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NHL Transactions / Re: Horvat to NYI
Yesterday at 11:35:23 PM
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on Yesterday at 10:23:10 PMWell I'm glad he didn't go to Boston. At least not yet I guess.

Do they even have the cap space?
NHL Transactions / Re: Horvat to NYI
Yesterday at 07:00:24 PM
Quote from: bustaheims on Yesterday at 05:49:03 PMhttps://twitter.com/canucks/status/1620190951183646720

This feels both like an underpayment and a bad move for the Islanders.

I was thinking the exact same thing.
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2022-23 NHL Thread
January 28, 2023, 06:01:13 PM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on January 28, 2023, 04:24:52 PM
Quote from: Bender on January 28, 2023, 02:55:31 AMSo insanely irresponsible of the organization.
I don't agree and neither does Mikheyev....taken from his twitter...

I understand there is a lot of debate about my decision to play with an ACL injury. Here are the facts: when I was injured in the preseason, I went through several tests and realized I could play without causing any more damage. That's what I wanted to do.

Twice per week, we consulted with team doctors about how things were progressing. Never did I feel pressure, never did I feel worse. It was my decision. Finally it reached a point where I wanted to be ready on time for next year.

If I continued to play, I wouldn't be ready for training camp. I appreciate everyone's concern, but I have no complaints with the way this was handled.

This guess he didn't want to lose 6 months or whatever in case the team was contending. Still, seems a bit odd to me.
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2022-23 NHL Thread
January 28, 2023, 02:55:31 AM
So insanely irresponsible of the organization.
Glad I missed this one!
Quote from: Guilt Trip on January 26, 2023, 02:37:49 PM
Quote from: L K on January 26, 2023, 01:10:17 PMAgreed on the spending.  We can certainly do it but it needs to be done smartly.  I liked the Giordano trade last year.  It was three of those top 100 draft picks but we got Gio and Blackwell and turned around and signed Gio to an extension.

If we use a 1st round pick package to get Timo Meier we probably can't afford him next year but we could at least recoup assets trading him in the offseason as an RFA.  I'd rather see use acquire Brendan Hagel type players rather than Nick Foligno rentals.

It hasn't helped that most of our deadline deals have kind of stunk.  It hasn't helped that most of these guys haven't really pushed the needle in a forward direction.
Lawson Crouse is the guy I want the Leafs to get. Signed for 4 more years at 4.3 I think he'd be a good fit for the 2nd line.

Seems expensive for Kerfoot like production, no?
I'm on a trip in Europe atm and didn't have it in me to watch the whole game, just caught the first two and woke up wondering how we did. There was a crazy highlight on Instagram of Marner crushing it in OT. Man that was magical. Not sure what the Rags were doing but who cares.
Great play by the Rags there.
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: What Now?
January 24, 2023, 06:35:47 PM
Quote from: bustaheims on January 24, 2023, 06:04:40 PMAlso, there's dozens and dozens of incidents of players being asked about waiving clauses with little to no blowback on the teams. The Flyers haven't had much issue signing anyone even after the trades Carter and Richards shortly before extensions kicked in. It's a business. Players understand that. Might burn bridges with the specific guys being shipped out, but the idea that it has a larger impact on the team being able to add talent via free agency has been largely debunked.

That being said, the team should have little to no interest in trading Rielly.

I'm not against trading Rielly in theory, but it shouldn't be a trade for trades sake. I do think they should try to make more moves for cost control vs. letting players walk but I think management would do that if the opportunity was there.
Quote from: L K on January 24, 2023, 03:56:47 PM34 games left in the season.

Samsonov (15-4-2) - 2.21 GAA .920 SV%   13.8 GSAx
Murray (11-5-2) - 2.73 GAA .911 SV%     4.8 GSAx

Samsonov starts for us in the playoffs if they started today.  Not exactly what I expected when the season began

I expected Murray to be slightly better than Samsonov. Definitely didn't think Samsonov would be posting a .920.
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: What Now?
January 23, 2023, 06:05:32 PM
Quote from: hobarth on January 23, 2023, 05:47:03 PMWe can make demands while also being calm, the question is can we be calm if TO loses in the 1st round again this year after Dubie does nothing to significantly improve a roster that absolutely requires a massive infusion of talent and character.

I've lived thru the years since TO's last Cup, I don't know if I will be able to survive another rebuild that might give TO another truly competitive team. TO isn't truly competitive now but can be with some of the pieces already here.

Sometimes Dubie reminds me of supervisors, they can move pieces/employees around just to make it look like they're doing something while also carrying a clip board. Placing Hunt on Waivers, is good, but he should also place Jarnkrok, ZAR, Kerfoot, Kampf and Brodie on waivers, that could potentially clear 13 mil. in Cap space and then use any extra Cap dollars on players that can help instead of just treading water. Rielly should simply be traded because maybe some other team will see some value in him, his greatest value, I'm told, is on the PP, that's why TO was trying, going with 5 forwards and I don't doubt that Timmins could more than adequately replace him in every way.


Listen to what you're saying. I understand not liking the construction of the team but waiving a significant portion of the roster simply isn't an option.
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: What Now?
January 23, 2023, 04:40:32 AM
Is this just a long form version of the armchair gm thread? I'm confused.

The team is having a pretty good season. I'm ok with sending a first and Robertson off for an infusion of high talent. I don't think this forum has ever been overly optimistic, just that some understand the rationale of what they're doing. I would've preferred some head rolling after the Habs loss but it didn't happen, whatever. The team either wins a round this year or major changes are coming this year. I don't think they'll have enough depth with JT on the roster generally.

I think we all want the team to win and we all have opinions on that, but I'm not going to worry too much about things beyond my control on the long term before this season plays out.