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He's facing charges where a person gives authorities false information about their income and their wealth to avoid heavy fines.  A speeding ticket in Finland is based on how much you made.   A millionaire was fined $57,000 fine for going 15 mph over.

General NHL News & Views / Interest in Hockey Dwindling?
« on: November 09, 2014, 03:55:39 PM »
With electronics, I don't see kids outside playing road hockey like I use to.  I ask kids and find very few watch the games on T.V.  I know a few richer kids that play organized hockey, and honestly it seems more of a burden put on them by their parents then anything else.  At work, with over 40 guys there, there's only a small handful that follow.  It sounds like the Leafs and the NHL are making more money then ever, but are the young and fringe fans finding other sources of entertainment?  I took my kids to an OHL game and didn't last 1 period.  Hockey can't compete with a video of some annoying guy playing minecraft.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / 2014-2015 Toronto Maple Leaf line-ups.
« on: July 05, 2014, 11:32:58 AM »
My optimism got allot higher with the recent Bodie, Komarov, and Santorelli signings.
But now trying to guess what the possible line-ups could be, I really can't say.  That's a good thing, as perhaps there isn't a huge drop in talent as there has been in the past?

I think JVR Bozak Kessel will continue to be a lock for 1st line.  Didn't Frattin show some chemistry with Kadri in the past?  Do the two Finns, Komarov and Kontiola, play together?  I think Holland showed some great promise.  Kadri might be the weakest of all the centers on face-offs.  Someone has to play the wing.  What to do with David Clarkson?  I'd swallow my pride and let him have Orr's position on the 4th line.  Perhaps Shanahan can have a positive influence on how to build a line that would utilize Clarkson better? 

JVR Bozak Kessel
Lupul Santorelli Kadri
Komarov Kontiola Clarkson
Bodie Holland Frattin

As for the defence, have to wait and see if there's any movements.

The Penguins traded away Malkin's winger.  Is Kulemin a possible candidate to fill the role?

General NHL News & Views / Reduce roster sizes by three players.
« on: February 21, 2014, 11:09:21 AM »
If the league reduced roster sizes by three, they save money, possibly get rid of fourth lines and the goons associated with them.  The Leafs barely play their fourth line.  Good idea or not?  Have a little 'there's no NHL action to talk about' discussion.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Kadri v.s. Holland
« on: December 28, 2013, 11:26:24 AM »
Injuries made Nonnis make a deal for Holland.  And I think it's worked out well.  Although it's a small sample size, Holland has done pretty good.  Is Holland making a case to push himself above Kadri in the depth chart?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / What kind of Leafs fan are you?
« on: December 21, 2013, 08:23:01 PM »
I've gone from 4 decades of diehard fan to finally admitting I'm a bandwagon fan.  Frankly I can't stomach to watch this anymore.  My gut tells me management moves are wrong and I try to make sense of them.  Defend them sometimes.  But my gut says the team is doomed.  Right now .500 hockey gives them about a 8.8% chance of making the playoffs... and they're losing tonight.

Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Mikael Grabovski
« on: September 27, 2013, 10:36:53 PM »
Just wanted to check how he was doing.  Doesn't look too good.  Hopefully he's okay.      (Note: May contain offensive language)

General NHL News & Views / A New Professional Hockey League.
« on: December 27, 2012, 07:30:25 PM »
Another lock-out, another discussion about another professional hockey league.

I think the players could make this work.  After all, they are the most important product. 
An obstacle could be arenas.  However, what if they were to play in places like Michigan Stadium, which was to hold the `13 Winter Classic?  That place holds the record for largest hockey game audience.  I'd love to go see an outdoor game.

What if the North American winner played the KHL winner for an ultimate championship?  I think crossing an ocean is a better idea then crossing the 37th? parallel. 

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / 10 People Who Could Improve the Leafs.
« on: September 03, 2012, 12:33:35 PM »
#1.  Randy Carlyle.  Can Carlyle get this team playing a system that will finally tighten up the goals-against?  Could he get more out of players like Kadri?   

#2.  James Reimer.  His success came when the team was playing it's heart out.  Some opponents were already in the playoffs.  Come to the grind of the regular season, with a weak defensive system, he failed.  Not one to make wild saves, he'll be much better off if the Leafs stop turning the puck over.

#3.  Mike Komisarek.  Komisarek is a tank.  An awesome weapon, but one that's not designed at all to run around.  If Carlyle can implement the X's and O's right, Komisarek won't be left alone to hold the defensive line on the battlefield.  A single tank cannot stop the enemy from outflanking.  Make the opposition have to go through instead.  With Luke Schenn gone, a new coach, and maybe a new game plan, now is Komisarek best chance to shine.

#4.  Nikolai Kulemin.  Kulemin looked like a guy with a broken heart.  He played in a fog.  Was it the Russian plane crash?  Perhaps it was Ron Wilson?  Whatever the reason, even a drop of Wendel Clark motivation might return him to 30+ goals.

#5.  Tyler Bozak.  What?  Bozak?  Thought we all wanted him gone or at least off the top line?  Well for one, he's constantly improved.  And for two, who is his competition?  Van Reimsdyk really hasn't shown anything throughout his career that he's any better.  Yes he's two inches taller, but they're about the same weight.  If size is really needed on the first line, a more serious threat would come from Joe Colborne.

#6.  James Van Riemsdyk.  Although his .27 assists per game (.10 in the playoffs) make me think he's not the right choice to make the #1 center position at all, he still comes in as an added boost on the forward lines. 

#7.  Jake Gardiner.  Is this guy for real?  Might be the stand-out for 2012-13, but one doesn't want to put too much optimism on a sophomore defenseman.  Compared to Phaneuf, his numbers don't compare.  But his impression of Bobby Orr joining the rush puts the opposition on their heels. 

#8.  Ben Scrivens.  The guy has posted some serious save percentage numbers throughout his career.  But coming to the NHL, he was a .974 one game, a .643 the next.  At 25, he's allot further along then Tim Thomas was playing for the Oulun Kärpät or something.  He might be able to become the #1 goalie, with the only difference being mentally tougher the Reimer.

#9.  John-Michael Liles.  Last season he was a -9 in games against Boston.  Maybe the Leafs shouldn't play him in games against the Bruins!  He's a good defenseman who sees success when he's contributing to the offense, but otherwise can end up hurting the club.  Hopefully a new system will have him able to make a positive impact in games he doesn't get on the score board.

#10 Brian Burke.  Without notice, Burke can pull a rabbit out of the hat.  Doesn't do anything just for the sakes of it, he'll stand pat rather then do something on a whim.  Still looking over the roster, it starts feeling a little crowded in some positions where no one player stands out above the others. 

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Kooled-Off Kulemin
« on: October 30, 2011, 02:59:05 PM »
Really impressed with how Kessel and Phaneuf have come out flying this season.  At the opposite end of the spectrum, I see Nikolai Kulemin.  The guy is tied with Luke Schenn for 3 points after 10 games.  Any top-six forward who's on pace for 8 assists on the year is a problem.  I'd have to say so far he's been my biggest disappointment so far.  Honestly think Brown has completely out-played him.  Does anyone else think Kulemin is either hurt, not prepared, or doesn't care, feels entitled to a job?

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