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"Two players at different stages of their careers" - really Healy? really?

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A nervous start, the Grabo line has been by far the best and that's not saying much. Plenty of time to settle down though.

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Scorecard so far:

New uniforms - great
CBC scoreboard - terrible
Ice Slush - great

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EAST:

1. Washington
2. Pittsburgh
3. Buffalo
4. Boston
5. New York Rangers
6. Philadelphia
7. Toronto
8. Tampa Bay
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9. New Jersey
10. Montreal
11. Carolina
12. Winnipeg
13. New York Islanders
14. Ottawa
15. Florida

WEST:

1. Los Angeles
2. Vancouver
3. Chicago
4. San Jose
5. Detroit
6. Nashville
7. Columbus
8. Anaheim
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9. St. Louis
10. Calgary
11. Minnesota
12. Edmonton
13. Dallas
14. Phoenix
15. Colorado

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2011 to 2021 GDTs (OLD) / Re: Preseason GDT 6: Leafs @ Sens 7:30pm Leafs TV
« on: September 27, 2011, 09:57:20 PM »
The undisputed #1 line with the team's best forward in Grabo strikes again.

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2011 to 2021 GDTs (OLD) / Re: Preseason GDT 6: Leafs @ Sens 7:30pm Leafs TV
« on: September 27, 2011, 08:09:41 PM »
Agreed, good play by Frattin to make a safe drop pass there but Crabb should've dumped it deep instead of trying to get a weak shot through the coverage while shorthanded.

No idea why he's still around.

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2011 to 2021 GDTs (OLD) / Re: Preseason GDT 6: Leafs @ Sens 7:30pm Leafs TV
« on: September 27, 2011, 08:06:23 PM »
Great play by Grabo, and how 'bout the hustle by Kule to make it an almost 2 on 1? He was flying there.


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looks like almost the whole Leafs starting roster versus the Phantoms/prospects/JVR and Carle

Owuya, Colborne, Mueller, Blacker, Scott, Finger and Gysbers are almost guaranteed to not make the starting roster.

Franson, Zigomanis, Orr, Caputi, Rosehill, Kadri, Boyce are among those fighting for spots, Franson will probably make it, but among those forwards only a maximum of 3 out of 6 will make it, more likely to be only 1 or 2.

So it's very far from our starting roster.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp: September 16 - October 1
« on: September 19, 2011, 11:02:58 AM »
Schenn is more of a defensive, crease clearing presence.  Sure he has some untapped offensive potential but at the end of the day, he's largely a stay at home guy.

My thinking as well. He's more of a stay at home guy but he can easily chip in if needed. He's not offesnively inept.
While that's true, he's already cracked the 20 point plateau, so, it's not unreasonable to think he might be able to get up into the 30+ point range without really sacrificing the stay at home aspect of his game - especially if he starts getting more PP time (which is a big if this season, but, who knows when it comes to future seasons).

Also, last season Schenn was ranked 78th in total points and 43rd in even strength points among d-men; 22 of his 23 points came at even strength, and the other one came shorthanded.

Schenn averaged :59 of PP time/game, most of the d-men ranked ahead of him overall points had significantly more powerplay time and all of them had powerplay points.

So like cw said, he could easily break the 30 pt plateau with a bit more of a regular PP shift, and also if he continues to grow and improve the offensive side of his game.

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: Rugby World Cup - New Zealand 2011
« on: September 19, 2011, 10:48:24 AM »
Yeah Canada has done very well so far.

I watched the whole game vs France, and it was an extremely close affair. The commentating team was praising Canada's heart and tenacity throughout the game and the score was close until very late in the match.

Canada really did have a legitimate chance to win that game vs France but they gave away too many penalty kicks and missed too many of their own. Fatigue might have been a factor at the very end as well, but they definitely showed that they belonged.

They have 9 days off to rest up before they tussle with Japan. That's an essential game to win because as old said it gives automatic entry into next world cup, and the commentators were also saying that beyond that you get more exhibition games vs the best nations, which is essential to improve as a country.

If I come off sounding like a rugby expert, it couldn't be further from the truth  ;). The France game was only the 2nd game of rugby I've ever watched, but it's got me hooked and if there's ever future games on TV I'm sure to give them a look. I'd highly recommend if you've never tuned in before, give it a chance, it can be a very exciting sport.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp: September 16 - October 1
« on: September 16, 2011, 05:52:22 PM »
Fwiw, Phaneuf has commented that Kadri came into camp looking a lot stronger and more confident this year.

That open top 9 spot is going to have a lot of good competition.

Kadri, Frattin, Colborne and Lombardi.

Even possible one of these guys take Bozaks spot and bozo drops to the 4th line center (although I think this scenerio is unlikely).

Should be fun!

Definitely a nice problem to have in that not only is it young guys fighting for the spot (well Lombardi a bit older, but no greybeard for sure), but the feeling is it's going to be about who is going to be the best fit/most qualified rather than who is the least "terrible" for lack of a better word.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp: September 16 - October 1
« on: September 16, 2011, 03:31:03 PM »
Fwiw, Phaneuf has commented that Kadri came into camp looking a lot stronger and more confident this year.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Reimer Taking Nothing for Granted
« on: September 15, 2011, 03:29:25 PM »
I don't think you guys were being overly serious about the matter, but I'm not sure there's a particular personality profile that makes for the ideal goaltender, everyone's different.

But as far as giving hilarious quotes goes, goalies that score 'Boris Yeltsin' on the breathalyzer tend to fare much better.

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2011 Blue Jays/MLB Thread
« on: September 15, 2011, 03:21:22 PM »
Obviously it's a miniscule sample size so far, but Loewen is an intriguing person to watch going into next season.

Probably a bench player to start next season? Or back down with Las Vegas? What do you guys think about him and his potential?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp: September 16 - October 1
« on: September 15, 2011, 03:16:48 PM »
Didn't realize Kadri was 6', thought he was shorter.

Nope, he's just rail thin. I saw him last year at a Marlies game. Hopefully he's put on some muscle and has better balance. He needs to win more puck battles.

Agreed, although he seemed to fare much better in his 2nd stint last season.

I think he stated in an interview earlier this summer (can't find the video now) that he has worked hard on his lower body strength so I guess we'll find out soon enough!

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