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Well, I like it when the Blue Jays play the Braves.


Crazy that one of these teams will be a first round casualty but that's been true of some of the Boston/Toronto serieses so my sympathy isn't too high.


Other than the back to back it looks like a pretty typical playoff series schedule.


Well, thankfully there's no 3 on 3 in the playoffs.

Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Re: Minor Ex-Leaf News
« on: Yesterday at 01:54:31 PM »

I think Barabanov was an example of a guy the Leafs haven't had to deal with too much over the years, a guy who can be useful to a NHL team but probably didn't have a role on one of the league's stronger teams.


Just wrap everyone on the team in a thick layer of bubble wrap.

I make a distinction between expecting something and being overconfident that it will happen.

I think maybe the distinction I'm making is between thinking something is more likely than not to happen and expecting it to happen. If I roll the dice I'm confident it's more likely to come up 7 than any other number but I certainly don't expect it to be 7.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: May 11, 2021, 12:06:11 PM »
I'm not a subscriber to the Athletic but increasingly I'm of the opinion that the most valuable thing you can have on a NHL roster is guys playing way above their contract, whether that's because of a fortuitous signing or guys being on their rookie deal. Accordingly, I'm not sure if Eichel is worth 10 million a year and a huge package of the picks and prospects that are most likely to turn into those sorts of assets.

Maybe a team that already has a bunch of those guys under contract with money to burn or a team thinking short term would but beyond that I'd think long and hard about the idea that Eichel, who I think is very good, wouldn't make your team weaker in the long run.

The rest of that thought was less about expectations and more about...What are we left with if they don't?

I don't think anything fundamentally changes given the fairly random nature of the playoffs. You can make changes for change's sake or you can try and address why you lost in the playoffs and do your best to fix those elements of the roster within the confines of the cap.

But if they lose because their goaltending is a problem, which is absolutely possible, then we already knew that.

Completely agree. But let's face it... everybody is expecting a 1st round victory.

As they were last year, which is why it's foolish to make that mistake again.

I would be surprised to see Keefe sit Mikheyev who is arguably our most dependable defensive player. Mik may not score a lot but he produces more then Nash and has all of 3 less 5v5 goals then Hyman. No one on the Leafs generates as much offence killing penalties either. Nash maybe going in but I doubt it's for Mik.

You can't always be gameplanning for the series you lost last year but even then I don't agree. The reality of playoff hockey is that no matter how much offense you have, the other team might turn things into a grind it out game. I don't know who might come out of the lineup if Nash comes in but I think the ability to play that sort of game will be better than trying to overwhelm it by having marginally better offensive players on your third line.

Playoff series are very rarely "easy" to win. Winning two rounds would be an accomplishment, regardless of who they beat. Other fan bases would downplay it, sure, but the team that comes out of the North would still be one of only 4 teams to do so this season.

There's a chance that we might need to get past a player who just had the greatest regular season of his generation and possibly in the entire history of the NHL... so yeah I don't think we should really downplay that competition.

Yeah. At this point some of the overconfidence I'm seeing is making me pretty nervous. Like, let's win a playoff series before we start debating whether or not we won it good enough.


You can only play the teams the league tells you to.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: May 10, 2021, 12:21:39 PM »
If he does get traded, it would be one of the more interesting deals in recent years. Under a long contract, a big cap hit and outside of this year no actual issues with his performance. I'm not sure who you could compare him to.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: May 09, 2021, 04:05:06 PM »
The idea that best player differs from most valuable suggests there's a way for a player to add a lot of value to a hockey team that isn't being good at playing hockey.

It mostly just punishes great players on good teams like McDavid and the Edmonton Oile... wait...

Well, a good argument is that value can be tricky to isolate and define. So the question of how much a guy is helped by his linemates or what he contributes in terms of defense or driving play...that absolutely makes the question less cut and dried. Like I always thought it was insane that Datsyuk never won a Hart when he was scoring 90 points a year and winning the Selke.

But the idea that there's a big line between "most valuable" and "best" has never made sense to me. And certainly not in the way it tends to be used where it attaches this massive amount of value in dragging a mediocre team to 8th place as opposed to leading a pretty good team to 1st.

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