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Messages - louisstamos

#1
I'm actually pretty okay trying Jarnkrok at 3C, considering that's where he played when Nashville went to the Stanley Cup Finals.  In fact, IIRC, I'm pretty sure he was matched up against Crosby for most of that series.
#2
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on July 04, 2024, 02:28:03 PMMan, it's sad to imagine what this team might have accomplished with a fully healthy Muzzin. Not even just in 22/23 when he finally hung up the skates, but in multiple playoff runs before that when he was either playing hurt or completely out with an injury.

Butterfly effect and all, but they probably win that Columbus play-in series with a healthy Muzzin.  They won that game where he was injured 3-0, and had a 3-0 lead in Game #3 before blowing it - do they blow it if Muzzin is in the lineup?
#3
*chef's kiss*
#4
Zee, do your thing!!
#5
Quote from: herman on June 27, 2024, 09:13:57 AM
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on June 27, 2024, 09:06:16 AMhttps://twitter.com/JeffMarek/status/1806323980955275387

Possibly clearing up space for Tanev? Hope not.

Is he the first player to have been bought out twice?

I could be wrong, but I think Lecavalier was also bought out twice?

edit: Nope, retired before his second contract could be bought out.  So you might be right!
#6
Quote from: Nik on June 25, 2024, 03:06:18 PMMan it feels good to be able to say this:

Eat it, Oilers.

I was waiting for this post.  Never change, Nik. ❤️😆
#7
Quote from: bustaheims on June 25, 2024, 02:56:54 PMIs it just me, or does it feel like this class signifies a lowering of the entry requirements for the HHoF?

For me, in terms of the NHL players, Datsyuk is a first ballot-er, but the other two are...engh?  I'd sooner put Mogilny over Roenick.

I'm not sure I like Colin Campbell's induction either - wasn't it so long ago that the emails came out and it came out he was pushing the refs from making calls against his son?
#8
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official TV Thread
June 21, 2024, 09:41:38 AM
Quote from: Arn on June 21, 2024, 05:50:59 AMShoresy.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this show.

It's really, really good.  Even my partner loves it, and she's not even a big hockey fan.
#10
Quote from: herman on May 24, 2024, 02:44:45 PMhttps://twitter.com/Kyle_Cush/status/1794090030840852671
Two down

Keefe --> relieved --> Carolina Head Coach
Malhotra --> Abbotsford Head Coach
Chynoweth
Boucher
Van Ryn

Van Ryn was a coach under Berube in St. Louis, so me thinks he might stay.
#12
In hindsight - how was this guy projected to go in the 3rd round by some people!?!?
#13
Quote from: herman on May 13, 2024, 01:02:54 PM
Quote from: herman on June 01, 2023, 03:16:50 PMIn the regular season, the Leafs feast on getting into the slot and generating a bajillion chances there. It works because penalties get called and teams aren't going to spend the regular season routinely paying playoff prices in the slot.

Different game come April-June: teams that can get behind defenses with regularity are the ones that cash in. Under Keefe, the Leafs pick their way up the ice for control at the cost of letting defenses get set up. One bobbled pass or a mis-timed pass across the top of the OZ and we're looking at an ugly rush chance against.

Valuable players for that environment (and all seasons): skaters who can control the puck across the NZ, guys who can get to board battles first and get pucks into the middle, players who are comfortable and successful with lateral puck movement. Probably best to use the regular season to set up your playoff style game patterns (at like 80-85% effort) so it's instinctive and reflexive.

This is what I wanted last offseason for the path forward. I still want it because they didn't really get fully there.

New coach has to be aligned with the roster Treliving wants to build. Regardless of where you stand on snot and whatnot, a team committed to an identity is going to be more effective than one that doesn't know what it should be (which is the Leafs these past 4 seasons).

Then start moving on from the core personnel and prospects that aren't built for that type of game, whether it gets done this offseason or next.

I don't mean a full abandonment of skilled players, but re-focusing on the skills that are playoff-ready:
  • ability to play through contact, be it through size, style, or guile
  • willing to sacrifice aesthetics for effectiveness
  • skills to extend plays, sow chaos, convert on sloppy opportunities
  • improves the conditions of the puck

Let's be fasstholes; let's be fasstholes all year round.

I agree with all of this, but if we're going that route, we need to make a play to get Gregory Campbell from the Florida Panthers.  His dad is technically George Parros' superior, so that way the Leafs would get away with being fasstholes. :P
#14
Don't forget - the Leafs curse is whoever eliminates them goes to the Stanley Cup Finals but loses in the finals.  It's happened 4 of the last 5 playoffs: Boston (2019), Montreal (2021), Tampa (2022) and Florida (2023)