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We had 30 to 40 years during which the players, their personalities and priorities dominated the team and what did that achieve?

Yes we signed many veteran ("I want to end my career as a Leaf") UFAs and we traded for some, all of whom picked up some big money and most of whom became doorstops.

We now have coach whose resume, profile and contract are on the same level, if not higher, than most of the players.

I am seeing how that worked out and I like what I see. Equally, I like what I don't see, namely "blue & white" disease and any mention of same.



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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Polak Suspended 2 games
« on: March 23, 2017, 07:23:23 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.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Brian Boyle to Leafs
« on: February 27, 2017, 04:31:41 PM »
Froese and a 2nd this year.

Reasonable - especially if Lou and Co. move Polak/Hunwick/Komarov for picks, and use internal or cheap replacements. Boyle makes for a pretty good 4th line C.

While I don't disagree on the price, the move itself didn't need to be made.  Let Gauthier grow in to that role.  I don't understand what the difference is between letting Matthews learn on the job in his role, but Gauthier isn't allowed to make mistakes and learn at his while at the pro level.  Competing for a playoff spot shouldn't be the end goal for this year.     

I completely agree

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Exactly, the spirit of the penalty shot rule is that the guy is home free and tripped and slides into the goal. The referee then gives him the shot that was taken away from him for the infraction. I was under the impression if he managed to get some kind of shot off then or it wasn't completely home free then the referee would just give a two minute penalty.

The way the rules around penalty shots are qualified is that the infraction has to take away a clear scoring chance - so, getting a weak shot off or not being hauled down, etc., wouldn't necessarily mean it's not a penalty shot. That play, on the other hand, wasn't even a penalty, and it definitely did not take away the scoring chance.

Exactly, that's what makes it even worse. Generally, if there's any doubt whatsoever, it's a minor penalty. The fact it wasn't even close to being a minor penalty really makes you wonder how the call could have been botched so badly.

Doubt?

There is no doubt whatsoever.

This was not even a minor penalty. It was nothing.

This is why the NHL is a bush league: this type of unfounded call, a phantom penalty gets called while other more serious violations do not and then in the playoffs, manslaughter won't draw a minor penalty in most cases and never in the 3rd period.

Utterly, 1970's Russian refereeing.

Unacceptable then. Unacceptable now.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Kitchener trades Bracco to Windsor
« on: January 09, 2017, 07:13:18 PM »
Subject to OHL approval.

This means Bracco will be in the Memorial Cup since Windsor has a bye as the host city. It also means Bracco likely will not be available to the Marlies.

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Thank God the Matthews slump is over.

That was long 3 period stretch.

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Damn!

Matthews is in a slump!

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I get the feeling this is going to be a frustrating season.

Will it? #LiljegrentheLeaf

A couple of bad breaks and good plays by the Red Wings put us down 2-0, but the young Leafs have been bringing the game to the Red Wings since.

Great shifts and extended puck possession by Matthews and Marner on consecutive shifts.

Score could be quite different if Marner didn't whiff on the open net, or if Zaitsev's stick didn't explode on his one timer.

If ifs and buts were candies and nuts,... well you know the rest.

What you see as "a couple of bad breaks" I see as a disappointing continuation of this team's habit from last year of giving up an early goal. We did it against Montreal the other night with Andersen in net and he's back in tonight and we did it again.

Deja vu.

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So you trade for a goalie from a team in California and sign him to a multi-year contract extension.

Repeat.

As I have said before, we could lose for a lot less money with Bernier.

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Unfortunately we still seem to be giving up the early goal.

I hope this is an aberration and not a sign of that trend continuing from last year.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: September 30, 2016, 11:15:13 PM »
Well, we are not going to win the first two in Boston, that much we now know.

Baltimore won in New York and with the Yankees out of it, the Orioles have to be favoured to win at least one of the remaining two games.

With Detroit closing out the season against a weak Atlanta team, the Blue Jays pretty much have to win their remaining two games in Boston which is a tall order based upon their September record.

I am afraid we may be snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

What a waste, what a disappointment.

The Blue Jays had meaningful games in September but seldom played meaningful baseball.

If there is a general housecleaning this summer of Encarnacion, Bautista and Saunders (although he's been AWOL since the ASG in my opinion), it may be a while before we get this close again. 

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects Post-Matthews
« on: August 20, 2016, 04:02:20 PM »
Because then why limit it at 25?  Why not assess our ENTIRE talent pool. That certainly broadens things.

I answered that in the post you quote.

In one respect you did answer it but you did not direct an answer to the meaning of the more recent question, namely, if broadening the pool under discussion is important enough to include regular NHL players merely because there are under age 25 (e.g. Morgan Reilly who is by no definition a prospect, he is a developing NHL player with several years in the league and zero chance of going to the AHL other than for reconditioning after an injury), then that principle should also lead to elimination of the arbitrary age 25 limit.

The bottom line is that it is PPP criteria that are flawed, not the criteria of commenters who want to discuss the ranking of legitimate prospects.  In that respect I do like the age 25 criterion but the question you were asked related to the rationale you applied of "broadening the pool" which frankly contradicts the assertion that the age limit is acceptable.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Ron MacLean returning to HNIC
« on: August 11, 2016, 09:20:46 PM »
Not a big Mike Johnson fan. Like most of them he added very little.

The problem is that when one of them does try to express an opinion that is other than the accepted drivel, people want him fired. Agree or disagree with him at least Healy had an independent opinion. That is what makes things interesting. The same old patter is no less tedious than player "we need to take it one game at a time" soundbites just because it comes from a former player wearing a suit reading from a teleprompter according to  prearranged scripting.

Also, I honestly don't get the love for the overpaid and banal Ron MacLean. They have brought back mediocrity and tossed aside Strombo for being too "out there" after hiring him for exactly that quality. I was not particularly a Strombo fan but he was more interesting than the daily gruel that passes for hockey analysts.

I mean John Shannon? Really?

He is a TV director/ producer from the back of a truck. End of story.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Patrick Roy leaves Avs organization
« on: August 11, 2016, 09:09:32 PM »
How amazing would this be: Habs struggle out the gate, Therrien and Bergevin are both fired, Roy is hired as GM/coach.

That was my first thought as well.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Report: Leafs close to signing Enroth
« on: July 28, 2016, 05:13:04 PM »
Do the Leafs have goaltending scouts outside of California?

Over the last 10 years or so the majority of non-homegrown goalies in the system have come from California based teams.

And so far the dividends have been????



Vesa Toskala from San Jose (2007-10)
JS Giguere from Anaheim (2009-11)
Jonathan Bernier from LA (2013-16)
Frederick Andersen from Anaheim (2016)
Jhonas Enroth (assuming it happens) from LA (2016)

Interesting observaton....

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