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#1
Quote from: Joe on Yesterday at 06:13:55 PMLook I don't want to start something but come on, if one were to look at the history of sports and improbable things that happened, absolutely no one would compare those 2 incidents with a 3-0 comeback in the finals. And I know you know that.

But the Zamboni driver goalie debacle strikes a nerve and I'm not going to let that go.

The leafs were not beat by their Zamboni driver because:

1 they were already losing when he came in the game. (6-1 I think)

2 they put 3 goals behind him on something like 12 shots. So his performance was, statistically speaking, terrible.

3 Carolina collapsed around him not allowing anything to get through, and completely abandoned trying to score at all.

So I don't care how people want to frame this, the Zamboni driver did not beat them.

And the Mrazek example is just... completely out of place.

The bolded is really what happened in that game, for sure. The Canes absolutely smothered the Leafs after the first few shifts with Ayres in net. That, combined with Andersen not having a great game, is what led to the loss. The Leafs managed 10 shots in 28+ minutes against Ayres, and most were softer shots from distance. It was embarrassing, but not for the reasons the Leaf haters latch on to - it was how easily it felt like they were shutdown when they should have smelled blood in the water.

For the record, though, it was 3-1 when he came in. Carolina scored the winning goal on the powerplay they were on when he entered the game, and added a pair in the 3rd.
#2
Quote from: Joe on Yesterday at 07:02:04 AM
Quote from: Bender on June 16, 2024, 07:12:43 PMCrazier things have happened but I just feel that a comeback by Edmonton is just not going to happen.

I'm honestly asking - but what crazier thing has happened than a team blowing a 3-0 series lead in the finals?

A game being played in the fog in the arena. Or a game being postponed due to a power failure. Or, it happening again, in a game between the same teams, in the same arena, but this time, they were able to finish the game?
#3
Quote from: Peter D. on Yesterday at 10:41:58 AM
Quote from: Bender on June 16, 2024, 07:12:43 PMCrazier things have happened but I just feel that a comeback by Edmonton is just not going to happen.

I agree that I don't see an Edmonton comeback happening, as much as I'd like it to.

But as I've said it on these boards before, I've never understood why the reverse sweep is deemed near impossible.  Not like teams haven't won four games in a row before. *shrug*

Largely, because it so rarely happens. Only 4 times in NHL history - and that's more than MLB (one time) and the NBA (zero times) combined. Only 5 other teams have even been able to force Game 7!
#4
Quote from: cabber24 on June 12, 2024, 03:03:50 PMHonestly, I don't know why Matthews got the top cap hit on just a 4-year deal. If you're going to pay someone more than anyone else a reasonable term length would be assumed.

Agents to Leafs: "I want more than all my peers". Leafs GM's: "okay".

And, if they say no, and he's not willing to budge, he'd be wearing a different uniform next season. Pretty easy to see why the Leafs were willing to work with Matthews to find a deal that worked instead of being adversarial. It's pretty simple logic here - better to have Matthews, the league's best goalscorer, at a rate and term that isn't ideal than to see him walk because you wanted more favourable terms.
#5
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Reilly To The Wing
June 12, 2024, 10:47:57 AM
Quote from: Dappleganger on June 12, 2024, 10:32:34 AM
Quote from: bustaheims on June 12, 2024, 09:59:03 AM
Quote from: Dappleganger on June 12, 2024, 09:42:12 AMBurns played RW for the Sharks in 2013-2014, 10 years into his career.

Except, as you point out in the rest of your post, that wasn't the first time he played as a forward in the NHL. He didn't suddenly make the change. He'd been used as both in the NHL prior to that (more on D, obviously, where he's better suited). From what I can tell, he's played around 200 NHL games at forward, the rest on D.  13/14 was the only time to played the full season up front (from what I can find online). He's basically a giant bearded unicorn.

And he was a forward in Junior. He was also swapping from forward to D in season at least some of the time with Minnesota.

Yeah, which makes him a very different scenario than moving Rielly to forward suddenly, for the first time at any major junior or professional level.
#6
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Reilly To The Wing
June 12, 2024, 09:59:03 AM
Quote from: Dappleganger on June 12, 2024, 09:42:12 AMBurns played RW for the Sharks in 2013-2014, 10 years into his career.

Except, as you point out in the rest of your post, that wasn't the first time he played as a forward in the NHL. He didn't suddenly make the change. He'd been used as both in the NHL prior to that (more on D, obviously, where he's better suited). From what I can tell, he's played around 200 NHL games at forward, the rest on D.  13/14 was the only time to played the full season up front (from what I can find online). He's basically a giant bearded unicorn.
#7
Toronto Blue Jays / Re: 2024 Blue Jays
June 12, 2024, 09:26:07 AM
Quote from: Andy on June 12, 2024, 08:08:44 AMI'm not so sure that's an indictment, considering one is a .600 ops flawed SS and the other a .780 no power below average 1B who is an atrocious base runner. Having both locked up at monumental numbers on long-term extensions would only exacerbate the perceived overall failure.

Sure, if you're going to base your entire assessment of the ~60 games this season rather than their entire careers...
#8
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2024 Draft Discussion
June 12, 2024, 09:24:56 AM
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on June 12, 2024, 09:11:37 AM
Quote from: herman on June 12, 2024, 07:53:48 AMThis one is very intriguing to me, especially for the ranking disparity.

Might not be my top pick but does sound pretty promising.

I will say I'm not sure if this is just a particularly deep 1st round or writers are just getting better at highlighting the positives of prospects but there's been a very high number of prospects that should be available at 23 that sound very promising.

It seems like it's pretty deep in quality non-elite level guys. Lots of potential middle 6 forwards, 2nd pairing D, etc., that could obviously blossom into more. The top end of the draft actually feels a little on the weaker side, but the depth feels strong.
#9
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Reilly To The Wing
June 12, 2024, 08:46:39 AM
Quote from: Frank E on June 12, 2024, 08:31:21 AMWasn't Burns a forward in junior?

He was, but he's spent virtually his entire professional career on the blueline.
#10
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Reilly To The Wing
June 12, 2024, 07:54:29 AM
Quote from: Joe on June 12, 2024, 07:20:28 AMBecause it's never happened. The only example I can think of that has happened over the last 50 years is Byfuglien, and even then he ended up going back to defence.

It's just such a dumb discussion point because it just never, ever happens. No NHL player has gone 11 years into their career and then will just switch positions. I'm sorry to be harsh but this is just a stupid topic.

Yeah. It's extremely rare that players can translate their game to a completely different position when they've been playing their position for most of their lives. They basically have to completely reprogram their entire way of processing the game to move from D to F. It's not like moving from C to W (and, the inverse of that is something lots of players struggle with, and it's a less of a change than D to F). There's been a handful of successful examples in the history of the league, and almost all of them are from pre-expansion. The league isn't exactly teeming with players like Red Kelly.

It's a silly idea that keeps coming up over and over again, because people only think about a player's skillset, but it's the mental side of the game that makes this a virtual impossibility over the long haul. Rielly's spent 20+ years of  his life processing the game from the blueline, making reads from the blueline, making decisions with the puck from the blueline, etc. You can argue all day long about how good he is or isn't at those things, but, the fact remains, that's how he thinks the game. It's extremely unlikely he's able to just flip a switch and suddenly completely shift perspective over the summer without it being a disaster (or close to). If the Leafs did try something like this, it would likely only last a handful of games before they abandoned the whole thing because it was clearly not working - never mind the fact that Rielly is the only D on the team who skates with the puck well. The Leafs need more mobility on the blueline, not less.
#11
Toronto Blue Jays / Re: 2024 Blue Jays
June 11, 2024, 07:48:25 AM
Quote from: Arn on June 11, 2024, 04:43:10 AMFrom The Athletic:

QuoteBlue Jays GM Ross Atkins doesn't think it makes sense to trade shortstop Bo Bichette and/or first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. because he'd much rather sign both to long-term extensions. However, if the Blue Jays can't do that by the trade deadline, they'd be foolish not to shop both. One rival executive believes a deadline trade involving either one will only happen if Atkins is replaced.

I dunno what the answer is. Maybe that last line.

I'm no fan of Atkins, but I don't think he's necessary wrong here. Get a new manager, new batting coach, etc., and let's see if they can get things going. Vladdy has been much better of late and Bo has shown some signs of turning it around. Both are still capable of being part of a championship calibre core. The rest of the offence needs a pretty serious overhaul, though. This trade deadline could represent a real opportunity for the team to replenish their farm system, and they should really move anyone who isn't under team control next season.

Atkins and Shapiro need to go, though.
#12
Quote from: Dappleganger on June 10, 2024, 04:19:21 PMI will accept following Alex Jones if it means stopping the puck at an elite level.

The problem there is that Brossoit really only does that as a traditional backup - and not super consistently at that, either. Never started more than 22 games in a season, has mostly alternated between good and bad seasons, and he's already 31, so it's not like he's a young guy transitioning into a starting role. Not that Stolarz is much different, but he doesn't come with the conspiracy minded odour Brossoit does.
#13
Quote from: Zee on June 07, 2024, 11:59:04 AM
Quote from: Dappleganger on June 07, 2024, 08:15:23 AMYetis... the plural of Yeti is Yetis. How did they get this wrong?


What's the plural of Leaf?

As a proper noun, Leafs.
#14
Toronto Blue Jays / Re: 2024 Blue Jays
June 05, 2024, 09:12:01 AM
Schneider, Atkins, and Shapiro all need to go. They're responsible for the main facets of this mess - the flawed roster and the poor in-game decisions - and I don't trust them to be part of the solution.
#15
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on June 04, 2024, 09:19:03 AM
Quote from: herman on June 04, 2024, 08:55:03 AMThey probably go shopping on the DNQ list from the rest of the league though, a la Simon Benoit.

DNQ's and the surprise bought out guys have generally been some of the best value signings in the league the past few years. So yeah whoever shakes loose from those groups could change what the team does.

Yup. A lot of these guys are still valuable pieces, it's more that, due to QOs or existing contracts, they're usually just set to earn more than their teams feel they can justify for those contributions. They almost inevitably sign for significantly less than what it would require teams to retain them. You're not going to find a lot of significant contributors, but lots of good depth and guys who can excel in less prominent roles.