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So Brown got more ice time than Tavares last night. I hope that never happens again.

Pursuing line match-ups with this much top-end talent is pretty nuts.

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This is eerily similar to last year when they couldnt stop scoring early on, and then Babcock adjusted things to a more defensive system emphasizing matchups, and there was a power outage.

The Leafs should remember they are a fast team and start skating with the puck. They look utterly anemic 5 on 5.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kasperi Kapanen
« on: October 10, 2018, 04:32:08 PM »
/thread

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If it wasnt already obvious, its now clear that Babcock is a dinosaur when it comes to defence and the importance of possession/controlled breakouts.

Requiring the team to make the safe play by chipping it up the boards and giving it away is leading to scoring chances against and thats hurting the team. It was clear against Boston in the playoffs when only our goaltending kept us in it, and its obvious now. 

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Stop. Playing. Zaitsev and Hainsey. Together.

They are both atrocious at gap control. Which is sort of the opposite of what you want in the last minute.

Luckily Ward has been just as much of a sieve as Sparks.

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The fact that Kapanen was on the fourth line to start the season is silly. This is a fast team and should play that way.

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Babcocks patented break out. The goal is to have everyone completely stationary while the first pass is being made.

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More Babcock hockey. Chip and chase and hope for the best. Manages to make the Leafs look slow and chaotic against three of the worst teams in the league.

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You guys talk about systems like it removes the player's ability to think. What I'm seeing is poor decisions repeatedly. Not poor planning.

Agree 100%. The problem isn't the coaching. It's the capability of the defencemen. I'm sure Babcock would love to have a high end defence corp that could reliably maintain possession and make good decisions while transitioning or skating the puck out. But, he doesn't, and you get the puck off the glass/long stretch pass for tip into the other zone that everyone despises, but it worked a lot better than expecting high end plays from a low-end group.

Rielly and Gardiner are both elite at this. And the option of having the forwards supporting the defence while breaking out of the zone adds to the amount of elite players available to skate/transition the puck out. I absolutely believe that the system is, mostly, to blame for alot of those struggles.

Of course in Game 1 there were a ton of sloppy plays and errant passes and Ron Hainsey was an absolute trainwreck. That certainly doesn't help the breakout issues.

Rielly and Gardiner are not elite at doing anything. They are pretty good at some of the aspects of the game and downright awful at others. Elite puts them in a class they simply are not in.


They are both top 15 amongst defencemen in points, which speaks to their ability to move the puck. They are absolutely elite offensively and in transition. But Babcock's system often doesn't use them properly because it requires almost everyone to be standing still rather than moving up ice with possession of the puck.

Babcock's system acts as though the team is made up of Hainseys and Komarovs, rather than  elite puck-movers.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: October 05, 2018, 12:56:51 PM »
TSN posted today that they have a source telling them that Nylander still has not budged off his $8 million figure.
I doubt they know anything.

Why? At some point Nylander will start to face reputational risks (whether or not justified), and leaking this kind of info is a pretty good way to ratchet up the pressure in that respect.

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Looks like Babcock went right back to neutralizing his own team's speed with stationary hail mary passes and being mostly allergic to maintaining possession in the neutral zone.

It's one game though, so hopefully it was poor execution rather than something systemic.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Ontario Election 2018
« on: July 27, 2018, 09:57:45 AM »
Sorry... this was the best place I could put this...

I know twitter polls aren't exactly what you would call scientific or even accurate, but JFC people:


I'd imagine that Ezra's followers (and the majority of the people voting in that poll) certainly lean one way politically and thus I'm not surprised by those results.  Why would they believe the libs?

Why would they believe an independent, venerated Canadian news agency over a foreign terrorist organization?

This is a question that actually has to be asked in 2018?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Carrick re-signs [1 year, $1.3mil AAV]
« on: June 21, 2018, 12:01:31 AM »
Hard to get into a groove when you're playing every second game with limited minutes. When he was getting consistent playing time he looked significantly better than Polak.

Hopefully this signals that the new GM values possession/rushing more than Lou and Babcock seem to.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Lou Will Not Return
« on: June 05, 2018, 03:10:00 PM »
Ok so as I was on the Islanders management page I saw this guys picture and just had to check out his profile:



This is Ken Morrow, the teams Director of Pro Scouting. According to his bio, he's held that role since 1992.

1992.

edit: Oh, he spent 10 years with the team through the 80s and won 4 Cups with them. That explains it.

This looks like a photoshopped picture of my index finger.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Lou Will Not Return
« on: May 22, 2018, 11:16:16 PM »
At this point, sickbeast is either trolling or is so relentlessly earnest in his sense of indignation that it amounts to trolling.

It's the offseason, so I'm not too bothered either way.

Regarding the topic at hand, Lou had taught Shanahan and Dubas everything he knows about how not to react when a good/bad thing happens on the ice, so it was clearly time to move on.

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