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I missed the last thread. Who is Noesen? Where did he come from. It is rare that a guy appears in the Leafs lineup I’ve never ever heard of ...

He's a former 1st round pick(all the way back in 2011) that the Leafs acquired in the Foligno deal from San Jose. He's been a fringe NHL'er/AHLer who's bounced around a bit.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2021 Blue Jays General Discussion Thread
« on: Yesterday at 01:35:02 PM »

If this team can get Pearson and/or Manoah going they'll be real fun to watch.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2021 MLB General thread
« on: Yesterday at 01:34:23 PM »
It'll be interesting to see the MVP voting for a player who may not be the best hitter or the best pitcher but who does both extraordinarily well.

I think the issue there is ultimately going to be will he be able to pitch enough innings to make up for in value what he's being cost by DHing. Because while even being a 4 win hitter and a 2 win pitcher would be an incredible achievement, it wouldn't have him up there in the leaders of just raw value.

I could see some people wanting to vote for him because of the uniqueness of what he's doing but I think like any player unless he can get up to 7 or 8 wins he'll be a longshot for an MVP discussion.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 11:14:18 AM »
This made me think... isn't it kind of weird that the league has the GMs basically run the league like this? I mean most of them are barely competent at their actual jobs of running NHL teams... what gives them the qualifications to decide how an entire league should be operated?

On the one hand, yes. On the other, I hate to tell you what goes on in most businesses today.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: May 05, 2021, 08:24:56 PM »

Well this is what happens when the league completely abandons its responsibility to police its players.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: May 05, 2021, 05:11:39 PM »

I'm honestly legitimately impressed by anyone who still has the capacity to be surprised at the arbitrary and capricious nature of the NHL's disciplinary process.

Lafreniere - > Team finished 18th in the league and won the lottery to pick 1st
Kakko - > Team finished 26th in the league and the lottery bumped them up to the 2nd pick
Fox - > New York native told two different teams that he wasn't signing with them because he wanted to be a Ranger

Now every successful team eventually gets a little lucky on the way but that feels pretty extreme. No other rebuild was largely based around a team getting bumped up 17 spots due to the lottery and having a pretty highly ranked 21-year old essentially pick you as a free agent.

I don't really disagree but it's not like Kakko and Lafreniere right now are contributing a huge amount either. Their eventual development is coming on top of an already decent-ish group.


General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: May 04, 2021, 09:37:56 AM »

One of the frustrating things about Wilson is that I think he's a legitimately good hockey player who would have a place in the league without the stupidity but, as per usual, the league and his team seem to have no interest in actually making a meaningful deterrent that would change his game.

I'll never for the life of me understand why anyone would think Auston Matthews, an absolute superstar both on the ice and off the ice, would ever want to leave a mega market like Toronto to go play in front of hundreds of fans in Arizona. One of the most bizarre talking points we'd had here.

Seriously. It never made any sense outside of some people's reflexive pessimism and, if we want to be charitable about it, a sort of vicarious sense of how much they would want to play for their hometown team.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: May 03, 2021, 12:36:15 PM »
Possibly. Pair him with an elite playmaker, and he'd probably get back to being a 30+ goal threat.

Or even just on a generally good team with a coach that doesn't hate his guts. Either way, I'd be very interested if I were a team with some money to spend and some talent around in seeing if you could get him on the cheap.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: May 03, 2021, 12:10:45 PM »
It's not even a shooting percentage issue with him - his 13.2% isn't that far off what he put up in his time in Winnipeg (15.2%). He's just been unable to get shots toward the net. If he doesn't get his PP one-timers, he's not very effective.

That might be the slightly less kind way to phrase it but I think to some extent he's establishing that ideally he's probably more of a second banana on a line than a guy who can drive play himself.

He was Twitter’s main character yesterday
HNIC is going to be really measured in their approach with him tonight.

"Let me tell you what my sources around the league are saying about sexual misconduct."


It seems unlikely that MLSE couldn't find the money to do what they wanted to do if they really felt strongly about it so I'm assuming this is moving on from a guy without wanting to make it sound like you're firing him.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2021 Blue Jays General Discussion Thread
« on: April 30, 2021, 03:13:29 PM »
I mean you'd think it being an old boys club to some extent it must've really been incriminating for this outcome.

Not only that but just for liability reasons you'd think they'd be pretty sure of themselves before announcing it loudly and publicly.

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