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Quote from: Potvin29 on December 03, 2011, 05:20:06 PM
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on December 03, 2011, 04:42:01 PM
Does anybody here care that Wilson lied/misled people about the Reimer thing? Because the media, particularly Cox of course, seem quite upset about how Wilson did things. I personally don't care one bit.

I assume the usual ones will get pissy about it.  Mirtle's already made a Twitter comment or two about it, too.

Lying to media -- There are situations where it has to happen (eg trade rumours).  You get used to it.  But it's why other people get called.

The media self-righteousness is quite amusing.  We demand all of your knowledge because we are the media. 

Someone should go ask the media to reveal all of their unnamed sources.  And they better not lie or I'll hack into their emails to find the information.  What?  That would be wrong?  Hmmm....
Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on December 02, 2011, 03:29:01 PM
I was surprised to hear Lyndon Byers (ex-NHLer and Boston radio guy now) this morning on 590 call Wednesday's Bruins-Leafs game one of the best games he's ever watched.  Ever!

Don't know about that one, but it wasn't a bad game to watch.  Both teams played relatively well.  Some good goals were scored.  Some really nice saves were made and it was close for the majority of the game where either team could have won.  It was a good game, but I'm not sure how it ranks much more than "good but completely forgettable"
All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2011 Blue Jays/MLB Thread
December 02, 2011, 08:23:14 AM
Quote from: Busta Reims on December 01, 2011, 04:09:07 PM
Quote from: Deebo on December 01, 2011, 02:55:10 PM

I don't love the idea, but, depending on the contract, I don't necessarily hate it either. With the new CBA, the Jays won't have to surrender a draft pick if they sign him, so, on a shorter term, reasonable money deal, why not?

3/27 million with an option for the 4th year.  Not an amazing deal, but hardly the 5/47 contract the Jays gave BJ Ryan.  I'm really not expecting that the Jays purse strings open up this year and I think it is going to be a huge mistake.  They are going to waste Bautista's best years.
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2011-2012 NHL Thread
December 02, 2011, 12:44:45 AM
Player agent Allan Walsh destroying his clients NHL career?

Quote"While I have tremendous respect for Scott Howson and the rest of Columbus' management team, the situation regarding Derick Brassard has become untenable," Walsh wrote. "This coach has a history of burying players and using them as scapegoats to mask his own lack of success on the ice. Derick has been singled out, almost from the very beginning of the season to be the fall guy in case things don't go well. The Columbus organization cares about Derick and has been good to him, but at some point enough is enough."
Quote from: Potvin29 on December 01, 2011, 09:07:59 PM
Quote from: lc9 on December 01, 2011, 10:36:50 AM
Quote from: Saint Nik on December 01, 2011, 10:25:25 AM
But the leap from that to "...so Gus played poorly" doesn't follow. Gus faced a lot of shots. Boston executed well. They caught some bad breaks as with the Schenn giveaway. All of those things go into the goals that the team gave up in addition to Gus' play. That's why a lot of people can see past raw GA. 

You're probably right, that leap isn't fair to make for lasts night game.  But in the grand scheme of things I don't find it that far-fetched.  Out of 42 qualifying goalies Gus ranks 35th in save percentage, which is a better stat for goalies and ranks 37th in GAA.  Now I am not looking for Gus to be overly meretricious, or any of our goalies, but I believe they need to do a better job.

The games he's played against the Bruins really skew his numbers to look a lot worse than they are.

In the games since his first action against Boston up to last night's, he had very Reimer-like numbers.

Three appearances against Boston (2 starts and one relief appearance) he faced 88 shots and gave up 13 goals.  - 5.41 GAA 0.852 SV%

Rest of his appearances (11 starts) -  2.71 GAA 0.911 SV%

You can't ignore the Boston games, but in general the Boston games have beaten up his numbers pretty bad.  The Leafs didn't show up in the first two matchups and the 3rd gave Boston way too many good scoring chances.  I'd like his numbers to be better too, but I'm not going to worry too much in a 14 game sample size.
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Line-up changes
December 01, 2011, 08:30:56 PM
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on December 01, 2011, 05:37:52 PM
Where does everybody think Grabs fits in right now with this current group of forwards? I think it's only a matter of time before Colborne is eventually forced back to the AHL when some bodies get back into the line-up, but for now it seems as though he's safe on the 3rd line.

I've really liked Wilson's tactic of double-shifting Kessel and at times Lupul. And against Boston that Steckel-Grabs-Kessel line was very effective, despite not scoring. The problem is that Grabs only played a little over 12 minutes and unless he's not 100% he definitely deserves more than that.

Another option would be playing Grabs on wing with MacArthur and Connolly and putting Kulemin on the 4th line. Kulemin has been struggling offensively and I think something needs to be done here. And maybe getting a chance to play some minutes with Kessel when he gets double-shifted could help Kulemin find his scoring touch. This is probably what I would do against Boston Saturday.

To me, Grabovski was actually the best center on the ice last night. Bozak wasn't bad, Connolly was invisible and Colborne played well, but to me showed he was a rookie.  Some of the plays Mikhail has made in his two games back would be easy goals if he wasn't playing with a pair of stone-hands 4th liners.
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Jake Gardiner
December 01, 2011, 08:29:12 PM
Burke is right, but man do I ever see little bits of Niedermayer's poise in his game.  I keep forgetting that he's a rookie because he makes some really bad decisions on the ice at times and I get on about his screw-ups.  But they seem more noticeable because he's making so many plays the rest of the time.  20-ish games of a season isn't enough to bank on his sustained play but Burke might have fleeced Anaheim something awful.
Quote from: pnjunction on November 30, 2011, 09:35:59 PM
6-3 doesn't look very good on the scoresheet...shots in the 3rd don't look good either.  Even though they were one shot or bounce away from tying it the 3rd was simply not good enough and maybe the team just isn't good enough to handle the Boston at the top of their game.

I think that's the thing.  Boston has an extremely good team.  Thomas is still probably the best goaltender in the league, Chara is probably the best defenseman, they arguably have the best set of checking forwards in the league, they now have one of the top offensive players in the game (Seguin) who happens to be one of those really good two-way player kind of guys and they have a bunch of guys who aren't 30-40 goal scorers, but a lot of guys who are solid 20-30 goal scorers.
Phaneuf did not have a good game.  I don't know what his problem was tonight but he backed off on a lot of guys along the boards tonight and was handing the Bruins the puck without making them work for it.

19 goals in 3 games against.
The one thing I will say is that when you play a team that is very close to playing a perfect MONTH of hockey, the Leafs didn't exactly make themselves look bad tonight.  If they lose, there were better signs than earlier in the year against a team that is playing like they really want to repeat.
Why does Boston have a better forecheck than the Leafs when the Leafs are trailing.  That was a 3-4 minute period of the Leafs handing Boston the puck by "dumping" it and not sending a hard forecheck and then they just let Boston have their way with the front of the net yet again.
Connolly has been very invisible tonight.  He's not facing Chara yet I don't think he has made a single play.
A couple of interesting non-icings in a row there by the linesman.
Quote from: Derk on November 30, 2011, 09:10:28 PM
Good to see it is still a close game. Just took a look at the box score - Boston has 11 shots 6 minutes into the 3rd? Yikes!

Refs need to start calling some (deserved) penalties on Boston. I really don't want to hear how the Leafs were undisciplined in the media.

That's the thing, you know full well that is the story if they lose. 

That was a terrible goal by Thomas and who cares.  Huge shift there and then Thomas gives up his first bad goal in 30000 minutes.