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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs acquire David Rittich
« on: Yesterday at 11:41:46 AM »
Perhaps Freddie comes back and does a conditioning stint with the Marlies. Maybe that will help get him ready physically and mentally.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs acquire David Rittich
« on: Yesterday at 09:52:47 AM »
That clearly implies Freddy is done.

I’m not so sure. My guess would be that He plays a couple of games at the end of the season. That would allow Jack to be fully rested for the playoffs. If Freddie does well then he gets the chance to be the man, and if he doesn’t do well it’s easy to come right back to Jack.

I’m not a Freddie fan at all, but him coming back really strong us still the best case scenario for the Leafs.

I have a general question. If it has been discussed somewhere else then I apologize in advance.

Are teams restricted from making a trade during the off week? If the Leafs made a trade now and it involved a player who was away in the Caribbean for a week, what would his obligation be? What if the player continued with his week off and then the team he was traded to had their off week 2 weeks from now?

That is more than one question, but I suppose you get the point.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: December 06, 2019, 12:47:43 PM »

This article updates on the ratings situation between FAN590 and TSN1050. I am surprised that The FAN still lead in both the morning and afternoon ratings. The article does not touch on it, but perhaps that is due to the fact that their signal is much better and reaches a much wider area. I listen to TSN1050 via streaming on the iHeart app on my drive home because the signal for the radio is garbage north of Toronto.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Coach Mike Babcock
« on: November 18, 2019, 09:29:03 AM »
It looks very much like the players have tuned out the coach and might even be riding things out until he is out. Not sure. It looks dreadful.

The Showcase is on (again)!

What say you to:
Johnsson - Matthews - Nylander
Moore - Tavares - Kerfoot
Mikheyev - Petan - Kapanen
Timashov - Shore - Gauthier

I would trade Kapanen onto the right side of Tavares and have Kerfoot as the 3 C

Seems to me that this is a pretty simple message from Babs to Spezza: I wasn't impressed with you in camp and I'm still not.

And the simple fact that if Babcock likes their penalty kill more with Shore in it then that is what it will be. I am a bit surprised at all the sentimental stuff online. Babs has to ice the team he thinks is best and that is that. Why all the heart strings for Spezza?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs to announce captain
« on: October 01, 2019, 07:02:27 PM »
I think they should hold off until the start of the game. Left the captain do the pre-game skate with the A and the. As they announce the players...

If it is JT they could announce Barrie (93) and the the last player would be JT and announce him as the captain. Big pop from the crowd and good energy to start the game. And it avoids a silly press conference.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs to announce captain
« on: October 01, 2019, 03:15:15 PM »
My guess would be Tavares with the C and Matthews and Rielly with A's.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs to announce captain
« on: October 01, 2019, 02:16:31 PM »
Who is on the preview show? Babcock or the captain?

Got it. Thanks guys.

Doesn't this mean that they will be over the cap when Dermott and Hyman return? Hyman makes more than Shore, and thus puts them over. Or not?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: September 30, 2019, 08:48:40 AM »
I am not sure that suggesting someone does not know how a business runs profitably is furthering the discussion.

The point is that the Leafs do everything in a world class type of way. Sadly, the majority of their games on TV (the ones on SportsNet) are anything but world class. In fact they are awful.

What is the status of Mason Marchment? I don’t see him being cut anywhere and yet he does not appear on the list of players remaining with the club either.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: September 28, 2019, 01:12:13 AM »
The Leafs have so much money and try to do everything in a best in class kind of way - arena, training facilities, staff, support etc.

Do they have no say at all in the SportsNet on air package? I like TSN a lot. Miller and Ferraro are great. HNIC is reasonable as well. But SN is just awful. Greg Millen is the last person I want to hear from between the benches and the guy calling the game sounds like an amateur. SN is the hockey rights holder for the NHL, yet they have stripped down to a bare bones talent that has little left after Friedman.

Are you going to stop watching games on Sportsnet?

Sometimes I watch the opposite team feed to avoid it, but overall, no.  Your point? That they have no need to improve because we will always watch anyway?

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