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Re: 2017-18 Toronto Maple Leafs - General Discussion
« Reply #300 on: November 07, 2017, 02:51:09 PM »
Or they just want a more flexible option for the 4th line. Put the Goat on Moore's wing instead of Martin, for example . . .

Jesus, if Babcock finally came to the realization that Martin wasn't an every-day NHLer only to replace him with arguably the 4th or 5th best potential replacement in the organization...
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« Reply #301 on: November 07, 2017, 03:23:00 PM »
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/31-thoughts-inside-matt-duchene-kyle-turris-blockbuster/

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23. One coach on Toronto: “I know there’s a lot of concern about Tyler Bozak’s and Mitch Marner’s confidence, but the guy they really have to fix is Nikita Zaitsev.”

That’s true. Zaitsev was a rookie revelation in 2016-17, becoming a critical piece. No Maple Leaf played more than Zaitsev, who was also the only defenceman to play at least 1:30 per game on both the power play and penalty kill. He’s actually up a minute per game so far this season, but is really fighting it as Toronto goes through its first bad stretch. They need him — badly.

I don't think Gardiner's current struggles are all on Zaitsev, but they certainly don't help. Zaitsev is having trouble with breakouts (he's not the only one) under the Leafs' adjusted system in the first quarter of the season.

Andersen noted this after the latest game against the Golden Knights, but the defense was clearly having some communication issues during that rough patch.

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We’re starting to talk a lot on dump-ins. I think you saw today had a lot of good passes and communication for us. I think one of the only ones we messed up was when they called for it.

I don't think it's a stretch to say Zaitsev is the most susceptible to that particular issue as he's still coming to grips with English and the colloquialisms of the youth/hockey.

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Re: 2017-18 Toronto Maple Leafs - General Discussion
« Reply #302 on: November 07, 2017, 04:17:05 PM »
Fehr has been loaned to San Diego from the Marlies.

A pretty nice move for a veteran.


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« Reply #303 on: November 07, 2017, 05:58:34 PM »
Fehr has been loaned to San Diego from the Marlies.

A pretty nice move for a veteran.

Please excuse my ignorance, but why is it a pretty nice move?

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« Reply #304 on: November 07, 2017, 06:01:19 PM »
He was unlikely to see much ice in Toronto and San Diego is an awesome place to live.

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Re: 2017-18 Toronto Maple Leafs - General Discussion
« Reply #305 on: November 07, 2017, 06:03:26 PM »
Fehr has been loaned to San Diego from the Marlies.

A pretty nice move for a veteran.

Please excuse my ignorance, but why is it a pretty nice move?

Some people out there incorrectly think that San Diego has nicer weather.
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« Reply #306 on: November 07, 2017, 06:07:52 PM »
Or they just want a more flexible option for the 4th line. Put the Goat on Moore's wing instead of Martin, for example . . .

Jesus, if Babcock finally came to the realization that Martin wasn't an every-day NHLer only to replace him with arguably the 4th or 5th best potential replacement in the organization...
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« Reply #307 on: November 07, 2017, 06:36:01 PM »
Pierre LeBrun revealed an interesting note about Soshnikov's contract on TSN's Insider Trading today: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/video/insider-trading-could-soshnikov-clause-pressure-leafs-to-make-a-move~1252964

He said that Soshnikov has a clause in his contract that allows him to return to the KHL on loan for the remainder of the season if he isn't called up by November 14th. He also said that the Leafs will likely call him up before then to make sure he stays (although it wasn't clear if calling him up for a day and then re-assigning him back to the Marlies after would null that clause). He also noted that Soshnikov is just 3 NHL games played away from requiring waivers.

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« Reply #308 on: November 07, 2017, 11:31:20 PM »

Seems like a good idea to try to keep this guy.

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« Reply #309 on: November 08, 2017, 12:19:16 AM »

Seems like a good idea to try to keep this guy.

Soshnikov has been the forgotten man in all the leafstalk so far  this season, until now.

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« Reply #310 on: November 08, 2017, 12:10:10 PM »
So remember last year TSN decided the Leafs should trade Nylander?

Well, yesterday Nick Kypreos went on Sportsnet and insisted that the Leafs should trade Marner.


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« Reply #311 on: November 08, 2017, 12:14:25 PM »
So remember last year TSN decided the Leafs should trade Nylander?

Well, yesterday Nick Kypreos went on Sportsnet and insisted that the Leafs should trade Marner.



Maybe a package deal with both Nylander and Marner for two Adam Larssons?
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« Reply #312 on: November 09, 2017, 08:35:06 AM »

This is pretty surprising to hear. Dominic Moore has scored as many goals as Nylander has. Borgman has more goals than Marner.

Nylander's still on pace for over 60 points so it's not like he's struggling, but he's definitely been snake-bit when it comes to goals.

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« Reply #313 on: November 09, 2017, 08:41:55 AM »
I was just looking up Rielly stats when mr. drag beat me to that too:

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Rielly's on pace for 62 points, which would double last years totals and far eclipse his previous career high of 36. He's also top-5 in points/60 on the PP among defencemen with 35+ minutes on the powerplay. I still can't believe how little time he saw there last season.

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« Reply #314 on: November 09, 2017, 09:39:58 AM »
I was just looking up Rielly stats when mr. drag beat me to that too:

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Rielly's on pace for 62 points, which would double last years totals and far eclipse his previous career high of 36. He's also top-5 in points/60 on the PP among defencemen with 35+ minutes on the powerplay. I still can't believe how little time he saw there last season.
Geez surprised by these factual stats but my eyeballs have a hard time agreeing.
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Re: 2017-18 Toronto Maple Leafs - General Discussion
« Reply #314 on: November 09, 2017, 09:39:58 AM »