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Messages - Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate

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Me too dammit.

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For years we complained that Babcock didn't play the stars enough.  Now they are playing too much. 

Got it.

34/16 getting 25+
91/88 getting 15

is not quite as sustainable as

34/16 getting 21
91/88 getting 19

I'm not disagreeing that Nylander could have used more TOI.  But the idea he's selling that M&M were "gassed" is really dubious.  They got neutralized by the Habs (well, that and Marner decided to channel Mikheyev).

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https://mapleleafshotstove.com/2021/06/18/toronto-maple-leafs-offseason-can-they-revamp-their-forward-depth-and-should-they-revise-their-ice-time-allocation/

This largely captures my read on the situation.
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The top four likely returning doesn’t mean changes can’t be made to not only better support them but to actually help elevate their games — in part by not gassing Marner and Matthews with such a massive workload.

This is now multiple years in a row where the opposition has been able to neutralize the Leafs’ top weapons come playoff time — and the coaching staff’s only solution was to play them more.

TL;DR: Play Nylander more, gosh.

For years we complained that Babcock didn't play the stars enough.  Now they are playing too much. 

Got it.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: My honest opinion for 2021-22
« on: June 17, 2021, 11:11:57 PM »
The Keefe criticism seems odd to me.  He's put the Leafs at 113 point pace in his two partial seasons.  He's 5-7 in the postseason with four games going to OT.  Obviously results are the deciding factor on what you do but he still hasn't had a full 82-game season with the team.

Fair or not, Keefe is tied to Dubas.  If they flop again, Shanahan and Dubas will likely get the boot, and thus so will Keefe.

Depending on how the offseason goes I'm not even sure that will be the case.  If they trade Marner this offseason and they flop...yeah I think they rebuild the front office.  If they don't I think there is still room for the "break up the top of the roster" offseason.

6 first-round exits in a row would, I'm pretty sure, result in a house-cleaning in the management ranks.

I agree, and have said, that Dubas did everything he could this year to address team needs.  He's made some bad moves like all GMs but I really liked what he did to the team, especially defensively.  Nonetheless, he's out of excuses in terms of actually moving beyond just making the playoffs.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: My honest opinion for 2021-22
« on: June 17, 2021, 04:29:42 PM »
The Keefe criticism seems odd to me.  He's put the Leafs at 113 point pace in his two partial seasons.  He's 5-7 in the postseason with four games going to OT.  Obviously results are the deciding factor on what you do but he still hasn't had a full 82-game season with the team.

Fair or not, Keefe is tied to Dubas.  If they flop again, Shanahan and Dubas will likely get the boot, and thus so will Keefe.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: My honest opinion for 2021-22
« on: June 17, 2021, 02:25:13 PM »
And an unrelated thought for the mods: isn't it time we close this board and just move the GM thread and this one to the front page?  Until Shamus started this thread here, there hasn't been a new one outside of the GM threads for several years.  Frankly, at this stage all Leafs threads should just go on the front page, IMO.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: My honest opinion for 2021-22
« on: June 17, 2021, 02:22:29 PM »
Welcome to the convo.

I have no idea if MLSE sat down with Shanahan/Dubas/Keefe before their pressers but I just want to second your point that if the Leafs don't get past the first round next spring (or if they miss entirely, a definite possibility when they return to the usual divisions) then it could — and I think should — be a complete wipeout.

Babcock/Lou weren't the answer but their focus on getting a team ready for the playoffs is something Keefe/Boy-King haven't demonstrated success at, at least beyond the AHL.  They get one more kick at the can, but that's it.

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A $6 million cap hit might sound outrageous to some Leafs fans, who have watched as Hyman has gone from a Marlies checker to a bonafide NHL first-liner over the last six seasons. But, statistically speaking, Hyman falls in the same category as veteran UFA wingers like Nick Foligno, Ryan Callahan, Cam Atkinson and, yes, David Clarkson who all signed for around 8 percent of the salary cap as UFAs over the last eight years.

Even in a pandemic-induced flat cap world, that’s $6.5 million a season.
Fine, see ya. I said it before, a slight increase from Connor Brown's 3.6 mill. Don't like it, goodbye and good luck.

For sure, but let's not imagine he'll be easy to replace.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Spezza Re-Signs - 1 year - $750,000
« on: June 16, 2021, 03:28:11 PM »
Evolution of my views on Spezza:

Annoying dipstick eesh > chef's kisses

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3x more please, Vegas.

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 Anyone but Montreal.

Ditto
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« on: June 12, 2021, 11:34:15 PM »
Bring Naz home.
Hard pass...we don't need another playoff suspension and the trust is long gone.

He probably costs too much but if somehow you could get him at a deep discount I'd totally bring him back.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« on: June 12, 2021, 02:39:39 PM »
Blahda blahda blahda.

They don't need new personnel.  They need a new CULTURE OF WINNERDOM to replace the CULTURE OF LOSERDOM they got now.

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He was better than he got credit for.

Yeeeaaaah no.

You're absolutely right Frank. He was much better. I knew you'd come around eventually.

Thx CTB.  If we gang up on Frank we can easily take him down.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: June 10, 2021, 03:00:05 PM »
Too, consider that the coaches decided to make sure he never scored on the PP, just to make sure that McDavid's confidence wasn't entirely crushed.

It's insane to think how much the crappy PP hurt his goal/point totals. He had a 9 goal lead on McDavid who finished 2nd in 5-on-5 goals, but he was in a 6-way tie for 5th in powerplay goals.

In 5-on-5 points he finished 3rd, 12 behind McDavid and 1 behind Marner. On the powerplay 66 players had more points than him, including Ottawa's Drake Batherson and Josh Norris.

Somebody needs to tattoo this sentence on Keefe's forehead.  Kind of an update on The Scarlet Letter.

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