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With Hyman almost certainly gone I'm coming around to the idea of trying to bring Foligno back. I know Chris Johnston was kinda musing about the possibility of him coming back on a 1-year deal to sorta rebuild his value and take another shot with the Leafs. Lots of talk about him returning to Columbus originally but with Torts gone and them maybe going through a bit of a rebuild with a potential Jones trade maybe he stays here for a year or two before going back. Don't think he replaces Hyman entirely but still a good lite version to have around, especially in defensive situations and on the PK.
I think you could get Foligno a lot cheaper then Hyman and I would bring him back too if possible. I like what he brought when healthy and would be a good fit with the team.

In an ideal world I'd hold on to Hyman, Foligno and bring in whoever else fits that mold of tough-to-play-against. I'm looking at Komorov in these playoffs and regretting the fact the Leafs had to part ways with him. These are the exact type players the Leafs need to offset the high end talent that gets mugged and nurtured in the playoffs.

Montreal in 6!

I'm cheering for the upset. Islanders in 7!

The Habs proved it in both their series so far. Will beats Skill at playoff time…where it’s fight or flight.

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« on: June 07, 2021, 12:45:04 PM »
I can hear the backlash on this already but ….Nylander for Eichel straight up.

I'm not sure there's a ton of backlash coming your way outside of Buffalo not being willing to do that.

Yeah. You’re probably right. At least not without another piece or two.

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« on: June 07, 2021, 12:39:01 PM »
I can hear the backlash on this already but ….Nylander for Eichel straight up.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Resigning Zach Hyman?
« on: June 05, 2021, 07:29:39 AM »
What are everybody's thoughts on bringing back Zach and at what price are you comfortable with?

What is Zach Hyman worth on the open market and what is he worth to the Leafs?

Haven't posted much at all since the losses to the covid-Canucks team.  I pretty much gave up on this team then.  I'll be around in the future, but not as often as normal and I won't bother with the chunk thread anymore.  Don't need to waste anymore of my time on this team than necessary.  Changes will come as usual, and the dance starts again all over next season.  I won't be nearly as invested as I've been all my life.  Have a great summer guys.

Cheers, and I understand the disappointment.

To me, this is one of the reasons the Leafs need to have some success in the playoffs.  I think the organization is starting to test the bounds of its fandom.  Anger is good.  Jubilation is good.  Apathy though is a problem, because that means your fans have started to stop caring.

What emotion gets us the important wins though? I’ll wear that one anytime needed if it will help.

GAME 7: Canadiens @ Leafs, May 31...

Another extremely disappointing ending to the season. They say patience is a virtue but I don’t think that applies to hockey and the Leafs.

‘Patience is a virtue’ meaning :
To be able to wait for something without becoming frustrated is a valuable character trait.


Leafs in 4.

Either Leafs in 5 or Canadiens in 7  :-[

I know it’s not cool to quote yourself , but man if they’d only won in one of those OTs

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Allowing Fans
« on: May 31, 2021, 01:52:59 PM »

 I'm just waiting for the backlash from all of the non hockey fans out there.

Well . This is as much about some recognition for the health care workers and the numbers of cases is down below a 1000 in Ontario for the first time in 3 months (thanks to them) so I’m not sure if any backlash is warranted.

I think that Deebo gave a very reasoned explanation as to why they may not watch.  I could see others feeling the same way.  Some people don't like the tension that a game 7 creates, especially when it could create a series of ups and downs that would be hard to regulate your emotions on.

When I was younger, I loved it.

Things have changed for me over the last few years and I hate getting worked up over something so trivial as sports, so sometimes I avoid it.

I feel you, and I think I am in the same spot.  I get torn because I want to watch, but I really don't like how the games make me feel or act as they play out.  The whole situation makes me feel worse because it's not a problem if they are winning, or even playing well in most cases, but when things go off the rails for the team, then I start looking for answers, and I have a hard time finding them.  That makes me feel like a sore loser.

Being a sports fan is really such a weird thing. We look for explanations for subpar performance, try to come up with answers or things to do (trade Marner for example) but in fact we have absolutely no control over any aspect of it. That must be messing with our brains in some way!

I don't care if the team loses if they appear to be playing up to their abilities, giving full effort, playing smart. I haven't seen that for large stretches of the last 2 games. If they're not putting in the effort, why should I spend my time and aggravate myself watching another game 7 loss. I don't know. I've invested so much time and energy this season I'll probably wind up putting the game on and if they win I'll be happy, at least for a while. I can't fault anyone for skipping it though.

That's interesting.  I am at the same point in my life.    As some of you here might remember my grand daughter died with sids a few years ago, my mom passed suddenly a little over a year ago, some family situations are serious and this isn't as enjoyable when the team doesn't play as well as it could.  It really isn't about winning in my books, it is playing the best they can.  With life the way it is I just don't have the heart and energy for this like I used to.  But don't dare say I am not a Leafs fan anymore.

Anyway, Monday is my 53rd birthday and I hope our team delivers a win for my present.

My birthday is on Friday.  I always said that for my birthday I just wanted to see the Leafs playing hockey.  Thought this would be the year where they pulled it off, with the loophole mind you.  Now it looks like that isn't going to happen.

Matthews shooting percentage in the playoffs is abysmal.  Marner has 0 goals in his last 10 playoff games.  I fear the Leafs have hitched their wagon to two players that can't figure the playoffs out.

I think it’s team toughness and determination that have been in question for some time now . They seem to have neither . But then again look at McDavids impact on Edmonton’s playoff success. 2 teams still trying to figure out how to win come playoff time. It has to break at some point and whether we like it or not , it may still be a few seasons away.

Or they could win on Monday and go on a run this year. You just never know with sports . We keep hoping for another level of play from these players and we’ve only seen glimpses of it . I haven’t given up hope for Monday but it certainly will be a long and interesting summer if they fall.

And I guess I should consider myself lucky because they won on my birthday last week.

The narrative gets flipped around when the majority of fans and media think they’ll lose game seven. When we get to that tipping point Leafs will surprise.


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