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So long Avs. We hardly knew ye.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: June 10, 2021, 08:33:21 PM »

Is the takeaway supposed to be that Eichel has a big butt? Or am I missing something.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: June 10, 2021, 01:35:21 PM »

That is very good.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: June 10, 2021, 12:49:05 PM »
It's going to be fascinating to see what the return here is. I'm only going off the top of my head so I could very well be missing someone but I think he might be the best player to get dealt since Joe Thornton. And that's before even factoring in the team acquiring him has 5 years of control there.

I agree it'll be interesting because right now, more than ever, the issue of how valuable it is to have a very, very good player that you have to pay an approximation of their market rate has never been foggier. The thinking used to be that a guy like Eichel was worth a ton of prospects and picks on top of the cap space he takes up. Now? I legitimately don't know.

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You know, it's interesting. I find myself much more engaged in the off-season than I do when the Leafs are still in it. I think that's mainly because I find the discussions in the off-season more interesting("What should this team do to improve?" vs. "What happened last night?").

I guess that's partially why I'm not that upset by the losses. I sort of feel like the stuff a team does during the off-season gives them a certain number of ping pong balls and the playoffs are just a lottery, effectively, and if the wrong number comes up...you just go back to work trying to get as many chances as you can.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: June 10, 2021, 12:41:22 PM »


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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: June 10, 2021, 12:29:48 PM »

To be clear, it's not a huge problem. Ontario has announcements for walk-ins too and within a couple days of my mother being eligible for her second shot I had an appointment for her within the city by the end of the week. If people don't mind driving up to Woodbridge or Scarborough, things go pretty smooth.

It just seems badly set up by the province.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: June 10, 2021, 11:59:09 AM »
What I find kind of interesting is that, in the U.S. the culture wars around statues has largely centered around pulling down those that A) are built in the image of racist traitors to the Union who are best known for trying to divide the country and B) were raised largely as part of support for the Jim Crow era or as a response to the civil rights movement rather than to actually honour the individuals; whereas here, we're talking about statues to honour those who played a role in building the country that were also horribly racist.

All are bad, obviously, but it's just an interesting contrast. People like Ryerson will be remembered for both their acts building and division, whereas those like General Lee will really only be remembered for their acts of division (which, I suppose, will be judged positively by some and negatively by others).

I think you're right in the immediate sense but I do think things like the 1619 project in the States does also raise the broader question of how people like Washington and Jefferson et. al are looked at.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2021 Blue Jays General Discussion Thread
« on: June 10, 2021, 11:15:54 AM »

Austin Martin, in his first taste of pro ball at AA, is slashing .278/.408/.412 while splitting time between SS and CF.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: June 10, 2021, 11:13:06 AM »

As disappointing as the end to the season was, we really shouldn't overlook just how good a player Matthews is turning into.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: June 10, 2021, 10:43:34 AM »

I don't really want to get into the politics of it all but I'm someone who went to Ryerson and before all the hubbub I couldn't have told you whether or not the school was named after anyone. So it seems to me like not having a statue of the guy isn't really a big deal.

I know we often like to adopt the culture wars going on down south but I think people complaining about "erasing Canadian history" should probably first reckon with the fact that none of us know any of it outside of Heritage Minutes anyway.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: June 10, 2021, 10:14:34 AM »
Basically just avoid the provincial layer, which was supposed to be a central system for convenience but they're struggling.

https://vaccinehunters.ca or go through your local public health unit's system.

The other thing, and this is more of a hunch than anything as I can't prove it, but in following the vaccine hunters on twitter I've seen roughly 100x more announcements for vaccines(sometimes lots and lots available) in the areas surrounding Toronto than I have for the city proper(and I've seen virtually none for what a snob like me considers downtown Toronto).

Despite that, it's not like the people I know are having the easiest time getting vaccinated in the city so I can't help but feel as though someone has maybe misjudged demand throughout the GTA and sent more than is needed to the 905.

But again, could just be confirmation bias there.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-covid-19-vaccination-postal-code-hot-spots-1.5983155
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Yeah, I get that but now that Vaccines aren't quite as scarce as they used to be it still kind of feels like they've been wrong about raw numbers needed in various areas.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: June 10, 2021, 09:50:50 AM »
Basically just avoid the provincial layer, which was supposed to be a central system for convenience but they're struggling.

https://vaccinehunters.ca or go through your local public health unit's system.

The other thing, and this is more of a hunch than anything as I can't prove it, but in following the vaccine hunters on twitter I've seen roughly 100x more announcements for vaccines(sometimes lots and lots available) in the areas surrounding Toronto than I have for the city proper(and I've seen virtually none for what a snob like me considers downtown Toronto).

Despite that, it's not like the people I know are having the easiest time getting vaccinated in the city so I can't help but feel as though someone has maybe misjudged demand throughout the GTA and sent more than is needed to the 905.

But again, could just be confirmation bias there.

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The main reason though wasn't because Andersen wasn't capable, but I believe you mentioned we completely short circuited the rebuild by tossing out another pick, which had knock on effects in a way and we kept JVR/Bozak as own rentals.

Sure, it wasn't my main point and I'm being a little tongue-in-cheek here but I did also say that the difference between Andersen and Bernier wasn't as great as people were making it out to be.

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After the Leafs got bounced by Washington I posted a thread about how the Andersen trade was a bad one and they probably should have stuck with Bernier.

Nice of you all to catch up.

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