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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Gaming Thread
« on: Yesterday at 01:34:47 AM »
As to the first, while I agree that the similarity of their games in terms of actual gameplay might have narrowed their audience, I always saw their games as interactive animated movies that had the capacity for some really good stories to be told so the idea that it was more on the rails than it might have seemed never bothered me when the writing could reach the heights it did.

I think it's fair, but I think it also struggled when coming up against games like Detroit:Become Human.  Granted from a developer that had a significantly larger budget who were able to make those same interactive story based games that actually have significant replayability.  The decent lag between chapter releases and delays between story seasons I think drew a lot of people away from the games.  Their model also unfortunately fell prey to the "let's play" era of gaming where the lack of branching story let people watch others play the game and took away the need to buy it for themselves.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Gaming Thread
« on: September 22, 2018, 11:57:11 PM »

Kind of a bummer to read that Telltale Games is closing. Their games aren't for everyone, and their quality was inconsistent, but at their best I thought they did some of the best storytelling in the industry.

The big issue with them as a developer was they overstretched.  They just put out the same game over and over again with a different story.  They promoted branching story lines and decision trees that matter but the games didn't deliver that. 

I thin it's a developer that could have survived if they had competent managers but they got too big and reliant on an outdated model.  I'm also pretty ticked off at how they treated their employees.  No severance and there was at least one report that they hired someone a week ago who was among those laid off.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: September 22, 2018, 11:48:36 PM »

Spicy hot take time: While I don't think it's a disaster or anything and I'm sure he may very eventually perform admirably in this regard, Dubas not being able to sign any of the 3 big extensions this summer isn't great.

I think it's a fair point.  He boasted about signing everyone and here we are with Nylander holding out.  Ultimately a deal will eventually get done but boasting about being able to do things requires you to also perform.

Who's this commentator and is he replacing Romanuk?
John Bartlett and yes Romanuk left Sportsnet

Bartlett isn't annoying in the way that Romanuk was, but he's incredibly bland.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: September 22, 2018, 11:17:39 AM »

I know it's pre-season and all but I'm pretty excited to see what Kovalchuk does this season.

As a talent he's a Hall of Fame Player.  What does he need to do over his final NHL run to make that happen?  Right now he's sitting at 816 points in 816 games.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: September 22, 2018, 11:16:09 AM »

America in 2018 is a weird damned place:

Wow, that's amazing.

I though Engvall looked really good.  He really seems to be building off a nice playoff run.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: September 17, 2018, 04:06:10 PM »
The problem there is the price of apples only has partial impact on the price of oranges. The player's position does have a real impact on the salary, and a top-flight center definitely commands more...

I don't think comparing two different C's is apples and oranges. At best it's apple and a different, slightly better kind of apple.

Moreover, I don't think that line of argument would carry a lot of weight.

Imagine you're fresh out of university and you have some fancy credential. You're a lawyer or a CPA and you get a job with a big firm as such. You go to work and they say "Bad news. We hired way too many Lawyers. So for now we're going to need you in the IT department". Maybe you're a little upset but it's still a good job and you know your way around a router and you live in some bizarre world where you can't just choose to work for a different company as a lawyer. So you work for a few years and do a really good job and there's some talk of moving you into the legal department because you still think of yourself as a lawyer but you're really good in IT and happy enough there.

Then, it's time to renegotiate your salary and you ask for a salary roughly equivalent to a 3rd year associate and your boss goes "woah, woah, woah...that's what we pay're just in IT".

I mean...they're free to try that and again, in this weird world where you can't just quit and go be a lawyer at a competing firm they've got more juice than they should have, but I think the whole "We're not paying you for what you're qualified for but the job we've decided to give you out of our own interest" would have some problems sticking.

The Leafs are certainly free to try that but Nylander is also free to not think that the Leafs choosing to play him at wing instead of at C should dictate his pay.

Wouldn't the Leafs be saying you're in IT and not a lawyer because you're not good enough to be a lawyer, but you are good enough to be in IT? So if you're not good enough to be a lawyer, despite your education, we shouldn't have to pay you like one?


To bring it back into hockey terms, the argument for Nylander/his agent would be that Nylander is dynamic and is capable of being a top 6 center while also having the versatility of being a dynamic scoring winger.  Given that ability he should be paid as such, and not as a guy who is either a top 6 winger or a 4th line center.  Just because he would arguably be our 4th best center behind Tavares/Matthews/Kadri doesn't mean that he should be paid as a winger or a 4th line center. 

If Tavares wasn't signed and instead stayed in New York, there is a pretty solid argument that Nylander would have been asked to be the 2nd scoring center on the team with Matthews being our #1 guy and Kadri holding on to his role as our #3/shutdown center.  Nylander likely would have received the 3rd line ice-time but would be the 2nd scoring line behind Matthews.

The Leafs are obviously going to argue that Nylander is more of a winger and they should pay him less because that is what is best for the team, but it doesn't mean that Nylander is going to accept that argument.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2018/2019 Goal Predictions
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:23:07 PM »
Matthews 46 goals
Tavares 38 goals
Kadri 28 goals
Marleau 28 goals
Nylander 27 goals
Marner 23 goals
Hyman 18 goals
Johnsson 16 goals
Kapanen 14 goals
Brown 14 goals
Lindholm 8 goals

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2018/2019 Goal Predictions
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:21:00 PM »
Matthews   52
Tavares      43
Nylander    0
Marner       32
Marleau     31
Kadri          32
Calm down... Nylander will sign.
You know me always kidding

Your negativity is killing me.   Burn this place to the ground.

General NHL News & Views / Re: Zetterberg pulls a Hossa
« on: September 17, 2018, 02:42:21 PM »

I said it re: Hossa and I said it re: Lupul but the idea of these conditions being "real" or not or injuries being genuine or not is kind of missing the point.

My guess is that almost any hockey player of a certain age could find medical reasons why they "can't" continue playing that a doctor could sign onto in good conscience.

You really can.  I have to fill out disability packages for patients all the time.  I have yet to run into a single company, or at least their insurance company, who tries endlessly to try and convince me that the patients isn't really disabled.  My job as a physician is to look at the patient in front of me and care for their needs and interests.  I do need to keep a mind on the system impact but if a person is disabled, they are disabled.

Where it becomes very complicated is in something like a skill based profession.  There isn't an alternative job for a hockey player.  If Tavares blows his knee out tomorrow and can't skate, there isn't another job he can fill to uphold his contract with the team.  Sure, he might offer to scout or become a Jr Assistant manager to the Assistant GM but that doesn't have an impact on the cap. 

Zetterberg could probably still play hockey.  He likely can't play hockey to the standard that he wants.  He especially isn't likely to want to do it for a fraction of the money he made in earlier years.  There is no way you are going to be able to prove that he isn't unable to compete though.

Ennis is a veteran guy though, right?  It makes more sense to me than Leivo in that spot.

He's still a guy who definitely needs sheltered minutes, like Leivo and Johnsson. Quite frankly using Kadri as the match-up centre this season wouldn't make a lick of sense. Just use Tavares and go head-to-head.

Quite frankly the Leafs have the depth and talent on their lines (especially once Nylander finally signs) that they shouldn't be the ones line matching with other teams.  I found it frustrating last year that Babcock was so worried about his matchups that ice time would sometimes vary significantly because of this.  I'm not sure why the superior talent need to sit on the bench so Babcock can have Line 3 vs. Line 1 at the expense of Lines 1 and 2.

General NHL News & Views / Re: Zetterberg pulls a Hossa
« on: September 14, 2018, 10:02:45 AM »

3 years left on his contract. This upcoming one pays him $3.35mil. The next two pay him $1mil each. If his contract was 9 years instead of the sham 12 his cap-hit would have gone from $6.083mil to $7.516mil.

But hey, a heck of a career for the guy.

Its a shame the Leafs never got to take advantage of these cap circumvention.  We got in trouble for buying a pick for Olaf Kolzig and had to pay picks for Babcock and Lou though!

General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: September 14, 2018, 09:40:14 AM »
Just to be a contrarian, I'm going to say that it's no sure thing that Karlsson will ever be as good as he was.  That injury he took ... OK it's still a horrible trade.

I guess but coming off injury he still put up 60 points.  If he isnt the best defensman  in the league hes still a #1

As much as I don't want him held out, it's stupid for a player to risk injury without a contract.  If Nylander gets hurt the Leafs are going to give him a pity 7 million dollar contract.

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