 28th 77.3% 55 PPGA

But so far this year the PK is at 85.3% putting the Leafs 5th in league PK having conceded just 15 PPGA in 32 games.

That's an incredible turn around. What's caused this, especially as the team has been SO poor over the last lot of years? Is it purely down to McClement being there as that is one of the main reasons he was brought in? 

I'm not sure how any one else feels, but this year a penalty doesn't feel like an automatic goal against as it did in the past anyway.

The powerplay is much more middle of the pack - 18th place at 17.7% with 20 PPGs on 113 chances in 32 games which is roughly around where it has been over the years since the lockout (bar 09/10 when it fell to 145, good for 30th in the NHL putting the Leafs 30th in PP and PK, ouch).

I guess looking forward if we could somehow improve the PP even enough to get top 10 in the NHL and keep the PK where it is that could push us up the standings that little bit more.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Leafs on the NHL Vault *Nostalgia Thread*
« on: October 16, 2011, 06:51:52 PM »
I'm not too sure how many people here are registered for the NHL Vault or GameCenter Online, but having a browse through it ( Vault Link ) there seem to be plenty of old Leaf games from previous decades on there.

Currently, as there's no live games worth watching tonight, I'm re-watching the first Leafs game I ever saw, and the game that made me a Leafs fan - game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals in 2002 v Carolina.

As I am based in the UK and decent access to live games and highlights has only ben available for a few years now, what other classic games are out there that MUST be watched? Or what eras are worth checking out games from primarily? I've read about all sorts of things over the years, but the chance to see footage and games of some of these intrigues me a lot.

Hopefully this thread can give a bit of nostalgia and memories of the good and bad old days as well.

(Mods, I'm not sure if this is the right forum to post this in, so I accept it may be moved elsewhere!)

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