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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2019-2020 NHL Thread
« on: February 14, 2020, 10:40:38 AM »
I'd give Kassian the rest of the season, to be honest.  That's disgusting.

Campbell could go all Hutchinson and the cost would still be a drop in the bucket.  Pretty cheap price for insurance. 

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2019 MLB Thread
« on: January 14, 2020, 11:19:38 AM »
Like if you know any Astros or Red Sox fans who bragged about these victories from here on out it'd absolutely be met with "You mean the titles you cheated for?" so it's not like the fans get anything out of those titles anymore anyway. All leaving the banners up means is that there's still incentive for owners t sanction cheating.

Yup.  They can be said to have an asterisk beside their title and/or have people view the championship as tainted, but as long as the trophy continues to be held and displayed and the banner flown, it means squat.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Rielly to miss 8 weeks with fractured foot
« on: January 13, 2020, 03:33:54 PM »
I wonder if Rielly's foot was the thing bothering him before last night the injury he's been dealing with and an otherwise innocuous contact last night broke it.  Did anyone see the play where he was injured?  I missed the game myself.

He blocked a shot, was on the ice for a bit, hobbled to the bench, went down the tunnel, and came back a few minutes later.  He seemed fine the rest of the game.  But probably after the adrenaline wore off and he got out of his boot did the severity get the best of him.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2019-2020 NHL Thread
« on: December 20, 2019, 11:27:15 AM »
And as much as it's a problem in quality, it's also sort of a problem in the monotony of style. Is there any team out there that makes you say "Wow, they play very differently than most teams"?

I'd say Tampa Bay from two years ago fit that bill.  They were like a well oiled machine. 

But your point stands.  The game is over-coached to death. 

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2019-2020 NHL Thread
« on: December 19, 2019, 01:10:34 PM »
Remember when spin-o-rama's were becoming really popular in shootouts and fans were like "oh hey this is pretty cool" and then the league banned them? Anyway I'm just saying Matthews better do one of these this season while he still can.

Am I the only one not overly impressed with these types of goals? 

And in the same breath, the one-handed goal has also lost its lustre.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is JFJ 2.0 - Discuss
« on: December 14, 2019, 01:50:51 PM »
Muzzin's a UFA next year and I'm pretty lukewarm on re-signing him.

If it came down to between Barrie and Muzzin, before the season I would have said Barrie no doubt.

Now I don't even know if I'd want to commit to either.

No need to overthink this and try and be contrarian to everything Babcock did.  Run Andersen for the time being the way the schedule is set up the next week.  Calgary is a hot team right now and a good team overall which is now finding its legs.  Go with your #1 in tough games like this.  Save Hutchison for teams like the Devils and Kings.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2019-2020 NHL Thread
« on: December 10, 2019, 10:57:25 AM »
Probably referenced the team as "You people".

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: WHOA - Mike Babcock OUT | Sheldon Keefe IN
« on: December 05, 2019, 11:34:19 AM »
They might.   It's also silly to evaluate the coach after 7 games regardless of whether it is wins or losses.  St. Louis continued to play .500 hockey through January after their coaching change.  Systems changes don't get addressed over 3 games. 

They are 4-3-0 since the coaching change.  The Colorado loss was not a game where they looked awful.  They couldn't score.  The second goal was a bad mistake by Spezza but the team didn't really fold and they played a top team that was rested.  The Buffalo loss wasn't a great one because they didn't play well but they also got typical awful goaltending out of Hutchinson.  The Philly loss was bad and the way they quit late was bad but again, it was a close game right up until the last 10 minutes.   The effort overall has been better.

I like some of the changes.  The PK is more active and has been good over the last 7 games.  The PP has been scoring at a better clip but the Leafs get so few opportunities on it that its really hard to judge.

16 PK opportunities  (2/16)
10 PP opportunities  (3/10)

It might not matter based on the end of year standings but I'm not going to judge any effects of the coaching change at least until the all-star break.

I'm not suggesting anything of Keefe at this point.  He's been fine.  The team has been receptive to his system, looks more engaged, some players have looked better (ie. Nylander).  Of course it's not going to turn overnight.

I was moreso pointing out that perhaps all the slagging of Babcock being a horrible coach were premature. 

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: WHOA - Mike Babcock OUT | Sheldon Keefe IN
« on: December 05, 2019, 10:47:21 AM »
Dare I say it, but I think the Leafs would have had a similar record the past 7 games had Babcock still been coach.

Ceci played 17:31 last night, that's the lowest he's played as a Leaf. As someone who was just saying how Ceci's usage was the one thing Keefe hasn't really changed since taking over, that's nice to see. Hopefully it continues.

Ceci has entered Wade Belak territory as worst Leaf I've ever seen, and is one of my least likeable Leafs of all time.  Did not like him one bit as a player while on the Sens, and it's even worse he's patrolling the blue line for the Leafs.  Him getting out of here can't come soon enough.   

So is playing Andersen in back to backs a sustainable long term strategy? No. Is it maybe the better coaching decision at the moment? I think right now it's hard to see what they've had as being worse.

One of the main (few) things I questioned about Babcock was his insistence to split the back-to-backs.  No matter how the game went the night before, Andersen was going to sit.  Easy win the night before and facing a divisional opponent that night -- nope...doesn't matter...Andersen is sitting.  Now, I get it, you don't want to run your starter to the ground and want to give him a break.  But getting him to start a couple back-to-backs a year isn't going to burn him out, especially if he gets a couple other games off along the way. 

Problem is, there is no trust in any backup the team has had since McElhinney, so Andersen skipping out on a Wednesday game against Ottawa to get a five-day break just isn't going to happen.  That has to be rectified by the GM, otherwise we're going to see an overworked Andersen again come March/April and playoff time.

Further evidence for me that hockey is littered with scumbag losers.

This just may only be the beginning in the NHL...

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