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I thought that was Dubas singing the good old hockey game for a second .

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Game In Six Thread: 2018/19
« on: Yesterday at 06:00:52 PM »
Another year, and another extremely exciting season of Game in Six clips to post...starting with the Exhibition season!

First one will be posted tomorrow... Let the games BEGIN!!

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Tavares line and Kadri line and Rielly and Dermott pairs + Marlies

That's a lot of players....

It’s the standard 23-player roster. Three are in the pressbox.

Really?  I honestly don't understand why they're pressboxing guys in a pre-season game?

What's the point?
Tomorrow is our first look at Tavares playing a game for the Leafs!

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I say let the exhibition games determine who the back-up goalie will be, regardless of their age. Sparks looked great last year in the ‘A’ but  looked average during his cup of coffee with the Leafs. You never know how good a goalie really is until he faces better shooters on a consistent basis.

in the last game he played...a 5-1 loss to the Devils the Leafs lineup features NHL stalwarts Sam Carrick, Andrew Campbell, Byron Froese , Colin greening, Tobias Lindberg, TJ Brennan and Frank Carrodo.  In fact only Nylander, Reilly and Gardiner are still on the team today .  Wouldn't read too much into his stats in the Tank season

That loss secured last place for the Leafs and the winning of Auston Matthews.  I'd shake Sparks's hand for that.

I would kiss him on the lips.  With a little bit of tongue too.

Lol. Wow did that ever take an unexpected turn.

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I say let the exhibition games determine who the back-up goalie will be, regardless of their age. Sparks looked great last year in the ‘A’ but  looked average during his cup of coffee with the Leafs. You never know how good a goalie really is until he faces better shooters on a consistent basis.

Sparks has improved since then.  His only time with the Leafs was the tank year and since then he's worked on both his fitness as well as working closely with our goalie coaches.

I hope you’re right, because I’d prefer Sparks as the backup moving forward.

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I say let the exhibition games determine who the back-up goalie will be, regardless of their age. Sparks looked great last year in the ‘A’ but  looked average during his cup of coffee with the Leafs. You never know how good a goalie really is until he faces better shooters on a consistent basis.

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Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Rick Nash
« on: September 14, 2018, 05:16:06 PM »
save the dough and target defencemen of the same caliber

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: September 13, 2018, 10:09:42 PM »
It seems strange to me that they haven't given Matthews an "A".  I am hearing grumblings that it is for a reason.  The whole thing seems pretty hush hush.  It's not hockey related.

Probably something to do with future contract negotiations. His agent could use his captaincy as bargaining power .  8)

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: September 12, 2018, 10:33:04 AM »
Snark aside, Lou's right.

Sure. Remember how none of us really like Mats Sundin?

Who? Do you mean Sandin? 8)

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Reminiscing About The Old (Bad) Days
« on: August 29, 2018, 04:41:47 PM »
It’s funny how this has been forgotten with the team we have now, but Sundin refusing to leave to help give the club a jump start on the future left a pretty bad taste in a lot of fans mouths. Sundin was forgiven , as he should have been, but it was still a moment (that should have been handled better) a lot of people believed set the organization back a few years.

There was already lots of debate back then about this. I have to disagree with you. Sundin had a contract and he honored it. If the Leafs wanted to break that contract to better themselves at his expense and he would not go for it, the fault is not with him. How was this ever allowed to be a story anyway? The answer to that is more mismanagement.

Frankly, if you are happy with Tavares then you better check to be sure you do not have a double standard on this issue.  ;D

I'm not sure what you are disagreeing with me about exactly?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Reminiscing About The Old (Bad) Days
« on: August 29, 2018, 12:55:33 PM »
It’s funny how this has been forgotten with the team we have now, but Sundin refusing to leave to help give the club a jump start on the future left a pretty bad taste in a lot of fans mouths. Sundin was forgiven , as he should have been, but it was still a moment (that should have been handled better) a lot of people believed set the organization back a few years.

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Bias, by definition, is usually being unfair in your evaluation.

So I'm pretty comfortable saying I'm not unfair in my practices.

But that's the whole point. Nobody thinks they're being unfair. Nobody thinks they're playing to their subconscious biases, because then they wouldn't be subconscious. You could go to the most bigoted, prejudicial person in the world and I guarantee that they would talk about "preferences" and learned experience and some sort of cooked up data that reinforces what they think rather than admitting their thought process is flawed. After all, if you were conscious of those biases, why would you continue to indulge in them?

Often, the way we arrive at those preferences are a result of flawed thinking, where we value things that aren't quantifiable over things that are. This process is about people being able to sometimes admit that you can't always trust yourself to be the most objective in your evaluations of yourself and your methods.


My interpretation is that it means Kyle Dubas has read Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, in which there's a chapter that talks about the impact of orchestra's going from open auditions to having musician's audition behind a screen. Prior to the change, nobody would have said they were being biased, but the change in results speaks for itself.

Without plagiarising the book, here's an internet article where Gladwell describes the situation and impact: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/the_book_club/features/2005/blink_and_the_wisdom_of_crowds/the_biases_and_delusions_of_experts.html

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Prior to the 1980s, auditions for top orchestras were open—that is, the auditioning committee sat and watched one musician after another come in and play in front of the judges. Under this system, the overwhelming number of musicians hired by top orchestras were men—but no one thought much of this. It was simply assumed that men were better musicians. After all, what could be fairer than an open audition? And weren't the members of audition committees, "experts" in their field, capable of discerning good musicians from bad musicians?

But then, for a number of reasons, orchestras in the 1980s started putting up screens in audition rooms, so that the committee could no longer see the person auditioning. And immediately—immediately!—orchestras started hiring women left and right. In fact, since the advent of screens, women have won the majority of auditions for top orchestras, meaning that now, if anything, the auditioning process supports the conclusion that women are better classical musicians than men. Clearly what was happening before was that, in ways no one quite realized, the act of seeing a given musician play was impairing the listener's ability to actually hear what a musician was playing. People's feelings about women, as a group, were interfering with their ability to evaluate music.

I don't know that anyone's being accused of being biased... I just think Dubas read Blink :)

Interesting . I’d never heard that one before.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: August 22, 2018, 04:21:25 PM »
This may not be a popular opinion, but I don't really see what all the fuss is about Nylander.  I don't think he will cut it as a centre in the NHL.  As a winger he's pretty good, but he's not elite in my books.  I think Karlsson would give the Leafs a better chance of winning a cup in the next 2-5 years than Nylander will, and on that basis alone would do the trade in a second.

Long term, Karlsson will be expensive, and he his play will decline over the term of the contract to the point where the later years we'll be shaking our heads, but have a cup or two to show for it. 

If Karlsson was willing to sign an extension for around $11M, I would even throw in a first rounder.

I'm 100% on board with this post. The overall goal is winning the Stanley Cup. Having Karlsson on the team (minus Nylander) gets you much closer to that goal. I think its really a moot point, but nevertheless.

Watching some of the game in 6's from last year, it becomes more and more apparent that, even with the addition of Tavares, the Leafs are still on the outside looking in without some major upgrades on the blue line. The best card the club holds to obtain that upgrade is Nylander IMHO.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:40:52 AM »
Im sure Im not alone in saying this, but I can't remember a time when I actually wished a beautiful summer was over. Lets get to start of the NHL season and the 1st Leaf game already!!!

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: August 01, 2018, 02:57:13 PM »
Darren Millard is leaving Sportsnet. I wonder where he's going? Was happy to see Pierre McGuire go but I actually like Millard.
TSN?

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