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Messages - CarltonTheBear

Week to week presumably means LTIR. Brutal break for Timmins, who was surely going to be playing NHL minutes somewhere to start the season.
Tracking this for my own personal amusement: 3 beat reporters had Nylander in the 2C spot, 2 had Tavares.

Leafs will basically have their NHL line-up tonight. Robertson still filling in for Jarnkrok up front. No Gio, Klingberg, and Timmins on D, the latter 2 of course dealing with injuries at the moment.
I don't think enough was said about just how good Tavares was on the powerplay last season. He had a career year on the PP at the age of 32. 18 goals and 39 points, was 7th in the league in both stats. His previous career high was 13 PP goals and 31 points, and that came all the way back in the 14/15 season when he earned his 2nd Hart trophy nomination. As a Leaf he averaged 11 PP goals and 23 points per 82 games prior to last season, so he almost nearly doubled that.

He was also 5th in the entire league in powerplay shots last season, behind just Pasta, McDavid, Drai, and MacKinnon. He had 103 shots when his previous career best was just 77. As a Leaf he averaged just 63 PP shots per 82 games prior, so that was a massive increase.

His time as a 5-on-5 star might be over but the Leafs can still squeeze some very productive years out of his career if they continue to use him on the powerplay like they did last season and rely on him less as a 2C with either a move to wing or a bump down the line-up.

Montreal with the more NHL-looking line-up, with what I guess is probably mostly their top-6 forwards playing.

Knies, Gregor, Robertson, Holmberg, Abruzzese, and Minen all playing back to back. Brodie and Benoit making their pre-season debuts. Minten set to play in his 4th pre-season game.

Leafs play a 3rd game in 4 nights on Monday, so likely saving more of a NHL-looking roster for that game and the final 2 after that.
Quote from: herman on September 29, 2023, 01:19:12 PMIs the total cap hit of this line up lower than Matthews' next AAV?

Forwards alone come in at over $15mil. Although if we want to talk about what a couple of those guys' cap hits should be...

Maybe it's happened before but an unsigned/undrafted rookie camp invite actually getting into a pre-season game feels pretty rare.
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2023-24 NHL Thread
September 29, 2023, 12:40:25 PM
Quote from: bustaheims on September 29, 2023, 12:28:12 PMMaybe, but I also don't expect there to be a ton of interest in him around the league, quite frankly. Most teams have two goalies who are as good or better. Unless there's a few other goalie injuries, he probably passes through waivers. He's put up sub .900 Sv% in 4 of the last 5 seasons, and the one he didn't he was right at .900.

Spencer Martin is apparently generating a ton of interest on the waiver wire right now, per Dregs. So if that's the case we should be able to get at least a 2nd for Jones if teams are that desperate.
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2023-24 NHL Thread
September 29, 2023, 10:35:43 AM
Quote from: bustaheims on September 29, 2023, 09:59:32 AMWouldn't shock me if Anaheim make Stalock available on waivers. He's not a big upgrade, but he's at least kept his Sv% over .900 for most of his career.

You're right that there's not much out there, but, if Jones is really it, Tampa is in rough shape.

Well Seattle somehow won 27 games with him last season. I imagine they'll scrap up something like a .500 record without Vasi, but with a lot of teams potentially getting better in the Atlantic a start like that could very well make playoffs a tough goal.

If I was them I'd probably get Jones and then also sign Halak, assuming he's been preparing to play this season. I'm still a little baffled that they signed THE Jonas Johansson over either of them this offseason, and to a 2-year deal no less.
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2023 Training Camp Thread
September 29, 2023, 07:34:44 AM
Quote from: princedpw on September 28, 2023, 05:48:58 PMThe armchair GM move is sending Reaves down in a paper move until injuries open up space, which they will.

If it makes you feel any better, even if they waived Reaves (which 100% is not happening) there still wouldn't be enough cap space to keep Timmins up on a 21-man roster.
Neither team has announced their rosters for this pre-season game yet. So in lieu of that information here's a cat gif:

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2023-24 NHL Thread
September 28, 2023, 03:47:48 PM
Quote from: bustaheims on September 28, 2023, 03:08:36 PMI suspect Tampa has their sites set higher than Jones. I also suspect better goalies will be available.

Seriously. If they run with Jones and Jonas Johansson for the first 2+ months of the season, they might as well start selling already.

Honestly not sure which goalie could be available that would be a clear upgrade over Jones, even before taking into account cap hit and acquisition cost.