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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: May 20, 2018, 03:29:11 PM »
Golf has all the power from hand on top, other hand is only to determine direction.
Your bottom hand is only your guide in hockey. You actually shouldn't even grip the stick with that hand. Not tightly anyways until you're going to shoot or pass. It only makes sense that the top hand is your dominant hand. It does all the work. It's why i've always been confused that so many people golf right handed, or swing a baseball bat right handed when their dominant hand is the right.

I don't get that at all. On a slap shot it's your bottom hand(and the arm it attaches to) that winds up and follows through. All the power is coming from that motion. Same with a golf swing/baseball swing. The power is coming from the torque you can generate with the larger range of motion you have with the arm that corresponds to your back foot.

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I was at the game, hockey is a fun experience in Europe. Lots of singing and dancing.

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I don't know that answer but Overdrive had a guy on yesterday that it happened to. I assume very rare??

I wonder how many times someone's won coach of the year and been fired in the same year. In any sport.

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2018 NHL Playoffs / Re: Lightning (A1) vs. Bruins (A2)
« on: May 09, 2018, 12:33:15 PM »
I have read a few saying just that.  Some have thought him being a distraction was bad for the Bruins, some talked about Chara having an adult conversation with Marchand.  And I believe PK pushed that issue last year by showing up with mouthwash for next game but hey continue on with your it must be racism line if it makes you feel better.

I'm a little surprised/not actually surprised that nobody is really calling Marchand a bad teammate or a distraction in the locker room for all this [expletive]. Especially since they lost.

I mean half of the hockey world lost their minds when a player said another player told him he had bad breath last year. But this is fine.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Lou Will Not Return
« on: May 03, 2018, 04:01:17 PM »
Poor wording by me. Publicly it was Vancouver, and then reported he wouldn't go to Canada.
I'd be curious to see when Demers (I'm assuming that's who you're talking about) publicly stated he didn't want to go to Canada.

Demers sorta confirmed that he nixed a trade to Vancouver, but I don't think he said anything about the entire country.

I could be wrong, but I'm almost certain it was mentioned that privately he didn't like the taxation in Canada.

Eh. I don't think anybody really "reported" that, it was just something that started getting floated on social media. I mean it's certainly possible that that's true, who knows, but it's not the same as publicly stating it (I know you're not the one who said that).

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Lou Will Not Return
« on: May 03, 2018, 02:20:45 PM »
I'm not picking up for Lou but simply posting in regards to the 3 players mentioned.  2 had clauses that let them decide roughly where they would go with one of those saying publicly he didn't want to go to Canada.  The other was a free agent signing that was in full control of where he went.  None are first pairing and their contracts make them kinda not worth giving up assets for.  The Coyotes are last yearly because of their players, not in spite of them. Lou failed in the defence dept but not in regards to these 3.
That does not mean any were available for the Leafs.

It also doesn't mean that only the defensemen that did get moved were the only ones theoretically available. Those are just three examples of moves Chayka was able to make, showing that defensemen do get moved. The specifics of the situations there aren't really relevant.

Again, the point I was making is that Lamoriello's defenders are quick to point out the supposed advantages he has in making deals...but then when those deals don't materialize they're essentially arguing that his deal-making abilities are effectively nil. That he's no more likely to make a deal offering a certain package of players or prospects than you or I would be so long as the other team has other inclinations.

So it's not that GMing is easy, it's that only one of those two things can be true

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Lou Will Not Return
« on: May 03, 2018, 10:00:24 AM »
That does not mean any were available for the Leafs.  two out of three had movement clauses and I'm pretty sure Demers actually turned down a trade North of the Border at one point.  Some guys just happen to like sun and obscurity more than spotlight. 
Yup, easy peasy.  You should be GMing from your basement... its sooo easy.

In the span of a year 26/27-year old John Chayka acquired 3 quality NHL defencemen (Alex Goligoski, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Jason Demers).

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Lou Will Not Return
« on: May 01, 2018, 11:19:19 PM »
Yeah I'm not a dress code guy but found the random examples that are the same in my world humorous.
Found this post funny as my bank has employees wear either a golf shirt or a button down shirt with collar, pretty much exactly the type of shirts my pet store dresses their staff in!!!

I confess after writing that I realized that I haven't been in an actual bank branch in a long time. I was really referring to people I know who work in banking.

Although I can still swing that around. Even banks these days are like "Nah, tying some cloth around your neck isn't actually shorthand for trustworthiness and responsibility".

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Lou Will Not Return
« on: May 01, 2018, 10:45:57 PM »
Found this post funny as my bank has employees wear either a golf shirt or a button down shirt with collar, pretty much exactly the type of shirts my pet store dresses their staff in!!!
I share your assessment, Frank.

On another matter: as much as I (and many others) have made fun of the whole no-facial-hair policy, I think it is a legitimate thing to criticize. To me, it really shows a person who's out of touch with a younger generation.

I agree and I don't even necessarily think that's just players on the younger end of things or the outliers like Chayka and Dubas in the front office. I think it's evidence he was out of touch with the GMs closer to Shanahans age.

All of the analogies or similes fail because they don't take into account the reality that the specifics of the situation dictate the situation. There's an argument for why a bank might want their employees to dress a certain way. If a pet store required their employees to dress like they worked in a bank, you'd think that pet store was run by crazy people. This is on the latter half of that spectrum. At best, it's performative.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: What to do with JVR
« on: April 26, 2018, 12:07:37 PM »
Was thank him for his service and wish him well in the future taken in regards to what to do with JVR?

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Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Re: Luke Schenn
« on: April 26, 2018, 10:44:18 AM »
Schenn couldn't make the Coyote's lineup on a regular basis, he's done.  Great guy but the game has passed him by.
I'd take Schenn over Polak now....

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Can we pick Refs for next game please?

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About as lucky as Charaafter throwing a punch. Don't recall seeing Chara getting a talking to???
Kadri got pretty lucky there.

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I see what you did there.
4-1 game's over everyone.

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Really surprised he would ever do that again after the monster fine he received awhile back!!!!#sarcasmofg
Missed this live:


What an absolute POS.

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