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McBackup > Sparks. This isn't even close at this point. Wonder what they'll do seeing no one is waiver exempt. Thing is tho if a team grabs one of our guys, they have to keep them on the NHL roster. Not always easy to do with goalies.
Ok frig McBackup can stay

This really is a helluva tough call.  It doesn't make sense to keep a 35-year-old over a 25-year-old AHL goalie of the year.  But McElhinney has been pretty much the ideal backup ever since he got here.  He didn't look 35 tonight.
Key word is AHL for Sparks and NHL for McBackup.

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Sparks was swimming really early on that one...
Sparks doesn't impress me at all. Never has. The Swedish twins look pretty good so far. Some mistakes but I like the way they play. Carrick and Marincin, nope. Borgman and Rosen have looked better. SDA does remind me of Marner. Fun player.

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Johnsson - Lindholm - Kapanen...The Leafs shining new fourth line, special teams & PK unit (Lindholm/Kapanen ):


The line's biggest asset (or advantage) is their speed, speed, speed.  Enough to create chances and shift on the fly.  Lindholm is the key to the line being it's centre and the one who caters and needs to know his wingers.  So far, it's pretty apparent Babcock likes what he sees.

Andreas Johnsson summed it up best:

Like Babcock, he sees Lindholm, who he played against in Sweden, as the Leafs’ solution in their fourth-line centre hunt.

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“He’s skilled, he’s a very smart guy, he can pass and shoot. Knowing he came from a really good season last year in Sweden, one point per game, I can feel he’s really confident out there and can find passes and spacing,” Johnsson finished.

“I think he’s a very good two-way player and I feel like he can back up me and Kappy really good if we fly down. He’s going to find a position where he can shoot or get back the puck. I think he’s a very complete player who can do everything out there so I don ‘t feel like he’s going to have any problem. He’s going to be really good.”
Lindholm stood out in a good way. He's an NHL player and I think just going by that game, it's his job to lose.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:46:41 PM »
There are guys that play in the preseason that won’t make the team so it’s a a hard call to make.
No it's not. They're playing in the NHL for the preseason so you simply suspend them for the preseason and whatever games of regular season in the NHL. Simple as that. So if this player ever does make the NHL, they will still face a suspension before being allowed to play.
Like Gord Miller said on Leafs Lunch. What would the suspension be if that was McDavid or Matthews or Crosby he hit?

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: September 20, 2018, 04:48:45 PM »

He probably won't get any regular season games, which is dumb, but on the other hand having to open the season going head-to-head against Matthews/Tavares/Kadri seems like a fair punishment.



Big deal. Costs him nothing. The NHL dropped the ball again. Could have sent a good message but didn't.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: September 20, 2018, 11:52:23 AM »

He probably won't get any regular season games, which is dumb, but on the other hand having to open the season going head-to-head against Matthews/Tavares/Kadri seems like a fair punishment.
Tie got 8 games for his sucker punch to Ulf. Max should get 10 but probably won't. There is no room for this crap in hockey anymore.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: September 13, 2018, 02:56:36 PM »
Great trade for SJ..Terrible for the Senaturds...Never even got back a high quality NHL player. Could you imagine the Leafs trading Matthews for this return?

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Salming=Best Leaf D man ever.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: The Matthews Extension
« on: July 27, 2018, 09:40:21 PM »
I see no way Matthew's takes less than Eichel which isnt that much less than Tavares.
I think we get Mathews cheaper then everyone thinks.  As Traveres is on his main contract aka the big one. but Mathews is only on his first pay day. the big big bucks will come on his next one, and the same for the other two.  I think everyone is over blowing the amount they should get.
Yup. He's getting more the Eichel and is clearly the better player. Id be surprised if he got McDavid cash tho. Don't see it happening. JT money? Absolutely.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: The Matthews Extension
« on: July 27, 2018, 01:36:00 PM »

I think his asking price can only go up with another season under his belt, so I'm all for this getting done now.
I don't think it will go up much if any. Matthews is going to be paid in or around 11mill regardless of this year. Marner on the other hand is the one we'd like done now. His price could go up substantially with a monster year. 

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: July 25, 2018, 11:32:41 PM »
Yeah, I have to agree.  Anyway, I don't know why Matthews would sign before he has to.  Let's say he's injury-free or close to it this year.  He could still have a down year statistically and get $11M -- they aren't going to refuse that ask -- and if he has a Tavares-goosed breakout year then it's a fast train to McDavidstan.
He could always get injured to, like any player and then it's gone. There's good and bad with signing now or later. The money isn't going to be all that different. And if he has a Tavares-goosed year, that doesn't necessarily work in his favour. Leafs can counter the JT effect as a reason for the big increase. He isn't getting McDavid money. He may have a case if he wins the Art Ross, Hart and Lindsay awards..

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: July 24, 2018, 01:04:20 PM »


My point is, they should extend the Big 3 with less than 22 - 24 mi. Can they do it ?
Maybe but I doubt it. Def not 22.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: July 20, 2018, 03:41:18 PM »
This is the winner.....


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I am not sure why Babcock does not play McBackup more often, he is a capable goalie, who in his 18 starts had a better save percentage then Andersen. Give him another 7 starts then Andersen will not have any issue with been tired in late Mar/Apr.
McBackup might not even be with the Leafs. I don't see Sparks and/or Pickard clearing waivers so unless Dubas trades one of our goalies I think they may expose McBackup instead of trying to slide Sparks through. Like always tho, we'll see.

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: Raptors close to acquiring Kawhi Leonard
« on: July 19, 2018, 11:03:21 AM »
Leonard is considered the 2nd best "player" meaning all around to Lebron. That's how good he is. He does everything extremely well and defending is his claim to fame, something Derozan was pretty much terrible at. They also got Green who is also a good defensive player that can shoot the 3 ball so this is a huge upgrade. They have a year to convince him to stay.

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