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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« on: July 31, 2021, 10:24:52 AM »
No line projections yet?
Ritchie-Matthews-Marner                     
Kerfoot-Tavares-Nylander
Mikheyev-Kampf-Kase
Bunting-Spezza-Simmonds
Thornton-Matthews-Marner
Vesey-Tavares-Nylander
Mikheyev-Kerfoot-Hyman
Barabanov-Spezza-Simmonds

A lot of things could be moved around but this is how I'd like to see it started.

edit: added how we started last season for comparison.

Thanks

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« on: July 31, 2021, 10:12:02 AM »
No line projections yet?

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I love Hyman; the Leafs are already clearly trying to make more of him. Success will be varied, as will the flavour profiles, but it's a clear player-type this front office pursues. Hyman was Dubas' first acquisition and crown jewel of the development system he implemented under Lou's shadow, so it's not like he doesn't know how to find and nurture them.

I saw this noted in some comments somewhere (maybe r/leafs) but Hyman's playoff numbers are largely the result of injury. We love that he gives it his all every game, even in the doldrums of Febtober 2nd against a 3rd last place team in Podunksville. Come playoffs, when everyone else ramps up their games though, Hyman is already maxed and also running with a lot of wear and tear, and his impact is relatively less apparent. Conversely, Kadri ramps up so much that he shoots off the chart and into suspension.

Looking at this a little sideways, Hyman got replaced by Bunting/Kampf. Bunting is a better shooter, Kampf is better defensively and on the draw; they just don't occupy the same body.

Man..this post just made me even more depressed with Hyman's departure than I already was. Big, big loss in terms of shear determination and puck retrieval. 

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Michael Bunting is a Maple Leaf
« on: July 29, 2021, 03:08:36 PM »

"You know, I play the role so well that it's gotten me into 26 NHL games since I was drafted in 2014.  So yeah, similar to Brad Marchand."

Well I’m sure he was comparing his ‘pestyness’ attributes with Marchand. He obviously can’t compare himself on the scoresheet or even the gamesheets with the ‘tongue rat’

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Maybe I'm down on the team but I really think this isn't a good lineup.

What does "good lineup" mean? If you're queasy about using the "C" word like ZBBM said, then sure I get it. If you think this is a bottom-10 team or one that shouldn't make the playoffs then I think that's something else.

Like I said, there's still work to be done (and Dubas essentially admitted they're looking to add one more forward) but I think you can make the case this team is at least as good as the one that played at a 112 point pace last season.

Yeah. This is still a good team. Needs some help to become a great one, but that wasn’t going to happen via free agency.

Dare I ask how this team becomes better this year (or great as you say) outside of free agency?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Resigning Zach Hyman?
« on: July 24, 2021, 01:18:15 PM »
I have little faith that this team will be better than the one that was iced last season. In fact, it likely will be worse and perhaps even much worse.

I hate to break it to you but most capped out teams are almost certainly going to get worse the next year. That's how the cap, especially a flat cap, works.

Right. And this is a different conversation altogether, but I would have thought by now Dubas would have made a course correction on the Core-FOUR eating up so much cap room.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Resigning Zach Hyman?
« on: July 24, 2021, 12:50:46 PM »
So we lose Hyman and McCann falls through.

I have little faith that this team will be better than the one that was iced last season. In fact, it likely will be worse and perhaps even much worse.
They should've attempted to resign Hyman last year.

At the same time maybe they think Hyman is a product of playing with great players. I'm perfectly happy letting Edmonton sign an inflated contract. 
If the Leafs wanted to pay Hyman 5 mill, they could have...they don't think he's worth that much and I agree.

No. I agree. He priced himself out of staying here. My issue is in order to be better (or even as good) as last season they need to improve from the departures . Unless Dubas has some major surprises in the works , I don’t see how we possibly can .

I get that everyone expects Matthews, Marner and Nylander to continue to get better with age and experience but without upgrading the pool of depth players it won’t be enough to move the needle, particularly if the 2nd tier talent gets downgraded this off-season. Hyman and McCann were a big part of that secondary talent I was hoping to retain.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Resigning Zach Hyman?
« on: July 24, 2021, 11:54:31 AM »
So we lose Hyman and McCann falls through.

I have little faith that this team will be better than the one that was iced last season. In fact, it likely will be worse and perhaps even much worse.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Resigning Zach Hyman?
« on: July 22, 2021, 10:32:13 PM »
This is certainly a scenario I could do without witnessing next season…

https://www.tsn.ca/NHL/video/button-mcdavid-could-score-150-points-with-hyman-on-his-line~2246502

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Good for him.  He's a good player whose playstyle and the toll it takes likely means this contract will be his one big shot at cashing in.  He won't be as easy to replace as some might think.

I'm fine with not paying a guy with 15 primary assists over the last two seasons 6+ million.

OK, but put into the balance that he could and did score a fair amount of goals.  He's not just a puck-digger.

To be clear, I don't think he's worth anything like $6M.  But more power to him if he gets it (Nik's point well taken).

Yeah. Without the 'Engine' this team gets noticeable worse. There was a good reason he was on the top line.

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With Hyman almost certainly gone I'm coming around to the idea of trying to bring Foligno back. I know Chris Johnston was kinda musing about the possibility of him coming back on a 1-year deal to sorta rebuild his value and take another shot with the Leafs. Lots of talk about him returning to Columbus originally but with Torts gone and them maybe going through a bit of a rebuild with a potential Jones trade maybe he stays here for a year or two before going back. Don't think he replaces Hyman entirely but still a good lite version to have around, especially in defensive situations and on the PK.
I think you could get Foligno a lot cheaper then Hyman and I would bring him back too if possible. I like what he brought when healthy and would be a good fit with the team.

In an ideal world I'd hold on to Hyman, Foligno and bring in whoever else fits that mold of tough-to-play-against. I'm looking at Komorov in these playoffs and regretting the fact the Leafs had to part ways with him. These are the exact type players the Leafs need to offset the high end talent that gets mugged and nurtured in the playoffs.

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Montreal in 6!

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I'm cheering for the upset. Islanders in 7!

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The Habs proved it in both their series so far. Will beats Skill at playoff time…where it’s fight or flight.


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Leafs Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« on: June 07, 2021, 12:45:04 PM »
I can hear the backlash on this already but ….Nylander for Eichel straight up.

I'm not sure there's a ton of backlash coming your way outside of Buffalo not being willing to do that.

Yeah. You’re probably right. At least not without another piece or two.

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