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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: Yesterday at 01:00:31 PM »
Hey guys what time today do you think we will hear whether or not Auston Matthews will be in the lineup tonight against Montreal?  I really think he's going to come back and light it up, score a hat trick or something.

They said game-time decision, he might take the warmup and then consult with the medical team.

When Twitter explodes, the outcome has been determined.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner
« on: November 17, 2017, 09:41:23 PM »
Quick question.  Would anybody here be upset if the Leafs traded Mitch Marner for Zach Werenski straight up?

Second quick questions.  In hindsight, should the Leafs have drafted Zach Werenski instead of Mitch Marner?

If Arizona picked Marner, the Leafs were ready to trade down and pick up either Provorov or Werenski +. Marner can be a game breaker though, so I’d think about a one-for-one, but only if Bracco/Johnsson hit 85+% of Marner (which they aren’t likely to).

Yeah, I'm advocate of keeping Marner.  I think that having game breakers like him and Nylander help the Leafs win games.  As we saw last night, having that element gives them an edge.  Werenski scored tonight, so I just started looking at his stats.  I found it interesting that the too have played the exact same number of games.  Werenski is 16 points behind Marner for career points at this time.  I can't help but wonder thought what the Leafs would look like with someone like Werenski on the back end.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leivo signs 1-year extension
« on: November 17, 2017, 08:55:16 PM »
WHY would he do this?
It's not outside the realm of possibility that either Komarov, Bozak and JVR are all traded before seasons end (or some combination of above).  Sosh, Kapanen, Leivo are in the mix for these positions. Obviously we need to have or make some openings as our younguns start to mature. And for a lot less a year than the 10.95 million we are paying the vets this year and the fairly large increase we are going to have to pay JVR to keep him.
 
Also other good suggestions have been made by others on the forum
I disagree with the comment that they would be traded at or prior to the deadline. The only reason you trade them at the deadline is if your not expecting the team to do well in the playoffs. IMO

Or you can turn them in assets that strengthen year team in the long run.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner
« on: November 17, 2017, 08:39:30 PM »
Quick question.  Would anybody here be upset if the Leafs traded Mitch Marner for Zach Werenski straight up?

Second quick questions.  In hindsight, should the Leafs have drafted Zach Werenski instead of Mitch Marner?

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At what point do we fans become concerned with the slumping possession numbers?  If they stay that way after Matthews comes back?  Right now I have a hard time distinguishing what is happening now from what happened during the Kessel years.

Corsi is a proxy for possession, but not necessarily a proxy for how dangerous a team is (see LA Kings last season).

Case in point last Saturday's game vs. Boston, when they shelled us for a bajillion chances and McElhinney stood tall. Watch those shots again, and you'll see McElhinney just playing like a goalie is expected to, and Boston just firing it into the crest or pads from not that close in.

So the similarities with Carlyle's Leafs are that giving up lots of shots, but trying to keep them all to the outside. The Leafs right now are similarly letting some shots attempts through, but largely making sure they're not strenuous to save (a lot fewer rebound efforts lately).

I trust what you are saying Herman, but I remember that being something that the team would point to during the Carlyle years as well.  They would say stuff like "We give up a lot of shots, but we are keeping them to the outside". 

Now that may have just been something that the coaching staff were saying to keep fans happy so maybe it isn't really relevant in this case.  I just wonder how much Matthews contributes to their positive possession metrics over the last couple of years (for example that Chicago game were he was in the 70's against the Kane line).  Even still, the first year Babcock was here, their numbers were good, they just couldn't score.  Now that it seems they can score, it feels like those numbers are starting to tank again.  Also even early in the year, they seemed to be on the positive side of the shot count more often than not.   

Anyways, it may just be an anomaly, but it is something that has been going on in this recent ten game set.  Just seeing if I need to prepare myself for 18 wheeler time.

*EDIT*
Funny just found this:

http://www.tsn.ca/video/without-matthews-leafs-have-been-outshot-in-key-areas-2-1~1263821

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At what point do we fans become concerned with the slumping possession numbers?  If they stay that way after Matthews comes back?  Right now I have a hard time distinguishing what is happening now from what happened during the Kessel years.

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I'm going to say Nylander breaks his slump with the GWG.

Good call

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects - 2017-18
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:10:57 PM »
Eemeli Räsänen is an intriguing prospect.  Seems like the type of d-man the Leafs could use.  Hopefully he develops. 

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:05:30 PM »
I can't think of a male in power or with celebrity status right now, where if a story broke I wouldn't be like "Wow, that just floors me".  Maybe Brad Pitt?  Maybe Tom Hanks?

I'd genuinely be surprised to hear this about Trudeau or Obama.

True, I would probably feel the same way if something came out about them.  I guess I was more focused on people in entertainment rather than political figures. 

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:24:12 PM »
Auston still out against Devils tonight. I'm guessing they're waiting until he's one-hundred percent, and he's ninety-five right now. He's the franchise for the next decade. It's worth it.

Maybe he's just a healthy scratch cause he's been outperformed by other guys since he's been out?  Babcock doesn't want to break the news.

Matt Martin did have three assists in one game.

and Matthews hasn't achieved that this season.

The last time he got 3 assists was last season Feb 21, 2016 against Winnipeg, but two of them were on the power play. Martin's were all even strength.

Edit: Martin is also leading the team in faceoff percentage at 100%. Which is also tops in the league.

You know, all this time, we were attributing the Leafs turnaround to Matthews, but maybe, just maybe.....

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: November 16, 2017, 01:46:18 PM »
Auston still out against Devils tonight. I'm guessing they're waiting until he's one-hundred percent, and he's ninety-five right now. He's the franchise for the next decade. It's worth it.

Maybe he's just a healthy scratch cause he's been outperformed by other guys since he's been out?  Babcock doesn't want to break the news.

Matt Martin did have three assists in one game.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: November 16, 2017, 01:08:09 PM »
At this point would anything surprise you though?

I don't know about surprise, necessarily, but I think there's quite a few that could results in a less "yeah, I figured they'd have something like this in their past."

Yeah, and Brad Pitt was probably a bad example considering it is alleged that he has cheated on his past two wives, which isn't at the same level as the charges that are going on right now, but if it's true, then that might be a strike against you in the morality column, depending on the circumstances of the relationship. 

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:53:25 PM »
Oof, Al Franken. Come on, buddy.

I want to be surprised, but, as intelligent as he is, he's never seemed like the greatest of humans.

At this point would anything surprise you though?  It's like the steroids scandal in baseball.  Name a player that if it came out you would actually go "I wouldn't have believed it".  The only two I can think of is Derek Jeter and Roy Halladay.

I can't think of a male in power or with celebrity status right now, where if a story broke I wouldn't be like "Wow, that just floors me".  Maybe Brad Pitt?  Maybe Tom Hanks?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs worst 1st round pick
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:41:29 PM »
So I guess he doesn't really qualify because he had a NHL career but maybe some thought to it being getting Thornton with the #3 pick in what was one of the 5 best NHL drafts of all time?

Yeah, but the Ballard factor is in there for that one - that's the infamous Belleville Bulls draft, when the rumour is the scouting department didn't have the budget to scout too far outside the GTA.

Yep, I think I missed Rob Pearson on the list as well.


And the 3rd guy from that 1st round, Steve Bancroft (6 NHL games played, 5 of them coming when he was 30 years old).

I went back and added those two in.  I had forgotten that Rob Pearson was a 1st rounder.  The dude who played on Lindros's wing.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs worst 1st round pick
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:37:35 PM »
We probably don't have time to review which of the drafts was the worst of all time.

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