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9-8-4, 22 points | 12-9-2, 26 points 

Projected Lines








Frank Corrado
Martin Marincin
Peter Holland

Josh Leivo
Anton Slepyshev
Tyler Pitlick
Eric Gryba

Line-up Notes
•Leafs kick off a three-game Western road trip by revisiting the McDavid v Matthews non-story
•Nylander returns to the lineup after sitting for an undisclosed upper-body injury suffered in practice prior to Saturday's game
•Babcock has been looking to get Soshnikov more minutes, and Saturday's game was an 'outstanding' enough performance for the coach to keep the most annoying line together
•Matt Martin is on fire, putting his 2-game goal scoring streak on the line. Oh yeah, Matthews too.

•Edmonton is licking its wounds after losing both games of the home-and-home to the Arizona Coyotes
•Connor McDavid is riding a 5 game point streak since coming out of a protracted 10-game goal-scoring slump, including the hat trick to break the slump (5G/5A in last 5)
•Edmonton is still The Worst


•Nathan Horton - Back - Out indefinitely
•Joffrey Lupul - ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ - Out indefinitely
•Stephane Robidas - Old - Out indefinitely
•Josh Leivo - Inconvenient - Injured Reserve
•CarltonTheBear - Personal Leave - Day-to-day
•Mark Fayne - Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
•Brandon Davidson - Lower Body - Injured Reserve
•Iiro Pakarinen - Knee - Injured Reserve
•Andrew Ference - Hip - Injured Reserve

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General Rumours & Speculation / Dougie Hamilton
« on: November 16, 2016, 04:47:08 PM »
Like the Jones, Vatanen/Lindholm, Trouba threads before...

Last time Hamilton was traded:
Calgary acquired defenseman Dougie Hamilton from the Boston Bruins in a trade for their first-round pick (No. 15) in the 2015 NHL Draft and the two second-round picks (Nos. 45 and 52) they previously acquired from the Washington Capitals.

He's currently 23 at 5.75M until 2020-21.

What are our chances?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Nazem Kadri
« on: November 03, 2016, 10:34:39 AM »
I had been hesitant to start up a thread about Kadri in the past, not knowing how much longer he would be on the roster. Now that he's signed for 6 years at a team (and player) friendly rate, and fresh off a statement game that put to bed a media manufactured frenzy over 1st overalls*: here come the Nazem Kadri love letters.

Kadri is the fulcrum down the middle for Toronto this season. The expectation is that he will take on all the tough head-to-head assignments — thereby creating an easier NHL transition for the Nylanders, Matthews and Marners of the roster — and produce like a top-six center in the process. That’s no mean feat, especially when the Leafs’ go-to defence pairing remains a work in progress.


[Outside] of two off-nights in Winnipeg and Chicago (inevitably, it’s going to go sideways some games against top competition), the results through ten games are encouraging. In the early going, Kadri is keeping top centers off the board with some consistency at even strength — despite a slow start by the Leafs goalies — and he has been carrying an edge in possession in his primary matchups while chipping in four even-strength points and four powerplay points in ten games.


I’m almost shocked how good he’s been. And competitive, and greasy.
– Mike Babcock on Nazem Kadri

Leafs Media Rumours / Anaheim Scouting Leafs games: Lindholm? Fowler?
« on: October 25, 2016, 10:27:29 AM »
Lance Hornby noted Ducks' scouting presence on the Leafs' most recent western road trip.

Ducks in cap trouble with Lindholm still waiting for a contract while the team is only about 500k under the cap at the moment.

The 'will' here, btw should say 'willing'

Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Winnik
« on: October 21, 2016, 05:57:53 PM »

A message to our fans:

General Fanager is shutting down.

It is with sadness that we close the doors to this incredibly fun passion project. We launched General Fanager in May of 2015. Along the way, we have come to serve and get to know an incredible base of users that we will greatly miss.

For anyone that ever helped with the site, from those that pitched in on busy days, to those that reported site errors, or helped track down details, or those that promoted our work, or just simply those that routinely typed into their address bar: Thank you.

Tom Poraszka, founder of NHL salary-cap site @generalfanager, hired as Las Vegas hockey operations analyst.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) October 17, 2016

NHL Transactions / Rasmus Ristolainen re-signs 6yrs @ 5.4M
« on: October 12, 2016, 07:46:28 AM »


In October of 2015, concerned hockey fan Melissa Geschwind started a petition that asked the NHL to take a stronger, harder stance against domestic violence and sexual assault among their players. Since, the petition has garnered more than 36,000 signatures and attention from the NHL which led to a meeting between Geschwind and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in New York in April.

And while Geschwind admits she left the meeting feeling "very hopeful," she has since been disappointed by the league's silence and inaction, even as other problems have resurfaced around the league. That's why she and other fans from around the NHL have written to their organizations to plead for change.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / 2016 Offseason Review
« on: September 08, 2016, 09:46:54 AM »
I thought we could use a single thread to voice our pleasure as well as sour grapes about this past offseason before the on-ice results wash all our assumptions away with facts and leave behind only those with winner arguments.

The Leafs made: trades, draft picks, free agent signings, free agent non-signings, PTO signings, management shuffles, hires.

At least one move looks to be the greatest thing to happen to the Leafs since '67. Other moves were head scratchers, and divisive decisions at best because they seemed so different than last year, when it seemed like the Leafs could do no wrong.

Anyway, MLHS is running a new three-parter to finish off the summer which looks quite intriguing.

As we move past Labour Day and the hockey world turns its attention to the upcoming World Cup and 2016-2017 season, a set of narratives have come and gone this past summer – Stammer-geddon, Vesey-gate, and the 2016 draft, to name a few.

In particular, Leafs Nation seems to have shifted its tone slightly. Although most are still quite optimistic about the team’s future, some have also started to call into question the front office’s focus on analytics, its effectiveness at ‘salesmanship’, and more.

Reflecting on some of these storylines, there were a few that I thought might be interesting to test out with some objective, data-based analysis in order to see just how accurate they really are.

NHL Transactions / FLA extends Huberdeau for 6 yrs @ 5.9M
« on: September 07, 2016, 11:51:07 AM »
Jonathan Huberdeau's #FlaPanthers extension includes a NMC starting in 2019-20. It becomes an eight-team NTC for the final year.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) September 6, 2016

So FLA has locked down:
Luongo 4.53M until 2022
Reimer 3.4M until 2021

Ekblad 7.5M until 2025
Yandle 6.35 until 2023
Demers 4.5 until 2021

Huberdeau 5.9 until 2023
Barkov 5.9M until 2022
Smith 5.0M until 2022
Trocheck 4.75M until 2022
Bjugstad 4.1M until 2021

i.e. 52M for 10 players (5/3/2) until 2021

Marlies & Prospect Talk / 2016 Rookie Tournament Roster
« on: August 26, 2016, 01:05:12 PM »

Edit: [proper] schedule is below

CHL & NCAA Hockey / Brampton Beast: Trolololol
« on: August 24, 2016, 09:00:29 AM »

The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, are all but assured a successful 2016-17 ECHL season thanks to a timely ‘blessing’ from one of pop culture’s most visionary figures.

Brandon Christopher McCartney, also known as Lil B, “The BasedGod”, is a multi-talented rapper, record producer, author and motivational speaker based out of Berkeley, California.

Lil B is not only known as a pioneer in hip-hop music, he has proven to possess the enchanted ability to bestow success upon professional sports franchises by offering up his ‘blessing’.

Mr. B’s success rate is uncanny; as he is credited for the success of Canada’s own Toronto Blue Jays ahead of their momentous win over the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the ALDS in October, 2015, among other large scale successes in professional sport.

On Monday, August 22, The BasedGod decided to extend his reach in professional sport to the ECHL for the first time ever, and chose to ‘bless’ the Brampton Beast ahead of their third ECHL season.

The ‘blessing’ may very well mean a Kelly Cup Championship is in the cards for the Beast for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

As Canada’s only ECHL franchise, the Beast have chosen to embody the giving nature that Canadians are known to uphold and have offered to extend an olive branch to their ECHL competitors who now fear playing against the Brampton Beast.


The Beast would like to offer our ECHL competitors the opportunity to forfeit their scheduled contests against the Beast organization in an effort get a head start on the 2017-18 ECHL season.


Please submit your admitted defeat via the online form found below.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / The Defensive Logjam
« on: July 29, 2016, 04:56:03 PM »
Carrick > Marincin
I'm of the opinion that defensive structure is more teachable than offensive instincts.

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