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Start the parade. Give him the C

I'd be perfectly fine with him coming out for the 3rd period with it on.

Blue hockey tape for the win.

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Kind of bored of him scoring now.


Said no one ever.

7683
Lol

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An auspicious beginning.

I wonder how Laine is doing.

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For what it's worth, Babcock leaves the PP up to Jim Hiller to run, and he's pretty committed to the 4F/1D set up to ensure we are "outnumbering at the net".

Point - Half Wall, Half Wall - Front - Back
1: Gardiner - Marner, Kadri - JvR - Bozak
2: Zaitsev - Nylander, Matthews - Komarov - Michalek

If the goal is to help Rielly become more well-rounded, and to place a goal in front of him, then Gardiner's PP seat is as good as any motivator. Rielly's problems aren't with scoring, they're with reducing shots against (which Gardiner has much less difficulty with), so it stands to reason that early in a developmental year, Rielly would have to focus on defensive opportunities.

Gardiner's development curve leans more towards growing in his decision making and utilizing his pretty good shot more often, so again, the PP is a good place for him to work on it. He's the only outside shooting threat on PP1, whereas PP2 has Zaitsev, Nylander, and Matthews.

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

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Training Camp Opens
« on: October 11, 2016, 07:04:55 PM »
Not sure what's up with keeping Prust around...seems like a weird move unless they're going to make some room for him as 13th forward.

They're still going to have to do something with Leivo seemingly out only for a couple of days.

Mainly to frighten me, apparently.

I hope Brown sticks, but we lose the least loaning him down.

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Babcock could be preserving Rielly for shutdown and PK minutes. Each player probably has a minutes range he wants to hit per game that will ramp up later. A #1 should be playing all situations, but I think Babcock is using Rielly as a 1a/b with Gardiner (22 min each instead of one getting 27-30).

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs claim Seth Griffith off waivers
« on: October 11, 2016, 05:25:51 PM »

Slightly related:

Sounds like names are floated and the round table states their respective cases and they just vote on it like a board.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs claim Seth Griffith off waivers
« on: October 11, 2016, 02:29:25 PM »
Ideally, we play Griffith to Kadri's wing opposite Komarov and just move on from Michalek to let Brown be the sniper-designate of the fourth line. Griffith acquitted himself well playing alongside Bergeron, and it gives him and Kadri some skill to play off of. Winging for Holland isn't bad either, but Martin is not exactly conducive to completing plays.

So I'm a bit sour about the no big deal Martin and Polak signings, and while a team shouldn't be basing their plans on the waiver wire or the trade front, these were pretty obvious impediments to roster flexibility in areas of the team replete with serviceable options. Whatever. They're here and they can be easily moved if Management feels the need.

I'd still feel better about this:
Hyman - Matthews - Nylander
van Riemsdyk - Bozak - Marner
Komarov - Kadri - Griffith
Soshnikov - Holland - Brown

Rielly - Zaitsev
Gardiner - Carrick
Marincin - Corrado

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs claim Seth Griffith off waivers
« on: October 11, 2016, 01:38:52 PM »
Matt Martin better sandpaper the hell out of people, because you could make a pretty good case he's not one of the best 13 or even 14 forwards in the organization now.

Don't remind me. No one on waivers from the Leafs means Brown goes down for this (which is maybe better as he'll get top line minutes and be the first call up). Or Hunwick and Polak get traded in my dream scenario.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: October 11, 2016, 01:10:38 PM »
This isn't even really accounting for the child rape case that is about to hit the mainstream news circuit.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs claim Seth Griffith off waivers
« on: October 11, 2016, 12:55:35 PM »
Looks like a safer, bottom 6 pick than Pulkkinen, as well as centre depth in a pinch (he plays RW usually).

What does that mean, exactly? Don't we have plenty of safe bottom 6 options?

As a direct comparison to the other AHL dominant waiver option of interest: Griffith doesn't need a top 6 role the way Pulkkinen would've.

Defensively, he looks like a better option than Leivo. Better hockey sense than Hyman. If they miraculously waive someone else (Polak/Hunwick pls) and keep Brown, the two of them could split a season without overwhelming either of them.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs claim Seth Griffith off waivers
« on: October 11, 2016, 12:26:50 PM »
Looks like a safer, bottom 6 pick than Pulkkinen, as well as centre depth in a pinch (he plays RW usually).

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs claim Seth Griffith off waivers
« on: October 11, 2016, 12:20:06 PM »
Does this guarantee waving goodbye to Prust?

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