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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade deadline moves
« on: Today at 04:58:28 PM »
I'm wondering if anything he's ever predicted came true.

He has/had a source within the Flyers at one point, so he was somewhat accurate when it came to minor deals they were involved with, and, weirdly enough, he was often the first to report waiver claims around the league for while. As for the rest, someone did an analysis a few years ago, and his accuracy rate was around 3% - which is roughly the same as random chance. So, yeah, not great. He's no Code (at least, immediately after the 2005 lockout Code).

Trevor Moore: he's just not ready.

I don't think they think he's not ready. They just want him to be more than a 4th liner. Which is both fair and silly. If he makes the team better, put him in the lineup.

The Bruins play a game that is more suited to the playoffs than the Leafs, they are particularly hot right now (so hitting your stride in the spring is good) and they have experienced players in their absolute primes.

We've seen so many instances where that hasn't been the case, at all. Also, February is in the spring now? There's still a quarter of the regular season left to be played. If they were getting hot at the end of March, that might be something, but now? Nope.

I absolutely 100% believe this team can beat the Bruins.

Agreed. If there are any issues, they're almost entirely psychological.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade deadline moves
« on: Yesterday at 02:34:47 PM »
I'd keep Lindholm mostly because I think he's a better skater. He also PKs, and while I don't think he's a particularly great PKer, that's probably enough for Babcock to stick with him.

Yeah, that's fair. I don't think either move the needle enough to warrant much handwringing about.

I know for the NHL nationally broadcasted games aren't subject to blackouts. Does Sportsnet air Jays game across all of their channels? That'd probably explain that.

I think Jays games are considered to be national broadcasts, yeah.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade deadline moves
« on: Yesterday at 01:15:47 PM »
It's not a horrible move if you look at how dominant Tampa is this year and say 'screw it', but then the Leafs should also use the deadline to move out as many peripheral players and give up on the year and that isn't really going to happen.

Though, that is itself a horrible move. Being the best regular season is hardly a guarantee of anything. In the last 32 seasons, the top team from the regular season has won the Cup 8 times. They've also been eliminated in the first round 6 times, and in the second round 9 times. And, while Tampa may be having a better season than most President's Trophy winning teams in recent history, they're still beatable - and, if nothing else, their two head-to-head match ups this season have shown the Leafs certainly have the potential to beat the Bolts.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade deadline moves
« on: Yesterday at 12:55:14 PM »
I'd put Linholm back to centre where he belongs and sit the Goat.

I'd do the opposite. Sit Lindholm and keep Gauthier in the middle on the 4th line. Neither of them have been great, but Gauthier has looked better, in my opinion.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade deadline moves
« on: Yesterday at 12:19:05 PM »

To the best of my knowledge, DPS isn't really very good. But this'll be an interesting test to see how desperate the Leafs are for size/toughness.

I might be willing to consider putting him in ahead of Lindholm.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2019 MLB Thread
« on: February 19, 2019, 04:47:20 PM »
It's the largest free agent contract in terms of total value.

It's important to get the details right.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2018-19
« on: February 19, 2019, 02:06:59 PM »
The Korshkov pick was terrible and I said so at the time but honestly, I don't think DeBrincat moves the needle much here.

If anything, having DeBrincat in the fold means either Kapanen or Johnsson don't crack the NHL roster yet or have been traded to try to fill another area. We'd also probably be even more concerned about the cap crunch facing the team this summer, and the team would definitely end up having to move someone - likely DeBrincat. You're right in that having him on the roster now probably doesn't move the needle much, but, the assets that could have been picked up by moving him this summer might have in the future.

That being said, I don't think he gets the same opportunity here as he has in Chicago, so, his value probably wouldn't be as high.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade deadline moves
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:53:57 AM »

Honestly, with the way the season is shaping up I'm thinking the Leafs are pretty near my limit of not having much in the way of actual assets to move for short-term help. Unless the cost is very much of the "unlikely to ever seriously help the team or even the prospect base" level, I sort of hope they're done.

(Unless, I suppose, if the price involves Zaitsev)

Yeah. Other than a 6th round pick for a veteran bench guy or the like, I suspect the team doesn't do much of anything until the offseason.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:51:44 AM »
Doing the limbo isn't "intense" in any way and they're not showboating (the other team has left the ice by the time this happens).

It's literally harmless fun (until one of them pops a shoulder jumping into the boards that is).

Exactly. And, aren't sports supposed to be fun? Aren't they supposed to provide entertainment? What's wrong with showing some joy when they win? I mean, we're mostly talking about guys in the 20s here. Let them act their age - and, at that age, it often means doing goofy stuff like this.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2019 Blue Jays General Discussion Thread
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:49:19 AM »
I don't actually think the amount of time/number of games matters much. It's hanging a big sign on the front door that says you're not worried about the outcome of the season if you're willing to lose even a single game to this.

Which is fair enough if that's the strategy given the way the league rewards failure but I absolutely think it's fine for fans, after being told not to care about the season, to check out until they can even pretend that they might be watching a winning ballclub.

This is basically how I see it. From the team's perspective, it makes perfect sense - they know they're not in the hunt for a playoff spot this season, so, why waste a season of team control on their best prospect if they save it so easily?

For the fans? It's a clear indicator this season is going to be a rough one in terms of the team's record. Having the best prospect in the game in the lineup from Day 1 might have made it more tolerable, but, now that it's clear the team is doing what it feels is best in the long-run (regardless of whether or not it actually is), I'm gonna stay home to watch the games, if I watch at all.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Is it panic time yet?
« on: February 15, 2019, 03:33:22 PM »
Yes, they seem like the most likely opponents. Buffalo has fallen pretty far behind.

Yeah. Since their 10 game win streak was snapped, the Sabres have gone 11-14-4. They still have an outside shot at a playoff spot, but that's about it.

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