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All Sports But Hockey / Lou Marsh Award
« on: December 08, 2020, 04:24:28 PM »

The Lou Marsh Award was announced today and it was won by both Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich and Laurence Duvernay-Tardif of the KC Chiefs.

Seems like a nice outcome but some Soccer fans are hilariously upset about it.

Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Howie Meeker passes away
« on: November 08, 2020, 02:49:57 PM »

4 time cup winner with the Leafs, legendary broadcaster and one time Federal Member of Parliament Howie Meeker has passed away at 97. What a career.

General NHL News & Views / The Trouble With Tampa
« on: September 29, 2020, 01:33:22 PM »

So I brought this up on another site but I thought it might be worth discussing here.

Basically, when a team wins a championship it's instructive to look at how they did it and how a team might try to recreate their success. Now, in Tampa's case, there are a lot of examples of them being a smart and well managed team that seem to fit that. There's finding Kucherov in the 2nd round, there's the Drouin-Sergachev trade, there's investing a high draft pick in the right goalie, finding good undrafted players...

But let's be real, if you were trying to put together an approximation of Tampa's roster, really your first step would have to be "Find several world class players and convince them all to take drastically below market deals" and...ok, how? How is that repeatable?

But beyond that, I think you have to notice a trend here. When you look at most of the recent cup winners, you're going to find that a huge chunk of their performance can, at least in part, be chalked up to world class players on contracts that they're outplaying by a great deal. Whether that's young guys on cheap 2nd contracts(Chicago with Toews/Kane, LA) or it's players on contracts that are no longer legal(Pittsburgh, Washington, Chicago with Hossa/Keith).

So where does that leave teams now that it looks like those cheap 2nd deals are a thing of the past and backdiving deals can't be signed? Are the champion teams of tomorrow going to be teams that have the sort of inherent advantages Tampa has? Or is it just going to be teams who have the good fortune to have their players not be the type to maximize their deals(or, in Colorado's case, a weird Mackinnon like development pattern?)

Because I really don't think it's good for the league if a chief lesson to take away right now is that it's very hard to build a championship team around star players paid appropriately.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Manny Malhotra to join Leafs as assistant coach
« on: September 17, 2020, 12:07:10 PM »

Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Eddie Shack 1937-2020
« on: July 26, 2020, 10:49:39 AM »

Before my time but I met him as a kid in the parking lot of the St. Lawrence Market and he couldn't have been a nicer guy.

General NHL News & Views / 2020 HHOF Induction Thread
« on: June 23, 2020, 04:57:43 PM »

Just because I'm bored...

Tomorrow they'll announce this year's inductees into the HHOF. Jarome Iginla, in his first year on the ballot, seems like the only sure thing. Marian Hossa, despite still technically being under contract, is also on the ballot and it seems crazy to me that he wouldn't also be put in on the first go. The other first year guys of any note being eligible are Brian Campbell(nice player, no chance) and Shane Doan(lol)

Beyond that it's the typical backlog of semi-qualified guys who almost certainly would be in if they played in the inflated scoring years of the 70's and 80's but who struggle to stand out from the crowd. I think Mogilny has the best case of those guys with Fleury, Cujo and Lecavalier being three guys I'd also largely be in favour of.

My guess is that the HHOF screws it up again and they skip Hossa, induct Iginla and probably put in Alfredsson as well.

General NHL News & Views / NHL's 24-team Return to Play proposal
« on: May 21, 2020, 09:31:57 PM »

Yes, this will produce a very legitimate champion.

Non-Hockey Chatter / The End of Meat
« on: May 21, 2020, 02:21:47 PM »

An interesting opinion piece in the New York Times today, some of the choice points being made are:

We cannot protect our environment while continuing to eat meat regularly...

We cannot claim to care about the humane treatment of animals while continuing to eat meat regularly...

We cannot protect against pandemics while continuing to eat meat regularly...

These are all paragraph headers that are then elaborated on. Basically the argument makes the case that eating meat regularly is bad for our health, our wallets, our planet and animals themselves.

Because I'm trying to use our bizarre circumstances to get in better shape I've been changing my diet a lot lately and purely for health reasons it's involved less meat and different kinds of animal protein. More fish, more chicken, less beef, almost entirely no pork. That said, the idea of ever completely going vegetarian or vegan is super-outside my comfort zone. I'm a lifelong burger/brisket/ribs lover and the thought of going completely without is a big bummer at a time when comfort foods are frequently calling. I've been trying to also buy the meat I do eat from small, local organic suppliers but cow farts are cow farts and there's not going to be a vaccine for climate change. 

Anyone else feeling this? Or changing up their diet? I know it can be tough right now when we're not able to shop as much as we used to and a lot of people's employment is up in the air but as the article says a meat-free diet can be less expensive than the meat we're buying.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Your personal all-time Leafs team
« on: March 22, 2020, 01:41:30 PM »

Just as a way to keep busy or engage the board I thought I'd start with asking people to name their personal team of favourite Leafs. Not best, just guys you like or you associate with your fandom. Naming 13 forwards, 7 d, 3 goalies. If you want it to be guys you didn't see from the olden days...I mean, I can't stop you.

But here's mine




2011 to 2020 GDTs (OLD) / Leafs @ Sabres - Feb. 16th, 7:00pm - SNO
« on: February 15, 2020, 10:07:48 PM »
31-20-8, 70 points | 26-24-8, LOL

Projected Lines









Some Scrubs

Game Notes

•Campbell yesterday, Andersen today. Didn't need to rest goalies in back to backs in my day. Goalies played 70 games a season and still found time to offer police officers a billion dollars to let them out of jail.
•Korshkov got called up. I'm assuming he's a scratch. If he ever scores a goal for the Leafs I will donate some money to a charity of Herman's choice.

•I don't care about the Sabres so here are some fun facts about famous people from Buffalo
•Rick James. Did you know Rick James was in a band with Neil Young named the Mynah Byrds? They were just about to record an album when James was arrested for going AWOL from the Navy.
•William Sadler. The name might not be familiar but he's the bad guy in Die Hard 2, one of the inmates in The Shawshank Redemption and The Grim Reaper in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
•Warren Spahn. Won 363 games in the Major Leagues and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. 
•The Goo Goo Dolls. Remember them?


       â€¢Andreas Johnsson - Knee - Injured Reserve
•Cody Ceci - Ankle - Injured Reserve
•Morgan Rielly - Foot - Injured Reserve
•Ilya Mikheyev - Wrist - Injured Reserve
•Some guys, I guess

Steam Options

- Shu Mai
- Har Gau
- Char Siu Bao

Ok Blue Jays Talk / 2020 MLB Thread
« on: February 04, 2020, 11:22:36 PM »

Well might as well start this off with a nutty trade:

To Dodgers: Mookie Betts, David Price
To Twins: Kenta Maeda
To Red Sox: Alex Verdugo, Brusdar Graterol

So, to cap it off, an incredibly profitable team in a huge market traded one of the best players in the world because they didn't want to pay the luxury tax and be slightly less profitable. What a scam the owners are pulling these days.


Lot of money/term for a 32 year old but Backstrom is pretty durable. Only played fewer than 75 games in a full season once.

Also, and this came as a bit of a shocker to me, but he's almost at this point a 100% guaranteed lock of a hall of famer. If he averages even 50 points a year over this new deal he'll retire with around 1200. Stanley Cup(and good playoff scoring numbers), Olympic Silver, multiple World Championships...probably the most underrated player of his generation.

All Sports But Hockey / Russia receives 4 year Olympic ban from WADA
« on: December 09, 2019, 08:59:54 AM »

Russia banned for 4 years from international competition

This apparently will also apply to the FIFA World Cup. Not sure if it applies  any IIHF stuff but apparently, like the last Olympics, clean Russian athletes will be apply to compete as independents.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Blue Jays Hot Stove Thread
« on: November 10, 2019, 01:29:33 PM »

Just a thread I thought I'd post for some discussions about what we might like to see the Jays do next year. Personally, I'm pretty high on where they finished the year and think they really have an opportunity to improve the team with some smart free agent signings. They've only got 41 million committed for next year(55 if you count Tulo) so there's money to spend but they'll have at least one big arbitration case(Giles) and big question marks elsewhere

Anyways, here's how I think the lineup looks right now for next year:

C: Jansen/McGuire
2B: Biggio
SS: Bichette
3B: Guerrero
LF: Gurriel
RF: Grichuk

Some thoughts: I think this is where the Jays look strongest and have some real interesting options. I think the hope has to be that Grichuk's year was an aberration and he returns to the positive value player he's been for most of his career(interestingly, he may be more valuable to the Jays in CF but the important thing is his bat rebounds). The power positions are the real question marks.

FA Ideas: I don't know if Guerrero might be open to a move to 1B but if so I think Mike Moustakas would be a terrific signing. Heck, even if Guerrero isn't maybe sign Moustakas and ask him to switch? Jose Abreu will be the big name power bat at 1B but I think he'll be over valued.

Pitching Staff:

Chase Anderson

Some Notes: Obviously this is the biggest question mark. There are some interesting young options with guys like Reid-Foley, Pearson, Zeuch, Kay and so on but I don't know if any of them look like sure bets to make big impacts next year. It may have to be another year of a patchwork rotation.

FA Ideas: Obviously all of the big sexy headlines will be about Strasburg and Cole but personally I don't want to see the Jays anywhere near those conversations. Both guys will be looking for 7 years and 200+ million and no thanks. I kind of like Tanner Roark as a reliable MLB capable starter who could maybe be signed to a reasonable deal.

General NHL News & Views / Don Cherry fired by Sportsnet
« on: November 10, 2019, 09:43:51 AM »
Sooner or later, and I think it's almost certainly sooner, someone at Sportsnet is really going to have to answer whether "Do Immigrants buy enough poppies?" is the conversation they want their hockey broadcasts to start. 

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