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Now put Dermott in the ****in lineup and leave him there.
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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2017-18 Toronto Maple Leafs - General Discussion
« Last post by herman on Yesterday at 04:04:10 PM »
Dermott and Gauthier recalls now official.
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YAAASSSS. Making it a bit harder to see who it is now with his new number, but at least he is a different handed shot than Brown, Nylander, Zaitsev.

He wore 44 with the Otters, and 8 when he was a full time Marlie. 8 is 4+4, so duh, but both those numbers are off the table with the Leafs. Not sure if 3 was picked or assigned but 3 is half of 8 visually. 23, or 2^3, is 8, so this sounds more like his choice than the 3 was and it's the kind of numerological overthinking that I'm into.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« Last post by herman on Yesterday at 03:55:59 PM »
Why is Boston's defense coach teaching the lying down method?

There's probably a fire safety joke in here somewhere...
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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2017-18 Toronto Maple Leafs - General Discussion
« Last post by herman on Yesterday at 03:54:24 PM »

YAAASSSS. Making it a bit harder to see who it is now with his new number, but at least he is a different handed shot than Brown, Nylander, Zaitsev.

He wore 44 with the Otters, and 8 when he was a full time Marlie. 8 is 4+4, so duh, but both those numbers are off the table with the Leafs. Not sure if 3 was picked or assigned but 3 is half of 8 visually. 23, or 2^3, is 8, so this sounds more like his choice than the 3 was and it's the kind of numerological overthinking that I'm into.
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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« Last post by CarltonTheBear on Yesterday at 03:51:21 PM »

Seguin dekes out all 3 Bruins players and then scores to win it for Dallas in overtime.

Didn't fit their culture.
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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2017-2018
« Last post by herman on Yesterday at 03:14:15 PM »
Dredging up a slightly old idea because Mirtle got a question about it today:
The Leafs should take a healthy run at getting a matchup centre, and UFA ones are not as out of reach as RHD. With all due respect to Kadri, I think he's a better Bozak replacement than Selke winner.

Prime example: Mikael Backlund

This is what happens if we drop him into our lineup (after dumping JvR, Bozak, Komarov). The money he'd be looking for is quite doable. Term might be a bit more questionable, but we don't have anyone in the pipeline.

Hyman - Matthews - Nylander
Marleau - Backlund - Brown/Kapanen
Soshnikov - Kadri - Marner
Johnsson - Gauthier - Brown/Kapanen
Martin

Trade for Marcus Johanssen as well with some spare LD prospects (Nielsen, Valiev, or a goalie in Kaskisuo), and you get some more of that centres playing wing redundancy that Babcock (rightly) desires:

Hyman - Matthews - Nylander
Marleau - Backlund - Brown/Kapanen
Johanssen - Kadri - Marner
Johnsson - Gauthier - Brown/Kapanen
Soshnikov, Martin

Right-side draws will be taken by the RW anyway. Gauthier might not be in the organization after this season anyway, so sub in whatever 4C UFA is okay.
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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade Deadline
« Last post by herman on Yesterday at 02:50:20 PM »
Oh man, it's not too late for Luke Schenn to be our future captain!

I'd classify trading for Schenn again as a Dale Tallon Special. Maybe we can trade him for Konecny later. Depreciation and all.
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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2017-18 Toronto Maple Leafs - General Discussion
« Last post by herman on Yesterday at 02:45:13 PM »
Interesting to see that Carrick isn't much better than Polak until you see the Zone-Entries against data.  Seriously, Carrick is almost as bad as him at moving the puck according to that data.  Not sure how Carrick manages to control his own blue line quite well yet still allows goals against at the same rates as Polak. 

I think Carrick overthinks on defense a bit (makes him slower than actual), and then underthinks when he gets emotional about something (lots of penalties taken). He's having a very down year when the spot was wide open for the taking and Babcock's brought it up several times this year and last that some players have played like they've sewn up a roster spot when it's a try out every day. I don't believe him because Polak and Martin, but he still has a point about Carrick's play.


Took a look at the forwards and have the following comments:

Nylander, Matthews, Marner, and Kadri are fantastic. 
JvR and Bozak don't look good- Marner really carries that line. 
Marleau and Komarov also don't look good- Kadri carries that line.

For all the talk about having so much winger depth, only Marner and Nylander (no data for Hyman) look good.  Marleau and JvR get lots of shots but do very little getting the puck out of our zone and into the other zones.  I do wonder if the system they are playing is really hurting the winger stats.  Ain't getting any zone exits if you are already out of the zone waiting for the long bomb play.

Our wingers are largely complementary (other than Nylander, Marner, who are both underperforming at the moment). In and of itself, that is fine. I agree with you that our system/structure skews the passing stats for a lot of our forwards, as only one line tries to take multiple touches in the OZ and even then its with 2 players (Matthews-Nylander). The other ones are shovel-it-to-the-middle and crash-the-net lines when they even have enough possession time to make a go of it, and even then a lot of the shoveling is initiated from the points, as only Marner has the capability to reliably hold the puck for more than two plays against out of our middle 6 forwards.
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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade Deadline
« Last post by CarltonTheBear on Yesterday at 02:40:07 PM »
Oh man, it's not too late for Luke Schenn to be our future captain!
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