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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: Yesterday at 03:23:25 PM »
Your intelligence agency indicts a dozen Russian for election tampering and hacking and Trump's response is to call them liars and tell everyone how big and strong Putin is.  How broken is the US political system that there isn't a revolt over this?

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Ontario Election 2018
« on: July 13, 2018, 01:51:40 PM »
Ford's a moron.  At least he hasn't done anything that I wasn't expecting of him yet. 

I mean that's the sad thing. This is what people voted him in for. So he could bring back a sex ed program that was developed in 1998.

Personally I'm looking forward to the increased incidence of teenage pregnancy I'll get to diagnose in the ER.  Nothing says good sexual education policy like "I pushed a baby out of me therefore I know everything about parenting".

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« on: July 12, 2018, 10:57:03 PM »
That really wasnít a bad start from Happ though.  He was great until Travis forgot how to play the fundamentals of defense. 

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Ontario Election 2018
« on: July 12, 2018, 08:29:45 AM »
Ford's a moron.  At least he hasn't done anything that I wasn't expecting of him yet. 

NHL Transactions / Kucherov Re-Signs 9.5M/8 years
« on: July 10, 2018, 10:06:46 AM »
Thatís a solid deal for Tampa and should take them out of the Karlsson trade.

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: July 09, 2018, 04:55:49 PM »
I'm not sure which European league practices this, but the idea that the top seeds get to pick their opponent is kind of cool.  It would add some intrigue to the end of the season.

That would actually be kind of fun.  Would create a great incentive for the team that an opponent chooses. It would really make things interesting if say in a hypothetical scenario Tampa has an injury to Kucherov in the first round and a team tries to take them on when they are banged up if they know he would miss the series. 

As much as I would like to take my daughters to a womanís game I have a lot of doubts that it would succeed. You are asking businesses to front money in an almost welfare system.

Well, what you're asking is for teams and your broadcast partners to invest in growing the game and a potentially financially profitable venture.

Is it overly viable to be demanding things in the NHLs current state though?  It isnít like they have networks banging down the door desperately to add prime time NHL hockey.

General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: July 06, 2018, 07:28:37 AM »
TSN's Shawn Simpson is reporting the trade might be done and pending trade call, a cording to his source:

Friedman also says no.  I just want it to be over so we can complain about the Toronto/Tampa second round.

General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: July 05, 2018, 06:19:00 PM »
So ignoring roster players involved in a potential trade (guys like Coburn making 3.7M, Girardi making 3.0M, Tyler Johnson 5.0M, Killorn 4.5M) a straight up add Karlsson and subtract noone, keeping Sergachev as their 7th D-Man the Lightning would be a few hundred thousand over the cap with 10 forwards.  I would imagine they are trying to move one of Killorn/Johnson in the deal as a roster player so that would free up the money necessary to cheap out their 10-11-12-13th forwards to fit under the cap.  Moving one of Coburn/Girardi would also work for them but I would imagine their value would be considerably less, especially in the setting of trying to acquire Karlsson.  They would still be deep with their forwards with either kind of move.

What would be interesting would be the next year.  Hypothetically Karlsson loves Tampa, he signs a team friendly 10M/7-8 year extension.   They would be sitting at 69M in cap hit with only 6 forwards and 3 defensemen under contract.  Kucherov and Brayden Point as RFAs and Stralman, Coburn, Girardi as UFAs.

They would have to move a lot of pieces to make the team work beyond this year.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: July 05, 2018, 06:02:17 PM »
Pretty sure Dubas will want them all signed before camp this year.  He's probably aware that he'll have to answer questions about it all year if they're not done.

Here's the link to the whole podcast, the Dubas stuff starts about an hour in:

Worth listening to because it addresses that question among a lot of others. I really don't want to sound too much like I'm joining the cult but it's just such a nice reminder of how engaging it is as a fan to have the guy running the team be willing to talk about his thought processes and outlook while not being indiscreet. The change from having someone who seemed to view the idea of fan engagement with disdain really is nice.

Something to point out though is that while he didn't share specific details on the Tavares presentation, he shot down the idea that they played up things like the Captaincy, off-ice earning potential or the hometown angle. Says that the pitch was almost entirely hockey related.

He honestly is a pleasure to listen to.  I'm looking forward to more interviews with him in the future.  I think one big thing about Kyle is that he took every opportunity to deflect his own performance and talk up the organization and the players.  I prefer his style of building team unity over "shave your beard" style tactics.

Over yonder in New York Lou isn't letting Ho Sang give interviews.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: July 05, 2018, 05:59:07 PM »
Stan epitomizes the old man yelling at clouds persona. 
I don't think anyone disputes that Lou was a great GM and put together really good teams in New Jersey for their style of play.  They benefitted from having a Hall of Fame goaltender and some fantastic defensemen and had good production through their career.  Most of the trades on that list had good tradeoffs for both teams.  A handful of the free agents (Gomez/Holik) weren't let go because Lou didn't want them, but because they had budget limitations and Sather was able to spend like an idiot in New York.

New Jersey won 5 playoff rounds in the last 12 years of his tenure as GM of the Devils.  They did make the Cup finals once during that span as the 6th seed in the East.  I'm not sure that you can look to his performance over the last 15 years and hold Lou in the same esteem as you could in the clutch and grab/Brodeur era.

General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: July 05, 2018, 05:38:50 PM »

One of the things they sort of suggested on the 31 thoughts podcast was that Tampa may have been the only team Karlsson was willing to sign long term with. That may have essentially forced Ottawa's hand here.

It may also make sense hockey wise as if you've got Hedman, Stralman, McDonogh and you even need Sergachev?

Certainly hard to justify a guy like Sergachev toiling on the 3rd pairing when he's likely to get 12-14 minutes a night with those guys out there.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: July 05, 2018, 08:41:03 AM »

Big Dubas Energy

I want them all to re-sign this summer just so I don't have to spend an entire year hearing that same question every day.

I am now officially a part of the Dubas cult.   I fully expect him to get Marner to sign for a juice box and three nickles

NHL Transactions / Re: Komarov signs with the Islanders
« on: July 03, 2018, 02:30:57 PM »
I think hiring Lou was still a good move to help with getting Dubas some more experience and helping the front office maybe gain new contacts and figure out a little more do how to play the old boy GM stuff but I donít think there were really any crazy great moves made that make me think back fondly on Lou.

Moves like this signing are a nice reminder of why we arenít suffering from moving on.   Dubas may not lead us to a Cup either but I have more faith in his hands at this point.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: July 01, 2018, 01:05:18 PM »
Looks like being awesome is back on the menu.  All praise Dubas

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