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#2
Quote from: bustaheims on November 29, 2022, 02:50:39 PMWeird spot to put Robertson. Definitely unlikely to help his offensive production, but it does put an emphasis on him to focus on his defensive responsibilities.

Isn't this what we were talking about though?  If he doesn't get into the lineup here and there in a more defensively responsible role, how do we thing he'll ever develop into a trustworthy winger?
#3
Quote from: Zee on November 29, 2022, 10:43:28 AMhttps://twitter.com/FAN590/status/1597592271347912704

"...and you guys know I speak to many many people on a consistent basis...for example the gas station attendant where I get gas for my truck...he says Matthews could leave...and my barber said Matthews, since his contract is up in a year and a half, Matthews could leave.  And you guys have met my mom Barbara...Barbi said once that Matthews could leave...there's just 3 people off the top of my head, so really I think it's entirely possible that Matthews leaves."
#4
Quote from: Nik on November 26, 2022, 10:47:33 PMI'd go Marner/Matthews but man is it nice to get a solid, steady performance from your #3 goalie like that. Also to Sandin/Lilegren in leading a very solid defensive group in ice time.

I'm with all of this.
#5
Quote from: RedLeaf on November 26, 2022, 03:13:29 PM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on November 26, 2022, 12:10:22 PM
Quote from: RedLeaf on November 26, 2022, 11:54:24 AMNot sure why Murray played the weaker Wild team and Kallgren gets the pens , but hopefully that decision pays off. Go Leafs !
That's the way it usually goes 99% of the time...The #1 plays the 1st game of a B2B.

Right but it doesn't mean it's the correct approach. I guess the thinking is they should win at least the 1st of the back to backs this way, but it also gives the stronger opponent a better chance of winning.

I remember reading around here a while back that the math adds up for this approach.  The idea is that you hope for a split on back to backs, so give yourself the best chance to win the first game.
#6
Quote from: Arn on November 26, 2022, 04:51:47 PM
Quote from: Frank E on November 26, 2022, 11:19:05 AM
Quote from: Arn on November 25, 2022, 06:35:23 PMJust got in from watching two NCAA games in Belfast today and came to check how the Leafs injury status was looking and what kind of lineup they might be putting out for the game tonight.

Oops.

Good win, though.

Are you kidding me?  The only game that would actually have fit a normal schedule for you and you missed it!!



Yup. I know 😂 If you didn't laugh you'd cry. To be honest it's my own fault and if I'd realised I'd have skipped the second NCAA game and gone home

Unbelievable, Arn...unbelievable!
#7
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2022-23 NHL Thread
November 26, 2022, 01:01:23 PM
Boston has 85 goals for and 47 goals against at the 21 game mark.

Coming in second in the league is NJD with 77 for and also 47 against at 21 games.

The Leafs are at 68 for and 58 against at 22 games.
#9
Quote from: Arn on November 25, 2022, 06:35:23 PMJust got in from watching two NCAA games in Belfast today and came to check how the Leafs injury status was looking and what kind of lineup they might be putting out for the game tonight.

Oops.

Good win, though.

Are you kidding me?  The only game that would actually have fit a normal schedule for you and you missed it!!

#10
Quote from: bustaheims on November 24, 2022, 01:27:17 PM
Quote from: L K on November 24, 2022, 12:57:53 PMCurtis Douglas was never going to play for the Leafs.  Connor Timmins may never be healthy enough to play for the Leafs.  6'2 200lbs RHD wins that trade every day of the week.  We also had pretty good success the last time we acquired a RHD from the Coyotes

This.

If Timmins gets into games for the Leafs, that's already an asset upgrade. If he even approaches the potential he once had, it's a huge steal. Douglas isn't a big loss (outside of the fact he's, you know, a large human).

Maybe.
#11
Quote from: herman on November 24, 2022, 12:54:38 PMToo bad the forum was down for one of the more banana-bonkers games we've played recently as well as a trade for yet another former Greyhound!

I'm a little surprised they bailed on Douglas.

#12
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Rielly placed on LTIR
November 22, 2022, 09:48:08 PM
Quote from: herman on November 22, 2022, 04:19:48 PM
Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on November 22, 2022, 03:33:55 PMThere's some silver lining here: finally finally finally 37 & 38 get top[ 4 minutes, no questions asked.  Let's watch them grow (hopefully).

And not to belittle Rielly too much, but he hasn't scored a goal this season even with prime PP1 time.  I'll make a bold prediction: if they let Sandin or Liljegren QB PP1, they'll score a goal within 3 games.

YOU WERE THE MONKEY PAW GUY

I have no idea what you're talking about, but monkeys have hands.
#13
Quote from: bustaheims on November 21, 2022, 03:40:55 PMWhich is a valid question, of course, but secondary to what is best for the Leafs performance this season - and, with the inconsistencies in his play and the need for him to round out his game more, I'm not sure Robertson being in the lineup is the right answer most nights.

If the Leafs playing Nick Robertson with some consistency is really going to affect the Leafs' chances of success this regular season, then maybe we should be questioning other things with more voracity.

Quote from: bustaheims on November 21, 2022, 03:40:55 PMThe Leafs are in a tough spot with him - he's clearly too good for the AHL, but he hasn't shown enough consistency in offensive production to overlook the areas he needs to improve away from the puck to be a full time NHLer.

Is he though?  He has played a grand total of 51 games in the AHL, and only played 28 games there last season.  He's a point per game player in his 28 games last year, and there are currently about 20 or so players playing at at least that pace this season, and many at far greater than that pace.

It's a least arguable that if he went there and dominated the score sheet while learning the more finer aspects of the game, it's better than practicing and pressboxing...even if the paycheque is better in the very very short term at the expense of a long career's worth of superior earnings. 

#14
Quote from: bustaheims on November 21, 2022, 03:40:55 PM
Quote from: Rob on November 21, 2022, 03:09:26 PMI think the argument is, what exactly is sitting in the press box doing for his development?   

Which is a valid question, of course, but secondary to what is best for the Leafs performance this season - and, with the inconsistencies in his play and the need for him to round out his game more, I'm not sure Robertson being in the lineup is the right answer most nights.

The Leafs are in a tough spot with him - he's clearly too good for the AHL, but he hasn't shown enough consistency in offensive production to overlook the areas he needs to improve away from the puck to be a full time NHLer.

I'm just having a hard time with this argument...if he's not good enough at things, and those things are keeping him from an NHL spot, then send him to the development league to work on those things.  "The NHL is not a developmental league".

I get that he can pour on points in the A, but he'll also have to be responsible with the puck/learn where to be if he wants the call-up.
#15
I think there's quite a bit of space between leaning on Robertson like the habs do Caufield, and scratching him in four straight games.