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I just read on Twitter  :o that Jim Hughson will not be calling any Leaf
games this year.

Season starting off on a positive note  8)
Let the Harnarayan Singh era begin, please.
I like him.  I like Cuthbert too but Simpson has to go...he's terrible..Christine would be better.

NHL Transactions / Re: 2021 Offseason Moves
« on: Today at 02:11:03 PM »
Interesting: Chara back to the Island

It's almost like they're a medium skilled team who tries to get by on hooking and holding in the playoffs.
Interesting: Chara back to the Island

It's almost like they're a medium skilled team who tries to get by on hooking and holding in the playoffs.

I just read on Twitter  :o that Jim Hughson will not be calling any Leaf
games this year.

Season starting off on a positive note  8) thing about last Hughson....can't stand him.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: September 15, 2021, 08:30:26 PM »
Norm was a beauty..

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2021-22 Toronto Maple Leafs General Discussion
« on: September 10, 2021, 06:36:06 AM »

According to several sources, Toronto winger Ilya Mikheyev asked for a trade following the 2020-21 season. But, what is important to the story is that the Maple Leafs made it clear they do not want to accommodate this request. With Zach Hyman and Joe Thornton gone from the left wing, the organization told Mikheyev it considers him a key part of their team and are counting on him to have a big year.

Neither GM Kyle Dubas nor agent Dan Milstein were willing to comment. At issue appears to be role and ice-time, heading into the final year of his contract. His 14:13 per game last season was eighth among Toronto forwards.

This better not be about losing his nickname
Haha. Trade Campbell immediately lol. Seeing he's strictly a defensive player I'd guess he'd like to be given a chance at a little more offence. I always wanted to see him get a chance on the PP. He did put up decent numbers in the KHL and in his first year here before the injury. Can't really blame him but we'll see what they do.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: September 08, 2021, 04:31:07 PM »
I appreciate the update and the correction. I’m all for truth in reporting. Not sure why you have to be rude about it though.
Some people just can't help themselves unfortunately...makes them feel better about themselves I guess.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2021-2022
« on: September 07, 2021, 09:25:58 AM »
TLN 5. Topi Niemela

I selected this guy in my heart before the draft and then we went and traded down out of the slot that we could have picked him AND THEN GOT HIM ANYWAY WITH THE EXTRA PICK.
Great move by Dubas to get both Hirvonen and Niemela. Both have great potential.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2021-2022 NHL Thread
« on: August 31, 2021, 09:39:46 AM »
I’m viewing this differently — I think this is a no-brainer for Montreal to not match.

Pay him $6.1 million, lose out on a 1st rounder, and then have to overpay him again or risk losing him for free? Let him walk and allow Carolina to overpay him by nearly double what he is worth. Then take that money and picks and use it as currency elsewhere.

Unless the Habs think he is set to seriously break out. But I don’t think him being a recent 3rd overall pick (a reach as it was) should have any bearing on the decision (although it certainly will).
Their center "depth" is already suspect as it is. Without KK their own first rounder will be higher than Carolina's (it probably would have been already anyway). This team lost Danault already they're in big trouble if they go into the season with Suzuki and friends as their centre options.

That is correct, but is there an option for them to get with that money that may produce better C results as well as equal to offensive production? If there is, they need to walk away.
They're already at the cap, short of a trade to free up room there's no center coming for any money
They have 5.5 mill with Weber on LTIR and a 22 man roster. If Byron can't go that'll add another 3.4mill.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2021-2022 NHL Thread
« on: August 30, 2021, 11:39:04 AM »
I hope Montreal calls Carolina’s bluff and say thanks for the picks and enjoy Kotkaniemi at that price. Stupid offer sheet in my opinion considering it’s only for one year, but really not surprising from what was likely precipitated from an idiot owner.
It's actually a good offer because it's very hard to match. As for the one year, I think there's an extension on the table.
Had the offer been for 6 years at whatever dollars it would be easier to match. They may overpay for the first year but the extension should be more in line with his true value.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2021-2022 NHL Thread
« on: August 29, 2021, 08:01:41 AM »
And why Kotkaniemi when Nick Suzuki is like right there next season without Weber LTIR (maybe)?
Maybe they go after him next year? If Montreal accepts they will also have less money next season. Minimum salary is 5.1 then.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Rielly
« on: August 12, 2021, 10:59:12 AM »
Not that I want to start a history debate here but hiring so many incompetent gms in a row seems a tad over dramatic to me.

I go back to the Floyd Smith era, and in my opinion he and JFJ are the only ones I’d label as incompetent, well and cliff fletcher 2.0, Nonis was pretty much a lame duck so who cares really. The others made good moves and bad moves, like any other competent gm would make.

Stellick, in his one year as GM, wasn't exactly good - but was also thrown into the position without enough experience running a team at any level. Still, I'd call him an incompetent GM. McNamara was hit-and-miss, but was also GM during the worst of the Ballard years, so, he gets some benefit of the doubt. The rest were mostly run-of-the-mill GMs.

I think the issue is less that the Leafs have fired a bunch of incompetent GMs. It's more that they haven't really had many standouts in the position in the time frame we're talking about.
McNamara gets a pass on everything. He convinced the Leafs to bring over 2 guys from Sweden way back when and also convinced them to come play in Toronto. Hammarstrom was a pretty good player but Salming was arguably the greatest Leaf ever and my favourite.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: August 11, 2021, 12:27:55 PM »
But is 24-48 hrs even good enough? Couldn’t you have caught it on the way to the venue and not know yet? A lot can happen in a day or 2.

I would think only rapid tests would be worthwhile in those scenarios.

The problem is the accuracy of rapid tests is not great. 

I don't have a problem with non-mandatory vaccination as long as we implement a vaccination passport program.  I'm really tired.  Every day I get to listen to patient yell at the nurses I work with when they ask about vaccination status. It's only the non-vaccinated ones doing it.  I'm tired.  We are short staffed.  The province in genuinely in deep trouble post-pandemic because of the impending nursing exodus. I'm tired of bending over backwards to avoid offending this crowd.
Must be really frustrating for you. Agree with your view on non-mandatory vax and a vax passport. Thanks for all that you do, I know I would have offended many by now!

Dubas. Angry.
Don't know how much we'll see of Dubas being angry but according to Justin Bourne he would have been furious at the players for losing that series. He mentioned it in an interview shortly after. He's seen that side of Kyle that we don't.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2021-2022
« on: August 11, 2021, 10:06:22 AM »
I hope he works out. He looks promising for sure.


Well that's a relief. I was worried they might not make a decision until/unless the media started picking this up (which didn't seem super likely).

Maybe it's just my wishful thinking, but I think them doing this with relatively little pressure (only a pretty niche segment of Online Leafs Fans really knew about this problem) leads me more to believe the organization didn't really know much about this prior to the hire.
I agree. I think whoever hired him might have talked to Jack, or even the Kings and thought all is good. Looks like it wasn't and the big boss stepped in an eliminated the problem.

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