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That picture of Boucher looks like he is spying on the hockey game.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: May 10, 2021, 01:28:42 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.

Not only that but he is being traded by a rookie GM.  The only thing that might come close is when the Leafs traded Kessel, but he's not in the same realm of player as Eichel.

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Meh. I choose optimism.

Which is fine.   I feel there are people out there that feel that just because they are optimistic about something, that it becomes a 100% lock to happen, and then the disappointment sets in when it doesn't and that disappointment is higher when the expectations don't match the outcome.  It's something that I find funny about sports, like there is some sort of confirmation happening with the wins and loses.

If you team is good, well then they are 100% going to win, even though you still have to play the games, so when the team loses, that becomes unfathomable, even though there is tons of historical precedent that shows that nothing in sports is ever guaranteed.

For me personally, this is how I view the Leafs.  I am encouraged by their season.  They seem to have gotten an handle on a lot of the things that have bitten them in years past.  They seem to be able to play a patient game and let the game come to them, rather than getting frazzled when they aren't able to dictate the terms of play.  That is all good.

However, it all resets when the playoffs start.  Even if the Leafs had this proven playoff track record, which they certainly don't, I am always leery going into a series because all it takes is for a player on the other team to get hot in a way where the opposing team just doesn't have an answer for them, and suddenly things go off the rails quickly.

It's one of the things that I find interesting about hockey as a sport.  A team can be successful around one player for short bursts provided that player is capable of being the most dominate player on the ice, but then there is also this team aspect to the game where a really solid team, with good to great talent sprinkled throughout the lineup, can accomplish things as well.

It gives people a false sense of control.  We have absolutely no control over the outcome of a hockey game sitting on our couches.  Our opinions, thoughts and prognosticating are just that, and have no bearing on the outcome of a sports teams fortunes.  Fans of sports teams attach their sense of identity to a sports team, and think their favorite sports team's eventual winning or losing dictates how they should feel.  Team wins I feel good, team loses I feel bad.  That's what sports fans are ultimately falsely attributing to a sports team, the ability for a team to make you happy or sad.  Being optimistic is better than being pessimistic but it's still and attempt to control some future event, such as a team winning or losing, so you can feel better about yourself.

All the talking that goes on about sports, all the message boards, radio call in shows or whatever,  is mostly just mental masturbation.  That's what my former username on this board alluded to "Guru TugginMyPuddah". 

I was so attached to the outcome of the Leafs fortunes that it had a terrible affect on my mental well being.  After much introspection I learned that I can be a fan of the Leafs, enjoy the games and even enjoy the banter back and forth on this board, and not be attached to any particular outcome.  That non-attachment has allowed me to enjoy being a Leafs again, and be sane.

Yeah, I've really worked on this as well.  When I was younger I was one of those guys who would yell at the team and be in a bad mood if the Leafs lost.  I feel that my own competitiveness sort of bled through in these situations.  I still can lose it a little bit with some of the embarrassing things that happen, like blowing a 4 goal lead with ten minutes to go in game 7, or blowing a lead and losing that game while the other team had to use an EBUG, but even there I try and check myself and say that those things don't really affect who I am as a person.  An embarrassing thing happened to a team that I choose cheer for.  That's really all that happened.

I feel like this board is my LFA (akin to AA) group in that regard.  Leafs lose, I come here, look at what others are posting, realize I'm not the only fan of this team, and therefore not alone and then move on.  The entertainment value of any sport is watching what unfolds whether it goes for you or against you. 

Ultimately, I would like to see them win a cup, just to see what that feels like.  To see what happens when the Leafs win it all.  I experienced it with the Blue Jays, and I have experienced it with the Raptors, but I feel it would be a different feeling if it happens for the Leafs. 

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Meh. I choose optimism.

Which is fine.   I feel there are people out there that feel that just because they are optimistic about something, that it becomes a 100% lock to happen, and then the disappointment sets in when it doesn't and that disappointment is higher when the expectations don't match the outcome.  It's something that I find funny about sports, like there is some sort of confirmation happening with the wins and loses.

If you team is good, well then they are 100% going to win, even though you still have to play the games, so when the team loses, that becomes unfathomable, even though there is tons of historical precedent that shows that nothing in sports is ever guaranteed.

For me personally, this is how I view the Leafs.  I am encouraged by their season.  They seem to have gotten an handle on a lot of the things that have bitten them in years past.  They seem to be able to play a patient game and let the game come to them, rather than getting frazzled when they aren't able to dictate the terms of play.  That is all good.

However, it all resets when the playoffs start.  Even if the Leafs had this proven playoff track record, which they certainly don't, I am always leery going into a series because all it takes is for a player on the other team to get hot in a way where the opposing team just doesn't have an answer for them, and suddenly things go off the rails quickly.

It's one of the things that I find interesting about hockey as a sport.  A team can be successful around one player for short bursts provided that player is capable of being the most dominate player on the ice, but then there is also this team aspect to the game where a really solid team, with good to great talent sprinkled throughout the lineup, can accomplish things as well. 

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I don’t know how anyone can think this Habs team can beat this leafs team 4 times in 7 games. I know ‘anything can happen’ but come on.

In their sorta defence, they are missing arguably their 3 most valuable players in Price, Gallagher, and Weber (3 of 4 if you want to put Petry over Weber, which is maybe fair). All of them should be back for playoffs.

This better not be a quote that comes back to haunt me.
You new here? Of course it will!

Dammit!

Yeah, you really screwed up there.  Like, I'm a little worried now.

Does no one remember those Leaf - Sens series where it looked like the Sens had the better team but then the Leafs would come out and beat them.

Let's stop prognosticating and just wait for things to happen.

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Drury is promoted to president and GM.   I can just see his opening press conference:

"I just want to say how much respect I have for the fine people in the DOPS...."

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs 2021 Schedule in 8 game chunks
« on: May 04, 2021, 02:38:07 PM »

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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.

General disbelief that a player this good is playing for the Maple Leafs.

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TSN's power rankings have the Leafs second this week.  This comment amuses me:

"There is no doubt the Maple Leafs are the class of the North Division, but skeptics will likely need to see Toronto win a playoff round against an out-of-division opponent before buying the hype."

So basically they need to make it to the Stanley Cup finals before they believe this team is pretty good.  Nothing like advancing those "win a playoff round to prove you are different this year" expectations.

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I think our old man line is better than their old man line.

Our dads can beat up their dads is what you're saying

That's gold Jerry!!!!!

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: May 03, 2021, 12:40:20 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.

Imagine if the Oilers come knocking.

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I think our old man line is better than their old man line.

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Our sweet baby boy William turned 25 today. They grow up so fast.

Every time they have teenage Kevin on This Is Us, I think Willie Nylander.  Every time.

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Doubt it. I don't see Robertson getting into any of the remaining games so they don't burn a year off his ELC.

That's definitely a factor that will keep him out of the lineup unless the team is in a position where they're in a must win game and don't have other options to fill in for injuries, etc. They're not going to waste that last game without a really good team-success based reason.

why do you guys hate fun

Cuz Captain John Tavares told us to.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: April 28, 2021, 12:34:41 PM »
Do you think that the NHL will switch up it's playoff format in the near future.  When they go back to the old divisional format, there will be 8 teams out of the 16 that do not make it.  If you look at a team like Ottawa, it will be hard for them to qualify for the playoffs over the next couple of years, because it is hard to see two of Tampa, Boston, Toronto, Florida and Montreal not making the playoffs.  Also at some point I think Detroit starts to take a step forward as well.  Doesn't this hurt a team like Ottawa long term if they can't start to make progress towards playing in the playoffs.

If they switched it so the top team in each division have a bye for the first round, and make that first round a best of 5, would that not help improve the financial situations of some of these teams, because that would be gate revenue for at least two games without having to pay salaries.  Now you may have to drop some games off the schedule and go back to an 82 game schedule, so I am not sure if that would be good or bad for teams overall.   

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