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Quote from: L K on May 08, 2024, 07:15:23 AMI'm still in the camp that I would have rather had Dubas here as the GM (assuming his end of year presser was truly about him being ready to move on from one of the core 4 and not more grandstanding for the blatant tampering that Pittsburgh did and somehow faced no consequences from)


Treliving probably gets more flak for the Tkachuk for Huberdeau/Weeger move than really deserved.  I would have loved to have Weeger on the Leafs.  Huberdeau's previous 5 seasons leading up to the trade were 69/82, 92/82, 78/69, 61/55, 115/80.  His 115 point season was an outlier but the previous 3 seasons he averaged 92 points/82 games.

Tkachuck wanted out.  They got a good player back and a solid defenseman.  Obviously Huberdeau hasn't been good in Calgary but I think that's almost as much of a fit problem as anything.   They acquired a pass guy on a team that really lacks shooters. 

Didn't they also get a prospect and a 1st rounder in the deal? Based on the circumstances I think that was a pretty phenomenal return
Quote from: Rob on April 28, 2024, 08:21:20 AMIt does not appear to be a lack of effort.  It appears as though they are lost.  They play a certain way throughout the season, they get to the playoffs and that style of play doesn't work.  Bieksa touched on it last night. 

This is more of a systems / style of play issue

I definitely felt the same way, watching last night. The Leafs just look lost. They had no idea what to do to combat Boston's structured, collapsing system. Boston installed a system and executed it. Toronto a) appears to have to no system and b) has no idea or plan on how to exploit Boston's. And where Boston was able to exploit Toronto's stagnant, predictable PP; Toronto hasn't been able to change or exploit anything. I really see this as more of an indictment on the Leafs' coaching and "systems" than on any player or group of players in particular
Quote from: lamajama on April 26, 2024, 03:27:42 PM
Quote from: Andy on April 26, 2024, 02:50:43 PMOh boy, what a headache this has all turned out to be....

If I knew how to insert the gif oa a monkey plunking the drums and cymbol.....

Well at least he's aspirin to get back into the lineup ;)
I swear, 14 or 15 more 1st round losses and I'm done with these jerks!!
Quote from: Andy on April 24, 2024, 12:58:07 PMKingtome would be my pick for the Utah name......

It's probably not as funny as I think it is, but I still kinda like my Utah Kingtome name...DeNiro could be a celebrity pitchman
Oh boy, what a headache this has all turned out to be....
Toronto Blue Jays / Re: 2024 Blue Jays
April 26, 2024, 09:41:36 AM
Quote from: cabber24 on April 26, 2024, 07:44:54 AMI would sign them both... nothing in the hopper. Hope he mature into something close to a few years ago. No plan B.

Vlad has basically turned into a .700 OPS, 25HR first baseman with horrible range, below average defense and well below average baserunning skills. Oh, and he costs $20M per year. That is literally a player who is DFA'd. So no, you absolutely do not sign him, particularly with the insane amount of money that would cost, until he starts producing anywhere near his 2021 level. There are a handful of Blue Jay AAA and waiver-wire guys who could out-WAR Vladdy right now...
Kingtome would be my pick for the Utah name......
Quote from: cabber24 on April 22, 2024, 10:44:17 PMWhy all the scrums in every other game are not penalties?

It just seems that certain teams (Boston and Tampa are experts at this) know what they can get away with and what they can do to either encourage a call or goad teams into infractions.

The play that Lybushkin went nuts over was not just Coyle' first slash on Samsonov after the puck was covered and whistle blown, but Coyle's slash AFTER that, which hit Samsonov square in the face. Both subtle shots that were (surprise) missed by the refs. But the punches in the face weren't, and won't, be missed.

Just like Marchand knows they won't call a diving penalty, so he goes down like a bazooka hit his leg (the wrong leg, as Busta posted, lol) after Bertuzzi makes a blatant slash well after the whistle. These teams know how to take advantage of the silly NHL system. Leafs just have to not be stupid.
Quote from: RedLeaf on April 23, 2024, 07:41:54 AM
Quote from: herman on April 23, 2024, 12:04:44 AM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on April 22, 2024, 10:20:03 PM
Quote from: herman on April 22, 2024, 09:17:00 PMMinor trouble spots:
- Knies dragging his line down defensively, but still doing some decent spade work on the attack
- Marner hasn't really activated, granted he's doing the shutdown duties sans Matthews and that is harder
- Samsonov, by nature of his playstyle, is inconsistent, so we have to work hard to make sure he gets clean looks and is positioned to be lucky
- too many stick infractions against a team that a) knows how to dive b) knows how to pass to Pastrnak
- breakouts getting targeted routinely

Bright spots:
- playing slightly better than Boston 5v5 short two of our better forwards
- Matthews still cooks with Bert and Domi
- Holmberg and Kampf pulling their weight
Marner is getting roasted and I think it's a lil unfair. I think Knies is hurting that line for sure and Marner's assignment as shutdown is def tough playing with JT and Knies.

We need Willy to get back asap because our 3rd line would be a lot more threatening with him there. L2 misses McMann big time.

Marner still sucks at playoff hockey. Everyone is going North-South aggressively and he is still trying to pick his way around the ice laterally like it's December looking for a tap-in pass while skating at 50% speed. Knies is certainly a factor, but he's the rookie filling in, while the 8-yr 11M guy is not really driving the line at all. All he needs to do is help carry the puck through the NZ and pump it on net/chip it deep so Tavares and Knies can bang it around. A blue line slip pass into coverage continues to suck the energy out of their legs.

Leafs are fortunate Matthews continues to be amazing without Marner.

Your infatuation with Nylander is clouding your judgment. Marner is a better all-around player... sorry to burst your bubble, but it's the truth.

And yet nothing in the post you quoted is incorrect..
I really, really hope Keefe sticks to the depth/balanced line approach. If he starts pressing and stacks the top line(s) as his only scoring tactic, it's gonna be a long (or short, rather) series.

Goaltending, Keefe and Special Teams are my top 3 concerns going in. Who knows what Samsonov version we're getting and the latter concern is partially tied to that. I don't think trying to out-tough the Bruins is the answer; refs will find any excuse to punish Toronto over anyone from Boston. 3 balanced lines with minor tinkering and solid goaltending should be enough. My rational mind says Leafs in 6. Every other fibre of my being expects Bruins to take this one in 4 or 7 and I block out social media for a good 4 months.
you know, for all the scrutiny and flat out mockery that the Leafs endure for their playoff futility, I'd love to see how the media darling Oilers would have fared over that same period...3 straight years against the Kings.. Jeez...
Quote from: princedpw on March 22, 2024, 12:20:05 PM
Quote from: Dappleganger on March 21, 2024, 11:49:07 AMIt's ok guys, I've got the lines for the playoffs. Keefe can relax.

Domi - Matthews - Bertuzzi
Nylander - Tavares - Marner
Knies - Holmberg - McMann
Dewar - Kämpf - Järnkrok

Extras: Reaves/Robertson/Gregor

Rielly - Lyubushkin
Benoit - McCabe
Edmundson - Liljegren

Extras: Brodie/Giordano/Timmins

Any Forchecker - Tavares - Marner

has to be a strong enough line.  If you aren't putting Nylander or Marner with Matthews then the Leafs need to get 3 good lines out of the deal, such as:

Domi - Matthews - Bertuzzi
X - Tavares - Marner
X - Holmberg - Nylander

X = Knies/Jarnkrok/McMann. (I'm wondering if Knies is actually the least of them at the moment)

I think you want a 2nd shooter target for Marner to feed passes to on that line so McMann could work there. Knies could fit nicely with Nylander and Holmberg. And a Kampf, Jankrok, Dewal and Robertson mixture on the 4th line really balances up the lineup. Id love to see that look.
I guess the thinking with trying Domi, Tavares, Nylander (again) is to isolate each of the team's worst defensive forwards on one line? Interesting tactic.

I'm not sure I love having Rielly continue to QB PP1 (Liljegren appeared better suited to the role imo) nor do I understand Robertson being scratched. These younger guys need to be given the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and grow rather than being afraid to miss an assignment. I was hoping we would see some more creativity and some minutes for depth players to alleviate the elevated top 3-4 player minutes.
Quote from: Highlander on February 08, 2024, 10:06:37 AMThe main thing is we don't sell off any of our top prospects and graduate some of them sooner than later. Surely Steves would be an upgrade on Reeves at this point. Perhaps Kokkenen and Neimala are going to be ready for next year. Perhaps give Tveburg a spin.

I'm not sure what the point of letting Steeves toil away in the AHL is; he's still waiver-exempt this year anyway. Why wait until next year, when he can't clear waivers, to see if he can stick? He's looked good in both of the preceding development camps too. Not that he's a major prospect or anything but I can't fathom how players of the like of Simmonds, Clifford and Reaves get multiple chances in the lineup when they're clearly past their prime over seeing what some of these younger players can do.