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NHL Transactions / Trade Deadline Mega-Thread
« on: February 26, 2018, 08:12:36 AM »

Just thought we could have a place to put some minor deals and general commentary about the deadline that isn't Leafs related.

Also, here's a fun drinking Sportsnet's deadline coverage and drink every time someone says "this is a guy..." or "at the end of the day..." and be dead by noon.

NHL Transactions / Rick Nash to Bruins
« on: February 25, 2018, 09:20:01 AM »

General NHL News & Views / 25 years of Bettman
« on: February 01, 2018, 02:52:48 PM »

The NHL hired Bettman as Commissioner 25 years ago today. Here's Greg Wyshynski on the good and bad of his tenure:

I don't know if I agree with all of it. I agree Bettman gets blamed for a lot of things he shouldn't(he's just the owners' frontman on a lot of things) but also agree he doesn't get enough blame for things he probably should(the league's slow/nonexistent response to on-ice problems).

Either way, I don't really remember a pre-Bettman NHL so I have nothing to compare it to but I'm on record at not loving the league these days, I suppose.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / 2018 MLB Thread
« on: January 29, 2018, 01:32:59 PM »

In "Goodness Gracious, that was still around?" news, the Indians today have announced that this year will be the last one where the team wears the Chief Wahoo logo.

2017/18 Leafs Game Day Threads / Oilers @ Maple Leafs - Dec 10, 7 pm - TSN
« on: December 09, 2017, 11:28:15 PM »
12-15-2, 26 points | 19-10-1, 39 points 

Projected Lines








Guy Whocant
Crack Theoil
Ersl Ineup

Nikita Soshnikov
Josh Leivo
Connor Carrick

Nik's Notes

•For the first time in his young life, Nick Ellis may get the start as it's the second half of back to backs for both teams, Nick is a Maryland product, which seems Nik's Noteworthy
•Unless I'm mistaken, Sunday Night's game marks the first visit to Toronto by the Oilers since Naz fed McDavid his lunch in early November 2016. Or, as this article suggests, the 28th place Oilers may have been in town in late October

•Kris Russell scored the game winner for us last time, which net he'll be shooting at tonight is a game-time decision.
•Auston Matthews(13g, 13 a, 26 pts)remains a shining example of what a team can do with only 1 first overall pick
•The second night of a back to back would usually mean McElhinney(2-2, 3.00, .900) for us but maybe I shouldn't assume things like that.
•Zaitsev continues to prove himself as a pretty good second pairing defenseman we didn't have to trade Taylor Hall for


•Cam Talbot – Upper Body – Injured Reserve
• Andrej Sekeraj – Knee – Injured Reserve
•Adam Larsson – Unrealistic Expectations - DTD
•Nathan Horton - Back - Out indefinitely, possibly dead
•Joffrey Lupul – NHL Conspiracy - Out indefinitely

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Roy Halladay dies in Plane Crash
« on: November 07, 2017, 04:17:58 PM »

Well, I'm gutted. Obviously feel terrible for his family. One of the greats.

General NHL News & Views / Scoring Records and Modern Contexts
« on: October 19, 2017, 08:38:10 AM »

So here's what I think is(hopefully anyway) an interesting question that came out of a discussion of Baseball and it's home run record and what standard should be used for modern players.

Basically, I wonder what goal and point totals people think would constitute a modern player putting together a season that was as good or better than any other scoring seasons in history. Obviously the game has changed so much since Lemieux and Gretzky's heyday that while those totals are undeniably impressive, they're not really fair standards to hold the likes of Crosby and his eventual successors to. Gretzky was great, obviously, but he wasn't twice as good as Crosby at his best.

To get a clue, a useful tool is adjusting points for the level of league scoring. Hockey Reference's adjusted point totals adjusts Gretzky's best ever goal total to 69 and his highest ever point total to 170 and Lemieux's to 71 and 165. Brett Hull's 86 goal season adjusts to 78 goals which is the highest total I can find(Ovechkin's best clocks in at 72).

So what would a modern player have to do to have the most impressive scoring season of all time? Personally, I think 70ish goals and 150-160 points would do it. Basically a step or two better than Crosby was in 2010-2011 but over the course of a full season.

Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Doug Gilmour
« on: October 10, 2017, 12:47:55 PM »
Dougie has a book coming out. Here's a fun factoid from it about his leaving the team:

I told Cliff I wanted to play for a team that really wanted me. One with good management and good coaches, and a chance to win the Stanley Cup. I also told him I wanted to play somewhere in the States, but close to Toronto. After spending so much time away from home for so many years, I hadn’t had the chance to be the kind of father I wanted to be to Maddie. Now, with a new young family and Maddie close by, I didn’t want to jeopardize that again.

In hindsight, my request probably cost the Leafs the best deal they could have made for me. Cliff told me which teams were interested, and the first one was Vancouver. The Canucks’ general manager, Pat Quinn—Cliff ’s old friend—was considering sending young prospect Markus Naslund to Toronto for me.

Oof. Naslund on Sundin's wing would have been nice.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Marincin on waivers
« on: October 05, 2017, 12:04:35 PM »

General NHL News & Views / Season Prediction Thread
« on: October 04, 2017, 10:24:00 AM »

You all know how this goes.


1. Edmonton
2. Nashville
3. Anaheim
4. Calgary
5. Chicago
6. Dallas
7. San Jose
8. Minnesota
9. St. Louis
10. Los Angeles
11. Arizona
12. Winnipeg
13. Vancouver
14. Colorado
15. Vegas


1. Pittsburgh
2. Tampa
3. Washington
4. Florida
5. Toronto
6. Montreal
7. Columbus
8. Philly
9. NYR
10. Ottawa
11. NYI
12. Carolina
13. Buffalo
14. Boston
15. New Jersey
16. Detroit

Cup Pick: Tampa over Edmonton
Awards: Connor McDavid for all of them. Norris, Adams, the lot.


Sounds like an Eichel extension is just about done. Mckenzie saying it's in the 10 per range.

So, you know, that seems pretty relevant to Auston.

General NHL News & Views / 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: September 06, 2017, 12:56:18 PM »

Hockey has principles now.

Interestingly enough "Sometimes, if your team needs a boost, you should agree to a fistfight with a guy on the other team" isn't one of them.

Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Minor Ex-Leaf News
« on: August 28, 2017, 12:07:12 PM »

Figured there should be a spot for minor stuff that didn't need its own thread. So, for instance:

The Flyers will be retiring Lindros' 88:

I guess it's nice to see him having patched things up with Philly but man, looking back on that, they treated him badly.

General Rumours & Speculation / Tavares
« on: August 23, 2017, 10:10:15 AM »

I put this up not in the hopes that we in any way replicate the Stamkos thread but just because I'm guessing we're going to hear a lot of speculation about the possibility until Tavares signs an extension.

That said...nobody would really think it's a good idea, right? The Stamkos situation pretty much drove a stake into the heart of the idea that someone like that would take a huge discount to play for the Leafs so just from a dollars standpoint it makes almost no sense unless you follow it up with trading one of MNM and even then, all due respect to Tavares, I'd rather take their growth potential.

NHL Transactions / Draisaitl's New Deal, 8 yrs/8.5 aav
« on: August 16, 2017, 02:07:30 PM »

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