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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« on: June 07, 2021, 11:16:14 PM »

But it would be nice to get out of that mistake and have the cap space to make even more biggerer and stupiderer mistakes.

Ah, yes. The compound mistake, where you get less production for the same cap impact.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2020-2021
« on: June 07, 2021, 11:08:56 PM »

Isn't too early to project that just yet?

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: June 07, 2021, 11:07:17 PM »
More than half of today's 152k+ doses were 2nd doses.
My mom got her 2nd yesterday, uncle on Monday and gf will be going on Friday. My dad is an old goat and doesn't like his schedule messed with once it's in place so he's not fast tracking

Thoughts on this series

- Campbell was largely good and truly did enough over the course of the series to give the Leafs enough of a chance to win, which is quite different from previous years

I agree with most of what you had to say except this part. I feel that while Campbell made some good saves, he didn't stop the shots that he had to. That is not "giving a team an opportunity to win." I can think of at least 3 very critical goals that an NHL playoff winning goalie cannot let go into the back of his net. I realize that I've brought this up a couple times, but I don't think it's getting enough attention in the media. I get that Jack is a super nice guy and a real good teammate, but that means nothing when you lose game 7 after being up 3-1. Was he the sole reason they lost? Far from it. Matthews, Marner, Tavares injury, Muzzin injury, Foligno injury, the Leafs inability to change their game style are all contributing factors, but Campbell could have righted that with a couple "ordinary saves" when the team needed them the most.
There's big issues with the five hole goal from the top of the circle from Gallagher in Game 7. The 5 on 3 goal short side when all the Leafs needed was a stop. The deflected goal in OT after the Leafs outshot the habs 13-1. Those are the killers. Those are the goals/saves that mean the difference between a first round loss and a first round victory. If the Leafs go into next season with Campbell as their starter with no plan B, we will be having the same conversation next spring.
When your goalie posts a .920+ and has a better save percentage than the other guy then you're really overthinking the goaltending and under thinking the shooters.

And Montreal sweeps Winnipeg in overtime.  What could have been
I'm not gonna lie, it's kind of hilarious.

Carey Price when Leafs went up 3-1/before

Games 1-4: 4GP 1W 3L 2.58 GAA .92 SV%
Games Since: 6GP 6W 0L 1.59 GAA .969 SV%
I don't get how he can have brutal regular season numbers to a point where they miss the playoffs and just turn it on during the playoffs at some point when they do make it.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: June 06, 2021, 07:59:29 PM »

F yeah!
We're getting there! Hopefully we pivot to greater proportion for 2nd doses soon.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official TV Thread
« on: June 05, 2021, 01:06:01 AM »
Season 2 of the Wire is a funny one, mostly everyone I've talked to will say that it was a let down on the first time around. but ends up being much better on rewatches. I've seen it a few times now, and I love season 2. When you see the rest of the seasons, and go back to season 2, you see how of fits into the story much better.

Season 5 was the one that was a dip in quality for me, I thought the  rest was great.
In a really weird coincidence I watched Season 2 a few months after they found a Semi with deceased, sex trafficked women in the UK so it really hit home, even if it wasn't as compelling overall.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: June 05, 2021, 01:03:32 AM »
Got my 1st shot today (Pfizer). woohoo!

My shoulder feels like it was shot with a handgun. Normally I only get a tiny bit of soreness from a vaccine, but this is pretty intense. Should be good in a day or two!

Even though it's not ideal, I do find it to be pretty wild that the Canadiens are likely to go to the whatever conference final at this point.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Pontus Holmberg 2-yr ELC
« on: June 04, 2021, 10:32:48 AM »
From May, back when the Leafs were better:

Quick and dirty scouting report: Swedish leftshot Hyman, with historically stone hands that are starting to show signs of finish (especially clutch recently).
Sounds Hyman-y. Late bloomer from stone hands.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official TV Thread
« on: June 04, 2021, 12:03:42 AM »
Does the Sopranos hold up?

I think so. I think it's still probably my choice for the best TV Drama of all time. Some people I think get kind of snobby about thinking you need to watch it in the "right way" and look at it as a character study about a terrible person and you shouldn't care about the visceral thrills but I really like that if you just want to watch it for the Mob drama, it's great for that. A snapshot of sort of the decline of American's great as that. It's also, at times, incredibly funny.

It's slow at times so if you're just in it for an action-packed mob tale...there's a lot of eating your vegetables before you get to have your ice cream.  Your mileage for his wife and kids or its examination of the nature of therapy may vary but I would 100% recommend anyone seeing and would be fairly surprised if anybody did find something they really liked in it.
Nice! One of my favourite movies of all time is Goodfellas and I don't know why I'm a sucker for a good mafia story so I think I'll give it a shot.

Speaking of shows in the best all time convo, just want to comment on my 10+yr lateness on Breaking Bad. I like it a lot, currently in Season 4 (finally Pinkman is doing something other than being a human punching bag), but I don't know if I'd peg it at best all time. Definitely in the Top 10 though, maybe I'll come around by the end of it.

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« on: June 03, 2021, 11:38:50 PM »
I know I've been mulling it myself but if we trade Rielly who are we replacing him with (outside of 1 for 1 Rielly for Jones type scenarios)?

The free agent market for defensemen is pure garbage this year.  It's basically Dougie Hamilton, Tyson Barrie and a bunch of guys who don't produce anything offensively.  I really like Sandin.  I think he will do a good job but we aren't getting 45-50 point production out of him.  Brodie, Holl, Dermott, Bogosian, Liljegren are all guys I don't trust to put up points in the NHL next year.  You do need offense from your blueline and while I like the potential of Sandin I don't trust him to explode like that...if he does we are looking a heck of a lot better.
I don't know but the reality is you lose him for nothing a year later. What's the difference? I'm not saying bite on whatever trade is out there but generally I would rather get something than nothing, especially with a flat cap for a few years.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official TV Thread
« on: June 03, 2021, 11:21:18 PM »
I'm currently on my first go around of Breaking Bad, but will definitely need a new stock of shows soon. I really should also finish the Wire... Does the Sopranos hold up?

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