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We are absolutely smothering the Devils right now.

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That 3 pass breakout by the bottom half of the lineup was pretty darn beautiful. They just soldiered right into a scoring chance by simply skating to the right spots.

Phaneuf has been shooting well. It appears he is taking a bit off the drive for more accuracy.

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Dutchin eh

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For posterity:
Top shelf

Like you know, whatever.

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Great PP chances for the Leafs.

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Mandela strikes again

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Ross Atkins hired as GM
« on: December 08, 2015, 04:27:14 PM »
Andrew Friedman, referenced in the article that Nik posted, sounds more like Dubas though.

If you ever get the chance, Jonah Keri's book about the work Friedman did with the Rays, The Extra 2%, is really worth a read.

I've heard of it, I think, through a Dubas interview. Thanks for the recommendation.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: NHL ending executive compensation policy
« on: December 08, 2015, 02:37:35 PM »
#FreeCarlyle

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Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Steve Stamkos?
« on: December 08, 2015, 02:11:56 PM »
Maybe it's just because I don't really see any defenceman in this league hitting the $10mil mark any time soon, but I have a hard time including Ekblad on these lists. Especially after just 1.5 seasons. I understand how good he is, and I guess if push came to shove and I'd probably do it, I just think it wouldn't come to that.

Market money seems to follow goal scorers primarily, so I do agree with the premise of this.

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Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Steve Stamkos?
« on: December 08, 2015, 02:07:05 PM »
Aren't UFA deals 7 max, assuming that player is from outside your organization? If so, does that change your stance on Toews?

Yeah, they are. But I was playing off Patrick's initial question and just went with it.

It doesn't really change my stance on Toews. 34/5 is pretty much the same for most people, in my mind.

That's a tight list, Seguin is pretty interchangeable there too.

It's pretty much Nik's list. I tried to find alternatives, but there really aren't many in this age range to anoint as franchise players @ $10M. I might slot Eichel in over Taveres, but I really don't know enough about him.

Basically I went with Centers who could do everything (including score), and very mobile defensemen with hockey smarts. Skills and talents with some longevity to them that aren't solely dependent on the physical side of the game.

Either way, I wouldn't trade for Stamkos at this point, nor would I sign a 10M+ contract for him unless it was 5 years or less.

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Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Steve Stamkos?
« on: December 08, 2015, 01:46:20 PM »
I'd have a hard time justifying an 8 year deal for a player drafted before 2008, hence no Kane, Toews, Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin on my list. Scorers tend to drop off pretty sharply in production north of 30, right? 10M means this is a franchise cornerstone, so I favoured centremen and defensemen who offered more than just scoring, rather than wingers and goaltenders.

McDavid (might be premature, but he's really different from the rest)
Doughty
Subban
Ekblad
Taveres

Stamkos just missed my top five because he's already starting to tail off (injury? deployment?). He's more of a triggerman to me, than someone who generates for himself and others. I would've made an exception to my self-imposed age-limit rule for Toews because he brings pretty much everything to the table and could still be moderately effective at 35, but decided against it.

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Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Steve Stamkos?
« on: December 08, 2015, 11:48:54 AM »
If everybody in the league was suddenly a UFA today, which are the top 5 players you'd target for a 10/8 deal?

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Some minor changes to the forward lines:

JVR-Bozak-Parenteau
Holland-Kadri-Komarov
Matthias-Froese-Boyes
Grabner-Spaling-Winnik

Did these changes happen during the St. Louis game? I missed it. Would be weird for Babcock to tinker like that after a win otherwise.

I do like the idea of Holland playing wing though, especially in a top-6 role. I've been calling for that experiment for awhile now.

Yeah, they ran Holland with Kadri in St. Louis, and JvR with Bozak, but not on every shift. It certainly sparked Holland to playing more assertively (he really needs to line up with skilled players).

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Ross Atkins hired as GM
« on: December 08, 2015, 10:44:26 AM »
Shapiro = Shanahan
Atkins = Dubas
LaCava = Hunter

With Lou's experience divided up into all of the Jays guys.

Having heard what Atkins has to say now, I'm hoping this is what the Jays turn out to have.



Andrew Friedman, referenced in the article that Nik posted, sounds more like Dubas though.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs claim Frank Corrado, waive Panik
« on: December 07, 2015, 01:08:30 PM »
Corrado action!

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