Quick links:  Login  |  Sign up  |  Site Rules  |  Support TMLfans

Menu

Show posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Show posts Menu

Messages - cw

#2
11
29

Emergence of Holmberg and McMann has really helped.
I felt I knew what McMann was so that wasn't a surprise - more frustration on how they were not using him.

I have been surprised by how much Holmberg has improved.
He's turning into a very useful forward like Jarnkrok.
He can play in various positions on various lines and contribute.
He's always seemed smart but he seems stronger and his scoring skills have improved.
#3
Quote from: cabber24 on Yesterday at 09:55:35 AMI wasn't comparing the two. I just hope Laine gets his game back.

For sure.
I was reading about Connor Brown yesterday. Goalless this year after torn ACL last year
Not good things for the game.

What I would say is I would not have predicted as much of the divide between how Laine & Matthews turned out. But I can't say I knew their talents that well either.
#4
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on February 22, 2024, 12:18:25 PMIf Nashville ends up selling at the deadline I think acquiring a Carrier+Trenin duo from them could really round out the type of line-up we've had over the past week or so once everyone is back:

Knies-Matthews-Marner
Bertuzzi-Domi-Nylander
McMann-Tavares-Robertson
Trenin-Kampf-Jarnkrok

Rielly-Carrier
Brodie-Liljegren
Benoit-McCabe

Samsonov
Woll

Trenin's a checking forward with good defensive metrics who can hit and kill penalties. Along with a returning Jarnkrok they could finally form a Kampf 4th line that can properly eat a ton of defensive minutes, which is key because even if that middle-6 forward group continues to play well they would still require some level of sheltering. Jarnkrok gets buried a little in this line-up which isn't entirely fair to him but he can still take shifts on any of the top-3 lines in certain situations to boost his minutes.

Carrier's an undersized, mobile two-way RHD who might not exactly be the ideal defenceman we're looking for but his defensive metrics are pretty good, he can kill penalties, and he can block a lot of shots. And if the play of the other two defensive pairings over the past week and a half can be counted on to continue then Rielly might not need a higher end partner to carry tough minutes since the load can be shared by everyone.

Alternatively a Sam Carrick+Ilya Lyubushkin rental duo from Anaheim could round out the line-up in similar ways (but not exactly be as good) if the Nashville duo is unattainable.

I like your posts like this .. offering good ideas
Trenin is an interesting idea I wouldn't have thought of.

I'm not too excited about burning a 1st rounder.

So I wondered, have Rielly-McCabe been exhausted as a potential pairing?
I don't remember them playing much together? A couple of games?
I know McCabe preferred the left side but he's doing ok with Benoit so ...

If it worked:

Rielly-McCabe
Brodie-Liljegren
Benoit-_______ (maybe Carrier here)

I think Benoit is so attached to his defensive role, he'd be ok without McCabe

Shouldn't cost as much young talent to fill that 5-6 spot.

Before I burned a top prospect or pick, I'd want to make sure Rielly-McCabe isn't an option.
Maybe others here have a better recall on how it worked out previously.
#6
Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on February 22, 2024, 12:58:32 AMMotM: Nylander.  He misses on that breakaway and the game could have gone the other way.
HM: Liljegren.

I reserve the right to switch to M&M if I have a change of heart.

+1

Matthews, Marner could easily replace Nylander

I didn't expect them to go 5-0 without Rielly
Brodie rediscovering his game while partnered with Liljegren, to me, explains how they filled in the back end over those games.
Liljegren is all grown up now. Last night, led the D in ice time, hits, blocked shots, played the PP, SH .. - seemed like he was on a mission
Only one shot missed the net during those 5 games, +5, 7pts
The PP didn't skip a beat with him quarterbacking it - might have even been better - I never would have expected that.

Rielly ________
Brodie Liljegren
Benoit McCabe
Fill in that blank with a decent RHD and that D looks pretty good to me right now.
#7
Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on February 21, 2024, 11:02:13 PM
Quote from: cw on February 21, 2024, 10:51:05 PM
Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on February 21, 2024, 10:44:13 PM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on February 21, 2024, 10:42:07 PMGreat play by Liljegren saving Willy.

He made a nice cross ice pass to Matthews later on in the PP.

Last number of games, his play has gone up.

He caught up to Cooley who is not slow

And thwarted him.

All of sudden Liljegren is beginning to look like the D we all hoped for.

McCabe has seemingly solidified into a dependable top 4 guy.

Benoit appeared like a miracle from heaven.

Brodie suddenly looks not-washed-up after switching sides.

Even Lagesson and Lajoie have turned in decent performances.  And now this Rifai fellow.

Who'd I leave out, Gio?  Rielly?  :)



Add that rush ...
#8
Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on February 21, 2024, 10:44:13 PM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on February 21, 2024, 10:42:07 PMGreat play by Liljegren saving Willy.

He made a nice cross ice pass to Matthews later on in the PP.

Last number of games, his play has gone up.

He caught up to Cooley who is not slow
#10
Knies has about a whole section of family there
His turn ..
#11
Quote from: herman on February 21, 2024, 07:08:09 PM
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on February 21, 2024, 01:58:57 PMhttps://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/1760373848095301689

Keefe sticks with Tavares and Nylander on separate lines. I don't think either line performed particularly well against St. Louis but nice to see the experiment getting a few games.

I like this. Stress test Domi (see if Nylander can adjust and carry the line), give Tavares a rest but also boost McMann/Robertson's offensive opportunities in a relatively low-stakes situation. Most lines will have something a little different to play for in an otherwise throwaway game.

Only slightly worried by the number of brain cells on line 2. Because it's probably only 2.

On the upside re the Domi line, they're all a little crazy so maybe they'll be tough to defend against. You'd probably want the best defensive pairing out there with them as much as possible - avoid the bottom pairing.

The three best forwards for parking their body in front of the net in my opinion - particularly for the PP would be Tavares, Knies and McMann (Bertuzzi would be my 4th). To have all three of those guys on the 2nd PP is probably something that won't last.

I thought McMann's finish would compliment Domi's puck distribution. And McMann would help cover Domi defensively.

Interesting line up to watch tonight.

It would be wonderful if Matthews can get his 50th with his family watching.
#12
Quote from: bustaheims on February 21, 2024, 02:33:18 PM
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on February 21, 2024, 11:53:42 AMWouldn't be shocked if this was just about giving him a chance to continue practicing with players since he's not on the current Leafs road trip. Obviously it'd be great if he was able to get into a game too though.

Maybe. He's basically there for up to 5 games (3 as the standard, plus the team's option of requesting 2 more), since it's an LTIR loan. Typically, this type of assignment would be partly to assess if a player is ready to return to action, so, I guess we'll see.

I think Keefe said that they were not going to have any practices on this road trip
That probably factored into it
#13
Quote from: bustaheims on February 21, 2024, 08:42:11 AM
Quote from: cw on February 20, 2024, 06:25:51 PMI agree. Chiseling a game off was a long shot.
The leak of the decision might have been a little more compelling grievance than anything to do with the incident itself (and that was not that big of an issue).
The team going 4-0 took a bunch of whatever sting there was away for me.
Hopefully, they keep playing well so they don't mortgage too much of the future at the deadline.

It forced the team to tighten up defensively as to not overwork an undermanned defence corps. If they can keep that up, with some minor tweaks to the bottom end of the roster, we could have something here.


I feel similarly. I kind of didn't want to say it because it hasn't been long enough and they might go back to their old ways. That game they held their opponent to 15 shots was a really, really good defensive performance. Can't help but ask yourself "why can't they play that way every night?"

Dman Callups
Benoit
Lagesson
Lajoie
Rifai

It used to be when the Leafs called someone up, I'd often be on the edge of my seat - anxious for a screw up. Naturally, Benoit (& only Rifai for a game) but that group has done a pretty good job when called upon.

Marlies seemed to have 2-3 AHL vet dmen. Now, they're carrying a bunch of guys who have an outside shot or better of making it. When you listen to the interviews or read the development stories, they're working on all kinds of things with these players year round.

In short, I think the franchise has improved in their development of young players. I think they're doing a better job of identifying undrafted talent. And they seem to have a broader view of how they can help, diagnosing it and more patience nurturing good character guys willing to put in the work. I can't point to any particular thing.

With the prospect cupboard kind of bare, it is very timely. If they can add a decent quality undrafted player or two to the roster, that can really help in a number of ways.

I have no stats or facts to solidly back that up. It is just a feeling that has been developing as I track these young players trying to make it.
#14
Quote from: bustaheims on February 20, 2024, 04:07:32 PMThe most Bettman was ever going to do was knock one game off the suspension, so, him upholding the whole thing really shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. He very rarely makes any changes to supplemental discipline decisions.

I agree. Chiseling a game off was a long shot.
The leak of the decision might have been a little more compelling grievance than anything to do with the incident itself (and that was not that big of an issue).
The team going 4-0 took a bunch of whatever sting there was away for me.
Hopefully, they keep playing well so they don't mortgage too much of the future at the deadline.
#15
Quote from: bustaheims on February 19, 2024, 03:51:21 PMhttps://twitter.com/jonassiegel/status/1759606168631095594

I figured top 5. I would never have guessed top 2

I think Hull won the Hart that year.
Matthews barely seems to be in that conversation - more on the outside.
Can you imagine where the Leafs would be in the standings without his 49 goals (a little over 25% of the Leafs goals) ?