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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs unveil their Reverse Retro jersey
« on: November 17, 2020, 12:04:43 AM »
These are probably the only good ones:

I copy and pasted 5 img codes before going through the logos and picking the good ones and I couldn't even use them all.

The Whale? The Nordique? 70's LA? Easy wins.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs sign Michael Hutchinson
« on: October 30, 2020, 08:57:17 PM »
Reims has always been a good goaltender. But several times with the Leafs when he was relied on to play more than 35 games in a season he got injured. Solid backup/platoon netminder. Anything beyond that he can't provide. A true number-one can be called upon to workhorse, play up to 60 games at a high standard. Freddie has done this since he's been here with high save%, total saves, and, up until last year, GAA (overall team weirdness and crippling D injuries playing a part in the dip). I think we've gotten great value at $5-million for a guy playing behind, let's be honest, not one of the stronger defensive teams in the league. Put Freddie on a lights out defensive club he'd be putting up Brodeur-like numbers.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Dermott Re-Signs
« on: October 23, 2020, 04:34:46 PM »
A shade over league-min for Dermott, basically making what he's always made since entering the league. The parade of useful lower-class players being slightly underpaid continues for the Leafs! The Big Four need to be buying those team dinners for sure. After gargantuan income taxes, agent fees and other fees, I think they walk away with about 40%.

If you're going to dollars and cents it like a hot-take artist, I'd say good business now is if you're paying, you're paying for elite skill, game-breaker skill. Being able to make plays at high speed, stick-handling, passing, shooting, skating. Kap is fast with a good shot. But man, Willy can do all of these things at the same. Auston extra points in the shot metric. Mitch less shot but more in agility. Then there's offensive IQ, defensive IQ, work-ethic, durability, etc. but you can pick up a lot of those traits in lower-class guys. So many teams would love to spend their money on elite talent they've drafted. It's a great problem to have.

I actually think Joe still has some hockey left in the tank.

I can't imagine there's anyone UFA for the same money with the same potential.

If he's healthy and plays all season you're 100% right. I think we're in the phase of the Leafs that the non-core players now will be slightly underpaid. Spezza could've gotten a raise. Thornton at league-min. Vesey and Simmonds' deals and now Mik at $1.65-million. The trade-off of course is you have great players to play with and a chance to win the Stanley Cup. A lot of teams don't have that.

After you spend most of your cap dollars on the Big Four, defence and goaltending, I'm sure the negotiating becomes a little more stream-lined. Like, "Here's what we have left, we're literally physically cap unable to do that. But this a great place to play, with great players and a competent head-office. We'd love for you to be here. Here's what we CAN do."

Along with Hyman, Mikheyev has an important job here, I'm glad he's back. Anyone that provides more diverse traits than the elite, skill guys is someone you definitely want. Defensive IQ, forechecking tenacity, penalty killing and still having a decent finish. That Mikheyev and Hyman are still here but the more expensive and skilled Johnsson, Kapanen and Brown have gone is telling. Bigger and/or harder to play against in both ends of the ice has been the order of the day for this off-season and I totally agree with it.

Soup is on the menu with Big Mik back in the fold!

I was expecting him to get over $2M for sure; figured he'd ask for $3+. Johnsson got $3.4M after a single season at the almost exact points-per-game.

Will you shut up...whose side are you on here?

Be quiet.

Back up the Brinks truck, Mikheyev is getting PAID.

He's a winger on the Leafs not named Marner or Nylander. An army of guys would be salivating to play on the LW with Tavares and Willy. After the Big Four, defence and goaltending I don't see a lot of cap dollars spent on anyone else. I'd be shocked to see anyone making more than $1.5-million, epecially with Kerfoot and Hyman currently occupying that category. Johnsson and Kapanen's exile certainly indicates the way their heading.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: October 19, 2020, 10:43:58 PM »
Have some dollar signs. Leafs' general cap-dollar distribution by position. They're blessed to have a lot of those dollar signs invested in players that are entering or still in their prime, good value and flexibility moving forward.




General NHL News & Views / Doc Emrick Retires
« on: October 19, 2020, 02:09:03 PM »
A big loss. When I was checking in the rest of the playoffs it was always the NBC feed with Doc and his emotion. To NBC what Bob Cole was to CBC. Legendary moments in a most storied career!


Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Thornton signs 700k
« on: October 19, 2020, 01:51:07 PM »
Noteworthy that this position was highlighted by Joe. Some years of what I would to be very frustrating goaltending in San Jose.

As for why Dubas would even bother talking about Ceci: it was a specific question brought up by a reporter that wasn't Simmons.

Treating former players respectfully is just good HR and PR. Dubas' words and actions are constantly evaluated, not just by us, but by his current players and future players to come. They see a manager who tries to use every resource to position his players to succeed, treats them fairly in negotiation, and emphasizes their positives in public. This costs Dubas almost nothing, but is valuable down the road when a vet or rebounding player is looking for a place to rebuild on a show-me deal.

Compare and contrast to Vegas who have pivoted from plucky castoffs who work harder together to a ruthless mercenary outfit because a couple of really sexy players came within reach.

Three decades. Three 1st-overall Picks.

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