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#16
Quote from: cw on June 04, 2024, 10:40:12 PMMarner has declared he wants to re-sign. He's Toronto born & raised with a wife also from Toronto area along with both their families.
Leafs could play some cards to maybe/hopefully get a hometown discount and re-sign him. Those cards would be ok as they're both working towards extending his time here - that he's said he wants to do.

But playing other cards - like making his life miserable, cutting his ice time/linemates or letting him get roasted in the media - to get him to agree to a trade - that's a dangerous game that they could lose big time. If his buddies on the team see that, it probably won't end well - damaging what has been reported as a pretty good locker room. UFAs will stay away. Hopefully, they don't try to play cards like that.

This is how I feel about it.

Toronto's media is ruthless. It's like water torture and the team would only benefit from trying their best to halt the constant trade rumours. I'm not 100% sure how they achieve that but they could start with a vote of confidence. Yes those votes of confidence are usually a death sentence, but it at least acknowledges the situation and steps in the right direction.
#17
Quote from: herman on May 08, 2024, 10:08:20 AMThe article largely goes over the Leafs' choice to grind the pace of play down, which leaves them highly susceptible to variance (goalie/shooting luck), vs asserting a higher pace to give their offense more chances to make a difference and establish a higher differential, e.g. 2-1 vs 6-3.

Let's go, fasstholes.

I agree with that sentiment. I found that in game 5 and 6, when the season was on the line, they seemed to flick a switch and were dominant speed wise. With a team having so much speed, I'm not sure why they would choose not to implement it.
#18
I'm not ready to point solely at the goaltending but he needs to be better than his counterpart at the other end of the ice. That's the bottom line. Find your direct competition on the ice. Perform better than that person. Samsonov has not.

But with that said, none of the Leafs have been better than their direct competition. Whether that's the goal scorers, the offense creators, the agitators or the defense, the Leafs are worse than the Bruins on all fronts.
#19
Quote from: herman on April 24, 2024, 01:41:41 PMhttps://twitter.com/SanJoseSharks/status/1783201947912450314
Why, did he win too many games?

He should be able to win more games with players like Brent Burns, Timo Meier and Erik Karlsson. Wait a minute here.
#20
I get that people are down on Samsonov, but he was tremendous in the first period, and as much as you want that short side save, it was a post and in shot. Hockey is a game of inches(lol)

I thought the Leafs were at least par in that game and absolutely dominated stretches of it.

Bertuzzi needs to cool the dramatics. It's taking him out of the game completely. I'd actually consider moving him away from Marchand. Marchand's greatest attribute isn't how much of a pest he is. It's that he actually performs better when he's being a pest. We've seen from Domi and Bertuzzi in the first 3 games that the same thing cannot be said for them. Domi was a disaster in the first game trying to draw penalties, and Bertuzzi's summersaults allover the ice are only bringing Marchand's best game to the ice.
#21
Those top 4 right shot defensemen seem to be really easy to come by.
#22
Quote from: Bender on April 23, 2024, 07:32:42 PM
Quote from: herman on April 23, 2024, 04:43:44 PMhttps://twitter.com/fan590/status/1782875258300530956
Kypreos is vying to be Marner's agent

Am I getting old or has Kyper been more right than wrong lately?

Wait, so because he's asserting that having Matthews on your line will make you perform better, he's suddenly more right than wrong? Of course Matthews on your line makes you better. He's a top 3 player in the league.

Marner is an $11 million dollar guy(looking for a raise). Tavares is an $11 million dollar guy. If they can't create or get the puck, that's a huge problem. If Marner wants to be paid like a top 10 player in the league, he shouldn't need a top 3 player in the league to go get him the puck. Heck, he shouldn't need Tavares to get him the puck either. It's not like they're saddling him up with Kampf and Reaves.
#23
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on April 24, 2024, 10:57:02 AMhttps://twitter.com/millerjryan/status/1783140537400512754

What's the best out of this bunch? Utah Mammoths might be my pick.

They all sound like XFL team names.

#25
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2023-24 NHL Thread
April 09, 2024, 04:19:05 PM
Quote from: Highlander on April 09, 2024, 11:01:28 AM
Quote from: Rob on April 08, 2024, 05:01:58 PM
Quote from: herman on April 08, 2024, 04:40:25 PMhttps://twitter.com/frank_seravalli/status/1777428086163693744
lol.



So really, the only person on the planet who wants NHL hockey in Arizona is Gary Bettman.
The Mayor is a dick. I know the parcel of land in question, right beside Desert Ridge Mall (a really nice mall), also boarders a very chic shopping street and resto's a that have become a bit of a white elephant. The Arena would cure that problem big time. Believe me, the site is perfect.

Do we really think that Arizona is a case of "if we build it, they will come"? The team has not had an average attendance of over 15k since 2005/2006. And even with that, they've only had 5 seasons (out of 26), where they've been above that 15,000 mark. Perhaps 13-15k is sufficient to make the team viable, but considering they spent 2012-2020 in that range and there was constant talk of the team being broke, I'd say it isn't.
#26
Quote from: Guilt Trip on April 09, 2024, 11:19:58 AM
Quote from: OldTimeHockey on April 09, 2024, 10:52:46 AM
Quote from: herman on April 09, 2024, 08:40:21 AMThe Marlies have loaned players to the Wichita Thunder previously, including Bobby McMann (Edmonton's affiliate at the time, now San Jose's); it's kind of far.

Brampton lost the OHL Battalion to North Bay due to attendance issues, and the ECHL Beasts folded in 2020-21 (obvious reasons). I can see it working there again.

Mississauga Steelheads are moving to Brampton for next season due to poor attendance in Mississauga. Overall it's only a 7km move so I'm not sure what will change. Brampton lost the Battalion to North Bay 10 years ago due to poor attendance.

Apparently, for the recent Sudbury/Mississauga 1st round playoff series, games in Mississauga saw more Sudbury fans than Steelhead fans.
They need to make it more affordable. I go to the games when I can get tickets for a decent price. I'm not paying $25 to watch that when I can go watch Midget AAA for free and see multiple games in a night.

I don't mind paying the $25 to support the local Junior team. It's an expensive program to run and if we don't support it, it disappears. I understand that compared to Toronto, there's far less distractions here in Sudbury. Here, if you want a night out, a junior game is a good escape for a hockey focused family.

So with that said, I do understand why the support isn't necessarily there in Toronto. Making it cheaper may make it more attractive to families. But I'm not 100% sure what the leeway is there. How much can they knock off the ticket prices/popcorn prices and still make it a viable program?

Doing a quick look at other large cities, and their junior programs, it seems they do get more support.

Calgary Hitmen - Avg Attendance: 4529 (They have gone down significantly since covid. They actually peaked in 2004/2005 with over 10,000/game, but that coincides with the NHL lockout)

Vancouver Giants - Avg Attendance: 3673. They also peaked in mid 2000's but have been in the 3500-3750 range for the past 6 seasons

Edmonton Oil Kings - Avg Attendance: 7404

Seattle Thunderbirds - Avg Attendance: 4654

Mississauga Steelheads - Avg Attendance: 2434(lowest in OHL the past two seasons)

#27
Quote from: herman on April 09, 2024, 08:40:21 AMThe Marlies have loaned players to the Wichita Thunder previously, including Bobby McMann (Edmonton's affiliate at the time, now San Jose's); it's kind of far.

Brampton lost the OHL Battalion to North Bay due to attendance issues, and the ECHL Beasts folded in 2020-21 (obvious reasons). I can see it working there again.

Mississauga Steelheads are moving to Brampton for next season due to poor attendance in Mississauga. Overall it's only a 7km move so I'm not sure what will change. Brampton lost the Battalion to North Bay 10 years ago due to poor attendance.

Apparently, for the recent Sudbury/Mississauga 1st round playoff series, games in Mississauga saw more Sudbury fans than Steelhead fans.
#28
Quote from: Guilt Trip on April 09, 2024, 10:04:36 AMThe original pass from AM34 to Marner was pretty cool...One handed backhand "Sauce" from the goal line.


Fixed
#29
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2023-24 NHL Thread
April 07, 2024, 12:09:21 PM
Like watching a soccer match.
#30
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2023-24 NHL Thread
April 05, 2024, 03:12:05 PM
So they're building in Kanata?