Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - Bender

Pages: 1 2 [3] 4 5 ... 549
31
General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« on: June 03, 2021, 03:38:47 PM »
I'm just so frustrated with how this group fast tracked the rebuild in every way they possibly could rather than making prudent long term moves. They kept talking about wanting to compete year in year out. Is that really sustainable with the Big 4 + whatever scrubs? Where's our Cale Makar? Where's our Sam Girard? Where's our Bowen Byram? I'm so tired of assets going out and not recouping anything back.

JVR, Bozak, Gardiner, Komarov, Andersen, Barrie, Kadri (in a weird way because Barrie is gone and Kerfoot may also be gone) bad use of picks in Rittich, Foligno, Boyle, Plekanec, bad signing in Marleau that cost us picks to get out of... like what is going on here? We can't remain competitive if the only time we're making trades for assets coming in is when our cap hand is forced and we trade Kapanen or Johnsson or Brown. I really think this is starting to look like mismanagement. We have no draft picks and nothing internally because of a terrible drafting record for the most part. We could see the best years of this core wasted and they could leave in free agency in a couple of years. Then what? This is just so baffling.

I don't know about this part. A lot of experts think the Leafs have actually drafted quite well since Dubas took full control and the pipeline is generally well regarded. His picks might not be hammering down the door to get to the NHL, but to say the team has nothing internally because of a terrible drafting record doesn't land in the same way it did a few years ago. And, while it certainly appears as though there's not much on the cusp of cracking the roster, with prospects, you never really know. There are guys who could show up to camp in the fall and force their way on to the roster. There might not be any elite, 1st line types - though, the team doesn't really need that right now - but there could certainly be some solid middle six forwards, 2nd pairing dmen, etc. that breakthrough in the next couple years.

Even if we grant that and we give them the benefit of the doubt regarding their draft record, and maybe I'm being too hard on them in the sense that we generally didn't have high picks and Sandin looks like he will be serviceable but how many prospects will be ready before the 34/88/16 contracts are up? How productive will they be and will they be good enough to be secondary players by then? We've got Robertson beyond Sandin and some intriguing guys but beyond Sandin/Robertson there are none that I would be willing to say they could be difference makers by the time the team needs them to be.

And, I mean, my other points still stand. What happens if they let Rielly walk? You can't walk everyone to free agency, that's just foolish. We haven't come out of the first round in 5 years. At what point do you go, ok we need to retool here, recoup some assets for guys who WILL walk, who we can't replace at similar cap space, grab some useful pieces and take a run a year later? They are proving they have not set this team up to be competitive year after year like they said they wanted. I mean, the first round isn't even the yardstick we should be measuring them against. As Nick said previously, maybe if all we want is a first round win in a soft division so we can avoid Boston/Tampa, which we still likely can't beat at this point, maybe we need to re-evaluate how good this team is and take a good, hard look at how they're structured.

32
General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« on: June 03, 2021, 01:34:01 PM »
I'm just so frustrated with how this group fast tracked the rebuild in every way they possibly could rather than making prudent long term moves. They kept talking about wanting to compete year in year out. Is that really sustainable with the Big 4 + whatever scrubs? Where's our Cale Makar? Where's our Sam Girard? Where's our Bowen Byram? I'm so tired of assets going out and not recouping anything back.

JVR, Bozak, Gardiner, Komarov, Andersen, Barrie, Kadri (in a weird way because Barrie is gone and Kerfoot may also be gone) bad use of picks in Rittich, Foligno, Boyle, Plekanec, bad signing in Marleau that cost us picks to get out of... like what is going on here? We can't remain competitive if the only time we're making trades for assets coming in is when our cap hand is forced and we trade Kapanen or Johnsson or Brown. I really think this is starting to look like mismanagement. We have no draft picks and nothing internally because of a terrible drafting record for the most part. We could see the best years of this core wasted and they could leave in free agency in a couple of years. Then what? This is just so baffling.

33
This is pretty wild... Never woulda thought.

34
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: June 02, 2021, 02:30:23 PM »
Was there more to this story? I....

35
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: June 01, 2021, 07:18:43 PM »

Canada is 5th in the world right now for one dose. And my Grandmother got her second today so...fingers crossed for even better performance in the future.
Mine are crossed as well!

36
Quote
8. For anyone who thinks Campbell struggled in the last few games, Freddy should have started game 4. This isn't some hindsight belief, I said a few times I thought he would get game 4 and I'm hardly his biggest supporter. It would have been completely reasonable for Keefe to start him there and if he played well he would have been an option for game 6 or 7

Campbell certainly gave up a few questionable goals down the stretch but even a healthy Andersen was prone to giving up goals like that in leverage situations.  That being said, Jack certainly was not at his best.  He was phenomenal in the first period of Game 6 but some of those goals where he was down on the ice (I don't fully fault him for the one that Keefe ended up challenging because I think he knew the puck was at his pad and he didn't have a way to get his glove over to it without lifting his leg risking a chance for the puck to go in the net).

4GP 4 goals against, 1.01 GAA .965 SV%  (Ended with shutout on back-half of B2B)
3GP 9 goals against, 2.13 GAA .891 SV%



Jack played great but let in 6 very stoppable goals.
Gm1 winning goal. Gm2 Suzuki goal. Gm 5 2nd and 3rd goals(1st wasn't ideal either. Could have used a save there as he was back in the net). Gm6 2nd goal. Gm 7 1st goal, which was the absolute worst one of the series for him. You can't have that when the other guy only let in 1 bad goal.
So he was very good but not good enough much like last year and Freddie. Just not good enough.It will be interesting to see where they go with the goalies. Do they sign Rittich for cheap? Can they get Freddie cheap? Do they look UFAs like Ullmark, Driedger, Maranz?
He posted a .932. Sorry but if you can't win with that you're not getting scoring. Goaltending was the least of their problems.

37


Again, fair comment.  I can say this — this was the smoothest path to the final four.  Next year the Northeast is going to be super difficult.
Because if we were depending on an easy path, or even just the easiest path, well, then we probably weren't ready to begin with.

That is a very good point.


38
I wonder if they can get Foligno back on a cheap contract.
He's not coming back.

39

Personally, I don't really think this team was done in by a cap crunch at the top. I think the bigger failure was that because they invested so much in getting the team to where they are via shortcut rather than team building(and the subsequent losses of draft picks) they had to round out the team hoping to get good performances out of fringe players and guys who were past their primes instead of having a bunch of young guys on cheap rookie deals who could add the sort of depth they need.
To some extent part of the issue of being top heavy though. Once decent players ELCs are up you have to pay them. Being top heavy also concentrates risk as you can see with JT being injured.

40
On the plus side, you have to like how being a Leafs fan has a certain consistency to it.
I was wondering when we were going to hear your witty quips!

I know people are upset right now, which is fine, we all need to feel our feelings as my mother likes to say and so some perspective may not be as welcome but I've had some tough personal news recently. Nothing too bad, fortunately, but enough so that I wish being upset about a hockey game is the most bummed out I've been this week. And really, considering all that's gone on around the world this last year, we should all consider ourselves lucky if it is one of the biggest bits of bad news in our lives.

Sports are great. They can be a distraction from the real bad stuff out there. And it's super frustrating when something you invest in as a distraction tends to kick up more bad feelings than good. But, and I speak as someone who for a good part of his life was on the wrong side of this divide, you can't take it too seriously and you have to be able to not be too invested in the part of fandom you can't control.

So, you know, I get it. But at some point all you can do is laugh and hope things are better next year.
I hear you man. I and a few others were wondering if you left. Glad to see you posting again. Hope everything's ok.

41
At least we can look forward to the draft to get some guys in the pipeline with:

Our 2nd, 5th and 6th picks in 2021
Our 1st, 2nd and 7th picks in 2022
Kill me

We really jumped the gun on this rebuild and a few horrific drafts. We're basically stuck unless we really rethink what the hell we're doing.

42
I think maybe we should be careful about saying a team can't win just because they haven't. I think the history of the NHL is fairly littered with guys who couldn't win until they did.

And likewise, as insignificant as it may seem now, I think we need to remember that the only reason this team is in a position to lose so painfully is because they have shown they can play well in important situations. Just not enough or with enough frequency. I do think those things improve with time.
I want to hear a more ascerbic take from you!

43
As much as we can blame Malholtra for the special teams Keefe is ultimately responsible for letting this go on for half the season and not stepping in.  Very little adjustment.

This series was a great example as the PP just continued to do the same thing with Rielly and Marner getting the only shot opportunities because they didn’t have a second shooting threat on the ice if a young and rattled Sandin wasn’t on the ice.

Hyman was the only one getting opportunities while Nylander and Spezza were getting chances....and yet no changes to the lines that were ineffective.

To me Hyman was downright bad in this series.  I’m sure he’s hurt but none of his forechecking was generating opportunities for his life mates   He just kept
Trying to do those wide turns with the puck until he turned it over or fired a low quality shot on net.  I know his scoring pace in the regular season but he has 13 points in 33 playoff games.  I think I’d be very leery paying him more than 3.5.
It's Bruce time!!

44

Not that I care about the difference between a 6th and a 7th but... lmao
Why put a percent on it and not on games played?

45
On the plus side, you have to like how being a Leafs fan has a certain consistency to it.
I was wondering when we were going to hear your witty quips!

Pages: 1 2 [3] 4 5 ... 549