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#1
I think Knies needs to understand what he is and what he isn't as a hockey player. He has a pretty good shot. He's a big body. He has "okay" hands. He's a player that needs to keep his game simple. Bang bodies, crash nets, win battles in the corners and pop goals in when the opportunity presents itself. Don't get pretty. Don't go for the highlight reel goal. If he buys into that,(Berube should push him this way), he will produce at a good rate.
#2
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on July 05, 2024, 11:29:09 AMhttps://twitter.com/BenPopeCST/status/1809256569512587271

The day before eh, crazy.

Both are Sudbury boys. They were probably planning some beers around the campfire and it came up.
#3
Quote from: herman on July 14, 2024, 05:01:05 PM
Quote from: Bender on July 14, 2024, 12:47:27 PMWe also don't have the luxury of having the best player in the world to which that general thinking may not apply to.

One of them is paid like he should be the best, but the combo of him and our second best star has consistently fallen well short in the top heavy configuration. My observed theory is that teams zeroed in heavily on taking away the pass to Matthews AND the Marner generally waited for opposing defenses to set up while fishing for the home run pass.

I think you're correct. Take away the middle of the ice by playing a box +1 formation. Keep the puck from crossing the royal road and you're able to neutralize Matthews(at least as much as it can possibly be done).
#4
Quote from: herman on July 13, 2024, 01:55:36 PM
Quote from: OldTimeHockey on July 13, 2024, 01:13:23 PM
Quote from: herman on July 12, 2024, 04:25:00 PM
Quote from: OldTimeHockey on July 12, 2024, 01:41:04 PMI don't think you want to saddle Matthews with two wingers that struggle to put the puck on his stick. Matthews accounted for 23% of the teams goals. I'm all for trying out different combinations with him, and he should be able to make those around him stronger, but if he's showing any signs of 'not producing', you need to change it quickly.

Ultimately, I am never a big fan of spreading talent around. The balanced attack does not work if there's a boat anchor on your line.

I wouldn't characterize Domi as someone who has trouble putting the puck on Matthews' stick. He has other issues, certainly, but that one ain't it.

That's fine and you're probably correct. My point is, don't assume just because Matthews is the best player on the team, doesn't mean that playing with duds won't effect his play.

Like I said, try things out, but don't be afraid of throwing it back into the blender.

Just have to evaluate it on the aggregate. Matthews would be the first to tell everyone it's not about his individual numbers, and if the configuration means +20G for lines 2 and 3 each at the expense of -10 to his high water mark, I think he'd take it.

In any case, I think we will see a top 9 configuration throughout the season, with a decent amount of juggling. New coach, new approach, new opportunities for something to connect.

I just don't agree that spreading out the wealth equals to more production down the line up. That is all.
#5
Quote from: herman on July 12, 2024, 04:25:00 PM
Quote from: OldTimeHockey on July 12, 2024, 01:41:04 PMI don't think you want to saddle Matthews with two wingers that struggle to put the puck on his stick. Matthews accounted for 23% of the teams goals. I'm all for trying out different combinations with him, and he should be able to make those around him stronger, but if he's showing any signs of 'not producing', you need to change it quickly.

Ultimately, I am never a big fan of spreading talent around. The balanced attack does not work if there's a boat anchor on your line.

I wouldn't characterize Domi as someone who has trouble putting the puck on Matthews' stick. He has other issues, certainly, but that one ain't it.

That's fine and you're probably correct. My point is, don't assume just because Matthews is the best player on the team, doesn't mean that playing with duds won't effect his play.

Like I said, try things out, but don't be afraid of throwing it back into the blender.
#6
Quote from: RedLeaf on July 13, 2024, 09:03:58 AMI can't help but think that with all this Marner-must-go business in the media over the past few months, and heading into next season... What if this is finally the breakout year for the club? What if they win a couple of playoff rounds and the core-four actually deliver the goods?

They finally have what appears to be a decently sound defensive core and a solid goaltending tandem. 

Perhaps just wishful thinking per usual, but the narrative on Marner could do a complete 180 if anything good transpires in next years playoffs.

It wouldn't surprise me one iota if that happens.

Did the narrative on Marner not just flip over 1 playoff series? Wasn't he considered by many, unless your name is William 'herman' Nylander, to be a player you wouldn't even consider moving after his 97 point and 99 point seasons? Sports fans are a fickle bunch.
#7
I don't think you want to saddle Matthews with two wingers that struggle to put the puck on his stick. Matthews accounted for 23% of the teams goals. I'm all for trying out different combinations with him, and he should be able to make those around him stronger, but if he's showing any signs of 'not producing', you need to change it quickly.

Ultimately, I am never a big fan of spreading talent around. The balanced attack does not work if there's a boat anchor on your line.
#8
Toronto Blue Jays / Re: 2024 Blue Jays
June 26, 2024, 10:23:47 AM
Maybe that's why he got the new haircut.
#9
Talbot would also be my guy.
#10
My 2 main problems with Bertuzzi were this:

1. His scoring was less than I would have liked. But looking at it now, it doesn't seem as bad as I remember.
2. His antics in the playoffs were a problem. I appreciate the "I'm an agitator" attitude. I just don't think he went about it the right way. Especially when he's trying to egg on the best agitator in the game.
#12
I believe Holmberg has a role to play on the roster. I'm not sure they knew where that was under Keefe. Hopefully under a new system, his strengths are highlighted.
#13
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on June 19, 2024, 01:08:37 PM
Quote from: OldTimeHockey on June 19, 2024, 01:01:36 PMMarkstrom is a wildly inconsistent goaltender. His 21/22 season was very good but he has been looking shaky since then. He shows flashes of brilliance followed by just awful play. Getting him for 4 million a year makes him a little more attractive but I'm not sure he's taking this team from a below 500 team to a contender. I think a healthy roster will be the biggest reason for their improvement next season.

I mean, they went 52-22 in 22/23 with Vanecek in net

They also lost Dougie Hamilton 2 months into the season. Jack Hughes, who was at one point looking like a MVP candidate, got hurt and wasn't quite the same when he returned as he was still playing through a shoulder injury. With those two healthy, plus Markstrom in net (who despite a rather average looking 0.905 Sv% was ranked as one of the top goalies this season per some models) they're poised for a massive turnaround.

Keefe picked a good spot for his 2nd coaching gig. Heck if they compete for the Metro title like they were supposed to this season he'll probably get Jack Adams consideration.

Like I said, a healthy roster does more for that team than Markstrom. Sure Markstrom helps, but I don't think he necessarily pushes them over the top.
#14
Markstrom is a wildly inconsistent goaltender. His 21/22 season was very good but he has been looking shaky since then. He shows flashes of brilliance followed by just awful play. Getting him for 4 million a year makes him a little more attractive but I'm not sure he's taking this team from a below 500 team to a contender. I think a healthy roster will be the biggest reason for their improvement next season.

I mean, they went 52-22 in 22/23 with Vanecek in net
#15
Quote from: herman on June 14, 2024, 10:22:45 AMCan't remember when I said it, because hot diggity, I post a lot, but after losing to Florida last season (or was it this season?), I noted that we have the template for how to play in the playoffs (let's be fasstholes), and we need to build it up in the regular season as a matter of course to make it instinctive. We proceeded to not do that through some combination of Keefe stubbornness in the early goings and several core players kind of not being able to execute.

Here's where my hope lies:
  • Treliving believes in fast and heavy structure designed for the playoffs from the get go; defense is about team checking and pressure on the puck
  • the new coach believes in fast, north-south, structured, off-the-rush AND heavy cycle playoff style from the get go
  • we have most of the personnel up front required for such a game
  • the defensemen required (that we don't have) for such a playstyle are the ones the GM and coach both favour: long, aggressive, puck movers
  • playing in the above style naturally insulates the goaltender if pucks in the DZ are aggressively smothered and chipped out for breakaways the other way, vs holding the puck forever in the OZ until an oopsie at the blueline leads to an odd-man rush down your throat.
This is what is needed.
WE can only hope that the current group can play that style.