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I think Andersen is a very good goalie but he suffererd a bit from fatigue down the stretch and into the playoffs. If Leafs can get a backup to play 25-30 games it'll go a long way to having Andersen fresh when the games count.

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I love how all of us who don't follow basketball are trying to equate this to hockey trade to help get a frame of reference. Lol

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I don't know anything about Basketball. How good is Kawhi really? I've read he's like top 3-5 in league good. Any comparable hockey player or old school bball player?
Me neither. Does this allow the Raptors to lose to Golden State in 5 games or will it still be a sweep?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: Yesterday at 12:53:54 PM »
Anybody worried that a guy like Clutterbuck may take a run at Tavares just to prove a point?

Nah, I'm more worried about some nut in the crowd than anyone on the ice.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2018-19
« on: July 17, 2018, 10:02:11 AM »
I don't know how good Wheeler is at identifying talent, but if he's accurate with his analysis it doesn't say much for all the years with Hunter leading up the draft.  2 of the top 5 prospects he lists are Sandin (#2) and Durzi (#5), two guys taken after Hunter and at picks 29 and 52, so not sure bets by any means yet they're already in the top 5 of Leafs prospect pool? 

Liljegren at #1 while still technically a Hunter pick, probably would have been Dubas's pick as well since he dropped so much in his draft year.

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Leafs Nation is one member stronger this evening as our little fella finally decided to arrive 6 days behind schedule. Absolutely delighted, exhausted and emotional. And I think his mum is a bit tired too!

Congrats Arn!  Remember to indoctrinate him in all things Leafs so even if he isn't drafted by Toronto he'll eventually pull a Tavares cause he loves the Leafs so much.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: July 17, 2018, 09:11:12 AM »
The best part of that letter was: 'I have a special connection with this franchise that you will never understand.'  ???

The sad thing is the letter was penned by some old guy (I assume he's old since he knows Butch Goring).  You would think with age comes perspective and a certain level headedness but alas.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2018-19
« on: July 17, 2018, 09:05:56 AM »
Wheeler just put his list out with the Athletic. It's a good one, as he rates skill most highly and is pretty detailed about a probable development paths. I won't violate the paywall and put it here, but I will say, among the forwards, he seems to see Engvall as being most nearly ready (as a 4th line option), Bracco and Grundstrom as being capable of top 6 roles in a year (the latter) or more (the former), and, after that, some guys with tools/potential but some big red flags (e.g. Korshkov, SDA). Basically, by #11, we're looking at long-shots for NHL careers.

I just read the article.  He doesn't seem very high on the Leafs prospect pool at all.   Has a ton of negative comments for each player, including those at the very top of his rankings like Liljegren, Sandin and Grundstrom.  Hope he's not right.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: July 16, 2018, 01:03:54 PM »
Today is July 16th.  I predict Wee Willy Nylander will be signed by July 31 at the latest.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: July 16, 2018, 11:12:30 AM »
They better have good security at that Feb game in NY (or wherever the hell the Islanders play), based on the vitriol I've seen online, I really worry something stupid might happen when Tavares goes back to play.

Yeah, things might get tense after he scores his 3rd goal and 5th point of the night.

Hey, it's NY, I wouldn't feel there was any issue if he played in say, Calgary all these years and moved to Toronto, but people can be fairly crazy down in the U.S.  I'm just saying I hope that after a few months the crazies have let go of their hatred and the worst that happens is he gets constantly booed when he touches the puck.

You should probably find a Calgary thread online that tool place during the Phanuef trade.

Why would Calgary have hated Phaneuf for a trade?  It's not like it was his choice to leave, he was dealt.

Didn't people used to link to the Flames' HFboards thread about that trade and laugh at the Flames fans disgusted reactions as they learned about the return?

But those type of reactions would be directed at the team itself for not getting more of a return for Phaneuf, not like Phaneuf had any say whatsoever in the transaction.  The vitriol towards Tavares is to him alone, fans burning his jersey, calling him Judas Tavares, wishing his career would end on an injury, all sorts of vile and crass comments. 

When you get all that hate directed towards one person, and that person can be somewhat accessible during a game, you have to be worried that all it takes is one nutjob to do something really really stupid.  I still remember the incident way back when when Monica Seles was stabbed by a fan of Steffi Graf because she lost her #1 ranking to Seles. Extreme example but fanatics are fanatics.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: July 16, 2018, 10:53:27 AM »
They better have good security at that Feb game in NY (or wherever the hell the Islanders play), based on the vitriol I've seen online, I really worry something stupid might happen when Tavares goes back to play.

Yeah, things might get tense after he scores his 3rd goal and 5th point of the night.

Hey, it's NY, I wouldn't feel there was any issue if he played in say, Calgary all these years and moved to Toronto, but people can be fairly crazy down in the U.S.  I'm just saying I hope that after a few months the crazies have let go of their hatred and the worst that happens is he gets constantly booed when he touches the puck.

You should probably find a Calgary thread online that tool place during the Phanuef trade.

Why would Calgary have hated Phaneuf for a trade?  It's not like it was his choice to leave, he was dealt.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: July 16, 2018, 10:36:47 AM »
They better have good security at that Feb game in NY (or wherever the hell the Islanders play), based on the vitriol I've seen online, I really worry something stupid might happen when Tavares goes back to play.

Yeah, things might get tense after he scores his 3rd goal and 5th point of the night.

Hey, it's NY, I wouldn't feel there was any issue if he played in say, Calgary all these years and moved to Toronto, but people can be fairly crazy down in the U.S.  I'm just saying I hope that after a few months the crazies have let go of their hatred and the worst that happens is he gets constantly booed when he touches the puck.   

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: July 16, 2018, 08:30:24 AM »
Islanders really not happy about Tavares leaving.  One of them penned a letter, messy break up style.

https://www.bardown.com/isles-fan-pens-letter-to-tavares-in-the-form-of-a-breakup-and-isles-nation-is-praising-the-accuracy-1.1139202

Those games in New York could get tense.

So...am I crazy or for all of the "Pyjama Boy" stuff isn't the picture Tavares tweeted out of him with a Maple Leafs bedset? There's a Leafs pillow case and bedsheet and duvet cover but he's under the cover isn't he? Where is the pyjama stuff coming from?

I think that Islanders fans might be just a tad unhinged.

They better have good security at that Feb game in NY (or wherever the hell the Islanders play), based on the vitriol I've seen online, I really worry something stupid might happen when Tavares goes back to play.

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OTOH he could be just the kind of guy who breaks out a la Kucherov. (OK, very likely not to that level ... but he's got the tools and has shown he can score in Sweden and the Marlies.)

That's not really on the other hand. If Johnsson turns out to be a good player that'd be fine and dandy but it doesn't change what situation the Leafs are in with regards to the big 4 forwards they need to pay. The better that Johnsson is, the harder it'll be to keep him.

I meant with respect to being somewhat disposable.

Right and again, that's true even if he's a good player. If you have 4 forwards taking up 40-50% of your cap the odds of being able to keep a fifth good forward long term are pretty small. Especially with the Leafs where they have guys like Kadri and Kapanen who they'd also like to keep. Unfortunately the cap means you have to be willing to move on from guys like Johnson even if he blossoms.

The Kucherov comparison is ridiculous but he does have the potential to be a decent contributor. The Leafs will just need to bring up other guys with similar potential. Given that they have a lot of prospects on the wing, that shouldn't be too much to ask.

Heh, Kucherov becoming Kucherov was ridiculous.  Until he did it.
Leafs took Tyler Biggs and Stuart Percy before Kucherov. Good times good times.

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I await for next Friday's Maple Leafs press release that the big 3 have all signed 8 year extensions.

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