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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leivo traded to Vancouver for Michael Carcone
« on: December 03, 2018, 09:25:48 PM »
I like Leivo better than Ennis. He seems to understand the defensive game/positioning better and has used his body effectively, especially this year. That said, I understand the move.

Key point about using his body effectively.  I saw a lot of value in Leivo and he was one of the more effective players along the walls deep in offensive zone who cycled the puck well.
If this team has thoughts about going deep into the playoffs, or even a series for that matter, they need players of this nature that will grind and help wear down the opposing D.  Let's face it, Hyman is truly our only heavy forechecker/grinder on this roster and for me, that is not enough. Your PP isn't going to carry you through the playoffs.
To me there's gotta be a way Dubas could get some kind of pick for Leivo.  He's quite good IMO.  At least a 6th rounder.  Something.  The guy they got seems like he's already had a few good shots.  I guess there is the outside chance he could still do something.  I just would have wanted someone younger in the whole development process.

It's good to see the organization treating the players well, though.  I will say that.

I agree that we would have been better off with a draft pick and I concur with the observations that JL was a decent fourth line player who was defensively proficient on a team that needs help in that aspect of the game.

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Sparks is all over the place.  Not in a good way.

He hasn't been quite as perfectly solid as you'd like.
That's being nice. He's way too busy back there and I'm not talking shots. Way too much movement.

One might say hes a ten years younger Curtis McElhinney.
No McBackup is better unfortunately.
Matthews is a beast.

Agreed and then some.

Sparks said that after 25 years, he had better be ready.

Well, not so much. He may be decent in the AHL but clearly he is not ready to be an NHL back-up.

Sparks = sieve

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Sparks.......  edit; that was a darned good shot.

The decision to keep Sparks is coming back to bite us in the butt rather quickly.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: January 19, 2018, 08:27:41 PM »
Granderson will be turning 37, but at this point he is better than Bautista and if nothing else he is a lefty bat which the Jays needed.
Jays also need bats at the top of the order and Granderson hit lead-off for the Mets in 30 games last year.
It's a 1 year deal so I wouldn't get too bent out of shape over it.
I still think the Jays add another OF before the season starts.

I will give you the left handed bat as well as the addition of another OF, which they just did in a trade with St. Louis for Grichuk, but otherwise I see no particular upgrade in having Granderson over Bautista, subject to the proviso that Jose would come back for $5M.

As for Grichuk, a batting average of .238 does not impress me.

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We had 30 to 40 years during which the players, their personalities and priorities dominated the team and what did that achieve?

Yes we signed many veteran ("I want to end my career as a Leaf") UFAs and we traded for some, all of whom picked up some big money and most of whom became doorstops.

We now have coach whose resume, profile and contract are on the same level, if not higher, than most of the players.

I am seeing how that worked out and I like what I see. Equally, I like what I don't see, namely "blue & white" disease and any mention of same.



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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Polak Suspended 2 games
« on: March 23, 2017, 07:23:23 PM »
There were several similar hits in the game last night that weren't called at all. Obviously none resulted in an injury, but had the referees called one of the earlier ones....

The suspension is excessive.

Not only has Polak never been suspended in a 11 year career, but the player he hit turned toward the boards after Polak had moved to check him. Polak's hit was ardly a full force body check as he seemed to slide off the opposing player probably due to the fact that the player turned at the last possible moment.

As for you comment about other incidents, Siney Crosby deliberately chopped a an opposing player in the nuts (from behind I believe) and there was no call and in another game either last night or the night before I saw a reply of one player kicking another in the same spot. Once again no call.

Even if these incidents were somehow missed by the eagle eyed two referees and both linesmen, where is the player safety department? Should that brain trust not be reviewing such incidents?

Inconsistent and poor enforcement of the rules undermines one's confidence in the integrity of the game and the league.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Brian Boyle to Leafs
« on: February 27, 2017, 04:31:41 PM »
Froese and a 2nd this year.

Reasonable - especially if Lou and Co. move Polak/Hunwick/Komarov for picks, and use internal or cheap replacements. Boyle makes for a pretty good 4th line C.

While I don't disagree on the price, the move itself didn't need to be made.  Let Gauthier grow in to that role.  I don't understand what the difference is between letting Matthews learn on the job in his role, but Gauthier isn't allowed to make mistakes and learn at his while at the pro level.  Competing for a playoff spot shouldn't be the end goal for this year.     

I completely agree

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Exactly, the spirit of the penalty shot rule is that the guy is home free and tripped and slides into the goal. The referee then gives him the shot that was taken away from him for the infraction. I was under the impression if he managed to get some kind of shot off then or it wasn't completely home free then the referee would just give a two minute penalty.

The way the rules around penalty shots are qualified is that the infraction has to take away a clear scoring chance - so, getting a weak shot off or not being hauled down, etc., wouldn't necessarily mean it's not a penalty shot. That play, on the other hand, wasn't even a penalty, and it definitely did not take away the scoring chance.

Exactly, that's what makes it even worse. Generally, if there's any doubt whatsoever, it's a minor penalty. The fact it wasn't even close to being a minor penalty really makes you wonder how the call could have been botched so badly.

Doubt?

There is no doubt whatsoever.

This was not even a minor penalty. It was nothing.

This is why the NHL is a bush league: this type of unfounded call, a phantom penalty gets called while other more serious violations do not and then in the playoffs, manslaughter won't draw a minor penalty in most cases and never in the 3rd period.

Utterly, 1970's Russian refereeing.

Unacceptable then. Unacceptable now.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Kitchener trades Bracco to Windsor
« on: January 09, 2017, 07:13:18 PM »
Subject to OHL approval.

This means Bracco will be in the Memorial Cup since Windsor has a bye as the host city. It also means Bracco likely will not be available to the Marlies.

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Thank God the Matthews slump is over.

That was long 3 period stretch.

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Damn!

Matthews is in a slump!

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I get the feeling this is going to be a frustrating season.

Will it? #LiljegrentheLeaf

A couple of bad breaks and good plays by the Red Wings put us down 2-0, but the young Leafs have been bringing the game to the Red Wings since.

Great shifts and extended puck possession by Matthews and Marner on consecutive shifts.

Score could be quite different if Marner didn't whiff on the open net, or if Zaitsev's stick didn't explode on his one timer.

If ifs and buts were candies and nuts,... well you know the rest.

What you see as "a couple of bad breaks" I see as a disappointing continuation of this team's habit from last year of giving up an early goal. We did it against Montreal the other night with Andersen in net and he's back in tonight and we did it again.

Deja vu.

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So you trade for a goalie from a team in California and sign him to a multi-year contract extension.

Repeat.

As I have said before, we could lose for a lot less money with Bernier.

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Unfortunately we still seem to be giving up the early goal.

I hope this is an aberration and not a sign of that trend continuing from last year.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: September 30, 2016, 11:15:13 PM »
Well, we are not going to win the first two in Boston, that much we now know.

Baltimore won in New York and with the Yankees out of it, the Orioles have to be favoured to win at least one of the remaining two games.

With Detroit closing out the season against a weak Atlanta team, the Blue Jays pretty much have to win their remaining two games in Boston which is a tall order based upon their September record.

I am afraid we may be snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

What a waste, what a disappointment.

The Blue Jays had meaningful games in September but seldom played meaningful baseball.

If there is a general housecleaning this summer of Encarnacion, Bautista and Saunders (although he's been AWOL since the ASG in my opinion), it may be a while before we get this close again. 

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