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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2019-2020 NHL Thread
« on: October 08, 2019, 11:31:25 AM »
I take it you don't own Hellebuyck.  ;)

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: McDavid
« on: October 03, 2019, 10:02:05 AM »
I'd give anything to have McDavid as a Leaf.

Nylander's going to make that contract look like a bargain real quick.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: October 02, 2019, 06:28:52 PM »
McKenzie is staying with TSN for 6 more seasons.

What's his % per point in comparison with all the other signings?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs to announce captain
« on: October 01, 2019, 03:49:39 PM »
But even Yzerman was named captain at a very young age though and maybe Shanny and him have spoken about how much of a positive impact that had on his career.

Good point again.

I do think Matthews should be given the captaincy for those reasons (former 1st overall pick, franchise player, face of the franchise, it's "his team", etc.), even though he wouldn't be my first or second choice.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs to announce captain
« on: October 01, 2019, 03:42:00 PM »
In a way Matthews is more linked to Shanahan (Shanny was the one who came in and tore the franchise down leading to the tank year which led to the lottery win) while Tavares is more linked to Dubas (obviously being the GM who led the effort in signing him). I don't know if what Simmons claims is true or if what I said means anything, but if you squint enough that all sort of makes sense.

Good point. 

My perspective was that of Dubas being the younger, newer GM type who would want the team to grow with a young captain, whereas Shanahan is a multiple Cup champion who was captained by the ultimate professional in Stevie Y and he sees similar traits in Tavares. 

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs to announce captain
« on: October 01, 2019, 03:23:16 PM »
Steve Simmons (I know) did claim that the front office was previously split on the decision, with Dubas leaning Tavares, Shanahan leaning Matthews, and Babcock's preference unknown to Simmons.

I actually find this backwards -- I thought for sure Dubas would want Matthews and Shanahan would lean towards Tavares. 

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs to announce captain
« on: October 01, 2019, 03:13:54 PM »
All along I've been: thinking it'd be Matthews in a slam dunk; hoping it'd actually be Rielly; and of the belief that Tavares was the safest choice (and also my second choice after Rielly).

NHL Transactions / Rantanen Signs 6 years, $9.25 AAV
« on: September 28, 2019, 06:46:43 PM »

Hella confidence for a 19-year-old. The Sandman's here to play.

Would love to know what Hakstol said because the trainer's sly smile and reaction were the best part of it.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: September 25, 2019, 01:56:44 PM »
Well, that's the other thing I don't get. So it happens in May and we don't hear about it until literally the day before his scheduled court appearance. Why are we hearing about it now? Did someone at the courthouse recognize Matthews' name? People just randomly searching for famous names in public records?

Because doesn't the fact that we're only hearing about it now kind of indicate that maybe it being discovered wasn't inevitable? Think about all of the people who would have had to have known about this before now from Auston's friends to the Security Guard(and presumably everyone she told) to the Police...and nobody says anything apparently. So...I have no idea how inevitable it is.

It feels like the reason his agent/lawyer didn't tell him to tell the Leafs might be because they didn't think it would come up.

Reading this, and the whole time I'm thinking this sounds eerily similar to the Trudeau controversy.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Marner signs 6 year, $10.893mil AAV contract
« on: September 25, 2019, 12:34:18 PM »
It's weird, as now that the dust has settled, out of the three contracts, I think Nylander's is the "fairest".  I think he bounces back with a great year this season, and will make the $7 million price tag look reasonable.

Matthews and Marner -- I still believe those are top dollars for max terms.  And still disappointed not a single one came in at 8 years.  But whatever at this point. 

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: September 25, 2019, 12:24:01 PM »
Babcock himself didn't know.  That doesn't mean that nobody in the org. knew.

Let's be realistic, if Shanahan and Dubas knew, then Babcock would too.  And if for whatever reason they knew and didn't pass the info along to Babcock, that begs the question as to why.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: September 25, 2019, 09:56:01 AM »
In the moment, yeah, this was probably seen as innocent fun by Auston and his group.

But even I would be crapping my pants thinking of bad intentions if a behemoth of a man along with a few of his friends tried approaching me at 2 in the morning.

NHL Transactions / Re: Faulk to St. Louis
« on: September 24, 2019, 03:27:44 PM »
What the Faulk?!

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