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I take it you all are up for this again?

      
   MotM/Win      MotM/Loss      HonMen      Accolades      Times Voted      Points   
Forwards
42 Tyler Bozak   0      0      0      0      0      0   
12 Connor Brown   0      0      0      0      0      0   
23 Eric Fehr   0      0      0      0      0      0   
33 Frederick Gauthier   0      0      0      0      0      0   
11 Zach Hyman   0      0      0      0      0      0   
32 Josh Leivo   0      0      0      0      0      0   
43 Nazem Kadri   0      0      0      0      0      0   
24 Kasperi Kapanen   0      0      0      0      0      0   
47 Leo Komarov   0      0      0      0      0      0   
12 Patrick Marleau   0      0      0      0      0      0   
16 Mitch Marner   0      0      0      0      0      0   
15 Matt Martin   0      0      0      0      0      0   
34 Auston Matthews   0      0      0      0      0      0   
28 Dominic Moore   0      0      0      0      0      0   
29 William Nylander   0      0      0      0      0      0   
26 Nikita Soshnikov   0      0      0      0      0      0   
25 James van Riemsdyk   0      0      0      0      0      0   
 
Defensemen
54 Andreas Borgman   0      0      0      0      0      0   
8 Connor Carrick   0      0      0      0      0      0   
51 Jake Gardiner   0      0      0      0      0      0   
2 Ron Hainsey   0      0      0      0      0      0   
52 Martin Marincin   0      0      0      0      0      0   
44 Morgan Rielly   0      0      0      0      0      0   
22 Nikita Zaitsev   0      0      0      0      0      0   
 
Goalkeepers
31 Frederik Andersen   0      0      0      0      0      0.0   
35 Curtis McElhinney   0      0      0      0      0      0.0   
                                                                                                         
As always, starting out the new season I stop to remember the late poster known as Mr. T., and Sakura as well, both of whom contributed to much to this site.

And I take this opportunity to thank Rick Couchman and the moderator team for making this site possible.  For the first time in years, we have a reasonable hope of actually having something to really celebrate next year.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / A season to remember....
« on: April 08, 2017, 11:07:57 PM »
Aside from the thrilling way they clinched a berth (adios memories of that last playoff game against BOS) I think all of us sensed long ago that this team is special.  I think the overall performance of the rookies on this team is something you will not see matched anytime soon.  Add to that a breakout season from Kadri, really solid goaltending from Andersen (the regular-season MVP IMO), and some vastly improved play from the defense over the last month or so, and you have a season to remember no matter what happens to them in the playoffs.

In all honesty, I had more fun watching this team than I did even in the years that Sundin was carrying them.

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General NHL News & Views / Crosby's slash on Methot
« on: March 23, 2017, 10:29:37 PM »
There were several similar hits in the game last night that weren't called at all. Obviously none resulted in an injury, but had the referees called one of the earlier ones....

The suspension is excessive.

Not only has Polak never been suspended in a 11 year career, but the player he hit turned toward the boards after Polak had moved to check him. Polak's hit was ardly a full force body check as he seemed to slide off the opposing player probably due to the fact that the player turned at the last possible moment.

As for you comment about other incidents, Siney Crosby deliberately chopped a an opposing player in the nuts (from behind I believe) and there was no call and in another game either last night or the night before I saw a reply of one player kicking another in the same spot. Once again no call.

Even if these incidents were somehow missed by the eagle eyed two referees and both linesmen, where is the player safety department? Should that brain trust not be reviewing such incidents?

Inconsistent and poor enforcement of the rules undermines one's confidence in the integrity of the game and the league.

FWIW Crosby literally slashed off the end of Methot's finger tonight.  Anybody think there'll be a suspension for that?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / The core, on offense. On defense: well....
« on: October 22, 2016, 11:28:28 PM »
It's absurdly early to declare anything like this, but man, based on the games so far I could totally go for a long-term forward core of

Matthews
Nylander
Marner
Brown

and build the offense around them.  I look at these guys and can legitimately dream of them being our Toews/Kane/Hossa/+ someday.  And not so far away.

On defense, Zaitsev has intrigued so far.  Who knows what his topline is?  Rielly, I think, hasn't been very good these first few games but he is probably a first-pairing guy and at worst a #3.  But we need more.

I guess my not very originally secondary point is, no matter where we may be in the standings as the trade deadline approaches, I would listen to offers for JVR/Kadri/Bozak/Komarov, any of the veteran skaters, for a good defenseman or a good pick that can be used to draft defensemen.

The primary point, though, is that I really don't want to see them have to part with one of my suggested core guys to get that needed defenseman.  I'd try almost anything else first.

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So, are people up for this again?

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Everyone --

Apologies for starting this thread here -- it has nothing to do with the Leafs -- but since many of you may not ever read The New York Times I want to make sure you don't miss the feature on the front page of their website.  It is a truly beautiful story about how your country has stepped up to embrace Syrian refugees in the wake of the tragic drownings this spring.

To me, it really captures everything that I, as an American, like about Canada and Canadians.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/01/world/americas/canada-syrian-refugees.html

Wonderful photos too.

You know, you guys should be proud to be Canadian.  You are leading the way in a compassionate response to a humanitarian crisis, instead of sowing fear and division, as a certain someone who would lead my country is doing. 

Well done.  I hope you all enjoy your national holiday tomorrow.

Mods -- do what you will with this, I understand if it needs to be moved.

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Instead of the report-card format maybe people will be up for a more subjective (and condensed) evaluation, plus some speculation.

To set the stage, here's a summary of this year MotM voting:

POINTS
1. Kadri -- 34
2. Bernier -- 26.5
3. Rielly -- 26
4. Reimer -- 24
5. Gardiner -- 20
6. Bozak -- 15
7. Hunwick -- 13
7. Phaneuf -- 13
9. Komarov -- 11
9. Nylander -- 11

NUMBER OF ACCOLADES:
1.  Kadri -- 20
2.  Bernier -- 15
3.  Reimer -- 14
4.  Gardiner -- 9
5.  Bozak -- 8
5.  Komarov -- 8
7.  Parenteau -- 7
7.  Rielly -- 7
9.  Holland -- 6
9.  Hunwick -- 6

NUMBER OF TIMES VOTED FOR:
1.  Kadri -- 34
2.  Bernier -- 24
3.  Rielly -- 23
4.  Reimer -- 22
5.  Komarov -- 20
5.  Gardiner -- 20
7.  Parenteau -- 19
8.  Bozak -- 17
9.  van Riemsdyk -- 15
10.  Phaneuf -- 14

OK, now some questions:

1.  Who was your MVP?
2.  Who was your biggest disappointment and/or biggest pleasant surprise?
3.  Who was your pick for most underrated and/or overrated player?

And finally, some speculation:
4.  Which player will surprise us all by being traded this summer?
5.  Other than Nylander, which of the Marlies call-ups will make the team and have the biggest impact next year?
6.  How many points will Marner score for the Leafs next season?

I'll offer my answers in the next post.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Matthews or BUST
« on: April 09, 2016, 08:55:15 PM »
With one period to go, it looks like we have a steady bead on 30th.  After all that ..., uh, effort, I for one am going to wear my heart on my sleeve and just say I will be hugely disappointed if we don't pick first -- lottery percentages be damned.  We need Matthews, I need Matthews, YOU need Matthews.

Let's not rationalize, let's not put on some kind of dispassionate gameface to try to shield the devastating blow to our collective psyches that will strike we don't get Him.

I invite you to join me and OWN your heart's desire. 

MATTHEWS!

or instant death.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Halfway mark team report card
« on: January 14, 2016, 12:01:21 PM »
Yes, grading players is kind of on the lame side, but still a thread like this gives folks a chance to share their thoughts on how the roster as a whole is doing.  Here's my take, by grade:

A+
Babcock.  I don't think anybody expected him to get the team pointed in the right direction -- which it undeniably is -- so soon.
Komarov.  Career year for him, may net us a 1st.

A
Parenteau. After a slow start, has been good most nights, real zip in his play.
Kadri.  Now that's he scoring his game is fully rounded, he's settling in to a long-term role as a 1B or 2C.
Hunwick. A few shaky games lately, but mostly has punched above his weight.
Reimer.  Except for his W/L record his stats are excellent.

A-
Phaneuf.  I've come to respect Dion this year, he's playing his best hockey since coming here and deserves the C, an effective leader.
Bozak.  Our best FO guy and has shown he can score w/o Phil.
Rielly. Still has more to give IMO but is really good most nights.

B+
JVR.  Conceivably deserves an A-.  Mostly does his job well on the offensive side of the puck.

B
Holland.  To me he's pretty "meh" but he hasn't been a liability.
Marincin.  Notice him much?  Me neither.  Well done MM.
Froese. Works hard and is probably playing as well as he ever will.
Gardiner.  Much improved, maybe we are seeing his ceiling?
Harrington.  I thought he has pretty good, though he's now been replaced by MM.

B-
Polak.  This year's whipping boy only deserves about half the criticism he gets.
Winnik.  Seems to have slipped a bit from last year IMO.
Grabner.  Coming on lately; if he keeps it up he'll prove to have been a good signing.

C
Arcobello, Clune, Spaling.  All pretty much nonentities achieving what is expected of them.

C-
Lupul.  I don't doubt his effort but he's invisible too often.
Matthias. Ditto.

D
Boyes.  Even with mere 4th line minutes, he needs to produce more.
Bernier.  Without the few stellar games he's put up, he'd be an F.

NG (small sample size)
Corrado, Leivo, Bibeau, Sparks.


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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Gardiner: Where's he heading, career-wise?
« on: December 16, 2015, 12:00:45 PM »
Watching last night it struck me that we haven't been talking much about Gardiner this year -- perhaps a good sign.  Most nights, to me, I don't notice him a lot one way or the other.  Perhaps also a good sign ... but OTOH it would be nice to see more scoring from him.

This is entirely impressionistic so maybe some of the advanced stats guys can weigh in with numbers to push the conversation one way or the other.

Anyway, I mainly started this thread to see if people have thoughts about Jake.

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Here's what I said last year to open this thread, and I'll just say it again .....

Hey everybody,

Welcome to the MotM thread for the new season ... the year we finally end the Cup drought!  :) 8) :P

Before we get into the games, though, I do think it's good to stop, and remember.  Here's what I posted last year in the first MotM post; I still feel the same.

But before we get into a new MotM thread, let's stop to remember the man who we are honoring here.  As I think all of us know by now, MrT died earlier this year, and so we lost one of our most liked and insightful posters.  There is a great memorial thread for him elsewhere on the board, and if you haven't read it yet, you should.  His presence here as an active poster is badly missed, but his presence here is not entirely gone, and I hope this thread reminds us of that.

And so, as a new Leafs season begins, and my mind turns again to MrT and his contributions, I don't think it's out of place to quote some lyrics from one of your illustrious countrywomen:

And the seasons, they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captives on a carousel of time
We can't return, we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game.


OK.  So the scoring system remains the same as last year.  Do I have the roster right?  Is Robidas on, or off?

   MotM/Win      MotM/Loss      HonMen      Accolades      Times Voted      Points   
Forwards
33 Mark Arcobello   0      0      0      0      0      0   
29 Brad Boyes   0      0      0      0      0      0   
42 Tyler Bozak   0      0      0      0      0      0   
409 Michael Grabner   0      0      0      0      0      0   
24 Peter Holland   0      0      0      0      0      0   
43 Nazem Kadri   0      0      0      0      0      0   
47 Leo Komarov   0      0      0      0      0      0   
19 Joffrey Lupul   0      0      0      0      0      0   
23 Shawn Matthias   0      0      0      0      0      0   
18 Richard Panik   0      0      0      0      0      0   
15 P.A. Parenteau   0      0      0      0      0      0   
16 Nick Spaling   0      0      0      0      0      0   
21 James van Riemsdyk   0      0      0      0      0      0   
26 Daniel Winnik   0      0      0      0      0      0   
 
Defensemen
51 Jake Gardiner   0      0      0      0      0      0   
8 Petter Granberg   0      0      0      0      0      0   
36 Scott Harrington   0      0      0      0      0      0   
2 Matt Hunwick   0      0      0      0      0      0   
52 Martin Marincin   0      0      0      0      0      0   
3 Dion Phaneuf   0      0      0      0      0      0   
46 Roman Polak   0      0      0      0      0      0   
44 Morgan Rielly   0      0      0      0      0      0   
12 Stephane Robidas   0      0      0      0      0      0   
 
Goalkeepers
45 Jonathan Bernier   0      0      0      0      0      0.0   
34 James Reimer   0      0      0      0      0      0.0   
                                                         




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 ... when, against all odds, the Leafs grabbed the final spot in the playoffs.

Could we be reading this headline next April?  Of course it isn't likely, but is anyone here willing to guarantee it's impossible?

I could see a very narrow path where it happens:

1.  Babcock gets maximum effort out of a bunch of highly motivated auditionees game in and game out.
2.  With his carte blanche and no need to deliver an exciting on-ice product, Babcock installs a defense-first system that aims to keep most games low-scoring and boooorrrriinng.
3.  Bernier and/or Reimer find their footing when they aren't being peppered by 40 shots each game.

In other words, the Leafs channel the Coyotes recipe.

Would I bet my furnace or snowmobile on this?  No.  But I would bet both on Babcock's team not "tanking" -- that's not going to happen.  IMO it's at least conceivable that we really could be facing the acid test of management's resolve come trade deadline time.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / NHL Draft Lottery
« on: April 17, 2015, 01:27:52 PM »
This lottery thang ought to be quite the show.  For anyone who likes to get weedy, here's the table with all the lucky number combos:

http://www.nhl.com/nhl/en/v3/ext/pdfs/NHL-Lottery-2015-Look-Up-Table-Numerical.pdf

I would like to know how the "lottery machine" works and what protocol the consulting company who came up with the system used to generate number sequences that are truly random.  It's not so easy.

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Now that deadline day has come and gone, maybe we can turn our attention to the postseason (and I don't mean playoffs).

Will Nonis get canned?

Will Babcock get hired?

Who, really, is going to helm the draft?

I strongly feel Nonis doesn't deserve to stay in this job, but I have no strong feeling about whether he will.  There's always the traditional cashiering opp on the day after this wretched season ends.  If Shanahan keeps him past then, Nonis' future may depend on whether The Chin comes here and who that chin wants to work with.  Believe me, they are not getting Babcock if Babcock doesn't feel comfortable with whoever the GM is.

If DET goes deep in the playoffs, the timeline gets compressed if they want to have everything in place by the draft.  And in any event, I wonder who will ultimately be calling the shots there.

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