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#1
Toronto Blue Jays / Re: 2024 Blue Jays
Yesterday at 07:08:44 PM
Well, barring a double digit winning streak, the Jays are certainly destined to be sellers at the deadline, and some people are likely to be relieved of their duties.
#2
Quote from: Bender on June 20, 2024, 06:16:03 PMI did think Columbus was plausible until I heard they wanted to cut payroll... Also I'd be reticent to take on Laine for our first even with retention. He's a reclamation project like PLD to some extent now.

Also, if Columbus were to acquire Marner, I have to imagine part of the reason would be to play him with Laine to try to improve his value. A divorce there feel inevitable, and I know they're exploring that possibility this off-season, but between his contract, the inconsistent performances, and his enrollment in the player assistance program, his value is at rock bottom.
#4
Quote from: L K on June 19, 2024, 06:21:59 PM
Quote from: bustaheims on June 19, 2024, 06:08:41 PM
Quote from: Zee on June 19, 2024, 04:16:46 PMIt's almost like GMs think the final ended last night and started making trades

It's almost like the draft is next weekend...

Having 5 weeks between each Game to drag the Finals through the end of June was certainly a bizarre choice

They definitely made some . . . uh . . . choices with this schedule.
#5
Quote from: Zee on June 19, 2024, 04:16:46 PMIt's almost like GMs think the final ended last night and started making trades

It's almost like the draft is next weekend...
#6
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on June 19, 2024, 01:19:16 PM
Quote from: cw on June 19, 2024, 01:11:32 PMI'm not sure he's ideal but I don't mind Holmberg either. I thought he took a step in the right direction last season. Flashed some versatility.

Holmberg to me is like the world's greatest 13th forward. I'm still not a big believer in him as a regular roster player though.

I think he can be a reliable 4th liner, who can kill penalties and chip in the odd goal here and there, but that's about it. At 25, he's probably at or near the ceiling of what he's going to be.
#7
Quote from: louisstamos on June 19, 2024, 02:02:29 PM
Quote from: herman on June 19, 2024, 01:55:17 PMhttps://twitter.com/friedgehnic/status/1803501293593342447

For Kuemper straight up.  Man, Dubois' stock has fallen.

So has Kuemper's.

Man, does the trade to get PLD look awful for LA now.
#8
Quote from: Bullfrog on June 19, 2024, 09:44:59 AMI think this narrative of "it's a disaster if we can't trade X player" should stop. It's not a disaster. He played, he was paid. That should be the expectation. Life will move on.

Having him on the roster increases the chance of making and having success in the playoffs.

Over no one? Absolutely. Over the potential assets in return as part of a trade/players brought in using the free cap space? That's more complicated and less clear cut.
#9
Quote from: Joe on June 17, 2024, 06:13:55 PMLook I don't want to start something but come on, if one were to look at the history of sports and improbable things that happened, absolutely no one would compare those 2 incidents with a 3-0 comeback in the finals. And I know you know that.

But the Zamboni driver goalie debacle strikes a nerve and I'm not going to let that go.

The leafs were not beat by their Zamboni driver because:

1 they were already losing when he came in the game. (6-1 I think)

2 they put 3 goals behind him on something like 12 shots. So his performance was, statistically speaking, terrible.

3 Carolina collapsed around him not allowing anything to get through, and completely abandoned trying to score at all.

So I don't care how people want to frame this, the Zamboni driver did not beat them.

And the Mrazek example is just... completely out of place.

The bolded is really what happened in that game, for sure. The Canes absolutely smothered the Leafs after the first few shifts with Ayres in net. That, combined with Andersen not having a great game, is what led to the loss. The Leafs managed 10 shots in 28+ minutes against Ayres, and most were softer shots from distance. It was embarrassing, but not for the reasons the Leaf haters latch on to - it was how easily it felt like they were shutdown when they should have smelled blood in the water.

For the record, though, it was 3-1 when he came in. Carolina scored the winning goal on the powerplay they were on when he entered the game, and added a pair in the 3rd.
#10
Quote from: Joe on June 17, 2024, 07:02:04 AM
Quote from: Bender on June 16, 2024, 07:12:43 PMCrazier things have happened but I just feel that a comeback by Edmonton is just not going to happen.

I'm honestly asking - but what crazier thing has happened than a team blowing a 3-0 series lead in the finals?

A game being played in the fog in the arena. Or a game being postponed due to a power failure. Or, it happening again, in a game between the same teams, in the same arena, but this time, they were able to finish the game?
#11
Quote from: Peter D. on June 17, 2024, 10:41:58 AM
Quote from: Bender on June 16, 2024, 07:12:43 PMCrazier things have happened but I just feel that a comeback by Edmonton is just not going to happen.

I agree that I don't see an Edmonton comeback happening, as much as I'd like it to.

But as I've said it on these boards before, I've never understood why the reverse sweep is deemed near impossible.  Not like teams haven't won four games in a row before. *shrug*

Largely, because it so rarely happens. Only 4 times in NHL history - and that's more than MLB (one time) and the NBA (zero times) combined. Only 5 other teams have even been able to force Game 7!
#12
Quote from: cabber24 on June 12, 2024, 03:03:50 PMHonestly, I don't know why Matthews got the top cap hit on just a 4-year deal. If you're going to pay someone more than anyone else a reasonable term length would be assumed.

Agents to Leafs: "I want more than all my peers". Leafs GM's: "okay".

And, if they say no, and he's not willing to budge, he'd be wearing a different uniform next season. Pretty easy to see why the Leafs were willing to work with Matthews to find a deal that worked instead of being adversarial. It's pretty simple logic here - better to have Matthews, the league's best goalscorer, at a rate and term that isn't ideal than to see him walk because you wanted more favourable terms.
#13
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Reilly To The Wing
June 12, 2024, 10:47:57 AM
Quote from: Dappleganger on June 12, 2024, 10:32:34 AM
Quote from: bustaheims on June 12, 2024, 09:59:03 AM
Quote from: Dappleganger on June 12, 2024, 09:42:12 AMBurns played RW for the Sharks in 2013-2014, 10 years into his career.

Except, as you point out in the rest of your post, that wasn't the first time he played as a forward in the NHL. He didn't suddenly make the change. He'd been used as both in the NHL prior to that (more on D, obviously, where he's better suited). From what I can tell, he's played around 200 NHL games at forward, the rest on D.  13/14 was the only time to played the full season up front (from what I can find online). He's basically a giant bearded unicorn.

And he was a forward in Junior. He was also swapping from forward to D in season at least some of the time with Minnesota.

Yeah, which makes him a very different scenario than moving Rielly to forward suddenly, for the first time at any major junior or professional level.
#14
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Reilly To The Wing
June 12, 2024, 09:59:03 AM
Quote from: Dappleganger on June 12, 2024, 09:42:12 AMBurns played RW for the Sharks in 2013-2014, 10 years into his career.

Except, as you point out in the rest of your post, that wasn't the first time he played as a forward in the NHL. He didn't suddenly make the change. He'd been used as both in the NHL prior to that (more on D, obviously, where he's better suited). From what I can tell, he's played around 200 NHL games at forward, the rest on D.  13/14 was the only time to played the full season up front (from what I can find online). He's basically a giant bearded unicorn.
#15
Toronto Blue Jays / Re: 2024 Blue Jays
June 12, 2024, 09:26:07 AM
Quote from: Andy on June 12, 2024, 08:08:44 AMI'm not so sure that's an indictment, considering one is a .600 ops flawed SS and the other a .780 no power below average 1B who is an atrocious base runner. Having both locked up at monumental numbers on long-term extensions would only exacerbate the perceived overall failure.

Sure, if you're going to base your entire assessment of the ~60 games this season rather than their entire careers...