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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Today at 11:24:38 PM »
I don't use this term often, but, lol Oilers:

https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/oilers-defenceman-andrej-sekera-indefinitely-torn-achilles/

I feel a little bad for Sekera, that'll be two injury-riddled seasons in a row for him now.

But on the bright side, he doesn't have to play in Edmonton. Tearing an achilles seems worth that.

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This contract makes me slightly more optimistic that we can get Gardiner re-signed at $6mil.

Ellis hasn't crested 50 pts. And he's a unicorn RHD. Playing for a team with minimal state income tax.

Their scoring numbers prior to this season were very close, and Ellis actually scored at a higher pace this past season too despite not hitting the 50 mark (32 points in 44 games). Add in the fact that he's a righty and he kills penalties, it's pretty easy to make the case that Ellis is the more valuable player.

And while I've talk about how important it was for Gardiner to hit the 50 point mark myself, if I was Dubas I'd point out that he did it in a season where more defenceman than usual did it. 19 defencemen scored 50 or more points last season, usually that number hovers around 10.

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This contract makes me slightly more optimistic that we can get Gardiner re-signed at $6mil.

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That's a hell of a contract. Most seemed to assume he was a goner.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2018-19
« on: Today at 10:30:25 AM »
I am very surprised the Leafs ended up this high on the list considering all our top eggs are in the NHL, but at the same time, I am very insulted that they are rated lower than Montreal and Chicago.

The fact that he still considers Johnsson a prospect is a big boost. He alone probably bumped us up 5-ish spots.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: Today at 10:14:51 AM »
I think a large portion of his base legitimately finds it amusing instead of embarrassing; the latter of which would be the proper reaction.

I honestly think there's a significant portion of his base who are waiting for him to say it so that they can say it too.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2018-19
« on: Today at 09:31:52 AM »
I get that you can argue that Moore was buried down the line-up a little, but Brown led the Marlies in scoring in his first season and then in his 2nd year almost matched Moore's sophomore season point totals in half as many games. So we should maybe easy up a little on the 'Moore's a faster Connor Brown' talk.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: Today at 09:04:14 AM »
I've been wondering about this. Even if there was a tape of Trump saying the n-word. Heck, even if he flat out just tweeted it out, would his base even care?

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: Today at 08:40:24 AM »
Shot:

Chaser:

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official TV Thread
« on: Today at 08:00:07 AM »
It's true crime, so I thought the ending was obvious. lol

Hey frank, the ship sinks at the end of the Titanic.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Hunter Will Not Return Either
« on: August 11, 2018, 01:01:42 PM »
I don't think that's necessarily true. Or a fair comment, frankly.
Yeah I'm sure Hunter could have gotten another head scout or even assistant-GM position but he most likely wants to be a GM so why settle for a lesser role in the NHL? He'll have more control in London and someone will come calling in a year or 2

I was being slightly fictitious with my comment, but I do think that if he was as highly thought of as the media made us believe he could have definitely been hired somewhere as an AGM with a close-to-GM salary. Most of them considered him a shoe-in for the GM job with Lou. And if he doesn't want to continue working in an assistant role and would rather just hang around London until someone comes calling with a GM job, then I don't know how much that is going to work out for him. There's still a ton of highly regarded AGM's around the league who bust their butts in that role for years and haven't been able to move up yet. I'd be surprised if he re-surfaced in the NHL now, much like his brother Dale.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Hunter Will Not Return Either
« on: August 10, 2018, 07:32:34 PM »

Best scout in the business couldn't find another NHL job.

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NHL Transactions / Re: Minor Transactions - 2018 Offseason
« on: August 10, 2018, 01:49:39 PM »
Not directly related to this discussion but I was looking at other players who have received 8-year contracts and the list of defencemen who got that much term since 2016 is pretty funny:

Ekblad, Hedman, Vlasic, Fowler, Carlson, OEL, Doughty... and Michael Matheson.

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NHL Transactions / Re: Minor Transactions - 2018 Offseason
« on: August 10, 2018, 01:28:13 PM »
Comfortable as in you wouldn't want to go lower or comfortable as in you wouldn't want to go higher?

I used to be in the "sign them all for 8 years!" camp, but I've come down to 6 probably being the sweet spot. Especially now that it's clear Nylander will be staying a winger. Just not sure it'll be worth it to pay a premium to get those extra 2 years. If you can save say $1.5mil on both Nylander and Marner by going 6 instead of 8 I probably do that and invest the money into the D. I'd consider going down to even 5 but it'd have to be one heck of a team-friendly contract.

6 years is still a long time for a contract. Who knows what the cap landscape is going to look like in 2024/2025.

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NHL Transactions / Re: Minor Transactions - 2018 Offseason
« on: August 10, 2018, 12:25:15 PM »

No lockout signing bonus for Larkin, although his salary does dip that season. That's of course something that the Leafs should be using to their advantage in their talks.

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