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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Matthews suspended 2 games
March 14, 2022, 09:30:27 AM
I'm perfectly content with Matthews getting a game for that. 

Just for fun though there was a game last year where Weber crosschecked Simmons in the head.  He got a 5K fine.  Joel Edmondson did it later in the game and got nothing.

Spin the wheel.

mod edit:

St. John's city council voted to suspend the Growlers from the arena.  MLSE is looking to relocate the team to Toronto at least temporarily.

After doing a bit more reading on this one it seems like this might be a bit of small town council puffing up feathers because the owner of the Growlers threatened to build his own arena.


Quote"They pass Nick Ritchie. He's 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds. Only three players scored more than this guy. Anaheim picked him up. [GM] Bob Murray picked him. He was the executive of the year. [Ritchie] is tough. He can score. He has beautiful hands.
Marlies & Prospect Talk / Rodion Amirov signs ELC
April 15, 2021, 09:48:29 AM
He's coming.  Amirov signs his 3-year ELC.


Although is this Dubas indicating Amirov is going back to Russia next year or just platitudes?

Quote"We also look forward to continuing to work with Ufa with his development next season. Ufa has done an excellent job guiding Rodion's development as a player to date and we are excited to work very closely with them through the summer and into the future."
9-10-4, 22 points | 13-7-2, 28 points

Projected Lines







Dmytro Timashov
Martin Marincin
Nick Shore
Barrett Hayton
Eric Comrie
Ilya Lyubushkin

Team Stats

Goals Per Game
Goals Against Per Game
Total Goals
Save Percentage
Faceoff %
Power Play %
Penalty Kill %

Team Leaders

Matthews - 14
Garland - 10
Rielly/Marner - 14
Schmaltz - 14
Matthews - 27
Schmaltz - 18
Kerfoot/Rielly - 16
Crouse - 15
Muzzin - 50
Crouse - 56
Andersen - .912
Kuemper - .937

Game Notes
• Nothing much to talk about.   Mike Babcock will not be behind the Leafs bench after starting the year 9-10-4 and the team currently on a 6-game winless streak.  Babcock finishes his Toronto tenure with a 173-133-45 regular season record (average 40-31-11 82-game record). 
• Sheldon Keefe, come on up.  Sheldon continues his partnership with Kyle Dubas following his from Sault St. Marie, to the Marlies and now steps behind the bench as the 31st coach in Toronto Maple Leafs history.    Keefe has been the head coach of the Marlies for the last 4+ seasons, compiling a record of 200-89-31.  He most notably won the Calder Cup in 2017-2018.
• Graduates of the Sheldon Keefe Marlies include: William Nylander, Andreas Johnsson, Kasperi Kapanen, Travis Dermott, Justin Holl, Zach Hyman, Frederik Gauthier, Nic Petan, Trevor Moore, Martin Marincin, Kasimir Kaskuo and Dmytro Timashov
• Auston Matthews returns home.  Babcock and Matthews didn't seem to see eye to eye so this will be a big game for him to show he can take it to the next level
• Frederik Anderson is expected to start (2.76 GAA .912 SV%)

• Arizona is coming off back to back 3-0 shutouts against Calgary and the LA Kings
• Arizona sits 2nd in the Pacific division and is tied for the 3rd best record in the Western Conference
• Arizona boasts the stingiest defines in the league giving up only 49 goals in 22 games (32 fewer than the Leafs)
• Darcy Kuemper is expected to start (1.85 GAA .937 SV%)


•Mitch Marner - Ankle - Injured Reserve
•Trevor Moore - Shoulder - Injured Reserve
• Niklas Hjalmarsson - leg - Injured Reserve
• Marian Hossa - Rash - LTIR/Retirement

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General NHL News & Views / Chiarelli (finally) fired
January 23, 2019, 06:24:43 AM
And the gong show continues as Chiarelli is fires after Edmonton lost to Detroit
NHL Transactions / Kucherov Re-Signs 9.5M/8 years
July 10, 2018, 09:06:46 AM
That's a solid deal for Tampa and should take them out of the Karlsson trade.
NHL Transactions / Shattenkirk to the Capitals
February 27, 2017, 10:05:42 PM

2017 1st round pick
2018 2nd round pick
Prospect Zach Sanford (2013 2nd round pick)

Some other stuff being put together but Washington really trying to win a Cup I guess.  Hanzal went for more.  That trade is still insane to me.
Ignoring that they left out the much better debate of ranking players, the NHL has released their list of the official top 100 players. 

Mats Sundin, Borje Salming, Darryl Sittler, Johnny Bower, Syl Apps, King Clancy, Charlie Conacher, Tim Horton, Red Kelly, Dave Keon, Ted Kennedy, Frank Mahovlich, Joe Niewendyk*, Ron Francis*, Mike Gartner*, Brian Leetch*, Eric Lindros*, (Brendan Shanahan)*

Notable exclusions:

Mark Recchi - 12th in all time scoring
Joe Thornton - 992 assists
Doug Gilmour - 18th in all time scoring
Dale Hawerchuk - 19th in all time scoring, 13th in PPG

Of the current NHL players: Jagr, Ovechkin, Crosby, Toews, Kane and Keith


That's some mighty fine character the Habs expect out of their players. 
Toronto Blue Jays / Baseballs Hit King
June 17, 2016, 12:31:04 AM
Ichiro got hit #4257 of his career when you combine his Japan totals.  It's significant because it has him pass Pete Rose.

I love that Ichiro has had an unbelieavable career (and is having a great year so far) but this desperate attempt from the media/baseball to try and equate hits in the Japanese league to hits in Major league baseball is absurd. 

Pete Rose is a jerk, he cheated on the game, but trying to claim that Ichiro is the all-time hits leader when he is sitting 1300 hits behind Pete Rose's MLB career is downright silly.  If this metric was going to be used by Major League baseball and the press, we would be talking about home run champion Sadaharu Oh instead of Babe Ruth/Mickey Mantle/Barry Bonds.
Toronto Blue Jays / Bautista hitting leadoff
May 19, 2016, 06:27:13 PM
Ummm, ok?
Marlies & Prospect Talk / 2016 Memorial Cup
May 14, 2016, 11:46:23 AM
May 20 - London Knights @ Red Deer Rebels 8:00PM EST
May 21 - Brandon Wheat Kings @ Rouyn Noranda Huskies 7:00 EST
May 22 - Red Deer Rebels @ Rouyn Noranda Huskies 7:00 EST
May 23 - Brandon Wheat Kings @ London Knights 8:00 EST
May 24 - Rouyn Noranda Huskies @ London Knights 8:00 EST
May 25 - Red Deer Rebels @ Brandon Wheat Kings 8:00 EST
May 26 - Team 3 @ Team 2 8:00 EST
May 27 - Team 2/3 @ Team 1 8:00 EST   

Rouyn-Noranda (54-9-3-2)   were the top ranked team in the CHL entering the postseason
London (51-14-2-1) enters into the tournament on a 13-game wins streak
Brandon (48-18-4-2) were the top team in their conference and went 16-5 in the postseason
Red Deer (45-24-1-2)   were defeated in the East Finals by Brandon
Finland released their preliminary roster and Leo Komarov was named to the team.
NHL Transactions / Versteeg to LA
February 28, 2016, 09:13:50 PM
Elliotte Friedman ‏@FriedgeHNIC 2m2 minutes ago
Trade call coming, but it appears LA is about to acquire Kris Versteeg.
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / PA Parenteau Trade Watch
February 27, 2016, 07:41:38 PM
He just left the game against Montreal.  No injury on the play.
General NHL News & Views / Jaromir Jagr
February 21, 2016, 06:38:43 AM
I guess we were talking about him in the general NHL thread.  I think he deserves his own thread now that this beautiful man has passed Brett Hull for 3rd all time in NHL goal scoring.

He scored #741 and #742 against the Jets last night.

He has 20 goals and 23 assists in 56 games this year.  It's entirely conceivable that he has another 10-15 points in him this year.  That would move him into 3rd in career points and would set him up to have a good shot at top 5 in assists next year.  It's always possible that he could hit a wall but the way he is playing right now, and insulated on a good young team like the Panthers he could conceivably play another 2-3 years the way he is going.  He's a huge fitness nut so it certainly wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility.

Gretzky 894
Howe    801
Jagr      742

Gretzky  1963
Francis   1249
Messier   1193
Bourque  1169
Coffey     1135
Jagr        1103

Gretzky  2857
Messier  1887
Howe     1850
Jagr       1845
He's having a career year with 30 points in 36 games so far but has 90 points in 163 games.  This is going to pay off nicely for Florida though in the next few years to lock him up. 
Toronto Blue Jays / Blue Jays 2016 Payroll
January 16, 2016, 11:01:02 AM
25-Man Roster
C Martin - 15M
C Thole - 800K
DH Encarnacion - 10M
1B Smoak - 3.9M
1B Colabello - 508K
2B Barney - 1.05M
2B Goins - 508K
SS Tulowitzki - 20M
3B Donaldson - (11.35M or 11.8M)
LF Saunders - 2.9M
LF Pompey - 508K
CF Pillar - 508K
RF Bautista - 14M
SP Dickey - 12M
SP Estrada - 11.5M
SP Happ - 10M
SP Stroman - 508K
SP/RP Hutchison - 2.2M
SP/RP Chavez - (3.6M or 4.0M)
RP Storen - 8.375M
RP Cecil - 3.8M
RP Loup - 1.05M
RP Delabar - 835K
RP Sanchez - 508K
RP Osuna - 508K

2B Travis - 508K

OF Lake - 508K
OF Carrera - 508K
RP Jenkins - 508K
RP Venditte - 508K
RP Tepara - 508K
RP Leon - 508K
RP Schultz - 508K

PHI Revere Savings - +2.125M
Buyout Izturis - 1.0M
Buyout Romero - 600K

25-Man Roster - 136.766M (Using the player arbitration number for Chavez and Donaldson)
Other - +525K

Recent Signings

  • Michael Saunders signs a 2.9M contract.  He made 2.875M last year. He avoids arbitration.
  • Brett Cecil signs for 3.8M.  He made 2.475M last year.  He avoids arbitration.
  • Steve Delabar signs for 835K.  He made the minimum last year.
  • Drew Hutchison signed for 2.2M.  He made the minimum last year.
  • Aaron Loup signed for 1.05M.  He made the minimum last year.
  • Drew Storen signed for 8.375M.  Ben Revere signed for 6.25M.  As part of the trade the Nationls will pay the 2.125M difference in salaries this year.  The Jays still owe a PTBNL.


  • Josh Donaldson will go to arbitration for the second year in a row.  The Jays and Donaldson are 450K apart in their filings.
  • Jesse Chavez will go to arbitration.  The team and player are 400K apart
  • The Jays projected payroll without any further moves is going to be around 137M
  • Players listed at the MLB minimum salary may make several thousand more than the minimum so the Jays payroll is likely another 50-200K higher than this projected roster

Non-Roster Spring Training Invites
Wil Browning
Taylor Cole
Scott Copeland
Scott Diamond
Chad Girodo
Conner Greene
Roberto Hernandez (Fausto Carmona)
Wade LeBlanc
Pat McCoy
Brad Penny

Derrick Chung
Danny Jansen
Humberto Quintero

David Adams
Jon Berti
Andy Burns
Matt Dean
Casey Kotchman
Jio Mier
Rowdy Tellez
Richard Urena

Anthony Alford
Roemon Fields
Dwight Smith Jr
Hagelin was previously acquired this offseason for Emerson Etem and a 2nd round pick.
Perron was previously acquired last seasons for a 1st round pick and Rob Klinkhammer.

Hagelin - 43GP 4G 8A 12P
Perron - 43GP 4G 12A 16P

Adam Clendenning is a 2011 2nd round draft pick who has played in 30NHL games with 5 points.  His best AHL season was in 2013-2014 where he put up 59 points in 74GP.

He was one of my favourite actors.   Condolences to his family.
16-16-7, 39 points | 18-18-2, 38 points

Projected Lines




Karlsson - Thornton - Pavelski
Marleau - Couture - Ward
Nieto - Hertl - Donskoi
Zubrus - Tierney - Wingels

Vlasic - Braun
Martin - Burns
Tennyson - DeMelo



Frank Corrado
Byron Froese
Antoine Bibeau

Brenden Dillon
Mike Brown
Ben Smith

Game Notes

•Bernier is expected to start
•No suspension/supplementary discipline for the Polak boarding major
•The Leafs are 7 points out of a playoff spot (tiebreakers but have 3 games in hand on NJ)
•The Leafs are 6 points out of last place in the league
•The Leafs currently have an 8.5% chance of getting the 1st overall pick
•Stalock is expected to start
•The Sharks are a league worst 5-12-0 at home


•Stephane Robidas - Old - Out indefinitely
•Nick Spaling - Upper Body - Injured Reserve
•Garret Sparks - Lower Body - Injured Reserve
•Byron Froese - Lower Body - Out
•Carlton the Bear - Travel - Too lazy to make the GDT
•Raffi Torres - The Scarecrow - Suspended

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No punishment is coming from the league so he's ready to go when he's in game shape.  1M/1year contract.  So pretty much no risk for Washington's perspective.  He's either good enough to play or he's an extremely small cap hit if they waive him.
Non-Hockey Chatter / The Force Awakens (Spoilers)
December 14, 2015, 10:43:59 PM
You know what's great about London...having your call schedule changed at the last minute and then checking online to see that you can grab a bunch of tickets to Star Wars at 10:30PM for the opening night.