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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Movie Thread
« on: Today at 04:48:58 PM »
Seems like the criticisms of the film are things you could pick up on from the trailers:

- Bad CGI
- Dark brooding tone that creates a bit of a lifeless effect
- Bad script
- Weak plot/villain

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: Today at 04:47:09 PM »
I'm not making this statement in support of Franken but I hope people take a bit more of a step back before we execute every single person who is accused at this time.  False accusations are going to happen.  Some stuff is going to be abundantly clear but there are going to be some innocent people who could get swept up in this and hopefully we don't see too many people torn down who don't deserve it.

The biggest problem I have seen thus far is there is a lot of finger pointing and not really anything being done to actually change the culture around these events.

I get what you're saying and with the political culture in the US as ugly as it is you could easily see someone unscrupulous trying to take advantage of it(as someone astutely put it, Democrats would have been more inclined to believe Clinton was a sexual harasser if there wasn't also an organized movement trying to convince people he and his wife were muderers to boot).

But I think we're still miles away from that becoming a pressing concern. With Moore we're talking about multiple accusers being backed by dozens of corroborating witnesses. With Franken there's an actual photo. We're not seeing a witchhunt where a single accusation is bringing anyone down. Our standards are so low that it's practically taking actual smoking guns for anything to happen.

If there were one woman saying one unsubstantiated thing about a man who denied it...I'm not convinced the pendulum has swung so far that the accuser would be believed by people automatically.

I guess what got my tinfoil hat out of the closet on this one was that the woman has some ties to Hannity and Friends.  Whether there was a bit of an underlying agenda in coming out is something that isn't sitting right.  The photo is clearly inappropriate behaviour and Franken was in the SNL era of rampant cocaine and other drugs so I have no doubt that he and many others would have been doing more than their fair share of inappropriate behaviour. 

I don't dispute his inappropriate behaviour, but it's clearly become more of a false equivalency kind of story to try and take some of the edge off a guy running around as a predator.  The focus on these things should really be about outing and stopping bad/criminal behaviour, not identifying as many Republicans/Democrats who are committing these acts. 

What I will give Franken credit for is being a much more vocal voice for women's rights, at the very least since he has come into office.  That's something that you can't really dispute.  It doesn't absolve inappropriate behaviour in the past, but hopefully this doesn't become something that muddies future ability to continue to make positive changes to society.


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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Today at 04:35:27 PM »
Didn't Belak get something like 8 games for something more accidental than this?  Should be at least 10 in my books.

Six regular season games PLUS two playoff games.  So it was probably more like a 10-game suspension if we are going by the playoff games count for double rule.

This is the best video I could find of the slash.  Belak was reckless with his stick but it was pretty clearly a guy who was off balance and trying to get Vaananen off his back. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=porVFYsgScY

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leivo signs 1-year extension
« on: Today at 04:28:34 PM »
As much as I would like to see Leivo play, he's not a game-changer.  He likely wasn't going to get more than this on the UFA market either and may have ended up without a guaranteed deal in the offseason anyway.

Coming into the offseason this year the Leafs have:

JVR - 4.25M
Bozak - 4.2M
Komarov - 2.95M
Gleason - 1.3M  (Sigh)
Polak - 1.1M
Moore - 1.0M
Fehr - 0.975M
Cowen - 0.75M
Marincin - 0.225M

Total 16.75M coming off the books.  Bozak/JVR/Komarov obviously play fairly important roles on the team but that's still a decent amount of production negative money coming off the books too.

It wouldn't be surprising to see Soshnikov replace Komarov, Kapanen replace JVR and Levio continue to be the 13th forward next year.  They are still likely missing another center unless they intend to move Nylander up the middle and then maybe you just internally replace Nylander with Leivo.

Nylander, Soshnikov and Carrick are the only two prominent RFAs this offseason but with Marner, Gardiner, Matthews and Borgman next offseason money will have to be set aside.

Nylander at 6M if he continues to have a so-so year?  Soshnikov at 2-2.5M similar to Brown/Hyman depending on his role for the rest fo the year?  That would leave the Leafs with about 10M to replace Bozak and a 7th defenseman/upgrade the defense with the same payroll.

I would probably look to move Carrick at the deadline this year if possible.  You could arguably promote Dermott or bring Rosen back up if the Leafs didn't upgrade the defense with a trade and I don't think he's been reliable enough to be fussed about losing.

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WWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooo

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Why is Andersen completely unable to catch pucks with his glove?

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How is that not interference on Lovejoy taking Marleau out trying to go in on the forecheck?

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Are you not entertained?

Nope.  Devils hockey is bad and should feel bad

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: Yesterday at 05:01:27 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.

I'm not making this statement in support of Franken but I hope people take a bit more of a step back before we execute every single person who is accused at this time.  False accusations are going to happen.  Some stuff is going to be abundantly clear but there are going to be some innocent people who could get swept up in this and hopefully we don't see too many people torn down who don't deserve it.

The biggest problem I have seen thus far is there is a lot of finger pointing and not really anything being done to actually change the culture around these events.

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Big promotion for Soshnikov.  He's going to dominate the press box.

Sosh is in with Matthews out.

.562 Win% with Matthews
1.000 Win% without Matthews

Time to trade him for OEL or a package including Tanev?

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Big promotion for Soshnikov.  He's going to dominate the press box.

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I like that they have been using the flip pass/high clear a little more too.  Gets the defenders moving backwards and still lets the forwards attack with speed.  We have enough players who are good at winning open ice puck battles because of their stick handling ability so those neutral zone "forecheck" situations are going to end up in the Leafs favour overall.

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After all the doom and gloom from a week ago, the Leafs are still 4th in the East in points percentage.

Rielly and Kadri are on pace for 69 points. JVR's on pace for 41 goals and 68 points (which is pretty insane actually considering he's playing less than 14 minutes a night). Matthews was on pace for 50 goals and 97 points pre-injury. Old Man Marleau, who many wondering if he would even score 20 goals, is on pace for 34.

And while it took a bit of a boost from Marner over two games it's interesting that somewhat disappointing seasons from both Marner/Nylander as 2nd year pros are still on pace for 56 points.  It really doesn't feel like we have seen the best of either of them yet (although Nylander has certainly had better stretches than Marner). 

Last year after 19 games the Leafs were 8-8-3 (8 ROW, 19 points).  This year they are 12-7-0 (11 ROW, 24 points).  I'll take that from a team that really hasn't played their best/most consistent hockey yet.

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Big adversity win there.  Refs tried hard to keep Boston in it.

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Man the reffing is atrocious.  Boston gets to make late contact an awful lot.

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