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Toronto Blue Jays / Re: 2024 Blue Jays
July 04, 2024, 10:57:40 PM
Ha.  Two years ago Kirk was seen as an untouchable and a player fans would not want traded even for some of the better talents in the league.

I never understood the fascination with him at all though.  He's short, portly, slow, his bat isn't that great.  While his defence is pretty solid, it's not standout-ish where keeping him for that alone is a plus.

I don't hate the guy.  Certainly don't care for him either.  He surely isn't the guy if the team was in the mix to compete.  Heck, he's not even the guy now. 

He alone is just a part of the big problem that the team is right now.  The whole organization needs a reset.
Overall, I'd say it was a relatively successful start to the off-season for the Leafs. 

Stolarz is a good pickup to help shore up the goaltending.  Woll re-signed with some term as well.  Feel more comfortable with this tandem than the one from last year. 

The D certainly improved.  Tanev brings size and toughness and a partner for Rielly that the team has sorely lacked.  I'm skeptical of OEL, but here's hoping he brings a secondary offensive option the back end that Barrie and Klingberg were unable to.  If Hakanpaa can bring some nastiness to the bottom pairing, all the better.

Re-signed Domi, but lost Bertuzzi.  The forward group as of right now is not better, but it was also the area that needed least focus, and I imagine it'll be rounded out with some tinkering.  Perhaps some cap space freed up with a trade and a UFA sitting out there signed for cheap.

Will these moves push the team over the top?  I wouldn't bet on it, but maybe Berube brings something out of this team Keefe was unable to.
Boston keeps chugging along.  Lindholm and Zadorov both seem like typical Bruin players. 
Wow...those are all great signings for Nashville.
Less term and money than was being speculated. 

Can live with a Woll/Stolarz duo.  Would be nice for Woll to stay healthy and run with things.
I really hope he isn't the next Barrie and Klingberg, but with longer term.
I just don't see it with Liljegren.  Not even sure if this is good value for him.  But it's a worthy gamble either way in that he progresses as a 25-year old to the benefit of the team, or the term and dollars are palatable enough for another team to take a flier on him and should be relatively easy to move if choosing that route.
Love it.  Reasonable deal that comes in exactly where we expected it to.  Maybe a quarter of a million less.

Domi got better as the season progressed after being unimpressive to start.

Adds some jam to this team and he paired well with Matthews.

Good start to the off-season.
Was hoping the Leafs would sign Tanev to help bring an element to the D the team has sorely been lacking, so this would be a solid first move for the off-season.  Here's hoping the term and money are reasonable.
Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Re: RIP Sergei Berezin
June 26, 2024, 08:10:39 PM
Well this was certainly unexpected and heartwrenching to come across when I saw it on the TSN site.
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
June 25, 2024, 09:09:39 PM
Anyone else find the crying and bellyaching over the Ontario Science Centre to be over the top? 

It was a piece of crap when I was a kid, and it's a decrepit piece of crap 30+ years later located in such an awkward location.
Wanted Edmonton to win.  Really disappointed they didn't.  Was hoping to see McDavid hoist the Cup and a Canadian fanbase celebrate a Cup win again.

I don't give a damn about the Panthers and eff them.  But I'm really happy for Maurice.  He deserves it.  That interview and Cup raising were epic.

Awful game by Edmonton.
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Quote from: herman on June 18, 2024, 09:54:04 PMMcDavid is taking it back to Edmonton

What a play by Tkachuk and what a terrible play OEL. OEL gave up on the play.

Yeah, what an incredible save.

Yeah, full marks to Tkachuk on that play and the hustle he beared down with to stop that from going in.

I did have to wonder though if he was better served having the net knocked off the moorings than being unlucky having them come down right back into position for McDavid to hammer one home past him, where he was clearly tired and frantic to get back into position.  19 seconds left with a draw in your own zone is not ideal, but sure beat the alternative that played out.
Quote from: herman on June 18, 2024, 09:54:04 PMMcDavid is taking it back to Edmonton

After 3 games, 3 points and questions of his ability to step up when it matters most.

After 5 games, 11 points, and has had one of the most productive playoffs in NHL history.

He's a freak.