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Holy hell I can't wait until Gary (and Colin Campbell and all the other 30+ upper executives that have stagnated the game) gets the hell out of the NHL.  The NHL is a clown show at recognizing how to market their product. 

Between sports betting and just analytic fan interest the NHL just seems clueless at recognizing a good thing. 
Edmonton is rattled.

2-0 Panthers
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Quote from: Bill_Berg on June 10, 2024, 01:53:23 PMMirtle also said mutual interest between Laurent Brossoit and the Leafs. He would be my first choice in the absence of an opportunity to get a solid #1.

I'm stealing content from looking at a Reddit feed but his twitter feed is ummm....a bit of a culture shift for the Leafs to go into that kind of belief system.  It's very Alex Jones/Andrew Tate forward.

I can't find what you may be referring to. His Twitter feed seems to be fine. Not many posts but still shows him as a Golden Knight. I don't see any conspiracy stuff at all.

Just checked, his list of followers is what LK would be referring to. I've learned to generally just accept that lots if not most hockey players will have opinions out there that I strongly disagree with. Like Bertuzzi's "life choice" over choosing not to get a certain something doesn't change how I felt about him as a hockey player ultimately, same goes for players following certain politicians or influencers really now. Openly being an infowars guy is probably where I'd draw the line though. Go Stolarz, I guess.

In fairness, simply following them doesn't necessarily mean he's a bad person...but when you have Infowars, and Project Veritas and Andrew Tate...that's not an accidental follow.  Infowars is a pretty hard line "not tolerable to me" point though with the harassment of Sandy Hook victims/families.
Quote from: Bill_Berg on June 10, 2024, 01:53:23 PMMirtle also said mutual interest between Laurent Brossoit and the Leafs. He would be my first choice in the absence of an opportunity to get a solid #1.

I'm stealing content from looking at a Reddit feed but his twitter feed is ummm....a bit of a culture shift for the Leafs to go into that kind of belief system.  It's very Alex Jones/Andrew Tate forward.
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2023-24 NHL Thread
June 10, 2024, 09:37:35 AM
It's not the first site to go private so another will show up but it's too bad.  I really liked the layout of capfriendly.  I'm more surprised that there is value in this kind of site in 2024.  This is all information that the league should be providing to teams.

The Ottawa/Vegas NTC debacle was something that should never have happened if the league had a centralized record that all teams can freely access.  That's something that a competent organization should have available.  The details from CapFriendly are all contract based and all stuff that should be registered and logged.  It feels like its more of a fan content thing than something that teams should want/need.
It's showmanship...but I think this makes sense.  I'm sure they have had this conversation with Mitch/his agent that the team intends to listen to offers.  I don't know that this changes anything about how Marner's team is approaching the offseason.  I'm sure they will pass around numbers but given his last deal was signed right before training camp when it was 100% clear that both parties want him here, I have a hard time believing they will negotiate for a reasonable number when there is no obligation to do so.

Marner's camp can hold out even into the offseason as they could arrange a trade before free agency if he really wants the 8 year deal and the Leafs don't want to lose him for absolutely nothing.  There is no incentive from Marner to play nice and take a trade unless he doesn't want to risk social media criticism. 
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Quote from: herman on June 09, 2024, 11:08:02 AMDeclarations aren't really persuasive arguments. We should also note that we've really only seen Marner in a playstyle that was literally designed to be give Marner the puck. However good Marner plays, I think it's self-evident it does not match up with his expected asking price and barely even matches his current cap hit.

11th in points over the last 3 years (7th in ppg), plays PK/PP, selke voting, 12th highest cap hit. 2nd straight season of 101-point pace.

"barely" matches is a thinly veiled insult. His play/value clearly matches his cap hit.

Go ahead and continue to be critical of his play, his fit, whether he or multiple lesser players are better, etc. But can you admit he's an extremely talented, valuable player who earns his cap hit?

We get you don't like him, but your criticism is becoming comical at this point.

I think the problem is that the Leafs players are matching their salary but we haven't really seen any sort of discount.  Everyone essentially skipped the bridge deal (Nylander was sort of a bridge) so we didn't get the good value years coming off entry level contracts and now are giving out more raises that put the Leafs at the top of the salary lists.

MacKinnon is making 12.6 million.  Pettersson is going to make 11.6M.   Pastrnak is making 11.5M

It's not Marner's obligation to sign at a discount but the Leafs don't seem to get value out of their premier players in the same way that other teams are getting.  We seem to have to pay what they are worth (obviously in a perfect world the cap would be much higher and guys like Matthews would be making 20M...but that isn't how the owners/Bettman want to drive growth of the game).

Marner is good.  He's going to leave a massive hole that two Tyler Bertuzzi's aren't going to fill...it's more that I don't think Berube is going to change the style enough to make the team feel different.  The glaring hole of this team is that our defense sucks at moving the puck.  We did a decent job of making our blueline tough over the last 2-3 years.  We don't give up a lot of brutal chances in the playoffs...but they can't move the puck up the ice.  Goals are scored almost exclusively on the transition right now and the Leafs suck at getting the puck through the neutral zone come the postseason. 

I just don't see how you make the necessary changes and keep Marner around.
Toronto Blue Jays / Re: 2024 Blue Jays
June 05, 2024, 12:17:54 PM
Schneider tipping his hat to the opposing team over and over again is getting tiring.  They stink and they are doing nothing.  I think this roster is not a coaching change away from being fixed, but they need to start sorting guys out now. It's two consecutive years of the team being dreadful at generating runs.
Florida went from -21 in penalty differential to +8 in the postseason.  Edmonton isn't going to get a lot of powerplay opportunities in the Cup finals and Florida is going to get dirty after the whistles.  I fully expect Draisaitl to snap and two hand someone.
Quote from: Guilt Trip on June 03, 2024, 11:53:11 AMI'd put Cowan in a 4th line checking role before sending him back to junior.

Honestly, I'd agree.  Unless he comes to camp looking a complete mess and overmatched (I don't think he will) I think he's better served in the NHL than back in the OHL.  I'd be more in favour of him having a Shane Wright kind of season where he stays in the NHL to practice over junior.    I think if anything having some built in off games to break up the season would be a more valuable thing for his development than being sent back to Juniors.
Losing the game with 20 seconds left like that sucks but what a hell of a season.  I do wonder how his size is going to impact him for the next couple of years but he moves well and is quick at burst skating to change directions and angles that might do well enough to produce next year.
The defense absolutely needs to come from free agency (barring some kind of Marner for defense move).  We don't have draft capital to make an Ekholm style trade.

Over the next three drafts we have 2 first round picks, zero second round picks, 1 3rd Round pick and 1 4th round pick. 

I'm fine with giving rope to Cowan/Minten next year (Cowan has really been impressive in the postseason/Memorial Cup run so far for London).  His size might be an issue over an 82 game season right now but I think he makes good decisions with the puck and even when he is aggressive you always see him making good transitions back into the defensive zone.  The NHL speed and size is a completely different beast but I'm sold on him being a contributor albeit with growing pains.  But I really don't see the Leafs doing a great job of filling holes through the trade deadline when we have a sparse cupboard that doesn't really improve with high end depth over the next three years.
I mean the problem with not going with the Core 4 was that our depth generally doesn't score.  If you are trailing, what does putting out David Kampf do. 

I think the bigger issue was a lack of lineup flexibility.  If Robertson is having a good game, give him time with Marner/Matthews instead of just stagnating him on the same line.  If the 1st PP unit has been playing like garbage for the last 15 games of the year, mix it up instead of just doing the same thing over and over again.  Keefe was great at putting Marner on Matthews line when the game wasn't going well and I don't think he did a good job of doing other adjustments.
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Quote from: Bender on May 29, 2024, 08:28:12 AMWait... the CRA is arguing that they're called signing bonuses but they actually aren't signing bonuses?
It's salary paid up front, not a bonus. I don't get the argument. $77M over 7 years with a cap hit of $11M per year regardless of when he gets the money is still all taxable salary. If the NHL allowed bonuses outside the SALARY cap he would have a case.

So it basically is a misnomer. I think this a pretty open and shut case considering he would only get the bonuses pro-rata if he "breached the Contract, voluntarily retired, withheld his services (including a refusal to report, practice, or play), or left the Toronto Maple Leafs." I would imagine a true signing bonus would be cash you get in its entirety should you choose to sign, regardless of future consequences.

The only thing that makes them a little different is the signing bonuses have clauses where they still get given out in the event of a lockout whereas a regular salary isn't.  So there is definitely grey area here.
Toronto Blue Jays / Re: 2024 Blue Jays
May 25, 2024, 07:34:13 AM
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Quote from: Arn on May 24, 2024, 03:26:47 AMNot that it should mean much, but I'm glad to see the HR jacket back. The game is meant to be fun. If a bit of enjoyment gets them back playing loose and enjoying themselves hopefully it'll translate to performance and results.
Totally agree, why did they part with it in the first place?  A fan favorite
Well, I think the lack of attention to detail and having a grand time while losing was getting old so they got rid of it but I think they now realize they suck and they might as well have fun while sucking.

I think more likely that the old men of baseball decreed that it wasn't the way we do things under the guise of "growing up". Still plenty of people who think anyone who bat flips should get popped.

It was part of a "the team needs to get serious"....as literally every other team is doing home run items/skits.  Guys like Jomboy who have a noted dislike of the Jays would criticize it.