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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Idiocracy 2024
Today at 10:50:41 AM
Quote from: herman on Today at 09:45:30 AMBiden dropping out of the re-election after the RNC shot their wad (and advertising $) at attacking specifically him, for a lot of things that could probably be pointed right back at the Republican nominee (ageism), probably works out in the Democrats' favour. And basically no one is talking about the assassination attempt anymore, other than to wonder why it was handled so suspiciously poorly.

The problem with Harris is she carries some of the baggage of the Biden presidency being the VP, so Trump will just try and stick whatever Joe did onto her (minus the "sleepy" and being old part), although it's hilarious to me that America was great 2016-2020 then crap immediately after he lost, then will be great after 2024 and that nothing he put in place reverberated down the line, but I digress.

I think rightly or wrongly it depends on how deft she is at deflecting his attacks, so we'll see. She definitely has age and freshness on her side for now.
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Idiocracy 2024
Today at 09:40:29 AM
Quote from: L K on Yesterday at 01:26:59 PMIt's the right move...that should have happened a year ago.  The Democrats shooting themselves in the foot and gut over and over again.  They better have a phenomenal game plan moving forward that isn't Kamala Harris who has done very little in her time as VP

Not to mention the unfortunate reality that a woman and non-white Presidential candidate probably isn't the best idea today given the nonsense they are running against.   Obama winning back to back elections pushed the racist crowd into this frenzy.  I have a hard time seeing her pull off a victory over Trump right now.

It should've been done on age alone, but I still wonder if Biden had the best shot as of last year. You really didn't hear that many calls for him to not run for re-election until the bad debate vs. Trump.

Anyway, regardless, I didn't see then and I don't see now a candidate that can really beat Trump. Kamala has no chance, and probably most women if we're being honest about the state of politics in America. But any candidate from any strongly democratic state is also probably toast (looking at Gavin Newsom). It's hard to envision a best course of action, both then and now...

I do have to hand it to them though, this is the right call. Few times in history has a first termer dropped out like this.
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Idiocracy 2024
Today at 09:34:11 AM
Quote from: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on Yesterday at 03:09:52 PMGood riddance Genocide Joe.

You do remember who his opponent is, right?
Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Wes.
Quote from: herman on July 16, 2024, 07:51:28 AM
Quote from: cabber24 on July 16, 2024, 07:46:58 AM
Quote from: cw on July 15, 2024, 07:13:01 PMAmong all forwards in the playoffs since 2016-17 to the present with 30 or more playoff games, Marner is 8th in assists per game. Here's the 7 who did better:
Connor McDavid
Nikita Kucherov
Leon Draisaitl
Mikko Rantanen
Sidney Crosby
Blake Wheeler
Nathan MacKinnon

I don't understand the disdain for this player and this stuff about his inability to pass in the playoffs or whatever the heck that is. Nor this stuff about him being primarily at fault for the team's lower playoff scoring when he's their leading playoff scorer. It doesn't seem to jive with the facts that have no opinion.
Not disdain, the team is due for reallocation and Marner's contract is up next so yes everyone is pointing out his flaws because a decision needs to be made about whether he stays or goes from both the team side and Marner's side.

To be fair to cw, I was going to point to Marner being the punt option regardless of contract status. And perhaps I sound crazy and nursing a vendetta of some sort, but really it's just my evaluation of the play style vs cap hit expectations I think we need on the team. I also don't care all that much about assist numbers in general.

Max Domi would pile a ton of assists giving the puck to Auston.
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.

Here's a weird thought. Is Marner just a younger Huberdeau?
Quote from: herman on July 14, 2024, 08:21:55 AM
Quote from: OldTimeHockey on July 13, 2024, 07:31:33 PMI just don't agree that spreading out the wealth equals to more production down the line up. That is all.

Sheldon Keefe agreed with you! And our cap structure might force the issue as well.

I think for playoff longevity, player energy management throughout the season, and tactical matchup reasons, a spread lineup that can accordion to concentrate firepower situationally is the way to go. Not many top heavy forward teams end up winning it all.

We also don't have the luxury of having the best player in the world to which that general thinking may not apply to.
Quote from: Zee on July 11, 2024, 02:03:49 PM
Quote from: Frank E on July 11, 2024, 11:19:57 AMPelley's first move: 


Yeah great Pelley, so you can this guy that actually oversaw a championship team in both MLSE and CFL, but Shanahan 10 years of nothing, no problem!

Shanny is next.
Quote from: herman on July 09, 2024, 11:25:30 AMhttps://twitter.com/weseclark/status/1810705718229569978
Gonna read into this so much

Not interested in a life guru who's a serial cheater. Good luck, hopefully your drafts age better than faux internet wisdom.
Yeah, I don't think they did too badly. I'd have probably tried something else but I guess my thought is it's easy to just whatabout every deal except we really have little inside knowledge about all the different variables that go into making a decision on both GM and agent/player side. Their primary signing targets weren't that far off of what most people thought they needed. I'm left still wondering about the forwards a bit though...
Quote from: herman on July 02, 2024, 05:58:43 PM
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on July 02, 2024, 05:50:05 PM
Quote from: herman on July 02, 2024, 04:44:55 PMhttps://twitter.com/nylanderthews/status/1808248659399921932

Day ruined.


At least it's nice to know Treliving is taking swings on good pitches, even if it misses a bit.

It is interesting that we just assume GMs are dumb and didn't try to address issues and had to fall back on the 2nd or 3rd option.
Didn't even think we had SDA's rights anymore.
Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Re: Minor Ex-Leaf News
July 02, 2024, 11:00:34 AM
Really would only want Brown. The rest look like not great signings imo.
Quote from: Guilt Trip on July 01, 2024, 04:49:11 PM
Quote from: Bender on July 01, 2024, 04:37:48 PM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on July 01, 2024, 04:04:06 PMDeBruak once asked ro be traded....we'll see how this goes

DeBrusk asked plenty of times to be traded. Robertson was paying his due and the Leafs still hold his rights even if he sits out so whatever.
It's not whatever. Kid can shoot the puck and hes an asset. I think if he gets a good chance under Berube he'll be good for the team or as a trading chip. Like herman points out often, goalies don't handle his shot clean a lot of the time. Would love to see him get a chance in the top 6.

It is whatever in the sense that he has no leverage. He can say what he wants but ultimately he's not gonna want to sit out out of spite.